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Isole Orcadi, United Kingdom



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Location added by Panonano


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Coordinates : 58.985185,-2.958341 (Open in Google Maps)

Subjects : This archipelago is a paradise for fotofrafo and those who accompanied him. From a wildlife islands are colonized by a variety of seabirds (puffins, shags, eider ducks, fulmars, skuas major labbi, boobies, owls, oystercatchers, lapwings, curlews children and much much more), from different land mammals (foxes, weasels, hares, rabbits, etc) and marine (seals, dolphins, minke whales, etc); spot them and photograph them is in some cases extremely easy! From the point of view of landscape islands have views of incredible beauty, enriched by ancient history (tens and decinde of dolmens are scattered around the islands) and important evidence of the last world war (the Churchill Barriers, wrecks and abandoned The Italian Chapel). Landmarks are the white beaches of the islands of the north, the deep natural cave called the Gloup, the romantic harbor town of Stromness, the modern city of Kirkwall, etc.. To appreciate the best you need at least 3 days.

Recommended equipment : I think a bright wide angle and a telephoto lens are essential for your visit. Various boat trips allow you to get close to wildlife (around 10 meters), so that a medium-telephoto (250-300mm) can be enough to bring home some nice shot set, although a 400mm is even more appropriate. I have not had the opportunity, but I think it is possible to inquire adequately good and fruitful stalking. The fact that the islands are relatively little jokes also allows you to take full advantage of the wide angle also, so a good tripod in checked baggage is highly recommended.

Best months : From late spring to mid-autumn, of course inquire properly about what is the best time for the person who is willing to take pictures (I'm not having any more free time I've been there in August, when the puffins had already abandoned sites nesting).

How to get there : The islands are accessible by air (you can fly with Loganair from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen reaching the small and friendly airport Kirkwall) or by sea (on all Scrabster-Stromness and cheapest Gill's Bay-St Margaret's Hope performed by Pentland Ferries). A rental car is recommended. Internal links are carried by sea, you can get information on timetables and routes at the information center of Stromness and Kirkwall.

Visits : Areas for bird watching are all free and accessible. Some archaeological sites (Tomb of the Eagle, Skapa bay, etc) have a ticket while many dolmens are free! Boat trips have prices that hovered around the 30 per person. More information can be retrieved on the Internet or information centers

Notes : Always be careful to sheep, which are the true masters of the streets! On the island there are two distilleries (Skapa and Highland Park) visited. Remember (but I think it's difficult not to notice), that help is on the left. Enjoy a unique and beautiful place! The bed and breakfast and trips must be booked in advance (it is true that it is difficult to have all busy, but better safe than sorry!)


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