We have linked to a number of webcams at locations all over Orkney, providing live streams of Maeshowe, Sandy Ranger seal cam and the views onto Kirkwall harbour. We will be adding additional webcams so please check back again soon.


Maeshowe is the finest chambered tomb in north-west Europe and more than 5000 years old. There are three cameras recoding images inside and out. We know that this time of year was particularly special for the people who used Maeshowe. The gently sloping passage is carefully aligned so that at sunset during the three weeks before and after the shortest day of the year (21 December) the light of the setting sun shines straight down the passage and illuminates the back of the central chamber. The sun’s rays align with a standing stone, the Barnhouse Stone, standing 800m SSW of Maeshowe.

Please visit: www.maeshowe.co.uk

Seal Cam

This remotely-operated camera was re-established this year overlooking two small grey seal breeding beaches on Sanday, one of the north isles of Orkney.

Please visit: www.sandayranger.org

Kirkwall Harbour

The webcam looking north over Kirkwall Harbour is located on the front of the Kirkwall Hotel, a stunning Victorian building located right on Kirkwall’s harbour front. The webcam image refreshes every 20 seconds and shows the comings and goings of this busy harbour. The webcam is provided courtesy of the Kirkwall Hotel.

Please visit: www.kirkwallhotel.com