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From John O'Groats: Orkney Islands Day Trip

4.8 / 5

23 reviews

From John O'Groats: Orkney Islands Day Trip

From US$ 108.75 per person

Experience a fascinating day out as you discover the history, scenery, and wildlife of the amazing Orkney Islands. Travel just 40 minutes by ferry from John O'Groats to begin a luxury coach tour. Visit the picturesque towns of Kirkwall and Stromness.

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Duration 1 day
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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the World Heritage Island of Orkney on a day-trip from John O'Groats
  • Experience the mystical stone circle at the Ring of Brodgar
  • Marvel at the magnificent Cathedral of St Magnus and the beautiful little Italian Chapel
  • Admire the neolithic sight of Skara Brae which is older than the Pyramids
Full description

Start the tour by boarding the ferry at John O'Groats. Take the 40-minute ferry crossing, keeping a lookout for marine wildlife including puffins and orcas on the way. When you arrive on Orkney, board a luxury coach which will be waiting for you to begin your tour of the island. As you set off, enjoy the commentary from a local guide. First, see the Churchill Barriers built during the First World War. Stop in Kirkwall which is Orkney's capital city and discover St Magnus Cathedral, shops, the museum, and the scenic harbor. 

Continue along the northern coast of Scapa Flow and admire the beautiful views of the Hoy hills. Then, arrive in Stromness, one of Britain's most picturesque towns. Stroll through the winding street, visit the museum, and find plenty of places to eat lunch.  Next, set off for the neolithic village of Skara Brae, established in around 2,500 BC and which has been hidden under sand dunes, perfectly preserved for thousands of years.

Follow the route onwards along a narrow tongue of land between the lochs of Harray and Stenness, making a stop at the mystical Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness. Finally, board the return ferry, and make a stop at the Italian Chapel which is beautifully decorated inside 2 Nissen huts. Return to John O'Groats with incredible memories of your excursion.

Includes
  • Return ferry crossing
  • Coach tour
  • Entrance fee to Skara Brae (stoneage village)
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fee to Italian Chapel (payable on-site)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

John O’ Groats Ferry Terminal, John o' Groats, Wick KW1 4YR, UK. The name of the ferry is MV Pentland Venture.

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Know before you go

  • No special walking shoes are required
  • There will be numerous food, drink and toilet stop opportunities along the way
  • There is a large, free car park in John O'Groats
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 23 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5

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A very well organised trip , in a comfortable coach and with a very well informed driver, passionate about his home island, who kept us passengers engaged with his facts, figures and explanations. We visited the key places expected with good time slots to get a flavour of the history and life of the island. The boat trip across can be a little rough, but our day it was perfect. Possible sighting of cetacea was not to be for us sadly.

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September 19, 2021

A fantastic day from start to finish. Friendly crew on ferry then on the coach with driver Stuart who was a gem. Stuart was a very pleasant knowledgeable man who used his natural wit to tell us the Orkney stories. Perfect end to trip at the Italian Chapel. Left us with fantastic memories. Thank you Stuart.

August 12, 2021

This tour is good value, the bus driver/tour guide was very friendly, helpful and informative. The Orkney Islands have an interesting history, the Neolithic Villge was spectacular.

September 20, 2021

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