1. United Kingdom
  2. Scottish Highlands
  3. Inverness
  4. Standing Stones of Stenness

Orkney Islands: Day Tour from Inverness

Product ID: 235377
Explore the picturesque Orkney Islands on this day tour from Inverness. Enjoy driving along the Eastern North Coast 500 highway and visit famous John O'Groats on the way to the Orkneys.
About this activity
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts


  • Explore stunning Skara Brae (a Stone Age village) which is older than the pyramids!
  • Immerse yourself in the atmospheric Neolithic Ring of Brodgar
  • Visit the beautiful Italian Chapel and St Magnus Cathedral
  • Cross the famous Pentland Firth and look out for killer whales and puffins on the way
  • Take your photograph at the famous John O'Groats signpost
Full description
After departure from the Inverness Bus Station, you'll drive along the eastern part of the North Coast 500 highway and visit famous John O'Groats. You won't want to miss getting a photograph at the end of the road signpost. Then, catch the ferry to Orkney. Sit on the top deck to enjoy the sea views and watch for killer whales, seals, puffins, and more, or relax in the covered cabin on the lower deck.

On arrival in Orkney, your luxury coach will be waiting to take you around five of the Orkney Islands. The islands are joined together by causeways called the Churchill Barriers. See Kirkwall where you'll have free time for lunch and visit St Magnus Cathedral. Travel along the northern boundary of Scapa Flow to Skara Brae, a 5000-year-old Stone Age village and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, visit the Ring of Brodgar and see the Standing Stones of Stenness. Finally, visit the beautifully decorated Italian Chapel on the island of Lamb Holm before catching the ferry back to John O'Groats where your coach back to Inverness will be waiting. 
  • All transport (coaches & ferry)
  • English commentary
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fee to Skara Brae
  • Entrance fee to Italian Chapel
  • Lunch

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
Know before you go
This tour may not be suitable for you if you have very limited mobility as you need to be mobile enough to get on and off the ferry and coach.
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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 43 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.3 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Affordable day trip to orkney

Affordable one-day trip to orkney for those who do not want to spend too much time or money on this archipelago. Everything flowed on, but sometimes it felt like a single tour leader should be with us all day and not hand us over to the next and next all the time. Felt a bit disorganized in that way.

August 24, 2019

All excellent. Very organized and precise. The guide to Orkney, driver, was very competent and prepared in everything. The weather was also on our side and therefore without rain problems. The ferry arrived a little late but we were able to see everything equally. Unfortunately it would have been necessary to stay on the idola one day to see everything with more time. Should I return I would stay one night on the island.

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August 18, 2019

Very well organized tour. Driver and tour guide on the Orkneys was super professional and fun.

August 30, 2019

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John O’Groats Ferries

Product ID: 235377