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From John O'Groats: Orkney Islands Day Trip

Activity provider: John O’Groats Ferries

From John O'Groats: Orkney Islands Day Trip

Activity provider: John O’Groats Ferries
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Enjoy a day tour from John O'Groats to the Orkney Islands, traveling 40 minutes by ferry and via a luxury coach. Discover the highlights of Orkney and visit the Stone Age site of Skara Brae.

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Duration 1 day
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  • 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
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Start the tour by boarding the ferry at John O'Groats. Depart 8.45am. 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 6.15pm with incredible memories of your excursion.

  • 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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  • 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
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based on 113 reviews

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by far one of the best tours ive been on in scotland, the experience on the ferry from john o'groats over to orkney was great fantastic views. when we arrived in orkney we got straight on the coach. we was greeted by darren he was a great driver, he took us to the main 2 towns in orkney, kirkwall and stormness, both great places. he also took us to Skara Brae and Ring of Brodgar, he told us alot of information along the ways about the history of orkney. he looked after us all very well he was a great guy, many thanks darren i need to return to orkney at some point!

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August 9, 2022

Best money I've spent in a very long time. From stepping onto the ferry to returning, it was a great experience. Very comfortable tour bus and the places we went to was very interesting and with the driver's knowledge explaining the area it made it even better. Driving round myself I would have missed all the places and never knew anything about them, so well worth it ,even with the drivers (Darren) corny jokes made the trip an experience not to be missed

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July 28, 2022

Trip of Orkney Islands from John O Groats. We were in a rented house on the coast with a sea view, in Thurso. From there it is a 35 min drive to the port of John O Groats. With the boat to the other side, a bit of luck and you will find seals or more. The town of Kirkwall is nice, the stone henge spots are beautiful. The leaflets with the parrot birds are nice, but you will not see these during the trip. The tour overall is nice but pricey. 79 pounds pp. An alternative is to take the Ferry from Thurso to Stromness and from there to discover the island by bus or private transport.

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July 22, 2022

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