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From John O'Groats: Orkney Islands Day Trip

1. From John O'Groats: Orkney Islands Day Trip

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.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 23 reviews

A very enjoyable day out. Our driver, Darren, was really interesting, telling us lots of island history and cracking a few mostly bad jokes as well ! The variety of sites was perfect, though personally I would have liked longer at Skara Brae as there is a lot to see there . The tour ran to time as did the ferry.

This is a fantastic trip from start to finish Very professionally organised but still a relaxed atmosphere, we saw and learnt so much that we would never have managed in a day on our own , add in the coach driver's sense of humour and you have the perfect day . Thank you

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.

Well organised trip with time to enjoy all the places we visited. Our driver was very friendly and very knowledgeable. He gave us lot of information about all things Orkney.

Glad we booked the trip rather than driving ourselves. Great comfortable coach and driver. We would never had known or seen so many aspects of the Orkneys otherwise.