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Orkney Islands Day Trip from John O'Groats

From US$77.41
  • Day trip from John O’Groats to the Orkney Islands
  • Cross the Churchill Barriers
  • Ferry boat ride across Pentland Firth
  • Watch for seals and whales
  • Visit the villages of Stromness and Skara Brae
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Orkney Islands Day Trip from John O'Groats
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Escape the mainland for a full-day tour of the far-flung Orkney Islands from John o’Groats. Journey by ferry across the Pentland Firth to the wind-swept Orkney archipelago, bursting with postcard-perfect natural vistas and mystical landmarks. With a local guide, cruise along the Churchill Barriers to visit villages steeped in Viking mystery like 5,000 year-old Skara Brae and landmarks like the Lamb Holm Italian Chapel and St Magnus Cathedral.
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Your 11-hour trip through the Orkney Islands begins in John o’ Groats Harbor, where you’ll set off by ferry in the morning across the blustery Pentland Firth to port in Burwick. After your 40-minute cruise, transfer to a comfortable coach for a guided tour of remarkable local attractions.
Savor unspoiled scenery as you travel along the Churchill Barriers (the extensive island causeway system). You’ll hug the Scapa Flow (meaning ‘bay of the long isthmus’ in Old Norse), where you may spot swooping seabirds, bobbing seals and whales. Stop in Stromness, the last port of all before the Americas, and Kirkwall to see the lovely St Magnus Cathedral – nearly a millennia old! 
Soak up mysterious Viking history as you visit ancient monuments including prehistoric standing stones, tombs and the more than 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae. Cap your day with a stop at the famous Italian Chapel, built during WWII by Italian prisoners of war. Admire the beauty and ingenuity of the chapel, made of only basic raw materials, then re-board your coach for the ride back to port.
Your tour concludes back at John o’Groats Harbor in the evening.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good well organised and informative trip excellent value . Only down point was important sight visited in afternoon did not have long enough to appreciate the history of the site . This has been discussed before on their web site comments but obviously not...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Alastair G
Reviewed 8 March 2019

The price was right. Well worth the cost. The ferry was for passengers only but was comfortable for the 45 minutes journey across to Orkney. We were met by the coach and its very knowledgeable guide/driver. All of the main sites were covered in the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MikeC2011
Reviewed 12 February 2019

Most interesting and full of history. The location gives lots to think about, a most interesting visit and my wife and I plan to go back again

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Barrie M
Reviewed 22 September 2018

Had a great day very enjoyable the day just flys by The ferry was fun too as it was a tad choppy lol

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank JohnnyT69
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

Finally made the trip after being delayed by storms. Whole day was efficiently run ferry journeys and coach tour. Disappointment was Scara Brae village being closed due to high winds but site happy to charge full price. Had it been open would have liked longer...More

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5 June 2018|
Response from jamesap2016 | Reviewed this property |
Yes , lots of WW I and WW II history on these Islands , HMS Royal Oak a major event
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