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Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness

From US$92.37
  • Day trip from Inverness to the Orkney Islands
  • Drive through John O’Groats, the northernmost town in mainland Scotland
  • Ferry boat ride across Pentland Firth
  • See the top attractions of Orkney, and cross the Churchill Barriers
  • Visit Kirkwall and Skara Brae
  • Visit to the Italian Chapel
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Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness
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Take an Orkney Islands tour of top attractions on this day trip from Inverness. You’ll travel by coach through Scotland’s dramatic North Highlands and ferry across the Pentland Firth from John O’Groats. Cross the Churchill Barriers and Scapa Flow to the Ring of Brodgar and Standing Stones of Stenness — part of the Neolithic Orkney World Heritage site. Your guide also takes you to the stone-age village of Skara Brae and the 12th-century St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall.
Note: This tour operates during the summer months.
What to Expect
Marvel at the highlights of Neolithic Orkney on this full-day Orkney Islands tour, departing by coach from Inverness during summertime. Set your eyes upon the magnificent landscapes of the North Highlands before arriving at Scotland’s northernmost point in the village of John O’Groats. 
From here, it’s a 40-minute ferry ride across the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Islands. Search the strait for gannets, seals, puffins, pods of porpoise and the occasional whale as you island-hop through the Churchill Barriers, which connect five islands to form the Eastern boundary of Scapa Flow.
Your first stop is Kirkwall, the capital and largest town of the Orkney Islands. Learn from your guide about Viking history and admire the Romanesque architecture of St Magnus Cathedral, whose construction began in the 12th century. 
Then step back in time 5,000 years at Skara Brae, a prehistoric Neolithic settlement — perfectly preserved under sand dunes and discovered in 1850 during a winter storm (admission fee is your own expense). See it along with the the Standing Stones of Stenness and the Ring Of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge — all comprising the Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage site. 
Once you’ve landed back in Inverness, you’re returned to the bus station where your day trip ends.
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Reviewed 12 September 2018
Tour of a Lifetime !

Took this tour with my daughter who highly recommended it though I admit it was not a destination high on my "Bucket List " . WAS I EVER WRONG !!! This is a trip ... not to be missed when possible , by anyone who...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank highlander44
Reviewed 29 August 2018
A long day, but a must see trip!

A quick review and a few suggestions for travelers taking this long tour. This is a great tour and is really three tours in one. A bus trip from Inverness leaves at 7:15am, a ferry trip from John O'Groats and a bus tour of Orkney...More

Date of experience: August 2018
4  Thank HRRAdvisor
Reviewed 27 August 2018
Long but worthwhile day

Drove to Inverness to pick up this tour departing at 7.15am, and returning to the city at 9pm, so you have a long day. But very worthwhile. A scenic coach ride to John o' Groats with scripted commentary; ferry across to Orkney (no commentary); and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Lifestyler4
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile
Orkney in a day

Excellent way to see the highlights of Orkney, including Skara Brae, St Magnus, Italian Chapel, Churchill Barriers and Ring of Brodgar, but not Maeshowe. No way would I have been able to see all that in such a short time from Inverness in my own...More

4  Thank Graham D
Reviewed 3 August 2018
Beautiful Orkney

Brilliant day trip, easy crossing, very comfortable bus and the driver gave good factual commentary. Really enjoyed the day and would recommend this.

Date of experience: July 2018
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27 June 2018|
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We went for 5 days two years ago on a three weeks tour of Scotland and returned to Orkney for two weeks this year on an almost 4 week tour to see what we missed. We did day trips by car and ferry to many of the islands. One... More
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