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John O'Groats Ferries

Open today: 07:00 - 21:00
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Summer passenger ferry from John O'Groats to Orkney Islands every day starting 1 May to 30 September each year. Up to 3 departures daily. Day Tours of Orkney Islands daily from John O'Groats & Inverness during summer months. Wildlife Cruises daily...more
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John O'Groats Pier, John O'Groats KW1 4YR, Scotland
+44 1955 611353
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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

Thank JohnnyT69
Reviewed 5 days ago 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

1  Thank buncey47_8
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is why I don't take package tours. This is what they say "Visit Skara Brae (stoneage village), Scapa Flow, Stromness, Kirkwall, Churchill Barriers, Ring of Brodgar, Standing Stones of Stenness and the Italian Chapel". Skara Brae is first! And the reason I booked this....More

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Deb F, Manager at John O'Groats Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

A very odd review if I can call it a review?! Thankfully not in keeping with the majority of our passengers. Not worth a response. I shall let the other reviews speak for themselves.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a really interesting visit for our first time on Orkney it’s a short boat trip from John O’Groats on arrival we were met by our driver and guide Stuart who was brilliant with his knowledge of Orkney and his good humour our day...More

1  Thank Jim M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank highlander44
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recommend highly visiting the Orkney Islands. My wife and I took the ferry (on time and providing indoor and outdoor seating) from John O'Groats and enjoyed beautiful scenery to and from these interesting islands and throughout our visit. Though I generally prefer renting and...More

Thank Shafe41
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took the tour from John o Groats over to Orkney and was picked up by our driver, Stuart for a tour round Orkney. From start to finish he was excellent and didn't stop talking. He kept us informed and entertained all at the same time....More

1  Thank GeorgeAnnx
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Booked the maxi tour in advance online. We got ferry at john ogroats and travelled to Orkney, staff on ferry were very welcoming. On arrival in Orkney we were met by our bus driver stewart. The tour was brilliant and stewart was an excellent guide,...More

1  Thank Lynne63
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As we were on holiday with our Labrador Samson we made arrangements for him to be minded (for a fee) by a lovely lady called Jane who was recommended by the ferry company. And he had brilliant time - he came back knackered. We were...More

1  Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On tour to the Orkney Islands via the ferry system. Arrived from the town of Wick early in the morning to take the first ferry over for the tour of the island. Inside was nice and we had nice seas traveling in both directions. Canteen...More

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14 February 2018|
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Response from TriciaN204 |
Thank you Jan and Mil, your answer is very useful indeed. Please ignore that -1 vote. I am so embarrassed. I accidentally pressed the arrow without my glasses on. I do hope we can get there and doing a tour is a very good... More
Pauline C
31 October 2017|
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Response from Deborah F | Property representative |
It's a summer ferry from 1 May to 30 Sept.