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“Day trip to Orkney”

John O'Groats Ferries
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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 from John O'Groats at 2.30pm. Wildlife Cruises start 20 June until 31 Aug.
Reviewed 17 September 2013

Fabulous day! Ferry left bang on time, very smooth crossing to Orkney. Our bus driver/tour guide, Stuart was a hoot, really knowledgable about Orkney and made the day a lot of fun. Was a wee bit tired by the time the free-time in Kirkwall came about, but it was lovely to see everything we did and hope to return for a longer visit next time. Ferry journey home was great.

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Reviewed 7 September 2013

I have always wanted to visit the Orkney Isles and Scara Brae so had booked the day trip from Inverness.
It may seem expensive at first but it turned out to be very good value for money.
A very comfortable coach trip to JOGs, and exciting ferry crossing (seals, gannets and big waves) and then an informative guided tour round the highlights. Even the weather was good!
I will visit Orkney properly one day but this was an excellent taster.
Thoroughly recommended

1  Thank Marion C
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

If you find yourself as far north as this I'd highly recommend the Highlights Tour from John O'Groats Ferries.
The ferry journey itself was lovely with the kids spotting puffins, dolphins and seals. Once on Orkney we quickly found our coach for the tour of the island. No separate tour guide and driver here, the driver does both, speaking through a headset. I was a bit sceptical of that but he was actually excellent and knew the history of the island back to front while still being engaging for young and old.
The tour covers all the major visitors spots on Orkney: Kirkwall, Churchill barriers, Scapa Flow, Skara Bray, Ring of Brodgar etc. At each spot there was adequate time to get out and have a look around.
Bear in mind that Skara Brae entry is not included in the ticket but is cheaper buying from the ferry office than when you get there. You woudn't want to miss it.
Final highlight of the trip was the wonderful Italian Chapel built by WW2 prisoners of war.
I went with my wife, mother in law, and kids aged 12, 9 and 6 so wide tastes to cater for but we all thoroughly enjoyed it.

1  Thank Kenneth P
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

We took JOG bus from Inverness to Kirkwall. The bus station rank was labeled so we knew where to wait for it which was great as this small bus station was quite busy. We saw a lot of locals doing their shopping. Oddly, we ended up being the only passengers on the bus. If you are prone to car sickness, this is not a good trip for you as the bus careens around curves that seem on the verge of sliding into the water. John O'Groats has a coffee shop and a couple shops and food stalls but is not very picturesque. On the ferry ride over we were also the only passengers! We saw either a minke or killer whale--depending on which worker you asked. Very cool. Upon arrival on Orkney another bus transported us to the Kirkwall station. On the return trip, the signage was not as good and we did not know we'd share the bus with the day tour. It took some nice people moving to allow us to sit together. The bus headed out to see the Italian Chapel on the way back. The bus back was full. I guess the day tour people had the option to order a simple lunch as I saw sandwiches being handed out.

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Reviewed 29 August 2013

This is a place I have always wanted to go to, and didnt realise such a short boat trip was available. What a day! We were staying in Inverness and had gone to John OGroats for the day. When there realised it was possible to do a day trip to Orkney. So we booked a trip over on the Thursday. We used the Orkney bus from Inverness - an early start! We were met on Orkney by Andy our bus driver - we had a great day, he is very good and gives out the information as if it was all new to him and not an every day recital!! Blown away by Orkney we got a beautiful day - sun shone - actual t-shirt weather, even got a paddle at Skara Brae! The whole trip is great. Not enough time in Kirkwall, by the time we saw the cathedral and had lunch it was time to get back to the bus, but on the day trip it is what you expect. We were sorry not to get doing the Maxi day trip which included Stromness. Will definitely be back - love Orkney!!
Tip: buy your tickets for Skara Brae & Skaille house on the ferry saves queueing later. Also Andy told us to buy our Orkney icecream up at Skaille House rather than at Skara Brae as it was cheaper ;)

1  Thank SunfunNIreland
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