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Orkney Islands Day Trip from John O'Groats

  • Day trip from John O’Groats to the Orkney Islands
  • Cross the Churchill Barriers
  • Ferry boat ride across Pentland Firth
Orkney Islands Day Trip from John O'Groats
From US$ 78.44
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Orkney Islands Day Trip from John O'Groats
From US$ 78.44
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.
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (146)
1 - 5 of 24 reviews
Reviewed 22 September 2018
Great day trip

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 21 September 2018 via mobile
Interesting day

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

2  Thank buncey47_8
Reviewed 18 September 2018
Not worth the money, you don't see what you want

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

4  Thank Lisa L
Deb F, Manager at John O'Groats Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2018

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 14 September 2018 via mobile
Worthwhile tour

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 September 2018 via mobile
Maxi Tour from John O Groats

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 W5055JVsarahs
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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