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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.
Locations visited
Saint Magnus Cathedral
John O'Groats Ferries
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.
  • 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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Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent day out

Went on the ferry from John O'Groats and had a guided tour around the main Orkney Islands. Guide was excellent and very informative. Fabulous day out. Skara Brae was excellent and everywhere we visited we were provided with loads of info. Highly recommended.

1  Thank MaryG47
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great tour but...

We went on the Maxi Tour to Orkney from John O'Groats. It was well organised and driver was very knowledgeable. I really enjoyed the whole experience and we intended to book on the wildlife tour in our second week. Was down at Sannick Beach this...More

Thank Julie K
Deb F, Manager at John O'Groats Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are a Recommended Boat Operator with Sea Watch Foundation and we are well aware of the rules concerning marine wildlife and so is our skipper. Our skipper is very involved with the Orca Watch which happens annually. All the people involved in looking out...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Day of Discovery

Brian was excellent full of stories and knowledge. Busy day full of activities Skara brae was fantastic- free to English heritage members !! Loved the landscape of the islands Definately recommended Ferry staff were professional

Thank Karen P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Excellent trip.

This was an excellent full day out with a very knowledgeable driver who kept up an interesting running commentary throughout. Would highly recommend this trip.

1  Thank DMALTD
Reviewed 13 July 2018
What a great way to see the area!

We took the ferry from John o' Groats and were met by the coach for a full day of sightseeing - Stuart , our driver, a resident of the Orkneys was superb! Lots of information presented in an interesting and entertaining way - I am...More

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Response from James A P | 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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