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Orkney Islands Day Trip from John O'Groats

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    Your 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 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.
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    Reviewed yesterday

    If you have limited time and want to maximize what you are able to see on the Orkney Islands, this is the tour for you. This is the shortest crossing to the islands, although it takes closer to 1 hour vs. the advertised 40 mins....More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Tim R
    Reviewed 3 days ago

    Absolutely fantastic, ok, the minibus was very rickety but the wit and commentary by Andy, the driver, more than made up for this!

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Trek767277
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    We both had a wonderful time. Our driver Martin was knowledgeable and the sharing of his experiences made things more real. A place full of history from beginning to end.experience was extra special for my Japanese husband who truely had never imagined anything like the...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank 15gold
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    This was a well organised and very enjoyable ‘taster tour’ of some of Orkneys main attractions. Ferry staff were friendly and the crossing from John O Groats only took about 45 minutes. The coaches were awaiting our arrival and a warm reception from Stuart ,...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank mjsharkin
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    I did the extended day tour, ferry ride was great, met by bus driver (Max) who was passionate about the islands. Stop in Kirkwall, was a bit long, but I think we were waiting for “day trippers” to join us. Cathedral, museum and the gorgeous...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank JulesP205
    DFermor, Manager at John O'Groats Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for your lovely and very helpful review - great to know you enjoyed your day. One tip for folks is to remember to buy tickets for Skara Brae in advance. This really helps to save time on site as there is an express entry...More

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    5 June 2018|
    Response from Geraldin523 |
    Thank you for your interest but so sorry I didn't - I was in Orkney only 5 days and had to make some difficult choices as to where we went. My main purpose was to visit The Italian Chapel and the others had their choices too... More
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