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Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness provided by John O'Groats Ferries

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Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness

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Experience the Orkney Islands' highlights in a day from Inverness without having to arrange buses, ferries, car hire, or your own sightseeing schedule. This full-day tour lays everything on, so you can concentrate on the sights. Admire Scotland’s North Highlands from a coach, ride a ferry to the islands while watching for puffins, dolphins, and more; and explore Kirkwall and the relics of UNESCO-listed Heart of Neolithic Orkney before returning.
  • You'll start at
    Bus Station, Farraline Park, Inverness
    Inverness IV1 1NH, UK
    Depart Inverness Bus Station, stance 6, IV1 1LT
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  • 1
    Scapa Flow
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 2
    Ring of Brodgar
    Stop: 30 minutes
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    Pass by
    Standing Stones of Stenness
  • 3
    Skara Brae
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 4
    Saint Magnus Cathedral
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 5
    The Italian Chapel
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 6
    John O'Groats Ferries
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission included
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  • 7
    Inverness Bus Station
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 8
    North Coast 500
    Stop: 2 hours
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  • You'll end at
    Bus Station, Farraline Park, Inverness
    Inverness IV1 1NH, UK
    Depart Inverness Bus Station, stance 6, IV1 1LT
    See address & details
  • View the best of the Orkney Islands on a day trip from Inverness
  • Island-hop without worrying about ferry tickets, buses, or self-drive
  • See Kirkwall, Neolithic stones, and sea life with a guide for extra insight
  • Relax with included return air-conditioned coach transport and ferry tickets
Important Information
Departure Point
Bus Station, Farraline Park, Inverness, Inverness IV1 1NH, UK
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Ferry crossing
  • English speaking guide
  • Transport by coach
  • Entry/Admission - John O'Groats Ferries
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entrance fee to Skara Brae
  • Entrance to the Italian Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Skara Brae
  • Entry/Admission - The Italian Chapel
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Mary M wrote a review Sep. 2019
Torquay, England, United Kingdom100 contributions16 helpful votes
The joy of not having to drive the route from Inverness to John O'Groats, the ferry over to the beautiful Orkney Islands and the completely MARVELLOUS commentary that we had from our driver made this the most amazing day ever according to my daughter! We saw so much, including
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Date of experience: July 2019
1 Helpful vote
Response from DFermor, Manager at Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness
Responded Sep. 4, 2019
Best Day Out Ever - That's really good to hear. It's great to end our season from Inverness on such a positive note - we all try very hard so it's good to get feedback like this for the whole team. Our tours from John O'Groats continue on until 30 September. Thank you for your review.
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Lisa M wrote a review Sep. 2019
Benfleet, United Kingdom1 contribution2 helpful votes
We had a brilliant day on Orkney. The weather was amazing which really enhanced our visit. Our driver was really knowledgable about the island and told us some facts that you wouldn't find in a guide book.
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Date of experience: August 2019
2 Helpful votes
alistair b wrote a review Sep. 2019
Dundee, United Kingdom236 contributions97 helpful votes
We stayed overnight in Inverness got the early coach with commentary to John o groats, had time for a coffee then a smooth short crossing to Orkney where the coach with excellent and informative driver took us around the main historic sites. We stayed overnight, rejoining the
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Date of experience: June 2019
4 Helpful votes
Isa b wrote a review Aug. 2019
Gatineau, Canada1,049 contribution218 helpful votes
This is one of those reviews that I find difficult to rate. Basically, the tour was well organized, in terms of timing, places to see, getting to one place from another, in terms of site selection, etc. The sights on the island are amazing. I love history and I love the sea.
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Date of experience: July 2019
6 Helpful votes
Terry S wrote a review Aug. 2019
2 contributions2 helpful votes
This is a long day trip but well worth the visit. Our guide and his assistant were very courteous. We boarded the comfortable tour bus @ 7:00 to begin the long trek to John O’groats. This trip covered a lot of Highlands real estate with an informative commentary from the drivers
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Date of experience: August 2019
2 Helpful votes
About the operator

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By: John O'Groats Ferries
Simone M
Love it just amazing
Beautiful history, such an amazing thing to do, the paintings are just outstanding. You really feel like you are in
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Simply stunning
A great place for walking, beaches, wildlife and easy access to the Orkney islands. Stunning views from the pier. D
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A history surprise across the Orkney Islands
Orkney Islands day mini day trip was a wonderful experience with a good bus driver/guide. The history of theses is
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Maxi Day Trip
Fantastic Day Trip! Our Tour Guide/Driver was excellent, very informative about all the amazing and varied places w
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Chris W
Orkney Day Trip
What can i say, A Brilliant day . Driver/guide Stewart was extremely informative and amusing. He made the day. I wo
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A great day trip.
Our bus driver Stuart was outstanding. He shared amazing stories of this unique landscape with us. It was truly a
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Beautiful and worth a visit
We travelled by car up the East Coast to the famous John O'Groats and were pleasantly impressed taking many photos
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It's all about the sea!
Great trip over to Orkney on the short tour. Always been a dream to go and certainly not disappointed. Very smooth
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Maxi Tour to Orkneys
Andrew driver very informative but this was a trip I was so looking forward to. It was the most expensive trip I ha
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Smooth efficient way to spend a day on Orkney
My wife and I recently used the John I groats ferry and their maxi day tour to discover the magic of Orkney. Our cr
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Fortunate good Weather
Took the Pentland Venture from John O'Groats to Orkney for the day. This is simply a review of the ferry, not attra
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Bob S
Standard ferry trip
Easy way to get from the mainland of Scotland to Orkney. Very efficient, easy access on/off the ferry at both ends
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Bob S
A unique island experience
A very full day allowing one the opportunity to experience the rustic beauty of St. Magnus Cathedral, the charm of
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Steve R
Great Transportation to Orkney Island
Very interesting trip to the Island. We were lucky that the weather was calm with just a little bit of rain when we
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Great boat trip and coach tour
Dog friendly on ferry. One small, quiet dog allowed on coach. Booked online (you get an e-ticket, no need to print)
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  • Duration: 14h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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