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Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness

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    Marvel at the highlights of Neolithic Orkney on this full-day Orkney Islands tour, departing by coach from Inverness during summertime. Set your eyes upon the magnificent landscapes of the North Highlands before arriving at Scotland’s northernmost point in the village of John O’Groats. 
    From here, it’s just ferry ride across the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Islands. Search the strait for gannets, seals, puffins, pods of porpoise and the occasional whale as you island-hop through the Churchill Barriers, which connect five islands to form the Eastern boundary of Scapa Flow.
    Your first stop is Kirkwall, the capital and largest town of the Orkney Islands. Learn from your guide about Viking history and admire the Romanesque architecture of St Magnus Cathedral, whose construction began in the 12th century. 
    Then step back in time 5,000 years at Skara Brae, a prehistoric Neolithic settlement—perfectly preserved under sand dunes and discovered in 1850 during a winter storm (admission fee is your own expense). See it along with the Standing Stones of Stenness and the Ring Of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge—all comprising the Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage site. 
    Once you’ve landed back in Inverness, you’re returned to the bus station where your day trip ends.
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    Departure Point
    Bus Station, Farraline Park, Inverness, Inverness IV1 1NH, UK
    Departure Time
    7:15 AM
    Duration
    14h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Ferry crossing
    • English speaking guide
    • Transport by coach
    • Entry/Admission - John O'Groats Ferries
    Exclusions
    • 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
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    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...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Mary M
    DFermor, Manager at John O'Groats Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    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...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    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.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank Lisa M
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    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,...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    1  Thank alistair b
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    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...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank zaz936
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    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...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Terry S
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