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John O'Groats Ferries

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Summer passenger ferry from John O'Groats to Orkney Islands every day starting 1 May to 30 September each year. Up to 3 departures daily. Day Tours of Orkney Islands daily from John O'Groats & Inverness during summer months. Wildlife Cruises daily...more
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John O'Groats Pier, John O'Groats KW1 4YR, Scotland
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All reviews day trip skara brae wildlife cruise orkney islands italian chapel ring of brodgar coach driver scapa flow highlights tour maxi tour ferry ride ferry staff running commentary express bus lovely sunshine short crossing south ronaldsay
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Reviewed 20 November 2018

We took the ferry as part of our tour from Inverness to the Orkney Islands. The boat is not fast and we had a warm and sunny day, with smooth seas. We spent our time up on the top deck taking in the great sights...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 12 October 2018

Our bus tour was intent on visiting the Orkney Islands that day, and neither the winds nor the rain could dampen our enthusiasm for the journey. We arrived unscathed - although a few among us needed buckets and fresh air! - and enjoyed our tour...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 22 September 2018

Had a great day very enjoyable the day just flys by The ferry was fun too as it was a tad choppy lol

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank JohnnyT69
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

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

3  Thank buncey47_8
Reviewed 18 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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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 15 September 2018 via mobile

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

2  Thank Jim M
Reviewed 12 September 2018

Took this tour with my daughter who highly recommended it though I admit it was not a destination high on my "Bucket List " . WAS I EVER WRONG !!! This is a trip ... not to be missed when possible , by anyone who...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank highlander44
Reviewed 11 September 2018

I recommend highly visiting the Orkney Islands. My wife and I took the ferry (on time and providing indoor and outdoor seating) from John O'Groats and enjoyed beautiful scenery to and from these interesting islands and throughout our visit. Though I generally prefer renting and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Took the tour from John o Groats over to Orkney and was picked up by our driver, Stuart for a tour round Orkney. From start to finish he was excellent and didn't stop talking. He kept us informed and entertained all at the same time....More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank GeorgeAnnx
Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

Booked the maxi tour in advance online. We got ferry at john ogroats and travelled to Orkney, staff on ferry were very welcoming. On arrival in Orkney we were met by our bus driver stewart. The tour was brilliant and stewart was an excellent guide,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Phil B
24 December 2018|
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Response from 819deborahf | Property representative |
During June, July & August we can pick you up.
14 February 2018|
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Response from TriciaN204 |
Thank you Jan and Mil, your answer is very useful indeed. Please ignore that -1 vote. I am so embarrassed. I accidentally pressed the arrow without my glasses on. I do hope we can get there and doing a tour is a very good... More
Pauline C
1 November 2017|
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Response from 819deborahf | Property representative |
It's a summer ferry from 1 May to 30 Sept.