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Scottish Island Trips from Inverness

By Viator, October 2015

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The scenic capital of the Highlands is the perfect base from which to explore the northern wilderness, but there’s no reason to limit yourself to the mainland — many of Scotland’s islands are also reachable from Inverness.

Head to John O’Groats, the northernmost point of mainland UK, from where ferries set sail across the Pentland Firth for the Orkney Islands, as well as to the remote Shetland Islands. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for their remarkable collection of Neolithic monuments, stone circles and tombs, there’s plenty to take in on the Orkney islands, but don’t miss the striking 12th century St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, the Standing Stones of Stenness or a drive across the famous ‘Churchill Barriers’ causeways, which connect the islands of Burray and South Ronaldsay to the main island. The islands’ highlights can be seen on a day trip, but to really experience the region, opt for a 3-day tour and stay overnight in one of the traditional villages.

Alternatively, travel to the northwest coast to explore the vast Hebrides Islands, a sprawling archipelago of over 500 islands and isles, including the hugely popular Isle of Skye. You could easily spend several days exploring the Hebrides but a 3-day tour will give you the opportunity to soak up the unique island culture in the more remote Outer Hebrides like the Isles of Lewis and Harris and visit famous prehistoric sights like the Callanish Standing Stones. Pushed for time? Stay closer to shore on a day trip to the Isle of Skye, visiting sights like Loch Slappin and the Strathaird Peninsula, then take a detour to Scotland’s iconic Eilean Donan Castle.

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Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness

4.5 star rating: Recommended 158 Reviews

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 hours

From USD $98.42

Isle of Skye Day Trip from Inverness

4.5 star rating: Recommended 84 Reviews

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours

From USD $80.79

3-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Inverness

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days

From USD $521.48

3-Day Hebrides Tour from Inverness: Isles of Lewis and Harris

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days

From USD $521.48

Best John o’Groats and Duncansby Head Day Trip from Inverness

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours

From USD $80.79

Wildlife Cruise from John O'Groats

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Location: John O'Groats, United Kingdom
Duration: 90 minutes

From USD $19.10

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