4.5 star rating: Recommended 146 Reviews

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  • Location:Inverness, United Kingdom
  • Duration:14 hours (approx.)
This day trip from Inverness visits some of the main attractions of the Orkney Islands including Skara Brae, The Churchill Barriers, Scapa Flow, The Ring of Brodgar, The Standing Stones of Stenness and The Italian Chapel. You will also have a stop in Kirkwall with the opportunity to see Kirkwall's magnificent 12th century cathedral of St Magnus.

Highlights

  • Day trip from Inverness to the Orkney Islands
  • Drive through John O’Groats, the northernmost town in mainland Scotland
  • Ferry boat ride across Pentland Firth
  • See the top attractions of Orkney, and cross the Churchill Barriers
  • Visit Kirkwall and Skara Brae

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What You Can Expect

Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness

Neolithic Skara Brae, Scotland

Leaving Inverness behind, this day trip of the Orkney Islands departs every summer morning. Settle back and enjoy the spectacular drive through Scotland's Far North Highlands, before arriving at famous John O'Groats - the end of the line, the northern most point of Scotland.

Cross the Pentland Firth to the Islands in just 40 minutes, looking out for puffins, seals, gannets, porpoise and even the occasional whale along the way. Island hop across the Churchill Barriers which thread together five islands to form the Eastern boundary of Scapa Flow. Visit the capital town, Kirkwall, home to the magnificent Viking cathedral of St Magnus and step back 3,000 years as you enter the stoneage village of Skara Brae. The village was hidden under sand dunes, perfectly preserved, until uncovered 150 years ago during a winter storm.

On your way back to the ferry in the evening there will be a stop at the Italian Chapel. Beautifully constructed inside two "nissen" huts using only basic raw materials, the beauty of the Chapel must be seen to be appreciated.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fantastically interesting. The Neolithic sites are amazing. Our bus driver/guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

long day, but all sites seen and good history and background to islands given by driver/guide on coach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Whole trip ran like clockwork. Guide on way to John O Groats helpful and organised sandwiches for return journey. Smooth crossing to and from Orkney Islands and superb driver around Islands. Full of interesting facts and credit to the company.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very interesting and enjoyed the drivers commentary. Bonus had blue skies and sunshine.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

comments from guide really interesting. A long day but worth the trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Long way to John a Groats, but nice comentary on the way. Nice to have the opportunity for a coffee/tea on the coach.
Driver on Orkney was amazing, so full of local knowledge, made it a very interesting day.
I would like to go back some time and spend a few days there.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Brilliant, all on time, very good guides, well recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour is a must see! It is great how the manage to squeeze so much in a day! All the guides were really knowledgeable and fun. Overall it was very well planned. I also like how they ordered food for us ahead of time from the bus at places so we didn't have to worry about anything. Great trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

this trip was excellent value for money tour guides were very knowledgeable and helpful

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very nice tour! We really enjoyed it.

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