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This is a very long day, and for those of us who have sea issues sometimes the 45 minute trip across form John O' Groats can seem longer, but it's worth it...the Orkney's have a wealth of history, sights, and views and you really get the highlights of the Islands...some fascinating history form WWII to 3500 BC...Skara Brae never gets old - just thinking about how folks lived there is really mind boggling...Ring of Brogdar ? really reminds you of Stonehenge and they are excavating new sites just down the road...loved the WWII connections, and the Church constructed by the Italian POW's is both lovely and bittersweet...really worth the , almost impossible to do this on your own...you should do this!
Could have used a little more time in the town but you can't control the currents in the North Sea. It was an amazing day. The tour guides did a great job and ensured we had all the pertinent information. It is a definite must see...you may want to consider an overnight here there is so much to see and do.
Carol C USA
Very long day, but the sights in the Orkneys are worth the trip.
Amazing place. Starting with the coach ride from Inverness to John O'Groats Ferry, you get outstanding scenery, lots of history about MacBeth and more. The Ferry ride was very pleasant with dolphins and puffins and sunshine. The temperatures on the Orkney Islands was around 70 which they say is year-around but in the winter the winds are fierce so it doesn't seem like 70. The town we stopped in was delightful with very friendly people but the history - Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar Standing Stones similar to Stonehenge is something you have to see. The historians built a replica of a stone structure that the people of 5000 years ago lived in that visitors can go into and see how they slept, where their fire was, where they stored their foods, etc. The actual village has a path around the various homes of yesterday but you can't go in those - they are in the sand and the roofs are covered with grown-over grass, etc.
Long trip on the bus, followed by a brief ferry ride to the islands.
I was fortunate to sit next to a local from the island of Hoy and he pointed out points as interest along the way as well as a standing stone on the ridge of a mountain.
There was plenty of time to spend having a wander around the town before setting off on the tour around the island a the points of interest.
The weather was atrocious but there is little that can be done about that.
The archeological sites were outstanding and very well presented. The surprise was the woolly pigs.
The driver was entertaining and informative and allowed us all plenty of time foe a wander. His patience was tried at each spot with two tourists always being late.
All in all I would thoroughly recommend this tour.
Our day trip to the Orkney Islands was one we will remember for a long time to come. The bus left promptly from Inverness bus station where there is plenty of parking around for those with cars. The two and one half hour bus trip was comfortable and the guide provide us with information along the way. Ferry ride from John O'Groats was smoothly organised. Our guide/bus driver, Martin in Orkney was excellent. As a local he was able to add that little bit of local knowledge and passion for his homeland which made the trip special. We had been looking forward to seeing the archaeological sites of the Ring of Brodga and Scara Brae. I would love to have stopped at the Ness of Brodga and Maeshowe just long enough to take some photos. I would also like to have passed the Ness of Brodga when there were archeologists there working on the site. I do understand that there is a lot to fit into a one day trip such as this.
Another excellent part of our trip was the bus trip back along the Scotish coast with the green fields, blue water, castes and castle ruins. All lovely. We were so lucky to get great weather although windy in parts mostly it was a sunny and warm August day. Thank you Martin for making the day memorable.
The weather was awful but overall we had a good trip. Our guide on the Island was very good. Would be fantastic on a clear day.
Excellent trip, highly recommended. Timing of tour well organised, saw such a lot of Orkney all on one day. Learned so much from Orkney tour guide and had beautiful weather too!
Our guide Stuart Smith was great - knowledgeable, personable, and funny.
Very good tour guides, both on the way up to John O'Groats and then around Orkney. Both gave a lot of good info along the way. Also thought that meals and bookings for Skara Brae were handled excellently so we made the most of our time on the islands. A trip that will stay long in my memory.
This was a well organised trip where we had the opportunity to see Skara Brae, the Italian Chapel, the Ring of Brodgar and Kirkwall. Our tour guide in Orkney was incredibly knowledgeable and interesting. Orkney is beautiful, the only down side is that one day is not long enough to take it all in!
Would highly recommend this trip
The tour guide from Inverness to the ferry was not very good and had very bad body odor. The guide ON Orkney, Alan, was FABULOUS!!!!!
I had a fantastic day trip from Inverness to Orkney, it was absolutely well organised everything run on schedule and the coaches were very clean and comfortable and the tour guides were friendly and informative, I will be definitely be recommending this trip.
Be aware this is a Long trip...but worth it! The bus trip was about 3 hours from Inverness but as it was a nice clean bus it was not bad. The Orkney Islands are fascinating you are met by a bus that takes you around the Islands on a tour--our tour guide was great. He explained the history and culture of the Islands, their everyday life and gave us a lot of information about the topography, plants and animals. You do get to get out and walk around some of the areas also. My husband and I had a great time.
Excellent tour of the islands . The bus driver was a font of knowledge and a great tour guide and bird watcher. Great for us bird watchers and descendants from Australia. Tour was everything I wished for.
We had a very nice day.The tour guides and bus drivers were very nice and well informed.Would recommend trip to anyone who is first timer to the Orkneys. Our trip was three hours one way on the bus.When person ahead of me reclined seat it made for a very tight seat.
Absolutely mind blowing once you get on the island! So much to see and learn in a short time. However the trip to and from Inverness was boring and very amateurish. Good thing the island part was so absolutely out of this world!
An interesting trip, the guides were very knowledgeable. I know you can help the weather but that day it was wonderful the whole day it does help. I was well treated the whole day but it is a long day so be prepared to be tired the following day, I 64 and I needed to recover the following day. I would recommend to anyone with just a little time to spend on Orkney or just wants to squeeze it in to their itinerary.
Excellent tour, comfortable coaches, Drivers were very knowledgeable and had good sense of humour was a great day out
You can buy your tickets for attractions on the passenger ferry on the way over to save you time
This is a really quick day trip, but I really wanted to get up to the islands with the little time I had. You get to see a little bit of everything, and now I want to go back again!
While the bus ride from Inverness to John O'Groats was a bit long, we had some beautiful views along the way and our tour guides kept us entertained with plenty of historical information. We enjoyed the ferry across to the islands, the time in Kirkwall St. Magness Cathedral, Bishop's and Earl's Castles and, the main attractions of Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar with spectacular mounds of heather and the Standing Stones of Stenness.. A lot was packed into that one day.
This is a long day trip but well worth the time. The trip up the north east coast of Scotland is breathtaking. John O'Groats is a lovely little town where we waited for the ferry to the Orkney's There is a nice gift shop and a good little food stand to grab something to eat while waiting, and the food can be pre-ordered on the bus. The ferry ride was beautiful. Then you will stop at Kirkwall a very lovely town. St Magnus is well worth a visit. Skara Brea is fascinating and there is a lovely beach there as well. There are many beautiful thing to see. Too many to mention here. Time is limited because there are so many things to see and do, but as they tell you this is but a taste of the Orkney's its one of the best day trips that I have taken in Scotland. The Orkney Islands are really beautiful.
Great tour guide/bus driver on Orkney, lovely scenery and very interesting history.
Orkney is amazing! This was a highlight of our 8 days in Scotland. The island is beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Skara Brae, Kirkwall, the stones. Our tour guide on the island, Alan, was simply the best. Great stories and he entertained us every step of the way. We had a traffic issue on the bus on the way up oil truck got stuck that blocked the road for over an hour but they managed to hold the ferry so our tour wasn't ruined. I cannot recommend this tour enough.
Quite splendid. Very helpful and entertaining crew, Scara Brae et al was wholly impressive, and the whole day was wonderful, especially as we had fine sunny weather. I'd happily do this trip again and have recommended it to others.
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