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This was an amazing trip. The bus driver was humerous and informative and we saw a lot in one day. I would highly recommend this trip,
The most amazing trip around Orkney. Great commentary from Stuart our driver and the scenery, archaeological sites and overall experience exceeded expectations. I recommend doing research on Orkney history before going as it will only enhance your tour although Stuarts explanation was brilliant. As a travel agent i highly recommend this trip
This day tour, starting at the harbour at John O'Groats, is a brilliant way to get the feel, the history and the culture of the Orkney Islands.
It starts with a 45minute ferry journey across the Pentland Firth on a small, passenger only, ship to Burwick on the Island of South Ronaldsay where the ferry is met by the coach and guide/driver for the day tour. We found our guide very informative, entertaining and friendly.
The tour introduced us to the highlights of the Orkney Islands, from the neolithic monuments and sites, the ring of Brodgar, the stones of Stenness dating back at least 5000 years and the prehistoric village of Skara Brae, to the towns of Kirkwall and Stromness where there is some time to explore on ones own, to the second world war Churchill barriers protecting the naval natural harbour of Skarpa Flow and the beautiful Italian Chapel built by Italian prisoners-of-war.
It is a very full day with a total time of nearly twelve hours. We would highly recommend it. We were very lucky in that the weather on the day we took the tour was beautiful with clear blue sky. This meant that we could really appreciate the views and countryside of Orkney as we travelled around. The ferry crossing was also calm. I suspect that in poor weather, the crossing of the Pentland Firth could be very rough and maybe unpleasant.
Note that the price of the Maxi Day tour does not include entry to the Skara Brae site run by Historic Scotland or the Italian Chapel. This two sites are essential places to visit and it would be nice if the Maxi Day Tour company did a deal to include these in the tour price.
Orkney Island was wonderful and was made even better by the beautiful weather. The Icing on the cake was the commentary of the bus driver Stewart, he was very entertaining and informative and regaled us with humorous anecdotes. A very enjoyable day and would highly recommend the tour to others
Jennifer H United States of ...
This was one of the first organized tours we have taken. It turned out to be the best way to see these islands. Some of the stops would not have been places we'd have considered if we were on our own, but those same places turned out to be so memorable. If you're on a tight schedule and limited budget, this was WELL worth it. Sorry for the delayed review - it's now 2017 - and this is how I feel nearly 4 years later.
Can highly recommend this day trip to Orkney! An almost new coach met us and the driver/guide Stewart was excellent giving us loads of information!
This was an excellent way to get the most out of a short visit to Orkney. The coach which picked us up at the ferry was comfortable and our driver, Stuart, who was also our guide for the day was superb. He shared his knowledge of the history of the islands and the iconic sites we visited in an interesting way, sprinkled with appropriate amusing anecdotes.
Great value for money and we'll certainly recommend this trip to our friends.
excellent tour, guide was very amusing and professional. Highly recomended
Our driver/tour guide was wonderful. So knowledgeable, funny and well spoken. A keeper.
A brilliant trip, well organised perfect if you only have one day to try to see everything. The coach driver Stuart was very knowledgeable and made the trip with his commentary
One of two favorite tours during a recent month in the UK, mostly in Scotland. Granted, its not classy capitol city fare but the bus driver was excellent - quite moving to learn about how WWII affected the area, to see the stark landscape and understand more about Neolithic times and when people from Scandanavia came through these lands into the Scottish mainland.
Great day loved the trip. The boat was late and consequently the trip was a bit rushed making up time.
Great way to spend the day.From the booking to finding the harbour everything was easy to find.The tour was guided by the driver/commentator who was a very informed and funny guy who knew a joke or two :) The time spent at each stop was appropriate and we saw every and #34;must see and #34; attraction of Orkneys!
Excellent tour. The driver/guide was 1st class. He was knowledgeable, informative and amusing..
Lisa L USA
Amazing day! Really glad I booked this tour vs taking the car ferry over. There was enough time at each place. I think the shorter tour would not have have been enough time. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. He even stopped at a few places not listed on the itinerary for photo ops which was lovely.
Excellent trip, well organised, comfortable coach and very good tour guide who had interesting and informed local knowledge. If you only have a day to spare like us I would fully recommend this tour
Nancy C United States of ...
This was a great tour. They managed to fit in an acceptable amount of time at each stop considering the shorter day that had to be scheduled in May. We really enjoyed the driver's comments and historical narrative as he drove between stops. It is absolutely beautiful country and there was such a variety of history from prehistoric to current. This was one of the highlights of our trip to Scotland. Wish we had had another day to go back and further explore.
It certainly came up to my expectation and more. the Italian chapel was an inspiration and the highlight of the trip for me..
Loved the whole experience.Very well organised.Coach driver was very knowledgeable and funny.great day on Orkney.Thankyou.
After a smooth crossing on the ferry we stepped straight on to the coach which was waiting for us. Stuart, our driver, provided an entertaining commentary as he took us to the various sites, along with anecdotes which we would have missed if we had travelled alone. We were fortunate that the sites were not overcrowded and we enjoyed a lively lunch at the Ferry Inn in Stromness. The only drawback for us was the biting cold, which meant an uncomfortable visit at Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar, but that's something you cannot legislate for. I would thoroughly recommend this trip.
Excellent, driver/tour guide was excellent. I would recommend this tour.
Lots of WW1 and WW2 history and geological and pre-historic interests to explore. Skara Brae was fantastic and who need Stonehenge when you can see standing stones and stone circles on the Orkneys for free?
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