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  1. United Kingdom
  2. Scottish Highlands
  3. Inverness
  4. Skara Brae

Orkney Islands: Day Tour from Inverness

Product ID: 235377
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Explore the picturesque Orkney Islands on this day tour from Inverness. Enjoy driving along the Eastern North Coast 500 highway and visit famous John O'Groats on the way to the Orkneys.
About this activity
Duration: 14 hours
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  • Explore stunning Skara Brae (a Stone Age village) which is older than the pyramids!
  • Immerse yourself in the atmospheric Neolithic Ring of Brodgar
  • Visit the beautiful Italian Chapel and St Magnus Cathedral
  • Cross the famous Pentland Firth and look out for killer whales and puffins on the way
  • Take your photograph at the famous John O'Groats signpost
Full description
After departure from the Inverness Bus Station, you'll drive along the eastern part of the North Coast 500 highway and visit famous John O'Groats. You won't want to miss getting a photograph at the end of the road signpost. Then, catch the ferry to Orkney. Sit on the top deck to enjoy the sea views and watch for killer whales, seals, puffins, and more, or relax in the covered cabin on the lower deck.

On arrival in Orkney, your luxury coach will be waiting to take you around five of the Orkney Islands. The islands are joined together by causeways called the Churchill Barriers. See Kirkwall where you'll have free time for lunch and visit St Magnus Cathedral. Travel along the northern boundary of Scapa Flow to Skara Brae, a 5000-year-old Stone Age village and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, visit the Ring of Brodgar and see the Standing Stones of Stenness. Finally, visit the beautifully decorated Italian Chapel on the island of Lamb Holm before catching the ferry back to John O'Groats where your coach back to Inverness will be waiting. 
  • All transport (coaches & ferry)
  • English commentary
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fee to Skara Brae
  • Entrance fee to Italian Chapel
  • Lunch

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Meeting point

Meet your tour at Stance 6 at the Inverness Bus Station on Margaret St, Inverness IV1 1LS, UK.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
Know before you go
This tour may not be suitable for you if you have very limited mobility as you need to be mobile enough to get on and off the ferry and coach.
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John O’Groats Ferries

Product ID: 235377