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  1. United Kingdom
  2. Scottish Highlands
  3. Kirkwall
  4. Standing Stones of Stenness

From John O'Groats: Orkney Islands Day Trip

Product ID: 305413
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Experience a fascinating day out as you discover the history, scenery, and wildlife of the amazing Orkney Islands. Travel just 40 minutes by ferry from John O'Groats to begin a luxury coach tour. Visit the picturesque towns of Kirkwall and Stromness.
About this activity
Duration: 1 day
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Visit the World Heritage Island of Orkney on a day-trip from John O'Groats
  • Experience the mystical stone circle at the Ring of Brodgar
  • Marvel at the magnificent Cathedral of St Magnus and the beautiful little Italian Chapel
  • Admire the neolithic sight of Skara Brae which is older than the Pyramids
Full description
Start the tour by boarding the ferry at John O'Groats. Take the 40-minute ferry crossing, keeping a lookout for marine wildlife including puffins and orcas on the way. When you arrive on Orkney, board a luxury coach which will be waiting for you to begin your tour of the island.

As you set off, enjoy the commentary from a local guide. First, see the Churchill Barriers built during the First World War. Stop in Kirkwall which is Orkney's capital city and discover St Magnus Cathedral, shops, the museum, and the scenic harbor. Continue along the northern coast of Scapa Flow and admire the beautiful views of the Hoy hills. Then, arrive in Stromness, one of Britain's most picturesque towns. Stroll through the winding street, visit the museum, and find plenty of places to eat lunch. 

Next, set off for the neolithic village of Skara Brae, established in around 2,500 BC and which has been hidden under sand dunes, perfectly preserved for thousands of years. Follow the route onwards along a narrow tongue of land between the lochs of Harray and Stenness, making a stop at the mystical Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness.

Finally, board the return ferry, and make a stop at the Italian Chapel which is beautifully decorated inside 2 Nissen huts. Return to John O'Groats with incredible memories of your excursion.
  • Return ferry crossing
  • Coach tour
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fees at Skara Brae and the Italian Chapel (payable on-site)

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Meeting point

John O’ Groats Ferry Terminal, John o' Groats, Wick KW1 4YR, UK. The name of the ferry is MV Pentland Venture.

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Important information
Know before you go
• No special walking shoes are required
• There will be numerous food, drink and toilet stop opportunities along the way
• There is a large, free car park in John O'Groats
Organized by

John O’Groats Ferries

Product ID: 305413