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From John O'Groats: Orkney Islands Day Trip

1. From John O'Groats: Orkney Islands Day Trip

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.

Inverness: John O'Groats and the Far North Tour

2. Inverness: John O'Groats and the Far North Tour

Your tour departs Inverness before traveling north, up to Loch Fleet to the village of Golspie. The village, situated on the north sea coast is nestled next to Ben Bhraggie and is an attractive little seaside resort complete with long sandy beaches. You will be able to spend time here for refreshments, before continuing on to Dunrobin Castle. A stately home in Sutherland, Dunrobin Castle is the family seat of Clan Sutherland. It resembles a French chateau with it’s towering spires, and overlooks the Moray Firth. You will spend time here exploring the beautiful stately home whilst enjoying some refreshments. You will then continue north through the Helmsdale Clearance to the Highland town of Wick for your lunch break. A former Viking settlement, Wick is the principal town in the far north of mainland Scotland. You can spend time exploring the town and taking in the views across Wick Bay whilst you enjoy your lunch. From Wick, you will then travel to John O’Groats; the most northerly point on British mainland. Here you’ll be able to stroll along the cliff path, take iconic photos at the signpost, and enjoy dramatic coastal views, perhaps even seeing some local wildlife! From John O’Groats, you will begin to make your way back to Inverness. You will travel to Dunbeath Harbor for photos, and to Brora, famous for its golf courses and magnificent coastal scenery.

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What people are saying about John o' Groats

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 83 reviews

It was a fabulous experience! The trip is done in a small group, our guide Marita was very cheerful and dynamic and we had a great day! The program varied slightly from what was announced, but for the better: instead of going to the beach (it was a bit ugly) we went to see magnificent and very well preserved Cairns which we were able to enter! As we took this tour around April/May we were also lucky enough to see seals and puffins, as well as an impressive falconry show at the castle. Thank you very much to our guide! :)

A very enjoyable day out. Our driver, Darren, was really interesting, telling us lots of island history and cracking a few mostly bad jokes as well ! The variety of sites was perfect, though personally I would have liked longer at Skara Brae as there is a lot to see there . The tour ran to time as did the ferry.

Well organised trip with time to enjoy all the places we visited. Our driver was very friendly and very knowledgeable. He gave us lot of information about all things Orkney.

Glad we booked the trip rather than driving ourselves. Great comfortable coach and driver. We would never had known or seen so many aspects of the Orkneys otherwise.

Great day, Marita was very knowledgeable and good fun.