Orkney Islands Day Trip From Inverness - Glasgow

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This day trip from Inverness visits some of the main attractions of the Orkney Islands including Skara Brae, The Churchill Barriers, Scapa Flow, The Ring of Brodgar and The Standing Stones of Stenness. You will also have a stop in Kirkwall with the opportunity to see Kirkwall's magnificent 12th century cathedral of St Magnus.

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Leaving Inverness behind, this day trip of the Orkney Islands departs every summer morning. Settle back and enjoy the spectacular drive through Scotland's Far North Highlands, before arriving at famous John O'Groats - the end of the line, the northern most point of Scotland.

Cross the Pentland Firth to the Islands in just 40 minutes, looking out for puffins, seals, gannets, porpoise and even the occasional whale along the way. Island hop across the Churchill Barriers which thread together five islands to form the Eastern boundary of Scapa Flow. Visit the capital town, Kirkwall, home to the magnificent Viking cathedral of St Magnus and step back 3,000 years as you enter the stoneage village of Skara Brae. The village was hidden under sand dunes, perfectly preserved, until uncovered 150 years ago during a winter storm.

Inclusions for Orkney Islands Day Trip From Inverness

  • Ferry crossing
  • English speaking guide
  • Transport by coach

Exclusions for Orkney Islands Day Trip From Inverness

  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entrance fee to Skara Brae
  • Entrance to the Italian Chapel

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • Bus tour guide on Orkney was AWESOME and the sites are so worth the trip. What a great guy. But the bus to and from the ferry was hellish. I get motion sickness, but generally can handle it fine. Usually boats are the problem, but the boat ride across to Orkney was fine. The bus rides to and from the ferry were horrible, and the staff were totally uneuipped to assist. What complete dolts. Had I known the bus would be like that, I would have booked my own visit and stayed on Orkney for a night. We did get the wrost rainstorm on record while we were there which cut short some of our site visits, but even that didn't dampen the beauty and inspiration of the place. The Skara Brae exhibit is thought-provoking and just beautiful. I would definitely visit again. Just not via this tour.

  • I was very excited to take this trip however, on the morning of, we were to be at a bus stop at a certain bay at a certain time. I arrived early, 15 minutes before the time we were suppose to be there. There were three other people there. People started to arrive and get into a line. 10 minutes before the tour bus was to arrive, a representative came over and said they changed the bay number and we had to move across to another bay where there was a huge lineup. I went from the front to the back instantly. People were already grumbling and not happy as they specifically came early to get a window seat. When the bus showed up, people that had been at the new bay number started to get on as another bus pulled up behind it. We were going to board and a large screaming man started pushing people including me saying the first bus was not the Orkney bus and he should get on first on this bus because he had come early just for a window seat. There was a huge argument with this rude individual I actually thought there was going to be a fist fight. The doors to the bus opened and he literally shoved people to get on first. There was still screaming and yelling even when we got on the bus. I booked my tickets months ahead of time, at least 6 months and what I can guess is the few people that booked way in advance were given the original bay number and people that booked later received the new bay number. It was a gong show and left a terrible taste with quite a few people due to disorganization on the tour companies part. I would recommend when you book your tickets, there be a number system as this was a horrible way to start a tour. The tour itself was really good however there was just not enough time at the stops. It was really really rushed to try to take it all in.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • From pick up in Inverness, the tour was fantastic. Really enjoyed the day. Just one thing though - the minibus seats are not made for larger people. Very uncomfortable.

  • This was a fast pace tour ,which initially was annoying but I reminded myself that it was a taster tour. The guides were very informative .The tour was good to whet your appetite for future visits

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