Orkney Islands Day Trip From John O'Groats

Per Person
More than 100 Reviews

100+ Travelers say that this tour met their expectations.

Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Lowest Price Guaranteed
  • Duration: 11 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    8:40 AM
  • Departure Details :
    John O'Groats Harbour, Unnamed Road, John o' Groats, Wick KW1 4YR, UK
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Explore the Orkney Islands on this day trip from John O'Groats. Take the ferry and island hop across the Churchill Barriers to visit Kirkwall, home to the magnificent Viking cathedral of St Magnus. Free time for lunch in Stromness. Visit Ring of Brodgar and Standing Stones. Step back 5,000 years as you enter the stoneage village of Skara Brae and on your way home drop by the Italian Chapel.

Know More about this tour

Leaving John O'Groats, this day trip to the Orkney Islands departs every summer morning. Cross the Pentland Firth to the Islands by ferry in just 40 minutes. The Firth is rich in marine wild life and the many isolated islands provide secure breeding places for thousands of sea birds. Look out for seals and whales 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 the lovely little village of Stromness, last port of call for sailing ships on their way to the Americas. Then step back 5,000 years as you enter the Neolithic village of Skara Brae. This Village was hidden under sand dunes, perfectly preserved, until uncovered 150 years ago during a winter storm.

On your way back to the ferry in the evening there will be a stop at the Italian Chapel. Beautifully constructed inside two "nissen" huts using only basic raw materials, the beauty of the Chapel must be seen to be appreciated.


Ferry crossing

English speaking guide

Transport by coach


Optional gratuities

Hotel pickup and drop off

Food and drinks, unless specified

Entrance fees to Skara Brae

Entrance fees to Italian chapel

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Traveler Reviews

See all reviews
  • 11-Sep-2019

    We did the Maxi Tour, with Stuart as our tour guide. He was a great guide. With this tour you get to see all the main highlights on Orkney. Stuart keeps gives you all the history and keeps it fun and interesting. We had a great day. Highly recommend.

  • 10-Sep-2019

    Knowledgeable and enjoyable driver/tour leader.
    Wish there had been a short (5-10 minute) stop at an overview point for Scapa Flow for photo.

  • 30-Aug-2019

    Well organised trip. Happy with tour. Guide, spoke a lot about himself, but was informative, and pleasant.

  • 23-Aug-2019

    Driver was knowledgeable, patient, friendly and on time. Good sense of humor coupled with fascinating insights as to what we were seeing.

  • 22-Aug-2019

    Very interesting day out. Saw most of what Orkney has to offer. Very relaxing. Very informative. Very friendly knowledgeable guide - Richard.

  • 13-Aug-2019

    I opted for this trip as I was travelling with my two children and we loved it. The ferry crossing was a little rough but I was fine as soon as my feet hit from ground.
    If you’re an English Heritage member, do not buy the Skara Brae ticket as EH gets you in.
    It was a magical day and the sun even shone for us. There was lots of driving but the coach driver we had (Andrew) as amazing and so informative and clued up on the history. There are plenty of stops along the way too, sobit breaks up the day. Mew went in a Sunday and the bigger towns were quiet as no cruise ships were in, but happy with a tea room!

  • 02-Aug-2019

    Very well organised and our driver Stevie was full of info. Just the right amount of time at each stop and then on the next. Great way to see the main sights in only a day.

  • 11-Jul-2019

    We had a great day. We covered a lot of ground. Our driver was charming and very informative. It gave us a taste of Orkney and we hope to return.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Very interesting and informative trip with a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Worth every penny.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    It became more and more windy as the day progressed and we could barely stand but who cared.
    Stewart, the driver/guide, was knowledgeable, entertaining and very well organized. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

See all reviews