Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness

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Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness
from USD $105.13
A fascinating DayTrip to the Orkney Islands from Inverness visiting all the main attractions 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 an opportunity to see Kirkwall's magnificent 12th century cathedral of St Magnus. Free time for lunch in Kirkwall.
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In Brief

Highland Council, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
14 hours

June 01 to September 02

Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Scapa Flow, Kirkwall Scotland

Scapa Flow was a famous naval anchorage for the Grand Fleet. See the block ships and cross the Churchill Barriers built to protect the eastern approaches.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Ring of Brodgar, B9055 You do not need to book to get into this attraction. There is free access at all times., Stromness Scotland

Visit the mystical standing stone circle at Brodgar.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Standing Stones of Stenness, Stenness Scotland

Neolithic standing stones. Probably the oldest henge in the British Isles.

Stop At: Skara Brae B9056, Stromness KW16 3LR Scotland

Visit the 5000 year old neolithic stoneage village part of the Orkney World Heritage Site.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Saint Magnus Cathedral, Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX Scotland

Impressive, Viking cathedral dominating the centre of the town of Kirkwall belonging to the people of Orkney.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: The Italian Chapel, Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT Scotland

See the beautiful, little Italian Chapel on the island of Lamb Holm built by Italian prisoners of war using only basic materials. The beauty of the chapel has to be seen to be believed.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: John O'Groats Ferries, John O'Groats Pier, John O'Groats KW1 4YR Scotland

Crossing time only 40 mins. The shortest, sea crossing to Orkney. Look out for wildlife on the way and even some whales and puffins.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Stance No. 7, Inverness Bus Station, Margaret St, Inverness IV1 1LT, UK

Our Coach Departs from here at 7.15am

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: North Coast 500, Inverness Scotland

Your trip to John O'Groats takes you on the spectacular Eastern Coastal route of the NC500. Settle back and enjoy.

Duration: 2 hours


  • Ferry crossing
  • English speaking guide
  • Transport by coach
  • Entry/Admission - John O'Groats Ferries


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

Departure Time

7:15 AM

Departure Point

Bus Station, Farraline Park, Inverness, Inverness IV1 1NH, UK

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

I enjoyed the tour of Orkney Islands. We were able to see a lot in a short time with a very good explanation of the area. I wish you would inform your tour directors that making jokes about my President is not funny. I take vacations to get away and relax and sure do not support any criticism of my country.
• Submitted 30 Aug 2019
We were blessed with a sunny day to visit the Orkneys. Everything was well-organized. I absolutely loved the visit to Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar. I appreciated the possibility to purchase food on the bus since the tour is 14 hours. If you have the time visit the Orkneys for 2-3 days.
• Submitted 28 Aug 2019
Long but seamless daytrip from Inverness. Once in a lifetime chance to visit Skara Brae and Ring of Brodgar. Seeing Scapa Flow adds life to WW I / Ii historical events.
• Submitted 23 Aug 2019
This is a great trip. You are accompanied on the coach at either end by friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff. You don't get much time at each stop, but they do cram a lot in, so is the perfect taster tour. Skara Brae was a highlight for us. As you'd expect it is a long day, so come prepared, and also pack an extra layer as it did get a bit chilly on the ferry crossing! (We had a covering of fog for the journey back!). The opportunity to purchase food, drinks and snacks on the coach was a welcome addition.
• Submitted 29 Jul 2019
Only having one day for sight-seeing, we opted for the one day trip to Orkney from Inverness and it was wonderful: Perfect weather, very nice driver and tour guide in one person who told us so many interesting details about islanders, history, economy just while driving. We usually don't go on organized coach tours but we were so lucky and content having booked this one! We could not have done this on our own and every hour of these 13 was worthwhile!
• Submitted 25 Jul 2019
Wonderful excursion and the staff weeall so helpful, knowledgeable and nice, in particular Richard. Would do it again.
• Submitted 19 Jul 2019
Long journey on the bus but the tour was brilliant. Stops at some aces so time for a wonder around and stretch the legs but overall had a really nice day
• Submitted 15 Jul 2019
We learned a lot and saw a lot! Skara Brae was awesome!! Our driver on Orkney was super nice, funny, and knowledgeable! My only complaint is that the bus ride back to Inverness was crazy - made me sick and I never get motion sickness! The ride from Inverness to John O'Groats was great.
• Submitted 08 Jul 2019
I am a stranger to Scotland so it was all an educational experience, the drive up to John O'Groats, the ferry, seeing the landscape and historic sites. It was brilliant. Wish I had gone for the three day trip now!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
What a fantastic experience this was. And very well organized. My sister and I have a wonderful time.
• Submitted 17 Aug 2018
Orkney is a beautiful and exciting place to visit. Very interesting and funny guides on the bus, and everything on the tour went smoothly.
• Submitted 16 Jul 2018
The day lived up to our expectations! We were with a large group on a comfortable coach. The guides were very informative and accommodating, and kept us informed about the day’s schedule. The ferry ride over to the islands was relatively smooth, but the ride back was more adventurous with stronger winds and waves. Ferry captain did a great job getting us across though:) Bus guide was very good to keep people on schedule and speak to those who had difficulty following a schedule. The breathtaking Orkney Islands are well the all day trip!
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
The bus rides from Inverness to John O'Groates is a little bumpy and is tiring, but the ferry ride is breezy and wakes you up and invigorates all as you see the cliffs approaching on Orkney. Our driver was full of historical stories and puns tossed in here and there. It was VERY enjoyable and informative. It was a very high level visit of Orkney but has left us wanting to return so we can return for an extended visit to really experience and learn more about the people and the land. It is so incredibly beautiful and full of interesting history. We look forward to our next trip here. As a side note, it is a VERY long day and we highly recommend packing snacks and drinks. There is so much to do in a limited time that there isn't enough time to stop anywhere to grab a sandwich or much of anything else.
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
Bus driver was knowledgeable, informative, and engaging’ I would gave liked to stay in Kirkwall 30 minutes longer and the first ruins 15 minutes longer- extend the trip by leaving at 7 and returning at 21:30.
• Submitted 24 Sep 2018
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!
• Submitted 01 Nov 2017
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.
• Submitted 18 Oct 2017
Very long day, but the sights in the Orkneys are worth the trip.
• Submitted 06 Oct 2017
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.
• Submitted 05 Oct 2017
Long trip on the bus, followed by a brief ferry ride to the islands. I was fortunate to sit next to a local from the island of Hoy and he pointed out points as interest along the way as well as a standing stone on the ridge of a mountain. There was plenty of time to spend having a wander around the town before setting off on the tour around the island a the points of interest. The weather was atrocious but there is little that can be done about that. The archeological sites were outstanding and very well presented. The surprise was the woolly pigs. The driver was entertaining and informative and allowed us all plenty of time foe a wander. His patience was tried at each spot with two tourists always being late. All in all I would thoroughly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 21 Aug 2017
Our day trip to the Orkney Islands was one we will remember for a long time to come. The bus left promptly from Inverness bus station where there is plenty of parking around for those with cars. The two and one half hour bus trip was comfortable and the guide provide us with information along the way. Ferry ride from John O'Groats was smoothly organised. Our guide/bus driver, Martin in Orkney was excellent. As a local he was able to add that little bit of local knowledge and passion for his homeland which made the trip special. We had been looking forward to seeing the archaeological sites of the Ring of Brodga and Scara Brae. I would love to have stopped at the Ness of Brodga and Maeshowe just long enough to take some photos. I would also like to have passed the Ness of Brodga when there were archeologists there working on the site. I do understand that there is a lot to fit into a one day trip such as this. Another excellent part of our trip was the bus trip back along the Scotish coast with the green fields, blue water, castes and castle ruins. All lovely. We were so lucky to get great weather although windy in parts mostly it was a sunny and warm August day. Thank you Martin for making the day memorable.
• Submitted 13 Aug 2017
The weather was awful but overall we had a good trip. Our guide on the Island was very good. Would be fantastic on a clear day.
• Submitted 31 Jul 2017
Excellent trip, highly recommended. Timing of tour well organised, saw such a lot of Orkney all on one day. Learned so much from Orkney tour guide and had beautiful weather too!
• Submitted 23 Jul 2017
Our guide Stuart Smith was great - knowledgeable, personable, and funny.
• Submitted 20 Jul 2017
Very good tour guides, both on the way up to John O'Groats and then around Orkney. Both gave a lot of good info along the way. Also thought that meals and bookings for Skara Brae were handled excellently so we made the most of our time on the islands. A trip that will stay long in my memory.
• Submitted 12 Jul 2017

In Brief

Highland Council, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
14 hours

June 01 to September 02