Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness
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.
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.
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Ring of Brodgar, Scotland
- Ferry crossing
- English speaking guide
- Transport by coach
- Optional gratuities
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Entrance fee to Skara Brae
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Reviewed by: k.dossin, July 2015
This was a great way to get a highlights view of Northern Scotland and the Orkney Islands, but be prepared for a very long, 14-hour, day of bus and ferry rides, but the scenery is spectacular as you travel up the coast of Scotland to John O'Groats, the northernmost point in the UK. From there you take a ferry across the Pentland Firth where the Atlantic Ocean and North Sea come together. Once you arrive at Orkney, another bus awaits your arrival and you travel to Kirkwall for an hour walk-around, and quick lunch on your own. Then it's on to amazing stops at Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, and the Italian Chapel. The scenery in the Orkneys is fantastic. All-in-all, if you are thinking of doing this trip, do it, it's a once in a lifetime experience!
Reviewed by: Arthur H, July 2015
Well organized and well worth the long day. Excellent guides and adequate time to see the major spots. Even the weather cooperated, and the ferry ride was smooth. a highlight of our week in Scotland