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Take the John O Groats Ferry and explore the Orkney Isles

Posted: May 21st, 2018 | Posted in: General News

Whilst John O Groats is a fascinating place to visit, your adventure doesn’t have to stop there. The John O Groats ferry is a passenger ferry that will take people from John O Groats to the Orkney Isles. Thinking about extending your adventure? Want to try something a little bit different to explore the area? Why not try this amazing ferry?

When does it run?

It runs every day between May and September and runs 7 days a week during those months. The crossing takes around 45 minutes and the 2017 prices were as low as £18 for a single fare. During May and September there are ferries departing at 8:45 and 16:30 and during June, July and August there is an additional ferry at 10:30.

They also come back to the mainland, with departures from Orkney at 9:45 and 17:30 in May and September and 9:45, 17:15 and 19:00 during the summer months.

Can you take bikes on board?

The John O Groats ferry is able to carry bikes as well as passengers. Bikes can be transported for free and you do not need to pre-book, just turn up 30 minutes before the sailing time.

Are there any extras you can book?

Not content with just having an exciting trip over the Isles? Why not book yourself on a day tour as well? These come in a highlights and a full version and with these tours you will learn plenty more about Orkney and what the islands have to offer.

Not only this, but you can also enjoy one of the afternoon wildlife cruises that the company organises. These 90 minute tours run between the 20th June and the 31st August. You don’t need to prebook on this tour, simply turn up and pay. The tour will take you past some of the most impressive and rugged scenery that make for perfect photo. Not only this, but you are likely to see skuas, puffins, grey seals and a whole host of other local wildlife!

As you can see the John O Groats ferry is not just a way to leave the mainland and explore the islands. It is a way that you can learn more about the wildlife that calls the seas their home and also see one of the most beautiful natural scenery that you can find in the UK.

John O Groats isn’t too far from us here at Mackays, which means that if you want to book in on the ferry, then you could also book in to stay with us. Whilst we may not be able to offer you a chance to see fascinating wildlife, we can promise an amazing hotel that you will be more than happy to stay in!

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