Orkney Day Trips From John O’ Groats

Looking for Orkney Day Trips from John O’ Groats? We are only a 20-minute drive to the foot passenger ferry terminal. Here you can enjoy a fabulous John O Groats to Orkney day trip by joining a tour bus on the other side. And John O Groats is a fascinating place to visit too, being the most northerly tip of the UK. Park up in the UK’s most northerly car park and take the John O Groats ferry. This passenger ferry offers crossings John O Groats to the Orkney Isles as well as Orkney day tours and wildlife cruises.

So if you’re thinking about extending your adventures to the Scottish Isles and want to try something a little bit different to explore the area, then try these amazing Highland day trips. Your adventure doesn’t have to stop at the tip of Brittian when on your holidays in Caithness!

A spectacular view of the Orkney stacks and cliffs with the sea swirling below

When Can I Book These Orkney Day Trips?

The Orkney ferry from John O’ Groats and its Orkney day trips run every day between May and September. The crossing takes around 45 minutes and single-way ferry prices start at £24 – see all pricing here. Day Tours start from £79pp. Ferries depart John O’ Groats at 8:45 and 16:30 daily. And they return from Orkney at 9.30 and 17.30, with the exception of June, July, and August, when the later ferry returns at 19:00.

Can You Take Bikes & Dogs Onboard?

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

What Orkney Attractions Will We Visit?

So, if you want to see the best of Orkney without the cost and hassle of taking a car, these Orkney bus tours are just the ticket. Pick from an Orkney attractions highlights bus tour and a full version maxi tour. And with these tours, you can enjoy a guided history of Orkney and see all that the islands have to offer. Visit Skara Brae, the largest uncovered stone-built Neolithic settlement. Discover the history of Scapa Flow and WWII prisoners of war at the Italian Chapel. And take in the magic of the ancient standing stones of Orkney.

A view of one of Orkney's attractions, the ancient Orkney Standing Stones

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.

Old Orkney Crofts with thatch rooves

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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