The best of Orkney in a day from Inverness
This trip is available 361 days per year as a private trip
This is the only day-trip to Orkney which visits all the top prehistoric sites - Skara Brae; the rings of Brodgar & Stenness; and Maeshowe - and which gives you sufficient time at each of these antiquities. For our crossing to Orkney we use MV Pentalina, the car ferry service started in 2001 and which takes just over an hour from the mainland to Orkney. During this crossing we see a wide variety of wildlife. Often seals are seen before we leave mainland Scotland and seabirds are seen on all trips.
0600-0615hrs We pick you up at your accommodation in Inverness. Drive north by the coast road to Gills Bay (near John o'Groats), with a breakfast/toilet stop. On our way we pass cliff-top castles, wild moorland scenery and a variety of prehistoric sites inlcuding the broch of Carn Liath and the stone 'circle' - actually more a horseshoe - of Achavanich.
0945/0930: Depart Gills Bay for the scenic 1-hour crossing, taking us under Stroma, Swona and the great gun emplacements which guarded Hoxa Sound during the Second World War.
|Maeshowe from the air. Beyond, the lochs of Harray and Stenness; the Ring of Brodgar is between these lochs, on a brown knoll almost directly 'above' the mound of Maeshowe. This is the Neolithic heartland of Orkney and only GO-ORKNEY takes you to Maeshowe on a day tour from Inverness.|
1700hrs: Depart St Margaret's Hope, returning to Caithness 1815hrs.
2100hrs: Return to Inverness.
The price quoted includes return road and ferry transport
from Inverness to Orkney and guided tour within Orkney. Entrance
fees to Skara Brae and Maeshowe are not included - both these monuments
are in the care of Historic Scotland.
Meals & snacks are available on board our ferry, and there is a café at Skara Brae.
Our long experience of Orkney means that, as far as possible, we arrive at the principal sites when there are few other visitors. We can't always promise this; when there's a cruise ship in, even we may meet up with them. But the photos below tell their own story:
The left picture is how the bus park at Skara Brae usually looks when we arrive - just our little coach! The right picture shows it as we're leaving - we're nearly always ahead of the crowd!
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Details of some accommodations in Inverness