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Orkney Travel Day Trip

Every Day (Except Sunday) - Tour departs Stromness Travel Centre at 10.30am

THIS TOUR IS NOT SUITABLE IF YOU ARE ARRIVING ON A CRUISE SHIP IN KIRKWALL, PLEASE LOOK AT THE WEST MAINLAND TOUR INSTEAD. (The starting point is in Stromness which is 15 miles from the cruise port in Kirkwall.)

Booking Essential - minimum 2 people to run - can run out of season on request.

The Orkney Travel Day Trip meets Northlink Ferries that departs Scrabster at 8.45am and arrives in Stromness around 10.20am. The tour returns to Stromness Travel Centre at 4pm in plenty of time for the 4.45pm ferry back to Scrabster. Ferry fares are not included in the cost of the tour, these will have to be paid seperately.

This tour is ideal if you are on the North Coast 500 and would like to spend a day in Orkney but not stay in Orkney overnight. It is also ideal if you are staying in Stromness and want to visit Orkney's main attractions.

This is a semi private tour that runs with a maximum of 8 passengers so the smaller vehicle gives you plenty of time to explore areas that coaches can't take you to. Our driver guides are trained to a high standard and provide commentary in the vehicle and also provide site guiding at most of the attractions that you will visit.

The tour will see the following sites.

- Cliffs of Yesnaby

- Skara Brae / Skaill House (entry fee included)

- Ring of Brodgar

- Standing Stones of Stenness

- Free time in Kirkwall OR trip to Italian Chapel (extra fee for Italian Chapel)

- Scapa Flow

- Unstan Tomb

All this from only £99 per person

Our Itinerary

  • Cliffs of Yesnaby - dramatic cliffs and stunning scenery.
  • Skara Brae- 5000 year old stone-age village, discovered in 1850 when a great storm blew away a sand dune to reveal the village beneath. (optional visit of Skaill House, one of Orkney's finest manor houses)
  • Ring of Brodgar - Stone circle and henge monument estimated to be around 4500 years old. Originally made up of 60 standing stones 27 remain standing today.
  • Standing Stones of Stenness - The smaller of two stone circles we will visit today, a beautiful monument built around 3100BC.
  • Kirkwall OR Italian Chapel - Choose between free time in Kirkwall or for an extra £15 per person visit the Italian Chapel.
  • Scapa Flow - Stunning scenic views across this famous stretch of water used by the Royal Navy during both World Wars.
  • Unstan Tomb - 5,300 year old burial chamber.

Frequently Asked Questions

What ferry do we need to catch?

You will need to travel on the MV Hamnavoe that is operated by Northlink Ferries. The ferry departs at 0845, check in closes 30 minutes before the sailing departs so please ensure you arrive in plenty of time.

How do we book the ferry?

You can book the ferry at

How much does the ferry cost?

The ferry costs vary depending on season, age and concessionary travel. Please look on the Northlink website for accurate prices. An adult will cost no more than £46 return.

What happens if the ferry doesn't sail due to bad weather?

You will receive a full refund for your tour if the ferry doesn't sail for any reason. However if you miss the ferry sailing, we are unable to issue a refund for the tour. We may however be able to transfer your booking to another date.

What if the ferry is late arriving in Stromness?

If the ferry is running late, the tour will wait for the ferry to arrive before starting the tour.

I am arriving to Orkney via cruise ship, is this a good tour for me?

We would not recommend this tour if you are arriving via cruise ship to either Hatston Pier or Kirkwall Anchorage. However if you did decide to book this tour anyway, you would have to find your own way to Stromness Travel Centre which is around 15 miles.

I am staying in or around Stromness, would this tour be suitable for me?

Yes this tour would be suitable, you would meet the minibus and your guide at Stromness Travel Centre at 1015.

Do you allow dogs on the

We do not allow on our small group tours. We do however allow dogs on our private tours.

Orkney Day Tour - Meets the Stromness Ferry
Orkney Day Tour - Meets the Stromness Ferry

Tour Information

Meeting Point: Stromness Travel Centre

When: Every day (except Sunday)

Start Time: 10.30am

Duration: 5.5 hours

Lunch stop possible at Skara Brae or in Kirkwall.


8 seat minibus

What's Included

  • Driver Commentary
  • Guided Tour of Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness and Italian Chapel (if chosen)
  • Admission Tickets
  • Complimentary Water

Not Included

  • Ferry Fares
  • Lunch
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