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“Orkney Maxi Day Tour from JOG is perfect” 5 of 5 stars
Review of John O'Groats Ferries

John O'Groats Ferries
John O'Groats Pier, John O'Groats KW1 4YR, Scotland
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Orkney Maxi Day Tour from JOG is perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

As a day tour of Orkney you can't beat this! The Maxi Tour was fantastic, both content, format and value. We paid $£62 each for ferry, 9 hours on the island, travel by a luxury coach and entry to Skara Brae and Skaille House. The ferry trip each way is part of the adventure and we loved it. Brian our driver was also our guide and was factual and funny. He did not constantly chat but did point out pertinent history, places and sights. We had plenty of time at each stop to wander as it suited us and eat where we wanted. Perfect if you don't want to be managed the whole time.

Visited August 2013
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“A Really Good Glimpse of Beautiful Orkney”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We took the day tour from Inverness - staying overnight in Inverness beforehand. It is an early start and it is a long coach trip but if you can - it is definitely worth the journey.
The bus leaves from Inverness Bus Station and we left our car at the Rose Street Car Park which is excellent. It is literally next door, well lit, clean, safe and very well priced 4 pounds for the whole day. The guide on the bus to John O'Groats was very helpful and provided us with lots of interesting information on the way. She also took orders for sandwiches for the return leg which were freshly made and collected from Wick and very good - and also sold fresh coffee and cold drinks on the bus. It takes about 3 hours on the bus to John O'Groats but the scenery is beautiful. My only comment would be that it is a long time for some people without a toilet on the bus - although I'm sure the tour people would stop somewhere suitable en route if requested.
We arrived at the little harbour in John O'Groats just as the ferry arrived so we didn't have to wait long to board. It's not a big ferry and I'm not much of a sailor but I managed fine - it only took about 50 minutes any way and there are toilets and you can get hot drinks on the boat.
There were luxury tour coaches waiting for us on the island when the ferry arrived. Our coach driver and guide was Alistair and he was terrific. He kept a very informative commentary going throughout the trip for us and we learned many things from him. He definitely takes pride in his job and should be highly commended.
Orkney is beautiful with acres of sky and breathtaking scenery - well worth a visit. The first stop on the tour was in Lerwick the capital - it is lovely - we had an hour here and decided not to have lunch but to wait until Skara Brae where there is a lovely restaurant at the visitor centre. The tour gives a very good brief impression of the Orkney Isles and their history - We stopped at Skara Brae, the stone circle at Brodgar and the Italian Chapel built by the second world war prisoners. The way the tour is organised is good as not a lot of walking is involved, which suits all ages.
All too soon was time to board the ferry back to John O'Groats and boarded the bus there around 6pm. Enjoyed the sandwiches on the bus after collecting them from Wick and right on time we were back at the bus station in Inverness - somewhat tired but all the richer for the memorable experience.
Would highly recommend this tour - beautiful and truly memorable even if it is just a glimpse of the Orkney Isles.
A big thank you for a wonderful day

Visited August 2013
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“A Brief Introduction to the Orkneys”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

After the 45 minute boat trip across, we quickly boarded the coach and met Alister, our guide for the day. We had booked the shorter (10.30 start, 6pm back) outing but still got the benefit of a very interesting day. It was lightly raining so staying for very long at any particular place wasn't really part of the plan, but Alister combined humour with knowledge and we definitely knew a lot more at the end of the day!
Incidentally, if you are a member of English Heritage, take your card with you as there are reciprocal arrangements at Skara Brae as it is part of Heritage Scotland (we got in free of charge).

Visited July 2013
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“Highly recommend the Maxi Day tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

Excellent way to see the Orkneys. Ferry ride is about 45 minutes and then you are met by Stuart who takes care of you for the rest of the day. His knowledge and humour was fantastic and at no time did we feel rushed. The day finishes with the 7 o'clock ferry back to John O'Groats. Our crossing was quite calm, but if it is a bit choppy, sea sickness tablets would be helpful.

Visited July 2013
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“The way to see (some of) Orkney in a day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We had an amazing day in Orkney with the John O'Groats Ferries. There really wasn't much of a welcome on board the ferry, although the staff members were friendly when approached with a question. Our driver and guide was the best, however. He gave us lots of facts and stories from the isles and was very patient with the passengers. The maxi tour is a full schedule with many very interesting stops, and we found we had enough time to get something to eat during the stops as well. Skara Brae was the highlight of the day and worth the admission price. Best of all was the excellent weather with sun and blue skies, and we realise just how lucky we were with that.

Visited June 2013
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