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Wildlife Cruise from John O'Groats

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John o' Groats, United Kingdom
Wildlife Cruise from John O'Groats

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


Set sail for a scenic summer cruise from John O'Groats, Scotland’s northernmost point, and enjoy wildlife spotting along the windswept Pentland Firth. Keep a lookout for Atlantic grey seals, puffins, porpoise and whales as you pass by dramatic sea cliffs and deserted islands on the boat ride, then watch as flocks of guillemots, arctic skuas, and kittiwakes swoop overhead.
  • Wildlife-viewing cruise from John O’Groats
  • Cruise through Pentland Firth
  • Admire the dramatic scenery
  • Look for puffins, seals, the occasional whale, and more
  • Indoor- and outdoor-viewing
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Ferry crossing
English speaking guide
Optional gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Unnamed Road, John o' Groats, Wick KW1 4YR, UK

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
At John O’Groats Harbour, climb aboard your boat and find a comfortable spot on the spacious deck or in the comfortable saloon area. Set sail on the Pentland Firth and—depending on the weather—take one of two possible routes.

Marvel at an abundance of seabirds at either the colossal cliffs near Duncansby Head, or the uninhabited island of Storma. As you explore the rugged scenery by boat, you’ll see puffins, guillemots, razorbills, and arctic skuas, among other native bird species.

With luck, you’ll catch a glimpse of Atlantic Grey Seal colonies from an excellent vantage point on deck. Listen to informative commentary from your guide throughout the cruise and enrich your knowledge of Scotland’s natural history.

Bid your guide farewell and disembark at the marina at the end of your cruise.
Stop At:  
Duncansby Head
See rugged cliff scenery teeming with birdlife and seals.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
John O'Groats Ferries
Cruise with the MV Pentland Venture on a 90 mins wildlife cruise. Sit on top deck or large saloon below.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour must be booked at least 12 hours in advance of your travel date
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
  • Child prices apply to children aged 5 - 15 years of age
  • Infants aged 4 years and under are free of charge, providing they do not occupy a seat
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
  • OPERATED BY John O'Groats Ferries

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Wildlife Cruise from John O'Groats?
This activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers.

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33 Reviews
2 stars

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Good fun
, Jul 2021
Had good fun, although we didn’t see any dolphins we seen lots of seals, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and we took a lovely venture round stroma, never knew it existed. Good wee day out.
It’s A Must!
, Jul 2021
Scenery is the best in the world! Staff on boat went above and beyond to help my daughter who is in a wheelchair.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for your review. I remember it was a wee bit cool on the aft deck but our crew provided a jacket to keep your daughter warm. We were very pleased to help and glad you all enjoyed your trip.
What a way to see Dolphins
, Jun 2021
A brilliant trip. The sight of so many birds in such an awe inspiring setting. The way they land on the rock face was fascinating. The sight of Puffins was another highlight. Then to top it all off we had a swim by of seven dolphins. A great trip not to be missed.
Stunning and informative
, Jun 2021
Wonderful trip. The commentary was informative. Plenty to see. Fascinating trip. The scenery was spectacular. Saw puffins, Shags, Kittiwakes and seals.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for your wonderful review. Very glad you enjoyed it and saw so many birds & seals.
Wildlife cruse
, Jun 2021
Had a very lovely day for it on down side people were spilling alcohol while young children were there but next time I come now kids will be with us
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for your 4 star rating. I'm extremely surprised at your comments regarding alcohol. We don't sell alcohol onboard and our strict policy is that we don't allow any alcohol to be consumed. It may possibly be that you are confusing us with another boat trip. If not, and this behaviour was not noticed, or not challenged, then please accept my sincere apologies.
Thanks to a really sunshine day...
, Aug 2017
Thanks to a really sunshine day , the trip was more enhanced with the cruise trip around Stroma Island where the colony of grey , and harbour seals were on the six miles islands shore line almost everywhere. There was also quite a few species of sea birds , especially the Gannets sky diving into the ocean for fish right in front of the ferry. Good value for money at only 13 !
While I was in John O'Grotes I was...
Gladys Ann H
, Aug 2017
While I was in John O'Grotes I was able to take this wonderful wildlife tour one incredible sunny day! The North Sea brought out her brightest blue for us, and the sun was on full shine! It's a nice size boat that we were on and the crew and captain were excellent and gave an audio tour!
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This boat trip around the island of...
, Jun 2017
This boat trip around the island of Stroma was excellent, we really enjoyed it. We saw many different varieties of birds, plenty seals basking and swimming and the close-up views of the island, cliffs and caves were great. Running commentary over a loudspeaker in English ensured we had plenty information about what we were seeing. Definitely recommend this trip and it's very good value for money at only 12 approx per person.
Excellent narrative from driver. He...
Peter J
, Jul 2013
Excellent narrative from driver. He was well informed. Overall a pleasant day with plenty of interesting stops on the coach trip. Would recommend to 0thers.
This is an excellent, value for...
s c c
, Sep 2012
This is an excellent, value for money cruise.The crew seemed to know all about what birds were flying about and also the island. We would recommend this to all

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