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John OGroats and the Far North

The Black Isle, Caithness, John O'Groats and Duncansby Head

Tour description

Your day begins in Inverness as your driver-guide introduces you to the capital of the Highlands. You’ll pass the cathedral and the church as you learn some of this city’s intriguing history. Heading north we’ll cross the Kessock Bridge and see the River Ness flowing into the Beauly Firth. Leaving the bridge behind us we’ll enter the Black Isle, not black or an island but beautiful and full of fascinating stories. Driving through this landscape you'll learn of the First Duke of Sutherland, whose agents were involved in the most notorious of the Highland clearances in the 19th Century. 

There is a seal colony who are usually basking just as you come over the long curving Cromarty Bridge. Your driver-guide will seek out the best place to catch a glimpse of these incredible creatures before we continue our journey north.

Golspie, an attractive seaside village will be our next stop. It’s a perfect spot to grab a morning coffee and stretch your legs whilst taking in views of the North Sea. Next we’ll make our way further up the coast to Helmsdale, the sight of the Emigrants Memorial. Unveiled in 2007 this statue reminds us of an incredibly important part of Scottish history. 

Our lunchtime stop is at Dunbeath home to one of the region's most picturesque harbours. You can enjoy lunch here at the Bay Owl café & restaurant or eat outside (weather permitting), whilst looking out towards the water and the striking Dunbeath Castle. 

After lunch we’ll continue north, stopping at the Hill o’ Many Stanes, a rather unusual place; a sloping hill covered in over 200 stones. Legend says it marks the site of a battle, with each stone representing the head of a dead warrior. 

The most dramatic coastal scenery comes from the cliff-top path at Duncansby Head, the iconic sea stacks and crashing waves make for incredible photographs. You’ll have enough time to take a leisurely walk and check out some of Duncansby’s residents, look out for guillemots, kittiwakes and, and the most well-known, puffins (until late July). 

Next we’ll reach "the end of the road” and you’ll be able to say you’ve stood on the most northernly point of mainland Scotland at the unspoilt John O'Groats. You’ll have time to visit the harbour, buy gifts or a coffee before we begin our journey back to Inverness.

You'll travel through more breath-taking scenery and your driver-guide will be sure to stop along the way to see some more picturesque sights before returning to your departure point at around 7.30pm.

Tour Details
Departure days
Tuesday and Thursday
22 March - 16 October
Depart/Return Times
09:15 / 19:30


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