Drive the full length of Loch Ness, see Cairngorms National park and the stunning Glen Coe, and pass Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument.
- Adult ages 16-59
- Child aged 3 to 15 inclusive
- Senior Seniors(s) 60yrs+ / Students
The John O’Groats Experience
Make it to the most northerly point on the British mainland. This fascinating tour will also introduce you to the stunning cliffs of the northern coast, the wild magnificence of Caithness, and an abundance of wildlife.
- Caithness: And the Cromarty Firth
- John O’Groats: ‘The end of the road’
- Duncansby Head: Amazing wildlife and stunning cliffs
- Wick: A historic estuary town
- The Black Isle: Wonderful scenery and fascinating history
A day trip North…
Take this tour so that you can say that you’ve ‘made it’ to the most northerly point on the British mainland. This fascinating tour will also introduce you to the stunning cliffs of the northern coast, the wild magnificence of Caithness, and an abundance of wildlife.
Your journey north begins by leaving Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, behind and heading across the beautiful Black Isle. The Black Isle, which is neither black nor an island, is a stunning and well-known peninsula located within the Highlands of Scotland, slightly north of Inverness. Contrary to its name, the Black Isle is in fact not an island, but a landform surrounded mainly by water, whilst still a part of the mainland. To the south you’ll find the Beauly Firth, to the east you’ll find the Moray Firth and to the North, our direction of travel today, you’ll find the Cromarty Firth. As we drive through this beautiful landscape you’ll learn about the history of the region, including the story of the First Duke of Sutherland, whose agents were involved in the most notorious of the Highland clearances in the 19th Century.
From here, we’ll then travel through the brooding and magnificent landscape of Caithness. This is a beautiful place full of amazing scenery and some of Scotland’s most fascinating and rare wildlife. Being just a stone’s throw from Orkney, on a clear day you may even catch a glimpse of the islands in the distance. As well as stunning scenery and an abundance of wildlife, Caithness is also rich in prehistoric remains from Neolithic times, from cairns and standings stones to hill forts and brochs. Caithness is home to more brochs than any other county in Scotland. For lunch, you’ll enjoy a coastal stop at one of the region’s picturesque harbours. As you eat, there will be a chance to learn a bit about the region’s traditional herring fishing industry from your driver-guide.
As far North as you can go…
After lunch, we’ll continue our journey to reach the star of this tour, John O’Groats. From the abundance of wildlife to the stunningly beautiful scenery, John O’Groats will take your breath away at every turn. Here you’ll be able to take an “I’ve been there” photograph. Take a stroll along the cliff-top path at Duncansby Head and enjoy the dramatic view of sea stacks and the sea itself. Duncansby is rich in birdlife including guillemot, kittiwakes, and, its most famous residents, puffins (until late July). Duncansby is also home to a lighthouse built in 1924, with its automation taking place in 1997. Enjoy the coastal air before we begin our journey home.
Head South through Wick to Inverness…
Leaving Duncansby behind, we’ll begin our journey southwards back to Inverness. We’ll travel through more breathtaking scenery and pass through the historic estuary town of Wick, a former Viking settlement. It is believed that the town name Wick was derived from the word ‘Vik’ meaning ‘bay’ in Old Norse, relating back to the town’s origin. In the 19th-century, this quaint little town once held claim to fame for being the busiest herring port in Europe. From here, we’ll make our coastal journey back via Dunrobin Castle, the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and the largest in the Northern highlands sitting with 189 rooms. From here, it’s a short distance before we finally arrive back into Inverness.
- No matter when you visit, the weather in Scotland can be “changeable”, to say the least. We suggest that you bring suitable clothing for all conditions, including a waterproof jacket (it has been known to rain in Scotland), sunglasses and plenty of layers.
- Ensure you bring shoes suitable for short walks, on rough or uneven terrain.
- Although most attractions & eating establishments we visit accept card payments, we would also recommend bringing cash with you.
- Don’t forget a camera to snap the fantastic memories you’ll make on tour with us!
- Please limit your luggage to 1 x small/medium piece per person (no more than 15kg), along with 1 x small handbag or daypack.