5 days

From £855

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Summary

The coastal views and landscapes are breathtaking – sometimes quite literally, as the wind whips in off the Pentland Firth and snatches the very breath from your mouth. Standing here on the northern edge of mainland Britain you are moved to reflect on the awesome, unstoppable power of the sea and the equally indomitable strength of the ancient rock beneath your feet, the two locked together in a timeless and never-ending battle.  

We begin at Duncansby Head, the north-eastern tip of Caithness, with its jagged sea stacks and wheeling seabirds, and continue via John O’Groats to Dunnett Head, the most northerly headland of all, with extensive views in all directions. A visit to the Castle of Mey, the lovingly restored former summer residence of the late Queen Mother, is also included. Travelling west we continue to Strathnaver, the lonely river valley which evokes the dark days of the notorious ‘Highland Clearances’ of the early 19th century. From our harbour-side hotel at Kinlochbervie we seek out some of the gems of the north-west coast, such as Smoo Cave at Durness, a huge sea cave with a waterfall and a ‘blowhole’.

NC500: Please note that this itinerary features part of the North Coast 500, the highly scenic coastal route which begins and ends in Inverness.

Tour highlights:

  • The famous Stacks of Duncansby
  • Journey’s End signpost at John O’Groats
  • Summer gardens at the Castle of Mey
  • The magical Smoo Cave
  • The uninhabited island of Handa

Departure Routes

Location Depart Return
Glasgow
Bus stop on North Hanover Street, opposite Queens Street Station
07.15 18.45
Edinburgh
Outside Reception at the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow Road
08.30 17.30
Dunfermline
Halbeath Park & Ride, Jct 3, M90
09.00 17.00
Kinross
Moto Services on M90
09.15 16.45
Perth
Broxden Park & Ride, A93
09.30 16.30
Inverness
Outside Jury's Inn, Milburn Road
14.30 13.30

Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Today's Price
£855

Deposit: £125 Single supplement: £90

Dunnet Head Lighthouse
Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
13 June 2023 BSNE230613 13 June 2023 (Tuesday) 17 June 2023 (Saturday) £855
(ex. flights)
£125 £90 Book your trip
8 August 2023 BSNE230808 8 August 2023 (Tuesday) 12 August 2023 (Saturday) £855
(ex. flights)
£125 £90 Book your trip
12 September 2023 BSNE230912 12 September 2023 (Tuesday) 16 September 2023 (Saturday) £855
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£125 £90 Book your trip
3 October 2023 BSNE231003 3 October 2023 (Tuesday) 7 October 2023 (Saturday) £815
(ex. flights)
£125 £90 Book your trip
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