Scotland's Northern Edge featuring the North Coast 50010th Sep 2024
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 Scotland, 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’.
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What to Expect
- 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
|To be advised
|Glasgow - bus stop on North Hanover Street, opposite Queen Street Station
|Edinburgh - outside reception of the Delta by Marriott Hotel, Glasgow Road
|Dunfermline - Halbeath Park & Ride, Jct 3, M90
|Kinross - Moto Services on M90
|Perth - Broxden Park & Ride, A93
|Inverness - outside the Leonardo Hotel (formerly Jurys Inn), Milburn Road
** 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. **
Day by Day Itinerary
We depart from our designated pick-up points and head north, stopping en route for refreshments. We continue north by the scenic coastal road to Thurso and our accommodation at the Station Hotel, Thurso (or similar). All rooms have en suite facilities with TV, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities.
Dinner is served in the evening.