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View rolling countryside, stunning seascapes, tiny villages and historic harbours as we head to the Far North.
Nature is to the fore - we’ll go seal spotting at the Cromarty Firth and on our cliff-top visits you’ll see a wide variety of birdlife including guillemot, kittiwakes and, of course, those cheeky puffins (until late July). We’ll step back in time to the Neolithic period (around 5,000 years ago) when we visit the curiously named Hill o Many Stanes (Hill of Many Stones). There’s time for a souvenir photo at John O’Groats and an extended stop at nearby Duncansby Head where you can enjoy some the finest coastal scenery in Britain. All in all a wonderful day out with a difference!
We leave Inverness behind and head across the Black Isle to the Cromarty
Firth. In Golspie, high above the town, is an astonishing statue, 27m
(90') high. This is of the First Duke of Sutherland, whose agents were involved
in the most notorious of the Clearances in the Highlands during the
19th Century. We’ll hear more about this sad episode in the history of Scotland
as we make our way northwards.
Soon we will be in Caithness. The traditional industry of this remote county was herring fishing and during the 19th Century many picturesque harbours were constructed here to meet the needs of this ever-expanding industry. We will make a stop at one to enjoy a quay-side picnic lunch (weather permitting!).
The Hill o’ Many Stanes is a strange sight to behold. It was erected by the inhabitants of Caithness and eastern Sutherland, around 4,000 years ago. The 200-plus stones, none of which are more than waist height, are arranged in at least 22 rows. Experts think that this site was built either as a gathering site or for religious ceremonies.
There will be a stop in John O’Groats for that "I was there” photograph before making our way to stunning Duncansby Head where, after a stroll along the cliff-top path, there are views of the dramatic sea stacks and seascapes to enjoy.Duncansby is rich in birdlife including Guillemot, Kittiwakes and, the most famous residents, Puffins (until late July).
After our visit to Duncansby we turn southwards for home. Our journey will take us through Wick and there will be a comfort stop along the way before we make journey’s end in Inverness.