A Look at the Far North - 2 day tour
A look at the Far North
2 day / 1 night tour
Take your seat and embark on a journey through 5,000 years of history! Marvel at the beauty of Glen Coe then take a scenic drive through the Great Glen to reach Loch Ness. Spend a relaxing night in Inverness before joining the North Coast 500 route for an unforgettable day visiting the Northern Highlands. Spend time in John O’Groats before experiencing the wonderful seascapes at Duncansby Head. Did you see any cheeky puffins?
Price range: £275 - £340
Loch Ness - explore the impressive ruins of Urquhart Castle and take a short cruise on the loch
Inverness - spend a night in the vibrant “Capital of the Highlands”
Pre-historic sights - step back in time to the Iron Age when you visit mysterious Carn Liath broch
John O’Groats - capture a selfie in Britain’s most northerly village
Duncansby Head - enjoy amazing coastal views and glorious birdlife including guillemot, kittiwakes and those cheeky puffins (until late July)
Movie locations - The Silver Darlings, The 39 Steps and On a Clear Day
Guest house accommodation included - hotel upgrade available at extra cost
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Edinburgh - Loch Ness - Inverness
Leaving Edinburgh behind we head for the motorway and the ancient city of Stirling, where there are fine views of its magnificent castle and the imposing Wallace Monument. Soon we enter the Highlands and enjoy the views as we climb the Black Mount to reach the arresting bleakness of Rannoch Moor.
There is a stop amid the stunning beauty of Glen Coe before we head for Fort William, which sits at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain. After a break for lunch, we enter the natural beauty of the Great Glen. After driving along the banks of Lochs Lochy and Oich, we reach probably Scotland’s most famous stretch of water, Loch Ness. There will be a stop at Urquhart Castle so you can visit this ancient fortress then go “Nessie-spotting” as you cruise across the deep and dark waters of the loch.
It’s a short drive to Inverness, where a representative will transfer you to your accommodation.
Overnight : Inverness
Day 2 - John O’Groats and the Far North Excursion - Edinburgh
After breakfast, we travel over the Kessock Bridge and cross the Black Isle on our journey that offers beauty, solitude and a wealth of history. We make our way across the Cromarty and Dornoch Firths then travel through the little towns and villages that hug the coastline. Look out for the statue of the First Duke of Sutherland that sits high above the town of Golspie. The Duke is forever connected with the forced emigration of his tenants in a sad episode of our history called the Highland Clearances.
After an "I was there” photograph at John O’Groats we make the short journey to Duncansby Head where we’ll see the storm-swept cliffs and lighthouse that looks out over the Pentland Firth. Here there is a wide variety of birdlife to enjoy including, at some times of the year, Puffins. After an extended stop here we turn southwards for Inverness.
After a short stop in Inverness board the train for your scenic rail journey to Edinburgh.
Please note that the train journey is unescorted and part of the journey may be in darkness.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Express Tour?
These tours may be short but they are fully loaded and have been carefully planned to give you a real flavour of Scotland. Travel from Edinburgh to Inverness by luxury motorcoach allowing you to relax and enjoy the superior views. Comfortable guest house accommodation with en-suite bathrooms, tv and other amenities in Inverness is included in the price of the tour. You can choose to upgrade to hotel accommodation, at extra cost, if you wish. Either way a delicious Scottish breakfast is served on the morning of the second day. From Inverness enjoy an excursion to the Isle of Skye. These tours are by air-conditioned mini or midicoach and led by a local driver/guide who will provide an entertaining and informative commentary. On return to Inverness there is free time before boarding your train to Edinburgh. Standard class train tickets are included in the price of this package. The train journey from Inverness to Edinburgh will be unescorted.
Tell me more about the optional visit to Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Cruise?
You can maximise your time at Loch Ness by purchasing the optional Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Cruise combination ticket.
The cost of the ticket is £19 per adult and £15 per child.
Visit hauntingly beautiful Urquhart Castle, once one of Scotland’s largest castles. The castle boasts a commanding presence overlooking the loch. After time to explore the castle and admire the views take to the water for a cruise on Loch Ness. The cruise boat is equipped with on-board sonar, comfortable seating inside and out as well as toilets. Refreshments are available for purchase or you can bring packed food.
You can purchase this combination ticket from your driver/guide on the day of the tour and payment is in cash only. For operational reasons it’s not possible to purchase the cruise or admission to Urquhart Castle separately.
Tell me about my accommodation and which type of room should I choose?
The cost of accommodation is included in the cost of your tour. On this tour you can choose between Guesthouse/B&B or Hotel accommodation: Guesthouse and B&B. The guesthouses and B&Bs are family run and offer comfortable accommodation in bedrooms that have en-suite bathrooms, tv, tea/coffee making facilities and other amenities. Bedding, towels and basic toiletries are provided. Some guesthouses and B&Bs offer enhanced facilities such as a resident’s lounge where you can relax with other guests. Hotel. We select comfortable hotels that are a minimum of 3 stars with bedrooms featuring en-suite bathrooms, television, tea and coffee making facilities and other amenities. All have restaurants offering a selection of Scottish and international dishes as well as comfortable bars where you can relax and un-wind. All hotels are city-centre located. The guesthouses and B&Bs are a 10/15 minute walk from Inverness City Centre.
I’m an independent spirit, will I enjoy your tours?
Almost certainly. Our multi-day tours are designed to have as much free time as possible. We have designed our tours to combine the freedom of independent travel with the cost advantages of group travel. In particular we think that our relaxed excursions from Inverness will appeal to those who enjoy time on their own to enjoy their own pursuits.
What kind of accommodation do you use?
We offer lodgings that have been specially selected to enhance your touring experience. You can choose between Guesthouse/B&B or Hotel accommodation: Guesthouse and B&B The guesthouses and B&Bs are family run and offer comfortable accommodation in bedrooms that have en-suite bathrooms, tv, tea/coffee making facilities and other amenities. Bedding, towels and basic toiletries are provided. Some guesthouses and B&Bs offer enhanced facilities such as a resident’s lounge where you can relax with other guests. Our guesthouses are a 10/15 minute walk from Inverness City Centre. Hotel We select comfortable hotels that are city centre located. They are a minimum of 3 stars with bedrooms featuring en-suite bathrooms, television, tea and coffee making facilities and other amenities. All have restaurants offering a selection of Scottish and international dishes as well as comfortable bars where you can relax and un-wind. Accommodation is allocated at time of booking so we regret we are unable to advise you where you will be staying in advance. If you would like to research some of our most popular accommodation providers we have listed them here: Guesthouses/B&Bs Duncraig Villa Guest House Oakvilla Guest House Craignay Guest House Cavell House Guest House Hotels PentaHotel Mercure Hotel Royal Highland Hotel
- 1 nights guest house or hotel accommodation
- Location: Inverness (1)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (1)
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Full day excursion to John O'Groats and the Far North with local driver/guide
- Transportation by luxury air-conditioned touring coach or mini/midi coach
- Live commentary in English
- Single standard class train ticket from Inverness to Edinburgh
- Services of an experienced guide and/or driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From 1 Parliament Square
Royal Mile/High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1RE
Check-in: 07:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 00:11 hrs
Child discount applies to children aged 3 to 15 years.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 3 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
IMPORTANT: Once booked this tour cannot be changed or cancelled
The price of this tour includes guest house accommodation with en-suite bathroom. You can up-grade to hotel accommodation at extra cost during the booking process.
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
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Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:09 Aug 2016
This was the best tour experience in United Kingdom. Very professional and wonderful team.Raja from New Malden, United Kingdom
Rating:21 May 2016
Tour guide on day two was great, much better than day one. 5 star rating is for day two driver.... day one Id only give a 3.Susan from Hawarden, New Zealand