John O’Groats and the Far North
One day tour
Travel along the North Coast 500 route to enjoy stunning sea views. Visit a historic fishing village then head to John O’Groats for an “I was there” photo. At Duncansby Head see the spectacular stacks and amazing bird-life before returning to Inverness.
Price range: £52- £55
Cromarty Firth - home to a wide range of wildlife including seals, dolphins and, occasionally, minke whales
Pre-historic Sites - visit the intriguing Hill o’ Many Stones which dates from the early Bronze Age
North Coast 500 - Scotland’s own version of “Route 66” offers unrivalled coastal scenery, natural wonders and grand castles
John O’Groats - explore Britain’s most northerly village
Duncansby Head - enjoy the cliff-top views of the dramatic sea stacks
Thurso - spend time discovering this bustling fishing port
Movie Locations – Winter Solstice and The Silver Darlings
Full Tour Itinerary
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, Puffin (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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Day Tour?
Travelling on a Signature one-day tour is a great way to discover the best of Scotland from your city centre base of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness. During your day of discovery we’ll introduce you to many aspects of our country: spectacular scenery, history, folklore, nature and much, much more. Luxury travel is provided by air-conditioned mini or midi coaches and each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a live commentary in English. There are stops planned at the key sights as well as for meals and comfort breaks. Please note that tours to some destinations, particularly to Loch Ness, can be faster paced so the number and duration of stops may be limited.
Will I see puffins?
The best time to spot puffins is from late April to late July. We recommend bringing binoculars with you as they can be difficult to spot, as for much of the time they are in burrows where they lay their egg.
I am travelling on a budget. Can I do the same trip by public transport?
Almost certainly not! Our tours are designed to maximise your sightseeing opportunities so we frequently head off the main road and take routes where there is little or no public transport available. Please also bear in mind that the tour commentary that you will enjoy is designed to bring Scotland’s history, nature and scenic beauty to life as you travel around. Reading about your surroundings from a guide book will just not be the same!
Will there be stops for meals and are they included in the price of the tour?
Meals are not included in the tour price, but we will make stops where you can get refreshments and something to eat. If you wish, you can bring a packed lunch or pick up lunch items at a previous stop. Vegetarian food is widely available in Scotland.
Do you offer a hotel pick-up service?
We know that you will want to start your tour straight away rather than spending valuable time travelling around hotels. By offering a single centrally located departure point we can get you to Scotland’s best scenery as quickly as possible .
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From Platform 7
Inverness Bus Station
Inverness IV1 1LT
Check-in: 09:00 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:15 hrs
Tour Returns: 19:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 3 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 3 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.
Rating:14 Sep 2019
This tour was good with the driver being very knowledgable about all the places we visitedJohn from leicestershire,
Rating:13 Sep 2019
It was exciting to see the northernmost spot of Scotland but the real treat was our tour guide, Malcolm. He was extremely knowledgeable on so many topics. He knew the history, name origins, flora, fauna. He was a treasure trove of information. Loved him.Aimee from ASTORIA, US
Rating:21 Oct 2017
Most enjoyable tour. Vicky, our driver and guide was most helpful and attentive to all our needs. Her running commentary was most informative and entertaining. My husband and I are getting a bit old and decrepit and she looked after us well.Martha from Ayrshire,