Scotland's Northern Edge - 5 day tour

Tour Summary

Scotland's Northern Edge
5 day/4 night

This fascinating tour of the Far North takes us to Inverness, then through Lairg and along the banks of Loch Shin to reach Kinlochbervie for a two-night stay. The next day board a ferry at Tarbet for a cruise to visit Handa Island, a sea bird nature reserve. There's no human activity here, but 1000s of fulmars, razorbills and puffins call it home. Our tour heads east to Thurso for a further 2-night stay, and along the way, we visit Smoo Cave and enjoy incredible coastal panoramas. Spend a full day exploring more northern treasures, including the dramatic sea cliffs at Duncansby Head and the Castle of Mey, HM The Queen Mother's beloved Highland home.                                         

Handa Island - enjoy fantastic nature-spotting opportunities during a visit to this sea bird nature reserve   

Strathnavar - visit the local museum to learn the tragic story behind the Highland Clearances

John O'Groats - capture an "I was there" photo at the iconic signpost for your next social media post  

Castle of Mey - explore the castle and gardens which were the treasured Caithness home of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother   

Dunnet Head - if the weather is kind, enjoy views of Orkney from the most northerly point on the British mainland   

Movie locations - Merlin, The Eagle and Sea of Souls

Hotel accommodation included

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Full Tour Itinerary

Frequently Asked Questions



  • 4 nights hotel accommodation
  • Location: Kinlochbervie (2) and Thurso (2)


  • Cooked/Continental breakfast (4)
  • Table d' hote dinners (4)

Visits, Admissions and Experiences

  • Admission to Strathnaver Museum and Castle of Mey
  • Cruise to Handa Island

Tour Essentials

  • Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats 
  • All baggage handling and hotel tips are included
  • Services throughout the tour of a professional Tour Director
  • Service charges and taxes 


Departure information

From Glasgow

North Hanover Street Bus Stance
G1 2BP

Check-in: 07:00 hrs
Tour Departs: 07:15 hrs
Tour Returns: 18:45 hrs

From Edinburgh

Outside Reception at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Edinburgh
111 Glasgow Road
Edinburgh EH12 8NF

Check-in: 08:15 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:30 hrs
Tour Returns: 17:30 hrs

Child details

Please contact us for information on child prices. 

Price Notes

The price of this tour includes hotel accommodation with en-suite bathroom. 

Departure and Return Times
The departure and return times are given for guidance only and are subject to change.

Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days before departure.

Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.

Product code
BW 02969

Tour route map


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