Dunrobin Castle, John O'Groats and the Northern Highlands - 1 day tour
Dunrobin Castle and the Northern Highlands
One day tour
Stand at the top of the British mainland on a journey of discovery. After stops at Loch Fleet nature reserve and the hamlet of Golspie, explore the dramatic turrets of Dunrobin Castle. Learn more about Highland history and enjoy lunch in Wick before a memorable photograph at John O’Groats. The return journey includes stops at the sleepy fishing village of Dunbeath and the golfing delights of Brora.
Price range: £40 - £45
North Coast 500 - enjoy amazing coastal scenery, ancient villages and historic castles in just one day!
Loch Fleet - seals, otters and a wide variety of birdlife including osprey call this national nature reserve home
Dunrobin Castle - discover the fairy-castle home of the Dukes of Sutherland
Helmsdale - learn the sad story of the Highland Clearances and see the moving Emigrants’ Statue
Wick - explore this once thriving herring port and hear the story of the “Silver Darlings”
John O’Groats - grab a selfie in Britain’s most northerly village
Movie locations - Silver Darlings, Winter Solstice and Barry Lyndon
Full Tour Itinerary
Our journey to the edge of Scotland sees us cross the Cromarty Firth to Scotland’s oldest Royal Burgh, Tain, home of the Glenmorangie distillery. First stop of the day is Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve, where the eagle-eyed will enjoy the abundant wildlife.
After morning coffee in the nearby planned village of Golspie, our tour continues at the fairytale towers of Dunrobin Castle. Perched between the mountains and water, you’ll have time to explore the opulent rooms and lush gardens of this this jewel in the Highland crown.
History is still all around us as we continue further north, with a stop at the Emigrants statue in Helmsdale a poignant reminder of the Highland Clearances.
The scenery grows more wild as we enjoy lunch in the port of Wick, with its fascinating heritage centre. From here, it’s a short drive to John O’Groats for a once-in-a-lifetime snap at this historic landmark.
Then we turn south again, pausing to admire the scenery in the harbour village of Dunbeath, complete with statue to its famous son, writer Neil M. Gunn. Another charming hamlet welcomes us as we wend our way home, with Brora our final stop before cross the Black Isle to the familiar lights of 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.
What options are available on this tour and what is the cost?
To give you maximum flexibility the cost of admission fees and other optional extras are not included in the tour price. This gives you complete freedom to choose as the mood takes you. On this tour the optional visits are:
Following the links above will give you more information on each attraction including current admission prices. At some locations a special discount is offered to tour participants, your driver/guide will give you more information if this applies. Credit/debit cards are not always accepted so you should plan to have sufficient cash with you should you wish to make any visits.
How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally between 29 and 33 passengers. On the Original Loch Ness Tour and at times of peak demand (such as on public holidays) larger coaches may be used.
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 .
Can I book seats on the coach?
The seating on the coach is not allocated so you are free to sit in any vacant seat. We recommend that groups arrive at the boarding point together so that you can be seated in the same part of the coach.
- 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 6
Inverness Bus Station
Inverness IV1 1LT
Check-in: 08:00 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:15 hrs
Tour Returns: 19:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 5 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 5 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.