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North Coast

Seven-day tour travelling around Scotland’s iconic North Coast 500 discovering magnificent rugged landscapes, deserted beaches, majestic mountains and fairy-tale castles.

Tour Highlights

 

Inverness – The city is the ‘capital of the Highlands’ and popular base to discover the beauty, history and heritage of the Highlands.  

 

Beauly – The historic town is home to the magnificent ruins of the 13th century Beauly Priory. Beau lieu’ means ‘beautiful place’ in French, which Mary, Queen of Scots is supposed to have said during a visit in 1564. 

 

Ullapool – The historic town on Loch Broom was founded in the late 18th century as a herring port. The town’s ferry is the main link between the Scottish mainland and Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.  

 

Castle of Mey – Former home of HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. The ruined castle was purchased by the queen in 1952 and restored to become her Scottish summer home.  

 

John o’Groats – The popular tourist village overlooking the Pentland Firth is mainland Britain’s most north easterly point. Nearby Dunnet Head is mainland Britain’s most northerly point.

 

Helmsdale – Synonymous with the Highland Clearances, many communities from the surrounding straths (valleys) were settled in the town. The fascinating local museum, Timespan, chronicles the history and heritage of the community. 

 

Dunrobin Castle – Ovelooking the Moray Firth at Golspie, the fairy-tale castle is one of Scotland’s oldest continuously inhabited houses and the ancestral home of the Earls of Sutherland & Chief of Clan Sutherland. The original castle dates from the 14th century and has 189 rooms (not all are open to the public). 

 

Dornoch – Beautiful historic town is dominated by the town’s cathedral. Overlooking the Dornoch Firth, the town has an impressive array of antique, art and craft shops as well as the opportunity to sample Scottish whiskies and gins at The Carnegie Whisky Cellars.  

 

Culloden Battlefield & Visitor Centre – The Battle of Culloden took place at Culloden Moor on the 16th April 1746 between the Jacobite Army led by Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) and the Government Army led by the Duke of Cumberland. The battle was a resounding defeat for the Jacobite Army and effectively ended the Jacobite dream of returning a Stuart King to the throne of Great Britain.

 

Scenery – As we travel, sit back and marvel at the magnificent rugged landscapes, deserted beaches, majestic mountains and castle ruins. Fear not, we will be stopping frequently to take photographs.

 

Departure

 

From your Edinburgh or Glasgow accommodation or a pre-arranged location.

 

Cost

 

The cost of this seven-day private guided sightseeing tour for up to six people is £2975.00 which includes all tour guide and transport costs.

 

Please note that your flights, accommodation, meals, refreshments, any entrance costs and all ferry costs are not included. 

 

Please note that my accommodation, meals and any entrance costs are not included. These costs can be paid directly by you during the tour or invoiced separately by Borders Journeys at the end of the tour.

 

This itinerary can be adjusted to meet your individual requirements, please contact me for further details. At the time of booking there is the option to add two days to visit Lewis and Harris plus two days to visit Orkney. 

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