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John O'Groats, Dunrobin Castle & the Far North

Departure point:
1-Day Tour
8:15am - 7:30pm
From: £52

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Our 1 day John O'Groats tour from Inverness is the perfect way to visit the most northerly point on British mainland! See Loch Fleet, explore Dunrobin Castle and enjoy stunning scenery on this one day tour from Inverness; capital of the Highlands.

Our tour departs Inverness and travels north, up through to Loch Fleet where you might be able to spot some seals and a range of birds – make sure you have your camera ready! Our John O’Groats tour continues on to the village of Golspie. The village, situated on the North Sea coast is nestled next to Ben Bhraggie and is an attractive little seaside resort, with long sandy beaches. Spend time here for refreshments before we journey on to Dunrobin Castle.

A stately home in Sutherland, Dunrobin Castle is the family seat of Clan Sutherland. It resembles a French chateau with its towering spires and it overlooks the Moray Firth. You'll have time here to explore the beautiful stately home, gardens & museum and enjoy some refreshments in their tearoom.

Before reaching John O’Groats we continue further into the North Highlands through Helmsdale to the Highland town of Wick for our lunch stop. A former Viking settlement, Wick is the principal town in the far north of mainland Scotland. Spend time exploring the town, enjoying views across Wick Bay, whilst you enjoy your lunch.

After our visit to Wick, we then travel to John O’Groats; the most northerly point on British mainland. Here you’ll be able to stroll along the cliff path, take your iconic photo at the signpost, enjoy dramatic coastal views and perhaps see some local wildlife. John O’Groats is one of the best places in the UK to see Atlantic puffins, you might also see some grey seals or even an orca!

From John O’Groats, we begin to make our way back to Inverness. We travel to Dunbeath Harbour for photos, and to Brora, famous for its golf courses and magnificent coastal scenery before your John O’Groats tour returns home to Inverness.

Tour Overview

Duration11hrs 15mins
Total Distance237 miles
Pick upRailway Terrace at 8:15am
Group size16 - 32
AvailabilityApril - October
Minimum ageTravellers need to be at least 4 years-old

A couple of things To know

  • Digital translations
  • Knowledgeable Driver-Guide
  • Luxury Modern air-conditioned coach
Not Included
  • Entrance to attractions
  • Food and Drink
Seals, coos, dunrobin and seafood lunch
“This is an underrated tour in my opinion. I had such a good time and I enjoyed a lot. The bus was very comfy and the temperature control inside the bus was perfect. Our tour guide Kathleen and Sinclair was awesome. I’ll give them 5stars. Very knowledgeable, calm, helpful and very good driver. They gave us lots of photo stops and toilet stops. The dunrobin castle was beautiful. You are allowed to take photos without flash inside the castle. There’s lots of stuffed animals and animal skin inside the castle. The view from the castle was mesmerising. The garden was beautiful as well. So many beautiful things to enjoy and so little time. We had lunch in a very small sea food place at Dunbeath, which is a hidden gem in my opinion. I had a tub of crab meat. The shop is called Tasty Toes. Thanks again to the tour guide to suggest a place like this. John o groats was beautiful. Don’t forget to walk around and then you’ll find the colourful buildings where you can take your pictures. The tour guides gave us enough time to explore and fortunately it was not raining. There’s a Christmas shop in John o groats. I bought a Christmas decoration with John o groats written on it. Then we went to meet the highland coos. They’re very cute but didn’t get a chance to pet them as they were on the other side of the fence. Then had ice cream from a shop called capaldis of Brora. Then our guides took us to watch the seals. We were fortunate enough to see the seals (with binoculars). They were spending lazy time on the beach far away from human reach. I’m glad that I booked this tour and very grateful. It’s a wonderful tour.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the departure point?

Your one day tour from Inverness departs at 08.15 hrs from Railway Terrace, Inverness, IV1 1NW.

You can view our departure point by clicking here.

Check-in opens 15 minutes prior to the stated departure time and closes 5 minutes prior to the stated departure time. We recommend that all passengers arrive in this window as tours must depart on schedule.

Are the optional extras included?

No, optional extras are not included in the tour price.

The price of your one day tour from Inverness includes the services of a friendly, knowledgeable and experienced Driver-Guide, and transportation on one of our luxury modern air-conditioned coaches.

All optional extras - attraction entrance fees, loch cruises, food and drinks, etc - are not included in the price of your tour. 

Rates for your optional extras from April 2024 are as follows:

  • Dunrobin Castle, Gardens & Museum - Adults: £14.50, Concession: £12.50, Child: £9
Do I need to pre-book the optional extras?

We have been in touch with Dunrobin Castle and they have informed us that our customers do not need to pre-book their tickets to the castle.

If you have any questions about this please contact our Reservations Team on +44 (0)131 226 6066 - open 07.00 - 21.00 daily.

Is the tour in English?

Yes, all of our tours are in English.

Your tour will be taken by an experienced, knowledgeable and friendly English-speaking Driver-Guide.

You'll find a digital translation of your tour through a link on your confirmation email.

Digital translations are available for this tour in the following languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
What should I bring with me?

As we like to give you as much time off the coach as possible with the opportunity for walks, we recommend you bring warm and/or waterproof clothing, wear comfortable walking shoes and take sun-block or a hat for sunny days.

Don't forget your camera to capture all the lovely scenery and wildlife you'll encounter on your tour!

Since we cannot allow hot food on our buses you could also bring a cold packed lunch with you to make the most of your time at each stop, this would be particularly time-saving in the busier months!

Can children travel on this tour?

We welcome children over 4 years old on our tours, and children aged between 4-16yrs are eligible for the concessionary rate.

We regret we are not able to carry children under the age of 4.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, don't worry! Just because it's not here, doesn't mean we can't do it. Have a look at our private tour page or contact us directly, and we will make it happen!

Departure point:
1-Day Tour
8:15am - 7:30pm
From: £52