John O'Groats, Dunrobin Castle & the Far North

Departure point:
Inverness
Duration:
1 Day tour
Time:
From: 8:15am - 7:30pm

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Our 1 day John O'Groats tour from Inverness is the perfect way to visit the most notherly 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 upInverness Bus Station, Stance 6 at 8:15am
Group sizeUp to 53
AvailabilityAll year round
Minimum ageTravellers need to be at least 5 years-old

A couple of things To know

Included
  • Digital translations
  • Knowledgeable Driver-Guide
  • Luxury Modern air-conditioned coach
Not Included
  • Entrance to attractions
  • Food and Drink
A brilliant day out - loved it.
“Just back from a wonderful full day tour to John O'Groats and the Far North, featuring stops at Dunrobin Castle and Sinclair Castle. Ryan was a fantastic tour guide, with interesting information, stories and great sense of humour. I learned so much, even though my family came from the area and I thought I knew a lot! Will definitely be coming back as soon as can be arranged and will check to see what tours he'll be leading.Well done Timberbush Tours for providing such a great service.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the departure point?

Your one day tour from Inverness departs at 08.15 hrs from Inverness Bus Station (Stance 6).

You can view our departure point via the following link: https://goo.gl/maps/Di184JkubW42

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. This is to allow our guests the freedom to choose which optional extras they would like to take part in on the day.

Rates for your optional extras (from 1st April 2019 - March 2020) are as follows:

  • Dunrobin Castle, Gardens & Museum: £12.00 adults, £10.00 concessions, £7.50 children

We have negotiated a discounted rate for the above attraction which is visited whilst on tour.

Please note some attractions do not accept credit cards, entrance fees must be paid in cash only.

Do I need to pre-book the optional extras?

No, you don't need to worry about pre-booking any of the optional extras.

All the optional extras can be booked on the day and your Driver-Guide will advise you of how to book. We negotiate discounted rates for you, ensuring you'll always get a great deal at Scotland's top visitor attractions.

Please note that many visitor attractions and accommodation providers may not accept card payments, so please ensure you have plenty of cash with you on the day. If you have any questions about this please contact our Reservations Team on +44 (0)131 226 6066 - open 7am-10pm 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 5 years old on our tours, and children aged between 5-16yrs are eligible for the concessionary rate.

We regret we are not able to carry children under the age of 5.

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!