Caithness, John O’Groats & North Coast 500
- Duration: 5 days
- Board Basis: Half Board
- Tour Ref: D2T16207
- Travel Type: Coach
2 Days Away - 2022
Cameras at the ready for one of the most iconic coastal touring routes in the world; the North Coast 500! Join us as we travel through the breathtaking landscapes of the North Highlands of Scotland, a place of rugged beauty, hidden gems and plenty of fascinating Viking history. Soak up the stunning scenery and discover some of the highlights of this unforgettable place, including historic towns, the famous John O’Groats, a wonderful whisky distillery and the Castle of Mey with its royal connections.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
- Return coach travel
- 4 nights at the 3-star Muthu Royal Hotel, Thurso with dinner & breakfast
- Free excursion to Wick & John O’Groats
- Free excursion to Tain, Glenmorangie Whisky Distillery & Dornoch
- Free excursion to Castle and Gardens of Mey
Famed for its proud fishing heritage, the Caithness town of Wick was once Europe’s largest herring port and is now the principal town in the far north of the mainland. The Wick Heritage Centre is the perfect place to find out all about the town’s history as an ancient Norse settlement.
Be sure to take a (very quick) wander down Ebenezer Place, which holds the record for ‘the world’s shortest street’ - being just over 2 metres long!
John O’GroatsJohn O’Groats
Being the most northerly point of mainland Britain, John O’Groats is a true bucket-list destination! The small coastal village is crammed with an assortment of craft and gift shops along with a lovely harbour. Don’t miss the iconic signpost – it’s the perfect photo stop to round off your visit.
Nestled in the Highlands of Scotland, the wee town of Tain straddles the south shore of Dornoch Firth and features stunning views and wildlife aplenty!
Being Scotland’s oldest borough (or burgh), the town is steeped in history and offers a wealth of splendid architecture and sandy stone buildings tucked away in the pretty streets. From the imposing tollbooth (used to collect tolls and taxes from traders) to the Tain & District Museum and Clan Ross Centre, there is plenty to explore.
Glenmorangie Whisky DistilleryGlenmorangie Whisky Distillery
Glenmorangie is easily the biggest selling malt whisky in Scotland and a trip to the Highlands would not be complete without visiting their famous distillery in Tain.
Founded back in 1843 by the Matherson Brothers, find out all about the history of this famous beverage and the fascinating whisky making process, from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturation. A peek inside the Still House is one of the highlights; being home to the tallest stills in Scotland, their copper necks are the same height as a giraffe and help create that wonderfully smooth taste.
Sheltered on the edge of Dornoch Firth, Dornoch is a big crowd-puller for its seaside charms, gorgeous scenery and sunny climate.
Expect miles of golden beaches and a lovely, relaxing pace. In the town itself, the impressive cathedral is worth a look, along with the Witch’s Stone, which marks the spot where the last witch in Scotland was burnt in 1722!
Castle and Gardens of MeyCastle and Gardens of Mey
The Castle of Mey is the most northerly inhabited castle on the British mainland and was built between 1566 and 1572. Complete with striking towers and turrets, it was saved from ruin in 1952 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother who restored it and created the beautiful gardens seen today.
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Muthu Royal Hotel, Thurso Muthu Royal Hotel, Thurso
The Muthu Royal Hotel is centrally located in the lovely town of Thurso, the most northerly town in mainland Scotland, on the beautiful burgh of Caithness. A former coaching inn, the hotel offers a warm and friendly atmosphere and makes an excellent base for our itinerary.
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