Four Day North Coast 500 Tour – Itinerary
Four Day North Coast 500 Tour Highlights and brief Itinerary
- Day One – leaves Inverness, seeing Tain or Glenmorangie Distillery, Dornoch and Dunrobin Castle. Afternoon visits to Whaligoe Steps, Hill O Many Stanes and Wick. Overnight in Wick.
- Day Two – John O Groats, Castle of Mey, Dunnet Bay Distillery or Castletown Harbour, Thurso, Strathnaver Museum, Tongue, Smoo Cave and Durness. We overnight in Durness.
- Day Three – Balnakeil Beach, Kylesku Bridge, The Rock Stop, Ardvreck Castle, Knockan Crag, Ullapool, Corrieshalloch Gorge, Inverewe Gardens and Gairloch. We overnight in Gairloch.
- Day Four – Loch Maree, Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, Torridon Countryside Centre, Applecross Peninsula, Bealach na Ba Road, Lochcarron and back to Inverness.
Day One – Inverness to Wick – Four Day North Coast 500 Tour
We will call in at this, the oldest Royal Burgh in Scotland (1066) on our way. Here you will have a choice of time to wander around the shops, and/or the characterful Collegiate Church dating from the 1400’s. Alternatively there will be time to visit Glenmorangie Distillery.
Day Two – Wick to Durness – Four Day North Coast 500 Tour
John O Groats
John O Groats is the most northerly point on the UK public roads. Jan de Groot is the Dutchman who is reputed to have given his name to the village as a result of running a 15th century ferry to Orkney. His name derives from the small denomination (the groat) that served as the ferry toll. His seven sons proved troublesome and argumentative – and for a quiet life created an octagonal house, containing an octagonal table, and so no-one could be said to be at the head of the table. The site of this house was by the mound and flagpole on the site.
Day Three – Durness to Gairloch – Four Day North Coast 500 Tour
Balnakeil Beach, just west of Durness, is a spectacular sweep of wide white sand, backed by large dunes. It is sheltered and ideal for sea bathing. Sunsets can be spectacular along this coast and due to being west-facing Balnakeil sees some of the best of them.
Day Four – Gairloch to Inverness – Four Day North Coast 500 Tour
We think Loch Maree is one of the prettiest lakes in the country. One of the last fragments of the “Great Wood of Caledon” is found dressing the islands and shores of the lake. This was the original Caledonian Pine forest that once covered so much of Scotland. Two of Scotland’s best loved mountains – Slioch and Beinn Eighe – tower above the waters of the lake.
Four Day North Coast 500 Tour – Price
£1680 for up to seven passengers for the four days. There will be a guide lodgings supplement of £315 for 2021.
Four Day North Coast 500 Tour – Departure
The tour departs from your Inverness accommodation, or any transport hub you prefer, like bus station, train station or airport. You tell us, and we’ll be there.