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3-Day North Coast 500 Small-Group Tour from Inverness

Scotland's 'Route 66' is a rollercoaster road of ruined castles, pristine beaches, dramatic cliffs, and charming villages. On this 3-day small-group tour from Inverness, you explore all of it in the comfort of a luxury, 16 seat mini-coach. 

You clamber through scattered boulders and spot a beach so white it makes you reach for your sunglasses. You ramble along cliffs and find a village so small you try to pack it in your suitcase. And you travel along tumbling roads and see castles so ancient you rub your eyes in disbelief.

This is the North Coast 500. And over every horizon, you find something surprising.

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  • What's included :
    • Accommodation included: 2 nights
    • Driver/guide
    • Small-group tour (16 passenger max)
    • Transport by air-conditioned mini-coach
    • 2 nights en-suite accommodation with breakfast
    What's excluded :
    • Meals and refreshments
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Admission fees
    • Entry/Admission - Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

  • Day 1: Inverness - Ullapool

    Stop At: Corrieshalloch Gorge, Ullapool Scotland
    Take a walk through a beautiful forest and discover a gushing waterfall.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Bealach na Ba Road, Loch Kishorn, Applecross Scotland
    Quick photo stop, overlooking the loch and just before the famous twisty road up. More photo stops can be made if the weather permits (e.g stop at the top of the road looking down).
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Applecross, Kinross KY13 8AH, UK
    There's an ancient chapel here and a famous pub that serves delicious seafood. Short stop for refreshments at a scenic location with amazing views.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Shieldaig Lodge, Badachro, Gairloch IV21 2AN, UK
    Lunch stop in Shieldaig; one of Scotland's most outrageously picturesque villages, overlooking the waters of Loch Gairloch. Your driver guide will give you directions and perhaps some suggestions of good places to eat.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Gairloch IV21 2BP, UK
    Beach walk from Gairloch Harbour to Gairloch Beach (this is quite hilly and rocky so maybe not idea for those with accessibility difficulties) or visit to the beach and a wee coffee shop. Crystal clear water and white sands beach.
    Duration: 40 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Ullapool.

    Day 2: Ullapool - Thurso

    Stop At: Ardvreck Castle, A837 11 mi east of Lochniver, Assynt Scotland
    Short stop for a nice wander around the castle ruins (mostly accessible).
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Balnakeil Craft Village, Durness IV27 4PT Scotland
    Passengers here have two options:

    Option 1: Craft village made from old world war buildings, really cool and quirky with a chocolate coffee shop. Glass shop, craft shops, and hats/gloves and paintings to buy

    Option 2: go to Durness beach in the van.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Smoo Cave, Durness Scotland
    This dramatic and spectacular sea cave is set into the limestone cliffs in Sutherland. The cave boasts one of the largest entrances to any sea cave in Britain at 50 ft high and is floodlit inside.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Thurso Library & Gallery, Thurso Library Davidson's Lane Thurso Library, Thurso KW14 7AF Scotland
    Day 2 finishes in Thurso, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation at approx. 18:00ish. Free time for dinner and a short walk around this delightful little town.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Thurso.

    Day 3: Thurso - Inverness

    Stop At: Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Golspie KW10 6SF Scotland
    This beautiful castle of 189 rooms flaunts 'Scottish Gothic' style architecture.
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: John O' Groats, Airor KW1 4YR Scotland
    Look out to the North Sea at the island of Britain's most northerly point
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Pulteney Distillery Visitor Centre, Pulteneytown Centre Huddart Street, Wick KW1 5BA Scotland
    In the morning we have a chance to visit a fine Scottish Highland Whisky distillery. Quick visit around the visitor centre and tasting available.
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Duncansby Stacks, United Kingdom
    Scotland is packed full of amazing natural wonders and the stacks at Duncansby Head are one that should definitely be on the list. Whilst they are not accessible on foot, you can still take in the amazing views of the stacks from the clifftops. These natural rock formations stand out from the sea and make a fascinating place to take pictures and enjoy the rugged beauty that Scotland has to offer.
    Duration: 20 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Inverness Bus Station, Margaret St, Inverness IV1 1LT, UK
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum age for travel on this tour is 5 years
    • Booking three or more people? We can accommodate up to 8 guests in a group, please add each required room to your basket separately
    • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Return Day (Day Three): Instead of visiting a whisky distillery this day, there will be an opportunity to visit the impressive Dunrobin Castle. No need to pre-book, you can choose whether you want to visit the castle whilst on your tour.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • • Face coverings are mandatory and must always be worn. • Infrared thermometer temperature check during check-in for tour. Passengers with temperature readings above 38 degrees will not be able to travel for health and safety reasons. • Simple Covid-19 health questionnaire upon arrival.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 22 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 21 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.



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Activity ID: V-2250P80

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