Young Bucks in the Flow Country

We want to help you make the most of your tour, so they are all designed to be tailored to your needs and preferences. Although single day tours focus on the far north-east of the Scottish Highlands, we can start a multi-day tour from further afield around the North Coast 500 or within its heartland and welcome your call to discuss what would suit your needs best.

 

To give you an idea of what is possible, simply scroll through the tiles on this page and see what appeals most.

Whether you would prefer a one day or multi-day tour, a series of examples are included to provide a sense of what can be achieved within various timeframes. And our ‘Typical Highlights’ are just that, typical but not comprehensive – many will be interchangeable between tours dependent on your personal preferences. 

Whatever is of most interest to you in the North Highlands, from castles to distilleries, or history to wildlife – and not forgetting the beautiful and dramatic landscapes along the way, we will ensure your tour includes the specific things you’d like to see or the combinations of themes you prefer.

Give us a call and we’ll help create the perfect itinerary to fulfil your needs.

For a greater insight into what you may see on our tours, visit some of our photo albums and enjoy the views. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

To book a tour, visit our Tour Availability page, drop us an email at info@northcoast.scot or call us on 01847 851852.

 

A SEVEN DAY IN-DEPTH EXPLORATION TOUR.

 

WHAT WE SAY: The North Highlands are lands of contrast.

The dramatic west with its mountains, lochs and serrated coastline are iconic and rightly deserve the accolades. With every twist in the single-track road yet another unimaginable vista is revealed!

The north coast has an abundance of the most beautiful and often deserted sandy beaches. The turquoise waters that envelop them are a revelation though a dip in the ocean is for wet-suited surfers or the very brave! The best sunsets are also to be found here.

The east coast sweeps with a curving grandeur that eludes the west. Hugging its many cliff faces are medieval castles, prehistoric ritual sites and picturesque fishing harbours not to mention several whisky distilleries and historic Royal Burgh towns.

To follow the coastline is to circumnavigate the North Highlands. To truly experience it, you need to explore the wilderness of the interior too. Here, you escape to a land that is almost unchanged by modern man yet it holds dark secrets of murderous clan battles and the notorious Highland Clearances. The hinterland is home to many magnificent creatures: roaming deer, soaring eagles and leaping salmon to highlight a few.

Finally, to appreciate the last hidden dimension of the North Highlands, you need head skywards and view the landscape from above. You could climb one of the many peaks to gain a vantage point but most North Coast Explorers prefer to ‘fly’ virtually aboard our Sky Explorer and gaze upon vistas inaccessible to most (see the ‘Enhancing your tour’ section on the About Us page).

It took a decade of exploration to gain the knowledge and familiarity to create this tour. Now you can benefit from our experience and embark on a grand exploration of your own – with us as your guides.


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To view more photographs, visit our North Coast Explorer Photo Albums and enjoy the views.

 

TYPICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

Glenmorangie Distillery – home of the famous single malt

The Falls of Shin – leaping salmon during Autumn

Dornoch Cathedral – 13th century church once destroyed by Clan Mackay

Drum Hollistan Puffin Colony – thousands nest here in season

Strathnaver Trail – 5000 years of history in one river valley

Altbea Perfume Studio –soaps and perfumes hand made in the Highlands

Views over Skye – silhouettes of the island from Applecross

PLUS  – galleries, shops, restaurants and much more!

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: 

We can customise the content of this tour to reflect your personal preferences.

Pick up and drop off is typically at Inverness Railway Station, Inverness Airport or any point on the route.

Prices start from £2,100 (This includes tour driver/guide, luxury tour vehicle and all insurances but excludes accommodation, entry fees to attractions, food and beverages).

Please see our full terms and conditions for additional information.

To book a tour, visit our Tour Availability page, drop us an email at info@northcoast.scot or call us on 01847 851852.

 

A SIX DAY TOUR OF THE ORIGINAL AND ICONIC ROUTE.

 

WHAT WE SAY: The North Coast 500 is a staggeringly beautiful route. As well as deserted beaches, mighty mountains, picturesque lochs and iconic wildlife there are medieval castles, prehistoric burial chambers, historic golf courses and enough outdoor activities to tire even the most active of adventurers. If all this seeing and doing is too much to contemplate then there are also the distilleries, wonderful seafood, artisans and warm Highland hospitality to investigate and experience too!

This tour will show you the very best of the classic NC500 but as well as the iconic attractions, we will still spring enough surprises over the five hundred miles to make you think about the Highlands in an entirely different way. What’s more, with your experienced guide by your side, you won’t have to concern yourself with navigating the miles of single track roads that you’ll encounter over long sections of the route.

Sit back, relax and allow us to lead you on an exploration of the North Coast 500.


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To view more photographs, visit our North Coast Explorer Photo Albums and enjoy the views.

 

TYPICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

Dunrobin Castle – ancestral home of the Duke of Sutherland

John O’Groats – the end of the road with the famous sign

Dunnet Head – the British mainland’s most northerly point

Lochinver – the food capital of the Highlands

Inverewe Gardens – coastal gardens with impressive California Redwoods

The Torridon Pass – dominated by the mighty Beinn Eighe

Bealach Na Ba – the twisty tortuous route to Applecross

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: 

We can customise the content of this tour to reflect your personal preferences.

Pick up and drop off is typically at Inverness Railway Station, Inverness Airport or any point on the route.

Prices start from £1,800. (This includes tour driver/guide, luxury tour vehicle and all insurances but excludes accommodation, entry fees to attractions, food and beverages).

Please see our full terms and conditions for additional information.

To book a tour, visit our Tour Availability page, drop us an email at info@northcoast.scot or call us on 01847 851852.

 

A FIVE DAY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR OF THE ICONIC NC500.

 

WHAT WE SAY: To truly enjoy and explore the North Coast 500, you really need to dedicate 6 touring days. However, we understand that with typical weekly vacation slots this is not always possible. So, we have created two lite versions of the NC500. 

This route follows the east coast as far as Helmsdale then heads inland to traverse the vast and silent Flow Country to experience the territories of elusive Red Deer and soaring birds of prey. Re-joining the NC500 near Bettyhill, we then faithfully follow the route around the north and west coasts until we get to the Applecross peninsula. Here, instead of touring around its coastline we travail the renowned twists of Bealach Na Ba – not once but twice!

Whichever version of the Highlights tour of the NC500 you choose, you will get to explore breath-taking scenery, golden sandy beaches, ruined medieval castles, amazing wildlife and the occasional distillery (or two).


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To view more photographs, visit our North Coast Explorer Photo Albums and enjoy the views.

 

TYPICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

Dunrobin Castle – ancestral home of the Duke of Sutherland

Strathnaver Trail – site of the most notorious of the Highland Clearances

Balnakiel – a glorious sandy beach and ruined 16th century church

Drumbeg Peninsula – picturesque single-track road that snakes around the coast with spectacular views

Seal spotting – along the shores of Loch Broom

Inverewe Gardens – lush sub-tropical gardens on the shores of the Highlands

Sheildaig – pretty lochside village founded in 1800 with an impressive mountainous backdrop

Torridon Peninsula – the mighty peaks of Beinn Eighe

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: 

We can customise the content of this tour to reflect your personal preferences.

Pick up and drop off is typically at Inverness Railway Station, Inverness Airport or any point on the route.

Prices start from £1,500. (This includes tour driver/guide, luxury tour vehicle and all insurances but excludes accommodation, entry fees to attractions, food and beverages).

Please see our full terms and conditions for additional information.

To book a tour, visit our Tour Availability page, drop us an email at info@northcoast.scot or call us on 01847 851852.

 

A FIVE DAY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR OF THE ICONIC NC500.

 

WHAT WE SAY:  As with option one of the NC500 Highlights tour, this route will enable you to gain an in-depth experience of the region but condensed into only five days. 

This route follows the NC500 north along the panoramic Caithness coast and not only enables you to get a selfie under the world-famous John O’Groats signpost, it also gives ample opportunity to experience hundreds of sites of historical significance including the Castle and Gardens of Mey. This tour gives the best overall balance of the NC500 as it combines the vast wildernesses of the west (with its mountains, lochs and deserted sandy beaches) with the opportunity to explore the diverse cultural history that only the north eastern region has in such density.

Whichever version you choose, you will get to explore breath-taking scenery, golden sandy beaches, ruined medieval castles, amazing wildlife and the occasional distillery (or two).


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To view more photographs, visit our North Coast Explorer Photo Albums and enjoy the views.

 

TYPICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

Camster Cairns – Neolithic burial tombs

John O’Groats – traditionally the end of the road and home to the famous signpost

The Castle & Gardens of Mey – once home to the Queen Mother

Balnakiel – a glorious sandy beach and ruined 16th century church

Drumbeg Peninsula – picturesque single-track road that snakes around the coast passing mountains & lochs

Seal spotting – along the shores of Loch Broom

Inverewe Gardens – lush sub-tropical gardens on the shores of the Highlands

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: 

We can customise the content of this tour to reflect your personal preferences.

Pick up and drop off is typically at Inverness Railway Station, Inverness Airport or any point on the route.

Prices start from £1,500. (This includes tour driver/guide, luxury tour vehicle and all insurances but excludes accommodation, entry fees to attractions, food and beverages).

Please see our full terms and conditions for additional information.

To book a tour, visit our Tour Availability page, drop us an email at info@northcoast.scot or call us on 01847 851852.

 

A FOUR DAY TOUR OF 5000 YEARS OF HUMAN HIGHLAND HISTORY.

 

WHAT WE SAY: The Highlands are renowned for their unspoilt beauty but what is less well known is that the landscape harbours an unrivalled collection of sites of national historical importance.

On this tour we will accompany you on a time traveller’s journey starting around 3500BC and taking you right into the modern era. We will visit ancient burial tombs, mysterious stone circles, Viking battle sites, ruined medieval castles and the deserted villages of the Highland Clearances.

The last 200 years have also contributed greatly to the development of the region and we will go exploring for abandoned World War Two camps and investigate the boom and bust of the fishing industry too.

Camster Cairns

Whaligoe Steps

Keiss Castle

Highland Clearances remembered, Helmsdale
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TYPICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

Portmahomak – the site of a Pictish monastery

Dunrobin Castle & Museum – ancestral home of the Duke of Sutherland

Camster Cairns – Neolithic burial tombs

Whaligoe Steps – breathtaking Victorian rock cut steps and fishing station

Burifa Radar Station – hilltop RAF station of World War 2

The Farr Stone – a carved symbol stone of the Picts

Rosal Village – cleared of people in 1814 and now a ruin

Kinbrace Hut Circles – Bronze Age hut circles with impressive views

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: 

We can customise the content of this tour to reflect your personal preferences.

Pick up and drop off is typically at either Inverness Railway Station or Inverness Airport or any point on the route.

Prices start from £1,200. (This includes tour driver/guide, the luxury tour vehicle and all insurances but excludes accommodation, entry fees to attractions, food and beverages).

Please see our full terms and conditions for additional information

To book a tour, visit our Tour Availability page, drop us an email at info@northcoast.scot or call us on 01847 851852.

 

A FOUR DAY TOUR OF THE RICH LANDSCAPE, CULTURE & HERITAGE OF THE NORTH HIGHLANDS.

 

WHAT WE SAY: If you would like to get a sense of the North Highlands but you are a little short on time then this tour is a great one to choose. The route gives a balance between the huge landscapes of the heartlands, the reclusive wildlife that it harbours and the drama of the coastline.

Boat tours are available to give you a close up view of the numerous nesting seabirds and our very own Sky Explorer can ‘fly’ you up to a height of 400 feet to get some fabulous panoramic views. We will also experience the food, culture and heritage of the region too – what’s not to like?

Deer in the Flow Country

Loch Eribol

Balnakiel Beach

Lochinver
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To view more photographs, visit our North Coast Explorer Photo Albums and enjoy the views.

 

TYPICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

Dunrobin Castle & Museum – ancestral home of the Duke of Sutherland

Kinbrace Hut Circles – Bronze Age hut circles with impressive views

Red Deer and Golden Eagles – elusive and magnificent

Loch Eribol – last anchorage of the ill-fated HMS Hood

Achmelvich Beach – sandy bay and crystal clear water

Lochinver – food capital of the North Highlands

Ullapool – the chance to shop for those important souvenirs

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: 

We can customise the content of this tour to reflect your personal preferences.

Pick up and drop off is typically at Inverness Railway Station, Inverness Airport or any point on the route.

Prices start from £1,200. (This includes tour driver/guide, the luxury tour vehicle and all insurances but excludes accommodation, entry fees to attractions, food, beverages and gratuities).

Please see our full terms and conditions for additional information.

To book a tour, visit our Tour Availability page, drop us an email at info@northcoast.scot or call us on 01847 851852.

 

A FOUR DAY TOUR OF THE STAGGERINGLY BEAUTIFUL WEST COAST.

 

WHAT WE SAY: Many people say that the west coast is the highlight of their North Highland adventures. To be sure, the vistas are amazing and much of it can be viewed from the roadside. But if you want to lift the lid on what lays before you and really experience the region then you really need to get out of the car to experience it.

The geology of the Torridon Massif is impressive as it rips open the earth and thrusts rocks that are billions of years old skyward – for some it might inspire a hill walk. If this sounds too energetic then why not try a boat excursion out to the Summer Isles or a barefoot stroll on one of the many sandy beaches? Maybe some retail therapy at the Lochinver pottery might be more your style or you could just indulge in a bag of west coast Fish and Chips whilst you watch the setting sun over The Minch. Perchance it might be all of these and more!


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To view more photographs, visit our North Coast Explorer Photo Albums and enjoy the views.

 

TYPICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

Kishorn Fish Bar – superb seafood to eat in or take away

Bealach Na Ba – the tortuous route over the Applecross peninsula

Inverewe Gardens – a coastal garden with impressive California Redwoods

The Torridon Pass – dominated by the mighty Beinn Eighe

Seal spotting – along the shores of Loch Broom

Ullapool – a chance to shop for those important souvenirs

Lochinver Larder – the world famous pie shop

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: 

We can customise the content of this tour to reflect your personal preferences.

Pick up and drop off is typically at Inverness Railway Station, Inverness Airport or any point on the route.

Prices start from £1,200. (This includes tour driver/guide, luxury tour vehicle and all insurances but excludes accommodation, entry fees to attractions, food and beverages).

Please see our full terms and conditions for additional information.

To book a tour, visit our Tour Availability page, drop us an email at info@northcoast.scot or call us on 01847 851852.

 

A ONE DAY TOUR OF THE BORDERLANDS BETWEEN SUTHERLAND AND CAITHNESS.

 

WHAT WE SAY: The Flow Country – a vast wilderness pock marked by a thousand Lochans, ringed by distant mountains and home to iconic wildlife. Herds of red deer wander across its plains and the big skies are the perfect vantage point for Golden Eagles to hunt over the moss and pools. It is a landscape that is bereft of people but it was not always so – countless generations of people once lived here. If you know where to look you can still find traces of ancient settlements, some over 4000 years old.

This tour is not just about the sights and sounds though, this tour is also about the story of The Highland Clearances. A fascinating tale of Victorian greed and grief which shaped not only this region but, through its emigrants, Australia, Canada and the USA too.

Lybster harbour

The viewing tower at Forsinard


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To view more photographs, visit our North Coast Explorer Photo Albums and enjoy the views.

 

TYPICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

Badbea Clearance Village – a former Highland Clearance village

Neil Gunn memorial – author of The Silver Darlings

Lybster – picturesque fishing harbour

The stones of Achavanich – a Bronze age ritual setting

Dounreay experimental nuclear reactor – iconic and controversial

Cnoc Freiceadain – Neolithic burial tombs

Forsinard Nature reserve and viewing tower – ideal place to spot wildlife

Strath Kildonan – a beautiful river valley and home of the Highland gold rush

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: 

We can customise the content of this tour to reflect your personal preferences.

Pick up and drop off can be from any point on this route. We are happy to pick up and drop off at locations not on the route but this may affect the time dedicated to your tour.

Standard pick-up is 9.00 am and drop-off is 6.30 pm

Prices start from £220. (This includes tour driver/guide, the luxury tour vehicle and all insurances but excludes entry fees to attractions, food and beverages).

Please see our terms and conditions for additional information

To book a tour, visit our Tour Availability page, drop us an email at info@northcoast.scot or call us on 01847 851852.

 

A ONE DAY TOUR OF THE FAR NORTH EASTERN CORNER OF THE COUNTRY.

 

WHAT WE SAY: The historic county of Caithness has so much to offer, yet if you only drive through on the main road without stopping – as many do – you are likely to miss out on the many sights and experiences which it holds.

Travel just off the beaten track and you can discover a land shaped by history dating back over 400 million years, a wild and scenic coastline marked by unspoilt sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs and a myriad of sea birds and other wildlife. Be introduced to, and enthralled by, some of the unique vistas which keep people coming back for more.

The Castle of Mey

Duncansby Stacks

Puffin

The stone of Buldoo
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To view more photographs, visit our North Coast Explorer Photo Albums and enjoy the views.

 

TYPICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

Dunnet Head – Britain’s most northerly point and home to colonies of nesting sea birds

The Castle & Gardens of Mey – once home to Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother

John O’Groats – the site of the world-famous signpost

Duncansby Stacks – 6000-year-old sandstone sea stacks

Nybster Broch – the remains of an Iron Age fortified home

Castle Sinclair Girnigoe – a ruined medieval castle, once the seat of The Clan Sinclair

Old Pulteney Distillery – occupies the same site as it did when it was founded in 1826

Stone of Buldoo and Achavanich Stones – prehistoric ritual standing stones

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: 
We can customise the content of this tour to reflect your personal preferences.

Pick up and drop off can be from any point on this route. We are happy to pick up and drop off at locations not on the route but this may affect the time dedicated to your tour.

Standard pickup is 9.00 am and drop off is 5.30 pm.

Prices start from £200. (This includes tour driver/guide, the luxury tour vehicle and all insurances but excludes entry fees to attractions, food and beverages).

Please see our terms and conditions for additional information.

To book a tour, visit our Tour Availability page, drop us an email at info@northcoast.scot or call us on 01847 851852.