John O'Groats & the Far North


The Stacks at Duncansby Head The Stacks at Duncansby Head
Leaving Inverness to go up north Leaving Inverness to go up north
John O'Groats - 'the end of the road' John O'Groats - 'the end of the road'
Duncansby Head Duncansby Head
See the local wildlife See the local wildlife
The Emigrants Monument in Helmsdale The Emigrants Monument in Helmsdale
Puffins Puffins
John O'Groats John O'Groats
Stunning scenery at the top of mainland UK Stunning scenery at the top of mainland UK

The John O'Groats Experience

Adult Price from £55
Concessions from £52

Tour Description

Take this tour so that you can say that you've 'made it' to the most northerly point on the British mainland. This fascinating tour will also introduce you to the stunning cliffs of the northern coast, the wild magnificence of Caithness and an abundance of wildlife. It's a splendid day out with a difference!

Northward Bound...

Your journey north starts when you leave Inverness and head across the beautiful Black Isle to the Cromarty Firth. As you drive through this beautiful landscape you'll learn about the history of the region, including the story of First Duke of Sutherland, whose agents were involved in the most notorious of the Highland clearances in the 19th Century.

Through Caithness...

You'll then travel through the brooding and magnificent landscape of Caithness. This is a beautiful place full of amazing scenery and some of Scotland's most fascinating and rare wildlife. At lunchtime you'll enjoy a coastal stop at one of the region's picturesque harbours. As you eat, there will be the chance to learn a bit about the region's traditional herring fishing industry.

As far North as you can go...

After lunch you'll get to the day's goal: John O'Groats. Here you'll be able to take an "I've been there" photograph. Then you can stroll along the cliff-top path at Duncansby Head and take in the dramatic views of sea stacks and the sea itself. Duncansby is rich in birdlife including guillemot, kittiwakes and, its most famous residents, puffins (until late July). There are binoculars available on-board our mini-coach so you'll be able to get a " close up" view.

Head South through Wick to Inverness...

After your visit to Duncansby, you'll turn southwards for home. You'll travel through more breathtaking scenery and pass through the historic estuary town of Wick before your journey's ends in Inverness.

John O'Groats & the Far North Route Map

Tour Highlights


and the Cromarty Firth

John O’GroatsJohn O’Groats

‘The end of the road’

Duncansby HeadDuncansby Head

Amazing wildlife and stunning cliffs


A historic estuary town

The Black IsleThe Black Isle

Wonderful scenery and fascinating history

Tour Details

Summer And Winter
Departure Days:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
3rd April to 11th October

09:15 / 19:15
Reference: Tour No 22

   Check-in Closes 15 mins prior to departure at pick-up point


Tour Reviews

We started out at the Inverness bus station, after breakfast at Charlie's Cafe, next door(try it). Our guide/driver, Malcolm (with Highland Experience), rates as one of the best guides we've had anywhere, why, because he has a natural curiosity and interest in the history, geology, botany, of his country. We stopped at a Brach (ancient dwelling/fortification) 500 of which existed along the coast in Roman times. Lunch was in a small fishing town on the road to Wick. Before continuing to John O' Groats. We spent about an hour here, walking out to the cliffs to look at the Orkney's, and the unusual rock formations. It was just us and the sheep! The wind off the North Sea, where it meets the Atlantic is really strong! We all needed a break at the local cafe afterwards. On the way back we stopped at several scenic spots, including DunRobin Castle and Gardens. Long drive back, but Malcolm played Highland music, which was great.

(Sander s – Trip Advisor – September 2018)

I booked this day trip online before I arrived in the UK. It was interesting to see and hear about the areas we drove through. Very nice tour guide/bus driver. Weather was not very cooperative that day, drizzle, rain and mist! Our cliff top walk was in the rain, surprised that my photos came out so well!

(Susanfalus456 – Trip Advisor – September 2018)

An amazing day, very laky with the weather, Duncansby Head was the highlight of the trip. We had an awesome day with many stops at wonderful places.

(Liliana50 – Trip Advisor – August 2018)

We had an excellent tour with Malcolm. He was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. Ride was smooth and weather was great. Sightseeing was amazing.

(Smita2420 – Trip Advisor – August 2018)

Chris was an excellent guide up to the north - we had a small group and spotty weather, but he made it fun and enjoyable! I got to see so much more than I would have if I had tried to go on my own, and even though it was a long day, we made a lot of stops along the way that made it go by very quickly.

(Sloane101 – Trip Advisor – March 2018)

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