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Sutherland and the far North

Sutherland and the far North

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: Best Local Hotels

Start Date: 3 Nights / 4 Days

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and Small Groups

The far north of Scotland is a wild and remote region and this tour includes the key historical sites and attractionsof the area. You travel to Wick in the far north and to the Torridon Estate in the far west. The tour includes historically important locations such as Culloden Battlefield as well as castles, gardens and a malt whisky distillery.

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The far north of Scotland is a spectacular region which is unspoilt and remote. The mountains and glens of the Highlands contain many sites and attractions for the visitor. You have the opportunity to visit Cawdor Castle and Culloden in the Speyside area before travelling up the west coast to Wick. The tour then takes you along the narrow winding roads to the west coast and the imposing Torridon estate before returning to your chosen destination via Loch Ness.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Cawdor Castle - Culloden - Inverness

Day 1: Cawdor Castle - Culloden - Inverness

We can start this tour from any location and our first stop will be CAWDOR CASTLE. This is a magical place made famous by Shakespeare as the home of Macbeth, it is over 600 years old. Today, it is a family home with three gardens with the oldest about 400 years old. The Battle of CULLODEN is arguably the most important battle in Scotland’s history. In 1745, Jacobites – mainly highland Scots rose up against the British government in support of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s claim to the throne. After a series of conflicts the final battle took place at Culloden. Close-by is the capital of the highlands, INVERNESS.

Day 2: Glenmorangie - Dunrobin - Wick

Day 2: Glenmorangie - Dunrobin - Wick

Going north to the extreme point on the British mainland, we will travel through the beautiful Black Isles and onto one of the leading whisky distillers, GLENMORANGIE. Touring the distillery you will discover how they have been turning water into whisky since 1843. DUNROBIN CASTLE is set in a glorious position and the ancestral home of the Dukes of Sutherland. Dating back to the 1300s, the modern castle is built in the style of a French Chateau. Inspired by Versailles, the gardens out in 1850 and they nestle below the castle in a series of terraces. We will pass WICK before reaching the far tip of Britain, John O’Groats.

Day 3: Castle of Mey - Geopark - Inverewe

Day 3: Castle of Mey - Geopark - Inverewe

The CASTLE OF MEY was the home of the Late Queen Mother and it is surrounded by a 12 foot wall - the Great Wall of Mey. As we travel, Scotland is at it's most wild and beautiful. Passing lochs and fjords broken by jagged snow-capped peaks into the Highlands UNESCO GEOPARK. As we go, we will see a number of beauty spots including SMOO CAVE – a 200 foot sea cave. INVEREWE Garden is a 50 acre garden with an exotic mix of vibrant colour thanks to the effect of the warm gulf stream. Plants from all over the world create one of the most beautiful places in Scotland.

Day 4: Torridon - Loch Ness - Urquhart Castle

Day 4: Torridon - Loch Ness - Urquhart Castle

Arguably Scotland’s best mountain scenery is on the TORRIDON ESTATE. Dramatic ice worn mountains are interspersed by lush green valleys to create a truly incredible landscape. As we travel east now, the Highlands are still at their best before we arrive at LOCH NESS. At 23 miles long and over 1000 feet deep in places, this is the largest area of water in the country and it follows the Great Glen fault line. The remains of URQUHART CASTLE tower in a unique position over the Loch. An ancient fortress possibly started as early as the 580s, the castle was reduced to it’s current state in 1692.


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