John o’ Groats From Inverness Tour

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Tour Overview

Whether you’ve experienced the North of Scotland before or are looking for a new adventure, our John o’ Groats tour from Inverness is sure to take your breath away. Your local driver and guide will share their insight and local knowledge with you as they escort you on your own private tour from Inverness to John o’ Groats and beyond.

From Inverness, we travel north over firth and field, following the eastern coast until we reach Old Pulteney Distillery, one of the most northerly on the Scottish mainland, before heading to the northern tip of Scotland, John o’ Groats. We take in the spectacular sights of Duncansby Head before turning west towards Canisbay Kirk and the Castle of Mey. Finally, we cut through the rugged Caithness countryside on the way back south to Inverness.

Possible Itinerary

Dunrobin Castle

Dunrobin is the most northerly great house in the British Isles, and looks like a fairytale castle owing to its French chateau-style.

Laidhay Croft Museum

A 250-year-old thatched longhouse has been preserved as a look back into the Highlands’ past.

Old Pulteney Distillery

Established in 1826 and until recently the most northerly on the Scottish mainland.

John o’ Groats

Visitors will enjoy the superb views over the Pentland Firth and the traditional harbour, with plenty of options available for good food & drink.

Duncansby Head

These prominent sea stacks are some of the most impressive in the British Isles.

Old Kirk at Canisbay

From the kirkyard, there are views over the Pentland Firth towards Orkney, as well as towards the abandoned island of Stroma.

Castle of Mey

The most northerly castle in mainland Britain and once owned by the Queen Mother.

A Note To Remember:


We want you to have the best experience of the Highlands, which is why our tours are flexible and 100% customisable. All of the locations listed on our tours are intended to be optional, and you can choose whether to add, remove or extend locations based on your own personal preference. Contact us if you have any questions or special tour requests.

Pick Up & Drop Off Information

We want you to get the very best out of your tour, which is why all of our tours are flexible, customisable and tailored to you. We don’t rush you along — instead, we always make sure you get to experience your Highland tour on your own terms.

Your friendly local driver and guide will pick you up from your place of stay in Inverness or from an agreed pick-up point. There will be plenty of time to discuss the tour, route, and attractions prior to departing.

The tour will last a full day, after which you will be dropped off at either your pick-up point or a place in Inverness of your choosing.

Full Tour Description

Dunrobin Castle


As we travel north we will pass Dunrobin Castle, where we have the option to visit if you wish. Dunrobin is the most northerly great house in the British Isles, and looks like a fairytale castle owing to its French chateau-style. The castle has a history that stretches back as far as the 1300s, parts of the building still date back to this time such as the central keep, now only visible from the courtyard; later extensions now completely envelop the original structure.

Laidhay Croft Museum


Another optional stop on our trip is the Laidhay Croft Museum – where a 250-year-old thatched longhouse has been preserved as a look back into the Highlands’ past. Both the inside and outside of the house have been kept to give an insight into how Highland people lived and worked in rural areas. There’s even a cosy tearoom should you wish to grab a quick bite to eat or a coffee to go.

Old Pulteney Distillery


Nestled within the town of Wick is Old Pulteney Distillery, established in 1826 and until recently the most northerly on the Scottish mainland. The distillery takes its inspiration from the sea – many believe the Caithness coastal air comes across in the end product, Old Pulteney Single Malt, long known as the “maritime malt.”

Experience the process behind the creation of Scotland’s most famous export, learn more about the story of Old Pulteney on a behind-the-scenes tour of the distillery, and enjoy a taste of their definitive 12-Year-Old Whisky, an excellent way to start our John o’ Groats tour!

John o’ Groats


From Old Pulteney Distillery we travel further north, following the coast until we reach the village of John o’ Groats on the country’s most northeastern tip. This tiny village is home to around 300 residents but is very popular with visitors, being the settlement at the very opposite end of the country to Land’s End in the south-western tip of England, the start and end point of the longest possible trip in Great Britain.

Visitors will enjoy the superb views over the Pentland Firth and the traditional harbour, with plenty of options available for good food, drink, local shops and even a small museum.

Duncansby Head


Just 2 miles east of John o’ Groats is Duncansby Head, an area of breathtaking natural beauty. This dramatic clifftop is a major draw to the area, not least because of the raw and rugged landscape and views north over Orkney, but because of slightly more hidden attractions.

A short walk south, past the lighthouse and following a well-trodden path finds us at the first of these: the Geo of Scalites, a deep and narrow cleft in the rock formed by wave-driven erosion. This area is home to large colonies of seabirds such as Fulmars, Kittiwakes and Arctic Skua who make their nests in the angular Red Sandstone cliffs.

Continuing on we come to the real highlight, the Stacks of Duncansby. These prominent sea stacks are some of the most impressive in the British Isles, and a clear reminder of the power of the sea.

Old Kirk at Canisbay


Moving west a short distance we reach the hamlet of Kirkstyle, home to Canisbay Kirk, a small, striking church perched on the high cliffside. From the kirkyard, there are views over the Pentland Firth towards Orkney, as well as towards the abandoned island of Stroma.

The kirk’s origins are thought to be truly ancient; according to local legend, it was built on the site of a chapel founded by or dedicated to Saint Drostan in the 500s. Since then, numerous places of worship have been built and re-built here, evidence of stonework through the ages suggests Christian religious activity here for at least 1,400 years. The building that stands today is the result of various rebuilds and renovations dating back to the early 1600s and is officially the most northerly church in Great Britain.

The kirk is home to much local history and memories collected by parishioners over the years – one example is the John de Groot stone, dedicated to Dutchman Jan de Groot who founded the town of John o’ Groats in the reign of James IV (1488 – 1513). The kirk is well worth a visit to learn more about the fascinating history of this area and its people.

Castle of Mey


Just 10 minutes east of Canisbay Kirk is the Castle of Mey, the most northerly castle in mainland Britain and once owned by the Queen Mother, who used it as her holiday home every year for nearly 50 years.

Before the castle found its way into Royal ownership, Mey was the seat of the Earls of Caithness for hundreds of years, with a history dating back to its construction between 1566 – 1572.

Now the castle is run by the Castle of Mey Trust and maintained for the benefit of the community. The Castle of Mey and its grounds are open to the public during the season, with tours conducted focusing on the fascinating history of the estate, it’s history and that of the local area. In addition, the Castle hosts a number of other attractions including an animal centre and tearoom.

Terms & Conditions, Cancellations

Terms & Conditions


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Cancellation Policy


Changes By Us
While the company shall do everything reasonably possible to provide your tour itinerary, we reserve the right to make any changes i.e if the vehicle is not available, we will supply a replacement vehicle and tour guide for your party. In the unlikely case of a breakdown, we will endeavour to get you back to your destination.

Changes By You, The Client
If you wish to change any part of your confirmed booking, you must inform us as soon as possible in writing, this should be done by the lead passenger named on the booking form. Whilst we do our best to assist you we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet your request.

Cancellation By Us, Your Tour Provider
We will only cancel a tour due to unavoidable circumstances which are out of our control or which might jeopardize your safety. If we cancel your tour we will notify you as soon as possible and will refund you in full.

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