4 Day North West Highlands Tour
A stunning 4 day North West Highlands tour from Inverness including Lochcarron, Applecross, Gairloch, Ullapool, Durness, Tongue, Thurso, John O'Groats, Dunrobin Castle and Dornoch.
Day 1 - Departing Inverness we drive west towards Lochcarron and the wonderful Applecross peninsula. The journey up Bealach na Ba take us over 2000 ft and from the summit we get an extraordinary view of the Highland landscape. The afternoon takes us towards Shieldaig and the Torridon mountains. After exploring the beautiful Loch Maree we finish the day at Gairloch for our overnight stop.
Day 2 - Departing Gairloch we follow the coastal road towards the scenic harbour town of Ullapool with a visit to Gruinard Bay and Corrieshalloch gorge on the way. The afternoon takes us north for a breath-taking drive past the stunning mountains of the North West Highlands towards Lochinver. We take a detour along the coast towards the breath-taking beach at Clachtoll before our overnight stop at Lochinver.
Day 3 - Departing Lochinver we journey towards the Kylesku bridge and north towards Durness where we visit the magnificent Smoo cave (one of the largest sea caves in Britain). The afternoon takes on a stunning north coastal drive through Tongue, Bettyhill and Armadale before our arrival at Thurso (or Wick) for our overnight stop.
Day 4 - Departing Thurso/Wick we continue along the north coast route towards John O'Groats before we begin our journey back towards Inverness down the eastern coastline. The early afternoon takes us to the magnificent Dunrobin Castle and gardens. Leaving the castle we visit the picturesque town of Dornoch before our arrival back in Inverness.
Tours are exclusively for your private group only (up to 3 persons) and prices are per tour. We only offer private tours and do not combine individuals or separate groups - if your group size is less than 3 the advertised tour price still applies. Prices include all taxes and a driver/guide (John Alasdair Macdonald) but exclude your accommodation costs, entrance fees and meals.
We recommend that you book accommodation in Gairloch (Day 1), Lochinver (Day 2) and Thurso/Wick area (Day 3) to make the most of your trip. Whilst we do not book accommodation for you we are happy to help with advice on where to stay. Accommodation on this route can be limited so we recommend booking this tour as early as possible. The tour quote will include a list of accommodation recommendations and suggestions for overnight locations.
During all four days we have lots of photo stops and time out of the vehicle enjoying the stunning scenery. We cover about 140 miles on the first and last day, but a little less on the two middle days (particularly day 2) to give a bit more time to enjoy the Highland landscapes. Generally, there is around 3-4 hours driving per day (quite a bit is on single track and winding Highland roads so it takes a little longer than normal). This tour cover the majority of the North Coast 500 but without Stoer peninsula detour (although we do visit Lochinver and Clachtoll). Should you prefer a shorter tour then please consider our 3 Day North West Highlands Tour.
** Off Season Touring
The Highlands are renowned for changeable weather, even over the summer months. However, from October to April, poor weather conditions are more common and daylight hours are reduced (particularly from late-October to early-March). For tours during these months, we may offer a modified itinerary (as some attractions close over the winter months) with slightly shorter touring days. The itinerary may be changed at short notice to adapt to weather conditions, and on very rare occasions tours may be cancelled due to severe weather. For a detailed itinerary please complete a Tour Enquiry Form including your travel dates.