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The beaches and rugged landscape of the Far North

The Northern Clans - Mackay, Gunn, Sutherland & Sinclair

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June — July

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Clans Mackay, Gunn, Sutherland, Sinclair & the remote beauty of the far north of Scotland.

The Far North is one of Scotland’s most beautiful and remote regions. It combines stunning mountain scenery, dramatic cliffs and beaches with a sense of remoteness and that is hard to match anywhere in Europe. This tour is based in the lovely ‘Big House’ – an old Clan Mackay headquarters on the north coast of Sutherland.

The tour is ideal for anyone with an historical interest in the northern clans – MacKay, Sutherland, Gunn, Sinclair etc – or those who simply want to get away from it all in some of Scotland’s most beautiful surroundings Each tour is with a group small enough to access the best places to stay and the most interesting sites, but with a convivial feel. It is for a maximum of fourteen people, travelling in seven-seater minibuses.

If you wish to plan a ‘self-drive’ version of the tour, please contact us for a quote.

Arrival day

Experience teaches us that people prefer to give themselves at least a full day to recover from the flight, adjust to the time zone and explore a little on their own. We are therefore including two nights at a chic Bed and Breakfast close to Edinburgh city centre before you meet your tour guide.

Arrival day + 1

Time to get out and about... see Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, the elegant new Town…. While in the City, visit he National Museum of Scotland to see key Highland artefacts, West Highland sculptures and the many other fascinating displays.

Day 1 with guide

We all meet in the foyer and set off for the north. Across the Forth bridge and int the Highlands. Stop at pretty Dunkeld and then the Highland Folk museum to get a feel for life in northern Scotland in the days of the clans. We stay near Inverness (those flying straight to Inverness can join the tour here).

Day 2

A visit to the mystical Bronze Age Clava Cairns and Culloden battlefield. Then over the Kessock bridge and into the far North. Drive straight to the Big House and settle in.

Days 3 - 7

Five days exploring the Far North from our base. The order of events is flexible and can be adjusted according to the priorities of the group, their clan affiliations, as well as the vagaries of the weather.

  • Castle Varrick, Durness and Strathnaver with its museum.
  • Durness, the Smoo Cave and Dun Dornagail broch
  • The Sinclairs and the Castle of Mey
  • Dunrobin Castle, Dornoch and Strathoykel
  • Clan Gunn, Wick and John O Groats.
  • A local Highland games
  • The Flow Country
  • A day trip to Orkney

NB: The Big House is not suited to very small groups, so in the event of lower numbers we reserve the right to arrange alternative equivalent accommodation for this section of the tour

Day 8

An early start for the drive south to Edinburgh and a final night in a comfortable hotel.

COVID-19 information

In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

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Scottish Clans and Castles

Scottish Clans and Castles focuses on bespoke tours of Scotland and its castles. We offer exclusive driver-guided and personalised holidays throughout Scotland, specialising in taking people to see their ancient clan lands. Based in Scotland since 2000, we work closely with a number of Clan Chiefs (many of whom guide for us) and castle owners. We have been running Outlander Tours since the books came out here in 2003. They are well received, and Diana Gabaldon even kindly mentions us on her website to tour with. We also have several tours including food, wildlife, art etc.

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