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Scotland's North-West Passage

Scotland's North-West Passage

Regarded as the trip of a lifetime - discover Scotland's North West Paaage, also known as the North Coast 500 - a jaw dropping journey along the spectacular far north coast of Scotland.


Regarded as the trip of a lifetime - discover Scotland's North West Paaage, also known as the North Coast 500 - a jaw dropping journey along the spectacular far north coast of Scotland.

Regarded as a trip of a lifetime. Discover Scotland’s “North-West Passage”, also known as the North Coast 500 – a jaw dropping journey of over 500 spectacular miles along the far north coast of Scotland. Some of the most unspoilt and picturesque scenery in Europe, with its diverse array of wildlife and culture unchanged for generations. One of the world’s most beautiful road-trips, it features stunning coastal scenery, deserted white sand beaches, remote fishing villages, hidden gems and a wealth of unforgettable experiences. To top it all we have included visits to both The Orkneys and Skye, the legendary isles full of geological wonders and prehistoric history.


Saturday 24th - Morning departure from Dorset via motorways to Preston. 1 night stay at The Holiday Inn Preston. (Lift). Dinner and breakfast.

Sunday 25th - Continuing northwards, through the Scottish Borders. We shall pause to view The Kelpies at Falkirk, 30 metre stainless steel horse-head sculptures set next to the Clyde canal. Later continue to The Salutation Hotel in Perth for 1 night stay. (Lift) Dinner & breakfast.

Monday 26th - After breakfast drive into the majestic Highlands, the scenery becoming more dramatic with every mile. Passing the pretty town of Pitlochry and climbing the Drumochter Pass we arrive in Aviemore. Here we board the historic Strathspey Railway - a restored ten mile section of the Highland Line operating steam trains through stunning Cairngorm mountain scenery savouring a bygone era. After lunch we pass the highland capital Inverness, viewing fairytale Dunrobin Castle - the white sands of Brora - and historic Helmsdale. Arriving at The Norseman Hotel in Wick for 2 night stay. (No lift - plenty of ground floor rooms) Dinner and breakfast.

Tuesday 27th - At John O'Groats board the ferry crossing to Orkney. On arrival a local coach and guide will escort you on a magical tour, crossing the famous Churchill Barriers, visiting the 2000 year old settlement of Scara Brae, the standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar, The Italian Chapel, The town of Kirkwall with its 12th century cathedral and much more…. A blend of unique cultures and ancient history makes this a truly unforgettable Scottish island experience! (individual admission fees not included - pay on the day). We rejoin the afternoon ferry to John O'Groats and return to our hotel at Wick.

Wednesday 28th - Maybe the highlight of your holiday starts this morning. We commence our drive along a large part of the North Coast 500. Mile on mile of crumbling cliffs, sheer rocky headlands, picturesque lochs and sheltered bays. You will surely marvel at the breathtaking views and doubtless see Scotland from an entirely different perspective. After the Tounge Causeway the roads become narrower. Such is the remoteness and lack of civilisation that we have prearranged a 2 course lunch at The Smoo Cave Hotel in Durness. There will be time to view the Smoo Cave from the viewpoint - a remarkable geological feature. We continue on even smaller roads through Scourie and crossing the graceful curving Kylesku Bridge over the Loch a Chairn Bhain. Pass the romantic ruins of Ardvreck Castle sat in Loch Assynt. A short pause at Knockan Crag - the cliff that overlooks the viewpoint is an earth moving experience where two continents collided millions of years ago. Finally we skirt Loch Broom to arrive at The Royal Hotel in Ullapool for 1 night stay (No lift - plenty of ground floor rooms) Dinner and breakfast.

Thursday 29th - Back on the NC 500 route and first stop after leaving Ullapool is the Corrieshalloch Gorge - one of the most spectacular places in Scotland. A mile long box canyon is crossed by a suspension bridge nearly 200 feet above the rushing River Droma and overlooking the Falls of Measach. Back on the road we enjoy views of Gruinard Island before reaching Drumchork overlooking Loch Ewe where the Russian Arctic convoys mustered in WW2. Through Gairloch - then snaking alongside Loch Maree, considered one of Scotland's bonniest. At Achnasheen we join the Glen Carron which guides us through the mountains towards Kyle of Lochalsh - crossing to the Isle of Skye. 2 night stay at The Kings Arms Hotel, Kyleakin (Lift) Dinner and breakfast.

Friday 30th - A day of sightseeing on The Isle of Skye. This morning we drive along the coast headed for the north-west corner of the island. Visit Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the loch - home of the chiefs of MacLeod for 800 years. Five acres of formal gardens are a hidden oasis in contrast to the mountains which dominate Skye's landscapes. This afternoon make a scenic drive via Uig and around the Trotternish Peninsula which features such weird rock formations as the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, and the truly extraordinary Pinnacles of Quaraig. A short stop in the islands colourful capital, Portree brings us back to Kyleakin.

Saturday 1st - Cross back to the mainland and stop for photos at the iconic Eilean Donan Castle. Loch and mountain scenery accompanies us through the Glen Sheil and into the Glen Mor at Invergarry. Cross the Caledonian Canal via the Lagan swing-bridge and stop in Fort William in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Continuing through Glencoe and the shores of Loch Lomond "The Queen of Lochs" - Glasgow and finally Motherwell. 1 night stay at Alona Hotel Motherwell (Lift) Dinner and breakfast.

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Sunday 2nd - This morning we shall visit New Lanark World Heritage Site - a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village, close to the Falls of Clyde. Discover how people lived and worked back in the 1800s - fascinating! Continuing over the border this afternoon we arrive back at Holiday Inn Preston for a final 1 night stay (lift) Dinner and breakfast.

Monday 3rd - Homewards bound with memories of unforgettable sights and truly once in a lifetime experiences. Return to Dorset that evening.

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Your holiday hotels

A number of hotels are used to facilitate this “road-trip” and enable us to effectively cover the ground – these are named in the itinerary. They will range from renowned modern chains to family run traditional hotels – all are graded as three star standard or higher and provide as a minimum, the following facilities : Private bathroom, hairdryer, toiletries, television, phone, tea tray and free wifi. All hotels will provide a cooked breakfast and 3 course dinner with choice. While most have a lift, some do not, but we can request lower floor bedrooms. Even those hotels that do have a lift may still involve some stairs. Your suitcases will be portered in an out at all hotels. In our opinion we have selected the best hotels available in a remote region not best served by venues able to accommodate tour groups and they will vary in standards and facilities available – what will not be in question is the warm welcome you are sure to experience.


TOUR PRICE : £1260.00 Per Person

Single room supplement: £250.00


Price includes: All coach travel, 9 nights hotel accommodation, Evening dinner and breakfast throughout, Lunch at Smoo Cave Hotel, Strathspey Rail Fare, Return Orkney Ferry Fare, Coach & Guide on Orkney, Admission to Dunvegan Castle, Admission to New Lanark Site, Porterage at all hotels.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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