Caithness holds onto many legends from its past, and you will see many of them on our 5 day break based in the Viking town of Thurso. Explore the far north including a fabulous full day excursion to The Orkney Islands where you will pass over the Churchill Barriers built for WWII, see the Italian Chapel, discover the hidden mysteries of Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar and also have some time in Kirkwall. The holiday also includes the opportunity to visit the Queen Mother’s Castle of Mey with its beautiful walled gardens and wonderful interiors just the way she left them. Join us on this wonderful trip to the far north of Scotland and be amazed by the history and culture of the area called Caithness.
- 4 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
- Luxury Coach Travel
- Excursions as Stated
- Drinks Reception on Arrival
- Evening Entertainment
- Single Room Supplements £40
The Orkney Islands
A full day excursion to the Orkney Islands; whose shores are shrouded in culture and legend. We visit the Italian Chapel which was built by Italian WWII prisoners and is beautifully painted by hand. After crossing the Churchill Barriers, travel along the main island through wonderful scenery to the Neolithic village of Skara Brae; 5000 years old and still standing to this day. Explore the village here before we travel back to the mystical Ring of Brodgar - one of the many standing stone circles dotted throughout Caithness. Some time in Kirkwall before returning to the mainland on the afternoon ferry. The Orkney’s have many hidden treasures, most of which still remain a mystery.
Thurso & Strathnaver Museum
Firstly, enjoy a morning of rest in Thurso before we set out on our journey along part of the beautiful NC500 route, to our visit at the Strathnaver Museum, Bettyhill. This museum takes you on a journey from the mystical past of pre-history to the vibrant culture of today. For those who wish to, there is time to take the short walk to Farr Beach, one of the most beautiful and remote Scottish beaches. Return on the coach to Thurso in time for your evening meal.
Castle of Mey, John O'Groats & Caithness Broch Centre
A day out to discover Caithness today with a visit to the Queen Mother’s holiday home; Castle of Mey today. First stop of the day is the castle, perched on the edge of the mainland with views out towards Hoy and Stroma. Here you will have time to explore the castle, gardens and cafe for some lunch before we travel on along the coast with a stop in at the Rock & Rose Gin shop before onto John O’Groats for some shopping. We then travel down the coast by Neiss Head before stopping in the Caithness Broch Centre. Here you can learn all about the iron-age cairns & broch's which Caithness is famous for. Nybster Broch is just across the road for those who wish to visit. We then tour further with stunning views of Sinclair Bay for a short stop in Wick before visiting Castle Sinclair Girngoe. There is an short and easy walk to the castle ruins along the cliffs which are teaming with birdlife, and it is well worth a visit.
THE ROYAL HOTEL - THURSO
The Royal Hotel is a 3-star hotel situated near the charming little town centre of Thurso, easily within walking distance of many exciting shops, bars and restaurants. This quaint hotel is an excellent base from which to explore the North Coast. Centralized for both leisure and business, close to the bus and train stations, the friendly atmosphere of Royal Hotel is unmatched.
With the friendly public bar and relaxing ambiance of the Orkney Restaurant, Royal Hotel caters the needs of all types of guests. The beautiful North Coast of Scotland is a practically untouched paradise of fine, white sandy beaches, while contrasting with the dramatic cliffs and craggy headlands that one would expect.