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Northcoast & N. Highlands

3 days+ tour to explore & experience

for your private, flexible tailor-made small group sample itinerary 3D#1

Blown away by the Northcoast 500 route – video

This route has been nominated as 1 of the top 5 worldwide!

Northcoast – Visit Scotland


We would be delighted to run this tour as a private, small group tour  (up to 8 people) 

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This 3 day tour to the North is as per 2 day tours plus more time, more stops and sidetrips and additional and alternative options to more remote, scenic and wild off the beaten track places, hidden secrets gems and to the best scenery Scotland has to offer and additionally to places along small roads where large tour coaches can’t get to.

Unicorn Tours’ 3 day tour to the Northwest & Northcoast has been voted one of the best 6 coastal routes in the world
https://www.facebook.com/pages/3-days-Uni-Highlands-tours/940889935931689?ref=hl

 

The best of the Northcoast & northern Highlands

 3 days to explore & experience

 

As this is your own private small group tour, the itinerary is very flexible and along the way, we can add additional nearby stops and depending on the weather it is also possible to swap the route of day 1 and day 3 around. So the route each day is a sample itinerary and can be amended if you prefer.

Day 1

• Pick up from your home/chosen pick up location, incl.Stirling
• Along the A9 route through Highland Perthshire via for example Dunkeld/Birnam, Pitlochry and then into the Cairngorm nationalpark;  Blair Athol distillery/castle, House of Bruar & Dalwhinnie
Falls of Bruar, Dalwhinnie Loch Morlich, Carrbridge
• Black Isle Channonry Point to try to spot the Moray Firth dolphins
• Rogie & Silver falls walk


• Corrieshalloch gorge walk

  • and once arrived at the beautiful ferryport of Ullapol, we have finally reached the stunning Northwest and are on the Northcoast 500 route

 

 

1st night

1st overnight accommodation options

(a)    You choose the type / price-category of your accommodation

For every location/area our guests have the choice to either stay at a hotel, B&B or hostel, it is up to you how much you wish to spend for the night and it makes no difference to the tour, whether we pick you up from an upmarket or budget place

(b)   You choose the location of your accommodation

  • Stay in the Ullapool, Achiltibue, Lochinver, Lairg or Kylesku area & have a pint at a cosy restaurant or bar
  • or 2 nights in the Scourie/Kinlochbervie or Durness area (best place for evening or morning beach walks)
Day 2

The stunning Northwestern Highlands, a geologist’s dream, Coigach,
Assynt, Suliven, Inverpolly etc.

Drive past Ardvreck castle and Loch Assynt to Loch Inver and taking
the scenic coastal route with a possible walk to the Old Man of Stoer
• Via Scourie
• Possible option of Kinlochbervie – Sandwood bay beachwalk side trip
• Balnakeil beach – our favourite!!!

 
• Wild and remote, stunning beach of Durness,

Scotland’s northwesterly
corner, Smoo Cave & cliff walks


• Drive along the Northcoast Loch Eribol and through the Kyle of
Tongue along the Northcoast

2nd night

2nd overnight accommodation options

(a)    You choose the type / price-category of your accommodation

For every location/area our guests have the choice to either stay at a hotel, B&B or hostel, it is up to you how much you wish to spend for the night and it makes no difference to the tour, whether we pick you up from an upmarket or budget place

(b)   You choose the location of your accommodation

  • Stay somewhere along the Northcoast, such as in the Tongue, Bettyhill, Thurso, Dunnet bay, John O’Groats or Wick  area
  • (as the route can be reversed, you could also swap the 1st and 2nd night around)
Day 3

• Via Altnaharra inland south

or if we stay in Thurso, Dunnet bay beach
walk, Duncansby cliffs

 

Scotland’s northeasterly corner walk

headingsouth along the northeast coastline with great coastal views and

past Dunrobin castle

along Loch Fleet & the seal colony, Embo’s beaches, Royal Dornoch, Cromary Firth and past the Black Isle (Clootie wells for some magic or Channonry point for some dolphin spotting or the Black Isle Brewery or Glen Ord or Glenmorangie distillery) Beauly and Moray Firth

• Depending on weather and group’s preferences various return options and new stops down south

* Please note optional whisky distillery or castle visit, walks or free time, subject to route choice on any of these days

plus more info and stopover options:

Photoalbum of some of our recent Scotland Unicorn Tours:
https://www.facebook.com/UnicornScotlandAdventureTours?ref=hl
(photos 22, 7 and 5 cover a lot of the North and Northwest coast plus as this tour covers a wide range of regions we drive through on our longer tour to the Northern Highlands images for places we visit on this tour can be found on almost any of our photoalbums).

Depending on your preferences and interests, the main places that have been agreed and discussed, the overall time we have left after our stops (especially in the winter months with shorter daylight hours), the places listed above are just a few among other nearby options, that we might be travelling through and see, stopping at and/or visiting along the way as on each of our friendly, flexible and personalised tours we maximise and offer you the best tour experience given the conditions on the day (for example if it is pouring down with rain on one side of a mountain range, we believe in offering you the alternative sunny route on the other side of the mountains, etc.)

Subject to availability possible overnight (hostel, bed & breakfast, hotel, camping) options do all exist for your 3 days+ tour. As there are too many possible places to stay at, we can check room availability for your preferred option at the time of your enquiry/booking.

3 days and longer tours,  daily departures, incl. during mid-semester, Christmas, New Year, subject to Unicorn Tours being available, check https://www.facebook.com/UnicornHighlandTours?ref=hl

Also for more detailed information
– see facebook links below:

Check out the latest still available www.unicorntours.co.uk tour dates
on our Unicorn Tours facebook link:
https://www.facebook.com/UnicornHighlandTours?ref=hl
0044-(0)7429251980  –  contact@unicorntours.co.uk  –  https://twitter.com/TourHighlands

3 days+    Highlands & Islands adventure tours info
(everyone welcome – departs from Stirling Uni with other local pick ups)

2 days    Highlands & Islands adventure tours info
(everyone welcome – departs from Stirling Uni with other pick ups possible)

1 day    Highlands & islands adventure tours info
(everyone welcome – departs from Stirling Uni with other pick ups possible)

Short one day tours info
(2/3 day = 7 hours, 1/2 day = 5 hours, 1/3 day = 3.5 hours) Highlands tours info
(everyone welcome – departs from Stirling Uni with other pick ups possible)

FAQs

View our Scottish tour photos by region

What to bring?

Prices for a 3 day tour (10% discounted)

 

Cost per person for a  private small group tour3 full days LOW MID PEAK-SEASON
£240 p. day x 3 = £720

– less 10% (3 day tour no Skye/no Loch Ness) – £72 = £648

 

£300 p. day x 3 = £900

– less 10% (3 day tour no Skye/no Loch Ness) – £90 = £810

 

£360 p. day x 3 = £1080

– less 10% (3 day tour no Skye/no Loch Ness) – £108 = £972

 

3 day tour with mini-bus & driver/guide £648 £810 £972
8 passengers £81 £101 £121
7 passengers £92 £115 £138
6 passengers £108 £135 £162
5 passengers £129 £162 £194
4 passengers £162 £202 £243
3 passengers £216 £270 £324
2 passengers £324 £405 £486
1 passenger £648 £810 £972

 

 

SEASONS: LOW =  November to 15 March MID = 16 March to 30 April + October PEAK = May to September
Tour (=driver/guide+vehicle) Cost per day 10 hours (or longer – no extra)
Tour price per person/passenger numbers  for your private small group tour: Low- Mid- Peak-season
8 tour passengers £30 (£20*) £37 £45
7 tour passengers £34 (£22*) £42 £51
6 tour passengers £40 (£26*) £50 £60
5 tour passengers £48 (£32*) £60 £72
4 tour passengers £60 (£40*) £75 £90
3 tour passengers £80 (£53*) £100 £120
2 tour passengers £120 (£80*) £150 £180
1 tour passengers £240 (£160*) £300 £360
Low season full day private small group tour = £240 per day Mid season full day private small group tour = £300 per day Peak season full day private small group tour = £360 per day
The price of a short day tour depends on how short/long many hours and during which season you wish to run the tour for.
*=Short (2/3) day 7 hour low season or winter short daylight hours tour = £160 per day
Included: Fully guided tour Driver/guide & vehicle Scheduled ferries to any Scottish islands included on 2 days & longer tours (Outer Hebrides minimum of 3 days & Shetland minimum of 4 days tour)
Excluded: Entrance fees Castles, museums, attractions, food/drinks & overnight accommodation – we recommend/assist – but you choose your price category, i.e. hostel, B&B or hotel
  DISCOUNTS    
Discount # 1

(applies all year round)

Based on

(1 hour

 

Half day tour

1/3 day tour

standard

represents

 

= 5 hours

= 3.5 hours

10 hours = 1 day rates

10%)

 

= 50% off

= 2/3 off

Discount # 2

(applies all year round)

2 day tour

3 day tour

4 day tours

5 day tours

6 day tours

7 days & longer tours

save 5%

save 10%

save 15%

save 20%

save 25%

save 30%

Discount 2

does neither apply

if Loch Ness

nor if Skye is included

(other than a brief pass through photo-stop)

  Discounts 3,  4  & 5

only apply

from October to April: (i.e. don’t apply May to September)
Discount # 3 Early booking/

paying discount

1 month =

2 months & earlier =

10 % off

20% off

Discount # 4 3 people or more booking/paying together

at the same time,

 students

or

the tour is designated as a multi-day walking tour

20 % off
Multiple discounts are not available for discounts # 2, 3 & 4 but ok  incl. discount #1 & 5

 

Discount # 5 = just charging for the driving time:

+

An additional discount may be requested on our 4 days & longer tours (throughout the whole year, incl. peak-season),

if for example for half a day (i.e. half a day without a mini-bus/driver/guide),

if everyone in your private small group prefers join an activity, a sport, a local event or just to relax, chill out, do their own thing, take & soak in the magic & special atmosphere of the place, go for a walk alone, visit a local attraction, castle, museum or just catch a passenger only ferry to a very small island or something similar along those lines.

Visits, A to B journeys & walks

Concerning same day VISITS (i.e. no scenic touring & multi-stopping involved), A to B journeys & day WALKS (from October to April)

Example only for a same day VISIT, A to B journey or day WALK:

 

  • Pick you up from A (i.e. where you live or stay)

 

  • Drive for 2.5 hours (in this example) from A to B

 

  • At B you have free time or a VISIT (a town, castle, whisky distillery, museum, attraction, event or similar at your own expense) or go for a WALK

 

  • After a few hours at the end of your VISIT Unicorn Tours picks you up again from B or meets you at the other end of your WALK ( & often I meet you half way into the walk, as I am parked at the far side of the trail, where your walking path ends. On a circular walk I might join you – please note there is no extras payable for those semi-guided same day walks.)

 

  • From B we drive back for 2.5 hours (in this example) to A and drop you off there or anywhere else you choose/pre-arranged

 

We only charge for the driving time in this example = 2.5 hours from A to B + 2.5 hours from B back to A = 5 hours

5 hours in this example = half of the 10 hour standard daily rate

 

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Please note that there is a different rate for fully guided CITY (walking) tours, for example a whole day fully guided tour of Edinburgh, subject to duration, season, itinerary & group size.

 

 

Special interests, hobbies, activities & themes

Scotland has a lot more to offer and something for everyone should you have a special interest, hobby, activity, which you would like to experience on your tour with us throughout Scotland, please mention it to us and if at all possible, we will attempt to include it in your itinerary.


Private, personalised small group tours (maximum 8 passengers)

best suited for groups of friends of 5 to 8 people as the price is set during each season and you pay per vehicle/driver/guide day and share the cost among yourselves in your private group

– individuals, couples and friends – for example 1 – 4 people are still welcome to book their own private tour, but the cost per person will be higher

3 day tours

1 day tours (short)

1 day tours

4 day tours

2 day tours

5 day tours


Destinations

best suited for groups of friends of 5 to 8 people as the price is set during each season and you pay per vehicle/driver/guide day and share the cost among yourselves in your private group.

Regions

  • Edinburgh and the Lothians
  • Southern Scotland
  • Glasgow and the Clyde
  • Central Scotland
  • Argyll
  • Northeast Scotland
  • The Highland region 
  • Skye and the Western Isles
  • Orkney and Shetland