Time to hit the road! Follow the NC500 out of Inverness and through the villages of Beauly and Muir of Ord where you will receive a private tour at Glen Ord Distillery (pictured) - one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Watch their distillers at work creating a magical malt whisky which is sweet, fruity and subtly spicy on the palate – Are you the designated driver? Don't worry, you can bring a sample back to enjoy later.
Links House or Dornoch Castle Hotel?
Links House(pictured) at Royal Dornoch in the Scottish Highlands is a country house hotel and restaurant in the finest tradition, offering luxury accommodation combined with the charm, grace and elegance of the world’s finest luxury small hotels. If you have time, relax and unwind with a massage or facial in the comfort of your own room, by the staff at Aspen Spa, they will even drive you to the spa to experience their outdoor sauna and hot tub.
Experience the finest Highland hospitality, in a sparkling historic setting.
After a wonderful night’s stay at Links House, a short drive up the A9 is Dunrobin Castle (pictured). Treat yourself to a private tour and gourmet lunch. The Castle, which resembles a French chateâu with its towering conical spires, is the most northerly of Scotland's great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms.
Take a rest from driving and book a tour with Caithness Wildlife Tours (pictured). They can help you discover the wildlife and sights of Caithness from the comfort of their minibus, from abundant wildlife, towering sea cliffs, beautiful beaches, and old fishing harbours. Or perhaps a castle or two, neolithic burial chambers, standing stones or iron age brochs – it’s all here in Caithness.Spend a couple of hours or a full day with them, choose between their: Puffin Tours, Wildlife Tours, Sightseeing Tours and Historical Tours.
Caithness Wildlife Tours even offer tailor-made tours to suit your own individual needs. If there is something specific you wish to see, they can then discuss your requirements further before booking your tour.
Retrace your steps back to Wick! Mackays No1 Bistro may be located on the shortest street on the world, but it has gone to considerable lengths to ensure the freshest local ingredients are sourced. Their talented kitchen team take a healthy helping of Highland fayre, add a dash of locally grown vegetables, a sprinkling of care, a pinch of pure creativity infused with love, to bring you a tasty, mouth-watering Highland menu which offers something for everyone.
Forss House Hotel is a 40 minute drive west from John O ‘Groats and is the only 2AA Rosette Restaurant in Caithness. Their Chefs are lucky enough to have wonderful produce to cook with, straight from the neighbouring estates and seas that surround us and their menus are based around the freshest produce for the time of year.
The Little Soap & Candle Company is nestled in the tiny picture postcard hamlet of Drumbeg, halfway along the spectacular B869 coastal road. Hidden from view, take a look out of the back door of their Candle Shop and you will discover their Secret Tea Garden. You can relax with a delicious slice of cake, scone or freshly made sandwiches, a cup of fresh roasted coffee, tea or choice of herbal teas.
Discover their beautiful evocative scented Candles, luxurious organic body care, and natural artisan soaps. An exclusive range you won’t find on the high street!
treat yourself and a loved one to the ultimate dining experience with a 7 course tasting menu? Following your meal enjoy petites fours and a digestif in their supremely relaxing whisky & gin bar.
Should you wish to dine privately? The library is the perfect place to dine in private and enjoy a meal with your chosen company. Whether you wish to make a romantic gesture or simply dine in the company of your family they can offer private dining for groups of between two and sixteen people.
Don't forget to explore the city of Inverness before you leave, the Glenmoriston Town House is a luxury boutique hotel, perfectly located next to the river Ness and close to all amenities.
If you wish to prolong your stay for another day or two, you are only 20 minutes from Loch Ness if you wish to cruise Loch Ness!
Alternatively, discover the east coast further and enjoy a delightful night’s stay at Boath House (pictured). The luxurious family run house is a beautifully restored Georgian house hotel, widely renowned for its style, quality and fine cuisine. This 5 star restaurant with rooms and an award winning garden is nestled on the Moray Firth coast, by Nairn.