Welcome to Sutherland

Other than stargazing, there's a 145km self-drive botanical tour, covering both the Roggeveld and lower Tankwa Karoo. The area enjoys an annual wildflower bloom similar to the one that carpets nearby Namakwa.

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$235.53 Day Trips & Excursions

The Best Stargazing in the whole wide world

An Astronomy & Astrophotography night tourJoin this private guided night tour to Sutherland in the Karoo -- home of the South African Astronomical Observatory. These tours run during the 14 days either side of the new moon to ensure the best stargazing. They include overnight accommodation in Sutherland. The small Karoo town of Sutherland is world renowned among astronomers for it crystal clear night skies year round where you will see stars like you have never seen them before. Many astronomy research centres from around the world have set up their telescopes here. This is one of only a handful of astro-viewing research centres in the world. On this one-night, two-day trip, you’ll: • Stay overnight in Sutherland, and experience the delightful Karoo hospitality • Do night sky viewing of galaxies, stars, planets and more, through powerful telescopes • Learn how to take amazing astro photos with your DSLR camera – such as star trails around the south pole and star-motion time lapses • Visit the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), the largest optical telescope in the world • Learn how to identify stars in the Southern night sky • Experience the unique Karoo countryside

$53.82 Day Trips & Excursions

John O Groats & the Far North

Our tour departs Inverness and travels north, up through to Loch Fleet where you might be able to spot some seals and a range of birds – make sure you have your camera ready! Our John O’Groats tour continues on to the village of Golspie. The village, situated on the North Sea coast is nestled next to Ben Bhraggie and is an attractive little seaside resort, with long sandy beaches. Spend time here for refreshments before we journey on to Dunrobin Castle.A stately home in Sutherland, Dunrobin Castle is the family seat of Clan Sutherland. It resembles a French chateau with its towering spires and it overlooks the Moray Firth. You'll have time here to explore the beautiful stately home, gardens & museum and enjoy some refreshments in their tearoom.Before reaching John O’Groats we continue further into the North Highlands through Helmsdale to the Highland town of Wick for our lunch stop. A former Viking settlement, Wick is the principal town in the far north of mainland Scotland. Spend time exploring the town, enjoying views across Wick Bay, whilst you enjoy your lunch.After our visit to Wick, we then travel to John O’Groats; the most northerly point on British mainland. Here you’ll be able to stroll along the cliff path, take your iconic photo at the signpost, enjoy dramatic coastal views and perhaps see some local wildlife. John O’Groats is one of the best places in the UK to see Atlantic puffins, you might also see some grey seals or even an orca!From John O’Groats, we begin to make our way back to Inverness. We travel to Dunbeath Harbour for photos, and to Brora, famous for its golf courses and magnificent coastal scenery before your John O’Groats tour returns home to Inverness.