VISIT SCOTLAND 5 STAR AWARD HELD

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  ACCREDITATION RETAINED DURING COVID RESTRICTIONS.   Back in the summer of 2019, we were delighted to be awarded with a top star rating by Visit Scotland at the first time of being assessed. This occurs when a ‘mystery shopper’ visitor books and take a tour just like any other guest. Then, at the end… Read more »

‘Scottish Field’ comes to town…

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North Coast views

  AND TAKES A NORTH COAST EXPLORER TOUR!   If you are in any doubt as to whether it’s worth travelling to the far north to visit the beautiful North Highlands or, indeed, if it is worth investing in a private tour guide to show you around, can we recommend that you read the latest… Read more »

‘We’re Good To Go’!

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  AND LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU SOON!   We are delighted to announce that following the latest Covid-19 government guidance, comprehensive risk assessments and full consideration to the safety of our guests, we are ‘Ready to go!’ Your experience has always been our top priority, be it the places you visit, the subjects we… Read more »

The NC500 – ‘Must-Sees?’

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Corrieshall Gorge

  ANOTHER FAVOURITE QUESTION WHEN PLANNING A TRIP!   When planning a bespoke itinerary for our guests the first thing we ask is ‘what sort of things are you interested in?’ This is because one could spend a month on the North Coast 500 and probably not see it all. Therefore, when seeing the ‘what… Read more »

The NC500 – How many days should you take?

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  HOW MANY DAYS DO YOU HAVE?!   The roads of the North Coast 500 have been in existence for years – in fact we travelled them long before they were marketed as such. But today those same roads are described as ‘The Ultimate Road Trip. The new scenic route showcasing fairy-tale castles, white sand… Read more »

Why use a ‘Tour Guide’?

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  DISCOVER WHAT THE EYE CANNOT SEE…   We first visited the North Highlands back in 2004 and travelled the North Coast 500 – except it wasn’t marketed as the NC500 back then. We scoured out guidebooks and planned our route, driving round and skimming the surface of what lay before us. Beautiful yes, but… Read more »

What is the ‘Sky Explorer’?

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  THE END OF THE ROAD NO LONGER MEANS THE END OF THE ADVENTURE.   We were faced with a challenge – how do we show as much of the North Highlands to our guests as possible when time is limited, the region is so vast and much of the terrain is inaccessible? Firstly, we… Read more »

Our ‘Secret Sauce’

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  HOW WE PLAN YOUR UNIQUE ITINERARY.   The North Highlands is vast – over 5000 square miles of land, lochs and mountains with a coastline that stretches for over 1000 miles. How is it possible to know everything about everywhere? Fifteen years of exploring the North Highlands, 3 years of professional study and countless… Read more »

Helping you to create your tour

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Young Bucks in the Flow Country

  Our website is designed to give you a flavour of what we offer, it is our expertise that will tailor your bespoke experience.    Scroll through the following example tours to gain an insight into what is possible. We want to help you make the most of your tour, so they are all designed… Read more »

North Coast Explorer Gift Vouchers

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  TREAT THAT SPECIAL PERSON TO A NORTH COAST EXPLORER TOUR.   Do you know someone who is holidaying in the Highlands? Struggling to find the right present for that special celebration? A North Coast Explorer Tour could be just the answer – providing a memorable experience tailor-made for the person or couple in question…. Read more »

The Grand Explorer

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  A SEVEN DAY IN-DEPTH EXPLORATION TOUR.   WHAT WE SAY: The North Highlands are lands of contrast. The dramatic west with its mountains, lochs and serrated coastline are iconic and rightly deserve the accolades. With every twist in the single-track road yet another unimaginable vista is revealed! The north coast has an abundance of the… Read more »

The North East Explorer

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  A ONE DAY TOUR OF THE FAR NORTH EAST.   IDEAL FOR CRUISER LINER VISITORS TO SCRABSTER PORT.   WHAT WE SAY: The historic county of Caithness has so much to offer, yet if you only drive through on the main road without stopping – as many do – you are likely to miss… Read more »

The Highland Loop

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  A ONE DAY SHOWCASE TOUR OF THE NORTH EAST HIGHLANDS.   WHAT WE SAY: Guests are always mesmerised by the scale of the views on this tour. The horizon is always a long way off in the distance, ringed by mountains, threaded by rivers and enveloped by the domed sky. We traverse the desolate… Read more »

North Highland History Explorer

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  A FOUR DAY TOUR OF 5000 YEARS OF HUMAN HIGHLAND HISTORY.   WHAT WE SAY: The Highlands are renowned for their unspoilt beauty but what is less well known is that the landscape harbours an unrivalled collection of sites of national historical importance. On this tour we will accompany you on a time traveller’s journey… Read more »

The Heart of the North Highlands Explorer

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  A FOUR DAY TOUR OF THE RICH LANDSCAPE, CULTURE & HERITAGE OF THE NORTH HIGHLANDS.   WHAT WE SAY: If you would like to get a sense of the North Highlands but you are a little short on time then this tour is a great one to choose. The route gives a balance between the… Read more »

The West Highland Explorer

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  A FOUR DAY TOUR OF THE STAGGERINGLY BEAUTIFUL WEST COAST.   WHAT WE SAY: Many people say that the west coast is the highlight of their North Highland adventures. To be sure, the vistas are amazing and much of it can be viewed from the roadside. But if you want to lift the lid on… Read more »

The North Coast 500 Explorer

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  A SIX DAY TOUR OF THE ORIGINAL AND ICONIC ROUTE.   WHAT WE SAY: The North Coast 500 is a staggeringly beautiful route. As well as deserted beaches, mighty mountains, picturesque lochs and iconic wildlife there are medieval castles, prehistoric burial chambers, historic golf courses and enough outdoor activities to tire even the most active… Read more »

Puffin Island – Drum Hollistan

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There are thousands of these fascinating and colourful birds on Puffin Island, but where is it? Distance from Mey House: 28 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/qeyf4f2vRvu Hidden just off the northern shore of the NC500 are three islands that from a distance look like any other of the many islets and skerries that proliferate along… Read more »

Duncansby Head, near John O’Groats

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You will more than likely be disappointed with John O’Groats but don’t despair as just a mile up the coast is a reward for those that seek it out. Distance from Mey House: 7 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/xvRAz Situated at the most north easterly point of the mainland is the wonderful Duncansby Head, a… Read more »

Dunnet Head

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Did you know this is mainland Britain’s most northerly point? Distance from Mey House: 6 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/FrNP8C4cRV42 Protruding from the top of the country and clearly visible from Mey House is the imposing and remote Dunnet Head. It is covered in peat moorlands, pock marked with fresh water lochs and crowned by a… Read more »

Sunsets…

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From April to September, watch the sun set across the Pentland Firth from Mey House. Distance from Mey House: 0 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/9svEd I know it may sound a little daft but prior to buying Mey House, neither of us had considered that it would have such a commanding view of the setting sun…. Read more »

Peedie Sands, Dunnet Head

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A hidden gem only accessible for those that seek it out! Distance from Mey House: 7 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/S2mm9 There is no doubt that the western side of the far north has some fabulous beaches; Coldbackie, Sango Sands and Balnakiel to name but three. However, Caithness too has some wonderful spots but you… Read more »

RSPB Nature Reserve – Forsinard

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A 100 km2 nature reserve set amid the wild and desolate peat bog known as “The Flow Country”. Distance from Mey House: 43 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/XMY3N I must admit that the thought of visiting ‘Europe’s largest peat bog’ hadn’t really inspired me, after all, what could possibly be of any interest? Having now… Read more »

Through the Flow Country

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A 38 mile journey through some of the most beautiful deserted landscape in Scotland. Distance from Mey House: 30 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/XNEY3 I was travelling from Helmsdale to the RSPB reserve at Forsinard and the shortest route was along a road that was unfamiliar to me, the A897; what a journey it turned… Read more »

Loch Eriboll

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Loch Eriboll has been used for centuries by shipping as a safe haven against the ravages of the northern storms. Distance from Mey House: 67 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/XGMtR We encountered Loch Eriboll on our first trip to the Highlands and we were not expecting the surprise that it had in store for us;… Read more »

Balnakiel Bay – Durness

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The Highlands are blessed with some spectacular beaches, often sandy and usually deserted, but if you don’t know where they are, it’s all too easy to drive right past. Distance from Mey House: 86 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/BEmPu Unlike its spectacular neighbour (Sandwood), Balnakiel beach is just a few metres from the car park… Read more »

Cape Wrath, North West Sutherland

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Mainland Britain’s most north westerly point; it’s an adventure just to get there! Distance from Mey House: 99 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/mM11R The name Cape Wrath is derived from the Old Norse for “Turning Point” and until relatively recently the area was home to a small but thriving community. Today it is a deserted… Read more »

The Night Sky

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Even in darkness, the Caithness ‘Big Sky’ provides an awesome display, with or without the Northern Lights. Distance from Mey House: 0 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/qmFIE Before becoming residents of the Highlands we took regular holiday trips here usually in June or July to take advantage of the long days and good weather but… Read more »