‘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 article… 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 focus… 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 are… 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 beaches… 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 did… Read more »

National Press Coverage – The Times

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The Times Travel Doctor recommends North Coast Explorer Tours!   We were delighted to receive a recommendation from Julia Brookes, the Travel Doctor in the ‘Weekend Magazine’ of The Times, in yesterday’s publication (25 April 2020). Following up on a consumer question about travelling to the North Highlands next year, she proposed heading north from… Read more »

Visit Scotland Accreditation made official!

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Presentation of our 5 star award by the Chairman, Lord Thurso.   With The Castle of Mey as our backdrop, we were delighted to accept our Visit Scotland 5 star accreditation from the Chairman himself, Lord Thurso, on Friday 11th October. Unfortunately, we were not blessed with perfect weather for the presentation, but it did… Read more »

RATED 5 STARS BY VISIT SCOTLAND!

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A guest on a recent single day bespoke tour was not who he seemed!   Imagine our surprise when we discovered that “Alan” was no ordinary North Coast Explorer. He was the Visit Scotland Quality Assurance inspector conducting a ‘mystery shopper’ audit of our tours. Read what he had to say:   “Thank you for… 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 chose… 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 enjoyable… 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. We… Read more »

‘Scotland’s Best’ – the ‘Go-To’ Guide for Scottish Travel

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North Coast Explorer features in ‘Best Tours & Cruises’ for 2020!   Scotland’s Best is a special Annual from the same publishers as the glossy bi-monthly title ‘Scotland Magazine’. It celebrates the very best of Scottish travel, from awe-inspiring landscapes to ancient landmarks from the Borders to the Northern Isles of Orkney and Shetland. Helping… Read more »