Die Welt November 2018.


‘At the northern tip of the country, puffins and ruins like the one at Sinclair Girnigoe Castle await.’

During the summer of 2018, we welcomed a German journalist, Axel Catton, and his delightful daughter Joanna to stay at our sister operation, Mey House Luxury Rooms & Breakfast. Writing a North Coast 500 article for Die Welt, the German national newspaper, during their stay they took a one day tour with North Coast Explorer to discover what Caithness had to offer. And very surprised they were!

‘For sure if we had not had the tour, we would have missed out on all the area had to offer. It would be very easy to drive straight through and not see or understand what is there and what history lies beneath the surface.’

Although the nature of the article was focused on the vehicle of choice, a Morgan Roadster, we were happy with a brief mention for North Coast Explorer (see the extract below) and you can read the full article here.


Extract from ‘Stylishly secure through the most remote corners of Europe’ (Die Welt)

“Many British tourists consider John O ‘Groats the end of the island, but this is just the last inhabited spot. The northernmost tip of the British mainland is Dunnet Head, where the orange and gold bills of thousands of puffins are lit up, together with the lighthouse.

We came here with Rob of North Coast Explorer who offers tours in the wider area. “Most people are unaware of how much history the east of the north offers,” he says with pride. He explains the ruins of Sinclair Girnigoe Castle with the same attention to detail as the Brochs, prehistoric storage towers that represent the origin of stone-built dwellings here in the north.

A nice contrast is Mary-Ann’s Cottage. The last inhabitant of this croft, a typical Scottish small farm, left the building in 1993, and it is largely unchanged since the 1920s. Now managed by a foundation, you can see how the land was farmed, livestock kept, and the crofters lived and cooked 100 years ago.”

Puffin at Dunnet Head

The open road

Do you like the photos on our website?


We love the North Highlands – and if you can’t join us on a tour, what better way for us to share it with you than through photography. Photos are a fantastic way to communicate, whether you’re sharing your holiday snaps or capturing the memories of a treasured day. And they transcend all potential language barriers – great for a tour company!

That’s why photography features so heavily on our website. Although admittedly our offering only scratches the surface of all that the North Highlands and the North Coast 500 have to offer.

All the photos you will see on our site are taken by us and are all sights you may choose to see on one of our tours, dependent on what time of year you join us. Our Guide Robert is a passionate photographer and so his library of images during 14 years of exploring the Highlands have come in handy and he is happy to share them. We hope that you enjoy them too and may feel inspired to visit our beautiful area as as result.

For even more examples, discover our dedicated North Highlands photo albums and enjoy the journey!

Achmelvich beach

Whaligoe Steps

Dunrobin Castle

St John's Point, Caithness, looking west
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NEW for 2018 – North Coast Explorer Tours launches in the Scottish Highlands


After several successful years running our 5 star GOLD luxury B&B, Mey House, on the north coast of Scotland, we are pleased to announce the launch of North Coast Explorer, a specialist tour company focused on providing tailored premier tours across Caithness and beyond. During our launch year guests of Mey House will have the exclusive opportunity to participate in one of our listed tours which can be tailored to meet their exact requirements. Then from 2019, tours will be open to all who want to see and learn more about the North Highlands.

Our tours range from general tours covering different coastal routes to specialist tours including those focused on prehistoric history or forts and castles.

We are thrilled to be able to expand the offer to our guests in this way and look forward to enhancing their overall experience of Caithness and all it has to offer. .

For more information on our tour options, please see the ‘Our Tours‘ page.

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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 aim to make all our tours enjoyable, insightful and a day to remember.

And we have now made it easy for you to share a ‘North Coast Explorer Tour’ with others by offering gift vouchers, in a range of denominations, for the perfect treat.


Vouchers can be purchased to a value of £10, £25 or £50, or any combination of these. Vouchers are valid for one year from the date printed on the voucher at the time of purchase and can be redeemed against any tour with North Coast Explorer.

Your gift voucher(s) can be sent direct to the recipient or, if you prefer, to yourself first. They will need to quote their voucher reference number at the time of making their booking. Please note tours are subject to availability and North Coast Explorer usually runs tours from March to October (please check with us before ordering a voucher if you have a specific date in mind).


To purchase North Coast Explorer Gift Vouchers, please give us a call on 01847 851852.

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Follow us on social media and bring the views to life!


We are keen to share our love of the Scottish Highlands with you, whether you are able to take a tour with us or not. So if you love the views and essence of what you see on our website, then join us on Facebook or Twitter to follow our daily activity and learn more about the Highlands and its history, sights and culture. The area has so much to offer and not just what you can see through your car window.

It’s so hard to convey exactly what you will experience on one of our tours just via a website, but by following our daily updates, we hope it will start to bring our tours to life for you – with insights into our daily adventures, learning about lesser-known facts, sharing tales of culture and folklore and providing awareness of festivals and events.

If you would like to learn more and follow our adventures, please follow us on Facebook or Twitter as we share our knowledge and hopefully inspire you to visit for yourselves.

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The Strath of Kildonan

Loch Stack

I have no i-deer!

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