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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 not prevent happy smiles all round as we received our official certificate and plaque to confirm the 5 star status we were awarded earlier in the summer following a ‘mystery shopper’ visit.

Having moved up to Caithness in 2013 after spending many years visiting the area on holiday, we ran Mey House Luxury Rooms & Breakfast for 5 years, establishing it as a 5* GOLD accommodation provider with Visit Scotland. Using our knowledge and experience in advising guests on what to see and do in the immediate area and beyond, we saw the opportunity for providing private tours and started North Coast Explorer Tours in 2018 for Mey House guests only. After positive feedback, we extended the offer to anyone visiting the whole North Coast 500 and it’s interior this year and have now become the only 5 Star accredited tour company headquartered in the North Highlands.

Our aim is to provide visitors to the North Highlands and North Coast 500 with an unrivalled experience of the whole area by offering bespoke tours focusing on our guests’ interests and capabilities – and we can adapt tours to those with mobility restrictions too. This is possible with the use of our dedicated Land Rover and ‘Sky Explorer’, our flying camera, which enables you to view cliffs, headlands and hidden ravines as never before.

Speaking at the presentation on Friday, Lord Thurso said “I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to Robert and Sally-Ann on achieving this 5* Tour Quality Assurance award. The North Coast 500 has been a huge success for Scotland’s visitor economy and North Coast Explorer’s bespoke tours allow our visitors a real taste of why the route has been so successful.”

14th October 2019


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