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UK Travel Planning website PODCAST

We are excited to let you know that, in the next few weeks, you will be able to listen to a brand new PODCAST featuring North Coast Explorer Tours.

The UK Travel Planning Podcast series is full of practical tips and advice to help you plan your dream trip to and within the UK. Hosted by travel expert Tracy Collins, she shares years of knowledge and experience in travelling to, and around, the UK - and together with guest speakers, the podcast provides lots of travel inspiration and practical tips whether you are visiting the UK for the first time, or discovering a new part of the UK that you know nothing about.

Sally-Ann from North Coast Explorer Tours will be taking part in two podcast episodes.


In the first episode, Sally-Ann will be talking about why people should consider visiting the far north of Scotland including the North Coast 500 - and what is so special about the region.

The second episode will focus on what North Coast Explorer Tours as a company can offer, the advantages of booking a tour with us, and our general tips and recommendations for visiting the area.

Watch this space for news on when the podcast will be released and tune in to learn more about our beautiful area, what makes it unique and why you should come and visit!



We are thrilled to announce that we have partnered up with the ‘North West Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark’ to become part of their new Ambassador Program.


Did you know that the North Coast 500 hosts the largest of 7 Geoparks located in the UK, stretching from Durness in the north to just north of Ullapool in the south and covers 2100 km2?


And, when visitors relish the thought of enjoying the scenery of the west coast, it is the Geopark which they will be driving through. Therefore it was important for us to be an Ambassador of this amazing area to help further our knowledge and understanding of what you see and to be able to share this with guests.


So what is a Geopark?

A Geopark is a geographical area identified as having special geological and cultural interest and they are managed with a focus on protection, education and sustainable development. Lots of words!? In reality, although the geology is part of the designation, it is not ALL ABOUT ROCKS!


The UNESCO recognition aims to:

  • highlight the challenges which exist in these areas for small remote communities

  • develop a tourism and visitor offering to help benefit the local community

  • tell the stories of the Geopark, its area, history and culture

  • inspire people whether visiting or resident, to take care of the landscape


Geology and science may not be for everyone but most of us appreciate a good view! So to have a few notable facts up your sleeve about what you are seeing as you drive down the west coast of the North Highlands, take a quick read of our BLOG: 

10 Amazing Facts about the North West Highlands Geopark.



If you have missed out so far on discovering the North Coast 500, or do not even know what it is, then have a great ‘Guide’ on their website providing a useful overview of the route, places to see, where to stay, how to get there – and how to get around, that’s where we come in!

Of course, some of you much prefer to journey under your own steam, create your own plan and have a self-sufficient holiday (especially with the recent COVID crisis concerns ). And we understand that. However, some of you may prefer to be looked after without the challenge of negotiating single track roads yourself or need an option where public transport doesn’t provide the answer. As the article says, ‘if you would still like to experience what the North Coast 500 has to offer then you can book a tour with a firm such as ourselves'.

So, take five minutes out to have a read and put your ‘dreaming hat’ on as you transport yourself to the ‘cinematic North Coast 500’.

Thanks to Sally Coffey for the North Coast Explorer Tours mention.

Scottish Field on tour at Torrisdale Bay


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 a recent article appearing on the website of Scottish Field Magazine!

Early in October 2020, we were delighted to welcome Stephanie from Scottish Field who journeyed with us over four days to discover what the far north east corner of Scotland has to offer. Focussing on the area of Caithness, part of the now famous North Coast 500 route, as well venturing inland to experience the true ‘Heart of the North Highlands’, Stephanie shares her experiences in this latest article.

From historical sights and distilleries to meeting some of the locals, you will see that she describes the opportunity of ‘treading new paths as a privilege’ and recognises ‘there are things I would never have seen or been aware of without the help of Rob and Sally-Ann’.

Many of us have, over recent times, discovered more of our national country than we may have done previously. Perhaps it is now time to discover the ‘far north’ and as Stephanie did ‘sit back and relax right from the word go’.

North Coast Explorer Gift Vouchers


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).

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