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NORTH WEST HIGHLANDS GEOPARK AMBASSADOR
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:
COVID-19 REASSURANCE ANNOUNCEMENT
Following the latest Covid-19 government guidance, comprehensive risk assessments and full consideration to the safety of our guests, we would like to reassure you that when restrictions are lifted on 26th April 2021, we are ‘Ready to go!’
Your experience has always been our top priority, be it the places you visit, the subjects we focus on or your utmost safety. With this mind we have a number of new measures in place to ensure your safety at this time – without comprising your trip of a lifetime.
Including a ‘sneeze screen’ in our luxury 4×4, hand sanitiser in every door pocket and your own personal North Coast Explorer masks, we hope to make your journey with us a positive experience whilst leaving you with an abundance of memories and knowledge from the stunning North Highlands to last beyond your holiday.
In addition, we are accredited with the UK-wide Tourism Industry Standard and Consumer Mark – ‘We’re Good to Go’. This represents the fact that we are adhering to the Government and Public Health safety guidelines and have successfully completed a Covid-19 Risk Assessment to confirm that everything is in place for us to conduct our tours safely.
LATEST PRESS COVERAGE ON 'loveexploring.com'
If you have missed out so far on discovering the North Coast 500, or do not even know what it is, then loveexploring.com 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' COMES ON 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 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
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).