WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
We are a small travel company based in the North Highlands of Scotland, just a 30 minute drive north of Inverness. We specialize in all sorts of Tours, Multi-Day trips around the whole of Scotland and ground transfers for various groups including the Golf Tourism sector. No Tour or Journey with us is the same – and its certainly not about sitting in a vehicle for hours on end! Many of our guests come to the Highlands to visit some well-known historic attractions – a Castle, a battlefield or a scenic location such as Loch Ness. But we also have guests who want to add a bit more adventure to their tour or trip – a hike or bike trip, a game of golf, fishing, a boat tour, clay pigeon shooting or a visit to a whisky distillery. We enjoy the planning part of each trip with our guests – giving them options, so that they can choose the perfect day out or the perfect multi-day trip.
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WHY WE BLOG AND WHAT WE BLOG ABOUT
It takes time to gain expertise in any region or country – having spent many years exploring and planning trips for both UK and international visitors, we have built up plenty of experience in our area – the North Highlands of Scotland – and to other regions of Scotland. We want to share that knowledge with travellers who may be looking at visiting Scotland and the Highlands. We will blog about everything that visitors would be interested in – from travel tips to the best regions/areas to visit, some of the unique accommodation on offer, the extraordinary range of attractions and things to do and of course, the best places to eat and drink!
WHY SCOTLAND AND WHY THE HIGHLANDS?
Scotland is still very much part of the UK, although it was previously an independent country with its own monarchy. It is a very unique country, with superb scenery and a fascinating history and is very different from other parts of the UK. One thing that I always mention to visitors is the size of Scotland – it is big enough to get happily lost – but also small enough to pack in so many different experiences in just one holiday!
WHERE IS THE HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND?
Many people refer to the Highlands as the entire part of Scotland from a latitudinal line from Loch Lomond, through Stirling, Perth and to Arbroath in the east. Everything north of that line can be referred to as the ‘Highlands’. However from a political perspective the Highlands and Island region of Scotland, is a very large geographic area that includes Inverness and Moray, the south west of Scotland in Argyll and everything north including the Isle of Skye, the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland Islands.
WHAT IS THE ATTRACTION OF THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS?
I grew up in the Borders region of southern Scotland. As a young boy, I vividly remember many family holidays in different areas of the Highlands – trips to Harris and Mull, to Skye and to Glen Affric. We would hire a house for a week – hiking trips up mountains, fishing for brown trout on Lochs, family picnics in stunning wilderness locations. My work journey took me to the Far East for many years – and when I had a family of my own, we would make many trips back to Scotland and our children would benefit from the endless adventures on offer. I have travelled all over the world and been lucky to visit and stay in many diverse countries from Thailand, to New Zealand and Nepal to Belize. But as I grew older, the lure of the Highlands drew me back. It was the only place in the UK that I considered as a place to live, after my expatriate existence had come to its final conclusion. The scenery is inspiring – so much space – small population which makes the pace of life that bit slower and healthier. And literally so many things to do.
WHAT TO DO IN THE HIGHLANDS?
HISTORIC – with a long and tumultuous history, there is no shortage of fascinating historic sites. From prehistoric burial chambers (Clava Cairns) and standing stones to beautifully engraved Pictish Cross Slabs, left behind by the artisan Picts who drove the Romans out of Scotland by the fifth century. Ruined castles and castles like Dunrobin and Cawdor, with stunning interiors and attractive gardens. Jacobite attractions such as Culloden Battlefield and Fort George and more recent World War 1 and 2 sites.
NATURE AND WILDLIFE – with thousands of miles of coastline, over 700 islands and with numerous mountains, rivers and lochs, it does not take long to find a perfect wilderness location. The iconic red deer are found in great numbers and the friendly Highland cows can be seen grazing happily on farms and crofts and on mountain moorland. The charming and comic-looking puffins on many sea cliffs, salmon leaping up waterfalls in many Highland rivers and the largest population of UK dolphins in the Moray Firth near Inverness.
GOLF – Scotland is the Home of Golf, where the game was invented and it has just been awarded World’s Best Golf Destination at the World Golf Awards in Abu Dhabi (Nov 2022). The Highland region comprises some of Scotland’s great courses, including Royal Dornoch, Castle Stuart and The Nairn Golf Club. However there are many other ‘hidden gem’ courses, many of them located in scenic coastal areas. So there is a great range of courses to suit all levels of golfers, including those on a budget. Golf in the Highlands is a relaxed affair with none of the snobbery attached to some private courses in other parts of the UK! https://golfhighland.com/
HIKING AND BIKING – Scotland has one of the most liberal ‘outdoor access’ codes anywhere in the world. It is known as ‘The Right to Roam’ – after the Land Reform Act of 2003. There are 282 mountains over the height of 3000 feet (914 meters) and collectively known as ‘The Munros’ – named after a leading mountaineer Sir Hugh Munro, a hill climbing pioneer who was also the founder of the Scottish Mountaineering Club in 1891. There are so many great walks all over the Highlands, from short woodland or coastal walks, to epic multi-mountain treks. Best website to visit for all types of walks: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/
Similarly Scotland is a dream for both Road Biking and Off-Road Biking – with numerous single track roads with little or no traffic and a network of forest, mountain and four wheel drive tracks that criss-cross the country from coast to coast. For adventure biking including with E Bikes see the Inverness based 42 Cycling: https://42cycling.com/
ACCOMMODATION – there is a wide selection of hotels, guest houses and B&Bs to choose from. If you are looking for 5 star accommodation, check out Ness Walk in Inverness, Links House in Dornoch and Torridon Hotel on the west coast. If you are looking for a road trip on the North Coast 500, then check out Highland Coast Hotels group, https://www.highlandcoasthotels.com/ who now operate six classic hotels around the route. Visitors to the Highlands should also be aware that there are a range of self-catering houses and large houses on estates, that can be booked – great for groups up to 18 persons – see LHH: https://www.lhhscotland.com/