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Episode 35 – An introduction to Far North Scotland with Sally-Ann of North Coast Explorer Tours

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In episode 35 of the UK Travel Planning Podcast, we chat with guest Sally-Ann, co-founder with her husband Robert of private tour company North Coast Explorer Tours, to talk about visiting Far North Scotland. This is part one of a two-part podcast – look out for part two (episode 36) next week.

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Episode 35 – Show Notes

An introduction to Far North Scotland with Sally-Ann of North Coast Explorer Tours

In this episode, you will learn

  • How and why Sally-Ann and her husband relocated to Scotland
  • What are the highlights of Far North Scotland and why you should add it to your itinerary
  • Which parts of Scotland are classed as Far North Scotland
  • What visitors can expect from a trip to Far North Scotland
  • Why peatland landscapes are important ecologically
  • What landscape and wildlife you can expect to see in the region and when to see it
  • How to get to Far North Scotland
  • What the seasons hold in Far North Scotland
  • Planning your visit to Far North Scotland
  • What to expect from the roads in Far North Scotland
  • What is the North Coast 500 (including which direction to travel and how long you need)

Places mentioned in this episode include

  • North Coast 500 >> The North Coast 500 is the ultimate circular road trip around the North of Scotland.
  • UNESCO Geopark in the North West of Scotland >> This region hosts a range of diverse geological and geomorphological features
  • Caledonian Sleeper from London >> Travel between London and Scotland on the comfortable overnight Caledonian Sleeper train.
  • Inverness >> Located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness is an important transport hub for the region.
  • Orkney Islands >> An archipelago off the north-eastern coast of Scotland comprising of around 70 islands, 20 of which are inhabited.
  • Thurso >> The most northerly town in mainland Scotland.  

⭐️ A PDF transcript of this episode is available to download here

Useful resources

Books recommended by Sally-Ann

Useful planning resources

Related podcasts

  • Episode # 21 Top 10 experiences from our 12 week UK vacation
  • Episode # 14 Highlights of our 3 month trip around England and Scotland
  • Episode #36 Exploring Far North Scotland with North Coast Explorer Tours

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