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
- Garvault Hotel >> Take a break off grid at Garvault House, set in the wilderness with uninterrupted views of the locks and hills
- 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
Books recommended by Sally-Ann
- North Coast 500 Guidebook by Charles Tate
- The North Coast Journey by Bridget Benson
Useful planning resources
- Find all of the UK Travel Planning Scotland resources here – UK Travel Planning Scotland Travel Guide
- Article and podcast episode about the Caledonian Sleeper
- Episode # 30 – Scottish road trip itinerary
- Episode # 10 – Driving the North Coast 500
- 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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