Inverness-based D&E Coaches has launched D&E Tours, a new tourism offering in the Highlands.
It will see the operator take visitors to iconic locations across the region including Loch Ness, the locations of Amazon Prime series Outlander, and many of the Highlands’ historic sites such as Culloden and the Clava Cairns, while an evening photography tour will explore areas such as Drumnadrochit and Urquhart Castle.
The company, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, has also taken over operation of the hop-on, hop-off Inverness City Sightseeing bus service.
D&E Coaches Owner Donald Mathieson says the new offering is hoped to provide a boost to the local economy amid expectations of increased domestic tourism.
“The Highlands has long been a popular tourist destination and, as people are starting to feel optimistic about travelling again in the summer, we are delighted to be launching D&E Tours to allow them the chance to explore the Highlands in comfort,” he says. “The Highlands is home to some of the country’s most stunning scenery and world-renowned attractions, and it is our aim to make these as easily accessible to visitors as possible.
“We’re delighted to be running tours to popular destinations, and helping to put newer attractions on the map with visitors who are looking to embrace the history, culture and sights of Inverness and the Highlands.”
Adds Chris Taylor, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director: “I would like to wish D&E Coaches all the best with its new venture, which I have no doubt will prove very popular now that we can welcome visitors to the Highlands once again.
“The tourism industry has been completely devastated by COVID-19, impacting on jobs, people’s well being and future investment, so it is encouraging to hear that businesses are keen to get back to giving our visitors the warm welcome for which we’re known and helping them experience the fantastic sites and attractions of our region again.
“VisitScotland is focused on the recovery of the industry, building a destination and visitor experience which allows tourism and events to flourish now and in the future. We’ll continue to work with, and support, businesses to ensure we rebuild this vital part of Scotland’s economy.
“Tourism is a force for good – creating economic and social value in every corner of Scotland and enhancing the well being of everyone who experiences it. We have a resilient tourism industry in the Highlands, sustaining many communities, and we believe tourism will be a key part of the economic recovery.”