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Inverness coach hire company D&E Coaches launches new tour offering


By Calum MacLeod

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D&E Coaches’ Donald Mathieson is thrilled to launch D&E Tours as the Highlands reopen for tourism.
D&E Coaches’ Donald Mathieson is thrilled to launch D&E Tours as the Highlands reopen for tourism.

Fans of time travel saga Outlander can enjoy their own encounter with Scotland’s past and monster-spotters can get a bit nearer to Nessie with the launch of a new tour offering from Inverness’s D&E Coaches.

Among the new D&E Tours’ trips visitors – and locals – can choose from is the Outlander Experience giving fans of the time-hopping series an opportunity to visit locations which helped inspire the author of the original book series, Diana Gabaldon, such as Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns.

An evening photography tour will provide ample opportunities for those looking to capture picturesque locations such as Urquhart Castle on camera for themselves, while a tour of Loch Ness will also include a chance to get out on the water for those brave enough to risk a close encounter with Nessie.

D&E Coaches, the largest private hire coach and minibus operator in the north, has also taken over operations of the hop-on, hop-off Inverness City Sightseeing bus service.

With domestic tourism expected to increase as UK residents look closer to home for holidays, D&E Coaches owner Donald Matheson hopes the new offering will provide a boost to local tourism.

He said: “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.

“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 area.”


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