Rail tour in North Highlands & Orkney

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23 Aug 2019
£1765
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Rail tour in North Highlands & Orkney

Environment

This tour is new for 2019, carefully planned and organised so that clients can access remote areas without the need for a car. We are expanding our range of public transport holidays for those who actively choose low-carbon transport.

This guided tour has been designed to allow you to explore much of Scotland, travelling from Inverness to Wick and Tain to Inverness by train. It takes you beyond the end of the train lines, through the careful addition of short taxi transfers and guided mini-coach tours. A cruise on Loch Ness is also included.

Access to Orkney is via ferry, from John oí Groats to Burwick and Stromness to Scrabster.

We choose our business partners carefully, checking that they share our values of sustainable and responsible travel. For us, true sustainability means promoting and maintaining a way of life in remote and often rural locations.

We are corporate members of the John Muir Trust, an organisation committed to protecting the Scottish Highlands and islands. We are also members of AITO, The Specialist Travel Association, and adhere to their strict code of conduct.

The internet is our main marketing channel. We produce limited printed materials for past customers and enquirers and our preferred method is to supply holiday documents via an app. We make sure any leftover marketing materials are recycled.

Community

We prefer to work with locally-owned and managed businesses in order to provide an authentic experience in each destination. All transfers and tours are conducted by local people who share our values and commitment to sustainable travel. Wherever available, we partner with small, usually family-owned accommodation in each location.

The meals included in this tour are in local hotels and restaurants. Each menu focuses on local specialties, with ingredients coming from the local area as much as possible.

We strive to ensure that interaction with the local community is always at the heart of the experience. Our day excursion in Orkney is led by a local expert, who has years of experience and knows the destination inside out. An Orkney Explorer Pass is also included, to ensure that customers can visit all Historic Scotland sites and learn more about the history of the local area.

We directly employ a small team in central Glasgow who travel to work by public transport, cycling or on foot. Each member of our staff undertakes at least two educational visits in a year, so we can always recommend and include the best local restaurants and experiences. We stick to our promise that we wonít send you anywhere we havenít been ourselves. The whole team share our values of environmental and sustainable responsibility.

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