Most people have heard of Loch Ness. It’s one of the most visited places in the Scottish Highlands.

What many people who visit the area don’t know is that the Eastern side of Loch Ness is much less visited than the Western side but the views are stunning, plus there are plenty of things to see so it is well worth a visit.

Here is an itinerary for your own Loch Ness Tour — a beautiful circular drive that can easily be done in one day from Inverness and back to Inverness.

Take the road less travelled on this complete…


Grasmere Lake District - A Little Gem With Lots to Enjoy
Grasmere Lake District - A Little Gem With Lots to Enjoy

The Professional Traveller • Jul 27, 2020

Grasmere, Lake District — What To See and Do

I have been lucky enough to visit Grasmere several times with groups over 2019 and I have to say it’s one of my favourite stops along our tour. That may because I am a country girl at heart and I prefer villages.

W hatever the reason spending a couple of days in the country is always a treat.


Inverness Hotels - 17 Hotels In or Close to the City Centre
Inverness Hotels - 17 Hotels In or Close to the City Centre

Inverness Hotels — Reviewed by a Local

Are you looking for a locals guide to Inverness hotels?

Then yippee you are in the right place.

I’ve been living in the Highlands for 17 years and in that time I’ve stayed in most of the Inverness hotels.

In this guide I’m sharing my experience of staying in these hotels (I’ve stayed in most) and helpful information such as parking and facilities.

For now let me introduce you to Inverness hotels that are located in and around Inverness itself.

Inverness Hotels Beside the River Ness

Premier Inn Inverness Centre

19–21 Huntly Street, Inverness, IV3 5PR

This is a hotel…


Holidays to Algarve - 3 Trip Reviews inc First Solo Holiday
Holidays to Algarve - 3 Trip Reviews inc First Solo Holiday

I’ve enjoyed a couple of holidays to Algarve. It’s a lovely region of Portugal and very accessible from the UK. Check out my trip reviews below. One of the holidays was when I was travelling as a couple, the other started out as a couple but I ended up going solo after the 1st night. What a fab holiday experience it turned out to be and the start of my solo travel adventuring! I’ve also included details of a a stay I did when leading a tour group who took a holiday to the Portugal with the first part of…


9 Reasons To Choose A Coach Holiday (By Previous Guests)
9 Reasons To Choose A Coach Holiday (By Previous Guests)

Over my 25 year career as a coach holiday Tour Manager I have travelled with thousands of lovely people.

During that time I have learned a great deal about their holiday preferences and why they choose a coach holiday as their preferred option for that particular destination.

Here is a list of the top 9 things my guests have told me about the reasons that made them choose a coach holiday.

1. Alot Included In A Coach Holiday

If you have done your research and got all your relevant questions answered then you should have a very clear idea of what you are getting with a coach…


What a Coach Holiday Tour Manager Really Does - It's Alot!
What a Coach Holiday Tour Manager Really Does - It's Alot!

The role of a coach holiday tour manager is mainly hidden from guests, because much of what they do goes on behind the scenes.

Having been a coach holiday tour manager for a few different companies for over 25 years, here is my insider’s guide to what a Tour Manager does. This is of course based on my experience which has been of working with larger coach holiday companies and taking kcoach holidays overseas as well as the UK.

Firstly, let’s just clarify some language. Tour Manager, Tour Director, Program Director — these all generally describe a similar sort of…


Australia Tours - Holiday Comparisons with Top Tips and Insider Insights
Australia Tours - Holiday Comparisons with Top Tips and Insider Insights

Australia. Even the mention of the name conjures up a little sigh and thoughts of the beautiful red centre, the amazing great barrier reef and of course the iconic sights in Sydney to name but a few.

Australia Tours brings up thoughts of wonderful visits, great hotels, sunshine, fab food and that laid back Aussie attitude that makes visiting such fun.

A continent, island and country all in one Australia is huge — so huge infact that flying across Australia takes 5 hours.

Australia is a great place to visit and it’s also a great place to take touring holiday…


Scottish Highlands Tour Itinerary Review - with Insights & Tips To Help
Scottish Highlands Tour Itinerary Review - with Insights & Tips To Help

2021 has seen in an increase in UK holidays and a new offering from SAGA Holidays is their Scottish Highlands tour called ‘Scottish Highlands Escape’.

This tour is almost on my doorstep so here is my detailed review of the tour itinerary with some insights and tips to help you have an even better holiday experience.

Day 1 — Scottish Highlands Tour

This holiday is part of the stay and discover collection from SAGA, leaving you free to travel whichever way is most convenient to you to the Macdonald Drumossie Hotel which is the base for the tour.

Getting to the Scottish Highlands is easy with…

Melanie Newdick

🌍 Professional Traveller 🧳+30 years travel experience 🚌 Coach Holiday Expert 🛏️ Hotel & Holiday Consultancy 🤑 Helping travellers see more world for less

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