D&E Coaches’ Donald Mathieson is delighted by the response to the revitalised City Sightseeing tours operated by D&E Coaches.

A well-known Highland private hire coach operator has welcomed over 1,600 passengers to its sightseeing tours since taking over the contract for the Inverness City Sightseeing buses at the end of May.

D&E Coaches has seen passenger numbers on its hop-on, hop-off service swell as the summer weather has encouraged locals and tourists alike to see the Highlands’ sights.

Donald Mathieson, owner of D&E Coaches, said: “We’ve been delighted with the response to the City Sightseeing tours since we took over the service a little over a month ago. The Highlands is heavily reliant on tourism, so it has been great to see visitors start to return to the region over the last few weeks.

“What has been fantastic to see is that it’s not just newcomers to the region who are getting involved. We’ve noticed a great increase in locals utilising the service to explore the Highlands and become tourists in their own back yard.

“As we progress through the school holidays, there are amazing opportunities for families to holiday at home, and get out and about in Inverness and the Highlands to experience all the sights on their doorsteps.”

The Inverness City Sightseeing service offers passengers a guided tour of Inverness and the surrounding area, operating on two routes around the Highland capital. Attractions on the routes include St Andrew’s Cathedral, Eden Court Theatre, the Caledonian Canal and Culloden Battlefield.

Tickets for the Inverness City Sightseeing service range from £5-24 and are valid for 24 hours, allowing passengers to utilise the buses at their leisure. They are available to buy on board, or online at www.decoaches.co.uk/tours. Passengers visiting Culloden can also claim 20% off entry by showing their Inverness City Sightseeing ticket on arrival.

D&E Coaches is the largest private hire coach and minibus operator in the north of Scotland, providing transport solutions to the Highlands for 25 years. The award-winning transport firm specialises in contract and private hire, business hire, event transport and airport transfers. Its luxury brand, D&E Prestige, provides chauffeur-driven premium vehicles for weddings and special occasions. D&E Coaches also operates the Inverness City Sightseeing service alongside D&E Tours, which provides tourists with the opportunity to visit sights across the Highlands, including Loch Ness.