Local Projects

We are committed to sustainable tourism and preserving Scotland's beauty and culture for generations to come. We are proud to work on the following initiatives and project as part of this mission. 

Environmental Charity Offering (Eco) Scheme

Together with Trees for Life, a dedicated charity working to revive the Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands, we've introduced our Environmental Charity Offering (Eco) Scheme. When you book a tour with us, you have the opportunity to contribute a £2 donation. We match each £1 donated, supporting Trees for Life's mission to protect and rejuvenate the Caledonian Forest, plant trees, and preserve its unique biodiversity. 


Image: © Trees For Life

Trees for Life

Trees for Life are an award-winning charity working to restore the Caledonian Forest in the Highlands of Scotland. The charity has funded the protection of existing forest remnants and have so far planted over 1.5 million trees. Read more about the Trees for Life and their work.


Image: © Trees for Life

Green Tourism Business Scheme

Highland Explorer Tours are delighted to have achieved gold status in the Green Tourism Business Scheme. This scheme recognises our company's ongoing commitment towards sustainability. Find out more about Green Tourism Business.

Local Festival Donation

Scotland prides itself on amazing festivals which celebrate the national spirit and history. Each year thousands of visitors take part in various festivals which leave them with great memories. Some of these events like the Up Helly Aa Viking Fire Festival in Shetland are locally run and rely on the donations of local businesses.

We are committed to sustainable tourism and preserving the unique spirit of Scotland. Over the last ten years of our visits to Shetland with the Up Helly Aa tour we have been contributing to the local economy. We are also delighted to announce that we have recently become donors for this Festival to ensure its continuity. We hope that Up Helly Aa will continue to flourish and amaze people from around the world.

Responsible Visitor Charter

Download a copy of our Responsible Visitor Charter.


Image: © Paul Campbell Photography