My journey starts within a short iron of two of the world’s finest golf courses - St Andrew’s and Gleneagles - in the city whose 2020 European Capital of Culture bid was scuppered by Brexit. I’m tempted to hop aboard these pristine white coaches!
I decide to head south of the border and arrive at the depot of a family-run firm that has spanned three generations and which is based in Stamfordham on the outskirts of Newcastle.
I break up my journey by dropping in for a cuppa with a specialist bus and coach insurance broker that’s been ‘Going the Extra Mile’ for bus and coach operators for 24 years.
Next, I decide to head to where the 2015-16 Premier League champions are based. The distinctive pink writing on the side of the coaches that I encounter here catches my eye. They take Tigers’ rugby fans to away matches.
Continuing south, I find myself in the company of Norfolk’s only CoachMarque approved operator. Formed in 1953, the purple livery of these coaches certainly turns heads.
I arrive in good old Sussex by the sea and hop on to a vehicle run by one of the county’s leading coach operators. They transport thousands of punters to the Glorious Goodwood festival every year.


The red and gold livery of this coach firm can be seen throughout the Midlands and is found in Shakespeare’s home town. I even consider stopping off for a play at The Globe.
Into the valleys I go, venturing into the Brecon Beacons with a firm with over 60 years’ experience of transporting travellers through this picturesque region. Watch out for the yellow and orange colours!
Heading north and then towards the coast, I find myself with the official transporters of RGC1404, formerly known as Gogledd Cymru - a rugby team based in Colwyn Bay.
I head much further north, past the lake where Wordsworth wandered lonely as a cloud and up to a depot where pristine white coaches, carrying a name close to that of a Swedish pop group, are found in a town associated with sandstone.
I continue my journey, finding myself north of the border once again, this time at the home of a family-run, 16-seater mini-coach specialist based near Dumfries, which offers an ‘Extreme Action’ service.
I depart and head north and slightly east to ‘Taggart’s’ home city. The origins of this coach company lay with coal merchants of the 1940s. More recently they were the official transporters of the two teams playing at the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
Finally. I consider venturing south again, but instead head to the UK’s most northerly city. I’m the guest of the medium coach operator & overall coach operator of the year 2017. It boasts a special range of whisky tours that drop in at many local distilleries. I think I’ll stop here and enjoy a tipple or two!


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