There has been great excitement over a new app simply called 'The Local Guide'Prior to us starting Scotland's Route 2018 Tour this new app was released on both major smartphone platforms unfortunately we didn't travel on our Tour with the app although now we wish we hadThe idea is simple and the advantage to folk travelling the route is immenseYou download the app and choose which way you intend to do the route and the app takes cares of the restThe app was created by Jason MacLeod from Sutherland in the Highlands close to my home townCalled ‘The Local Guide (Scotland)’ it works seamlessly offline meaning that mobile phone service is not required dead handy on the NC500The guide begins and ends in Inverness taking travellers all the way out to Applecross on the west coast up the coast to Durness along the North Coast to John O’ Groats and Duncansby Head before heading south down the East Coast back to Inverness. Or you can do it all the opposite way round on the app if you so choose depends on how fussy you want to beWhich ever way you want to do the route it is a snip at £9.99 for the full packageThe app gives you turn by turn navigation and a brilliant narration on all the attractions amenities and every thing else that you need to know in plenty of time

Jason came across the road whilst on a trip to Hawaii after he used a similar type of app and there he thought that a similar type of application could work in his native Scotland

Jason also told us “With the App you get to see the location discover the story whilst sound effects and music really bring the experience to life. It all becomes a lot more compelling and engaging at that point.”Scottish Enterprise has provided support to the Local Guide with the venture Innovation Specialist Claire Partridge said: “The Local Guide is a fantastic example of a company using innovation to create a new authentic product with clear market demand“We believe it will enrich visitors’ experiences and understanding of Scotland’s culture and heritage and help promote Scotland’s excellent tourist trails starting with the North Coast 500.”With music to accompany you if you wish he has added some of the top names in the Scottish music scene with the likes of the internationally renounced Scottish band Skerryvore and even a local from my home town of Wick Gordon Gunn one of the most exciting and innovative fiddle players aroundAlso included are the Highland based quartet Cruinn which brings together four of Scotland's premier Gaelic singers - James Graham (A local guide founder) Fiona Mackenzie Brian O hEadhra and Rachel Walker.  Each of these artists are highly regarded in their own right and together as Cruinn they perform traditional and contemporary Gaelic songs with beautiful harmonies and arrangementsAll in all this is a great and brilliant concept that will certainly enhance everyone who travels the route and am sure that Jason will be adding to his apps with others for different parts of Scotland. It is real good to know that although the Highlands is here for everyone to enjoy its history and culture as well as the scenery that we are lucky to have folk like Jason to throw in Technology to make the experience even better that we could all wish forFinally if you are thinking about travelling the route then look no further than the perfect Host to guide you round and give you an informative trip with music to suit download and take the Journey of your Life

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