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Firm gets in tune for festival as D and E Coaches is set to run a shuttle service between the Highland capital and Belladrum’s famous Tartan Heart Festival

By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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Donald Mathieson who is the managing director for D and E coaches.
Donald Mathieson who is the managing director for D and E coaches.

D and E Coaches has hit a high note with a three-year deal to provide a shuttle service between Inverness and Belladrum’s famous Tartan Heart Festival.

The Inverness firm’s managing director Donald Mathieson has agreed the contract with the operators of the north’s top music event, starting with this year’s festival from July 28-30. With stars such as Nile Rodgers, Van Morrison, Emile Sandé and The Fratellis on the bill, up to 20,000 people are expected to attend.

“It’s the first time we’ve been involved with Belladrum and we’re extremely pleased to have been selected for the contract”, Mr Mathieson said.

“We’ve transported music fans to a wide array of concerts in recent years, including the Runrig Farewell Concert at Stirling Castle. Now we’re looking forward to supplying a quality service to ensure fans of all ages can move safely between the city and Belladrum.”

D and E, launched 26 years ago in Inverness by Mr Mathieson and his wife Elizabeth, are enjoying a post-pandemic resurgence in private hire business, including transporting cruise line passengers from Invergordon, Scrabster, Portree and other ports to Highland attractions.

A spokesman for the Tartan Heart Festival said: “We’re delighted to have agreed a contract with a quality operator such as D and E to ensure fans can safely get to and from Belladrum.”

The firm’s operations director Amy Mathieson said: “The company has been extremely professional to deal with and we look forward to a lasting partnership. It’s great for the city and wider area that the festival is back, and launching a series of green initiatives aimed at reducing waste.

“People love meeting friends and family at Belladrum and hopefully our service will make it all the easier for them.”

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