NC500 Solo Tractor Journey Raises Over £4,000 for RSABI

An East Lothian farmer who took on the NC500 route in a tractor last month has raised a total of £4313.75 for RSABI’s ‘Help us help them’ campaign.

John Meikle, of Hoprig Mains, near Gladsmuir, spent three days in June driving a brand new Massey Ferguson around the NC500 route in the Highlands of Scotland in order to raise valuable funds for RSABI.

The NC500 is an iconic route, measuring just over 500 miles in the North Highlands and showcasing stunning coastal scenery, castles, beaches and ruins. The clockwise route follows the main roads around the coast through places including Ullapool, Durness, John O’ Groats and Durness. Kicking off the journey at Inverness Castle on June 13th, John completed the route in 22 hours, returning into the grounds of Inverness Castle at midday on June 15th.

The unique solo-driving journey was undertaken by 62-year-old John in order to raise awareness of RSABI and their recently launched ‘Help us help them’ campaign. A unique Scottish charity that supports people who have worked in agriculture, crofting and other land based industries and are now experiencing hardship, RSABI has strong roots in the North of Scotland, where many beneficiaries are currently experiencing hard time, and receive financial support.

John Meikle had the following to say about his 500-mile journey:

“Spending three days driving the NC500 route was a totally different tractor driving environment than the ones I’m used to! It was a wonderful experience, and I’m proud that I was able to raise over £4,000 to support RSABI and all the brilliant work that they do across the country.”

Dawn Edward, RSABI Development Officer, added:

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with John along his journey, and we’re incredibly grateful for the donation he has made to RSABI. Usually people take on the NC500 route in a car or on a bike, but John could well be one of the first people to complete it in a tractor!”

She continued:

“The RSABI ‘Help us help them’ campaign provides critical support to a lot of people who have worked within land based industries, and now require varying levels of support, and John’s journey has made a welcome contribution to the cause.”


Farmer Takes on 500 Mile Solo Tractor Journey for Charity

RSABI NC500An East Lothian farmer is going to tackle the North Coast 500 route in a unique way in order to support RSABI’s ‘Help us help them’ campaign. Instead of travelling by car or bicycle, he will be doing the whole thing in a tractor.

John Meikle, from Hoprig Mains, a family farming business, will be driving a brand new Massey Ferguson tractor supplied by Ancroft Tractors all the way around the North Coast of Scotland between the 13th and 15th of June.

Aiming to drive all the hours of daylight that the Northern Highlands will provide at this time of year, John has set himself the ambitious target of completing the journey within three days. He is hoping to complete the route, pulling in to the grounds of Inverness Castle, on the afternoon of Wednesday 15th June.

The North Coast 500 is an iconic route measuring just over 500 miles in the North Highlands. It is Scotland’s answer to Route 66, showcasing stunning rugged coastal scenery, castles, beaches and ruins. The clockwise route follows the main roads across the coastal edges of the North Highlands taking in villages and towns in places such as Ullapool, Durness, John O’Groats, and Dornoch.

This unique solo driving journey is being undertaken by 62 year-old John as he seeks to raise awareness and valuable funds for RSABI, Scotland’s charity that supports people who have worked in agriculture, crofting and other land based industries and who are now experiencing hardship. RSABI has strong roots in the North of Scotland where many rural people are currently experiencing hard times.

John had the following to say about his endeavour:

“I have spent many hours driving tractors for a living over the years, and I couldn’t resist this fantastic opportunity to support the RSABI ‘Help us help them’ campaign during such tough times for agriculture and crofting.”

He continued:

“The new route in the North Highlands is an inspiring one and I hope my wee challenge in this big red tractor will encourage many people to come forward and donate funds to such a worthwhile cause!”

Paul Tinson from RSABI added:

“We’re so grateful to John for going out of his way to raise much needed funds for RSABI and our ‘Help us help them’ campaign. Driving 500 miles in three days will be no picnic in a tractor and we hope as many people as possible will come forward and back his tremendous effort.”

You can donate to John’s North Coast 500 Tractor Drive for RSABI at and follow his progress on Twitter @RSABI and on Facebook during a few inspiring days in June.

East Lothian based Bidding Consultancy Supporting the Tartan Explorer’s Bid to Cycle the World!


It’s startling to learn that 2 people die in Scotland every day because of Suicide and that Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 35.

To tackle this, a global suicide prevention movement has been initiated by The Tartan Explorer, Josh Quigley. The movement which started in November 2015 has reached and touched the hearts of over half a million people in over 40 countries worldwide.

On the 26th May 2016, exactly one year to the day after his own suicide attempt, Josh (age 24) will be leaving Scotland on a global mission which is using his second chance at life to help break down the associated social and cultural stigma, encourage others to seek support and ultimately prevent suicide.

Josh, a former Young Entrepreneur of the Year, will be cycling 50,000 miles to over 80 countries on six continents, telling his story and encouraging people around the world to talk about mental health.  Josh envisages that the expedition will take up to 4 years.  During this time he will have no income but will focus exclusively on the trip and meeting people to raise awareness of suicide and the importance of prevention measures.

Andrew Morrison, AM Bid Services and Josh Quigley, The Tartan Explorer

Speaking of his upcoming world-covering cycling journey, The Tartan Explorer said:

“I’m determined to inspire others to have positive conversations about mental health. I want to use this movement to help to break down the associated social and cultural stigma, encourage others to seek support and ultimately prevent suicide. This journey for me is a new start, a new life and I will use my journey to help others along the way. All the kind comments, messages and pledges of support really drive me on. I’m very grateful to AM Bid Services and other very kind organisations for their support. I couldn’t attempt this expedition without the backing of others – any help provided is hugely appreciated.”

Impressed and invested in The Tartan Explorer’s passion for educating and helping people around this sensitive issue, Andrew Morrison, Managing Director at AM Bid Services said:

“It is a privilege to be providing some assistance with Josh’s expedition for such an important cause.  Our team has been inspired by Josh’s story and we are pulling out the stops to try to help him reach his goal.  This includes speaking to our many business contacts in a bid to attract a Headline Sponsor who can help with vital funding.”

The message of The Tartan Explorer is clear Any life can be brought back from the brink to achieve something incredible.

To pledge your support to The Tartan Explorer please see the following link