The highlight of our trip to Scotalnd. Highly recommended!! Our guide was young, energetic and very knowledgable. He went out of his way to make sure we saw the sights and even took a few detours for us. The small coach was nice as we could get to places the big buses couldn't and our group was like a family when we were done. He made sure he know all our names, where we came from and what we expected from the tour.
I had an absolutely lovely time on this trip. The weather was cooperating (only rained for about 5 minutes), we had a great driver, Keith, and the scenery was absolutely FANTASTIC. On Skye, I sat awestruck and teary-eyed most of the time, it was just so beautiful. We had booked the B and B accommodation and all of them were great. Close to the town centre, great hosts and spacious rooms.
There was a good mix of activities on this tour - castles, gardens, scenery, whiskey and the like. Keith talked a lot about Scottish history as we were driving along, but not too much. He also mixed it up with some great Scottish music - not just bagpipes. For me, time was never quite enough on any of the places where we stopped - I would have liked more time to both soak up the information, listen to audio guides and take (lots of!) pictures. At the same time I wouldn't have liked to miss any of the places we stopped at to have more time somewhere else, so it all comes out okay in the end. And I guess that just means that I have to come back later...=)
I highly recommend this tour!
I really enjoyed my three day tour of the Highlands, specially Portree, Isle of Skye, I thought the B and B was also excellent, the Rosemount, family very warm and welcoming. The train over the viaduct, was really enjoyable, lot of fun, in Mallaig and just the drive through the Highlands, can't wait to return for a longer visit. Tour guide was excellent and informative, I will have to have a family member show me how to log my photos on, took excellent photos of the train coming around the via duct, thanks to a staff member on the train, in the gift shop at the time, and he told me I had a perfect photo opportunity,that was nice of him,he was very informative and friendly too, also my photos of Glencoe. Looking forward to a return visit, Loch Ness, Callander and Blair Atholl on my list to do now. Thank you. ,
The scenery is definitely 5-star.
Three drawbacks about the tour: 1. the accommodation for one person is way tooooo expensive 2. Not many opportunities to actually go around or hike even a little bit on the highlands. 3. The last two days' plan is a bit loose and it seems that it's possible to put them into 4 days...
Other things: 1. First morning, the reception gave me the wrong bus number and I got on another tour bus because of that. Really unprofessional. 2. No one mentioned about the audio guide at all at the reception. 3. Some printed materials would be very helpful.
This tour was fabulous. Carole enhanced the tour with a combination of knowledge, humor and enthusiasm.
We feel that she made this tour unforgettable. Thanks Carole!
Our Highlands tour was fabulous. Tour guide Carole was intelligent, knowledgeable, funny, and an excellent driver. The tour allowed us to visit the most beautiful and/or meaningful sites in the Highlands. The bed and breakfasts were all friendly. For some travelers, the pace might be a little tiring, since there were so many places to see, but the trade-off--a more relaxing, leisurely tour--would have meant one could not have seen or done as much. One suggestion is to travel as light as possible, since luggage is packed and unpacked from the coach nearly every day. Nothing can beat the Highlands of Scotland, and this tour is an excellent way to visit the area, especially for those who don't wish to drive.
Great trip. Perfect amount of time trying to spot Nessie; pretty views on Isle of Skye; good accommodations (B and B) but a short walk to town. Tour is very well organized and captures the "must see" spots well. Would have liked more time at Eilean Donan Castle (for the amount of time at the stop we didn't pay admission to tour the castle). But got castles covered in the next two days at other castles. We opted to take the train ride; even for non-Harry Potter fans, the views are beautiful and very scenic.
Highland Explorer Tours has done an incredible job of putting together a 3 day tour of Scotland's most beautiful sites and historic loacations. Our family of 4 took the tour in early June and were fortunate to have beautiful weather. Our tour guide, Keith, was fantastic. He shared his significant knowledge of Scottish history and lore, and went out of his way to make our trip comfortable and safe (he also had a wonderful sense of humor). We would highly recommend this trip to family and friends, and it is well worth the very reasonable price. When we make our way back to Scotland in the years ahead, we will again schedule a tour with Highland Tours through Viator. They made it incredibly easy book the tour and keep us posted of our itinerary.
The highlands tour is definitely worth doing whilst in Scotland. We loved all the places we visited, and our guide Colin was very passionate about the Scottish history that the whole bus was very absorbed in all his stories. The steam train was my favourite and I would have liked to stay another night on the Isle of Sky as the weather was not great and only cleared up when we were leaving. Would also recommend spending a little extra on the hotels as they all had great locations, very clean and comfortable. Majority of the tours are 'extra's' so you can pick and choose. Ask your guide to take you to the Eileen Donan castle - this was one of the best castle's on the tour.
Amazing tour. I just love Scotland. The view was epic. The people were very polite and lovely. And Scot our tour guide was just brilliant. I have already missed the Highlands. Thank you Viator for making my dream come true.
Fantastic!!! Highly recommended for first timer in Scotland. Our guide, Angela, was great, entertaining and informative too. Worth it.
I loved this tour! Don our tour guide was very funny and entertaining, telling us stories (in great detail) while on the bus. He was enthusiastic and very knowledgable (although I'm not sure what parts of the stories are real!). I think there was enough time to do most things and breaking up the time on the bus was done well. I think all the stops along the way were all very good and relevant. Overall this was a fantastic tour and I would definitely recommend it!
The first daywas very long coach ride,you do get stop around 1 to 2 hrs drive, but lunch hour point at Loch Ness would be around 3:30 to 4:00 pm. That was a very poor arrangement, if you can make it early, that will be great. The Rosebank House B and B are very clean and tidy, breakfast has many selection. The second day was great just short ride from point to point in the Isle of Skpe. The last day with the Jabonbite train ride was very good, we enjoyed it so much. Luckily we came in a sunny week
Was a fantastic five days! Our driver/guide Chris was the best guide I've had from many tours, with a dearth of knowledge and humour to keep us all entertained for the entire trip. Especially loved the well timed music! Saw a great selection of Scottish sights on this trip, and the B and Bs were comfortable, pleasant, and well located in all cases.
chris was excellent what a trip. Once in a life time, thanks for everything everyone involved.
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