Our tour guide Dave was a good driver, a good story teller, a DJ, and a passionate Scot. There were 23 people on this tour, most are couples, friends and families, and 5 solo female travelers including me. We got along well. I was constantly awed by the stark beauties of the Scottish Highlands and the lochs. The landscape of the highlands are so different from the lowlands. We visited Loch Ness at Fort Augustus, the southern tip before turning west to the Isle of Skye. We visited Eilean Donan Castle often called the most picturisque castle in Scotland before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye. The B and B I stayed in Portree capital of Skye was very clean and comfortable. The landlady made me porridge hot oatmeal upon my request, before a full Scottish breakfast. We experienced typical weather on the island, fog, gusty wind, rain, stop, rain, stop, etc. on the second day. We went to many places on the Isle of Skye and took breathtaking pictures of the sea and rocks and heathers. There were sheeps and cows, more of them than people. More castles. The 3rd day we took the ferry to Malliag, beautiful view but very windy and cold. Took the Jacobite Steam Train from Malliag to Fort William, the Hogwart Express going over the famous viaduct. Taking pictures on the train is not easy, best to drive and take the pictures from below. Overall, I highly recommend this 3-day tour and I love the highlands!
Great! Had a wonderful time and Nick took great care of us all!
This tour formed part of a birthday present from my family and I could not have wished for a better present. My daughter accompanied me on the tour and we both thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The weather performed admirably. We had hot sunny weather for the entire 5 days apparently a rarity in Scotland! and this made the experience that much more enjoyable.
The tour arrangements were excellent. We drove through areas of magnificent scenery. At the various point of interest stops ample time was allowed for people to explore and take in the sights.
The accommodation arranged for the overnight stops was of a high standard. We selected the B and B option and were very happy with the comfort and quality of the food. The B and Bs were also conveniently located close to the town/village centers.
Andy our guide was tremendous. His joking banter kept us amused and his knowledge of the areas we travelled through and points of interest we stopped at was extensive. This together with his history lessons coloured with bits and pieces of folklore added to the enjoyment of the experience.
Andy had the ability to take a busload of strangers and convert them into friends. He also managed to find some degree of personal connection to Scotland for members of the tour party. These actions greatly enhanced the tour for us.
The highlight of the tour for us was our attendance at the Skipinnish Ceilidh during our overnight stop in Oban. Although this was an evening activity and not part of the official tour itinerary our attendance was based on a recommendation from Andy. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and got quite caught up in the spirit of things. We did not realize there was so much Gallic blood in us!
We would highly recommend this tour to anyone considering visiting the Highlands of Scotland.
This was an excellent tour. Our guide Heather made with many stories about the past. Great guide
Heather was a great hostess and storyteller. We really loved this trip. The scenery is beautiful and it felt llike we had gone back in time. Darlene from Canada
Great journey...Nick, our guide, was very informative, full of stories about each area. The accommodations were excellent. Not having to drive...a blessing! The train ride is a train ride...not a big deal, but getting to Portree, Oban, Inverness, Loch Ness, Culloden...all amazing. We all enjoyed it tremendously!
We went with Hghland tours 5HEX from September 7th-11th. It was most wonderful vacation we ever had.Our tour guide Jamiewas superb. He was so energetic and courteous and great story teller that he kept us entertained all day every day. I wish we could get more time in Oban to stay.Thnx. Manjusri Majumdar.
This was a amazing three days with a fabulous guide. It was rainy and/or overcast almost the entire time, but it didn't matter we still had an incredible time. The trip packed in a ton of stuff in three days, but we never felt rushed and still had a fair bit of time on our own in the evenings. I feel in love with the Isle of Skye, it being one of the most beautiful natural places I have seen. Also, leaned a ton of Scottish history from a fantastic guide.
Fun trip, but it didn't go to the fairy pools. We took a taxi form Portree for 85 euros and loved it.
We took the tour in early September and thoroughly enjoyed it. The scenery is beyond compare and the sights we visited were very well chosen. Our driver/guide kept us entertained with his knowledge of the history and legends surrounding Scotland and the Highlands. We had sunny days, cloudy days, a little rain and wind, so be sure to pack clothes to layer, including a rain jacket as well as a travel umbrella - and a good camera. A few things to keep in mind: There is no bathroom on the bus but they do make frequent stops where there are typically facilities. We had signed up for the guest house lodgings but several were actually hotels. The rooms were all suitable, but the biggest setback was that we never had a lift to get to the upper floors so getting our suitcase up the stairs was sometimes a challenge - pack light. On the bus, backpacks must go under the seat, only small handbags will fit overhead. If you can't do a 7-day tour, the 5-day tour incorporates the best parts of the 7-day tour - our bus had both 5 and 7-day tour guests for the first 5 days, then they changed us to a new driver/tour guide legally one driver cannot drive more than 5 days.
These Scottish tour guides really like to share stories. Nice guide, well travelled, safe driver. B and B in Portree very nice and breakfast was great. Enjoy a visit to a pub while there, even if in hotel- good local band. Drive out was long but touring Isle of Skye and return trip activities were awesome. There is a lot packed into 3 days.
My daughter and I did this trip together in September. Our guide and bus driver, Heather, looked after us all really well. We were a group of 21 in a small bus, so a nice sized group. Heather was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the area and she took the time to get to know everyone, which was nice. The scenery was magnificent and the Jacobite train was very enjoyable - tip: try and sit on the right hand side of the carriage, facing the back of the train to take the best photo of the bridge. We chose to stay in the B and B and we were not disappointed, in fact it went beyond my expectations - large room with modern facilities and breakfast was very good. The only thing I would change is our 3 hour stop at the castle on day 2 - I think this should be a 2 hour stop the gardens are well worth seeing. This would allow us a little time to look in the shops etc in Portree before they close as on a Sunday, there is not much to do after 5pm. In fact, we got back too late on both days, so it's a shame we could not get the opportunity to browse in the village we were staying in. This tour is a great introduction into of the Scottish highlands and I would thoroughly recommend it. I hope I can visit again one day!
A wonderful trip: outstanding scenery, outstanding guide thanks Andy:-, fascinating history and great company. Would go again tomorrow if we could!!
My wife and I loved this truly unique tour. It was fun and memorable. Our guide, Heather, was terrific. She was knowledgable, entertaining, and best of all, a great story teller. The bus was clean and comfortable, as were our accommodations. Even though we had some rain it is Scotland after all, the sun would come out, and the views, especially on the Isle of Skye, were just breathtaking. And let's not forget the Hogwarts Express -- what a unique addition to an already high quality tour. I give this my highest recommendation!
Beautiful country! Our guide was a great story-teller and very thorough in making sure we were taken care of!
We had a fantastic time on this trip. Our host/driver Rob was absolutely wonderful. He made everyone feel very welcome, was very knowledgeable and had a really great sense of humour which made the trip most enjoyable. Lots of highlights and great memories. Would highly recommend. Pam and Nathan, Adelaide, South Australia
The size of the tour was perfect - not too many people, not too few. The B and B I stayed in was excellent. Not only did we get to see and do everything that was on the tour, but our guide added in a few things like a very short side trip to some standing stones, which is something I've always wanted to see. The guide, Frank, was very knowledgable about the Jacobite era of history. For me, seeing the standing stones, spending time on the Culloden battlefield, and riding on the Hogwarts train were the best parts.
AMAZING no matter the weather ..HEATHER the tour guide is worth her weight in gold you are very lucky to have her..she made it interesting and fun her stories where informative and her telling was clear and delightful!
Fantastic excursion through some gorgeous and historically-significant countryside. I would recommend this trip without hesitation. Our guide, Frank, was perfect. He knew when to share information, put on music, or just let us chill. He was excellent and always let us know what was coming up, what to look for, and how the day was going to proceed.
This was an amazing tour! The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the history of Scotland, and told many legends and stories. She made the tour for us! The pace of the tour was excellent, there were never any stops that seemed to be too long or short, and the amount of free time was excellent. The accommodations on the Isle of Skye were awesome! I would highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting to see the Highlands and the Isle of Skye!
The tour has been operated by a local tour company and we really enjoyed it! Our guide perfectly mixed historical information, stories, legends, jokes and songs during the tour. The Jacobite Steam train is advised to all the Harry Potter fans! We have also visited the Dunvegan Castle and it was worth it! We have seen and learned a lot for just three days, it was not enough time as we wanted to stay there longer, but it was definitely enough time to fall in love with the Isle of Skye, with the Highlands and Scotland!
Thank You ! It was most enjoyable ! luckily the weather was mostly in our favor ,Our guide Andy was tremendous giving his commentary with passion and love for his beautiful Highlands of Scotland.That he may long continue to do so !!
Thank you again
Best tour ever. I took my son with me for his 30th birthday and we both had an amazing time. Out tour guide, Tony was fantastic. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to experience the Scottish Highland and the Isle of Skye.
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