We only had one day to travel outside of Edinburgh and we are really glad that we chose this tour. Gordon, our driver and guide, was fantastic. He was entertaining and educational. There were 15 of us in a comfortable van and we were able to see the highlands, castles and lochs. The scenery was beautiful and overall it was a fantastic day.
Beautiful day trip to the west Highlands. JAN, our guide, was full of historical details, music and information about the Glencoe/ Lock Ness area. With several stops including less known spots and no crowds, I recommend this day trip to anyone interested in the Scotland countryside!
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!
We really enjoyed seeing the beauty of the Highlands and feel we learned a lot about Scotland on the tour. Eric was wonderfully informative and entertaining. The three Scottish songs he sang were a highlight of the tour for his voice was lovely. Three cheers for a terrific tour guide!!!
This was a fantastic tour and highly recommended. Our guide, Jonathan was very entertaining and full of interesting facts. Stops along the tour, in small towns like Callandar and Pitlochry, are great. The highlands are amazing and there will be plenty of photo opportunities. There's plenty of choices for lunch at Fort Augustus. Best way to see the highlands from Edinburgh.
Outstanding! Our Rabbie's guide, Pete M., was knowledgable, entertaining and enthusiastic. While the highlight of the tour was the boat tour of Loch Ness and visit to Urquard castle, our many other stops throughout the Highlands provided an appreciation of the history, natural wonder, and beauty of the region. Among the highlights: scotch tasting at Dalwhinnie distillery, the beauty of Glen Coe and Ben Nevis, and the Highland Folk museum. We even had time to stop at Doune Castle, used in the Monty Python and the Holy Grail movie. Even The weather was perfect! My overnight accommodation in Inverness was at the Craigmonie Hotel, a comfortable and welcoming place. A minor complaint-I wish I could have had a choice of hotel options as I would have preferred to be In the town center. My travel companions that booked directly through the local tour company had more specific options. I cannot emphasize how great Pete was as our guide--I would certainly request his services on a future tour.
Great day in the Highlands! We were also so lucky with the weather! Time spent on the boat trip along Loch Ness and also the time at Glen Coe made me wish I go back hiking there. Highly recommended!
The journey up through the highlands was amazing so much so that Loch Ness was a little anticlimactic!. Great trip! Left from a very central, easy to find location. Would recommend 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.
Excellent trip and the guide was extremely knowledgeable and fun to be around. I would highly recommend this tour since it provided such a large contrast to Edinburgh and the surrounding area. The history the guide provided and his wonderful commentary as well as the scenery throughout the trip were outstanding. I was very pleased with the trip and would highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see the highlands and how rugged and beautiful they are, the diversity of the Scotland and the beauty of the Lochs.
This was an amazing tour of the Highlands, which was made extra special by are superb guide..Aaron.
Aaron's humour, knowledge, energy and personality made the day extra special and we couldn't have enjoyed ourselves more. Aaron, is the best guide ever..and no he didn't pay us to write that!!
We have left knowing more about Scotland then we could have ever imagined.
Thank you again for a wonderful and memorable trip. Annette and Billie.
This was a great day! If you are in Edinburgh and have limited time this tour is a good way to get out into the highlands and see the spectacular Scottish country. The guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and did a great job of ensuring we knew what we were seeing. He also did a good job with stopping for photos along the way. The boat ride at Loch Ness was good as well.
We only had about one day to venture outside of Edinburgh and this tour fit the bill. Our guide Jonathan was great, provided us lots of history, facts and information on the country as well as a smattering of jokes. The lochs were beautiful, the castles impressive and the town of Inveraray where we stopped for lunch was adorable. If you just have one day to visit the highlands, this is the tour for you.
Amazing.Our tour guide Steven was such an excellent story teller from rabbies, he talks about Scotland history.It keeps the travel worthwile,was laughing out loud about his passion on whisky,Highlands was amazing and driver Paul safely drives the route.
enjoy the trip,thank viator for being reliable
I really doubted that I could get a decent feel for the highlands in just one day, but this tour showed me otherwise. I expected Loch Ness to be tacky and touristy, but it wasn't at alI. I loved this tour. It made me really want to return for a longer trip.
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!
Gill was great and enthusiastic about the highlands. Bus very uncomfortable, my adult son who accompanied me on the tour had no leg room, over 6 foot tall, and we were both very uncomfortable. Shame seats weren't more roomy. Considering we spent 12 hours on bus, this would have been great.
We enjoyed this trip however it is a very long day with necessary stops in places that are not interesting or pretty- merely functional for bathrooms and to stretch your legs etc. The scenery is pretty in the highlands . Tour guide spent a lot of time playing Scottish music, perhaps so he wouldn't have to talk. Would have liked more commentary
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This tour isn't that great. You get a view of the highlands yes, but besides that, you only get to go to 2 castles. You go to the one in the picture which just has a pretty garden, and one used in Outlander which is in ruins, and also the best one, which was the highlight. The other castles you just drive by. The best castle and most famous Irish castle where William Wallace fought, all you do is drive up about a mile away from it and take a picture. It's just disappointing when you just go to it and don't even get close. The tour guide was excellent, but this tour could be better if you saw less of the highlands and more of he castles, because there are better highland tours available.
Heather was a fantastic guide, full of historical knowledge combined with humor and timing. Very pleasurable trip through the highlands. Highly recommended!
Jamie Ross, driver/guide, was exceptional. Not only knowledgable but calmly confident and well organised. Even when one of the tour group was 'lost'.... he was calm and decent. We had great weather which showcased the Highlands beautifully. The visit to the distillery was excellent and the Tattoo was everything we could have wished for.
Great way to catch a glimpse of the Highlands. The scenery is breath taking and worth the trip. The overnight accommodations at Glen Mohr were perfect especially the location. Our tour guide Doug was very knowledgable and fun which made the two day trip even more enjoyable. I would recommend this trip to anyone having limited time and not wanting to drive but waning to see this part of Scotland. The small group van is a definite plus.
The landscape and scenery on this tour are PHENOMENAL! Ally was our guide for this tour, and he is a blast to spend the day with. My favorite part of the tour was when we stopped at the marshes, and several stops during our tour of Glencoe. I am only disappointed my photography skills aren't capable of capturing how breathtaking the highlands of Scotland are. Thank you for a great tour!
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!
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