Edinburgh, United Kingdom
We were very disappointed with this trip. We had hoped it would be one of the high spots of our visit but it turned out to be quite dull. We had chosen it because it visited places we wanted to see - Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond - and the website and reviews said that minimum time would be spent in the bus and maximum at the locations and also praised the guides as being really excellent. In the event, out of the 9 hour day, we spent an hour and a half at Stirling Castle, an hour for lunch at Aberfoyle and 35 minutes at Loch Lomond, which meant we were in the bus for 6 hours. Stirling Castle was fascinating, but an hour and a half was not enough to do it justice, especially as we had to pay the entrance fee in addition to the cost of the trip. Aberfoyle was a pleasant little town to stop for lunch, but really there wasn't much to see or do there. And we didn't even stop at one of the more scenic parts of Loch Lomond, just had 35 minutes for a short walk or a cup of tea. We did drive through some stunning scenery but I had hoped to explore a bit more and not just see it through a window. Also, we obviously didn't get one of the guides who were praised by other visitors. Our guide was quite dull and gave us very little in the way of interesting facts or entertaining stories, which can really make a trip enjoyable, as guides on other tours I've been on have done. He also was not very helpful and when we stopped at Stirling and Loch Lomond virtually the only information we got was 'Back at the bus at the agreed time.' We would have been much better making our own way to Stirling and Loch Lomond by bus or train as we would have seen more. This tour did not add any value and was not worth the money. I have been on several other tours booked through Viator and all, apart from this one, have been excellent and good value for money.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
This was a fantastic tour. The guide had just the right approach - he was humorous but very knowledgeable and interesting. His partner was great too and added to the enjoyment. They involved the participants at just the right level and they were also good with all ages and people whose first language wasn't English and made sure everyone understood what they were saying. We really learned a lot and had a very enjoyable evening. It was excellent value for the price, especially as we were given a book as well. Thoroughly recommended.
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