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This was the highlight of our time in the UK! Scotland is a beautiful country. The tour was made awesome by our tour guide, Mark! Complete with kilt, charm and humour. He was knowledgeable about the places and sights we saw. This happened to be our last tour of our stay and it was the best. So relaxing! We saw Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, Culloden (battlefield), a stay in Fort William (Stobahn B and B), topped off by the train ride! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to see Scotland!!
Our tour guide, Mike, was simply outstanding. We had not done our research reading before we went so Mike's commentary was fascinating ( and validating) that we had booked the right tour. Being rabid Harry Potter fans (my friend and I are elementary school teachers) we were snapping photos from the very beginning of the "Harry Potter Hogwart's Bridge!" It was even a bigger thrill to see the people who had hiked out to the bridge tressle to take a photo of the train from above! The group was very diverse, but appreciated the attention from our tour guide. Overnighting in our Bread and Breakfast was a true delight. He was running the B and B alone, but he was cordial and attentive. There were 7 of us staying ther,e and it was great fun! I have traveled a great deal, and I was truly impressed with the people, the country, the history, and the entire experience. Being from Alaska, I truly appreciate the diverse experience of Scotland. Truly a delight!
I am in love! Mark was awesome. Full of information, quirky sense of humor, and very accommodating.
This tour was one of the best I've been on while traveling through the UK. I highly recommend it.
Lovely experience. We booked this trip as part of UK tour mainly for our 10 year old who is a Harry Potter fan. There was much more. Beautiful scenery, history of Scotland and the Jacobite uprisings, a few short hikes through the glens and the hermitage, loch ness and much more. Our tour guide Howard was knowledgeable, funny and friendly. He was quite spirited and took us on short hikes during the trip, which my son and I enjoyed very much. Good walking shoes and a rain jacket come in handy. We had wonderful company in the coach. The Hogwarts express runs from Fort William to Mallaig which is a port town close to the Isle of Skye. There was an option to go seal watching during lunch hour in Mallaig. We chose to stay in the village. There is not too much to do in the town for children other than a nice lunch. There is a small art gallery, museum and a book store.
The Hogwarts train ride was definitely the highlight. Our hike up to the viewpoint in Glenfinnan to watch the train chug along the via-duct was the best part.
There were quite a few children and Harry Potter fans on the trip which made it entertaining for the children. The history, hiking and scenery was quite engaging to the adults.
Our B and B in Fort William was nice and the hostess really lovely. However , if we had the option, I would have preferred to stay at accomodation on the loch ness. Although we stopped at the loch ness, a short stop at the lochness store would have been interesting.
Definitely recommend to both families and solo traverlers.
What an exciting adventure in the Highlands! Our tour bus driver, Mike, was very informative and extremely patient with less than desirable members on our tour. The Jacobite Hogwarts Express was fun and the scenery was picture book perfect! The B and B I stayed in at Fort William, was very clean and the breakfast was yummy! The weather also cooperated with our tour and it was excellent.
Not only was the scenery incredible the drive kept the drive very interesting with historic information about the areas we were traveling in.
I totally recommend this tour to people from all ages and places in the world! Despite being a "Potterhead" (the tour took me to places I had always wished to go to experience Potter's films), I was able to learn loads of Scottish history while having a great time in those stunning landscapes! Simply PERFECT!!! I certainly exceeded all my expectations! Don't miss it!
Snowy mountains, spectacular lakes, a visit to the excellent visitor centre at Culloden, overnight at a cosy B and B, a knowledgable and amusing driver, and the highlight, the journey on the Jacobite train. This trip was everything I had hoped for. I highly recommend it.
My first time with this tour company and it was a great experience! Allan my tour guide was great and the train.....an amazing experience!!! Loved it!
The Glencoe area in Scotland is amazing....loved it! Fully recommend this experience....not many steam trains left!!, go for it!!!
This was a fabulous tour! I greatly enjoyed it. Our tour guide John Paul was very knowledgeable, funny, and stopped frequently to let us take lots of pics. I learned a lot about the Jacobites which gave greater meaning to the places we stopped at.
We saw a lot of places in a short amount of time but it's a trip I will never forget and is well worth taking.
We got to see A LOT of things in a short amount of time, which was really really nice! Our tour guide Collin was amazing and friendly and fun and gave us tons of fun facts along the way. It was a little bit rushed but that is the price you pay when you chose a tour that has a lot of things packed in 2 days! Overall, it was a great way to see the highlands and the B and B that was booked was amazing!
The Jacobite Experience with the Hogwarts Express train was a highlight of our trip to Edinburgh. This tour exceeded our expectations, with the majority of the success due to our driver/guide, Colin. He is by far one of the best we've ever met and will stay with us forever in our memories of Edinburgh.
I went on this tour with my daughters 14 and 11 and we all had the very best time. It was a small group in a mini bus with an excellent tour guide who made the whole trip even on the train so interesting. The scenery was stunning - we had informal stops for photos etc and the B and B was first class. I couldnt recommend this trip enough - 2 long days but well worth it.
One of the best tours we have ever done! Incredibly knowledgeable and personable guide. Great itinerary. Very nice mini-bus. Jam-packed from start to finish. Train ride was a blast.
What an amazing trip! Can highly recommend it to any age group. Our bed and breakfast accommodation was fantastic. We had amazing views of the Loch from our front door and a wonderful and plentiful breakfast to set us up for the day. The steam train ride was certainly a highlight, but our tour guide Colin was just as entertaining! Thank you Viator and Colin for some fond memories of the Highlands.
It was fun to get out of the city and see the country side of Scotland. It was so green and peaceful. The guide Steven was very friendly and he was constantly telling us about the histlry of Scotland. At each stop he gave us a good background about the area. He took us to a place that is similar to stone Henge. It was nice to walk around the structures and take pictures. We were the onlly ones there at the time. Steven took us the to the location where the book Peter Pan was written. We saw the building that the story was written. The Jacobite train ride was fun. We took pictures, visited with otheres and enjoyed the screenry. It was well worth the money to get out into the country and learn about Scotland.
Jean-Paul was awesome, very knowledgeable and funny. The "bus" was hugely uncomfortable though, they cram you into a sardine can.
The Jacobite train was AWESOME!
This was a great trip even though it rained most of the time. Suggestion to tour company, you need better sound system as the guide could not be heard at the back of the bus.
Our guide Howard was fantastic. However, if you're hoping to do this excursion in order to spend time at Loch Ness, be aware that you only have about a ten minute stop there which doesn't include the exhibition center or gift shop. Viator contracts this out through a local tour operator, and they haven't communicated well to coordinate what you think you're getting with what happens. We were on a bus with 24 tourists (not 15 as the Viator info said), and didn't stop at the village mentioned, but instead saw Culloden, Ruthven, the Hermitage, Pitlochry for lunch, and a brief late afternoon photo op at Loch Ness. The B and B was lovely; fortunately Howard took those who wanted on a hike up to view the Jacobite between stops as it came across the viaduct, because the view from inside the train was only great if you were by the right window. Bring your own Harry Potter candy and music, it's certainly not themed for the fans. There's a highly publicized one hour seal cruise at the lunch stop that day which was fine, if you want to spend the extra ten pounds a person, you see about ten seals sitting on the rocks. Long drive back includes stop to see cattle instead of Stirling castle because we were short on time, and you're dropped off at a different location from pickup which is tricky if you've prearranged your taxi ride to meet you there.
The Jacobite Steam train was interesting, and we were able to take lots of pictures. The journey itself was quite peaceful, just enjoyed the scenery. The seafood at Mallaig was amazing, but there wasn't much else to do in the little town.
The highlight of the tour was our driver, who kept us entertained with jokes and stories about Scottish history. This was very welcome as a lot of the trip was taken up by long stretches of driving with a few quick stops to take pics.