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This tour was amazing! We had Duffy as our tour guide and he really made the tour extra perfect. There were greatly timed bathroom breaks I have a bladder condition and THOROUGHLY appreciate this feature in a tour and each stop provided us with such a variety of experiences. Castles, gardens, Jacobite train, memorials, waterfalls, bays... it was outstanding. We were two of five younger adults on our tour and my partner and I had great fun with the others. This was easily my favorite part of my two month trip through Europe! Everyone must do this. It's worth the time and money and it definitely something you will love and cherish
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!
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!
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!
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.
Fun trip, but it didn't go to the fairy pools. We took a taxi form Portree for 85 euros and loved it.
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.
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
This was an excellent tour. Our guide Heather made with many stories about the past. Great guide
Our guide Alan was interesting and entertaining. We enjoyed his pride in his country and learned a lot. Isle of Skye was amazing and the entire route was beautiful. The group size is fun - you get to know others and you don't feel like you're in a crowd at every stop.
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.
If I could rate this higher, I would. In a word, AMAZING!!!!! Our guide Alan was so fantastic. The best guide I've ever had on any excursion, ever. He was witty, funny, personable and very informative. Skye is beautiful and the stops were all amazing. The B and B was okay beds were not amazing and if you are a light sleeper I would say upgrade to the hotel but otherwise, the people running it were so kind and the breakfast was nice. Overall, the best trip I've ever done.
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
Great 3-day tour managed by Highland Explorer Tours. Heather, our tour guide kept us awake with all the entertaining and informative stories. She kept us interested and stopped at the key scenic points. Very patient and customer focussed guide despite some challenges. Excellent operator
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!
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!
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!
We had booked this tour with lot of excitement and now I can happily say that it was the right decision we made. We saw so many things during this tour that it will take some time to get out of it that it. The tour was well arranged by Highland Explorer Tours, I and my wife felt very comfortable with the accomodation and itenary. Our guide Andy was wonderful and it was he who made our tour even more wonderful and full of events. Very talkative person with lots of knowledge and humour, made it so good that I just have good things to talk about him. His Scottish ascent and way of explaining the things was very pleasant and we liked it very much, hats off to him for providing us with the kind of information we needed. Isle of skye, Ferry from Armadale to Mallaig and the jacobite train all were great and I am just stunned with what I experienced on this tour. I would highly recommend this tour, this agency and most importantly Andy to anyone who wish to have an altogether new experience in their life.
My Wife and I had 3 days to fill in between golfing tours and chose this tour. We were mighty glad we did - this trip was a huge highlight of our holiday. The first day took us through the quaint village of Dunkeld where we stopped for a short tour of the town and morning tea / lunch. Then we headed for the highlands! The weather was overcast with misty clouds covering the tops of the hills which added to the mystique and beauty of the ever-increasingly rugged terrain. Scotland was having a very cool summer, and all the hills were still green. The roads were quite narrow, but Chris, our Tour Director was not only a great driver but also kept us well-informed about points of interest that we passed. We passed a number of lochs which had been carved out of the rock by glaciers during the last ice age. Stops for photography were made at some stunningly beautiful spots with the weather obliging by being fine but adding mystique to the hills and valleys.
Late in the afternoon, we crossed the bridge to the Isle of Skye. Soon after being on the Isle we came across a sizeable roadside waterfall caused by fairly consistent rain throughout the day. We motored on to our B and B abodes in Portree which were our resting places for the next 2 nights. Most of us stayed at Rosebank, which had a very friendly homely atmosphere.
The next morning we boarded the bus again to explore the Isle of Skye. The scenery was again breathtakingly beautiful, and around every corner was some new visual gem. We made frequent stops at points of interest to climb hills, explore and take many photos. I was never a great believer in giants or fairies, but Chris's most eloquent story-telling had me convinced by mid afternoon with further confirmation coming when he took us to any area of hills housing the fairy castle. How could one doubt with such evidence being presented!
Only need one word to describe this trip, FANTASTIC! Chris our driver/guide made the whole experience one I'll never forget. His historical knowledge was amazing, he also kept us highly entertained with stories and anecdotes. Nothing was too much trouble. I have no hesitation in recommending this trip to anyone who loves history and amazing scenery.
This was a really enjoyable experience. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and knew where the best view points were even though they were sometimes obscured by cloud. There were several high spots on the trip, the Jacobite train ride was one of them. Driving through the glens and alongside the lochs was magical. The route was well planned and included many mystical locations. I would recommend this to anyone wishing to see something of the highlands and Skye.
Tour guide excellent .tour bus inadequate for long trip very cramped. Lack of tour route info