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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  3 days (approx.)

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Tour guide excellent .tour bus inadequate for long trip very cramped. Lack of tour route info

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

My best experience in Scotland! And Tony is the most versatile, most hilarious, most amazing and most enthusiastic tour guide I've ever met. I'll definitely recommend this tour to my friends.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

We really enjoyed our trip through the Highlands. Our tour guide, Joseph, was fantastic and being a Higlander Man himself, he was able to provide information about the landscape and history of the region. Our 2 night accommodation in the Royal Hotel in Portree was great too. One of the highlights was the steam train trip and even though the weather was typical for the region cold and rainy at times it didn't dampen our enjoyment of the whole experience. Joe regularly pulled the bus over, which allowed many wonderful photo opportunities and his knowledge of the region means that we are now educated about the Scottish Highlands. Also, we felt safe due to his exceptional bus driving capabilities, under adverse weather conditions. Highly recommended. Jenny and Grant, South Australia.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

The tour was great. A big part of that was because of Heather, our tour guide. She did an amazing job of guiding us through our journey and was full of interesting information to share throughout the trip.

The first day through the highlands was beautiful. An amazing day. We stopped many times along the way for some great photo opportunities.

Day 2 was rainy and windy all day on the isle, but still fun. It's Scotland, so you've got to expect that kind of weather at some point during your trip.
We chose the Hotel option on the Isle of Skye, and it was a very nice one and very comfortable. The others in our group that stayed in B and Bs said they were good too.

Day 3 was another good day. Lots of driving, but plenty of stops along the way. And the steam train was good fun too. But if you have no big interest in riding the steam train, you would get most of the same views if you just continued along in the bus. Only choose the train ride if you specifically want that experience.

Again, a great guide made this trip really spectacular. Loved it and would do it again.
Thanks Heather, and Highland Explorer Tours.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Great tour. Beautiful scenery. Fun. Everything was well explained. Tour guide kept us apprised of any issues that may occur. Best tour guide ever.

Jackie E
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Alan is the BEST guide - entertaining, quirky, knowledgeable and with such passion for his country and its history. The tour took us to places on the Isle of Skye with the most breathtaking views and Alan went out of his way to show us the hidden gems, not just the well-trodden tourist sights. The B and B showed us such warm hospitality and the staff were just lovely. The ferry/train took us pass some great scenery. Highly highly recommended. Only wish I did a much longer tour to take in more of the West Isles and highlands!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

We had a great time. Angela was our tour guide, and she had so much knowledge about Scottish history and each place we visited. She told us some wonderful stories that kept us entertained. We traveled through some lovely country to get to the Isle of Skye and stopped in various places for photo opportunities.Our bus broke down while we were in Dunkeld, but once back on the road, she made sure we didn't miss out on any of the sights along the way. Our B and B was very comfortable and accommodating. We really enjoyed taking the Jacobean train from Malaig to Fort Williams. All in all, it was a fabulous three days.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

A huge benefit of this tour was getting to know Dave, who became the face of Scotland for us! I felt as if all his stories and his keen passion for the history of his homeland elevated us to the status of "insiders."
The scenery throughout the 3 day tour was stunning, the very best for me being the QUIRAING. Walking up on those craggy green slopes with mist hovering around us was an other-worldly experience I will never forget. I would tell everyone they haven't really seen Scotland until they have visited the wild and rugged Highlands.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Toni was fantastic, great knowledge of Scottish history, mythology and geology. Overnight stays were very good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

A great tour. The best part of the tour was the tour guide - Greg - who managed to make it even better. He did a great job explaining everything and really made the trip great. We saw a lot and did a lot. I loved the day of touring Skye. Beautiful country. The train ride was fun as was visiting the castles. Really loved Dunvegon. Highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

This is a must do. The breathtaking scenery, the history, the journey on the Jacobite Steam train was fantastic. Our driver Greg was informative, entertaining, and helpful. Value for money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Great tour. Really enjoyed the trip and the guide. She was outstanding! I learned an awful lot about the homeland of my ancestors. It was ROUGH! Beautiful country.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Heather really knew her history and was entertaining as well. The beauty of the Highlands alone was worth it, too. The B and B was spacious for a B and B, we had a light and spacious bathroom ensuite which was nice, and the owners were welcoming and served excellent Scottish breakfast.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Joe is an excellent tour guide. He is responsive The trip is memorable!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Tour was excellent!! Our tour guide, Andy, went out of his way to give us a memorable experience. The sights were breathtaking and the people we met were super friendly. Highly recommend it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

I love Scotland, what a fantastic trip. Our guide (Jamie) was great. Jamie was able to blend local music, food, and drink for each region of Scotland that we drove thru. I am slightly taller than 6' so the 3 days on the bus was a bit uncomfortable for me. The Rose Gardens (B and B) was quiet and the family staff were very friendly and helpful (good breakfast). Every bed in Scotland that I slept in left something to be desired (I can still feel some if those loose springs). The tour bus broke down in Portree on the 2nd day of the trip, which was great as it gave me the chance to sample a few of the local Portree establishments. Every meal was awesome. Jamie is a knowledgable guide and just a great guy. He was nice enough to sit and have a couple Whiskeys with me and my brother after a long day on the bus. Know that if you go on a Sunday most of the shops will be closed. Also, most restaurants all over Scotland stop serving food early so make sure you talk to the guide about reservations if necessary.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

An excellent tour. A Ten!! Heather is the best guide we have every had!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

I'm very glad we decided to go with the tour, and not travel on our own. The views were so beautiful, I couldn't imagine driving a car while looking at the scenery! Our guide, Tony, was not only informative on the facts, but also on local folklore and legends told with a genuine sense of humor. The only bad part of the whole trip, was where the tour ended. Honestly though, I don't think 3 days is enough time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

An outstanding tour! Our guide and driver Nick was excellent. He had the right mix of information and entertaining stories for us so that we got a good feel for the history and character of the Highlands. He also took us to some less popular but highly enjoyable sights, including the Fairie Pools and the Silver Sands of Morar where it was warm enough to stand in the water. Highest marks.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Scotland is an absolutely beautiful country, and Isle of Skye is particularly lovely. Our guide, Andy, is passionate about his country and was a wealth of information. He conveyed the history and culture of the country at every turn. Upon comparison with other travelers, the upgrade to hotel (vs. B and B) was probably not worth it since others reported the B and B accomodations to be spacious and private.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

This would have to be one of the most informative tours I have ever been on our guide andy knew everything that you needed to know about the history of skye and scotland overall I highly recommend you take this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

My mom and I went on a three week vacation throughout Europe and we booked a tour nearly every days of the trip. This three day tour was by far the highlight of the journey. Our tour guide was Scot and he made the tour absolutely fantastic! He added stops to the tour that were not on the itinerary (whiskey distillery and Fairy Pools), and offered hilarious commentaries throughout the drives to each location. As he said, everything is better with music, and Scot added several musical commentaries as well (Indiana Jones while driving up a rocky road on the Isle of Sky, Titanic while getting off the ferry, Harry Potter while going to the train, etc). It just made the whole experience that much better. You could also tell that he loves his Country. His passion about everything we saw was very apparent throughout the whole trip.

So, praise of Scot covered, really everything we went to was just fantastic. The Isle of Skye was a great experience and the Jacobite train was the icing on the cake. The scenery on the train was just beautiful - hint, make sure you ask to sit on the right...the bridge picture can only be taken from the right side of the train.

I also definitely would not pay extra to stay on a hotel. The Bed and Breakfast they put us up in was just fine. The room was Huge compared to anything we stayed at in London, Scotland, Rome, or Paris, and the owners of the B and B were very sweet. Plus, the breakfast was delicious. The only negative of the B and B that I can think of is the thinness of the walls. We could here people just talking in the next room. However, everyone was pretty tired, so we all went to bed at roughly the same time, so the noise wasn't really an issue.

I really just can't say enough about how great this trip was. My mom mom and I both just fell in love with Scotland with this tour. Run, don't walk to sign up for this amazing experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Amazing tour, well coordinated, frienly tour guide. Totally recommended

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