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On our trip we visited Glasgow Cathedral, Stirling Castle, Urquhart Castle, Balvenie Castle, St. Andrew's Castle, St. Andrew's Cathedral and Edinburgh Castle. We purchased out pass before leaving home and it was well worth it. The lines to get in weren't too long when we visited with the exception of Edinburgh Castle and there it was so nice to have a separate line to get to the ticket office. Well Worth It.
Doing what: Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
We absolutely loved this tour!!! Scenery and castles were amazing...we felt like we saw so much in a day and the weather was fantastic... tour guide was very informative..highly recommend this tour and the fact that it was a smaller group was perfect!!
This is a perfect day tour for those spending a few days in Edinburgh. The combination of castle lake whisky, as well as the enjoyable scenery viewed from the minibus, gives you a very nice glimpse of the country. Iain, our guide and driver, was able to share with us an amazing amount of knowledge, not only related to what we were seeing, but to Scottish life in general, all with a very positive humour!
And the Mercedes minibus itself is superb: spatious, comfy and brand new, the perfect place to sit and relax while admiring the landscape and listening to the pipes...
I really wanted to see the town of Inveraray and Inveraray Castle, as it was featured in a Christmas special of Downton Abbey, so this tour was perfect for me. My boyfriend enjoyed more of the medieval castles we visited, like Doune Castle and Kilchurn Castle. It was a nice day out in the highlands, which the tour guide ended with seeing some highland calves in Stirling which I had been wanting to see the whole week I had been in Scotland, so I was really incredibly excited that we got to they're incredibly cute!.
The tour guide was a bit on the quiet side, but was still very knowledgable. It's a great tour of the Highlands if you only have a day. However, Rabbie's, the tour company, has plenty of other tours from Edinburgh if you have more time and want a more in depth tour of the Highlands.
On a side note: In Inveraray, you are to pick between seeing the castle or seeing town. My boyfriend and I did do both, you just have to keep track of time if you want to see everything. We went to town first for lunch and then walked back to the castle, where we sped through the exhibits to see the beautiful gardens don't miss their gardens!.
Nice view of the country and the stops at Doune Castle and Inverary were very nice. More history from the driver would have been better. We had lots iof driving, but the history lesson was limited to Balliol, Edward I and William Wallace. I suspect there were many other things to tell us about the places we were driving through we didn't hear.
We expected to have a great experience based on previous reviews, however we ended up being very disappointed in this tour. The only positive thing we can say is the cruise on Loch Lomond was nice to take. The bus driver got lost during the tour of the national park and we got behind by nearly an hour which impacted our afternoon significantly. Lots of risky driving to try and make up for the time lost but all that did was cause anxiety and concern. We did not pass by Castle Doune as promised or at least it wasn't pointed out and that was a highlight for us for booking this trip. We had less than an hour to tour Stirling Castle which was a huge disappointment to us. The tour guide blamed a family that took too long for lunch but getting lost in the national park was what should have been blamed the most. The entrance fee to Stirling Castle is a bit steep and the castle definitely deserved a much longer visit. The people at the ticket office commented that it was quite a shame we were brought there by Gray Line and given less than an hour to see the site. Plenty to do in the historic section of Stirling for those that don't want to visit the castle but with only an hour before shops closed up, others were expressing their disappointment in the need to rush through. Also, when we returned to Edinburgh we were dropped off on the Royal Mile and had to walk to our hotel which was about a 30 minute walk away. Apparently the rules that apply to bus drivers limit the time they can drive, but this was a considerable walk and not something we were prepared for. We knew we weren't being dropped off where we were picked up but a 30 minute walk away was outrageous in our opinion. Very disappointed in the overall experience and the driver's lack of knowledge of the roads in the park.
This is well worth it to buy if you are visiting more than a few castles. You still have to wait in line. The only thing is there are only a few places that you can convert this purchase into the actual pass. Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle and a few others. So you need to make sure one of the spots is one of the first places you visit. Luckily we stopped at Stirling on our first day.
Doing what: Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
We absolutely loved this tour! We were informed of some of the great historic tales of Scotland as we drove around, and we'd definitely recommend opting in for the Stirling Castle visit.
This was the best day tour we took in the UK and would highly recommend it to others. Loved the Scottish Highlands and Castles! Our tour guide Douglas, was phenomenal.
Rabbies people and service were fantastic. James M. was a wonderful guide to Stirling and Loch Lomand, also making a few unplanned stops that were true highlights. Brilliant.
Rhonda S United States of ...
This is a great tour! 10 hours vs some of the longer or shorter tours. There are many castles, and lochs to see. Mostly drive by for the Lochs, but there is a longer break at Loch Lomand. Long stop at Inveraray and Doune Castles, short 5 min picture stop at the others. Perfect if you are looking to see the castles from movies and tv shows. Driver has lots of history to share, songs to sing and plays Scottish music in the van. Keep your camera handy during the drive to catch some great shots along the way!
Our guide was terrific and not only told us about the castles and scenery but gave wonderful insight into the history of where we were. Small van was so much better than the big buses with long waits and huge crowds. Would love it if individual hearing devices provided since hard to hear with road noises and would be willing to pay extra for these.
Great tour. It was very exciting to see castles and to see the highland cows!!! Great tour guide. It was a long day but so worth it, especially if you don't have a lot of time in Edinburgh. Lots of tours offered from Edinburgh.
This was a fantastic trip! Everything was well organized and absolutely perfect. The pick up time was prompt, our guide was great. If you love great scenery and castles, this is a great one. We are going to do this one again !
Douglas the guide was wonderful, even when we broke down, he remained completely professional. The tour was very worthwhile. I would however recommend viewing the small town as the choice over the final castle when given the opportunity. Not really a castle, more of a fancy family home with a nice garden.
Great tour and a lot of fun. The tour guide was fun and knowledgeable. We had enough time to view the castle and see the graveyard. We got great views of Loch Lomond.
Great tour. Nice bus. Enjoyed the castles. And the views and scenery are soooo worth the trip! This is a MUST DO tour.
NO ADMISSION FEES INCLUDED! The first castle was great and well worth the 6 to go in. The second was free and also pretty good. The third was more of a museum and not worth the 12. The lakes are a very quick stop if anything. The tour guide was not very good.
Iean was great with a comical and well researched history lesson. Had the entire bus singing! The castle was very impressive and the scotch was great.
Our tour guide was absolutely hilarious. He performed excerpts of Monty Python's movie at the castle that was used in that film. He also did Sean Connery imitations. Very quick witted and unrehearsed funny quips along the way. The lochs and scenery were outstanding and of course the castles were too. I would take this trip again in a heart beat!!!
This day trip was great. Scott, our tour driver, was very informative and accommodating. I would recommend this trip to anyone who would like to see Stirling Castle and visit a very unique distillery.
Michael John Alman Gibraltar
To start and most importantly, the guide Franziska was superb and made it that more interesting. Her intellectual explanations and stories did not become boring at any time, on the contrary we looked forward to her explanations.
The sites were all to our liking and very interesting. Maybe the walk to Kilchurn Castle was a bit too far especially since it started to rain heavily and we all ended soaking wet. It was a fantastic tour and would recommend it to young and old alike.
Great fun. Willie was an amazing tour guide with the perfect personal touch and passion about his country. I learned so much history from him, and he's definitely the perfect person for the job. Definitely recommend. My mom and I went and had a blast, and she was able to get around even though she's partially handicapped. Castles, lakes and whisky... what more could one ask for?!
Jude was brilliant. She tells through storytelling and thats rare for guides. I love listening to her stories and singing and she is just a great guide and such a professional one. She drives really careful and she is sweet. She was determined for the group to see all of the West highlands and the castles. Rabbies the partner is also wonderful, organized and they used smaller mercedes vans that are just comfortable with such a small group. This is so much better than the normal big buses that goes here.
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