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This tour was ok ...but guess what?! Nothing is open! Thanks for telling US that when signing up for the tour. Only 1 was open and you get to go in.....sad wish you would be more forthcoming on that info....I felt ripped off ....music TO LOUD on the bus...he knows it and still does it anyways. Don't do any castle tour unless its May through October
If you arrive in Scotland and want to see and feel the history of the castles and battle sites of William Wallace and others who fought for freedom from the English, this is a must see ! Our tour was assigned by Viator to Gray Line Highland Tours and we were picked up at our Hotel, which by the way is one of the few tour companies left that does this as a courtesy. Graham was our bus driver/tour guide and we spent the day visiting sites of history,with Scottish music playing softly on the bus while looking at the Loch's lakes,and imaging the fighting so long ago on the severe terrain's. Our guide was humorous and very knowledgeable. It was a fun day and seemed to end too quickly ! There are other day trips that take you to other parts of the lowlands and highlands. If you by chance get Graham for your tour guide? it will be even more special ! If your interest is traveling for history of the places you visit, then I recommend : reading William Wallace The King's Enemy by D.J.Gray. As always, we can count on Viator for the best tours and guides. Happy Travels.......
Tour Guide Ewin with kilt and excellent Sean Connery and Mel Gibson impersonations was excellent and the all day tour lay out were superb. the landscape, castles, lochs, and lunch stop at small town of Inverary were all noteworthy and worth the investment. Moreover, this guide's knowledge and his lively and professional presentation of fact and clear identification of 'lore' made our experience a totally superb one. Fully engaging, humor filled, and informative day. Best small group driving tour we have had with Viator anywhere -- Thanks.
This review is a few weeks late. Sorry!
We got into Edinburgh at the same time as Storm Barbara. So needless to say, it was wet, dark and gloomy and made us think twice of continuing with the tour or just abandon the whole idea. Must certainly say that were glad we continue. First stop was Whiskey at Glengoyne Distillery followed by a quick trip to Loch Lomond strong wind and rain at that time, a beautiful festive lunch at Oak Tree Inn at Loch Lomond and then the Stirling Castle.
We think it was the driver and guide, Iain that made the trip special. He was fantastic humorous, knowledgeable, and a safe driver. The Minibus itself was comfortable, spacious and well kept.
Even in December this tour was amazing, and you will have enough daylight to fully enjoy it. Our driver-guide, Grant, told us about Scotland history, the castles we saw and the lochs... He even told us a fairy tail!!
I will look to Rabbies tours again in my next trip, really nice experience.
Our guide Eddie wore an authenic scottish outfit, he was the driver and guide. He was extremely nice, knowledgeable, and excellent at his trade. I really enjoyed learning about his life prior to becoming a guide for Rabbi's you should ask. He took us to several brief stops throughout the trip: Queensferry, Castle Stirling, Loch Lubnaig, Castle of Inveraray still being used today, Argyll Forest Park Got to do a little exploring of these stops: Dalymally-Lochawe and town of Inveraray. The sights of the highlands were great. Only bad issue was that there was a water main leak that closed the road at one of the scheduled castle stops :. If you like small groups - Rabbi's is the way to go!!!!!
Cynthia A Trinidad and Tobago
We had a lovely day. Our tour driver was interesting and entertaining.We enjoyed the songs he played about Loch Lomond. It was very scenic .The stop at Sterling Castle was too short. There was so much history to take in.
It was a great trip and I'm glad we took it.
Ewan B. from Rabbies was an amazing tour guide! Minibus was comfortable and stops where well timed.
Only thing I'd like more from this tour, was to actually see more of the insides of the different castles. But other than that, I can highly recommend this trip!
explored many beautiful castles across Scotland. tour guide barney is very knowledge about Scotland history and explained the castles very well. very passionate tour guide, keep it up!
I did this tour end of October and loved it! Met the guide Collins at Waterloo Place and boarded Hearts of Scotland Tours wee red bus to Stirling Castle. The bus was very comfortable and safe fire extinguisher, first aid kit and emergency instructions given. Had a few hours at the magnificent Stirling Castle and it was empty! Had time to walk around without the crowds and enjoy a bite to eat at the Unicorn Cafe. Stopped by the side of the road to take pictures of the ever so cute Highland Cows!! Then onwards to Loch Lomond for walking along the trails, bay. The Oak Tree Inn for lunch and drams of whiskey and beer. Ended the day at Glengoyne for whiskey tour and tasting!! YUM! Sláinte mhaith! Water of life The day was perfectly paced and got to experience so much. The guides make such a difference on the experience. Thank you!!
Mark J United States of ...
Another great tour by Viator! This trip took us on very winding and hilly roads so bring your dramamine as one poor lass got sick and decided to take the train back from Tyndrum. But the views are spectacular. Lots of stops for plenty of photo ops Inverary Castle, Kilchurn Castle, Scott's View, Tyndrum, Rest and Be Thankful Pass, etc It was a very long tour but very much worth it. Our guide, Heather, told great Scottish historical tales along the way that really added to the tour itself. You won't be disappointed!
Please go on this trip. I've done this exact trip two times and will do it again in the future. The castles are amazing and different!, the drive is beautiful, and the towns are quaint. It's a very relaxing and beautiful trip.
Great Tour! Great guide - Andy was fantastic, right down to the singing and dancing - careful, you're next!
The Mercedes mini van is very comfortable and so nicely new it made the bit of driving easy to handle.
The amount of time at Stirling Castle allowed for us to take the tour and the time at Loch Lomond was enough to allow for a short hike to a grand vista point and still get a hot cup of coffee to go! The whiskey distillery was very interesting and the tour guides are extremely knowledgeable. Andy pointed out lots of interesting facts and funny stories. We really enjoyed our time.
The tour was a bit rushed and did not meet our expectations. The Stirling Castle part was great, but the Loch Lomond section left us wanting more. Luckly we visited Loch Lomond at a later time on our visit to Scotland to fully appreciate the area.
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...
Enjoyed the day trip to the West Higlands. Our tour guide Jude was very knowledgeable and entertaining! Had enough time to see the castles (Doune, Kilchurn, Inveraray) and take in the beauty and history of the West Highlands. Highly recommended. Best to go in the Fall, with wonderful colours!
Wonderful trip to some beautiful places. Our Guide, Niall, was great...really smart, entertaining and thoughtful. We loved getting the special little stop for a few photos at Doune Castle, too. Overall, a fantastic 1-day excursion!
We had Jodi as our tour guide and she made this day trip an AMAZING experience!! We drove by Stirling Castle on the way out to Loch Lomond where we could capture some great pictures of the castle with the Hairy Coo's down below. Next stop was Loch Lomond which was a very quaint area and we had adequate time to explore and again, get some fabulous pictures. We circled back to Stirling and just in time to jump into a tour with another amazing tour guide who brings it all back to life! I must admit, I have NEVER had a tour guide as friendly, knowledgable, and captivating as Jodi hope I am spelling her name correctly. She has a deep love and passion for Scottish history and culture! Her tour was flawless and well-timed. She has a charming disposition, and I would HIGHLY recommend making sure you have a tour with her. We went on another tour the following day and did not enjoy our guide at all. All of Scotland is bonnie, but to have a guide such as our bonnie bonnie Jodi created a life-long memory for us and our love of Scotland grew even more with this trip! Next time we are in Edinburgh, we will request a tour with Jodi!
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
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