The 3-day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-group tour is wonderful. The arrangement is great, especially our tour guide Arron, he is the best! He took care of every one, make sure everyone is engaded and having fun. He is so knowledgeable and shared with us Scottish culture. He has a great selection of music and matched the music with scenary and mood, which is so amazing!!! He introduced us to a very good restaurant to try Scottish food, which is very delicious and of great value. Arron made the whole trip fun and enjoyable. I cannot say enough good words about Rabbies and Arron. Highly recommended!!!!!!
These tours are always a balance between in depth and a taste. First, it's 5 hours to Skye without any stops so that leaves little time on the way. The visit to ft william leaves little time but for lunch. We had chosen the Rosedale hotel and by dumb luck it was great. Nestled on the bay in Portree and a nice restaurant made it a nice place to spend 2 nights. Day 2 was a whirlwind of beautiful vistas. If you want time out of bus to take a short hike, not happening. Not saying this is bad, just managing expectations. Day 3 is long day back to Edinburgh with some short stops and lunch by Loch Ness. Our guide Pete was entertaining and personable. Weather is always an issue in Scotland and he took that into account on day 2 to maximize our experience. Personally would have liked some longer/fewer stops. The tour was full and since the others were of different ages, nationalities, and physical abilities, it is probably the best average to be expected. Rabbies has years of experience did they have this down to a science. We loved Skye and are glad to have had our taste and appreciate Pete's dedication to making sure everyone enjoyed themselves.
We booked this three day tour after a three day Viking extension in Edinburgh. Met at the Rabbe's tour office and were checked in quickly. There were 14 people on the mini coach and the driver/guide. Kudos to Eric- the driver/guide/host and source of so much knowledge about the many sites we saw.
The nice thing about a tour this size is that you get to know other people o n the bus, and it's small enough to be able to visit places that large coaches can't go. We saw many wonderful sites- too numerous to mention- but suffice it say that the geography of Skye is everything that you can imagine and more. The stay is Portree is charming and interesting as it's a very small community with limited hotel options which makes it that much more fun. What's interesting is that it could grow to handle more tourists but chooses to stay small and authentic.
Highly recommend this trip and if you are lucky enough to have Eric as the driver, your trip will be in for a real treat.
Super visite de l'île de Skye et des Highlands écossais !!! Notre guide Adam était au top, d'une gentillesse incroyable et plein de bons conseils. Petit groupe de 16 personnes, de plusieurs nationalités, donc super rencontres !! Les visites proposées sont de qualité, les anecdotes sont géniales, et cette région est vraiment magnifique... Je recommande énormément de partir avec rabbie's tour, je le referais sans hésiter!
TLDR; disconnected with the world to see some of the most majestic views. no regrets and I loved it, but I don’t think it’s for everyone!
This tour will take you to a 3-day trip to go and see some of the most beautiful and majestic sceneries in Scotland, and arguably in the world. That said, you will have to expect long drives along small and winding roads til you get to your next destination. I was lucky enough because of relatively good weather; so the trip was overall really good and I’m glad I did this tour. Note though that you will be driving way up to the mountains - so this is the time to disconnect from the world (aka no internet, no service, no fashion statements as you’ll need to walk through diff paths).
Scotland’s gems are also not in the most iI think this tour is not for everyone so read with caution. If you’re the type to want in depth immersion or to take your time liesurely walking around, this is NOT for you. The trip was packed and we had to hop from one place to another, and I would say I spent a lot of time in the bus. I would say this is also not for you if you don’t like nature or if you’ve got a lot of it in your hometown and you’re maybe sick of it already.
It is also to be mentioned that Scotland is generally not a cheap place but this tour does not include some things which I wish were — castle entrances, cruise ride in Loch Ness, whisky tasting. It’s rather quite expensive, but I have no regrets. I would recommend to people with caution above.
Jean Paul was great! Very knowledgeable about history, and would accept counter arguments. I although I have to admit I didn’t quite understand his humor and had a difficult time understanding his thick accent too. He drove swiftly, but to be honest, there were moments when I thought we could’ve slowed down a bit as the roads were small. He was flexible enough to adjust what we wanted to do — eg whisky tasting for me and castle tour for some other guys. But I wished we had equal paced days. The first 2 days were a bit slow but the last was really packed!
The accommodations :
I did regret staying in a hotel. Maybe a b and b would have saved me some money. Hotel was just okay. Small rooms but i think it is what it is really as Skye was not built for tourists.
Overall, this was the highlight of my life in the last 5 years. No regrets!