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isle of skye is as idyllic as it's name suggests. our tour guide, sergio, was absolutely delightful with his wonderful stories of scotland
including stories of mystical fairies which we literally bought...that is how good of a storyteller sergio is. lol we totally enjoyed
every minute despite rain every day.
My partner, my 14 year old son and I had a wonderful time on this tour. The highlight was the train ride from Malliag to Fort William. Se stayed 2 nights at Portree and the Guest house accommodation was comfortable and close to everything. Caitlin, our tour guide, made the trip fun for all ages and she was very informative, a real pleasure to have as a guide, such a breath of fresh air!
In summary, this trip was the highlight of our Scotland tour. Highland Explorer Tours put together an engaging, professional tour, and our guide, Rich Lawrence, was unbelievably knowledgeable. He told the history of various parts of Scotland as well as the myths and legends with a comedic flair that made the bus trip go very quickly. Speaking of the bus, it was very comfortable and you could clearly hear the driver as well as the Scottish music he was playing during the intermissions. Just keep in mind that you have one carry-on size piece of luggage and a small bag or two for the trip. Large roller bags will need to be stored at your hotel, or you can put them in a locker in the nearby train station. Our hotel gladly stored our big bags at no extra charge :-
So what made this trip wonderful besides the engaging stories? The incredible Scottish Highland countryside. We've read and heard of the beauty, but words cannot prepare you for what you will see. Scenic lochs, ancient castles, spectacular seaside cliffs, green mountainous valleys they call them glens. The scenery is on a par with the Alaskan wilderness and the Utah desert monuments. It's just a different kind of beauty, and you see it. My recommendation is to let someone else do the driving, and this tour deftly balances the time spent at each stop with the number of stops and the distance between the stops. Between the stories and the scenery, you will think the tour goes way too quickly.
Our personal favorites were the drive along the northern coast of Skye unbelievable cliffs!, the tour of Dunvegan Castle, and the Jacobite train ride the Glenfinnan viaduct was featured in the Harry Potter films. However, I wouldn't miss any part of the tour. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see southern Skye and ride the ferry because of weather, but the company dealt with it well and got us to the train on time.
Do yourself a favor and let someone else do the driving and take care of the itinerary details. You will see all the things you want to come back and visit in more detail on your next trip to Scotland :-
Fantastic trip wonderful guide/driver Katie, who had us all laughing all the time, had great knowledge and could not do enough for us all. Accommodation at Rosebank Cottage Portree was wonderful, very comfortable, great breakfast, close to town centre We were lucky enough to see a Pipe Band doing a rehearsal in town square fantastic. .Isle of Skye is beautiful and trip seems to cover all aspects of this lovely place. Would definitely recommend this tour to all.
Wild and Sexy that was us! The original bus we were supposed to take on the trip was having some problems. We were all very impressed at the organization of this company. They decided to replace the bus immediately. But how long would this take.....???? To our amazement in 1 minute a new bus was pulling around the corner. There we were..... 30 perfect strangers, ranging in age from 20 80 piling in to our new yellow bus with the logo Wild and Sexy on the side. But who cared what was on the side of the bus......because for the next 3 days we would all be Wild and Sexy with our fearless leader Rich!
What a tripone not to miss! The scenery, the people, the history and of course the stories. We learned that the Scots love to tell stories and our driver/guide.was the best.
The Isle of Skye, the wonderful accommodations, boat rides, train rides, cute quaint towns, with their castles, whisky, food and people were all great, but what really made the trip was our guide.
Rich, knew how to included everyone, gather everyone together, yet at the same time, give you space to enjoy things on your own. He always kept us interested by telling us he had a surprise for us at different parts in the trip. He was so prompted and organized, this made the trip run so smoothly. Even when we passed another a female driver in a tour bus stuck on the side of the road, in the rain with her passengers. He quickly, calming and caringly explained to us that he could not just leave her stranded on the side of the road in the rain and went to help her. Quickly he arranged for help to come for her and we were on our way. We did not miss anything.
Throughout the trip you could tell his heart was really in what is was doing..I would do this trip over if I knew we would get Rich!!!
This is the tour to take! I was traveling with my family of 10, - two young children, young adults, and two older people one with limited mobility. Our guide, Katie, was very knowledgable about Scottish history and the places we visited. She also introduced us to the music of Runrig a Scottish band. We had amazing weather and saw so much in only three days. I would absolutely do this tour again and it was worth every penny.
Skye is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. The days on this tour are long but well worth it. The B and B is simple but very pleasant. The breakfasts are excellent. Our guide Graeme was informative and fun. I didn't think the train ride was either very scenic or interesting.
We were on the tour 14-16 Aug 2017, with tour guide Rich. We had a great time, regardless of the weather. Saw many many wonderful sights, and got to spend two nights in charming Portree. Rich is a great tour guide, with lots of stories and information. I particularly appreciated that he was able to make adjustments to our tour, on the fly, when we were held up by traffic, or when the weather made the ferry ride impossible. Thanks Rich.
As far as the places we visited--absolutely gorgeous and also moving when you learn the histories. Nothing was rushed, we had plenty of time to do what we wanted. Riding on The Hogwarts train was an added fun thing to do.. Overall, just a beautiful and rewarding use of our time. Well-worth the time. Gillian Super Gill! was our driver and tour guide for our 3-day trip from Edinburgh to and around the Isle of Skye and she added so much to our enjoyment of our time in Scotland. Being a true Scottish lass, she was full of stories of the history of places we visited plus she also added her love of her homeland and her personal stories were also woven in to really add dimension and context. It was one of our favorite times during our 3 week visit to England and Scotland. Thanks Super Gill!
Linda and Steve T.
Rich, our guide, was fun, knowledgeable and an excellent driver as well. Felt like the bus was a bit crowded but that was because the seating is smaller than in the US. Our B and B was fine. Breakfasts were made to order based on your request and time you select. The town of Portree is charming. Shopping was fun and prices very favorable. Reservations for the restaurant REALLY are needed. listen to your guide. Learning about the Lockes we did not see Nessie was very interesting.
We spent three weeks in the U.K. in July and the tour led by Ms. Worden was absolutely the best part! Ms. Worden was simply amazing. She kept a bus with 30 tourists on schedule without making us feel rushed. Her knowledge of the area and its culture was superb. She was always upbeat and smiling. She was able to point out the best places to dine and the off the beaten path opportunities that only a highly qualified and well traveled guide can provide. The time on the Isle of Skye was the highlight of the tour! Our only regret about the tour was that it was only three days!
This tour was a great way to experience Skye, and the journey to and from, stopping at places I wouldn't have seen or known about if I was driving myself. The tour guide, Gill, was fantastic and overall, I had a wonderful time! I highly recommend it.
Loved this tour - saw so much in the short time frame. So much beautiful scenery, but our guide Tony was really the best part. He knew Scottish history and geology, as well as stories of the Wee Folk and Giants and played Scottish music for us, as well. He struck a perfect balance of information and humor, entertaining all ages from 10 to 70. Our only complaint was the hotel - older, a 4 and half flight walk up carrying luggage, tiny room, etc. Overall, though, we loved this experience and would recommend doing it!
Our tour guide Gillian really made this tour a complete pleasure! So many stories of the Kings and Queens and Scottish clans. She was a wealth of historical knowledge, and clearly loves her country and wants everyone to see it the way she does. There are many stops included - castles and waterfalls and mountains. This was an absolutely lovely way to see the Scottish highlands and so much of Scotland. We chose the hotel option rather than the B and B, and were put up in a lovely hotel on the waterfront in Portree. It is quite a bit of driving, but the stories and stops were frequent and lengthy enough to make it all go smoothly. A word to the travelers - the buses are full - please sit with the others in your group rather than spreading yourselves out in all the window seats so you can take pictures. People want to sit with those they came with. The few on our trip that were disrespectful like this definitely took away from the fun.
What a wonderful trip!!!!!! Our tour guide, Rich, was outstanding. His stories and historical info was a marvelous addition and the trip would not have been the same without him. His driving was ...wow! I do NOT want to have to drive myself in Scotland. Going on the ferry and then the Hogwarts Express was actually what led us to choose this tour and it was well worth it. Such a beautiful country and people.
Worth every cent! Took our 12 and seven year old with us on the trip, and even they enjoyed it. Gill was our guide and she knew all of the great places to stop to take pics. Her stories that coincided with the trip were interesting and often times funny. Yes, we could've hired a car and done this on our own but we got so much more out of it by doing it this way. We never would've found some of the places Gill stopped so we got to see and learn so much more about Scotland than we would've on our own. Would do it again in a heartbeat!
It was a lovely trip mostly due to our tour guide/bus driver, Gillian. She carried on a lively conversation and provided interesting facts about the rivalries between the Scottish clans, while driving along some difficult roads. She also enacted some stories with participation of the tourists, and engaged in wonderful camaraderie with the group. The Scottish highlands are spectacular and the train ride on the Hogwarts Express was exciting. A lot of sights were included in the short 3 days.
I have been on several Viator tours, and generally the driver and guide are two different people, so it is not so stressful. I feel it is too much for one person, but Gillian carried it all with aplomb!
Our tour guide Steve was knowledgeable, helpful and understanding. He made this tour interesting.
We enjoyed the tour and our guide Rich was great! The tour was an easy way to see almost everything that was on our list for Scotland. Rich was a wealth of information and kept the trip very interesting.
This tour is absolutely fabulous! Our guide was Mr Sinclair. He was outstanding! For three days, he took us through the history of Scotland, with lots of injected humour so that it became alive as we visited and passed many historic locations. This is our first time in Scotland and we want to commend this tour to all first timers as it is a good introduction to the beauty and wonders of Scotland.
To visit Skye, you really must leave all your pretentions behind. The island life is slow and rather simple, as will be reflected in the accommodations and the service. We stayed at Rosebank B and B. The quarters were basic, but clean and neat. The owners were very nice and the breakfasts were fantastic. The first VERY LONG day of driving to get to Skye with a few interesting stops along the way was well worth what we would see the next day. Our driver and guide, Sinclair, was witty, kind and a wealth of information. He had done a great deal of independent research and clearly loved this beautiful countryside! He accommodated everyone on the trip despite their language barriers, personal foibles and even downright rudeness at times. We came away with a lasting and deep appreciation for the Highlands and the Hebrides.
This three day trip guided by Rich Lawrence was very enjoyable. The history and insight shared by the guide with local flare made the trip for us. The diversity of locations and activities we experienced we un matched by any other coach guided tour we have ever been on.
Kirsty went out of her way to show us a very interesting and good time. I learned a great deal about the language, culture, history, and myths of Scotland and the Highlands. I will recommend Haggis Tours to friends and family interested in visiting Edinburgh and the Highlands, in particular.
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