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We had a great guide which made all the difference. We saw Loch Ness, Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument, the Jacobite Steam Train, the Kelpies, the battlefield of the Jacobites and Bonnie Prince Charlie, and many other awesome sites. All were impressive! In addition, our hotel accommodations were good and some were excellent. More rest stops on some routes would have been helpful. We also had a great group with whom we enjoyed travelling for the five days. We highly recommend this tour of Scotland.
Just an incredible trip!! Sinclair, our driver and guide, made this the most memorable trip ever! Such full days - learned so much about Scottish history, enjoyed the gorgeous scenery, and shared the trip with a fabulous group of people from all over the globe!
This trip was for my step-daughter, so here are her thoughts below:
First things first, our tour guide Caitlin was absolutely amazing. She made our trip so enjoyable, taught us so much about Scotland and went above and beyond all expectations. If you can take a tour with her, I absolutely recommend it.
The tour itinerary itself was great. The Highlands are absolutely beautiful and you get to see a lot in a short amount of time. Some of my favorite places/things we did were Oban, Portree, the Jacobite Steam Train, and Loch Ness.
Because you see so much in a short of amount of time, you don't have a lot of time at each destination. Be aware of that. Also, at a lot of the stops, the museums/exhibits are at an extra cost usually a pound or two, so I would bring the extra pocket money because it is definitely worth it. Also, due to time constraints, I do recommend seeking out quicker places to eat for lunch versus sit-down restaurants as you usually only have an hour or less. You definitely can enjoy a sit-down dinner every day.
The accommodations weren't bad. We stayed in hotels, and as the week went on they got better. Honestly, it didn't matter to us much because we were only there to sleep. We didn't spend much time in our overnight accommodations.
Some other thoughts:
It rains a lot in Scotland, so if you're looking for somewhere with warm weather than you're probably looking at the wrong tour destination!
I wouldn't recommend flying out the same night the tour ends because you get back to Edinburgh on the later side, so you will be rushing to get to the airport if you do.
Take advantage of your tour guide and ask about the best places to eat/go in the evenings. They are happy to give you recommendations and they are truly great ones!
Lastly, something we were really worried about was having enough cash on us. Most places in the Highlands take credit cards and have ATMs. You only really need cash for the very small villages you pass through and some of the gift shops. I think we used about 200 pounds in cash for the entire trip, but use your judgement.
Overall this trip was absolutely amazing and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone. I didn't want to leave Scotland, it was so beautiful.
Everything was organized very well, great tour, Gill our guide was the BEST.
Could we have asked for a better guide than a red-haired, bearded, kilted Scot with a degree in Scottish history? Dave gave us a great tour, pointed out pubs and restaurants for our lunches and dinners, made lots of photo stops and really helped everyone connect to Scotland's history and culture.
This is a great tour and a great way to see the highlands! The guest houses were great as well. Everything was well organized and professional. We had a great time!
Great trip and must congratulate Jamie and Highland tours for this excellent package. Great sites visited and the excellent knowledge of Jamie brought each to life in a historical sense or visionary picture. From Oban to Inverness a pictorial delight with lochs, mountain ranges, castles, great music in the evening and food. A tour must
This tour was spectacular. Our guide, Joe, was a true Highlander. He took us to some great places and told some wonderful stories. I would definitely do this tour again. The only thing I could do without was LochNess. It was a bit of a tourist trap but still fun. LOVE LOVE LOVE Skye. Our weather was amazing. I am ready to back.
Absolutely amazing trip. Loved the tour and our tour director was fantastic. Definitely go on this tour!!
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