Scottish Highlands Day Trip and Edinburgh Military Tattoo - Reviews

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Lars H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

The highlands day tour was not quite as advertised. Rather than being in a small minivan, we were in a large tourist bus with Graham as the tour guide.
That having been said, the tour was an excellent one, and well worth the time. The stop at the Glenturret Distillery makers of The Famous Grouse provided a fascinating and informative tour of the distillery itself. The distillery tour allowed us to see the key ingredients in scotch whiskey and to see the various steps of the distillation process in action. This one is not to be missed if one is interested in how scotch whiskey is made.
The stop at the Wallace Monument was worthwhile as well, but we appreciated the recommendation too not bother with entering he monument. Just climbing the hill provided a sufficient lookout over the battleground and across to Stirling Castle.
The highlight of this tour was the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Edinburgh Castle! We saw this on the last performance. Very impressive! And the Saturday events are capped with a wonderful fireworks display. Do not miss this one!

Karen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

This tour was the highlight of our Scotland trip. While we drove through the beautiful countryside, our driver/tour guide, Ben, played wonderful modern and traditional Scottish tunes in between giving us the lowdown on Scottish history. The distillery tour was fascinating and we appreciated the chances to stretch our legs with walks at the Hermitage and in a little village. We had great seats for the Tattoo which was spectacular. I highly recommend this tour as a way to see a lot of Scotland in one day.

Andy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Our trip was fantastic and our guide, Graham was so nice and informative. Honestly, it was the highlight of our trip to Edinburgh. The tattoo was certainly awe inspiring, but our guide during the day trip was as good as they get.

Leon H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Guide Yvonne made the trip a memorable experience. Loved the whiskey tour. Great day, great way to see the sights.

Pamela F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

Fantastic guides with lots of knowledge plus good humour to go with it. The Grouse distillery trip was so interesting. The walk in the highlands was beautiful and relaxed as well. The tattoo was stunning. An unforgettable experience. In all, this was a brilliant day and evening out. Thanks to the organisers.

Yufang L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

The day trip was excellent way to see the countryside, the whiskey tour was fun, and the Military Tattoo and fireworks were spectacular. A must do!

Lilian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

I gave this tour to my mother and my mom just LOVED it!!!
Please thank Dave the guide for a most wonderful experience!

Lisa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

This was a really fun tour. Dougie was our guide. Full of knowledge and very personable! The Hermitage was beautiful and it was nice to take a nature walk in the middle of our 8 day trip which included a lot of running around. Distillery tour was interesting even though I do not drink whiskey. But the highlight was of course, the military tattoo. If you are in Edinburgh during the festival, this is a must do. Simply stunning!

drattanasi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

Baby Jamie was a terrific guide and made our tour a fantastic experience. Great sights, just enough commentary and info and an all around fun person to spend the day with!

joanne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

Covered so much in one day , our guide was fantastic and added great commentary

William W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

Excellent! Steve, the Scotch and the Tattoo made for an unbeatable combination.

Christine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

Totally enjoyed the entire day! The Military Tattoo was super. Joe our guide was great!

Wanderer

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Wow! What can I say? So much more than I expected. Great tour and the Tattoo was a once in a lifetime experience. Don't hesitate, just go!

Irene D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

The military Tattoo was fantastic. Lots of fun. The Day trip was very nice too. Joe is quite knowledgeable. Got his highland perspective on places. Loved going to the Wallace monument, and the whisky tour. His generous gift was much appreciated.

P. Susan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

A wonderful experience with a very entertaining and knowledgeable guide. Our seats for the breathtaking Tattoo performances were perfect.

David B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

The tour was professional and Andy did a great job not just driving but also delivering an interesting commentary. He clearly enjoyed his work and shared his love of Scotland with us. Tattoo was great experience with good seats and the distillery tour was informative too with stops at some great places. My only downside was the chaotic nature of the queue in the morning at 70 High Street. Staff should come outside the shop to organise people, as it wasn't at all clear from the website or emails that customers had to go inside the shop at 0830 to checkin / receive tickets even though I had my 'online ticket'. Maybe sort communications out for other trips ? Overall good value and recommended. Thank you !

karenwm99

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

Jamie Ross, driver/guide, was exceptional. Not only knowledgable but calmly confident and well organised. Even when one of the tour group was 'lost'.... he was calm and decent. We had great weather which showcased the Highlands beautifully. The visit to the distillery was excellent and the Tattoo was everything we could have wished for.

Fred F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

The high point of my trip! A very knowledgeable driver/guide with stories to spare. The Edinburgh Tattoo seats were excellent. One day was not enough to take it all in. Next time I'm taking a multi-day tour.

Don M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Great tour. Excellent guide. Thoroughly recommend it!

S C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Tony was a great tour guide, informative and always added a joke or two. Tour of the Famous Grouse was great, the whole tour was really interesting. The Tattoo was one of the highlights of our trip, excellent position in the stand and great to catch up again with people on the day tour.

Nora Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

The tour was nice, but everyone with kids under 5 be careful! On the site they put children 5 - 15 but what they mean isn't that kids under 5 go free, they mean they can't go at all! Had some panic in the morning of the tour! the festival was fantastic, we all loved it... Whisky tour was amazing too

SHy.Texte

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

The value of this day tour which includes the Military Tattoo in the evening is fantastic. Tony, our tour guide, was full of amazing stories and really gave us insights into Scottish history. The visit to the Whisky distillery was very interesting, as were the other stops on the way (Wallace monument, Dunkeld). Even though we were running a bit late, this still left us plenty of time to have dinner at a pub on the Royal Mile before queuing for the Tattoo. Entering the show ground was amazingly well organized as are the seating arrangements. Our seats were great, in fact there seem to be no seats with poor visibility. The whole show was spectacular, including the illumination of the castle and the fireworks at the end of the evening – in other words: Don't miss it!!

mervyn m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Hello from Ausrtalia !
i'm sorry I am late returning this review,our experience was fantastic,our driver Andy was great,
we enjoyed every part of the trip,and the Tattoo was brilliant
thank you .

John G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

We took the day tour through the Highlands and saw the Military Tatoo and was very pleased with the whole experience. When we come back to Scotland, I hope to spend at least a week explring Scotland.
Our seating for the Tatoo were outstanding ( 50 yard line and half way up in the stands).

Ria

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

Always wanted to attend this Military Tattoo, but I'm glad I did it as part of a day trip....got such great insights into Scottish history and the Scottish scenery along the route was lovely. Our tour guide / bus driver was quite friendly and knowledgeable, and made the trip such fun. Was a bit disappointed that although we made the trek to the Wallace Monument, we were not allowed to enter / climb to the top as our tour bus had to leave the site before 10am (the opening time for the monument) to keep on schedule. Additionally, it was deemed too muddy and risky for us to hike the waterfall, which I was really looking forward to seeing. But aside from these shortcomings, we really enjoyed all the other sites visited, especially the tour of the whiskey distillery and the free whiskey samples :) We made acquaintances with so many on our tour bus, and as we all sat in the same row at the Tattoo, by the end of the day we felt like a large group of international friends , and the great display of song, dance and military drums was the icing on the cake!

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