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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.......
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.
It was wonderful and our guide Dougie was amazing and had so much information and facts about Scotland and the Highlands. It's a great tour and I would recommend it to anyone interested in seeing the Highlands and in Scottish history!
Awesome tour. Driver Dougie was wonderful very informative about the areas and history.
Thank You .
My sister and I took this trip from Edinburgh. We were picked up on time from the hotel we thought that the tour was well paced, with plenty of time at each stop the boat cruise on Loch Lomond was definitely a highlight and our driver was friendly and informative. This is our second Viator tour, and both have been outstanding.
Great and beautiful trip. Boat ride was amazing tour guide very informative.
We took the Loch Lomond/Stirling Castle tour in early June and we had a wonderful time mostly because our driver and tour guide Brian was just wonderful. He was an excellent driver, extremely knowledgable, had and great sense of humor and remained extremely patient with not 1 but two obnoxiously rude sets of fellow travelers on the tour. We had a wonderful adventurous day on this tour. Loch Lomond was just beautiful and we loved the cruise. Our stop in Aberfoyle was a great way to spend lunch and time off on our own and Stirling Castle was the highlight of the tour.
Value for $. Driver cum guide was informative. Allow yourself more time at the Stirling Castle n you can skip Edinburgh Castle.
Yes was a good tour, plenty of stops, good boat trip on the Loch, but was a little upset two of our group couldn't make it, and we couldn't get any of our money back
We were picked up right on time which was great. The bus was comfortable. We enjoyed the sights and the tour was timed very well. It was also very good value. The only problem we had, and this unfortunately totally ruined the day for us - the driver/guide never drew breath. He talked and talked and talked and talked ALL DAY it was painful, he never shut up for a minute. He played three or four songs which we loved because it gave us a break from his voice, but everytime, he stopped the song before it was over! He even shushed us up and on another occasion threatened to stop the bus if we didn't stop talking. This is outrageous and extremely poor. I will never go on another Grayline tour because I couldn't stand listening to Doogie for a minute longer. We were so pleased to get off the bus at the end of the day.
The tour was good. But the guide was not as good as what I expected.
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.
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