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The Hairy Coo - Free Scottish Highlands Tour

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Address: 304 Brodies Close, Lawnmarket | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PS, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 (0) 131 516 4198
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Description: Free Day Tour of the Scottish Highlands. We believe everyone should be...
Free Day Tour of the Scottish Highlands. We believe everyone should be able to discover the real Scotland, that’s why we pioneered the only Free tour of this beautiful wilderness; through the eyes of a passionate and knowledgeable, local tour guide. We pride ourselves on exceeding the expectations of our guests; maintaining a professional but relaxed approach, and ensuring every tour is entertaining, informative and utterly unique.
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This being my first visit to Scotland my husband was keen for me to see the highlands and I wasn't disappointed the scenery was out of this world. Our tour guide Alaister was very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This being my first visit to Scotland my husband was keen for me to see the highlands and I wasn't disappointed the scenery was out of this world. Our tour guide Alaister was very knowledgable and my husband who really enjoys history loved the visit to Wallace memorial and views over Stirling and commentary Alaister provided. We stopped for an... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Highly recommend the free highland Scottish tour. The tour bus was very comfortable. The tour guide was very friendly and helpful. Very interesting facts about the city covered during the trip. One of the best tours in Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We visited even more than I expected, we were treated to a wide range of historical and personal storytelling, along with information about the landscape, wildlife, culture, music, etc. I absolutely loved every minute and would recommend to absolutely everyone!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Took this tour today with Donald, and it was fantastic! We made several stops, some brief just for photos and some longer stops in the Highlands, at Stirling, at Aberfoyle and Doune Castle. Don was very knowledgeable and I learned a lot listening to him tell about William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Scottish history in general. He kept it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Our guide Donald was absolutely great! We spent the day hearing such interesting stories about the Highlands history and culture and all things Scottish! Great landscapes to see and we had a chance to meet the hairy coos up close! Really great tour, I'd absolutely recommend it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Had a great trip this past Monday, August 24 with Andrew as our driver guide and historian, great time out of the city andrew knew so much about Scottish history , of which I am a big fan, I sat front row in bus and really enjoyed all of his facts dates places and people. We stopped to see the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

A friend and I went to Edinburgh on vacation, and we had been slow and didn't make a reservation in advance. We took the chance and showed up at the departure point 30 minutes before check-in ended, and said we would like to join the tour if someone didn't show up. We were in luck, since the coach had 2... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

My husband and I had one free day in Edinburgh before heading home. We couldn't find a opening on any tours, but Russell from the Hairy Coo suggested that we try going 'stand by' on Thursday. We were lucky!!! Two guests with reservations didn't show-- and we made it onto the 26 passenger bus. Lucky us!! Alastair was a lot... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We enjoyed the tour and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun. We could neither hear nor understand our guide over the engine noise when the vehicle was moving. A better speaker system is needed. Of course we paid our tour guide, in dollars, because we were out of pounds and using our credit card didn't seem available as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I was looking for a tour on my last day in Edinburgh, I don't have to search long on Google to find The Hairy Coo. They're up there on the first page, and that is saying something. Our tour guide was Alastair, he's a very easy going bloke. And very funny too. The journey was fun, and on the way... More 

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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