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Heart of Scotland - Day Tours

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Address: Bus Stand ZE | Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
Phone Number: (0)131 228 2888
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Small groups of 16 in the Wee Red Bus. Our guided tours have been...

Small groups of 16 in the Wee Red Bus. Our guided tours have been specially designed to give you maximum variety by including famous sights as well as hidden gems that many tourists never see. We look forward to welcoming you onto our famous Wee Red Buses to experience and enjoy the essential Scotland together.

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Tour was beautiful and our guide was excellent

My sister and I did the one-day Loch Ness and the Highlands tour on November 13. It was a very cold, rainy/snowy day, but we had a fabulous time anyway! The Scottish Highlands... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After an amazing Highland Tour with Keith two years ago we were looking forward to the Hadrian's Wall Tour and very deeply disappointed by our guide Angela. Her tour not only lacked Scottish authenticity completely but it was partly also mockery of Scottishness like the futility of Scottish Gaelic Station names etc.and culminated in longer "outbursts" against any borders let... More 

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nckr, Manager at Heart of Scotland - Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi. It's fair to say I am a bit confused about your comments, not least because Angela's guiding skills and engaging personality have been much-loved (and extremely well reviewed) by customers for several years. A quick glance through her 'back catalogue' indicates the phenomenal effort she puts into her tours; this being her first ever review that hasn't been 5... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My sister and I did the one-day Loch Ness and the Highlands tour on November 13. It was a very cold, rainy/snowy day, but we had a fabulous time anyway! The Scottish Highlands were absolutely breathtaking, being at the infamous Loch Ness was thrilling, and our guide, Kevin, was an excellent guide. He had a great sense of humor, and... More 

3 Thank Jessica L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went first on the tour 1, then bought the tour 2 - excellent tours and guides (Kevin, Colin, thank you!). I recommend it to everyone who wants to see the beauty of Scotland.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour was the highlight of our trip. Our tour guide, King James the VIII, was knowledgeable, full of life, and passionate. He kept us entertained for 11+ hours despite the high winds and heavy rains we dealt with throughout the day. Highly recommend this tour and ask for James!!! Thank you King James. :)

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Derry, New Hampshire
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a day trip with this company and the evening before they notified us that there were not enough people going to "make it worth THEIR while". Earlier this week we booked with another local company and there were only 5 of us on a 16 person tour. Never skipped a beat and we had a blast! We chose... More 

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nckr, Manager at Heart of Scotland - Day Tours, responded to this review

Hello. Although we never cancel a tour lightly or with disregard to the consequences, this correspondence is in effect a review of our Terms of Service which are set out in our brochure and website as follows: 'Heart of Scotland Tours Ltd reserves the right to cancel a tour if the minimum number of passengers has not been reached (normally... More 

Port Orange, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took 2 tours on the Wee Red Bus. Day one was Roslyn Chapel and Hadrins Wall. The driver/ tour guide Dave was informative and entertaining. His depth of knowledge commendable. The tour bus sits a small group of about 15 and is comfortable. The tour is flexible with time to see everything described on the web site. On the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent! Colin has a tremendous knowledge and love for Scotland. Both are very obvious. He made the trip!. Both Colin and Neil are excellent drivers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a lovely experience!! We took the Highlands and Loch ness tour and had a fabulous day. Our Guide James was brilliant, such a lovely man and so informative and patriotic. The day started with a bit of rain so we were worried that the wether will spoil everything but we were surrounded by rainbows wherever we went. The "hairy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The day was a 10. Incredibly beautiful!!!!! Great driver and guide. Loved the smaller group size. The bus was clean and comfortable.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went on a day tour to the Loch Ness on the 7th of November 2015 and it was brilliant! Kevin, our tour guide, told us so much about Scotland and its History... I told everyone about Queen Mary, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce when I came back to London! The tour is really well structured and the fact... More 

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