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Hebridean Explorer - Private Tours

Inverness, Scotland
44(0)7943863292
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Ranked #3 of 35 Activities in Inverness
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Private Tours around the Scottish Highlands and Hebridean Islands with a Highland guide. Explore the best of the Highlands and Hebrides - stunning... more » Owner description: Private Tours around the Scottish Highlands and Hebridean Islands with a Highland guide. Explore the best of the Highlands and Hebrides - stunning views, dramatic landscapes, ancient and medieval history, Scots Gaelic culture and traditions. John Macdonald, is a native of the Hebridean Island of Lewis and was raised in a Scots Gaelic speaking family. Getting “off the beaten track” and discovering the best of the region is always our aim on all our Highland and Hebridean tours. We design our tours to ensure the right balance between travelling and time spent out of the vehicle exploring the breath-taking and beautiful scenery and discovering the ancient history of the Scottish Highlands and Hebridean Islands. « less
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Denver, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

John was an amazing tour guide, with a wealth of knowledge beyond any other tour we've experienced EVER. As John grew up in the Highlands and has an enormous passion for Scottish history, you will not only receive excellent site visits but an in-depth overview of Scotland's history. John's passion for what he does was evidenced throughout the two days... More

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Alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

We have just recently returned from Scotland having had the opportunity to enjoy 2 tours with John. The first involved exploring two highlands distilleries as well as the Culloden Battlefield, etc, etc. The second was a custom one way tour from Inverness to Oban. We could not possibly give a higher recommendation. John is an intelligent, enthusiastic, charismatic lover of... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

When first starting the planning of our vacation to Scotland, I found the Hebridean Explorer website. Boy am I glad I did. I emailed John asking all types of questions/suggestions and found him to be extremely knowledgeable about all areas of Scotland. He recommended many day tours with him and by ourselves. John Macdonald was an excellent tour guide. He... More

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Sandpoint, Idaho
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We booked a 3 day tour of Lewis, Harris, and Skye with John MacDonald. It was a wonderful tour, encompassing history, culture, pre-history, politics, scenery. John recommended (and booked) restaurants for us. When a glitch arose with a B & B we had reserved, he stayed with us and drove us (one of 2 couples) to another B & B.... More

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My husband and father are big fans of Speyside Whiskey so we booked a day tour with the Hebridean Explorer to visit Macallan, Glenlivet, and Glenfiddich. Initially I thought this was going to be more of a ``boys day`` and my mom and I would be left without much to do. Boy was I wrong, John was such a wealth... More

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Ottawa, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Our tour of the Isle of Skye with The Hebridean Explorer was our best ever (Aug 23, 2014). Our guide/owner (John) was experienced and knowledgeable about the geography and history of the region. Add to this his great sense of humour, love of his homeland and the tour was enjoyable and fun. He stopped for pictures at his favourite places,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

My wife and I did a tour of Speyside including a stop at Glenfiddich and Balvenie for my 40th birthday. What an amazing time! John picked us up in Inverness and the day started with his warm smile and jovial laughter. As we made our way down A96 he mixed funny anecdotes about his own family with amazing tidbits of... More

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Redding, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Could we have visited the places John took us on our tour via public transport? Absolutely not. Could we have visited them by ourselves renting a car? Maybe, but that would presume we knew they even existed - which we did not. That's the thing about a tour with John - he's from the Hebrides and shares not only his... More

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Kamloops, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

What a terrific time we had! We went on a full day whisky tour and enjoyed it thoroughly. What made the day even better was John's entertaining stories and history. He is a wealth of knowledge about the area and could answer any question we asked about Scottish history. When our conversation turned to some very popular books of Scottish... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Thanks to John Macdonald, of Hebridean Explorer Tours, for the most amazing tour ever to the Isle of Skye! When our family toured with John two years ago, our two teenage sons remarked that it was "the best vacation ever." We decided to attempt to replicate the holiday this year with another trip to Scotland, and John exceeded our expectations... More

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