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Hebridean Explorer - Private Tours

Inverness, Scotland
44(0)7943863292
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Ranked #3 of 34 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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Kamloops, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Halifax, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This was our second year touring with John. His tours are so well organized that you get to see all the Highland beauty while learning about Highland history. John is so knowledgeable that if he finds out you have a special interest, he will try to include some aspect of that interest. When we told him about our interest in... More

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Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We booked an all day trip to Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye with John. We'll remember it as one of the best days of our 2 weeks in Scotland. John covered a lot of ground in 11 hours, but we never felt rushed. He assured us that we could change the schedule and itinerary to suit our... More

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Redhill, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Booked a day tour of three distilleries - John turned up on time, and was friendly and accommodating, taking care of all the bookings and transfers for us. We all had a great day, and found John to be extremely knowledgeable about the area, the distilleries and even managed to answer almost all of our slightly obscure questions! Thoroughly enjoyed... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The best day that you will spend in Scotland is a day with John. My brother, two nephews and I spent the day on a tour to Eileen Dolan Castle and the Isle of Skye. We had a blast from start to finish. John is an absolute expert on the Highlands and entertained us the entire time. It was a... More

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Nevada, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My daughter and I spent 2 weeks traveling the UK, but the time spent with John was the best time of our trip. My daughter had been studying in Scotland for the semester, but said she learned more about Scottish History from John than during her semester of classes! We laughed, we learned and we explored! The sights were breathtaking!... More

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Canandaigua, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My husband and I booked a half day whiskey tour with John then decided to do the full day Isle of Skye tour with him. What a fantastic time we had! The whiskey tour of Macallan was perfect - a half day was just right. The Isle of Skye the following day was amazing. John was extremely knowledgeable and passionate... More

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New Delhi, India
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I along with my wife booked the Isle of Skye Day Explorer tour and had a memorable experience with John. He is a subject matter expert in all things Scottish and keeps you entertained throughout the journey with interesting anecdotes and trivia about the Highlands. You will not realize how the 11 hours went by. The itinerary is well planned... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

John picked us - my husband and me, daughter and husband, and adult son - up at the Kingsmill Hotel. He greeted us warmly and loaded us into his immaculately clean van. He switched "on." We laughed about that later. He said he could talk for days, and I don't doubt it. He kept us captivated as he described Highland... More

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