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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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Ottawa, Ontario
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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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47 reviews 47 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Halifax, Canada
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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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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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