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Hebridean Explorer - Private Tours

Inverness, Scotland
44(0)7943863292
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Ranked #3 of 33 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

John's a great guide, full of charm, hospitality and -- most important -- knowledge. We've done private guides in many countries and we've found that the key is to find the person who can provide the flexibility needed when we read about someplace not on the agenda and then adapt to that. John did just that and was superb at... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

John is an excellent tour guide and was fun to be with. His knowledge of Scotland's history and geography seemed limitless. His passion and excitement made our tour unforgettable. We only had two full days to see the Highlands and John's day tour allowed us to experience all we wanted to see without any time wasted. We will definitely use... More

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

I took my husband on a surprise trip to Scotland for his 40th birthday. We spent 1 day of our week long adventure with John, The Hebridean Explorer, on the Isle of Skye Explorer tour. This, by far, was my favorite of the entire trip to Scotland. Booking the tour was incredibly easy. John was delightful in his correspondence, responsive,... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

My mother, sister and I went on a one day tour to the Isle of Skye with John back in April. He picked us up at our B&B, and set us all at ease from the start. It was a glorious, sunny day at Skye and the scenery was amazingly beautiful. John made the day all the more fun and... More

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Bound Brook, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

John picked up the four of us at the Mercure hotel. His car is comfortable and he is affable. We first drove to the battle field of Culloden where we visited the museum and the site. The building there is in harmony with the environment. Then we drove to small villages along the way to the ancient site of burial... More

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