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Hebridean Explorer - Private Tours

Inverness, Scotland
44(0)7943863292
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Ranked #3 of 37 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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Mansfield, TX
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I booked this tour for mid October, knowing that I may be pushing my luck with the weather. However, we had fantastic weather! We usually book the bigger bus tours (12 - 18 people), and had taken a tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness a year ago. The Hebridean tour is a private tour, which costs more, but the value... More

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York, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

My husband and I, both in our seventies, toured Skye with John Macdonald in September as Scotland prepared to vote on the referendum for Scottish independence. We approached John with an ambitious list of places we wanted to see: the Red and Black Cuillins, Kilt Rock, the Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing, the crofts at Staffin, Dunvegan Castle, the... More

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United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We feel so fortunate to have spent a gorgeous day in the Western Highlands with John. His deep knowledge of the region's history, geology, and languages made the trip fun and fascinating. We so appreciated his professionalism, flexibility, sense of humor and constant attention; he made sure that we got the most out of our time with him. He picked... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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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Houston, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Fantastic trip and very informative. Willing to accommodate our schedule and make unscheduled stops as needed. Couldn't say enough how much we enjoyed ourselves.

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Alberta
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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London, United Kingdom
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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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75 reviews 75 reviews
27 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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