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The Hebridean Explorer

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Address: Inverness, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 7943 863292
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Description: Private Tours around the Scottish Highlands and Hebrides with a local...
Private Tours around the Scottish Highlands and Hebrides with a local Highland guide. Explore stunning views, dramatic landscapes, ancient and medieval history, Scots Gaelic culture and Highland traditions. John Alasdair Macdonald, is a native of the Outer Hebrides 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.
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Highlight of the Highland!!

John was an amazing guide. He took us to breath taking sites and taught us about the Highlands, answering all of our questions!! He wasn't stuck on dry itinerary and allowed for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

John was an amazing guide. He took us to breath taking sites and taught us about the Highlands, answering all of our questions!! He wasn't stuck on dry itinerary and allowed for changes to be made as the day went along depending on the weather and our moods. It was the best use of money and time!!!

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heb-explorer, Owner at The Hebridean Explorer, responded to this review

Thank you for the review - I had a great day touring the Highlands and Eilean Donan Castle with you both and I am so pleased you enjoyed the day. More 

New York City, New York
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We took the tour of the Macallan and Glenlivet distilleries, with side trips to Culloden and Clava Cairns. It was the most interesting and best day of our Scottish vacation. John is very pleasant, attentive, and everything ran so smoothly. He thought of every detail, gave us choices on where to go and how to spend our time, and his... More 

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heb-explorer, Owner at The Hebridean Explorer, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the great and speedy review - it was a brilliant day with you all and I'm so pleased you enjoyed the whisky and history tour around the Highlands. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We took about a 10 hour private tour to the Isle of Skye and the Talisker Distillery. John is a perfect tour guide and probably has forgotten more of Scotland's history than most people know. This was probably the BEST thing that we did in our 10 day trip to Scotland. Don't miss your chance to do a tour with... More 

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heb-explorer, Owner at The Hebridean Explorer, responded to this review

Thank you for the review - I'm delighted you enjoyed our tour to the Isle of Skye and Talisker Whisky Distillery so much, I had a great day with you both. More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

As a Celiac traveling the Highlands alone, I was concerned about my options when I booked the all day trip to Skye with John. He was able to point out several places for me to eat in Portree, and even carried his own GF snacks. John was an incredible guide; the pace of the tour and his knowledge of the... More 

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heb-explorer, Owner at The Hebridean Explorer, responded to this review

Thanks for the review - I had a brilliant day around the Highlands and the Isle of Skye with you and I'm so pleased you enjoyed it so much. Hope to see you back in the Highlands again one day. More 

Sacramento, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

My friend and I booked the Isle of Skye Explorer tour and created our own private Highlands tour with John and we had the best time! John is an incredible guide - he is knowledgeable, friendly and was very attentive to our needs on both of our tours. Plus he didn't mind all the silly photos we wanted to take!... More 

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heb-explorer, Manager at The Hebridean Explorer, responded to this review

Thanks you for your review - I had a great two days with you both and I am so pleased you enjoyed them. Thanks for sharing the brilliant photo of the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye! More 

San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

John was an amazing guide and source of knowledge. We had many, many, questions for John and he was able to answer them all and expand on what we were asking about. He studies Scots history when not toring to learn even more. I speaking of deep studies here, not just an odd course. We went to the highlands and... More 

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Tampere, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Exellent tour with stunning places, moods and views. Familiar, friendly and skilled guidance from beginning to end. This was our second trip with John, and his knowledge of the past and the present of the islands is really impressive, we are really looking forward to have our third one with him.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 via mobile

My mother and I chose the MacRae Clan one-day tour and had the best day of our entire trip. We got lucky with the weather - a perfect blue sky day in November! John is a fantastic guide, happy to answer any questions and discuss any topic. He sat my Mum up front and outlined our schedule right from the... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Last month my wife and I had a wonderful 10-hour Isle of Skye Adventure Tour with our guide, John MacDonald. While the trip highlighted the Eilean Donan Castle and the southern Skye village of Portree, the best parts were the efforts of the guide himself. His detailed knowledge of the clans, the history and geography of the region and his... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

My husband wanted to see the Isle of Skye, and he had particular places he wanted to see. After doing some research, and the great reviews of John MacDonald and Hebridean Explorer tours, he booked us on a day tour. John picked us up at 8:00 at our Inverness hotel and our first stop was my request...to see some hairy... More 

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