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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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The best guide ever for the Highlands!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 14, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
1 review
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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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Mansfield, TX
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
1 review
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
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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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