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Tour 1 - Dunrobin Fairytale Castle, Millionaire's View, Dornoch village & shops
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Tour 1 - Dunrobin Fairytale Castle, Millionaire's View, Dornoch village & shops

By Thistle Excursions - Invergordon Bus or Coach Tours
Our tours are specially put together after taking feedback from YOU. We have surveyed your desires and requests and put them together in our tours. We provide a quality experience, with free water, free rainmacs and a guide or driver guide on our minibuses. Our guides will impart their knowledge of their local Highlands and answer any of your questions. As a general rule tours leave 30 minutes to 1.5 hours after the arrival of the ship and return at least 1 hour before ship departure time. Please check our website which has the exact tour departure and return times for every tour. Tours offered based on Outlander and Fairytale Castle themes as well as historic value. It packs in a lot for one day's tour and is very affordable and good value for money. Entrance to Dunrobin castle is INCLUDED. Please note in order to enter the distillery tour you must be 18 or over. Any children may wait in the shop area.
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$164.26
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Ages 0-100, max of 53 per group
Duration: 6–7 hours
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  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Balblair Distillery
What's not included
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Glenmorangie Distillery


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Invergordon port - walk to port gates, our tour guides wearing purple trouser suits will be waiting for you opposite to direct you to your bus or to your small vehicle. Saltburn pier (if two ships are in port you may stop just outside of the town). You get onto the ship's shuttle bus and it will drop you on the High Street outside the entrance to the museum. Our tour guides wearing purple will meet you there and direct you to the bus.
  • Shore Road, Shore Rd, Invergordon IV18, UK Invergordon pier - Disembark cruise ship, walk 2 minutes to the coach park on Shore Road, Invergordon IV180DH or look for our Thistle Guide wearing purple or we can meet you at our booking office, 64 High Street. Please book on our website via PayPal www.thistleexcursions.co.uk
  • Saltburn, Invergordon IV18 0JX, UK Saltburn pier (if two ships are in port you may stop just outside of the town). You get onto the ship's shuttle bus and it will drop you on the High Street outside the entrance to the museum. Our tour guides wearing purple will meet you there and direct you to the bus.
  • Ports:
  • Invergordon port - walk to port gates, our tour guides wearing purple trouser suits will be waiting for you opposite to direct you to your bus or to your small vehicle.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 112983P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair travellers difficult
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 53 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Which attractions will I visit with Tour 1 - Dunrobin Fairytale Castle, Millionaire's View, Dornoch village & shops?
How much is Tour 1 - Dunrobin Fairytale Castle, Millionaire's View, Dornoch village & shops?
Tour 1 - Dunrobin Fairytale Castle, Millionaire's View, Dornoch village & shops price starts from $164.60. Discover and book Tour 1 - Dunrobin Fairytale Castle, Millionaire's View, Dornoch village & shops on Tripadvisor
What is the Tour 1 - Dunrobin Fairytale Castle, Millionaire's View, Dornoch village & shops cancellation policy?
Tour 1 - Dunrobin Fairytale Castle, Millionaire's View, Dornoch village & shops cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Tour 1 - Dunrobin Fairytale Castle, Millionaire's View, Dornoch village & shops on Tripadvisor
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Tour 1 - Dunrobin Fairytale Castle, Millionaire's View, Dornoch village & shops is hosted by Thistle Excursions - Invergordon Bus or Coach Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Thistle Excursions - Invergordon Bus or Coach Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Tour 1 - Dunrobin Fairytale Castle, Millionaire's View, Dornoch village & shops on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 112983P1

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Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    Or, you can also get picked up
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  • 1
    Dornoch Cathedral
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 2
    Balblair Distillery
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Struie Hill
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 4
    Jail Dornoch
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 5
    The Dornoch Bookshop
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 6
    Dornoch
    Stop: 90 minutes
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  • 7
    Glenmorangie Distillery
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 8
    Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
    Stop: 2 hours
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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P7995SXjayneb
P7995SXjayneb
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Scottish Joy
We had such a fun day on this tour! Our tour guide was easy to spot with her purple suit when we came off the ship
foxtail95
foxtail95
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Tour of castle
Emma was our guide. She did an excellent job. Very informative of the area. Highly recommend this tour to anyone vi
Harola93
Harola93
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Whisky galore: great excursion to Clynelish distillery, Dornich and Dunrobin castle
There were only 6 of us so we were very lucky. Rhona, our friendly, knowledgeable guide and driver, picked us up i
L4623EGsusannek
L4623EGsusannek
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Absolutely stunning tour
My Parents and myself booked this tour and got greeted by David our Tour Guide for this day. When I asked him, how
robynm682
robynm682
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A day tour near Invergorden & Inverness
Very nice tour of the Urquhart Castle, Lochness as well as the Culloden battlefield. Our tour guide was knowledgeab
Q4411GKwaynea
Q4411GKwaynea
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High potential
Would have been a great trip , but I think our group of 4 got tossed in with a cruise ship on a tour bus ( vs a sm
marcelcY1162YX
marcelcY1162YX
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More than excellent
We booked this excursion some weeks before our cruise. then a few days later the cruise was cancelled by the cruise
Curtis C
Curtis C
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Summary of my experience
Becky did great as a guide… But having a bus with 5 seats per row was not realistic for normal people size, maybe k
Pinballsurgery
Pinballsurgery
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What a great day out!
My wife and I rolled in on the Norwegian Dawn, we had booked this tour on line and it turned out to be a good decis
MrSanderz
MrSanderz
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Beautiful Highland Trip
Great Tour with Tourguide/Driver Emma. Highly recommended and overall cheaper than Aida Tours. If we come back to I
Lexibelle
Lexibelle
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Thistle Excursions are the real deal!!
We were on a Viking cruise but decided to do our own excursion with Thistle and it was great!! There were about 12
A4634HSnathana
A4634HSnathana
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Wonderful Tour for All
Our tour guide June provided a genuinely interesting and honest perspective of history. June was beyond kind, prof
Debster2342
Debster2342
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Awesome Excursion
We were a group of 6 (4 adults and 2 teenagers) and spent a day touring with June from Thistle Excursions. We arri
elisamartin
elisamartin
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Full day tour with lots of sites, wonderful guide
We booked this tour from Invergorden port to be able to maximize our time in port and see some sites without the la
BethanieKay
BethanieKay
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Awesome tour of the best sites around Inverness
We had a long port day in Invergordon, and the tours provided by the cruise line (and other suppliers) either visit
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flsailor
Fort Lauderdale, FL4 contributions
Apr 2020
Thistle Excursions' owner/operator was extremely responsive and helpful in providing the details that we needed when we booked this excursion to coincide with our cruise ship's arrival and departure schedule.
Unfortunately we have had to cancel our entire summer 2020 itinerary due to coronavirus, and the unlikelihood of being able to proceed with our plans for international travel.
The owner/operator handled our cancellation and refund request promptly and with kindness. Her commitment to providing customers with excellent experiences from start to finish is impressive.
We will definitely try to include an excursion with Thistle Excursions when our travels take us to their region again. We recommend that you do so too!
Written April 16, 2020
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ThistleExcursions
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in a future year. We can provide you with whatever type of tour you would like. Take care.
Written April 17, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

stewtick
Euless, TX112 contributions
We ended up on a private tour of just us girls with June, who soon became our fifth buddy!! June took us to the Black Gorge and on to a whisky tasting and the beautiful home of the Duke of Sutherland. Photo ops abounded, as the heather was in full bloom, and June was happy to accommodate! Along with wonderful information, the conversations were varied and lively...it was an absolutely perfect day! A great way to get a feel for the Scottish countryside!
Written August 23, 2022
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ThistleExcursions
So happy you had a great day. You really bonded with your guide June and she enjoyed her day too. Thank you for the 5 stars.
Written August 24, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

CaberfeidhHighlandTours
Munlochy, UK2 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
A dreich Saturday in January was brightened up tremendously by a Thistle Excursion to Clava Cairns, the Culloden Viaduct, Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness and Beauly Priory. Our engaging local guide provided a heady mix of history, culture, tales and legends while taking us up close and personal with a number of Outlander locations.

Although we didn’t catch a glimpse of Nessie the loch side drive gave us a great sense of the size of the loch and and we saw for ourselves how easy it is for her to escape detenction by all but the keenest, most patient eye!

Leaving the quaint little village of Drumnadrochit behind we had the excitement of climbing up and over Culnakirk, a testing 15% gradient climb. Glad not to be cycling over that one! Once over the top we were treated to rugged open moorland and rolling hills almost all the way to our next stop in Beauly thought to have been named by Mary, Queen of Scots, meaning ‘beautiful place’. Despite the weather Beauly was teeming with life and after a spin around to find some parking we tucked into some great food at the Priory Hotel.

Great road trip which showed us that the Highlands have much to offer whatever the weather!
Written January 26, 2019
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tkarpinski
Phoenix, AZ64 contributions
Aug 2019
DO NOT USE. TERRIBLE This is one of the worse tours I have ever taken (FYI I have traveled to 43 countries). We wasted 40 minutes waiting for another bus to tandem to Beauly.. The only reason to tandem with the other bus was so the van drivers could drink coffee together. Along the way, the driver offered little if any explanation of what we were seeing. She did point out the street filled with car dealerships. Because we started late, we had little time at the Culloden Battlefield. Even it we wanted to take a tour - which there was a cost - we had no time.

I am asking for a partial refund because the only thing important to the van drive was meeting up at the next stop to talk with other tour guides.
Written September 2, 2019
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ThistleExcursions
Ms Karpinski, I’m shocked to read your review as others on the same tour as you were very happy. For £59 you went into Urquhart castle, saw Loch Ness, went into Culloden Battlefield even though what you booked was a drive by it, you also went to Clava Cairns and Beauly Priory. The tour guides work and are speaking and driving 6-7 hours straight through and as their boss I think they deserve a coffee break, in fact I insist upon it. The reason you waited was that a few passengers were late, nothing to do with my guides wanting to take coffee together. When we go in convoy it’s because we are booked into locations together. Urquhart castle is especially difficult in the summer season. With regard to taking a taxi - a taxi would have cost you around £300 for the 6 hour journey that you took. You’d then have to pay your entrance to Urquhart castle on top of that. So if you take off the £6 that PayPal retain, the £12.50 to enter the castle it leaves you with £40.50. So for that price you got to journey in a luxury 8 seater minibus with 6 other people instead of being crammed into a big coach. If you’ve been to 43 countries I wonder what price you paid for your tours. It seems to me you wanted to pay very little but receive ambassador treatment. We do our best but we don’t claim to be perfect. You were also provided with a booklet in your own language about the venues you visited, free water and rainmacs if needed. I wonder what you think you should have the partial refund for when an actual taxi that you accuse us of being would have cost you more than 7 times the price you paid with us. I guess I’m learning that no matter what we provide for you, there’ll always be a few people who won’t be happy. That’s a shame that they come on here to vent their negativity. When you consider that this cruise season alone we’ve provided lovely tours of the Scottish Highlands for over 2,000 people I guess we are doing OK. Sorry we weren’t able to please you. I hope you gave 5 stars to the other 43 countries you visited instead of this disappointing 1 star which is so undeserved.
Written September 4, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sherpa623440
9 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
While in port in Invergordon I had the opportunity to spend the day in the Scottish Highlands with Thistle Tours. It was so nice to be part of a small tour of eight. We were picked up and dropped off from the port which made it convenient and easily accessible.
Our first adventure . . . Dunrobin Castle and Gardens. All I can say is WOW! The castle is breathtaking, enchanting and romantic. All the viewable rooms are completely furished and you are magically taken back in time. Although there were many visitors that day you never felt rushed or pushed along. We had plenty to explore on our own and even take time to grab a coffee or tea in the castle cafe. Then as a group we walked down below the castle to the gardens and a large open area where we enjoyed a falconry display, It was interesting and informative talk about how the castle acquired the birds, where they originated from and we were shown how they are trained. Then we were free to explore the gardens on our own. Along with the cafe there is a gift shop and restrooms. Total time spent at the castle was 2 1/2 hours. It was perfect.
Next stop about 20 mins away was the quaint town of Dornoch. The town is beautiful and when I visited it was full of eye-catching flowers and lots of trees. I even had the opportunity to see a wedding party coming out of the church. The men dressed in traditional Scottish kilts and the bride was beautiful.The kind of place you want to linger. For those who wanted, there was whiskey sampling available. There are several shops and cafes, a cathedral, museum and Carnegie Whiskey Cellars. I had lunch in an upstairs cafe that was just so lovely, from the wood floors to the light fixtures it was aesthetically pleasing. The food was great and a large portion. (I brought half of it back to the ship). We spent a couple of hours in Dornoch which was ample time to see everything and have a nice lunch.
Our trip to and from the port was very scenic and interesting. Here's a fun fact: we traveled past the church where Madonna and Guy Ritchie were married.

Our guide Elizabeth was kind, knowledgeable and had great sense of humor. She told us stories that made us all laugh. It was nice to hear things from her perspective with her engaging Scottish accent. This is a great tour for the entire family. It was wonderful to be in a small group and break away from the herd of cruise ship tours. It is offered at a great price and they are very mindful about getting you back to the cruise ship on time.
Written June 26, 2019
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ThistleExcursions
Thank you so much for your kind words. Elizabeth is a true asset isn't she. She was delighted to meet you too.
Written July 2, 2019
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TDM
Invergordon2 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
Can honestly say that I had a great time on this tour, went just after Christmas and whilst cold it was a spectacular with the tour guide being extremely knowledgeable about the area and about Harry Potter and the filming that was done there

Highly recommend this tour company, great value for money and memories
Written January 19, 2019
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9stilton
Liverpool, UK118 contributions
Sep 2021
We had the unfortunate experience of having Maxine (the owner) as our driver / guide & in her own words "she seldom did tours" --- & boy can't you tell!
We were late starting off due to Thistle yet again putting a couple on the wrong tour and we having to wait for them to return to Invergordon to join ours. Maxine then crammed 8 people into a mini bus, ignoring all Scottish governmennt guidelines on Covid, with 2 passengers sitting next to her on the front seat. She then promptly wittered on about her work as a local parish councillor for some considerable time.
With the cruise ship arriving later than planned & the then late departure due to Thistle miss-organisation she did not reschedule the order of the tour resulting in us arriving late at Dunrobin Castle and missing more than half of the falconry display. We were given no information or history about the castle at all - save just handed the entrance tickets to conduct a 'self guided' tour. If she had not used a 'blue badge' we would probably have missed the display altogether.
Thistle Excursions also go to great lengths to state that water is provided on their tours --- it wasn't on this tour until she finally went & bought one small bottle for each passenger.
She had to refer to notes a number of times (whilst driving), regarding the local nature and on the way to millionaires view actually drove off the road on one ocassion.
Upon return she attempted to take us to a new shopping venture that was recently opened by a fellow councillor of hers, but all declined. Needless to say we were happy to get back to Invergordon and although Dunrobin Castle was a great place to visit the lack of an accomplished tour guide was greatly missed.
Needless to say I will not be wasting my money next time with Thistle Excursions & will be looking for a far more professional company that takes care of both my health & leisure needs much better.
Written September 28, 2021
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ThistleExcursions
How disappointing to read your relentless attack on Maxine. Here is our reply: a) you were advised upon booking it would be up to 8 passengers in a minibus. b) as you were all double vaccinated and COVID tested daily as was Maxine it was considered within the guidelines to take you in one vehicle cc) your ship arrived 1 hour later than it was supposed to which is why the tour left later dd) indeed two passengers went with the wrong guide and upon checking your destination Maxine realised what had occurred and called the tour back - this caused an extra delay of 10 minutes with your ship being late also e) you arrived 5 minutes after the falconry display began - it lasts 30 minutes so you did not miss half - gross exaggeration f) you were given information about the castle in advance but unfortunately you were extremely rude and insisted on talking at full volume to the gentleman sitting beside you which only drowned out the tour guide’s voice for everyone but also prevented you from hearing the information being provided g) Maxine only mentioned her other occupation in the passing as she’d been asked about the demographics of the area by another passenger but perhaps you were talking at that point h) you were only invited to see the brand new shop which another colleague owned because it’s now a very popular local destination and Maxine was being polite offering you the option i) indeed the water bottles had not been loaded up. This was due to several incidents that had happened that morning including another guide hitting a pothole on her way to work, having to change tyre at a garage and arriving late. Maxine had to also deal with her passengers. Once asked about water the guide purchased it immediately for you all. j) regarding the ‘going off the road’ - I understand Maxine merely swerved to avoid a huge pothole which earlier that day had caused a puncture with her colleague. k) she referred to the notes which were in her sunvisor only to advise you of the long list of animals in the Cromarty Firth which did not in any way distract from driving. She also told you she was doing this only once to give you full information l) all guides were rusty that day as it was the one day in 2 years that any tour has been offered as there has been no available ships due to Covid. Although the guide advised you of this she did not miss out any of the tour information and she indicated that she would happily answer any further questions k) due to your constant disrespect throughout the tour - talking over her the guide found the whole experience very disconcerting. You have also perpetuated this rudeness by giving this negative review which we found very sad at Thistle as we do our best to offer a quality service.
Written September 29, 2021
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Sightsee263961
Pompano Beach, FL4 contributions
Sep 2019
We had a nice walk through a beautiful area where we could see a beautiful gorge.
Then we went to Dunrobin Castle...so beautiful.
We had a great time.
Written September 19, 2019
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ThistleExcursions
We are delighted you enjoyed our tour guide Elizabeth. She is excellent isn’t she? Thank you for booking with us and note you liked the Black Rock Gorge.
Written September 20, 2019
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Jim D
2 contributions
Sep 2019
Both our guides, Becky and Maxine, were fantastic. They went out of their way for us to see Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness. We also visited Clava Cairns, Cawdor Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Culloden Viaduct, and Inverness. We really enjoyed walking through the beautiful town of Invergorden and talking with the friendly towns people. Finding the tour hosts was very easy. I highly recommend this tour. Both guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. We learning about the history and culture. I would love to go back and visit there again. The weather was sunny.
Written September 17, 2019
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ThistleExcursions
Thank you so much Jim for your lovely very comments. We are so glad you enjoyed your day.
Written September 28, 2019
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Cheryl L
Fort Worth, TX50 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We were coming in off a cruise ship, so I e-mailed Thistle Excursions to see if they might have something that would accommodate our port times. We had visited Loch Ness in the past and were looking for something a bit different. The owner, Maxine, created a great day for us. In fact, she was our driver/guide. We had a perfect day. The afternoon she planned wasn't too busy and showed us several sites we hadn't seen before. She mixed her suggestions with a visit to the Black Rock Gorge, which was a place we wanted to visit. Her commentary was very interesting as she was able to add informed conversation on local and national events, something that always adds to the quality of the tour. We would highly recommend Thistle Tours, and if you can schedule a private day with Maxine, all the better!
Written June 3, 2019
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ThistleExcursions
Thank you so much Cheryl and Dutch for coming on our tour. You were a delight to have and lovely people to meet.
Written June 13, 2019
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