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Solway Tours

Dumfries, United Kingdom
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About Solway Tours
We offer guided historic and ancestral tours of South West Scotland and beyond. We plan bespoke personalised tours with clients across half day, full day or multi day tours. We can also plan and prepare an Ancestral Tour where you can walk in the footsteps of your ancestors. We offer a door to door service and can collect you from any airport, train station or hotel. We will provide unforgettable experiences through our extensive knowledge and insight into the History of Scotland which will create memories and smiles that last a lifetime. Individualised tailor made tours of incredible quality!
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Karen wrote a review Oct 2021
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Mark was a very knowledgeable guide and we thoroughly enjoyed our all day excursion of the Borders area of Scotland. He also provided us with help after the tour! He graciously offered us photos of Lochwood Tower that he had taken in the past and offered recommendations of other sights we should see. I highly recommend Mark and Solway Tours!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Stephen wrote a review Sep 2021
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Our journey with Solway Tours was a bespoke, eight-day tour of Scotland, during which we chased the memories of kings and clans, beginning in Edinburgh and extending through the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, and the Southern and Central Highlands, ultimately passing through the Cairngorms and retuning to Edinburgh. Lesley and Mark were our hosts for the entire journey. They are professional, warm, welcoming, knowledgeable, and gracious. Our drives between sites of interest never lacked for good, and humorous, conversation. Our journey was originally planned for September of 2020, but was postponed until September 2021 due to the COVID pandemic. Lesley and Mark continued to work with us during that year to further develop and refine our itinerary. Our tour included not only sites of interest to us, but accommodations along the way. Due to the pandemic, the availability of historic sites as well as bed-and-breakfast inns was somewhat fluid. Lesley and Mark adapted, working up to the time we arrived to provide a comfortable and meaningful itinerary. Each bed-and-breakfast inn along our journey had a unique character and charm, and we enjoyed every one. While our interests in visiting Scotland included the country’s natural beauty, and its Neolithic and medieval history, Lesley and Mark showed us a more complete picture of Scotland, its culture, and its people than we might have imagined. When we stood at some place, admiring the beauty around us, Lesley and Mark helped us understand the history that had happened where we stood and how that history contributed to the Scotland we see today. We left with an enhanced understanding of the spirit of Scotland’s people and their contributions to our world. If you are searching for a guided tour of Scotland, we highly recommend Solway Tours.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Beirhope wrote a review Aug 2021
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Had the most fantastic day with Lesley today. We wanted a family day out - a wee adventure in a day. From pick up to drop off Lesley had it covered. Devils Porridge Museum, Gretna, then in to castles, lunch, Abbey’s and a wee gin tasting too. We live in The Borders and wanted something in a day. Our tour was just perfect. Thank you so much.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Rhunt5 wrote a review Jun 2021
Belper, United Kingdom43 contributions24 helpful votes
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From the moment Mark and Lesley of Solway Tours picked us up from our hotel in Glasgow to the drive to Orkney Islands, our trip was an excursion all about seeing, doing, and learning about what we were most interested in. Solway Tours planned,executed for us a well researched itinerary that included accommodations, food recommendations, and a wide range of historic, military, and beauty sites. Mark and Lesley are experts in Neolithic Scottish history and military history and it showed at every site we went too, giving us informative talks at the stops. Our itinerary was created especially for us, even though we had a lot to do and visit, it was a very relaxing, stress free trip for us, throughly enjoyed our week with Solway Tours!! My wife and I cannot say enough about our amazing trip with Solway Tours and highly recommend them for a guided tour exploring Scotland!!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Rhunt5 wrote a review Aug 2020
Belper, United Kingdom43 contributions24 helpful votes
What an amazing, incredible experience Mark and Lesley researched, organised and took us on to discover the villages of our Johnston/Smith ancestors. Finding and seeing the actual farms they lived in the 1830’s was the highlight of our journey. Hearing all the Scottish history, how they lived, understanding what their lives would have entailed, helped us to create a image of their lives. Could not have learned the history of our ancestors without Solway Tours. We throughly enjoyed spending the day with them. We saw castles, 12 Apostle Stones, learned about Bruce, Burns, Barie, and Banking. We highly recommend booking with Solway Tours. You will not be disappointed.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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