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Highland Explorer Tours

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Address: (The Royal Mile) 60 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 558 3738
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Our superb selection of cultural, scenic and culinary tours are specially...

Our superb selection of cultural, scenic and culinary tours are specially created to showcase our wonderful country and finest Scottish produce. They are designed to make the most of your time and to give you an authentic experience of Scotland. These tours whisk you through the most essential sights of Scotland and include award-winning samples of Scottish food and drink. It’s the most appetising way to experience Scotland in a day.

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Beautiful day at the Highlands!

This wasn’t my first trip to Highlands however it was my first time with Highland Explorer Tours. Me, my friend and our families did the Loch Ness Explorer Trip from Edinburgh... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Limassol, Cyprus
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Westport, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

First I have to say, that they honestly rip off Americans. They charge us more and claim it's an exchange rate technicality - my friend from London paid 57 pounds and I paid $114 - at no point this year was the exchange rate that different. Then, they proceed to charge you an optional excursion cost of $9 pounds to... More 

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Limassol, Cyprus
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This wasn’t my first trip to Highlands however it was my first time with Highland Explorer Tours. Me, my friend and our families did the Loch Ness Explorer Trip from Edinburgh. Our driver and guide was Jamie. Jamie was the best driver I’ve had as he was very friendly, fun, very knowledgeable, his English was clear and understandable and moreover... More 

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ExplorerTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this review

Glad Jamie made your day and all the family enjoyed the trip! He will be really happy to hear this! Thank you also for your feedback, we strive to make every tour we do the best one yet. Perhaps if you come back for a longer trip with us sometime you will get to experience Jamie's extended playlist to accompany... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The trip takes a whole day. We did the tour in autumn so gets dark a bit early and some sights are not so enjoyable in the dark. The views are magnificent. Went on a boat ride on Loch Ness, cold but great views. Great summary experience of the highlands. Will do again but at a slower pace if have... More 

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ExplorerTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this review

Hi there, Thanks a lot for taking the time to post this review and provide some feedback. I'm really pleased you enjoyed the tour, views and boat cruise. Thanks for travelling with us and, of course, you are always welcome back to try some of our extended tours that allow plenty of time for sightseeing off the bus, taking walks... More 

Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good tour and tour guide. Mahri did an excellent job. It would be really nice to walk/hiking on the mountains next time. That's the only thing that I missed.

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ExplorerTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this review

Hi Linda, Thank you very much for taking the time to post this review. It's great to know that you had a very good tour and that our great Mahri did an excellent job -as always. We'll take into account your comment on walk/hiking. Thanks for your suggestion. Kind regards, Serge More 

Alicante, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Edinbourgh in November, and wanted to do some sightseeing in the Northern Scottish Highlands. We choose the Loch Ness tour from Highland Explorer because they always have great offers and group discounts. Our tour guide, Mahri, drive us the north, and was very kind and helpful. She told a lot of Scottish history, and even stopped when it... More 

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ExplorerTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this review

Hi Federico, Thanks a lot for posting this review and thanks for travelling with us. I'm delighted to hear you had a great time on your Loch Ness tour and even enjoyed some snow, possibly playing some snow games ;-) And I'm glad to hear our awesome Mahri took good care of you. Kind regards, Sergio More 

Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour was really worth it Our guide was very kind (I especially love his accent) We came to love Scotland thanks to Highland Explorers

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HI there, Thank you for your review and for travelling with us. It's a great pleasure to hear you enjoyed your tour and even fell in love with Scotland :-) Kind regards, Serge More 

Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a one day tour (the lochness explorer) and it was money well spent, for sure. Our bus driver and guide was Mahri . Her driving was very safe, and the hole time she entertained us with amazing stories from scotland and scotish music. Also she had great sense of humour and taught us some words in gaelic. The... More 

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ExplorerTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this review

Hi Inés, Thanks a lot for your detailed review and kind words. I'm very pleased to hear you enjoyed your tour to Loch Ness and the Highlands and found it was worth its price. And it's great to know that you felt safe and enjoyed our Mahri's guiding as well. And you learnt some Gaelic even! Brilliant! Well, you are... More 

Surrey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great experience and covered a lot of areas that otherwise would not be able to do. We had steve as our guide and he was a great guide. We had ample stops and opportunities to take pictures.

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Hi there, Thanks a lot for posting this review. I'm really pleased to hear you enjoyed your tour and Steve's guiding. Thank you very much for choosing to travel with us. Kind regards, Serge More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would recommend this day tour if you are not familiar getting yourself around in Scotland with limited time and resources. Our tour guide and driver Mahri was friendly and well verse with the history of the trail we went. She explained the history of the location, it feels like we are going for an adventure into the past of... More 

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ExplorerTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this review

Hi Tea, Thank you very much for posting this review. It's really great to hear you had a great experience during your tour with us. And it's great to know that our amazing Mahri took good care of you and even facilitated a kind of time travel through Scottish history. I'll tell her about your comments. Thanks for choosing to... More 

Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Due to tour being after season closure (31 October), access to some of the attractions was not available so a bit disappointing. However, our tour driver was able to show us other places of interest and provided some entertaining commentary. Highlands were mostly covered in snow so was a lovely time to visit.

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ExplorerTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Highland Explorer Tours, responded to this review

Hi Elaine, Thanks for sharing your impressions of the tour and for choosing to travel with us. I'm glad to hear that our guide took good care of you and made up a bit for the low season restrictions. The Highlands are always stunning in different ways, but winter probably makes it more dramatic and spectacular so I'm glad you... More 

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