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The Hairy Coo - Free Scottish Highlands Tour

#3 of 194 Tours in Edinburgh
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Address: Lawnmarket | Deacon’s House Cafe, Edinburgh EH1 2PS, Scotland
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Free Day Tour of the Scottish Highlands. We believe everyone should be able...

Free Day Tour of the Scottish Highlands. We believe everyone should be able to discover the real Scotland, that’s why we pioneered the only Free tour of this beautiful wilderness; through the eyes of a passionate and knowledgeable, local tour guide. We pride ourselves on exceeding the expectations of our guests; maintaining a professional but relaxed approach, and ensuring every tour is entertaining, informative and utterly unique.

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Fantastic Day Out

Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Learnt a great deal about Scottish history and saw some beautiful scenery.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 3, 2012
Lee H
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Oslo, Norway

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012

Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Learnt a great deal about Scottish history and saw some beautiful scenery.

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TheDonEdinburgh, Owner at The Hairy Coo - Free Scottish Highlands Tour, responded to this review

Hello Lee H, Thank you for posting your review and photos, we really appreciate it. Best wishes, Donald The Hairy Coo More 

singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012

If you wish to visit the highlands, I would definitely recommend Hairy Coo Tours. The guide was professional, eloquent and engaging. We were brought to see the Forth Rail bridge, a few loches, the famous hairy coos, and tried some local dishes along the way. It was definitely a well-planned tour of the highlands. The best part is: you get... More 

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TheDonEdinburgh, Owner at The Hairy Coo - Free Scottish Highlands Tour, responded to this review

Hello enooh, It is really good to hear that you enjoyed your Hairy Coo tour so much. Thank you for choosing to tour with us and for posting such a charming review. We really appreciate your support. Kindest regards, Donald The Hairy Coo More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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46 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2012

Pro's: "free" (you tip the guide), less crowded attractions, local guide ('The Don'), nice bus (Dolly), friendly coos to meet and feed, you spend as much or more time off the bus as on it! Con's: few if any. Maybe what I thought it could use more of (i.e. scotch whisky, golf etc.) was addressed on a different tour or... More 

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TheDonEdinburgh, Owner at The Hairy Coo - Free Scottish Highlands Tour, responded to this review

Hiya Jedi-Elvis, It is great to hear from you. Thank you for taking the time to post such a concise and helpful review of your Hairy Coo tour. Best wishes, Donald The Hairy Coo More 

New Berlin, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2012

We went with this tour based on the Trip Advisor reviews are were not disappointed. Donald was an excellent tour guide / drover mixing history with current politics and occasional commentary on the (lack of) driving skills of the Scots. The tour offers a good mix of of stops and sights, many off the beaten path, and all with a... More 

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Hiya RJTRVL, It is good to hear from you again. Thank you for posting such a positive review of your Hairy Coo tour. The support of guests like yourself give us great encouragement to continue with our "alternative" Hairy Coo philosophy, we really do appreciate it. Best wishes, Donald The Hairy Coo More 

Houston, Texas
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2012

Family of four took The Hairy Coo tour. We chose the tour due to the route, which did not disappoint. From The Wallace Monument, to Loch Katrine , to the relatively tame hairy coos , the tour was great ( albeit damp). Highlight for us was the final stop, Castle Doune of "Monty Python & the Holy Grail" fame. Martin,... More 

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Hello travelmom221, It is really good to hear from you. Martin will be really pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed your Hairy Coo tour so much. The props just add that little something to help bring the destinations that we visit to life. We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to post such a charming review. Best... More 

Charlottetown, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2012

The Hairy Coo tour was fantastic! A wonderful experience! Our tour guide, Donald, was a true highlander! He was so passionate about the land and his history. We learned so much on the tour and he made it interesting and entertaining! The regular stops on the tour to different landmarks ensured that we saw many different sights and were never... More 

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Hiya Sally R, Thank you for posting such a charming review of your Hairy Coo tour. It is really good to hear that you enjoyed yourself so much. Thank you for choosing to tour with us, we hope to see you again sometime soon. Best wishes, Donald The Hairy Coo More 

Atlanta, Georgia, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

Went backpacking for a few weeks all over the UK and went on a tour just about every day but the Hairy Coo was easily the best tour we went on the entire trip. Russell was a fantastic tour guide. I don't know how he knew so much information - as a fan of random historical facts I was blown... More 

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Hello Bill L, Thanks for taking the time out to post your review. russell will be delighted to hear that you had such a great time. All the best, Donald The Hairy Coo More 

Camp Hill, PA USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2012

Our guide, Donald, was informative, entertaining (and a good driver). We visited interesting and beautiful sites, packing a lot of Scotland into one day---"Ay!" Of course Hamish, the coo, was the star of the tour. It's a "Don't miss" tour if you only have one day to see more of the country.

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Hiya Joan H, Aye, Hamish really is a cool coo. It is good to hear that you enjoyed yourself so much. Thank you for posting your review, it is much appreciated. Best wishes, Donald The Hairy Coo More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2012

What I liked the most was Nic, the guide who was warm and friendly! But I advise you to make this trip with friends or family: I was alone and I got a bit bored! With this free tour, you'll see some wonderful Loch and you will discover the wonderful Scottish countryside (hopefully, we did have some sunny spell/ bright... More 

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Hello Clotilde D, Thank you for posting your review. Those famous hairy coos will put a smile on any face. Glad you enjoyed meeting them. Best wishes, Donald The Hairy Coo More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2012

I won't go into too many details but if you're looking for a fun day out run by very proud Scotsmen then this is the one. Great day out visiting the glorious lochs, castles and not forgetting the hairy coos! Thanks to Jonathon & Donald......many thanks

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Hiya seedyroyal, Thanks for the great review. We are really pleased to hear that you and wife had such a great day out on The Hairy Coo. We love the photos too. Best wishes, Donald The Hairy Coo More 

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