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The Hairy Coo - Free Scottish Highlands Tour

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Address: Lawnmarket | Deacon’s House Cafe, Edinburgh EH1 2PS, Scotland
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
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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No Scotland trip is complete without this tour!

This was my first visit to the UK and this tour was the highlight of our two weeks there. Kudos to Russel and his fantastic story telling, humorous and informative. It a very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 9, 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2011

This was my first visit to the UK and this tour was the highlight of our two weeks there. Kudos to Russel and his fantastic story telling, humorous and informative. It a very long day out but he did a great job of keeping us interested throughout!

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

Hello Gstrachan, It is really good to hear that you enjoyed your day out with Russell so much. Thanks for posting your review, we appreciate your support. Kindest regards, Donald The Hairy Coo More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2011

Had an amazing -- albeit short -- stay in Edinburgh, and this tour was one of the top reasons why. If you only do one thing in Edinburgh, it would have to do this. Our tour guide, Donald, had so much passion and energy that it was hard not to get infected. Whilst we had some "liquid sunshine" on our... More 

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

Hiya sunshinepeddler, Thank you for the review and recommendation and for pointing out that we do not insist that our guests go anywhere for commission. It is really important to us that our guests have the day out that they want within the limits of our tour itinerary. It is good to hear that you enjoyed your day with us... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2011

Great new tour company, knowledgeable and entertaining guides! They work on tips, so put in 110%. I had the best time, recommend it a lot!

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

Hello Spitnik, Thanks for the review and recommendation, we really appreciate it. Kindest regards, Donald The Hairy Coo More 

Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2011

Booked this tour less than 1 week out based on top reviews from TripAdvisor and it did not disappoint! Donald was our tour guide, and kept us entertained the entire time, whether it be with his humorous ways of telling Scottish history and politics, with a splash of personal life (love the story about being a landowner), showing us the... More 

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

Hiya Steve K, It's great to hear from you again, thanks for posting your review and recommendation. It gives us great encouragement to know that what we do on the day corresponds to the expectations of our guests. We hope that you will check us out upon your return to Scotland. Kindest regards, Donald The Hairy Coo More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2011

I went with my daughter who was excited to finally be able to go to Scotland and I wanted her to see as much as we could. We got on the Hairy Coo bus and had Donald as our driver.. we had the most wonderful day with lots of stops and jokes... this is so worth going on this adventure.

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

Hiya corgimom8, Good to hear from you, thank you so much for posting your review and recommendation. We are delighted to hear that you and your daughter enjoyed your time on board Irene, we always try to offer a fun day out. Kindest regards, Donald The Hairy Coo More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2011

I admit I was sceptical after so many disappointing tours we had been on before; but it was the best thing we did during our Edinburgh holiday. The tour was not only informative and accurate (a history buff that I am) but it was so relaxing with laughs, beautiful scenery and the most amazing Coos you ever did see! I... More 

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

Hello jsutt74, It is great to hear that you had such a lovely time on tour with us, we hope that we will see you again in the future. We really appreciate you taking the time out to post your review and photos, and thank you for your recommendation. Kindest regards, Donald The Hairy Coo More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2011

My sister and I did The Hairy Coo tour with Donald on Tuesday 30th August, and we had the most wonderful day. Donald was so informative and knowledgeable and made Scottish history come alive. We visited places that no other tour would take you to, and all done with humour and fun. The Scottish Highlands are beautiful and not to... More 

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

Hiya Maureen C, It's really good to hear from you again and we are delighted that both you and your sister enjoyed your day out with us so much. Thank you for your review and recommendation. Kindest regards, Donald The Hairy Coo More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2011

Overall a great tour. Our driver Russell was awesome and he had lots of local knowledge and tidbits. We were taken to some places off the beaten path, some of which were beautiful. Lots of driving, and lots of walking. I tipped 40 pounds and I felt it was well worth it; don't be a deadbeat and take advantage of... More 

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

Hello spdrcr4278, Thank you for posting your review and photos. We really do appreciate both your generosity and your support for our style of tour. Kindest regards, Donald The Hairy Coo More 

Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2011

My husband and I spent this afternoon on The Hairy Coo and really enjoyed ourselves. Our guide, Russell was really knowledgeable and entertaining. We don't normally enjoy tours but we really enjoyed this one, we got to see many areas of the highlands which are inaccessible to larger bus tours. If you are going to tour the Highlands, do it... More 

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

Hello Jessica931, We are delighted to hear that you both really enjoyed our tour. Thanks for taking the time to post your review and recommendation. Kindest regards, Donald The Hairy Coo More 

Manchester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2011

Cannot recommend this highly enough. Think earlier reviewers have said it all, great day out with Russell on Irene informative and fun. Started out on a rainy day in February which brightened up to lovely winter sunshine which added to the day, but this would have still been a fun day out if it had stayed grey! A "must do"... More 

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

Hello margg4, It is great to hear that you had such a great time out on tour with Russell and it is always good when the "liquid sunshine" turns to the real thing. Thanks for the review and the recommendation. Kindest regards, Donald The Hairy Coo More 

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