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Margot McMurdo Tourist Guide - Day Tours

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Margot McMurdo Tourist Guide - Day Tours
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Vic P wrote a review May 2019
Birmingham, United States4 contributions1 helpful vote
I surprised my wife with a trip to Scotland last Christmas. She had the opportunity to plan the trip to see the Highlands and try to experience Scotland first hand. This was her chance to be Claire Frazier, but I'm no Jamie! Soon after she started planning everything we both quickly discovered that we were out of our league. She knew what she wanted to see, but the timing and the locations and where we needed to stay were all new to both of us. She had heard of Margot and soon they were in touch with one another. She told Margot what she was looking for and before she knew it Margot had a sample itinerary and they began to make the trip of a lifetime come into play. Not very long afterwards I was sent a schedule of everything that had been planned. It included everything my wife wanted and also included so much more! Margot said that since we were passing by why not take in more of the beauty Scotland offers?! When the time came to leave for the trip we were anxious, but ready. We met Margo and her husband Ian even came along to drive. We immediately made friends for life and our trip couldn't have been better! Margo had interesting facts at almost every turn. She introduced us to true Scotland beyond the magazines and the brochures. Margot and Ian introduced us to Scotland! She even arranged for us to have a special hand-fasting ceremony to celebrate and exchange vows after 33 years of marriage in a small garden overshadowed by Falkland Palace. Of course you couldn't hold a hand-fasting ceremony without the proper attire, music and a clan chief! Everything was included - even a surprise parade down main street! The whole town was there to cheer us on and wish us well! What more could we do to beat this? The countryside and castles... could I say more? We were introduced to some of the most beautiful countryside I have ever seen. There were some places when I got back in the van and just couldn't speak. I couldn't have asked for a better tour guide for me or my wife. Margot made certain that may wife saw everything she wanted to see and even got those extra places in that hadn't been on the list, but Margot knew that she would love them! She even introduced us to a little known beach with sugar-white sand that looks out over the Isle of Skye. Margot even made sure that we got in some of the best little bed and breakfast places across the countryside. One afternoon they were considering a place to have lunch and I remarked that I haven't had fish and chips the entire trip! They quickly found a place in Ft William and off we went. That was the best fish and chips I have ever tasted! All in all this had to have been the most fun we had ever had on a vacation without our kids! Thanks to Margot and Ian we had no worries. Margot planned it all and all we had to do was load up and ride. We can't wait to make the next trip with her to see more of Scotland!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Roving548788 wrote a review May 2019
Calera, Alabama2 contributions
Excellent rating! I highly recommend using Margot McMurdo with Creative Tours. She is a blue badge guide that is extremely professional and she paid amazing attention to detail. She made our dream trip come true. Even with a budget we toured castles, stayed at the best bed and breakfasts, ate delicious chef prepared foods, had a handfasting ceremony(renewing of our wedding vows) and walked on a private beAch. If you plan a trip to the Scotland or the UK you can’t go wrong using Creative tours to personalize your trip no matter your budget or desire. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇺🇸
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Date of experience: May 2019
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jailmarm07 wrote a review Jul 2018
Springfield, Missouri79 contributions16 helpful votes
Margot works for Creative Travel and Event Management. We hired her for a 9 day tour of Scotland. I am handicapped and she arranged an itinerary, accommodations, and tickets/reservations. We throughly enjoyed her expertise!
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Stay289884 wrote a review Oct 2016
London, United Kingdom1 contribution
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the services of Margot McMurdo. Margot is a warm passionate Scot, who I found not only patient and professional but a warm and friendly travel companion / tour guide. Her knowledge and expertise of Scotland was most impressive. She has great management and communication skills which saw her easily manage to herd our group of 6 with humour and grace whilst keeping us on a tight 10 day tour of Some breath taking parts of Scotland. A part of me would love to keep her services a secret but I know that would be very selfish of me... so here goes I will press the testimonial button
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Date of experience: September 2016
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ExplorerJude wrote a review Apr 2016
Akron, Ohio24 contributions6 helpful votes
My family and I were looking for a guide for a customized day trip from Edinburgh. We asked for a recommendation from our B&B host in Edinburgh and he suggested Margot McMurdo. From my first contact with Margot, I liked her. She was very eager to customize the day to exactly what I was looking for. I asked her to combine a visit to St Andrew's for my husband with a "Brave" Castle experience for my daughter niece and nephew as a surprise. Margot communicated with me via many emails to make sure that she was capturing my vision for the day. When the day came, Margot and her partner Ian, who was our driver, arrived right on time and were both very nice and easy to talk to. Margot did a great job of explaining different sites as we passed by while still holding an amicable conversation with us as well. Our first stop was Balgonie Castle, where Margot and the Laird and Lady of the Castle had a great experience planned for us. We had a tour of the castle guided by the Laird, himself. The castle, which is being meticulously restored, was fascinating. Then,we were all dressed in period costumes with my daughter being dressed as Princess, Merida. Jock, who works with Margot, taught us the basics of archery so we could have our own contest with prizes for the winners, (and losers) of the day. This was followed by tea and cakes in the newly refurbished barrel vaulted ceiling room. What a wonderful experience in a real working castle. Everyone in my family really enjoyed it. From there we had a lovely drive over to St Andrew's where Margot had a reservation for us at The Jigger Inn on the old course. The location was perfect and the food was great. Margot and Ian were very patient while my husband shopped in the St Andrew's Pro Shop. They then took us for a quick picture on the stone bridge on the Old Course, a tour of the town, which was lovely, and then for a quick run on the beach where the movie, Chariots of Fire, was filled. The perfect end to a perfect day. We would love to return to Scotland, and if we do, we will definitely contact Margot to set up another of her lovely tours for us. Thank-you Margot!
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Date of experience: April 2016
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