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Address: Inverness, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 7943 863292

Private Tours around the Scottish Highlands and Hebrides with a local...

Private Tours around the Scottish Highlands and Hebrides with a local Highland guide. Explore stunning views, dramatic landscapes, ancient and medieval history, Scots Gaelic culture and Highland traditions. John Alasdair Macdonald, is a native of the Outer Hebrides and was raised in a Scots Gaelic speaking family. Getting "off the beaten track" and discovering the best of the region is always our aim on all our Highland and Hebridean tours.

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Trip to Scotland w/ spouse

We hired John for the trip to the northern Isle of Skye. John is knowledgeable, friendly, accommodating and organized. Although it is an 11 hour day trip, he planned an enjoyable... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Joy S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We hired John for the trip to the northern Isle of Skye. John is knowledgeable, friendly, accommodating and organized. Although it is an 11 hour day trip, he planned an enjoyable day with frequent stops, and the time flew. It was a very good day of sightseeing and conversation on historical and modern culture. The weather was also gorgeous. We... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is our second tour with John and we ended the trip by planning our next tour with him. John is a charming and kind man. He is also a historian who can answer any of your questions about Scotish history. We peppered him with questions both trips and he answered even deeper than I would have expected, putting historical... More 

Thank Roger A
Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I spent the day with John and thoroughly enjoyed every moment! We did an 11 hour tour and the time really did fly by. John is incredibly knowledgeable and went above and beyond to answer all of our questions. He was also on top of making sure we stayed on schedule and ahead of the larger tour... More 

Thank elriotravels
Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the tour to the Isle of Skye with John and we loved the experience. John is friendly, has great sense of humor and is an excellent source for Scottish history. He is a careful driver, he is helpful and flexible with the schedule. He made our tour a wonderful experience. I would recommend John to anyone visiting the... More 

Thank MariaJose_082016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our Highlands tour with John MacDonald exceeded every expectation and inspired more research and a great place in our heart for the Scottish Highlands. My husband's family had clan roots which we thought we might get some insight to, but John delivered intense history of all the clans, who liked whom, who fought for whom, who won, lost, cried, etc.... More 

Thank lapwing66
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

My best friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour with John - it was a highlight of our 2+ week stay in Scotland. John was responsive as we scheduled our tour, stayed in touch as the tour date approached in order to coordinate pick-up, and promptly met us at our accommodations on the day of our adventure. The car was... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

We had a wonderful day exploring parts of Scotland that we would not have gotten to otherwise. This was the way to do it! John was great company and a wealth of information about this area. I would highly recommend his company to anyone!

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

If you're reading this you've already started doing research into tours of Scotland and you may have realized by now that John is the only choice. We spent the day with him going to Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, and Cawdor Castle before heading out to our distillery tour to finish up the day. The tour with John is like driving... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Hebridean Explorer John Alasdair MacDonald led we three old friends on a day tour from Inverness to Skye. John has a degree in Scottish history, is a born story teller and solicitous of our needs. He learned to cut and dry peat to warm the family home in his boyhood Gael speaking home. At twelve he learned to work on... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

To put it simply - John is great ( even if he has to rightly so :-) keep apologizing for the other Macdonalds throughout Scottish history) with a wonderful sense of humor for putting up with Americans several centuries removed from the homeland! the four of us thoroughly enjoyed his insights into Scotland past and present. We stayed in Inverness... More 

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