Best Scottish Tours
Best Scottish Tours
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A Passion for Scotland - Our tours take you off the beaten track and allow you to see Scotland from the best perspective. We offer a bespoke private tour service which will deliver a customized tour, providing the itinerary which is perfectly created for your group, picking up from anywhere in Scotland. Traveling in a very small group, your private experience of touring Scotland will be personal and enlightening.
Dunoon, Cowal Peninsula, Scotland

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Joyce Patterson
Williamsburg, VA3 contributions
Aug 2022
Where to begin? We just finished an incredible 7-day adventure exploring Shetland and Orkney Islands with driver/guide Terry of Best Scottish Tours. The trip was everything we hoped/imagined it would be and more. I believe it was BST’s first tour that included Shetland, but with Terry’s expert guidance, we would never have guessed. The islands are very different but each is stunningly beautiful with warm and welcoming people. This trip was the second we’ve taken with BST, having done the Islands and Highlands with the Jacobite Steam Train in 2019. At the end of that incredible trip, we knew we wanted to return, but to visit some place remote and quiet. Shetland, especially, and Orkney fill the bill!

We’re grateful to BST for taking on the planning. Every detail was perfect, from the 14-hour ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick; to the lovely hotels; great breakfasts and dinners; historical and cultural sites; and the jaw-dropping scenery. But best of all was Terry. We feel as if we have made a wonderful new friend. We felt comfortable with him right off the bat. He quickly figured out what kinds of things we especially like and worked in many experiences not on the itinerary. He even arranged for us to visit a sheep farm in North Roe, Shetland, about as far north as you can get, for a session with border collies. We were each able to work with a dog by ourselves, then we watched in awe as the dog took off using commands from the owner to bring in 35 or so sheep. It was an amazing and thoughtful surprise and treat!

Terry is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Scottish history, culture, geography, natural history, whisky, etc. The information he provided was so helpful. We could ask questions, and Terry would know, or research the answer.

I need to also add that I have many food allergies. I gave my list to BST and they contacted the hotels to be certain each could accommodate me. I felt completely at ease when it came to meals.

You absolutely will not go wrong in choosing Best Scottish Tours. If you don’t see exactly what you want, contact the company and explain your interests. They will devise a perfect itinerary for you.
Written September 4, 2022
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Hi QBerkele Thank you so much to take the time to leave such a lovely review for your trip with Best Scottish Tours and Terry! We are delighted to welcome you back and so happy to hear you had the best trip and got to see Orkney and Shetland it sounds like the most amazing trip! Terry is a fantastic driver and guide, he had such a great wealth of knowledge on all things Scotland and is such great company so can see how you have made a new friend in him. I will send him a copy of this review and pass on your kind comments to the Best Scottish Tours team. The sheepdogs would have been an amazing experience and something so different to remember forever. I am so happy to hear your allergies where catered for, we have lose contact with our hotels to make sure our guests are well looked after. Thank you for your recommendation we really appreciate that if you can share us with your family and friends that would be lovely and we hope to welcome you back to Scotland in the future!
Written September 5, 2022
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adanac14
2 contributions
Sep 2022
We are recently back from a 6 day/5 night whisky tour of the Highlands with Best Scottish Tours and we are trying to figure out another trip with them!

Terry's passion and knowledge of Scotland and it's history made for an educational and exciting tour experience.

He was friendly, humourous and pointed out potential itinerary options to consider that afforded us a very personalized experience.

It was our first foray in driving on the "right" side, and with Terry as our driver, we were quickly at ease as he smoothly navigated those single laned scenic roads.

The communication with Best Scottish Tours and the accommodations that were provided were stellar.

All in all a fantastic vacation experience that we cannot recommend highly enough. Looking forward to a return trip hopefully in the near future.
Written October 8, 2022
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Hi Dana Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review on your trip with Best Scottish Tours, we are so happy to hear you had a great time and wanting to return with us! Terry is a fantastic driver and guide! We are so lucky to have him as part of the team, He has the best knowledge on all things Scotland and is great company, I will pass on your lovely comments to him. We are so pleased you found our communications and accommodations "Stellar" I will pass this onto the office team, We like to work with small independent hotels to give our guests an authentic Scottish experience. Thank you for your recommendation! We would appreciate it f you can share this with your friends and family and we are looking forward to welcoming you back to Scotland soon!
Written October 10, 2022
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MollyD
Minneapolis, MN1 contribution
Sep 2022
WOW, WOW, WOW! We recently returned from the “7 Day Best of Scotland Tour” and I can’t express enough how fabulous our adventure was! Scotland is a beautiful country with fantastic scenery - we were honored to wake up to beautiful lochs and mountains daily. It was such a respite from our daily life! Our driver Matt was simply fantastic! His wealth of knowledge about Scottish history and wildlife was beyond impressive. He strived to make every part of our trip perfect, adding in small stops along the way that aligned to our interest and seeking out additional information about our heritage clan. After I was home I reflected on how stress free the entire vacation was and I know that was due to incredible planning by Best Scottish Tours. We never had to worry about inn reservations or dinner locations and all of our accommodations were lovely. We will be booking another tour and plan to bring our children on our next adventure. Thank you for our memories that will last a life time!!
Written October 9, 2022
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Hi Mkd08 Thank you so much for taking the time to review your trip with Best Scottish Tours we are happy to hear you had a fabulous time and you enjoyed some of what our beautiful country has to offer. Matt is a fabulous guide and driver with a great knowledge of Scotland and its history, he always goes the extra mile for the guests and so glad he made the trip perfect for your family, I will pass on your kind comments to him. Glad you found your experience stress free that's what we like to hear! we really enjoyed planning your tour, I will pass on your comments to the office team we like to make sure everything runs perfectly! Thank you for your recommendation we would be so grateful if you can share this with your friends and family. We are so looking forward to welcoming you back on another tour in the future!
Written October 10, 2022
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Leonita N
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Apr 2022
Just returned from a whirlwind 7-day tour of Scotland with Best Scottish Tours. The whole experience was wonderful – the castles, ancient buildings and historic sites, quaint villages, impressive bridges, whisky breweries, majestic mountains, the isles and lochs, and lots of sheep everywhere. The pastoral landscape is beautiful, even in April. Millions of daffodils were in bloom in the fields, yards, and along roadways. Our tour group consisted of just four people from the U.S.A. Our guide, Terry, promptly picked us up each morning and made sure we got our money’s worth during our stay in Scotland. Terry is a walking encyclopedia of Scottish history and taught us a lot about the kings and queens, the Gaelic language, Scottish food, and even facts about American history! Although some of us Americans initially had a bit of trouble understanding him during the first couple of days because his accent sounds just like Outlander’s Jamie Fraser, he patiently repeated what we did not understand. He kept us laughing with his jokes and personal life observations. If there was an unexpected itinerary change due to various reasons, Terry was able to substitute other locales for us to visit. The hotels and bed & breakfast accommodations just got progressively better each night of the tour. A raincoat and comfortable walking shoes are definitely a necessity. Be sure to bring a power adapter suited for UK electrical outlets.
Written April 13, 2022
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Hi Leonitan, We are so happy to hear you have enjoyed your Trip with us to Scotland, Terry is a fantastic guide we are so lucky to have him here at Best Scottish tours, We will pass on your lovely comments to him, Thank you for taking the time to review your trip and we hope to welcome you back to Scotland in the future.
Written May 16, 2022
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Joanne K
3 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Our BST 10 day highland tour was all we could have asked for. The two couples we traveled with began as strangers and ended as friends. Our driver/guide, Colin, made sure that our time in Scotland was all we wanted it to be. He was very accommodating and patient, altering our itinerary to include spots not on the original plan. He even sent photos and videos once our tour was over.

We also did a one day Outlander tour with Dave as our guide. He made the day one to remember with his knowledge and kindness.

Everything about our experience with BST was top notch - from dealings with Jennifer in the office (thanks for answering all of those questions) to our days on the road with a very experienced driver to the fantastic sights we visited in this beautiful country. Thank you BST.
Written June 28, 2022
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Hi Joanne Thank you for taking the time to review your trip with us, We are so happy to hear you had a great time and ended the tour with new friends, We are very lucky to have Colin as part of the team, I will pass on your kind comments to Jennifer and hope to welcome you back to Scotland in the future!
Written July 5, 2022
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Henry R
Newnan, GA35 contributions
Jun 2022
Six of us met in Edinburgh for a few days before our 10 day tour with Best Scottish Tours. Four years ago I had a fantastic tour in Ireland with Vagabond Tours (highly recommended if you are going to Ireland) and I wanted to find a tour company that was similar for Scotland.
BST carries a maximum of eight people on their tours. So the tour is much cheaper than a private tour. But BST provides all breakfasts and dinners as well as wonderful accommodations, so it is more expensive than the larger bus touring companies that provide little more than transportation. Any wine or other alcoholic drinks are paid for by the travelers.
Scott was our driver/guide. Scott is a former history teacher so his knowledge and insights were exactly what we wanted on our tour. He sprinkled in some Outlander places since we had an interest in that but that did not dominate the tour.
Our tour was the 10 Day Grand Tour including the Jacobite Steam Train. It was what we wanted to get a grand overall tour of Scotland. Since we stayed several days in Edinburgh BST adjusted our tour agenda so we did not have the last day of the tour in Edinburgh. We saw some other sights of Scotland we would not have known about otherwise.
It seems so many people on line rent cars and drive around Scotland on their own. That is not for us. To have someone drive us around to places we do not know about, to stay in places much nicer than we would find, and to give us such wonderful insight and stories of the Scottish people and history is what we wanted. And Best Scottish Tours did everything we wanted and more. Thank you!!
Written July 4, 2022
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Hi Thank you for taking the time to review your trip with us! We are so happy to hear you had a great time, Scott is a fabulous guide we are very lucky to have him in the team, We are so glad we delivered what you wanted and more and that you came on tour with us! I will pass on your kind comments to the team and hope to welcome you back to Scotland in the future!
Written July 5, 2022
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edandjuli
Palm Beach Gardens, FL6 contributions
Jun 2022
Our bespoke tour with Terry was our third with Best Scottish tours. After our wonderful previous experiences with Terry and Matt in the more traditional travel locations in Scotland, we traveled the Scottish Borders and South West Coast 300, places few tourists visit in Scotland. As on our previous tour, Terry expertly weaved the van through the scenic countryside while providing expert details about the history of the places we visited on our 7 day tour Ours took us past the most southern point in Scotland and into England as we visited locations dedicated to Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns and incredible gardens, castles, as well as sites highlighting ruins and museum artifacts from Hadrian's Wall and the Roman armies. Added were diverse locations such as a slate mine, WWI municians factory, lighthouses, an Abbey, and an airplane museum where we walked through a Concorde. Whether one of their standard small group tours or a private bespoke version we selected, Best Scottish Tours is a sure to provide you with a unique and expertly planned and executed experience..
Written June 16, 2022
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Hi, Thank you for your fabulous review and so happy to hear you had a fabulous 3rd trip with us! Terry and Matt are fabulous drivers and guides! we are very lucky to have them and lovely repeat clients like you! we hope to welcome you back to Scotland again in the future!
Written June 20, 2022
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cindyandbob
Highland, CA3 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We just finished an 8 day Best Scottish Tour. We had a fabulous trip! David was our guide and he was knowledgeable, funny and very attentive to our needs and the needs and interests of our 20 year old granddaughter traveling with us. He adjusted the itinerary when possible for weather and was able to add a few wonderful stops. Accommodations were excellent, fellow travelers were amazing.
I would also like to thank Jennifer for all her assistance in booking this wonderful trip.
Written July 1, 2022
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Hi Cindy Thank you for taking the time to review your trip with us, So gad to hear you had a fantastic time with David, Lovely to hear you enjoyed the accommodations and fellow guests company, I will pass on your kind comments to Jen and we hope to welcome you back to Scotland in the future!
Written July 5, 2022
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david s
1 contribution
May 2022
We just finished a fabulous 8 day tour of Scotland with Best Scottish Tours. We saw some of the most wonderful castles, views, distilleries and villages, and stayed in some of the most charming inns, ever. Our driver Matthew was a wealth of information about the people, history, geography and culture of Scotland. We were a group of 8 friends with different ideas of what we wanted to do each day. Matthew did a brilliant job of laying out all our alternatives every day and helping the group reach a consensus as to what we would do together, or sometimes in separate groups. There was a new challenge every day due to Covid or the weather, but Matthew navigated all of them to ensure that we all had a great time.
The highlight of our tour was the Culloden battlefield, particularly when the group of old Belgian ladies each wanted their picture taken with Matthew in his kilt - He loved it! We cannot recommend Best Scottish Tours highly enough! We can’t wait to get back to another tour with them and Matthew.

Written May 29, 2022
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Hi David, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a lovely review, We are so happy to hear that you had the best trip, I will pass on your compliments to Matthew and we look forward to welcoming you back to Scotland in the future.
Written May 31, 2022
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j h
Orange, CA3 contributions
Jul 2022
Our trip to Scotland was a trip of a lifetime. The hotels and meals were way above expectations and in the most amazing locations. We were almost always on water - either a Loch or the ocean. Some were absolutely breathtaking. If you have the good fortune to get David Armstrong as your guide, you will be truly blessed. For 10 days he regaled us with stories and history that brought every site to life. He knew the best side-trips to enhance what was planned. You won't go wrong with Best Scottish Tours. I wish they were in more countries!
Written September 24, 2022
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Hi 238jh Thank you for taking the time to review your trip with Best Scottish Tours, So happy to hear you had the best time and found our hotel and catering above your expectations we like to work with small independent properties to give our guests a unique Scottish experience. David is a fabulous guide he has great knowledge of Scotland and its history we are very lucky to have him in the team! I will pass on your kind comments to him, Thank you for your recommendation we would really appreciate it if you can share this with family and friends. We hope to welcome you back to Scotland in the future!
Written October 3, 2022
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