Laura was an amazing tour guide, I would recommend her to anyone! Her stories were fascinating and I learned much more than I'd expected to. If you don't go on a highland experience tour during your stay in Edinburgh, you're missing out!More
Laura was an amazing tour guide, I would recommend her to anyone! Her stories were fascinating and I learned much more than I'd expected to. If you don't go on a highland experience tour during your stay in Edinburgh, you're missing out!MoreShow less
Well done Laura. She will be delighted to hear how much you enjoyed the trip
We took the day trip from Edinburgh trough the Highlands. It was a fantastic tour with a absolutely beautiful landscape filled with stories from the past by our guide Rob "the Bruce". This guy is absolutely brilliant. We had lots of laughs while driving trough the country. It's a long trip, but there are stops on a regular basis. It's also possible to ad a 1 hour boat trip on Loch Ness, I really recommend this little round on the loch, badly we haven't seen Nessie.
If you want to get most out of a daytrip, choose this one. There is really nothing to complain about.
a big day out but an ideal way to see Scotland
This was a fantastic day trip, mostly due to our guide Iain (said like Ian for the American spelling). He had so much history to tell as we drove through Edinburgh. It's like a quick take-in of all the sights. We started with Stirling Castle, which is great as a family-friendly sight. There's tons of educational set ups for the kids that teach you about the clothes and instruments and culture of the time. Then we head to Loch Lomond, which is actually a somewhat quick stop. He takes you to the most amazing lunch place, the Oak something (it's the only place, so no mix-ups) where the food is enormous and delicious. I recommend the Yorkshire pudding, which is seasoned impressively. There's time to see the Loch a bit and climb the hill that shows you the exact point of fault between the Highlands and the Lowlands. The great part was that we ran into Iain here, and once he heard that we were a writing group, he had fantastic stories and history of the writers in Edinburgh. He really is great at customizing the tours. As soon as you step on, TELL HIM WHAT YOU'RE INTO! He has so much to add. Then we hit up the Glengoyne distillery. They say there's just one taste for five pounds and two tastes for nine, but to be honest, there's no real limit. Just go up and get as many tastes as you like of what is now my all-time favorite Scotch. Iain does prefer you to be respectful and not talk during certain parts of his speech, which is understandable because it's very interesting and what most people are there for. I really respect him for knowing so much that he can customize any tour to fit what you're there for. Even on the way back he had a tidbits of info for everything from a prison we passed to an empty lot on the side of the road (seriously, he had history for an empty lot). He's got fantastic bravado too, as many Scott storytellers. I certainly recommend the tour if you want a lot in a day and a great guide. Though I would say if it's specifically Loch Lomond you're interested in, you may want to simply take a day trip there so you'll have time to walk the whole thing as it really is beautiful. The Glengoyne distillery is really the hilight of the trip.
Wow - what a glowing review. Thank you
We took the one day trip to Dunfermline Abbey, Stirling Castle, and Rosslyn Chapel.
Iain, our tour guide, filled the driving time with magnificent stories of Scottish history as we drove through the countryside. I don't think I would have truly appreciated Robert the Bruce's resting place in Dunfermline Abbey without his stories.
The tour itself is a casual tour through history. We were not bombarded with things to see and quick jumps in the van to meet a deadline. This is a tour for those who wish to take their time seeing a few things rather than rush to see a lot of things.
Thank you, Iain, and I can't wait to read your book on Robert the Bruce that is still brewing.
This is Iain's favourite tour. He will be delighted you enjoyed it so much.
Iain was an incredible tour guide. Informative, interesting, full of accurate history, dramatic, and entertaining. I had a great time and really loved how easy it was to ask him questions and learn about the local culture. The tour itself felt short. I could have spent more time at each location, taking in the sites. But, that's the nature of a tour. Overall, definitely recommend to others. Iain made the trip worth all the while. He was really his own attraction.
Thank you for the great feedback and acknowledging that there is only so much time available at any stop.
We just booked the Rosslyn Chapel -Alnwick Castle tour with this company. We paid for that nearly 40 pounds per person. The only service we got for this money was the dropping off at the sights like Rosslyn Chapel, Melrose Abbey and the Alnwick Castle. The entrance fees were extemely high. There was no word about that fact in the tour description. The tour guide Brian has a good knowledge about its country thats for sure, but his style sometimes reminds us on a fairytalereader.He was very loud, the music he played was much to loud and so you could not enjoy the drive very well.
One program point was the Ellwick Castle. We did not see it. Brian told us that it would be to dangerous to go there, because of the tides. Hey, when they say we will see this castle, we want to see it. Everybody in the village there and the agencys know the tide-times very well. He did not want to go there with us that was the only reason.
If you are in Edinburgh and want to see something of the beautiful landscapes there, please dont choose this agency it is not worth the money. The best option will be, rent a car and drive to the sights by car. They are not very far from Edinburgh and you can take all the time you want to visit the sights.
Thanks very much for your feedback, we are always happy to hear from our clients to improve wherever we can. To answer to your comments, I am afraid entrance fees are out of our control and actually sometimes we get a better deal because you are a Highland Experience customer. The description states that visits are optional and costs where explained on arrival. Options to those paying visits were also suggested, so you can always choose a non-paying activity.
Regarding the commentary and music, our guides always check with the passengers if the volume is appropriate. As of Brian's style, we have never had a complain about his storytelling skills, rather the opposite, as he is really knowledgeable and enthusiast about the history and folklore of Scotland.
Lindisfarne is not part of the itinerary but an extra your guide wanted to include. Even if the tides were safe, there would have been no time to visit any other attraction other than stated on the programme.