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This was a wonderful tour. It was obvious that our driver, Lee, was a professional. H was a steady driver and talked fluently about the history along the way. All of our family members (one adult, two elders and one teenager) enjoyed the beautiful scenery companied by Lee´s elaborated information. It was impressive how he remembered all of it and still was able to work in some humor. The stops were well picked and we enjoyed so many beautiful sceneries. Our hotell at the harbor of portree was lovely. Would love to come back and take this tour again.
My boyfriend and I recently did a three day tour of the highlands and the Isle of Skye. I was a bit nervous that it would be too much driving, and don’t get me wrong it was a lot, but our guide Joe did an AMAZING job of keeping us entertained and informed. He’s incredibly knowledgeable on the history, lore, and general way of life in the highlands as he’s a highlander himself. He went out of his way to make sure we were all happy and got to see what we came to see, even if that meant dropping some of us off for a hike while the others went for tea and a beach walk. The sites were amazing, but Joe’s stories and insights on every location is what really what made the trip so fun.
We stayed at the Caledonian in Portree which was lovely. Comfortable bed, good breakfast, friendly staff, and a great location. What more could you ask for?
We saw and learned so much over three fun and action packed days and had the best time! This tour was the highlight of our entire UK trip. I’d highly recommend this tour, especially if your guide is Joe!
When we started planning our trip to Scotland, my husband and I debated about what would be the best way to see these more remote areas- rent a car, ride trains, or book a tour. We're so glad we did it this way! Our bus was a brand new looking blue Mercedes and our driver/guide was Lee. We were very comfortable on the bus and enjoyed being able to relax and just enjoy the scenery. Lee took us to places we never would have found on our own and his enthusiasm and Scottish pride was contagious. This was by far our best tour experience in all our travels. We had a great group (all adults) from the US, UK, Australia and India. We stayed in the Rosebank Cottages (B and B) in Portree, which was simple but comfortable and included a full Scottish breakfast. Our highlights were Dunvegan Castle and the Jacobite Express train ride. An all-around great experience!
We loved our 3-day tour from Edinburgh to Skye and back! Our guide was very authentic, Scottish brogue and all! Loved the stories and the well-organized stops. This travel experience was worth every penny!
This was a wonderful tour of the highlands and the isle of Skye. One thing that made it so great was our guide Sergio. He was full of great stories, and knowledgeable about history. His positive and friendly spirit was such a plus. He was constantly paying attention to the needs of the group and making any requests come true. The tour was at a good pace and we saw so much. It definitely gave a good taste of the areas.
isle of skye is as idyllic as it's name suggests. our tour guide, sergio, was absolutely delightful with his wonderful stories of scotland
including stories of mystical fairies which we literally bought...that is how good of a storyteller sergio is. lol we totally enjoyed
every minute despite rain every day.
My partner, my 14 year old son and I had a wonderful time on this tour. The highlight was the train ride from Malliag to Fort William. Se stayed 2 nights at Portree and the Guest house accommodation was comfortable and close to everything. Caitlin, our tour guide, made the trip fun for all ages and she was very informative, a real pleasure to have as a guide, such a breath of fresh air!
In summary, this trip was the highlight of our Scotland tour. Highland Explorer Tours put together an engaging, professional tour, and our guide, Rich Lawrence, was unbelievably knowledgeable. He told the history of various parts of Scotland as well as the myths and legends with a comedic flair that made the bus trip go very quickly. Speaking of the bus, it was very comfortable and you could clearly hear the driver as well as the Scottish music he was playing during the intermissions. Just keep in mind that you have one carry-on size piece of luggage and a small bag or two for the trip. Large roller bags will need to be stored at your hotel, or you can put them in a locker in the nearby train station. Our hotel gladly stored our big bags at no extra charge :-
So what made this trip wonderful besides the engaging stories? The incredible Scottish Highland countryside. We've read and heard of the beauty, but words cannot prepare you for what you will see. Scenic lochs, ancient castles, spectacular seaside cliffs, green mountainous valleys they call them glens. The scenery is on a par with the Alaskan wilderness and the Utah desert monuments. It's just a different kind of beauty, and you see it. My recommendation is to let someone else do the driving, and this tour deftly balances the time spent at each stop with the number of stops and the distance between the stops. Between the stories and the scenery, you will think the tour goes way too quickly.
Our personal favorites were the drive along the northern coast of Skye unbelievable cliffs!, the tour of Dunvegan Castle, and the Jacobite train ride the Glenfinnan viaduct was featured in the Harry Potter films. However, I wouldn't miss any part of the tour. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see southern Skye and ride the ferry because of weather, but the company dealt with it well and got us to the train on time.
Do yourself a favor and let someone else do the driving and take care of the itinerary details. You will see all the things you want to come back and visit in more detail on your next trip to Scotland :-
Fantastic trip wonderful guide/driver Katie, who had us all laughing all the time, had great knowledge and could not do enough for us all. Accommodation at Rosebank Cottage Portree was wonderful, very comfortable, great breakfast, close to town centre We were lucky enough to see a Pipe Band doing a rehearsal in town square fantastic. .Isle of Skye is beautiful and trip seems to cover all aspects of this lovely place. Would definitely recommend this tour to all.
Wild and Sexy that was us! The original bus we were supposed to take on the trip was having some problems. We were all very impressed at the organization of this company. They decided to replace the bus immediately. But how long would this take.....???? To our amazement in 1 minute a new bus was pulling around the corner. There we were..... 30 perfect strangers, ranging in age from 20 80 piling in to our new yellow bus with the logo Wild and Sexy on the side. But who cared what was on the side of the bus......because for the next 3 days we would all be Wild and Sexy with our fearless leader Rich!
What a tripone not to miss! The scenery, the people, the history and of course the stories. We learned that the Scots love to tell stories and our driver/guide.was the best.
The Isle of Skye, the wonderful accommodations, boat rides, train rides, cute quaint towns, with their castles, whisky, food and people were all great, but what really made the trip was our guide.
Rich, knew how to included everyone, gather everyone together, yet at the same time, give you space to enjoy things on your own. He always kept us interested by telling us he had a surprise for us at different parts in the trip. He was so prompted and organized, this made the trip run so smoothly. Even when we passed another a female driver in a tour bus stuck on the side of the road, in the rain with her passengers. He quickly, calming and caringly explained to us that he could not just leave her stranded on the side of the road in the rain and went to help her. Quickly he arranged for help to come for her and we were on our way. We did not miss anything.
Throughout the trip you could tell his heart was really in what is was doing..I would do this trip over if I knew we would get Rich!!!
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