A selection of tour ideas, we can customise and develop tours specific to personal interests
My exclusive Scottish tours are intended for small parties - i.e. bespoke tours usually for families or groups of good friends. The maximum number of adults would normally be 4 - 7 to travel comfortably in my Mercedes V Class (250d) although as I mentioned before I'd be delighted to host someone travelling alone, couples or groups of up to 7 as long as they are relatives or friends.
As soon as you make contact we will exchange ideas on what it is that you want out of your visit to Scotland. If it is a first time taster then I will provide an outline itinerary showing what we can accommodate in the time you have available. If you have a firm idea of what you want to see and where, then I will help you build the best programme to achieve all you want to achieve in Scotland. If your ancestors came from Scotland or you have a Clan name, then we can delve into history and track down the ghosts of your past (in the nicest possible way). It may be that you already have firm ideas about what you want to see and do and I am more than happy to work with your personal Scotland itinerary.
An example of one of my 7 day tours: Pick up at Edinburgh, Visit to Stirling Castle then onto Loch Lomond and Luss to see the Viking grave after which lunch at the famous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar. Continue north through Glencoe before heading up the dramatic mountainous Scottish West coast via Fort William. On to Mallaig to catch the ferry to the Isle of Skye and tour the island over 2 days. Return to the mainland via the Skye Bridge and visit Eilean Donan castle before taking a cruise on Loch Lomond. Stay at Inverness that evening and the following day visit Culloden battlefield, Clava Cairns and Cawder Castle. On return to Edinburgh visit Blair Castle and some shopping at the House of Bruar. It may be that you simply wish to soak up the beauty and history of this land. Let your imagination wander - and I'll make suggestions when I know what your aspirations and desires are for your visit.
The first step is always to chat. Contact me, and we'll discuss what you want to do. Then I'll make it happen. Costings will depend upon itinerary length and distance travelled.
Itinerary Sample 1
Glasgow - Luss village and kirk, Duncryne Hill and views over Loch Lomond, through to Drymen then on to Lake of Montieth and boat trip to the island with Inchmahome Priory. Then on to Aberfoyle and the fairies of Doon Hill from the famous Robert Kirk before returning to Glasgow.
Itinerary Sample 2
Edinburgh driving tour for an hour then to South Queensferry to see Forth Rail and Road bridges close up. Over Forth Road Bridge into the Kingdom of Fife stopping at Falkland Palace and village for lunch. After lunch to St Andrews for tour (3 hours) then return to Edinburgh via Fife coast taking in small fishing villages.
Itinerary Sample 3
Head north from Edinburgh (or Glasgow) to Stirling Castle and Doune Castle then over Rannoch Moor and down to Glencoe. On to Fort William for the night. Take the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig where I will meet you to catch the ferry to the Isle of Skye. Overnight in Portree (Skye) and the following day tour the island including the Trotternish Ridge and Dunvegan Castle. The following day, leave the island via the bridge to visit Eilean Donan castle (most photographed in Scotland) continue up to Loch Ness (perhaps a cruise on the Loch) then overnight at Inverness. From Inverness visit Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns and Cawder Castle. The following day see Elgin then return to Inverness via the Speyside distilleries. The final day return to Edinburgh (Glasgow) stopping to visit Dalwhinnie distillery, Pitlochry, Blair Castle, Dunkeld Cathedral, Scone Palace and on to Ednburgh.