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One day tour and driver recommendations

We hope to be visiting Scotland in May 2022 and will be booking a few
tours. On off days we are looking for day trips from Edinburgh and would
love top recommendations.

Is it worth it to go to Glasgow for a day?
What other 1 day trips do you recommend?

We are contemplating a private driver since we don't want to do the driving or would
take 1 day tours from recommended companies. Booking multi day tour with Rabbies
who I know also has 1 day tours available.

If you have used a driver could you share his/her contact info if recommended?
Thanks all.

Posted by
169 posts

I live in Scotland so have no real need of a driver/guide but this company was spoken well of on the Trip Advisor site recently.

It's a place to start anyway.

Posted by
19395 posts

I liked Glasgow as much as Edinburgh, and it's a lot less touristy. My major interest there was the Charles Rennie Mackintosh architecture, but there are other things to see. Rick's suggestions are here: Click on "At a glance". He doesn't list all the Mackintosh-related sights. The most obvious Mackintosh omission is the House for an Art Lover.

The Burrell Collection is apparently very good. I was unable to see it in 2019 because it has been closed for years due to a major refurbishment. It is due to reopen in March 2022. The Top 30 Highlights shown on the website give an idea of the breadth of the collection.

Posted by
53 posts

Thank you re Glasgow. Can I do it in a day trip or should I stay overnight?

Posted by
20 posts

It's only 45 minutes on the train, so I suggest a day trip and you could always go back for a second day trip if you wish.

Posted by
251 posts

Have you found teh Undiscovered Scotland website, which is a marvellous source of ideas. Start with the relevant map page and follow the links!

Have you thought about a day trip to St Andres (train to Leuchars and then bus) with its ruined castle and cathedral.

Posted by
161 posts

A few years ago we used out of Edinburgh. The name of the company is a little confusing. Helen Fraser does do tea tours but also does just tons of other tours and is simply fabulous. She has a fair number of already existing tours, but is more than willing to do a tour for you that is just exactly what you want. She picked us up in Edinburgh. Among the places we saw (because they were the places we wanted) were Lilinthgow Palace (birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots), St Andrews, Blair Atholl Castle, Edradour Distillery (the smallest in scotland) and a host of other spots. We even got to spend the night in Killiecreakie Pass in a log cabin with a grass roof, all modern cons and lots of hairy coos. All in, it was terrific, fairly priced and she and her husband Robert are just amazing.