My husband and I are planning a trip to Scotland the beginning of September. We are looking to take between a 7 to 8 day private tour. Does anyone have suggests for tour guides.
We toured fall of 2022 for 4 days with Inverness Day Tours & Inverness Custom Tours. They put together outstanding tours and our guide was a perfect match for us. We had a such a wonderful time that we are in the process of planning our next visit to Scotland, touring again with them for 12 days in the spring 2024.
Although they are based out of Inverness they do collect guests from Edinburgh, Glasgow or wherever. Also, you will notice from their updated website Inverness Day Tours has been acquired by Inverness Custom Tours. Laura & Ian are lovely people to work with & we highly recommend them.
Here are the links to their TA reviews:
Our neighbors used this website: https://personaltoursofscotland.com/your-scottish-tour-guides/
They mostly liked the guide but mentioned he had really horrible gas after eating.
We spent two days with Helen Fraser traveling out of Edinburgh. http://www.afternoonteatours.co.uk/. You can see reviews here: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g186525-d1575422-Reviews-Afternoon_Tea_Tours-Edinburgh_Scotland.html.
She is a lovely woman, passionate and well informed about Scotland. We spent about 3 hours as part of our travels with her in St. Andrews and it was terrific. She does do part and full day tours or even a full week should you want to go to Skye or someplace further afield.. She has great advice, great suggestions and works with you, offering advice, so you get exactly what you want. She picked us up at our hotel and dropped us back there a couple of days later. We really enjoyed her. I would encourage you to contact here ASAP through her website because very good and booked often go hand in hand.
I hope you enjoy Scotland as much as we did.
My husband and I went to Scotland in August and we went with a company called Private Tours Scotland.
They put together a great bespoke tour which included lots of beautiful places like Glencoe and the Isle of Skye.
Our driver Bruce gave us lots of tips, historical information and even a ghost story or two!
They booked our accommodation as well and selected some stunning properties. The Isle Of Eriska hotel is a must stay for anyone visiting.
My last bit of advice is to have afternoon tea at Edinburgh Castle, unbeatable views!
The original post was made in May, and OP’s visit was scheduled for September, so presumably they have already taken whichever tour they chose.
But the additional info might be helpful to others who are still planning a future trip! 🙂