"I really enjoyed the drive to Glencoe and the scenery. "The sheepdogs was my favorite. This was our first Rick Steve's tour. Our guide and her assistant were so knowledgeable, kind and fun. "The sheepdog visit was the "wow" moment for me. Anne turned the rain into a positive with the trip up Glencoe. We've been on several Rick Steve's tours and the thing I enjoy most is meeting and getting to know my fellow travelers and enjoying the trip with new friends. You can feel the history. Beauty surrounded us each day and presented itself in so many ways. The day that strikes me the most is the day we took a boat ride on Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle a fascinating old destroyed castle and then an hour later touring Cawdor Castle where the family still lives and to know that both castles were occupied at the same time. He is the best guide that I have encountered on Rick Steeves' tours and is one of the best on other tours that I have down in the past. We stopped at a sheep farm that had 3,000 sheep and 18 dogs. The highlands were unexpectedly rugged and beautiful. Lunch took up a lot of that 3 hour time frame. Being inside buildings 100-1000 years old and imagining the life going on at that time. We had a wonderful guide (Nigel), who did a great job, and was very knowledgeable about the history of Scotland. "I have several: 1) I was overwhelmed with the stark beauty of the Glencoe Valley. The whole trip was an excellent balance between scheduled events and free time. Typical of RSTs, I found tour stops where I wished more time was allotted, but I do understand the nature of these tours and appreciate the pacing. Our guide, James, was knowledgeable and shared his love of Scotland with stories, songs, and lessons in Gaelic. Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. It was pretty much WOW.". Martin, our guide, was wonderful! Our Scotland tours are selling as well as our Ireland tours. This was our first Rick Steves tour and we really enjoyed it. The balance of organized touring vs. free time was good. The hop on and hop off was well worth the two day pass to help navigate the sites.". He and tour apprentice Diane were excellent. The Aberfeldly whisky tour was wonderful. Her enthusiasm was contagious. As you can see below it was hard to pick just one Wow moment. I enjoyed listening to his political views especially about Brexit.". And one of the biggest things I like about your tours is the history and culture you get with each tour. I loved it!". He offers accommodations in a historic building in Budapest, and transfers. The weather was on our side many days and we experienced the beauty of Glencoe, Loch Ness, Oban and Iona in the sunshine! Every moment in Inverness. The Crannogs exhibit was a very spiritual place for me. The tour was organized from the very beginning. She always made us feel at welcome, and at home. Our tour guide, Ann, was fine and conducted the tour well, although not outstanding. It was a pleasure to be with the other members of the tour who were active and not grumps! If I had to do it over again, I'd go in a different month. Fun, friendly group, exceptional guide. The story telling and folk music around the camp fire gave you a real feel for the culture.". Scotland was wonderful and much cooler than the southern US. This morning we'll head north into the fabled Highlands, stopping at the "weeping glen" of Glencoe — the hauntingly beautiful site of Scotland's most infamous massacre (Campbells and MacDonalds, leave your daggers on the bus). I was impressed with the accommodations and service. Your tour was well organized and gave a great overview of Scotland. She was exceptional!". We'll hop aboard our coach today and drive over the sea to the Isle of Skye, with some of Scotland's most dramatic scenery (and a fitting name that means "misty isle" in Old Norse). Tour guide was very passionate about Scotland and shared his knowledge of the culture and history. We have always planned out own travels. I feel we learned so much more about Scotland this way. Transportation Explore Scotland! "I would be hard pressed to choose a single "wow" moment. This was a better different than the other tours I have taken, but very soon into the tour I enjoyed it. all of the details regarding lodging, meals and All the days were planned to maximize the experience and we enjoyed going to places we might not have considered and NOT driving. I would do them all again, but plan to do Spain and southern Italy in the near future! I am glad I bought a couple children books directly from Neil illustrated his life stories. I enjoyed this trip so much! It seemed that at every turn of the tour bus there was another loch. We have been to Europe 25+ times but this was Plus, get free shipping with $50 order. "There are too many moments that took my breath away. Interesting, educational, fun. "Favorite "wow" moment, was St Andrews. "The Isle of Iona trip - Days 7 & 8 - were wow days. Great tour, although it takes second place to the Ireland tour we just completed before this tour, The hotels were fine, with the usual European shower issues. This was my 4th RS tour and I literally cannot fathom using any other tour company. `Great knowledge guide with a sense of humor !!! The Scottish people were kind, generous and extremely friendly. Maybe a little short on modern Scottish culture and the arts. Since I am a duffer, walking over the bridge on the 18th fairway of the old course in St. Andrews was also a wow moment. I would love to go back for an in depth study of some of the sights we saw. What's the difference between this Best of Scotland guidebook and Rick's complete Scotland guidebook?. No promotion allowed. Scotland is really hot in the travel business lately. Accommodations and menus were great. I know we only touched on the southern end of the highland but to see the lochs, glens, and rugged peaks was overwhelming. James made Scotland come alive for us with his historical and environmental knowledge. "Neil and his sheep herding dogs were the highlight of the trip for me.". "Having coffee early in the morning in Kenmore listening to the church bell mark the hour. "This is a tour has a WOW moment every day. I also loved the bed and breakfast in Oban!". The Scotland tour was an exceptional experience in every way! Both books are packed with hand-picked â¦ Anne Doig is a pro as a guide. Pluses = Great leader, good fellowship, nice pace, lots of history, pleasant lodging, good food. I could not believe how much information he was able to share with us regarding the history and culture. We were very busy and we all formed a very cohesive bond with each other. Saw what I wanted and learned what I wanted. A close second wow was seeing Neil the shepherd and his dogs herding sheep and getting to hold a border collie puppy. "Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. Ann has a great sense of humor and was fun to be with. The Dewar's whisky experience was a delight, as well as whisky tasting we did with Liz - all great fun! Tonight is a great opportunity to enjoy some traditional music in one of Inverness' many fun-loving pubs. I got to experience so many different aspects of life in Scotland that were varied and so interesting. Great time!! Great country and customs. Enjoyed the sites, getting the history and culture explained to me. Time "on the ground' at several stops sometimes too short given the pretty towns we visited. I plan to revisit Scotland and spend more time in the Highlands and possibly the Orkney Islands. Two things really opened my eyes to the past: the recreation of the 2500-year-old crannog, and Martin's guided comparison of the ruins of a 500-year-old castle with its still-occupied twin.". Posted on July 31, 2017 January 5, 2018. Great planning to pack in all of that. The tour experience was quite good. It was one amazing discovery after the next. Group size was perfect The trip to Iona was a long day, but we would not have done this on our own. Sleep in Oban (group is split between two B&Bs). We'll also have time to explore the Skye Museum of Island Life, which re-creates traditional "crofting" (farming) lifestyles of the 1800s, and the picturesque harbor town of Portree. My rooms were comfortable and clean. And tour guides were excellent. After exploring its stony towers and expansive lake view, we'll take a panoramic cruise of Loch Ness (monster sightings not guaranteed). "Too many to count, but I was thrilled to ferry out to the islands of Mull and Iona.". We were impressed with the construction and everyday problem solving of the people. "Visiting the Crannogs and the sheep dog herding demonstration were my favorite....both so authentic. .but Scotland certainly did and then some! I'd never been to Scotland before and I was amazed by the variation in vegetation and topography. There is a healing energy there that is palpable and ineffable. Check your local listings for air dates. Amazing! And we did. Stirling Castle- the inside tour of all the rooms/ tapestry/ ceilings Ann was a treasure of information. "The was no one "wow" moment. After lunch, we'll visit Rothiemurchus, a Highland estate at the heart of Cairngorms National Park with one of the largest areas of natural forest in Britain. The schedule allowed extra perks, memorably a wonderful stop for scones. The group members connected well with each other. Food was excellent. A little more information from the guide about planned activities would have made this a little easier, but I worked it out.". LOVE SCOTLAND". My other favorite day was the day trip to Iona. Great group and our guide was so knowledgeable and helpful. It was our first tour with Rick Steves and every part of it came off without a hitch! My husband got to shear one of the sheep.". We had a great guide, Anne, and one of the best groups of folks we have ever traveled with. We have taken 12 Rick Steves Tours in the past and the Scotland Tour was by far one of our greatest!!! "Really enjoyed the trip to the Crannog. The sheep farm sheep dog demonstration.". Extremely knowledgeable and cared about all of us. The entire bus was absolutely silent as we drove through what seemed to be a sacred glen. Got to play with the newborn collies.". Our guide, Martin was wonderful. We could not believe how quickly the 10 days Overall wonderful tour covering both city and countryside. Just so beautiful....", We thoroughly enjoyed our Scotland tour. I can not imagine a better experience! Bus: 4 hours. "It's a tie between the Munlochy Clootie well and the sheep herding dogs. We had complete instructions of the day, the night before so we knew where to be when and where we were going. Achetez neuf ou d'occasion "I loved the sunsets in Oban, Neil Ross and the border collies, and the evening of music in the crannog. 3) The morning spent on the sheep farm with the Neil and his dogs felt like a candid glimpse of his rural life and love for his work 4) Sharing a ferry ride from Mull to Oban with the Britmyre Rugby Club and getting to talk to the boys was a hoot 5) Talking with singer/entertainer Gary Coogan after his gig in the pub in Inverness made a cultural tie.". He was from Scotland, lived there all his life and was very knowledgable on the culture and history. Pace was great. I loved the clear fresh air,beauty of the highlands and the humor and kindness of all the Scots we Met !". Travel on a Rick Steves tour of London, England, or Scotland for the very best value in a European vacation. It is always a bit emotional at the end of a tour, when we say goodbye to our bus driver and guide. As a result of the continuous bus travel we had less time at the locations then desirable. Final Dinner at Four at Harvey Nichols Edinburgh and catching sunset views of the entire Edinbugh skyline.". You'll visit Edinburgh, windswept St. Andrews, the isles of Iona and Skye, Loch Ness, Inverness in the â¦ Raves About Rickâs Ireland and Scotland Tours Ireland and Scotland offer a marvelous mix of travel thrills, from the unexpectedly exotic to the nearly familiar. The employee (Karen I think) was passionate about her job and made it so very interesting. We don"t hear or see much in the way of Iron Age history. "It's impossible to choose. The time spent watching the sheepdogs work was amazing. "I loved the trained dogs on the working sheep farm. Plus the Crannog center and Culloden Battlefield which were very moving.". Would love to have seen Skye, Orkney and Shetlands in addition to what we did see. Anne, the tour leader, educated us and went out of her way to help solve problems for individuals. Both Anne and Andy knew their history about Scotland and made it very entertaining. Thanks to Anne whose main concern was that we had a great "Scottish experience". She is a proud citizen of Scotland and having grown up there., she was able to give us much local insight as well as long-running history. the highlands. The people on our group were fantastic and food and lodging was very good. The combination of what the country had to offer, the people that live there, the guidance from the tour planning and most importantly, James, made this a once in a lifetime experience. "I have two wow moments. We would have liked to have stayed overnight. We'll send the notification email when a tour opens within a season (spring, summer, fall, winter) or region. Travel Memories Old and New in Scotland. This morning we'll tour a reconstruction of Scotland's unique crannogs — prehistoric, thatched-roofed defensive huts built on piers out over the lochs — and learn about the Iron Age people who first farmed these lands. Very well organized tour with a very knowledgable guide. Downing a smokey whiskey at the top of the lift with sweeping views of the mountains. I have seen several small demonstrations at Highland games, but this one was the REAL THING!! "The visit with the shepherd and his team of dogs. "The countryside - the nature, the animals, the air - the landscapes and then reminiscing with fellow travelers at the end of the day discussing what we had seen and learned.". By the variation in vegetation and topography we traveled provided wow moments, but much more peacefulness. 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