Review: Highland, Lochs, Glens & Whisky Tour
Escorted Tour - Coach
Fantastic tour with Rabbies: beautiful scenery, great guide, comfortable coach!
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I was thrilled when Silver Travel Advisor told me I'd won a one day tour for two with Rabbie's Small Group Tours.
Rabbie's are a multi award tour company who provide small group tours (max 16 people) by Guides picked for their passion and pride in the areas they tour. Luxury mini Coaches are used. Their coaches can and do get off the beaten track on to the back roads to visit scenery, people and places that larger coaches often cannot manage to visit.
Rabbie's website showed they offered departures from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin and London. We chose Edinburgh as our departure point.
We contacted Rabbie's Edinburgh Office to arrange our chosen tour Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Tour. Rabbie's customer service from their Edinburgh office was superb. They confirmed almost immediately by email our booking together with further information. Later I had a query and contacted them by phone, again the customer service was excellent, friendly, helpful and efficient.
We were impressed by Rabbie's three guarantees.
Guaranteed Small Groups. Guaranteed departures – when you book, you go on it, there are no minimum passenger requirements. Guaranteed experience.
Our tour was booked three months in advance and we planned to stay a few days in Scotland with the tour in the middle of our stay, so were grateful for the guaranteed departure promise.
Rabbie's run several tours each day from Edinburgh. Passengers for all tours need to assemble at Rabbies office which is on High Street in central Edinburgh.
Our tour was from 9 am ending between 6pm and 7pm. As requested we arrived at Rabbies office for 8.45 am. The office is quite small so after checking in we joined the groups of passengers waiting outside on the street for their driver and coach.
On time, our Guide Michael arrived, soon we were boarding the mini coach. The coach had low level steps, comfortable seating with large picture windows, air conditioning. There were ten of us in the 16 seater coach, providing opportunity for those wanting to spread out a bit.
Leaving Edinburgh, Michael told us about life past and present in Edinburgh, showed and explained to us various points of interest. Michael's wealth of knowledge continued through out the tour, we learnt some amazing facts. He was pleasant and friendly, it was just like having one of the family talking to us. There were some times when we enjoyed some Scottish music, nothing to over the top, just nice relaxing music.
The tour took us along coast and country and included visits to Dunkeld, Hermitage Waterfall (including a forest walk, Pitlochry, Queens View, a one and a half hour visit to a working whisky distillery which included a 45 minute tour by one of their employees. Loch Tay, the village of Killin and Rob Roy country. In my opinion a good mix of villages, scenery, history and attractions.
It is difficult to put into words the spectacular scenery we enjoyed,on our way to various places. Michael stopped the coach several times to allow us to take photos.Our journey took us along back roads that only those with good local knowledge can achieve. Had I not taken the tour I doubt I would ever have known how to reach some of the beautiful spots.
I thought the tour was good because it consisted of a mix of organised visits and visits when we were given the option of what we each wanted to do. – for example, organised stops included our accompanied forest walk, the visit to the whisky distillery. Then in Dunkeld, Michael told us about the little town and what it had to offer, as well as the magnificent cathedral. Each individual had a choice of either spending time at the cathedral or in the town in the allotted time we had available. In Pitlochry we were told of many good places to eat, of the interesting shops, as well as walks so we could each decide what we wanted to do, this continued when we visited Killin.
The tour packed a lot into one day, giving people the opportunity to see a lot of the highland area. It left me wanting to go back, explore more, spend more time in some of the places.
I certainly would recommend Rabbie's Small Tours for a day tour, which we really enjoyed and are so pleased STA gave us the opportunity to experience it.
138 people found this review helpful
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