Garry was our tour guide and the 16 passengers who joined his tour had the most memorable tour of the Scottish Highlands. He was very knowledgeable of the areas we toured and educated us on topics such as History, sustainability, forna and flora unique to this magical land. There was never a dull minutes with Gerry as he constantly kept us entertained with humor and music through the journey. The 16 passengers who left with him came back as fun loving friends with a bag full of memories
Tour was just as advertised. Our driver/guide Daniel was attentive, knowledgeable and fun! Our accommodations in Skye we're lovely. The Inn owners were kind and generous. Food was tasty!! A great way to see the north part of Scotland! I would Recommend this tour with Highland Experience .
We took the three day tour to the Isle of Skye with Barney from Highland Experience tours. Barney was amazing! We saw castles, waterfalls, highland coos, cairns, and some amazing sights. I wish it would have been a 5 day tour so we could have had more time at some of these amazing places. Whisky tasting at the Tomatin distillery was also great!
So this excursion was good at times and just so so others. Our guide was very pleasant and there were about 12 of us on the tour. Would I do it again, my wife and I say probably not. Day 1, lots of time driving with very quick sight seeing stops. Beautiful scenery as you enter the highlands. Visited Eilean Donan castle, which was great, but not enough time. You get there at the end of the day close to closing. Visit the castle over maybe 1 hour, quickly walk back to gift shops and bathrooms to find out closed before castle did. For 3 days anytime you stop always go to restroom bc you never know when you will get the chance again. Definitely dont believe time to explore any specific stops. All sightseeing stops you need to get off bus and quickly see sights. My wife enjoyed day 1 bc of highland beauty and bc of the castle. Day 2 we didn't really like bc no real big stop like a castle, or extended time at a neat spot to anchor the day. A bunch of neat, but rushed photo stops at old man stor and other natural spots. Day 3 visited cullodean battlefield which was almost a waste. You get headsets to go through exhibits, but about 1 hour 15 mins to go through it, try to walk on battlefield (nope), have to use bathrooms, and eat lunch. This is what I mean by not enough time anywhere. The longest stop for 3 days was probably 1.5 hours and that always meant eating, bathroom, sightseeing, and shopping. We also saw Urquhart castle that day which was cool (but wife and I spent 20 mins in gift shop so had to rush through the castle), then cruised on lochness for 30 mins which was nice. Getting off the boat expected to go straight to bus so everyone ran to bathrooms and no time for lochness gift shop. Accommodations were ok. Every family in our group had to stay at different locations spaced out by about 35 mins. No one knew where we were staying until told to exit. 2 places didn't look great at all. Get dropped off around 5pm but entire towns closed by then. Probably 3 dinner options with long waits and then nothing to do for remaining evening. Our BnB was fine but host got rude when we left room with a light on and wanted to know why Americans always leave lights on and lectured us after saying sorry and must have forgotten. Overall was ok. Nice scenery, but long, and need more time at stops. Again, driver great. Would be better if an additional 1.5 hrs added to time for each day and hotel drop off pushed back since town closed up anyway.
Overall I am happy we did this tour, but a few things could have been managed better. The tour when purchased was advertised as a small group, personal experience, max 16 people on the bus. We ended up on a big bus packed with 24 people and one driver who was a stressed out tour guide as well. There was no ‘personalized’ experience and to be honest I would prefer a tour guide who is pationate about a history and culture of Scotland and has an opportunity to share it with the travelers from around the world, instead of multi tasking while driving and keeping us safe in the road. Also some of the choices for the stops on the third day were not that great and we felt rushed to get off and on the bus in the places that would probably be interesting to explore . Either allow more time and have fewer stops, by picking the ones that people enjoy the most
Amazing tour to the skye island with Tommy. If you wish to discover the main places and can't afford/drive a car, this is excellent. I won't describe how fantastic the trip was as it is better to leave it as a surprise the bus, the program/ activities and the accommodations were all very agreable.
Skye is the most enchanting island I ever visited. We had the chance to see dark sky some time to time which gives a stunning contrast to the land, black, yellow and red. The wind was amazing and the smell of smoked peat on wisky incredible.
The most exceptional was to have Tommy as a tour guide. For his knowledge and humor but mostly for his implication in this trip. He made us discover Scotland with his own experience. Passionate about his culture, traditions, he has a way of making you like the places and History that must be quite unique and make you enjoy the trip even more.
There are things we would prefer not to do as it is very painful when they end. This experience is one of them. It is heart breaking to finish a trip that I would have preferred endless it is going to take me some time to get over this moving time I had for 3 days.
Special thanks to Tommy !