Group Tours Of Scotland
Info and Prices
all the places in the world, few can capture the hearts as my
Scotland can. It is a timeless place, soft and green, yet wild
and beautiful, where narrow roads meander along the banks of
sparkling rivers - and sheep have the right of way. Quaint rows
of cottages hug the seashore, or sit bunched shoulder to shoulder
in village after historic village, and every churchyard, and
castle, and palace has a story to tell of the folks whose spirits
still haunt the ruined crofts and live in the misty moors of
that's the typical Scottish sales Pitch!"
prefer to show my travelers the Real Scotland. A more Personal
Scotland. A country not only of Castles and Crofts, Lochs and
Mountains. But a country of real people with a distinct, and
fascinating, Scottish Culture which Scots are more than willing
to share with you.
can't describe the places and sites and your wonderful tour
through a "magic" land, we can not thank you enough
for the way you treated us to a truly fulfilling adventure!"
(Your friends, Chuck and Susan Keith)
mind is still on tour even though I've dragged this body back
to a desk, chair & piles of paper. A lot was expected of
the trip- and even more was delivered. You did all you could
to help us see as much of what Scotland is as we were able;
and we loved it.Thanks a million".
me say how much I enjoyed my stay in Scotland. I will cherish
for the rest of my life and one to pass on to my grandchild(ren).Thanks
for your proffesionalism and willingness to work with us. Your
compassion & humor made the trip that much more enjoyable"
" I was just thinking of our fishing adventure on Loch
Faskally and thought I would drop you a note to tell you that
you gave us a wonderful tour. I would highly recommend your
tour to anyone that wants to see the real Scotland. "
( Michael Alexander )
a native Scot, raised in the East Neuk of Fife, you might expect
me to say that my homeland is one of the most beautiful and
finest countries in the world. But Scotland is really two countries
- or more. There is the Stereotypical, Tartan and Kilt Scotland,
most commonly seen by our more-than-welcome overseas visitors,
and then there is, in addition, the Real Scotland of the ordinary
and kindly Scottish people immersed in their day-to-day lives.
the past ten years, I have specialized in guiding highly personalized
Small-Group Tours to the Real Scotland. Each tour is different
and unique. Each tour has its own itinerary, specifically designed
to meet the needs of the group and its members.
maybe a Hobby, orientated itinerary; or a Family or Clan Surname,
orientated itinerary. Some tours concentrate on a particular part
of Scotland. Other tours meander all over Scotland. Normally,
each small group tour will have two or three " hub "
bases from which all their Scottish interests can be satisfied.
Quite often, group members have a family connection to Scotland,
and I will, through dialogue with the group, design an itinerary
to visit the most appropriate sites. It is vitally important though
that Group Members visit Scotland in a flexible frame of
mind as the daily itinerary may change depending on the weather
conditions etc; Fixed-in-Stone itineraries do not allow
the kind of freedom necessary to take advantage of the kind of
cultural, sports and social opportunities that will often present
themselves. Don't worry you'll still see everything you want to
time from April through October is a good time to visit Scotland.
Spring and early summer are my particular favorites. Forests,
fields and glens offer a wonderful array of colors during that
time of year, while the long Northern days of sunshine let you
get out and enjoy it. There is also no shortage of things to
do as all the best visitor attractions are already open, and
are far more relaxed away from the mid-summer crowds, whilst
in the cities the Arts season is in full swing. But whenever
you visit, you're always guaranteed a warm welcome in my Scotland.
June through August is the best time to attend Highland Games.
The Herd Behind
My small group tours of Scotland are paced for discovery and
understanding - not just notching sites. I do not put 52 people
on a huge coach with an endurance test for an itinerary. In
fact, each group is limited to an absolute maximum of 18 people
(unless by special request), with a typical small group being
just 8 people.
prefer to guide groups through Scotland in a relaxing manner,
staying at two or three base locations from which we can visit
sites of interest - and not have to move luggage every day.
My small group members tend to be travelers rather than tourists,
enjoying seeing behind the tourist façade, while visiting
with "locals" and visiting many sites not normally
seen by the regular tourist.
group members visit Scotland to trace their Scottish ancestry;
others to golf or fish; most come to simply enjoy the beautiful
scenery, historic buildings and gardens, and most of all, to
meet and enjoy the people of Scotland.
tours can be best described as being " couthy. " It's
a Scottish word meaning " gentle."
specialize in matching itineraries to the needs and desires
of group members, thus I rarely have a standard itinerary. Being
a " Fifer " from the Kingdom of Fife, I do enjoy showing
folks around my native Kingdom. Dunkeld in Highland Perthshire
is another of my favourite parts of Scotland. You're in the
Highlands, and yet still close to many major sites of interests,
with access to lots social and cultural activities. On the West
Coast of Scotland, my favourite area is Wester Ross. The scenery
is simply magnificent. But wherever you go in Scotland, you
can be sure there will be plenty to see and do.
following sites are often included in any itinerary.
Kingdom Of Fife
St Andrews City, Castle, Cathedral & Old Course
Falkland Palace and Gardens
The East Neuk Of Fife Fishing Villages
Lindores Abbey and Balmerino Abbey
Abernethy Pictish Tower
Loch Rannoch and Loch Tummel
Kinross and Loch Leven
Pitlochry and Killiecrankie
Dunkeld Cathedral and Town
Perth and Branklyn Gardens
Aberfeldy and Crieff
Abernethy Pictish Tower
Isle of Skye
Eilean Donan Castle
Spectacular Scenery in Wester Ross
The Royal Mile
members will also have the opportunity to shop, play golf, visit
locals pubs and simply go for walks and enjoy the local Scottish
culture in each area we visit.
Let me know your reasons for wishing to visit Scotland - and
see if my small-group tours can best fit your needs.
you would like to visit Scotland on a highly personalized small
group tour of my native homeland please e-mail me: