• Edinburgh
  • Culross Palace, Culross, Scotland
    Culross
  • Whisky tasting, Edinburgh, Scotland
    Scottish Whisky Tasting
  • Hermitage woodlands, Dunkeld, Scotland
    The Hermitage Woodlands
  • Sheep Dog Demonstration
  • Glencoe, Scotland
    Scottish Highlands
  • Cawdor Castle, Cawdor, Scotland
    Cawdor Castle near Inverness
  • Oban
  • Isle of Iona, Scotland
    Isle of Iona
  • Highland Cattle (aka Hairy Coo)

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Best of Scotland in 10 Days Tour

from $3,095 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $675

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On this bonnie journey that starts and ends in royal Edinburgh, your Rick Steves guide will immerse you in the rich culture and history of Scotland. You'll walk the Royal Mile; study the fairways at St. Andrews; shake paws with a sheepdog; try a wee dram at a whisky distillery; explore the Highlands; ponder Lochs Ness, Garry, and Lomond; wander over the Isles of Mull and Iona; and time-travel about the craggy castles of Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart. Join us for the Best of Scotland in 10 Days!

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2020

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 2428 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Scotland come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 20 group sightseeing events • Georgian Edinburgh orientation • Edinburgh's Royal Mile walking tour • Edinburgh Castle • National Museum of Scotland • Culross Palace • St. Andrews • Scottish musical evening • Scottish Crannogs • Hermitage walk • Dunkeld Cathedral • Whisky distillery tour and tasting • Sheepdog demonstration • Culloden Battlefield • Inverness orientation • Loch Ness cruise • Urquhart Castle • Cawdor Castle • Glencoe Valley • Iona Abbey • Stirling Castle…and more
  • All group transportation from Edinburgh to Edinburgh
  • 9 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels and B&Bs
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2020
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2–8 miles of walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Scotland

We'll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Edinburgh for a "Welcome to Scotland" get-together. We'll then take a neighborhood walk and tour of Georgian Edinburgh before getting acquainted over dinner. Sleep in Edinburgh (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Conquering Edinburgh

Today we'll wind our way through the medieval streets of Edinburgh's old town, seeing the best of the city on foot. Our walking tour will take us up the Royal Mile with its wealth of historic buildings, quaint shops, narrow lanes, and hidden courtyards, then onto Grassmarket and Greyfriars cemetery. This afternoon, visit imposing Edinburgh Castle at your leisure and soak up the dramatic views from this military stronghold and birthplace of the city. Tonight, join your guide and fellow tour members for a pint at a local pub to share the stories of your Scottish experiences. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: Culross and St. Andrews

We cross the famous Firth of Forth this morning as we head into the Scottish countryside. Our first stop is in the picturesque burgh of Culross, where we'll learn about long-ago lifestyles as we tour a 17th-century "palace." Then we're off to St. Andrews, Scotland's oldest university town and mecca for golfers worldwide. You'll have time to explore the ruins of St. Andrews' medieval cathedral, watch duffers playing the Old Course, and enjoy lunch. This evening we'll enjoy dinner together and then listen to the history of bagpipes and a real Scottish piper. Sleep in or near the village of Kenmore (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 4: Crannogs and Whisky

This morning we'll tour a reconstruction of Scotland's unique crannogs: prehistoric, defensive homesteads built on piers out over the lochs. We'll also learn about the first people to farm in this part of the world millennia ago. Then we'll head to the Hermitage, where we'll hear about Scottish Romanticism amidst Black Linn Falls and a towering forest. Next, we're on to the charming town of Dunkeld, where we'll tour its medieval cathedral. After lunch, we're off to Aberfeldy, where we'll tour a whisky distillery and enjoy a wee dram while learning about this iconic Scottish industry. This evening you can relax riverside before dinner together. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 5: Sheepdogs and the Highlands

We're off to the Highlands today! We'll start off by learning about the nitty-gritty of Scotland's wool industry at a working sheep farm and watching a demonstration by talented sheepdogs. After a quintessential Scottish lunch together, we'll tour evocative Culloden Battlefield, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's defeat in 1746 ended decades of Scottish rebellion against the British government. We'll end the day of striking scenery with an orientation walk of Inverness, where we'll sleep (2 nights). Bus: 3 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: Cruises and Castles

Today we'll explore the Highlands and enjoy a panoramic cruise of Loch Ness (monster sightings possible) before the boat drops us at the shore to explore the dramatic ruins of Urquhart Castle. This afternoon we'll enjoy tea at the turreted Cawdor Castle and stroll through its magnificent gardens. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore Inverness or stroll along the banks of the river before dinner together. Tonight is a great night to enjoy some traditional music in one of the many pubs. Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 7: Glencoe and Seaside Oban

This morning we'll head toward the coast, stopping at haunting Glencoe, site of Scotland's most infamous massacre (Campbells and MacDonalds, keep your daggers on the bus). We'll finish our day in the scenic coastal town of Oban, also known as the "Gateway to the Isles." This evening is yours to climb up to McCaigs' Tower, wander the quaint lanes and alleys, or simply relax over a pint while taking in the views of the harbor. Sleep in Oban (2 nights; group is split between two B&Bs). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: light.

Day 8: Inspiring Isle of Iona

Today we'll board a ferry and hop on a local bus for an entertaining ride across the island of Mull to our destination: the windswept Isle of Iona, the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. We'll visit the 800-year-old abbey, where monks created the remarkable Book of Kells, one of the sparks of creativity that pulled Europe out of the Dark Ages. We'll then set you free to explore or find a spot to meditate on this tiny, spiritually charged island. We'll return to Oban, and our own century, in time for dinner. Boat: 2 hours. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: light.

Day 9: Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle

We'll drive along the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and through central Scotland on our way back to Edinburgh. En route we'll visit the famous castle of the Stuart kings, Stirling, including the newly restored Renaissance Palace. Tonight we'll share memories of Scotland and toast new friends at our final dinner together. Slàinte! Sleep in Edinburgh (1 night). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 10: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. Edinburgh's airport and train station are easy connections from our neighborhood. Glasgow is one hour away by train; London is 90 minutes by air. For those tempted to continue their trip, Edinburgh is a great jumping off point to Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, and many other exciting destinations. Cheerio!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Scotland in 10 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. Walk up steep hills in Edinburgh and at Urquhart Castle.

Reviews

Nicole

Inver Grove Heights, MN

Tour: 10/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour has a great balance of group time and free time. I was worried about all the time on the bus, but we made several stops for breaks (and gift shops) and the landscape was beautiful. Who knew there were so many waterfalls in Scotland? Our guide Nigel was fantastic and Grant, our driver, was excellent. It was a great way to see a lot of Scotland and learn the history and culture. The weather was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dare I say the Haggis was my WOW moment? The food overall was quite delicious and really fun to try."

Elizabeth

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 10/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland is a beautiful country and the Scots were very friendly and welcoming. I couldn't have wished for a better trip. I was traveling alone but my fellow travelers were friendly and inclusive. My rooms were comfortable and clean. The inn at Dunkeld was particularly charming and the guest house in Oban was lovely. The owner was delightful to talk to. The included meals were varied and delicious. The final dinner at Harvey Nichols was especially good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is very hard to pick just one. There was one breathtaking view after another! Our guide in Edinburgh was fabulous. Sheila is very knowledgeable and exceptionally witty. I learned so much about the city and see details I would never have found on my own. Our visit too Iona was special...so much history in one very small, beautiful place."

Lincoln

Somersworth, NH

Tour: 10/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Thoroughly enjoyed the Bagpiper, Crannog and Sheep Dog experiences. Every turn of the corner was a postcard image, beautiful."

Kenneth

Sturgeon Bay, WI

Tour: 10/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, diverse, and Nigel was outstanding. Lots of different experiences. Also a very good value. Plenty of room to stretch out on the bus.

Albert

Arvada, CO

Tour: 10/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Would recommend this tour to friends. Love the 'ruggedness' of Scotland. Our 2nd visit but did not repeat anything. Nigel was a great guide and our group was awesome too. Made a huge difference relative to some other tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping off the plane in Edinburgh."

Michael

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 10/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour was great. Our group was very friendly and we enjoyed being a happy band of travelers with them. The itinerary (see comments at the end of the survey) for the most part was interesting and provided a good understanding of the history and culture of Scotland. We enjoyed meeting Scottish folks and found them to be very friendly and willing to help or just talk about "stuff". Nigel was flawless in his leadership and everything went smoothly. Loved the Whisper Sets - so much easier!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Loch Ness was spectacular. The weather was absolutely perfect and the Loch was beautiful. Urquhart castle was the best of the ruined castles and exploring it's many twists, turns and towers was one of my highlight moments."

Jerome

Perrysburg, OH

Tour: 10/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great diversity of experiences on the tour, with excellent tour guides, great locations to stay, and fun travelers to enjoy the trip with. It was my first Rick Steves' tour, but certainly will not be my last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the beauty of the country, the charm of each of the stops, and the great diversity of experiences. It was fun to go to the sheep farm and experience the dogs bringing in the sheep, and also go to a distillery and learn how Scottish Whisky is produced. I feel like I got a great "flavor" of Scotland, and had the ability to connect with some locals, which was very informative and interesting ... and enjoyable! I also loved the bed and breakfast in Oban!"

Mary

Sturgeon Bay, WI

Tour: 10/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was excellent, the sites were fantastic, great side trips, the historical information excellent. We had great weather also!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not one "wow", it was the overall tour!"

Nancy

Black Mountain, NC

Tour: 10/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is my 1st RS tour and I enjoyed it a lot. Everything went smoothly, the group was nice and locations beautiful. Glad there were other single and women travelers. The bus trip was broken up and Grant was a great driver. The trip reminded me a bit of a cruise in that time to experience a location was limited to a shorter period than I would like before we moved on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick a favorite - I made a new friend from Glasgow while in Inverness,found the grave marker for the clan of my family heritage at Culloden, was surprised to find that Dunkeld was the sister/twin city for Asheville, NC where I live. I enjoyed the sheepdog demo and puppies and seeing hairy coos. Taking the chair lift at Glencoe highlands was fun.I enjoyed the bagpipe demo a great deal more than expected and loved Gillie. Was so happy hiking at the Heritage and seeing the waterfall."

Bruce

New Glasgow, NS

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual a very insightful and fun filled "journey". Just not a "tour". A "experience"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Traveling up the ski lift chairs in Glencoe, to the top of the mountain and having a toast with some whisky. Incredible views."

Frank

Peterborough, NH

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall wonderful tour covering both city and countryside. Scottish Highlands positively beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Has to be the visit to the sheep farm...still in awe of the border collies used to round up the sheep. Neal, the farm owner, was incredible with his ability to train and dispatch the dogs to herd the flock...all with unique whistles."

Virginia

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour far exceeded my expectations, which were high to begin with! From the orientation to the last day, the tour was very well handled, even when unforeseen circumstances occurred. Since coming home, I have not stopped thinking about what I learned, the beautiful sites, my wonderful tour companions, the fun, and the thoughtful and expert guidance that James provided. Not to mention the added bonus of having Diane along as our Tour Apprentice. She was so helpful and a true delight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments were everywhere in Scotland! It is impossible for me to pick just one. From arriving in Edinburgh with it's beautiful grand castles and cathedrals, to getting up close and personal with the "Heddy Coos", to the awe inspiring island of Ione, to Stirling Castle. . . But with all that, the most beautiful and amazing view of the lands as we traveled provided WOW moments every day,"

Patricia

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful! Every day was full of new experiences and amazing sights. The hotels were all very comfortable, clean, and well-located. Our guide James was very knowledgeable and shared many interesting stories, historic information, and personal insight. He and tour apprentice Diane were excellent. They arranged several amazing surprises for us which included a visit to a cattle auction and a mountain-top whisky toast at Kenmore. Also, we had an especially wonderful group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were 3 major wow moments for me. Of course, first, the sheep dog demonstration was amazing (even with the intermittent rain drops); second, visiting the Crannog was fascinating; and third, visiting the cattle auction where I took a million photos of hairy coos."

Lew

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 10/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Charlie,our tour guide, was fantastic. Always available and made sure that everything went well. Very warm and enthusiastic. Whatever you are paying her, you are getting your monies worth.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting a wealthy mans home from the 1600's gave me real insite to how people lived then and how difficult life was. Visiting the sheep farm and watching the sheep herder show off his dogs by running them thru their paces was awesome. I enjoyed listening to his political views especially about Brexit."

Susan

Southborough, MA

Tour: 10/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour of the highlights of Scotland . I saw so much more and learned so much from our guides. The culture, politics, food and drink of the area came alive along with the history! There was a great mixture of tour time with the group and independent time to explore on my own. Our group of travelers was fantastic; everyone was on time and friendly and respectful. The activities were wonderful and meals together were great. Charlie our leader was top notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Glencoe after a few days of rain when the water falls were overflowing and the mountains emerging from the fog! It was magical seeing Gllencoe's beauty in the mist. A close second wow was seeing Neil the shepherd and his dogs herding sheep and getting to hold a border collie puppy. And of course seeing all the castles was amazing- Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Urquhart, Stirling and Brodie."

Richard

Denver, CO

Tour: 10/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized and informative. Most enjoyable except for some difficult showers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Scottish Highlands and learning some of the history."

Patricia

Cumming, GA

Tour: 10/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it was a great way to learn about Scotland and its people. However, it was too short.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the guided tour of Old Edininburg where we saw the window overlooking the cemetery and school where JK Rowling was inspired to write Harry Potter. Also, Victoria Street which served as Diagon Alley."

Mary

Pittsfield, MA

Tour: 10/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent overview of Scotland. Our guide Charlie was energetic, positive, and made sure we all had a good experience. The balance of organized touring vs. free time was good. The tour left me wanting to go back to spend more time in my favorite places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to choose, as usual with Rick Steves tours, but I especially liked the crannog visit, the sheep dog demonstration and the trip to Mull and Iona. I might never not have gotten to these if traveling on my own."

Sandra

Kennett Square, PA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

delightful, interesting, beautiful,fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"castle sights"

Toni

Poway, CA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip for our 45th anniversary and we couldn't have been happier with our decision to go with the Rick Steves 10 Days of Scotland tour. It was our first tour with Rick Steves and every part of it came off without a hitch! We felt we really gained an understanding of the Scottish culture, history and enjoyed the absolutely stunning scenery. Our group was a wonderful group to travel with, everyone was so polite and interesting. We highly recommend this tour to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Crannogs and the sheep dog herding demonstration were my favorite....both so authentic. Wonderful informative experiences. But the most exciting was learning I was related by name to a castle we toured!"

Holland

Frisco, TX

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was amazing! Nigel the guide was superb! We had so many experiences that do it yourself planners would either not have known about, or didn't have access to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The landscape and scenery was my wow moment! Who would have thought there would be so many waterfalls in Scotland!"

Pam

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Simply amazing. The weather was better than expected and Nigel was an excellent guide. Grant was very interesting to talk with and a wonderful bus driver. I am not very adventuresome so it was great to have the mix of guided and unguided time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think I would have to say the visit with Neil. I had a border collie that was like a hired hand when I was first married but to see these dogs work the sheep was simply amazing. The whistles were so soft and negligibly different and yet the dogs did just as expected."

Nancy

Newtown Square, PA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organized, wonderful guide, friendly and kind coach driver(s), wonderful meals, comfortable accommodations, diverse and friendly group of fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is a tie between the whistling sheep dog demonstration and a most lovely scone."

Steve

Tigard, OR

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We previously did one of your Ireland tours. The one thing that I missed in Scotland was visiting the small villages with time to interact with the locals. We had more free time in places where the locals were playing music or we could just stroll the town for shopping and eating. For instance, the hotel in Kenmore is isolated and there isn't a real village within walking distance as far as I know. Other places we visited didn't allow us enough time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was probably the Royal Mile guided tour. The guide was entertaining and witty. It would have been nice to see one of the old coal mining towns to see how people lived in the 19th and 20th century. Those times are the reasons that many of us have ancestors from Scotland."

Lisa

Medford, MA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th RS tour and I literally cannot fathom using any other tour company. I love the balance of tour group time and independent time. I always leave tired, but it's the best kind of tired, having gained new friends, knowledge about history and culture of a place I've only read about--I'm always in awe when I travel and it's a surreal experience for me to experience things and see places I've read about/seen pictures of. Rick Steves Tours knocked it out of the park again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was the sheep dog demonstration at Leault Farm w/ the shepherd, Neil. It was utterly amazing to see those dogs (who each have their own command whistles/calls) work. And even the younger pups were ready to work! Amazing to see. And I got to shear a sheep! I love animals and have always been intrigued w/ farm life, so I just loved this. We also got to see and pet 37 day old puppies and future herders!"

Ralph

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been on a number of Rick Steeves' tours and James, our guide made the trip for me. 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. His professionalism, candor and wit made the tour an excellent experience. He made Scotland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually, I don't have a "wow" moment as the whole tour was a wow moment for me."

Paul

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 09/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

James and the other guides were wonderful. They provided great insight, and kept things running smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep dog demonstration. How can anything else compete against puppies? Castles were pretty. Hotel near Dunkeld was very pretty."

Rick

Spartanburg, SC

Tour: 09/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour, but will not be the last. We received a lot more knowledge on the trip and got to see more things than if we would have done the trip by ourselves (and took twice the amount of time).

Joseph

Plainfield, CT

Tour: 09/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Scotland. It is a beautiful country full of surprises. I was a bit disappointed when I saw that there were 28 people on this tour. One of the reasons I chose Rick Steves Tours is the lower group numbers of about 24.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments, but, I would have to say that Glencoe was the "wowest!" Just so beautiful...."

Annette

Tigard, OR

Tour: 09/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour that exposed us to the Scottish landscape, people and history in the way that most tourists would not experience on their own or in a published tour guide book.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views of Loch Ness from the Urquhart Castle were absolutely breathtaking."

Mary

Vincennes, IN

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed every minute of it. Scotland is so varied, and I learned a great deal of history throughout the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Ossian's Cave at the falls in The Hermitage. And those huge trees! And the rushing river! Marvelous."

Penny

Hoover, AL

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and proper balance was achieved between walking tours, rest periods and bus travel. We had great fun with a group of interesting people from all over the US. We learned a lot about the people and places of the past by walking in their footsteps and connecting with their stories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was our visit to the Isle of Iona. I could hardly believe I was standing in that place where so much of civilization itself was preserved."

Abigail

Mentor, OH

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was phenomenal.I can't get over the sheer number of things we got to experience in 10 days, and I returned from the trip feeling invigorated rather than exhausted. I'm not sure how that happened, but I chalk it up to the amazing skills, knowledge and support of Liz. This trip was the perfect blend of gorgeous sites and amazing experiences. Liz was a wealth of knowledge on history but also pop culture, music, and contemporary politics which really helped me experience Scotland fully.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment came on an unexpected day. Traveling from Edinburgh to Kenmore, Liz began to incorporate music into our travels. Music is such a strong memory trigger for me and to hear The Proclaimers, KT Tunstall, and Paolo Nutini who I love as well as new musicians like Amy MacDonald, Dougie Maclean, Schiehallion was really powerful for me. Then to arrive in Kenmore and stand on the shore of Loch Tay in the silence and the mist-It was so peaceful and moving--the music, travel, scenery. Perfect"

Lorna

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this was our second RS tour, and our expectations were met. it was interesting, educational, full of new experiences and most of all fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"each day had new things that were great, picking one is not so easy."

Patrick

Dover, NH

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end this tour was the best. The tireless efforts of our tour guide Liz made this tour a moment to prize forever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide Liz was my favorite "wow" moment for this tour. From our hustory lessons, wonderful gaelic, and modern Scotish music while on the bus, to our wanderings around the beautiful countryside of Scotland, Liz was there for us enriching our experience and helping us experience the rich history of Scotland."

Deborrah

North Chesterfield, VA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all, I just loved Scotland. Being able to experience the country and have everything so organized and easy was great. And secondly, our tour guide, was just absolutely fabulous. She imparted so much history and information and was so upbeat and fun. I had a wonderful first experience with Rick Steve's Tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep farm and herding."

Raymond

North Chesterfield, VA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really didn't know much about Scotland and now I know a lot! I enjoyed the history and learning about modern Scotland, the people and their culture. The scenery was breathtaking and I also enjoyed the people on the tour. We had some fun times!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep dog experience."

Richard

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well organized and scheduled. Enjoyed the sites, getting the history and culture explained to me. Also loved feeling like I could immerse myself in Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two: 1. Arriving at Urquhart Castle by boat on Loch Ness 2. Final Dinner at Four at Harvey Nichols Edinburgh and catching sunset views of the entire Edinbugh skyline."

Eric

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour experience was quite good. We were very lucky with weather, for the most part, which helped a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having a chance to learn to play the bagpipes."

Lorraine

Chestertown, NY

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour provided a very good overview of Scotland. I appreciated that the schedule booked us 2 nights per stop, so it didn't feel like I was constantly packing & unpacking. Our accommodations were comfortable throughout the trip and I enjoyed the goodies we shared back on the bus. Liz was a personable and helpful guide with a lot of good stories and provided entertainment on the bus rides between stops.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wandering around both Iona and Culloden. Both sites were "haunted" and lent a sense of both history & spirituality."

Laurel

Saukville, WI

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beat way to experience Scotland. The trip was a good sampling of the land and the culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sunset in Oban was remarkable and I enjoyed the time in Iona. The isle of Mull was a quick drive thru but I would love to go back to investigate more."

Nancy

Oxford, MI

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tours (6 counting this one) attract very enjoyable companions. We have made several long term friendships. The learn, be active, and no grumps philosophy works, for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since I'm a gardener, amazed to find many of the same perennials in Scotland that we have in Michigan, except they're so much bigger in Scotland. Garden in Culross circa 1700 was fascinating that they're recreating it. Cawdor castle garden was spectacular."

Kristen

Concord, CA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th tour. The group and guide were outstanding. I was concerned about 28 people, with people having to double up on the bus, but everyone was open and welcoming. The experiences were so varied, with lots of things we would never have found on our own, like the Crannog in Kenmore. Our guide was illuminating at the right times so we got the full appreciation. She is a Scot who loves her country and sharing it... as well as sharing the other folks we met like Gilly the bagpiper.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Culloden. I was overwhelmed with emotion, unexpectedly and to the point of tears. I had read up on it, and understood at a scholarly distance... but the video and the place blew me away. Glencoe was the next ultimate, emotionally. The Crannog experience was wonderful and unusual. It created a foundation for lots of later learning. Loved it."

Joey

Marble Falls, TX

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Informative , educational , interactive. Exceeded any expectations that I brought.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My telling the group at introduction that our surname was Campbell & having Helen saying there would be a lot to talk about on that topic. She followed through throughout the tour."

Lisa

Auburn, CA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well-organized and every day was a delight. The pace was perfect in terms of the number of activities each day. Scotland is such a beautiful country; I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of the topography and the towns and villages we visited. Our guide, Helen, was delightful and very knowledgeable about each site we visited as well as the country's history. It was nice to have a few hours of free time each day to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pick out one thing because we did so many wonderful, different things. The crannogs, talks about the peoples' way of life and their ingenuity during that time (B.C.) was fascinating; the town Oban on the coast was beautiful; the sheepdog demonstration (and puppies to hold) was a delight (as well as having the opportunity sheer a sheep)! The castles were astounding, the stop at Culloden and trip to Iona very touching ...the delightful inns, the history..."

Mary

Shady Cove, OR

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved, loved, loved Scotland. Just stop using the last morning as a "day".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hike in the Hermitage forest. The sheep farm sheep dog demonstration."

Reuben

Oxford, MI

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 6th tour. I've found that most of the people that sign up have the same positive reaction to the learn something, be active, and no grumps philosophy. The influence of Scotland on the world was well presented. Urquart castle was a fascinating trip to that era.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The crannog exhibit gave me a chance to see, touch, and actually USE some prehistoric items. I did a bit of college archaeology and was stunned at the level of data collection."

Dolph

Brooks, GA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour gave me a terrific overview of Scotland. Our guide Helen was as good as a guide could be. Her knowledge of all things Scottish from food to music to history made the trip. It was a very friendly group in which to travel including our bus driver. Overall a great vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two moments stand out for me. The sheepdogs and their Shepard and the vistas of Glencoe."

Karen

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Iona, Oban, Glencoe"

Anna

White Salmon, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found Scotland to be full of surprises. And, Helen helped us to see the extensive beauty of the place she calls home. Good group of people. The tour was just busy enough - though, as usual, I want a little more time for independent touring. You can't have it all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of Wow moments: Ghillie the piper was amazing, as a musician, a speaker, and as a lovely human being with lots of humor. The highlands were unexpectedly rugged and beautiful. Iona was more than mystical - we wanted to stay and just breathe it in. The gardens (Culross and Cawdor Castle) were exceptional places to wander and explore. And, the Crannog center was an educational treat."

Gretchen

Alliance, OH

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, great people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the whole tour, hard to pick a wow moment. Loved seeing the sheep herding and of couse the hairey coos! I think learning about the Crannogs was interesting, I had never heard of them before."

Carol

Mahwah, NJ

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Not surprisingly, the people on the tour were comparable and friendly. Our guide Helen was superb; she had such a deep knowledge of the history and culture. The tour itself covered so many sites, some special ones off the beaten track like the crannog visit. I felt it was just the right combination of bus rides and walking, group time and time on our own. The country is beautiful, very clean, and the food was terrific (haggis- well that's a personal choice!)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many... one moment was the realization that the ancient people were not primitive at all, but were very highly skilled. Also, shepherding with Neil- seeing a14 week old border collie successfully manage the herd was amazing!"

Peggy

Brooks, GA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was great! Our guide, Helen, couldn't have been nicer, funnier, full of fun and laughter, and quite knowledgeable. There are always spots you'd like a little more time, and others less but that's all a matter of personal preference.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Didn't really have one this time."

Timothy

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 09/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Anne is an outstanding host. 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. Transportation Nice, big bus. Our driver, Keith, was skilled, our Isle of Mull driver shared a lot of good info. The mainland bus had malfunctions two times but we stayed on schedule with replacements thanks to Anne and Keith's efforts. Scotland is a beautiful place with a storied history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to find just one moment but I do remember being moved by the way the Neil Ross could get his dogs to herd the sheep. The atmospheric conditions on Loch Ness were mystical in the early morning with the still water and layers of low clouds and fog. Good thing I had my camera even if the legendary monster was a no show."

Karen

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The actual tour was outstanding. Ann, our tour guide, was very, very knowledgeable about Scotland, the culture, the sights, and the history. She has a pleasant and outgoing personality. Ann was very responsive to everyone's well being, and really made the trip very meaningful. Ann is a very caring person. Keith, the bus driver, was awesome. He is obviously an experienced, careful, and safe driver. The buses were problematic, and we had to switch to another bus twice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Isle of Iona trip - Days 7 & 8 - were wow days. The history on the island is amazing. The mixture of traveling via bus and ferry was so interesting, especially driving when we drove on a one lane road to Iona. We were able to see the countryside, and we also were able to see a small herd of Harry Coo cattle. So much fun!"

James

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was an education with non stop surprises along the way. Our tour guide Anne was excellent. I intend to continue touring with your company because of my experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"These occurred every day. The country side, cities, people, bus and boat transport, and tour sites opened doors to the world."

Wallace

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the trip was fascinating. It gave me a clearer sense of Scotland as an individual place with an individual identity, not just part of the UK.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My absolute favorite was visiting Neil Ross's sheepdog herding demonstration on his farm. Those dogs were absolutely amazing, as was Neil's ability to direct each of ten or so dogs individually, using only whistling. And getting to play with the puppies afterward was icing on the cake."

Ardith

Golden, CO

Tour: 09/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the size of the group was good since we had the whispers to hear the guides plus the size allowed for plenty of room on the bus. I enjoyed the variety of activities from castles to dogs to bagpipes to boat rides. All the guides were enthusiastic as well as knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My step brother ia a Brodie so seeing the Brodie Castle was the highlight of the tour. Anne was so helpful at arranging the details"

Carol

Hilton Head Island, SC

Tour: 09/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent itinerary Beautiful country Outstanding tour director and other presenters Good food Wonderful travel companions Good pace Appreciate ease of travel, no waiting in line Great sense of humor Strong presentations of history, culture, values

Favorite "WOW" moment

"tour of Edinburgh our city guide was topknotch"

Michael

Oak Harbor, WA

Tour: 09/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide and driver. Anne seemed to go out of her way to keep us informed. Her enthusiasm was contagious. The tour seemed to offer a very good overview of what Scotland has to offer. A good bit of history was well presented and the stops informative and entertaining, especially the Dewar's distillery and St. Andrews but I do have a bias toward Scotch and golf. Food was excellent. The hotel in Edinburgh was nice but would have been better with a working elevator.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide and her efforts to make us feel at home in Scotland."

Helen

Oak Harbor, WA

Tour: 09/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great!!! Thanks to Anne whose main concern was that we had a great "Scottish experience". And we did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the visit to the border collie training sheep farm. And- the Piper!!!!!"

James

Hilton Head Island, SC

Tour: 09/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For my iterests this was a very well constructed tour. Great balance of urban and rural events and experiences. I came away feeling I got an accurate look at Scottish people, culture and geography. Meals were much better than on previous tours to Bulgaria and the Dalmatian Coast. Good selection of 3 star hotels and B and B,s with more than adequate breakfasts. Broken elevator in Brooks Hotel a minor inconvenience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep dog demonstration and Gilly's after dinner bag pipe presentation and stories."

Kathleen

Fairfield, CA

Tour: 09/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first "tour" of any kind (I'm 80 ). We did some "on our own" exploring 6 days before and 5 days after. Everything about the itinerary was wonderful. I loved the variety of sites we visited, the food, and mostly the locals we met and interacted with. This was much more walking than I expected (though warned) so was tired at the end of each day. Especially challenging was the time in Edinburgh at the beginning 2 days. But, everyone was patient with us who needed to catch up.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep dog demonstration and the Kenmore stops were my favorites."

Amber

Wheat Ridge, CO

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a crazy adventure. It was my 1st time to do a tour, and oh my! We had the best tour guide, Charlie! Spoiled us rotten and I fear she has sat the bar high for the other guides in the future. Scotland was amazing; the weather was amazing, and we are so grateful for the experience to see the many sites, have the VIP service, and meet so many amazing friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow" moment was probably the day to Iona. I might have consumed too much whiskey with some friends from the group and a gang of locals at the pup the night before, so the day was going to be a bit shaky. Nonetheless, we boarded the ferry that morning and the weather was the worst we had experienced all week. It was cold, windy, and raining and we thought the day would be cut short from the wind. But just like the magic of this group, the sun came out and it was a gorgeous day in Iona!"

Lori

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and it was an amazing adventure! Our guide and her assistant were so knowledgeable, kind and fun. We had a wide variety of experiences, learned a lot about the history of the country and really enjoyed getting to know our fellow travelers. One thing to keep in mind, there is a LOT of walking on this tour. I ate a lot of good food, including desserts, during the 10 days and I still came home 5 lbs lighter!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many things to choose from - I can't just name one. Loved the Crannog living museum, Stirling Castle (could spend a whole day there) and meeting so many friendly people in the pubs at night."

Beverly

Tacoma Wa, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time! Wonderful guide. Saw everything I wanted to. Love that it started in Edinburgh so I could visit Holyrood Palace & the HMY Britannia on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the whole trip ??"

Kristy

Rochester, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful group of people. Our tour guide was caring, knowledable and so fun. Our driver was excellent. The whole experience was really fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having coffee early in the morning in Kenmore listening to the church bell mark the hour. It was my Scotland moment."

Carol

Longmont, CO

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour. I've used other companies and really enjoyed this one. There were no hidden surprises. The accommodations were great as was the bus. Our meals together were very fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was WOW!"

Mary

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour. We were blessed with exceptional weather, which made Scotland shine at its very best. So much history, so many wonderful sights. Well organized and we felt taken care of, yet empowered to do outings on our own. Many days we had over 20,000 steps, so you do need to be prepared for that. Busy days!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The isle of Iona was spectacular. The veil is definitely "thin" there as the saying goes. We loved our time to wander the island on our own. Another hour or two there would have been welcome."

Brad

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. Perfect mix of scheduled events with enough free time to explore on our own. The itinerary was well-planned, and included some amazing places we would never have found or scheduled on our own. Highly recommended.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several such moments. All of them are favorites. The time spent watching the sheepdogs work was amazing. We saw a fantastic local band in Inverness that I still can't believe. We toured a re-created Crannog historical center which was extremely interesting. Iona was also spectacular - plus we had unbelievable weather. Mostly the whole trip was a "WOW"!"

Michael

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I generally don't like tours, and prefer to venture out together with my wife and travel just the two of us "incognito" after a bit of pre-trip planning. This way we get a better feel for the places we see. This was my first Rick Steves tour, and it broke the mold from previous tour experiences in a very positive way. Our time was not monopolized by too many pre-planned activities. The group was small, convivial, and blended well with the locals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning how hard it was to play bagpipes!"

Mary

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Love the level of activities.

Philip

Orleans, MA

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All was thoroughly enjoyable. Nothing disappointed, and some things were pleasant surprises. I appreciated Rick's apparent positive relationship with the weather gods and how little precipitation we experienced. The variety of experiences and places visited added an unexpected breadth to our experience. 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.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The personal interactions stand out for me. 1) I enjoyed Martin tremendously. 2) I enjoyed getting to know many of my travel mates as well. 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."

Nancy

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful country, nice mix of locations to visit, historical perspective of Scotland was well-covered and, for me, very thorough, friendly people at hotels and restaurants, fun, professional bus driver,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How about moments...I loved Inverness, but I have to say our views of the bay in Oban took our breath away. The day before our tour began I spent the day at the National Museum of Scotland...amazing! The sheep dogs and shepherd were a unique experience. Loved the Glenmor valley, drives through the countryside with dialogue about terrain."

Lea

Bend, OR

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Scotland. Martin, and bus driver David, were a great team and worked well with our group. Martin was very helpful with questions of any sort, patient, and put the concerns of the group first. All travelers were friendly and on time.It was a great experience to see Edinburgh plus the towns and villages of Scotland. The weather was on our side many days and we experienced the beauty of Glencoe, Loch Ness, Oban and Iona in the sunshine!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the sunsets in Oban, Neil Ross and the border collies, and the evening of music in the crannog. The ending of the video at Urquhart Castle definitely caused chills."

Geraldine

Bend, OR

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour. Lots of laughter. So many interesting places to see and learn about. This tour ranks as one of our favorites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Scottish countryside and learning how difficult playing the bagpipes are."

Taryn

Coon Rapids, MN

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceptional! I expect no less from Rick Steve's tour, this was #8 for me, and not the last. Martin gave us a plethora of wonderful memories. He is like a walking encyclopedia. I love the history, and all the information/background on what we were seeing. I want a vacation where I am learning. Since I am still working full time, it is very important to use my limited vacation days on something so special and rewarding. Resting is for home, Travel is vacation!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's impossible to choose. I enjoyed everything we did, everything we saw. Scotland is a beautiful county, with kind, friendly people. A local stopped us while we were studying a map, and asked if she could help us. The scenery is spectacular, we saw it all, the ocean, the Highlands, forests, waterfalls, valley's and glens, Edinburgh, small towns. We saw Hairy cows, sheep dogs, bagpipes, crannogs, castles, cathedrals, ruins, but no Nessy."

Sandra

Oakdale, MN

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have not traveled overseas for almost 50 years. This was a very memorable trip for me. Our guide, Martin was wonderful. He gave us history and background on things we were going to see or do. I loved Brian's tour of Edinburgh. A lot of info to take it, but all of it very interesting. The bus driver on the Isle of Mull was fun too. Had a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the Crannog. We walked over at night and sat by the fire, listened to music and a story teller. Martin even picked up the guitar. Then came back the following day for the history of the Crannog itself. Loved the food and the restaurants, and the quirky hotels. Can't choose one thing."

Rebecca

Bremerton, WA

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour, and we were very impressed! A great value for the money, and we ended up doing many things that we never would have attempted "on our own". We are recommending your company to everyone we talk to!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening at the crannog, with the storyteller and music, was absolutely magical! It will be a lifetime treasured memory for me!"

Dennis

Brentwood, CA

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed the opportunity to see this beautiful country. Our group was easy to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved seeing St. Andrews. We had lovely weather to watch the golfers and enjoyed a wonderful lunch there. Having seen this course on TV many times, it was a great experience to be there. The only thing better would've been playing."

Shar

Medford, OR

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was organized from the very beginning. We had complete instructions of the day, the night before so we knew where to be when and where we were going. The time at each location allowed us to see most everything if you didn't dawdle. I think the idea of the whisper machine is great. As long as we could see Nigel we could hear him. This was helpful if we lagged behind on on the more strenuous walks. Nigel, our guide was great and knew his tour fully.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick one. The scenery was so green, with the homes, churches and castles was awesome. Being inside buildings 100-1000 years old and imagining the life going on at that time. The crannog, shepherd and dogs, Gilly and the piper demo and talk, Loch Ness (didn't see Nessie), island of Mull and Iona, distillery . All the tour speakers showed they really loved their jobs and that added to the talk."

Richard

Waunakee, WI

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Scotland is a beautiful country with more small mountains and lovely rivers than I anticipated. Edinburgh was beautiful with so much to see. Could have used additional day here. I'm a golfer, so it was a treat to be able to walk on St. Andrews and get my picture TAKEN ON THE Swilken Bridge. Nigel was very knowledgeable and kept things interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say the sheep dog demonstration and the ride up the ski lift were both WOW moments. I don't believe you get these type of experiences on most tours."

Susan

Waunakee, WI

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland is one of my favorite countries now. Every day was filled with new experiences and opportunities to learn. I do want to mention learning about the Crannogs was so interesting. Traveling through Scotland brought to life Outlander and Harry Potter.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the trained dogs on the working sheep farm. I was amazed by and so admire the relationship between Neil and his dogs, his respect for the land, dogs, and sheep, and that you do your job and I will do mine philosophy he lives by. A lesson to be learned and followd for a better world. Of course snipping some wool and holding a wee pup warmed my heart."

Lonna

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

You know I've done other tours with other company's and I can't help but compare. To date I must say I like OAT the best. The guides are so knowledgable and so personable. I love that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the trip to Iona. The bus driver Richard was a hoot."

Emily

Pflugerville, TX

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour took us to so many different areas of Scotland, seeing the way people lived and experiencing the history hands on. The geography and beauty of the countryside was breathtaking. From the bustle of Edinburgh to the quaint hunting lodge, and then the moors and the coastal towns, this tour gave a glimpse of this enchanting country. I love the people of Scotland, their kindness and willingness to walk this adventure alongside once strangers now comfortable travel companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bookshop in Inverness, colorful bindings with enticing titles to browse, Collecting sea glass at low tide early in the morning in Oban Downing a smokey whiskey at the top of the lift with sweeping views of the mountains. Sticky toffee pudding, wanting to lick the bowl clean Sunset views back in Edinburgh at the last supper The gardens of the castle in full bloom in full sun! Yes, sun. Nigel narrating quirky and informative stories on the coach as we drove along the byways. So relaxing"

Laura

Medford, OR

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed this trip so much! The accommodations were nice and clean, the meals were delicious and the guide, Nigel was awesome! The trips were very well organized and informational (wish I'd paid better attention to tell the truth). I had so much fun trying to keep track of who was who...exchanged numbers with a few at the end of the trip. hope I can make the reunion but not sure as of yet.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Neil Ross and the farm. The sheep/dog demonstration touched my heart....and the puppies! Second favorite was the Crannogs. The employee (Karen I think) was passionate about her job and made it so very interesting. I think I'd like to make a donation to continue this endeavor.... I've never been on a tour before very impressed with organization and content."

Robert

Steamboat Springs, CO

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

`Great knowledge guide with a sense of humor !!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching sheep hoarding dogs."

Alan

Valrico, FL

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guide and itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep dog presentation was special. It was windy that day. It would have helped to use the audio devises."

Gayle

Valrico, FL

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland was a beautiful country. James, our tour guide was excellent. He was from Scotland, lived there all his life and was very knowledgable on the culture and history. We were also lucky to have a good group of people and felt very comfortable. Everyone shared their prior experiences on other countries visited. This is our fourth Rick Steves' tour and every one was as good as the last one. Itinerary was spot on!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow" moment, was St Andrews. My husband and I live in a golf community and were excited to visit that area. The course(s) were breathtaking and the town quaint and great to explore."

Barbara

Steamboat Springs, CO

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour lived up to expectations. There were a few glitches and surprises (ex. filming of Fast and Furious in Edinburgh) that kept our guide on his toes. Everyone went with the flow and James did a great job of making a silk purse out of a sows ear. He took us places that even he had not been to and it turned out to be some of the more memorable moments of the trip. Even if we missed something (like the Loch Ness cruise), James creatively remedied the situation. Great time!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view out over the harbor from the hotel in Oban was magical."

Forrest

Springfield, IL

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect Rick Steves experience. Covered a lot of ground, but not so intense that we were ever overly tired. Plenty of time to unwind and wander on our own. Great group, made some good friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love dogs of all kinds so the working dogs at the sheep farm was a highlight for me. The WOW MOMENT was when the 4 month old puppy jumped right in to the task and did his part perfectly. WOW! Loved it. Also have a strong interest in the history of the monarchy. Several wow experiences at the several castles we visited. Finally, I was thoroughly wowed by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (portraits of royals on the third floor) which was no on the tour, but during free time."

Laurel

Steamboat Springs, CO

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed this Scotland Tour. There was so much variety in the places we visited, and James contributed all kinds of interesting information. He shared his music with us which I thought was very special. Learning about Scotland's history and following political events was most intriguing but also concerning. Our tour group couldn't have been better. Everyone was so upbeat during the entire trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sterling Castle was the best part of the tour. I had read extensively about Scotland's history, and to be in the place where so many significant events happened was really exciting."

Michael

Rio Verde, AZ

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

excellent guide..........beautiful places and nice buses/drivers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"not sure............too many!"

Nancee

Newtown, OH

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I got to experience so many different aspects of life in Scotland that were varied and so interesting. James made the trip very special and his flexibility to deal with the challenges that pop up during a tour were phenomenal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a tie between the Munlochy Clootie well and the sheep herding dogs. The clootie well was totally unexpected and a last minute choice due to weather issues cancelling our regular plans. I think it was meant to be. Very spiritual, bizarre, ancient and modern - all in one. Our time there was special. The dogs and puppies were too cute and totally impressive... WOW...."

Carole

Grandview Heights, OH

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have traveled for the last 50 years and lived overseas - so not a newbie. This was the best tour I have ever taken. Scotland was so much better than expected but so were the tour members and our guide, Julia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really tough choice here. Every moment in Inverness. The sheepdog demonstration The Inner Hebrides"

Debbi

Coupeville, WA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scotland tour was an exceptional experience in every way! Our group of 25 travelers jelled quickly allowing for positive and supportive connections. The tour was well paced with a nice mix of organized experiences and opportunities to independently explore. Julia, our tour guide inspired curiosity and engagement with her extensive knowledge of Scotland. Her ability to personalize the history and culture made my experience real.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have several: 1) I was overwhelmed with the stark beauty of the Glencoe Valley. This I was not expecting! I felt connected to this place. Maybe my McDonald roots were speaking to me! 2) The bagpipe "demonstration" by Gilly. I loved her passion for her art and now have a new appreciation for the "pipes"."

Harry

Coupeville, WA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scotland tour exceeded my expectations in almost every regard. The country is physically beautiful....and green...and the various sights and sounds and tastes were wonderful. We had an expert tour guide who knew the history and the background of everything we visited our saw. We did the Ireland tour last year and we thought nothing could equal that . . .but Scotland certainly did and then some!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to list two! (1) The Crannog tour with a visit to an replica of thousand--year-old community dwelling built twenty feet off the shore of a loch. Amazing! And tour guides were excellent. (2) The sheep dog demonstration. Simply wonderful watching these dogs do the work they love and our farmer host was so willing to show off all their skills. And we got hold collie puppies!"

Terry

Coupeville, WA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves tour and I thought the first one was outstanding, this one was beyond it. Our tour guide was just the best....can't wait for my next one !

David

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our guide, Julia, and had a great group of fellow traveler. The trip was well organized, lots of fun each day, learned lots of history, and the weather wasn't bad. Mostly cloudy, but not a lot of rain. Loved the castles, the Highland scenery, the sheep dogs and puppies, tried Haggis and blood pudding, and truly enjoyed venison.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments included Culross (especially for Outlander fans), the sheep dogs, Cawdor castle, the visit to the Isle of Mull, Stirling Castle and the town of Kenmore was a favorite stop, so beautiful."

Lorraine

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. The pacing was good and the itinerary gave us a good idea of the various regions of Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Especially enjoyed the highlands."

Grover

Chester, VA

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Crannog - the group had a great guide,explaining the prehistoric dwelling built on piers over the loch"

Rebecca

Azusa, CA

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful trip we had! I'm of Scottish descent, and so enjoyed seeing the land of my ancestors in such a comfortable and educational way. We so enjoyed the magnificent scenery and the fun look at famous sites - but I was struck by how much I learned of the culture and history of Scotland (without being boringly force-fed!). The tour takes in the breadth of Scotland's history as well as it's natural beauties and I came away fascinated by it's culture and determined to go back soon!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from ... I think though that the day on Iona will linger in my memory for a very long time. Our guide, Liz, related a quote about it - "A thin place where only tissue paper separates the material from the spiritual" and I am struck by how apt that is ... it's an amazingly spiritual place. Light years from the bustle of home. I left feeling renewed, and how much better can a vacation be than that!?"

Diane

Whitefish, MT

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 10th tour with Rick Steve's Europe and as usual I enjoyed every minute in Scotland. Fun, friendly group, exceptional guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a WOW! We always come a couple of days early to take in activities not included on the tour. Really enjoyed the sheep dog demonstration with Neil, the drive through the Highlands at Glencoe was absolutely spectacular, and the historical tours and explanations of the various battles was amazing. Loved the seacoast towns and ferry rides to Mull and Iona."

Janet

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I keep thinking that every tour I go on is the best tour, but this was the very best (our 6th tour) because of Liz, our guide! And I loved every moment. The itinerary was wonderful. I loved that we got to see the big city, Edinburgh as well as the beautiful country glens and mountains, as well as the lovely towns such as Oban, Culross and Iona. The bus driver on the island of Mull was superb! And Paul, our driver for the whole time was also wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many!! I loved the castles, especially Sterling and Cawdor where I did feel we had a fairly good amount of time to explore. I also so enjoyed learning about the Crannogs, the life of a shepherd and training their dogs, and walking the streets of Culross (fun to learn about what scenes from Outlander were filmed there!). The Dewar's whisky experience was a delight, as well as whisky tasting we did with Liz - all great fun! The bag piper was tremendous!!!"

Cheryl

Kalispell, MT

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another tour in the books and as always fabulous. Everyone asks me which tour I've loved the best as this is my 9th. As I always say each country is different, each experience different and I can never pick a favorite. The accomodations were varied and fun from Princess style at Bonham to a wonderful B&B, to a very old, quaint inn on the bank of a river. Wonderful bus driver Paul.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the evening with our bagpiper, listening to her stories and bagpipe was wonderful. The sheep dog demonstration and talking to the shepard and discussing his life so was so authentic."

Thomas

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this was our third tour with RS. As before,the tour was well planned and expertly guided!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to put a finger on that favorite wow moment , there were so many. Perhaps the ruins of ST Andrews or the gardens of Cawdor castle."

Tom

The Woodlands, TX

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great country and customs. Surprisingly great weather. Elizabeth immersed the group into all aspects of Scotland. We had ample opportunity to talk to the locals on our own, and she brought them to the tour to educate us on different aspects of the culture. All were interesting characters. Our group unfortunately sequestered unto small groups (that is how they came), so we had less time to know all the members, but Elizabeth still initiated whole group interactions. Elizabeth made the tour!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands on activities were the highlight, but watching the border collies work the sheep made my trip. Shearing the sheep was an added extra."

Nora

Newington, CT

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great survey tour of Scotland. We got to see many of the highlights. I would love to go back for an in depth study of some of the sights we saw.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive up Glencoe Valley was far and away the best time of the tour."

Patricia

Newington, CT

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I want to send kudos to you for Elizabeth as our tour director. This was my first experience with the Rick Steves tours and she made it incredible. We had a history lesson as well as background of the Scottish culture, traditions and geology. Liz went over and above with her little extras on our tour. I will return to Scotland at some point. Thanks again for a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many that I would say the whole tour was a great big "WOW"!"

Catherine

Chester, VA

Tour: 09/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Crannog was amazing"

William

Downers Grove, IL

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great organization, wonderful guide and accommodations, and tour members who shared our love of travel. Scotland is an amazing country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Glencoe Vally with the theme from Skyfall playing on the bus. You could imagine what life must have been like during the age of the great clans."

Dan

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Both Anne and Andy knew their history about Scotland and made it very entertaining. The trivia questions were a lot of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the authentic castles we mind-blowing."

Margaret

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was well-organized, yet personal. The coach time was devised perfectly with fascinating stops interspersed into the travel. I enjoyed the mix of planned and free time. I thought staying two nights in each city made the tour seem more relaxed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh was a wow moment for me; it felt like I was walking around in a Harry Potter book."

Jennifer

Ocean View, NJ

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our tour of Scotland learning the history with our great tour guide, experiencing the culture & real life demonstrations and not having to worry about driving or getting lost! Rick and Anne's suggestions really helped preparing for the trip. We loved the hotels & restaurants. We felt very safe everywhere & the people were very friendly. It was a pleasure to be with the other members of the tour who were active and not grumps! This tour really packs each day with great experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The greatest experience was getting to meet the real people of Scotland. The sheep herder demonstration with his border collies was my favorite thing. Seeing him communicate with the dogs & seeing the sheep obey was great seeing real life in the Highlands.I appreciate that he wants to live off the land and raise his children free of technology,etc. I also loved Gillie the bagpiper and the Waterfall!"

Damian

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Efficient, well organized and had very interesting content. Anne was a great leader. Sadly, given content-a wee bit short. 1 or 2 days longer would have been lovely. Time "on the ground' at several stops sometimes too short given the pretty towns we visited. Very warm group chemistry. Hotels were very nice. Food was superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Haggis and Black Pudding at the Bonham were to die for. Scenery was stunning"

Gerard

Ocean View, NJ

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience. Better than I expected. We enjoyed plenty of activity, got plenty of walking in, learned a lot and made new friends. The agenda was just right; enough tours and activity but didn't burn us out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most spectacular was the breathtaking scenery at Glencoe."

Rick

Irvine, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was terrific. First and foremost, Anne is excellent; she knows her stuff, she kept the tour on schedule, and she has a fun/relaxed/helpful personality. She always made us feel at welcome, and at home. The hotels were really good; I like staying in local/regional hotels. The tour itself was excellent. I learned a lot, I got to experience the local culture, and the pace was perfect. I really enjoyed my tour mates; I really like your "no whiners" policy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"3 wows; 1) My God it's cold and damp in Scotland, 2) I now have a sense of it's history, and 3) I still don't like whiskey, but now I understand it (it's so cold and damp; the concept of whiskey makes sense)."

Carol

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I chose to travel with a Rick Steves group because I know that my fellow travelers are going to be friendly and have similar expectations for the tour experience. This tour did not disappoint. We all had great fun and experiences as a group. We also had time to explore on our own,and create our personal experiences as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ski lift ride in the Highlands certainly was an experience.At the top, the view of the surrounding Highlands was breathtaking. The ride itself was peaceful and I enjoyed listening to and watching the waterfall that paralleled the ride, which only enhanced the experience."

Donna

Fergus Falls, MN

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the itinerary...a good taste of the region. Group size was perfect Just enough time for every adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The skill of the sheep dogs and the herder."

William

Hertford, NC

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well organized tour with a very knowledgable guide. Tour had a good pace and it was nice to spend 2 nights at each stop. Would have liked more time at St Andrews. Seemed there was too much to do and not enough time to really take it all in. Lunch took up a lot of that 3 hour time frame.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Isle of Mull and the bus ride to the ferry to Iona was most beautiful and entertaining. Bus driver was great."

Carol

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time with Martin. The schedule allowed extra perks, memorably a wonderful stop for scones.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Isle of Iona. Lovely, secluded, calm and quiet."

Stanley

Savannah, GA

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The choice of points of interest was very good, but the numerous revolving bus trips did not seem necessary. We often crossed the same road a number of times and the bus trips became tiring and less interesting as we retread those same roads. Maybe it can not be helped due to the limited highway system in Scotland. As a result of the continuous bus travel we had less time at the locations then desirable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The crannog and Sterling Castle. I also enjoyed the walk through the Royal mile."

Goolpranee

Avondale, AZ

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Love everything of this tour, hotels, itineraries, guide, bus driver and daily activities. Weather was perfect throughout especially on the day we visited Iona. It's sunny, calm and warm. What a lovely day. Tour members are nice and easy to mingle with. I like Martin's dry sense of humor. Would love to have him as my tour guide if we cross path again . For Martin, that song, I'm Gonna Be, by the Proclaimers is stillI stuck in my head. I see myself repeating this tour in near future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neil Ross's techniques of sheep dog herding is my first highlight. Even though we visited his farm on a cold rainy day we were amazed with the intelligence of his dogs. It's too bad to hear that old fashioned sheep herders have become almost extinct. I am glad I bought a couple children books directly from Neil illustrated his life stories. Second wow moment is a visit to Iona island. It's a lovely day. That place is beautiful. Plus a local bus driver on Mull Island is hilarious. LOVE SCOTLAND"

George

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Martin, our guide, was wonderful! I have done other tours with Rick Steves and this was tops. The weather was great, it rained when it was supposed to, and the sites were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip from Oban to the Isle of Iona. Great weather and gorgeous scenery."

Tom

Tukwila, WA

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a better different than the other tours I have taken, but very soon into the tour I enjoyed it. The hotel in Edinburgh was nothing less than great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of the tour lead guide through one of the museums learning the history of Scotland."

Katherine

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had been to Scotland before and was as much in awe this time as the first. It is such a beautiful country. I had not been to Edinburgh before and really enjoyed that city. The oldness of it is fascinating compared to the USA. The castle setting was beautiful. The people were nice, the food delicious and the history interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two wow moments. 1) I was in awe of the shepard's demonstration with the sheepdogs and the sheep. 2) My other wow moment was the peacefulness of the time spent in Inverness. Our hotel was right on the river and I enjoyed walking across a couple of the pedestrian bridges. Later on that evening I sat in the dark on a bench by the river enjoying a glass of wine."

Sallie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Really enjoyed this well-organized tour- it definitely hit the highlights of Scotland! Outstanding guide! Fantastic bus driver! Weather cooperated for the most part. Friendly group. Nice bus and well-timed bathroom stops.:)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching border collies in action on a sheep farm was probably my favorite, among other special experiences: hearing the bag piper, walking along the river Tay, soup and scones with cream at a country hotel, walking around Oban."

Jeanette

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was as advertised. There were no big surprises which is good when you prepare a tour. Unfortunately, our bus broke down on the last day out in Stirling Castle's parking lot. So we got a working bus, but said Bye to our driver, Alan. I was traveling by myself assuming there were would be others doing the same, but that wasn't the case and I did worry some that I would loose my way on days when we were on our own. Partners stuck together and I did find my own way and ate by myself some.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Crannog pre-historic center showing how the early humans lived over the water. Nice little museum and explanations of what the people ate and how they made clothes and their inventiveness with their designs of local materials."

Denise

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was over and above what I had expected. The itinerary was well thought out and included just enough free time to explore on our own. Our tour guide James was excellent. He took a group of strangers, and who during the trip became good friends while sharing their experiences. We looked forward to hearing from James on what was planned each day. He brought us up to date on history, current events, local music, and shared personal stories to provide insight to life in Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Staying in Dunkeld and hiking in the Hermitage, Neil and his sheepdogs, visiting all the castles, and all the fresh seafood along the pier in Oban are top on my list. Scotland was like living in a postcard. Beauty surrounded us each day and presented itself in so many ways. The Scots are very friendly and I plan to return someday soon."

Glen

Wyoming, MI

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour and tour guide. We were first time Rick Steve customers and loved it. The whole tour was a positive experience from day one to the last day. We will definitely do another Rick Steve tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several WOW moments, but for me was seeing the beauty of the Highlands. I know we only touched on the southern end of the highland but to see the lochs, glens, and rugged peaks was overwhelming. Another WOW moment was the sheep dogs and watching Neil give the dogs commands that they dutifully obeyed, even when he give them in a low voice. Neil's genuine love for his lifestyle, family, and dogs was a refreshing experience."

Jean

Bay City, MI

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a well-paced tour with adequate free time.

Rochelle

Fenton, MI

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe, so I have nothing to compare this experience with, but I will say it would be a hard act to follow!! The itinerary was interesting and varied, and I felt I got a good overview of the history and the everyday life of Scotland. Each of the individual guides did a great job of making their area come to life, especially Rita in Edinburgh, and Neil the shepherd with his border collies. I enjoyed seeing ancient buildings because we have none where I live.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, when James told us his own personal story, I was blown away. The fact that he could share his life journey with us made the entire trip so much more moving. He brought me to tears so many times I lost count, but in a very good way. I loved the scenery, and James described everything so well that even when the clouds were at their lowest, I felt I could see it all. Of course, (like so many) I have a Scottish heritage, and James made me feel like I had come home."

Alan

Fenton, MI

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The tour far exceeded my expectations. 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.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would be hard pressed to choose a single "wow" moment. They happened every day as we were exposed to a country that I really knew so little about. Each time I learned something new about the history, the culture, the people and where they find themselves today, I found myself saying "wow"."

Antoinette

Wyoming, MI

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steves tour, and sold on any future tours!! I found the tour to have the right amount of free time etc. James made the tour and I learned so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheepdogs was my favorite. Neal, the shepherd was very open to questions. But I also loved Nessie. To finally to be able to see Loch Ness was a dream come true. It was something that has intrigued me since I was young."

Anita

Edgewood, KY

Tour: 08/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First tour I've ever taken and absolutely delighted. In fact ready to sign up for Scandinavia next August/September. Thanks to the itinerary , level of independence and an amazing guide, the trip fair exceeded my expectation. James made Scotland come alive for us with his historical and environmental knowledge. Add his personality, honesty and sincere caring manner and the combination was perfect.The use of individual hearing devises was essential. They let us walk, look and listen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The history of Scotland which James was so good at bringing to life. Made me realize how provincial we are when we learn about the Mayflower and the first Americans! Also the Scottish people we met were warm and welcoming. A sense of pride if heritage. And the public bathrooms put ours to shame!!"

Berta

San Jose, CA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Extremely knowledgeable and cared about all of us. Sensitive to our needs and truly wanted all of us to have a wonderful experience. I would recommend her to others! We had a great trip, lots of fun and learned a lot about history in Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to Ione and the Abbey."

Linda

Columbia, MO

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I seldom travel with a group, but this may well have changed my mind, especially when traveling into areas where I have no familiarity.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"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."

Gail

Peoria, AZ

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group and our guide was so knowledgeable and helpful. Enjoyed all of the stops we made and the hotels were all very interesting.

Arthur

Rogue River, OR

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. It was relaxed, entertaining, and informative. Our fellow, friendly travelers meshed well. There was a good balance of comfortable bus ride along with an ease of city and castle exploration on foot. The many "guest" guides and presenters demonstrated their expertise with friendly exuberance, inclusiveness, and clarity. Our driver was skilled and customer focused. The meals and accommodations were top notch. Most of all, our guide, Julia, was amazing (see #s 4 & 5 below).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The was no one "wow" moment. The castles and manors were incredible and the textile and sheep shearing demonstrations, the Edinburgh walking tour, the Culloden immersion, the Highlands bus and ferry experience, and solo bagpipe "concert" were fun, informative, and engaging -- kudos to those presenters and performers. (See question 7's response.)"

Valerie

Westminster, CO

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful fellow travelers, lovely tour guide (Julia), and super coach driver (Mike) made the trip run smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The open-air Scottish Crannog Museum took me back to another time in history. It was a misty, moisty morning on Loch Tay, adding to the beauty of the moment."

Dodie

Benicia, CA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour and it exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide, Julia, was fantastic and really made the trip a memorable one. I wrote a lengthy trip report on the forum. In summary, this was a whirlwind tour covering the highlights. The trip to Iona was a long day, but we would not have done this on our own. So we were glad it was part of the tour. Can't wait until our next RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WoW moments, but my favorite one was Neil and his sheep dogs!"

Vanessa

San Diego, CA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful experience. The people on our bus were lovely, our guide was darling, fun, approachable, organized, smart, knowledgeable. Going on our own would never have been so enriching.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep dog exhibition will forever be memorable. To have a real live Scottish Shepherd talk to us about herding sheep and to see it in action was a real highlight of the trip"

Myles

San Diego, CA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the tour lived up the the "Rick Steves" reputation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit with the shepherd and his team of dogs. The memory still lives on! The Royal Mile in Edinburgh with our local guide (who's name I can't remember) was someone who I wouldn't have met without the the Rick Steve's magic. And she was a cast member in Outlander!! Nice job! Her tour brought us back to the 1800's, the poverty, smells, the everyday...she was a time traveler! Our guide, played her fiddle on the way back on the ferry from a rainy, windswept visit to the island of Iona "

Ben

Westminster, CO

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A bit of inclement weather was encountered, but our guide and fellow travelers made the best of it. It was Scotland after all and authentic. An extra day on Oban would have been nice, but assume something else would have been sacrificed. Maybe consider 11 days in the future. The B&B in Oban was delightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Both Holyrood and Edinburgh Castle gave a wow, needless to say of course."

Polly

Bothell, WA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our experience with the Rick Steves' Scotland tour was nothing short of amazing. We are not experienced international travelers, and SO appreciate all that went into making our trip of a lifetime so special. On our own, there is no way that we would have seen/done all the wonderful things that the tour simply provided for us. I can not imagine a better experience! Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was the time spent at Glencoe. I was familiar with the history of what happened there, but was not prepared for the beauty of the glen itself. I was so moved, that I was speechless, and tears filled my eyes. The entire bus was absolutely silent as we drove through what seemed to be a sacred glen. i truly have difficulty finding words to express how unique, beautiful and special the experience was for me."

Anita

Concrete, WA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My experience was delightful.... overall ... even on the last day.... last bus ride .... Julia may have thought I was over anxious to end he trip ... just the opposite ... to savor each lasting experience...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding family roots in Lac Lomond --- and singing with Julia ... all the knowledge she shared with us .. it was amazing -- wow -- learned lots..."

Marites

Dulles, VA

Tour: 08/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was as I had imagined it to be-- a dreamy Rick Steves tour as I saw them in TV! Our tour guide was fantastic and very informative. He shared a mix of history, culture, and fun during our tour. I love his sense of humor. I like that on day one of each tour he'll show us the lay of the land, tell us the best routes to get to restaurants, shops, ATM machines from our hotel. He's honest about where to buy things. The hotel rooms booked for us were nice, clean, and in downtown area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were fortunate to have good weather majority of the time we were there so that played a lot in choosing my "wow" moment. They are St. Andrews, Isles of Iona and Mull, and Oban."

Michael

Littleton, CO

Tour: 08/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Martin was great. We learned as we went which was important to me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Iona Abbey was incredible."

Larry

Bradford Woods, PA

Tour: 08/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour. A good mix of activity, history and education. The guide was very nice and we had a lot of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The border collies were nice. Actually my wow moment was not associated with the tour. It was when I deviated from the schedule and went salmon fishing on the River Tay. A little more information from the guide about planned activities would have made this a little easier, but I worked it out."

Miller

Brookhaven, GA

Tour: 08/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip with better than expected weather...not much rain. Enjoyed spending time with tour guide, Martin, and appreciated his sense of humor. Enjoyed the company of all in our group. Highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Architecture, history, and sheepdogs. Really enjoyed an evening spent at MacGregor's in Inverness. Perfect pub experience...good Scottish ales, good food, and great live acoustic music from the owner, Bruce, and his friends."

Linda

Columbiana, AL

Tour: 08/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. First time to Europe and everything was satisfying. I wanted to see all that I could see and do and that's what happened. All the places we stayed were beautiful and allowed he people were so kind. Loved it

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The castle on top of the hill at royal mile in Edinburgh. There were so many others but it's the first thing I saw and it was wow"

Susan

Peoria, AZ

Tour: 08/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour. Scotland was beautiful. Martin kept us moving and I really enjoyed his sense of humor. I could not believe how much information he was able to share with us regarding the history and culture. Our bus driver, Colin, was great as well. Always willing to help with anything and very professional. It was just an overall fun experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the drive to Glencoe and the scenery. It seems like there was something I really enjoyed every day."

Richard

Dayton, OH

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep farm"

Bruce

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just love the way your tours are organized and run! Not so much a tourist focus, but much more cultural oriented. Outstanding and professional in every way! Well done!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bagpipe player, Gilly, at dinner one night. What a surprise and joy!"

Diana

Hoffman Estates, IL

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my first Rick Steve's Tour. Over all, excellent experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first WOW was our Hotel!!"

Karen

Dayton, OH

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was perfect from start to finish. Beautiful rooms, great food, nice people to travel with, meaningful experiences and a wonderful tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the Crannog at night when we listened to a storyteller and enjoyed live guitar music/singing. Even though it was windy and a wee bit chilly outside, we were warm and cozy in the Crannog with a low burning fire. A perect end to a day in Scotland."

Peter

Newbury, MA

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A very positive experience. Pluses = Great leader, good fellowship, nice pace, lots of history, pleasant lodging, good food. Maybe a little short on modern Scottish culture and the arts. Hasn't anything happened in the last 300 years? Scotland is old - I get it. Would have liked some balance between abandoned castles, churches, battlefields, and royal succession with Highland Games, a look at Scotland's shipbuilding heritage, a demo on how they weave all the tartan.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"(1) Sheep dog demonstration was phenomenal!! (2) Standing on the bridge of the 17th fairway at St. Andrews. (3) Glencoe area. Also really enjoyed the bagpipe presentation and the whisky distillery tour in Aberfeldy."

Catherine

Bonita Springs, FL

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and conducted. The activities were diverse and represented a spectrum of the country. The tour guide was excellent and went well out of her way to give us the flavor of Scotland. Bus driving was excellent with the drivers really being part of the team and experience. A big thumbs up on this one. My only concern is that it was too short. Would love to have seen Skye, Orkney and Shetlands in addition to what we did see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus drive through Glencoe area was other worldly. I wish we had more time there. Loved the chair lift ride up the mountain, and I wish we had more time to hike. I think I left my heart in the Highlands."

Brenda

Roselle, IL

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our group was a very congenial group to be with and Ann was an excellent guide. Ann was a great source of historical facts for each place we visited ! She was thoughtful of my physical needs during our tour. Ann made sure to visit each of us throughout the tour as well. Ann has a great sense of humor and was fun to be with. All three couch driver we had was excellent and friendly. Ann was always able to take care of changes and problems during this tour with calm making this "work".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think I was most amazed with the demonstration of the sheepdogs. I loved the clear fresh air,beauty of the highlands and the humor and kindness of all the Scots we Met !"

Terrie

Denver, CO

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Scotland is beautiful. We saw a lot, learned about the history of Scotland, and enjoyed good food along the way. On the down side, it seemed we spent a lot of time on the bus and Scotland has the most uncomfortable beds I've ever slept in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one. Seeing the Highlands, riding the ski lift up the mountain, visiting Culloden Battlefield, and seeing the mist filling the valley over Loch Ness. Meeting Gilly the bagpiper and having her perform. She has such a joyful personality and I loved her story telling. I also enjoyed going to the bar in Inverness and hearing traditional Scottish music."

Teresa

Redmond, WA

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland exceeded my expectations. It is such a beautiful country not only in scenery but also the wonderful and friendly Scottish people we were able to meet. Anne is such a treasure and Rick Steves Europe is lucky to have her guiding. She gave us a wonderful history of Scotland and shared her culture and humor. The only negative comment is it is too short a tour. I would have loved to experience Scotland in a 14 day tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pretty much everyday had wow moments so it is hard to narrow it down. I think the best thing is the Rick Steves special events that normal tourists don't get to experience like Gilly the Scottish bagpiper, the Crannog experience, the wonderful bus driver across the Isle of Mull who with his humor made the trip to Iona so enjoyable. The wonderful bed and breakfast owners,like at Glenburnie House in Oban when the owner suggested taking time in Iona to just sit, relax and feel what was important."

David

Redmond, WA

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great trip that I have been wanting to do for at least 5 years. We started by attending the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (highly recommended!) and followed up with a great trip. Scotland was even better than I had anticipated and the Scottish people were the friendliest. We had a great guide, Anne, and one of the best groups of folks we have ever traveled with. It was fun to share and experience things with everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed Kenmore and the Crannog. It is a quiet, peaceful town with great food. And I got to try the Scottish bagpipes!"

Karol

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fabulous. Annie was a fabulous guide. And one of the biggest things I like about your tours is the history and culture you get with each tour. I feel like I really KNOW the country when I am finished with a tour. And another thing, I wonder if it is possible to throw a question at the tour guide and he/she doesn't know the answer. LOL - they are super knowledgeable. I hope that we can do your tour of England, both north and south, for our next experience. Thanks Rick!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a piper named Gilly come to our dinner one night and she was - well, WOW!! She was so talented, and told great/funny stories. I also LOVED the day we went to the sheepdog farm. The shepherd was so good and, because I have trained dogs before, I was super interested in what he had to say and show us. Quite a highlight for me."

Pamela

Newbury, MA

Tour: 08/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. Ann was a treasure of information. She is a National Treasure. It was nice NOT to be driving. This was our 1st R. St Tour, so that was fun to see how it goes. We enjoy watching Rick on TV,.. sometimes it seems Ann was Rick (dressed up). Very consistent with his philosophy. Experiences were fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Do I have to pick one? Neal and the sheep dog farm, the visit to Iona, the chairlift in Glencoe"

Gail

Horseshoe Bend, ID

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Helen is extremely knowledgeable of Scottish History and of the areas that we visited. She made the tour exciting and informative. Lots of info interspersed with humour. Helen added extras like whisky and dark chocolate at the top of Ben Nevin etc. Our drivers were very skilled through all types of road conditions and tight parking spaces. Friendly and efficient. I would have liked a bit more free time in Inverness and Oban but overall a great tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly enjoyed the sheepdog demonstration. It was extremely impressive to see one man have control over 8 to 10 working dogs at one time. Having had sheep and working border collies myself made that even more amazing to me. It was pretty much WOW."

Geoffrey

West Portsmouth, OH

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized. I was impressed with the accommodations and service. The bus was very comfortable and I was impressed with the amount of available space. The size of the group (28) was quite nice as it was possible to interact with nearly everyone. The group was a very pleasant group of people and traveling with them was quite enjoyable. The group meals were very good and were a nice demonstration of Scottish cuisine. I enjoyed the variation of tour stops. Very nice trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was really impressed with the sheep dog demonstration. It was quite interesting to watch the large group of dogs work the sheep (and my wife got to shear a sheep). It was quite impressive. I would also like to note the Commando Memorial stop as I was a USN Officer with a Special Boat Unit and found the Memorial very moving."

Laura

Carrollton, GA

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

SPECTACULAR!! . The hotels were delightful and the meals were outstanding!! I loved trying different foods and I had salmon everyday I wanted it. The itinerary was perfect and we saw and learned soo much. The strenuous days were STRENUOUS but worth it. Helen was the perfect tour guide and was especially aware of my limitations. TRIP OF A LIFETIME!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheepdog demonstration!! I have seen several small demonstrations at Highland games, but this one was the REAL THING!! Hundreds of sheep, 15 + dogs (including puppies we got to hold) and actual hands-on sheep shearing after the dogs were whistle commanded to cull 1 specific sheep out of the herd. The owner was truly Scottish and was funny and most proud of his dogs. AMAZING DEMONSTRATION!!"

Christopher

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip. Helen the the key to a great tour...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The castle in Edenburgh and the royal road"

Albert

Orland Park, IL

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 4th Rick Steves' Tour. Love the small group concept. Guides are always excellent and fun as well as interacting with the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A few moments: 1) Visiting St Andrews "The Old Course". Putting on the practice green (for only 50 pence) as well as getting photographed on Swilken Bridge at the 18th hole. 2) Observing Neal and his trained boarder collie sheep dogs. Amazing how he can control 5-6 dogs with different whistle commands at the same time. Although he appears pretty gruff at first he and his wife do write children's books. We bought two for the grand kids and he signed them!"

Steve

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great first tour with any company. Lots to see and do. Pace was great. Some of the hotels were a little funky, but that was part of the charm.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the history. As one of Scottish decent, it was pretty bleak at times. Our guide was so knowledgeable that she was able to answer any question we had. It was wonderful."

Bev

Horseshoe Bend, ID

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I appreciate the flexibility to take off and do your own thing during these tours. In Scotland my wow moment was booking a 3 hour horseback 'trek' in the Scottish Highlands. I was able to find a stable that only takes experienced riders out and it was wonderful! Aside from that it probably was Iona or the Crannog center that I enjoyed the most! Oh and the Sheepdog demo was WOW!"

Sally

Hoschton, GA

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first organized tour for my husband and me. We have always planned out own travels. We were ready to have an all inclusive trip that still allowed us some freedom. This your exceeded our expectations. The large tour bus was a highlight. Not being crowded made the time on the bus enjoyable. The bus drivers were so kind and efficient navigating some tight roads.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Iona! I have tried to get there twice before, but was weathered out. Bus driver in Mull made that an unexpected treat. The mussels were Devine!!"

Lori

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour to Scotland was so much fun ! Our guide Helen was the best ! Our hotels were the nicest of any of our tours so far. Sticky Toffee Pudding - what a tasty and wicked dessert - I am amazed I have any teeth left ! I have enjoyed all of our RS Tours but I think Scotland is my favorite one ...

Louise

Forreston, IL

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip with Rick Steves Tours and I loved it. Helen, our guide, was so knowledgeable, fun and professional. The rest of the group was a joy to be around - no grumps! There were several surprises along the way that added to the excitement. I'm looking forward to booking another trip in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheepdog demonstration was definitely a "wow" moment. But, thinking back on all the individuals we were introduced to during the trip, I was really wowed by them - the sight guides, the bag piper, the shepherd, the scone demonstrator, the shuttle bus driver, etc. They really were all outstanding and showed me the character of Scotland. I would not have received those experiences by traveling on my own."

Kathryn

Winston Salem, NC

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our trip. As you can see below it was hard to pick just one Wow moment. We also enjoyed, on our own The Military Tatoo, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and climbing the Salisbury Crag. Went to Glascow overnight and wish we had done it as a day trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1- The visit to the crannog. We don"t hear or see much in the way of Iron Age history. We were impressed with the construction and everyday problem solving of the people. 2-The walk through the Hermitage especially the little stone building where the door opens to a view of the waterfall. 3- The valley at Glencoe. It was so peaceful and gorgeous. 4- Being on the Old Course at St Andrews. I tell my friends I played 18 holes there. (The putting green.) These are not in order."

Joseph

Medford, OR

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An absolutely fabulous tour with a fantastic guide and a great group of fellow travelers. I'd never been to Scotland before and I was amazed by the variation in vegetation and topography. Being an "Outlander" fan, it was fun to see both Edinburgh and stone circles. I appreciate the variety - castles, nature, lochs, battlefields, crannogs and whiskey tasting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the "hairy coos" up close and personal on the Isle of Mull. Our guide and island bus driver found a place to stop for some great photos! Our sheepdog exhibition with Neil was also a fun and relaxing visit!"

Michael

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

awesome! could have spent 10 weeks instead of 10 days...we'll probably go back on our own sometime...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"cullen skink: best chowder ever! Hairy cows. heather. the highlands. the sheep dogs. the very long days at high latitudes. the great glen."

Dianna

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We visited the best of Scotland in 10 days. I am so glad we let Rick Steves do all the planning, hotel and meal accommodations, tours, and driving. The host, tour guides, and special guests really rounded our introductory immersion into Scotland. It was well paced with plenty of down time to rest from our excursions. Truth in advertising, we did cover plenty of interesting activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many moments that took my breath away. One activity I enjoyed was listening and watching the sheepherder and his dogs. That was truly something we don't experience here in the States. Also, we visited the Culloden Battlefield. Standing on the battle grounds and reflecting over the moments that transpired there was a sobering experience."

Laurie

Renton, WA

Tour: 08/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland was all that was expected and much more. While we didn't have much Summer weather on our August trip, the rain and wind didn't put much of a damper on the adventure. We had to cancel our boat trip to the Isle of Iona due to dangerous wind and weather, but our wonderful guide and bus driver quickly took over with "Plan B" of visiting local weavers and Duart Castle. The ten day tour covered plenty of ground around the country, sampling a bit of everything Scottish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the road up to Glencoe, with the narrow road and waterfalls."

John

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 08/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Saw what I wanted and learned what I wanted. Guide was knowledgeable and enjoyed his personalized tour commentary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"glencoe. Sheep farm tour."

Angela

Stuart, FL

Tour: 08/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glencoe Valley- natural scenery and history"

Dennis

Stuart, FL

Tour: 08/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time. Would have liked the weather a little warmer , however you nor I have control over it. Scotland is a beautiful country . It's people are very friendly and wonderful to be with. It has plenty of history to be learned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out over its many pasture with live stock."

Christine

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 08/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Third times a charm visiting Scotland. I finally experienced a glimpse of the Scottish Highlands. What a beautiful view! I would like to go back and experience more of what the Highlands have to offer. I like the "no grumps/grouch" policy. Everyone is accountable for their happiness on the tour. I enjoyed the camaraderie and openness of the group. Everyone looked out for each other. Just a wonderful experience. This is my first tour with Rick Steves and it won't be my last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was watching a 16 week old border collie puppy in training, the puppy had the temperament of an old sole. He sat perfectly still in the rain. The only movement he showed was his shivering body. The puppy ignored the adult dogs. He intently watched the shepherd. The shepherd uttered a command in Gaelic, the puppy came to life. He shot off out towards the sheep and single handily corralled the sheep into a tight ball. Only 16 weeks old! Amazing..."

Mark

Olympia, WA

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland is an amazing country rich in history and natural wonder. We loved our itinerary, our fellow travelers, and our tour guide Liz was fantastic. The tour route took us into beautiful and diverse territory and our two island hop was a wonderful experience. It seemed that at every turn of the tour bus there was another loch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Believe it or not there really wasn't any one "a-ha" or "wow" moment The trip in its entirety was an "a-ha" moment."

Linda

Fulshear, TX

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour with outstanding guide who shared Scotland's history, music, culture, food, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our WOW moment was the Military Tattoo which we had shaped this whole trip around. We attended on the second night of the tour as it was a free night on the itinerary. We wish we would have thought ahead enough to attend a second night at the end of the tour since the tour ended back in Edinburgh. This music festival is outstanding! Thoroughly enjoyed the private bagpiper who entertained us one night after dinner. She was exceptional!"

Robert

Peachtree City, GA

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Liz Lister did an exception job in all areas as our tour guide. She had much to do with the very positive experience we had on the tour. This was our first Rick Steve's tour. Because of Liz we will be going on future Rick Steve;s tour. Thanks Liz! Also, we want to recognize Alan our City Circle Bus driver. He was friendly and is a top notch professional. His driving skills are the best! Thanks, Alan. All of the other people on the tour were great too. We had much fun, no grumps LOL.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep dogs, my wife and I both agree on this. We had never seen anything like it. The sheep herder, Neil and his dogs were impressive!"

Robin

Peachtree City, GA

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neil and his sheep herding dogs were the highlight of the trip for me."

Ellen

Scarsdale, NY

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again Rick Steve's tour's exceeded our expectations... Our amazing tour guide Liz, entertaining bus driver Alan, accommodations, restaurants and daily destinations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep herding"

Karen

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour, but it will not be my last! I thoroughly enjoyed my tour around Scotland!The itinerary was packed with fun and history! I thought the tour was really well organized and flowed smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments! Each time we saw castle or cathedral remains or went into a castle to tour was a wow moment for me! I love the incredible history that we don't have in the USA!"

John

Bismarck, ND

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent tour guide and we visited some of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Overall it was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Tattoo in Edinburgh."

Jane

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour but I have frequently used his guide books. This tour was well paced, with sufficient time on our own. I appreciated each area that we went I was very much looking forward to Culloden and was disappointed that we did not have a guide to take us around the battlefield. I would add Glasgow to this trip (we did it on our own.) Coach comfortable and very clean.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the crannough in Aberfeldy."

Mary Louise

Bismarck, ND

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The beauty and variety of Scotland was impressive. The people were very accommodating and friendly. We enjoyed each location included on the tour. Food was good and meals were organized well. Appreciate the wide variety of experiences we were exposed to. Overnight accommodations were always good. Transportation was well organized and departures were timely. Alan was a good driver, respectful and accommodating. Beds, meals and entertainment were good. Our group was full of fun people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Glencoe in the highlands. I could go back there for a week just to hike and see more of it up close. A close second would be the view outside of the Kenmore Hotel in Aberfeldy!!"

Kay

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our RS Scotland experience was wonderful! Between our well organized itinerary to our fun and knowledgeable guide, Liz, we felt a total immersion into Scotland's culture and vast history. It was one of our favorite tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count, but I was thrilled to ferry out to the islands of Mull and Iona."

Patricia

Glen Allen, VA

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love Rick Steves tours for the small groups, great guides, well located lodging with personality, but also the wonderful balance of education, beautiful landscapes and architecture, and cultural experiences. But every time I am surprised at the wonderful fellow travelers the Rick Steves philosophy attracts-- this tour was no exception as everyone in the group was friendly and fun to be with, especially because the couples were so friendly to me as a single traveler.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Cawdor Castle; I especially loved the extensive, beautiful gardens. My other favorite day was the day trip to Iona. The drive across Mull was lovely but actually walking on the small island of Iona was best-- I wish we had had more time to walk a little further from the main village."

Marcia

Houston, TX

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

There were moments of this trip that were STELLAR, but overall this trip was far from my favorite. Part of the problem was the fact that it rained constantly, but we expected that in Scotland and were prepared for that. Personally, I felt that the itinerary on this trip was underdeveloped and our guide was weak.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My absolute favorite moment on the tour was the evening in the crannog at the Scottish Crannog Center in Kenmore. To sit in that ancient type of dwelling and listen to a story and music with a raging fire was absolute MAGIC. LOVED it! A close second was the "Working Sheepdogs" demonstration in Leault. Neil Ross was a great host and the dogs were wonderful!"

Joe

Houston, TX

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

I did enjoy Scotland, even though it rained a lot. The guide was not what I would consider "Rick Steves" quality. The people on our group were fantastic and food and lodging was very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Crannog visit in Kenmore at night was fantastic, and sheep dog demonstration was great."

Gregory Scott

Edgewood, WA

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable tour. A couple takeaways: 1. It rains a lot in Scotland in August. 2. There are a lot of tourists in Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival in August. If I had to do it over again, I'd go in a different month. The other item to mention is that I felt we didn't have enough time in some of the most important areas, specifically St. Andrews and Stirling Castle. Tour could be a day longer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheepdogs!"

Jack

Libertyville, IL

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly enjoyed the sheep dog demonstration."

Carolyn

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great People in our tour group, great tour guide, and I truly felt like a left knowing Scotland. Only place we didn't get to tour was Glencoe....the weather didn't allow us to go up the ski lift and the rain was so hard that day we really could fully enjoy the scenery and that isn't anything you could control. We were lucky enough to get out to Mull and Iona.........

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Absolutely the boarder collies and the sheep sheering experience."

Melissa Beth

Denver, CO

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was very memorable. It exceeded me expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Crannog Centre.. fascinating."

Patrick

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour guide, Martin, was very knowledgeable and helpful. He was very accommodating to our needs and even taking a few small side trips to visit alternate sites. Having two nights in most places allowed you to really take in the sights without feeling rushed. The one exception was St Andrew's where we only had 2 1/2 hours. We could have used at least 4-5 house there. The overall trip was pleasurable and the people on the tour were fun to be with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really enjoyed the trip to the Crannog. It was very insightful and unusual. The story telling and folk music around the camp fire gave you a real feel for the culture."

Richard

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and when we returned home we signed up for another for next year. Martin (our guide) was very enjoyable and filled us in very well as our tour progressed. Lodging gave us easy access to local sites and was quite comfortable. Breakfasts were excellent and dinners were varied and good. The division of time between group and personal time was appropriate for us, and my wife and I made good use of Martin's suggestions for things to see and do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our human/animal wow was Neil Ross and his sheepdogs. My favorite natural wow was the stream-covered hills of Glencoe. 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."

Pamela

Bokoshe, OK

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fantastic tour! We had an amazing group of travelers and I enjoyed getting to know them. The tour was a good balance, with enough "on your own" time. I would have loved a few more days...although we did arrive 2 days early and included a meal in the Edinburgh Castle Great Hall (which was well done) and the Military Tattoo! FANTASTIC! Your tour was well organized and gave a great overview of Scotland. Needed more time in St. Andrews.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"By far, my favorite "wow" was Neil Ross and the Working Sheepdogs. Being a dog lover, I was excited the visit was included: it far outreached my expectations. I was amazed with the level of excellence of the dogs and totally entranced by Neil Ross. I would love to have a complete bio of all of his competitions, titles, and wins. Are his kids competing now? I forgot to ask that question. I feel he gave us a brief insight into his life, what he does, and how he does it. Would love more!"

Kelley

Crystal Lake, IL

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Scotland is a country of great beauty and friendly people. It's fun to travel with a like minded and adventurous group. The rain can be a bit of a downer, so be prepared at all times for any weather...often within a 10 minute span. I enjoyed the Highlands and Islands the most overall. This was the first of the three tours we've been on where I often felt we didn't have enough time in certain places (St. Andrews and Iona particularly) and had too much time in others. Scotland is enchanting!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Iona on a windy day, not knowing if we'd make it over or back on the ferry, and being rewarded with pretty much being the only people on the island. It's a profoundly beautiful and meaningful place and the abbey is spellbinding."

Catherine

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved everything about this vacation! It blew my mind!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Iona!"

Michele

Oak Hill, VA

Tour: 08/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Not enough words to explain how wonderful this tour was. Ready for another country in Europe. Hope adds a Iceland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neil Ross border collie show"

Roxann

Havelock, NC

Tour: 08/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nigel was an excellent guide. Very willing to help, informative, very knowledgeable about Scotland on many different levels. Accommodations and menus were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep herding and dogs. Stirling castle"

Robin

Mission Viejo, CA

Tour: 08/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved our Scotland tour. Our guide, Nigel, was wonderful. He was knowledgeable and friendly. We had a lot of rain, but we were prepared so it didn't matter. The beauty of Scotland definitely made up for the rain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was the sheep dog demonstration. We stopped at a sheep farm that had 3,000 sheep and 18 dogs. It was so incredible watching the dogs work the sheep with just a word or certain whistle from the owner. He also had puppies that we got to play with and snuggle. I loved it!"

Pamela

Warrenton, VA

Tour: 08/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great! First time on an escorted tour and we loved having all the hotels, transportation,planning, etc. taken care of for us. All the days were planned to maximize the experience and we enjoyed going to places we might not have considered and NOT driving.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Would probably be meeting Neil Ross and watching him work the sheep with his border collies and seeing the farm and puppies. Tied would be seeing Gillie the bagpiper and hearing her stories and listening to her play. These were both wonderful and would have been missed if we had not been on the tour."

Edward

San Diego, CA

Tour: 08/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great adventure with an awesome guide (Nigel H) and a great group of fellow travelers. I picked this tour at this time because I have always wanted to go to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Tattoo (not part of the tour) was magnificent and well worth fighting the August crowds in Edinburgh. The tour was a great mix of the cities and the rural areas. The Highlands were amazing and I loved our Hotel on the water in Oban. All of the hotels on this tour were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moments were the extra activities you would only get on a RS tour. The evening with Gillie (?) the bagpiper was awesome. Her reciting of Robert Burns "Address the Haggis" was thrilling! Also loved going to the sheep herding demonstration and seeing the Shepard in action. Got to play with the newborn collies."

Sally

Blanchester, OH

Tour: 08/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Scotland is beautiful and the places we saw and stayed were very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the sheep dog demonstration."

Arlene

Richland, WA

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland is beautiful, but the real experience was having James as our guide. His knowledge and love of Scotland and his happy spirit made the trip very memorable. Scotland's history and it's future were explained and all questions were answered. The boat cruise on Loch Ness with the beauty of the lake and the castle were special. Sheep shearing and puppy cuddling even in the rain were an adventure. Magical Scotland...thank you RS!

Michael

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland in 10 days is a fabulous tour. Our guide James was perfect - he had a deep knowledge of historic Scotland, the geography and current issues facing Scotland. By the end the the tour just about everyone in our group of 28 had decided that James was the most interesting man in the world! Every day of the tour was fascinating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a tour has a WOW moment every day. The Scottish scenery and cities are filled with awesome views. You can feel the history. 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. Plus the Crannog center and Culloden Battlefield which were very moving."

Pam

Dublin, CA

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing tour. I gained so much more understanding of Scotland's history and enjoyed the breathtaking scenery. The group of people on our tour were enjoyable and pleasant. James was so knowledgeable and informative. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. What an excellent leader! His stories were terrific. Everything was scheduled so well and I enjoyed every moment of our tour. Even during the uncooperative weather I loved being there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite days were the Isle of Mull and Iona--the beauty was magical. The dramatic clouds, the gorgeous water, the difference between there compared to the Lowlands."

Lois

Myrtle Point, OR

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Interesting, educational, fun. The trip fulfilled my every expectation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide, James Macletchie. James is interesting, thoughtful, kind, and considerate. The best "herd animal" ever!"

Laura

Salem, OR

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lovely tour of many of the highlights of Scotland with a knowledgable and charming guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Truly loved the day we took the ferry to the Isle of Mull and then by bus over the island and onto another ferry to the Isle of Iona. Words cannot describe the magical feeling of the islands, and the surrounding ocean."

Victoria

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great Rick Steves tour; great group, great group leader, information galore about Scotland and lots of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many; Military Tattoo, nights at the Pubs doing Scottish dancing, Whiskey tours, Sheepdogs, the Isle of Iona"

Kathleen

Temecula, CA

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall experience was great. I was a single traveler and found the food and hotels great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the isle of iona and Edinburgh loved the royal mile and the military tatoo. All the scenery in Scotland was really a WOW!!"

Rebecca

Seffner, FL

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Arrived in Edinburgh, the hotel was beautiful and the rooms were spacious. Met with the group and tour guide. Very happy we stayed 2 nights in hotels as opposed to one night and being on the move. Tour guide was very passionate about Scotland and shared his knowledge of the culture and history. Unfortunately, we cannot control the weather and we hit rain and fog along the way. I enjoyed traveling to remote destinations and loved Iona. Overall, it was a Great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow Moments: Island of Iona- specifically the view from the beach, the town itself, Ferry ride Military Tatoo- Scottish dancers, 100 bagpipes at the end Stirling Castle- the inside tour of all the rooms/ tapestry/ ceilings Royal Mile- the view down the street"

John

Nashville, TN

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding from every aspect. Anne, the tour leader, educated us and went out of her way to help solve problems for individuals. Within the short span of 10 days, we came to appreciate the history of Scotland - the battle between religions for royal rule, the impact of the country during the Enlightenment, and the dreaded Brexit. The group members connected well with each other. Mike, the bus driver, was personable and highly skilled. The weather never really slowed us down (missed gondola).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but the sheepdogs were incredible."

Hector

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a very good time in Scotland. What we liked most was that the tour took us into the areas where we could see the best of Scotland. The scenery was beautiful and we were delighted to see the sheep farm and how sheep dogs are trained. Wonderful sights and places of Scotland. Anne was a very knowledgeable tour guide. Very good overall. Thanks, Hector and Sandy Pacheco

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep farm was a "wow"."

Karen

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic tour Guide Anne was a fount if information about her beloved Scotland, and was an incredible hostess. We felt that she cared for each of us personally, and was really in tune with the pulse of the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful Glencoe area. The waterfalls in the valley wept for us, and the views were breathtaking. The wildness of the Highlands was never more visible, and the story our good Anne told of the betrayal and massacre of the Clan MacDonald by the Campbell clan made history come alive."

Thomas

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been to Europe 25+ times but this was our first guided tour. It exceeded all expectations! We could not believe how quickly the 10 days passed and how stress free it is having almost all of the details regarding lodging, meals and tickets taken care of. Of course the real keys were Scotland is a great venue and Anne Doig is a pro as a guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Wows were the sheep dogs and the beauty of the highlands."

John

Seaman, OH

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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. The food was excellent. Our tour guide, Ann, was fine and conducted the tour well, although not outstanding. Cathie Ryan ruined us on the Ireland tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. I get why Rick doesn't go there, but I think you need to think about informing the tour members of the event, and providing information on how to go there. It is so awesome that I think the tour members need to know about it. When we told others on the tour we were going, they didn't know what it was I found the Commando Memorial to be very moving. Not the statue but the circle of individual rememberances by family and comrades."

Carolyn

Savannah, GA

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the best tours ever. Scotland was wonderful and much cooler than the southern US. Tour guide, Anne, was near perfect. So knowledgeable, enthusiastic, warm, and personable. Really felt connected. Also, the group responded to her and it turned out to be an A+ group. Very friendly and engaged.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Highlands and Iona."

Dan

Belfair, WA

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Anne turned the rain into a positive with the trip up Glencoe. The waterfalls were amazing! Isle of Mull to Iona with our driver Richard was GREAT. Mike our driver was fantastic and most professional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment, probably the waterfalls by the heavy rains in the Glencoe area. The views were breathtaking."

Gay

Nashville, TN

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was lovely. We had a great group of fellow travelers and an outstanding tour guide who taught us much about her home country; unfortunately, I have had trouble retaining all of the history!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheepdog demonstration (with absolutely brilliant border collies) was fun and truly amazing. I also loved visiting Iona, but needed MUCH more time there. Thankfully, the sun decided to shine that day! Glencoe Valley was beautiful, especially after rain when the waterfalls were full and spectacular."

Autumn

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour enriched our experience in Scotland tremendously. Every day had moments that made me excited, or intrigued, or moved that I never would have discovered on my own. I went to bed every night wondering what gems we would discover the following day. The food and lodging were often extremely good and the efficiency of group travel was noticeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As we came upon Glencoe, Adele's dramatic theme from Skyfall blasting though the coach, my heart was in my throat. I thought it would be somber because of the massacre there but it was the opposite. When we got off of the bus, it was evident that Glencoe is more than just a beautiful place. There is a healing energy there that is palpable and ineffable. I didn't care that it was windy and raining and I left my jacket on the bus. I wanted to stay in that incredible energy much, much longer."

Deborah

Lakeland, FL

Tour: 07/31/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide, Helen, was outstanding and the activities on the tour were outstanding. The bus however was a problem. Sometime on the third day the air conditioner on the bus had a problem and was turned off resulting in a hot ride by the time we arrived at our destination. A different bus should have been sent but was not. The rest of tour was in a hot bus or a very noisy bus due to air conditioner. Also 2 of our rooms had no fan available making for hot nights since window only went up 1-2 in

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Isle of Iona--it would have been nice to have a little more time there"

Brad

Spring Hill, FL

Tour: 07/31/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Too much travel time on the Bus. No shopping time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep dog training."

Barbara

Kilmarnock, VA

Tour: 07/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour of any kind with a group. Overall it exceeded our expectations with Helen Houston, our guide, being a key reason the tour was excellent. A great introduction to Scotland, hitting all the highlights of that beautiful country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many wow moments to pick one: Iona, St. Andrews, Glen Coe. So much of what we were exposed to was just fantastic."

John

Reno, NV

Tour: 07/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we really enjoyed it. Helen Houston was fabulous. We always felt safe and well cared for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheepdog visit was the "wow" moment for me. Truly amazing!"

George

Kilmarnock, VA

Tour: 07/31/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first tour and it exceeded our expectations. Tour content was excellent, but the star of our trip was our Guide, Helen Houston. Helen acted as a true guide. We never felt like we were being lead from event to event. The whole trip was an excellent balance between scheduled events and free time. We also made some new friends in our tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Iona was a key destination for us. We have waited many years to visit this special place. We would have liked to have stayed overnight."

Rex

Fort Wayne, IN

Tour: 07/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I like the Rick Steves style of a striking an affordable balance. High quality B&B's, not fancy hotels. Walking and minimal bus time. Big luxurious bus only half full, so we could stretch out (although the AC fan broke, making an awful racket for part of the trip). Aggressive walking days, and free time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sheep Dogs were amazing and funny and fascinating and awesome. The castles in Scotland, build on natural volcanic rock formations are iconic. The Edinburgh day tour guide and the bus driver across the Isle of Mull was a standup comic, really entertaining. Sterling Castle, in Helen's home town, was an excellent final day."

Edmond

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 07/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. We were probably lucky that the weather was good throughout the trip, only some occasional rain. The people were friendly and the cities and countryside were beautiful. The one negative was a squeaky fan (in the forced air system) on the bus which sometimes made the guide hard to hear.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pinpoint one moment, but the views of the highlands are breathtaking. The sheepdog demonstration is impressive with whole teams of dogs working in concert."

Evan

Reno, NV

Tour: 07/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and it was definitely the best tour I have ever had. The days with strenuous amounts of walking were paired with filling meals and restful nights (as well as nice bus rides the next day). I really enjoyed the Rick Steves way of touring, and my main point is everything (especially the sheepdogs) was perfect. This is a great tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The farewell dinner had a stunning view, and the sheepdogs' intelligence (I daresay they could beat many adults if they could speak English) was truly amazing."

James

Austin, TX

Tour: 07/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it was them best of Scotland. we saw the best of Scotland and now I have to go back to spend more time in some of the areas. Helen made the history come alive and pointed out many references to movies and TV series. the people were friendly and helpful and genuinely appreciated us visiting their country. the overall picture given by Helen then turned on our own made for personal explorations in our interests. Well Done

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Edinburgh Castle looming above the city, then spending time exploring the city. the sheep dog demonstration was definitely a wow moment too. 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."

Elizabeth

North Chesterfield, VA

Tour: 07/31/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour guide was terrific, providing us with music, writings, interesting facts, and some history of Scotland. We saw many different areas of Scotland giving us an overview of the country. We met some nice people and everyone was always on time. The hotels were all nice, and the meals delicious. I plan to revisit Scotland and spend more time in the Highlands and possibly the Orkney Islands.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but I would say the cruise on Loch Ness and our approach to Urquhart Castle from the water. It was a lovely day with sun and clouds, and the ripples and changes in the water gave you the sense that something could be lurking below the surface. Urquhart Castle was amazing to visit, and I appreciated being the first ones to enter the castle grounds. A close second "wow" moment was Stirling and Stirling Castle."

Minerva

Mooresville, NC

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 3rd RS tour was fantastic. Nigel was an outstanding guide, patient and knowledgeable, he knew the answer to everything we asked him. Bus rides were enjoyable. Driver Colin was quite skilled on the roads. Lodgings were fine except for Kenmore where we heard the kitchen fan blasting thru the night. At Culross Palace, 29 people with backpacks cannot all fit comfortably in those small rooms. I walked out in the middle of that tour. Meals were great. Haggis tastes like meatloaf. For real.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Plenty of "wows". Crannogs and Neil Ross' border collies. PUPPIES! The ski lift ride in the rain at Glencoe. I would have done that twice! The breathtaking Highlands. And the utterly sublime Iona."

Patricia

Hurst, TX

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves tour and I'm already planning my next one! This 10 day adventure in Scotland was the perfect mix of city, country, and culture. I felt completely immersed and learned so much about the history of the country from Nigel (who was absolutely wonderful). The food was fantastic, the accommodations were pleasing, and the transportation was exceptional. The value that I received exceeded my expectations as usual, and I really could not be more pleased with the tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but my favorite this time was being on Loch Ness and stopping at Urquhart Castle. Loch Ness was on my bucket list, and while I didn't get to meet Nessie, being on the loch and learning about its history was an experience I will never forget."

Jeffrey

Kentfield, CA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My Scotland trip was as I had expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have no particular Wow moments. The entire trip was truly an eyeopener."

Scott

Alpharetta, GA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nigel, the tour guide, did a great job. He was always available to help with restaurant suggestions, directions, etc. His information about the sites we visited was outstanding and his overall knowledge of Scotland proved to be very interesting. The sites we visited were all interesting and gave me a better understanding of the land that my grandparents came from. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the food was. Scotland is not known for its cuisine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have many wonderful memories about this trip, but our visit to the sheep farm was the best. Neil, his 28 dogs and the sheep put on a show I will never forget!"

Jean

Las Vegas, NM

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Nigel, was very knowledgeable, cordial and helpful. The sites we visited were more than expected. I could have spent more time enjoying all of them. There were plenty of opportunities to get off the bus and stretch our legs. I truly enjoyed myself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing and experiencing the beautiful countryside with it's rich history."

Michael

Mooresville, NC

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Extremely intensive, but what I expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep dogs!"

Donna

Hobe Sound, FL

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I truly enjoyed the tour. My husband and I decided to celebrate our 35th anniversary by traveling overseas which was a new experience for us. We decided to try the Rick Steve's tour because of the smaller size of the group. I feel we learned so much more about Scotland this way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was watching the Border Collies work and being able to try my hand at shearing a sheep. We were lucky to have puppies to hold too. The Crannogs exhibit was a very spiritual place for me. I lite a candle for my brother who had passed a few days before I left for Scotland at the cathedral at Iona."

Cheryle

Alpharetta, GA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' trip.. WE usually do not do tours but decided to give it a try.. It was great. It was so nice not to have to worry about anything. We had a wonderful guide (Nigel), who did a great job, and was very knowledgeable about the history of Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neil and the sheep. It was amazing to see the dogs herding the sheep with just a few words from Neil. My husband got to shear one of the sheep."

Donna

Tonawanda, NY

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed my trip to Scotland and the sites we visited. Edinburgh will go down as one of my favorite city's I have ever visited. I would go back there tomorrow to spend my time and see all of the sites. I would not change the tour or the sites visited. I felt it was a good balance of togetherness and time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I absolutely loved the entire city of Edinburgh and its vibe. Such a walkable and beautiful city. It was clean and the residents were friendly & willing to help the occasionally confused and lost tourist. The flowers throughout the city helped with its charm. The hop on and hop off was well worth the two day pass to help navigate the sites."

Katherine

Saint Augustine, FL

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland is a beautiful country and we loved it. Arrived four days early and stayed another week. Then a week and a half in England with friends. Husband and friend planned to hike Ben Nevis after tour but weather was foul and they had to cancel so we went to Find my ancestors family castle ruins. Had a fabulous trip. Scotland doesn't have billboards s and road trash. If the people speak slowly I could understand. In 26 days we had 23 days of rain. We were prepared.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Kenmore walk after dinner standing in little bridge looking out at lake. Beautiful evening Battlefield visit heartfelt because my ancestors fought for Scotland 's freedom there and 200 years earlier with William Wallace. Iona. Wow. And the sun came out. Outlander sights! Hahahahaha"

Katherine

Prior Lake, MN

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was excellent, and the itinerary was fun and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love the old castles!"

Maggie

Santa Ana, CA

Tour: 07/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Could not be more pleased with this trip. From hotels, to sites visited, through transportation and meals; this was a 5 star trip all the way. I loved the itinerary and James Macletchie, our guide, brought history alive for us throughout the trip. Honestly, there was not one single thing I would have changed about this trip, and it will always remain the trip of a lifetime in my eyes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow, not sure I can narrow it down to just one. Meeting Gillie, the wonderful bagpiper who gave us a concert was really special (as was she). I fell in love with the peace and beauty of Iona. The unmatched beauty of the highlands took my breath away. The castles fulfilled all my expectations, and I loved that several were included at different stages of their development or decay."

Weather

Scotland / Edinburgh

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email as well as in the Itinerary section of your online customer account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour in the Documents section of your customer account.

Please note: There are no triple rooms available on this tour.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements and transfers are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly in and out of Edinburgh Airport (EDI).

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Scotland guidebook.