• 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

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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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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 walk • 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 2019
  • 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 towering forest. Next, we are onto 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 watch a demonstration by talented sheepdogs. After a quintessential Scottish lunch together, we'll tour evocative Culloden Battlefield, where, in 1746, Bonnie Prince Charlie's defeat 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

Hugo

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was outstanding. It should be a couple of days longer-one more day in Edinburgh and a day to St. Margaret's Hope and Skara Braie ruins.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cannot say."

Geraldine

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our trip was outstanding . The guide was knowledgeable and "bent over backwards " to accommodate everyone . I only have a couple of comments...not enough free time and I do believe the beds might have been from the 14th century.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I absolutely loved the Sheepherder and dogs demonstration. He was delightful and authentic in the presentation (and so were the dogs!!)"

Michael

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am of Scottish background. I really liked how we got to see a wide variety of Scottish history and I must say that I am very glad to be alive now. We really got to see how barbaric and crude without equality it was in the past. Seeing the JK Rowling sites in Edinburgh allowed a more optimistic view of the Scottish legacy. We got to see totally beautiful things and interact with wonderful people. Our travel experience was fantastic with great lodging and guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Julia singing a Gaelic song in the Chapel at Iona. Had Saint Columba been there, it would have been blessed without question. Overall we didn't get as much chance to interact with Scottish locals. Julia was great but not a native, even our bus driver on Mull going to Iona was English as was the guide at Urquhart Castle.Thankfully our regular driver, Colin was Scottish and as cool as possible. Nonetheless Julia's song allowed us to drift back nearly 1500 years into a spiritual spot."

Rorie

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our 3rd "Best" tour with the RickStevesTours group. We thoroughly enjoyed each of the areas this tour took us and the experiences in and in-between each city we stayed in. GREAT!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Julia, our guide, sang us a song on the bus, directed us in a group song as well, and she sang a solo song in one of the little church buildings we visited. Absolutely beautiful voice, but above that the chosen site and moment to do wo was very spiritual. Thank you Julia!"

Stephen

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tout and it will not be our last. We were very fortunate to have Anne as our guide who made the tour truly exceptional. Apparently she only does one tour a month which is a shame as she is so fantastic at making sure everyone has a great experience. Her insight and knowledge of Scotland both past and present were enlightening and her humor was infectious. The hotels were comfortable and the transportation was roomy and enjoyable. Loved every minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "WOW" moments on this trip. Neil and his dogs were truly amazing as other travelers have mentioned but the highlight for me was traveling through the highlands and Glencoe. The rain emphasized why the area is called the weeping valley as there were so many water falls and courses streaming down the mountains all around us. Breathtaking."

Steven

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time, learned a lot about Scotland and met great people. Would do it again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glencoe was beautiful, had no clue Scotland was so picturesque. Also loved the visit with the Shepherd and seeing the collies manage the sheep, most impressive. The Isle of Iona was also a very special place to visit."

Pamela

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Anne & Apprentice Charlotte (aka: Charlie), each made our time in Scotland enjoyable, educational, comfortable, adventurous, hassle free, & so much fun! There's no way my husband and I could have seen nor done as much as we did, if left to our own devices within the country and not on a Rick Steves tour. Anne is very knowledgeable about Scottish history, locations, highlights, cultural facts, and the layout of the land. She also has local connections that were a major highlight!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many WOW moments - don't make me choose just one! I've now tried Drambuie, and love it... wow, & you can make rusty nail drinks! I didn't know back in the 1500's that folks only bathed 1x/ year & usually in May... Hence, they'd get married in June when they were more appealing & less smelly - crikey. St. Andrews'Old Course is where golf was invented & played!? Ms Gilly can sure play that bagpipe & her stories are wonderful! And that Sheppard and his flock of sheep & dogs - wow!"

Mary

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Whenever I travel to a new country, I find there's so much more to learn and see than I had expected, and this was true for Scotland. Despite weather of every stripe, everything about this tour was wonderful - a great group of easy-going, educated, fun to be with tour members from all across the US, not just 1, but 2 wonderful guides, great food, so much natural beauty, fascinating history, comfortable lodging away from the masses of tourists in other places, and a perfect itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There must have been a "wow" moment every day, but what I love most about RS tours are the opportunities to strip away barriers between visitors and make meaningful connections with the people - our Edinburgh guide Bryan, the opinionated but truly educational and skillful shepherd Neil, the woman who showed us how to make scones, Gillie the piper, the 2 crannog curators, the entertaining Mull driver Richard, our charming driver Tom, and last, but not least, A#1 guides Anne and Charlie."

Beth

Los Gatos, CA

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland was amazing. The sites, the scenery, the food, the history and so much more to take in and appreciate. The people are extremely friendly. The music is very enjoyable. I really liked being able to go to local pubs and here various types of music.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gilley's bagpipe performance and Neil working his dogs with the sheep. Also, Glencoe's waterfalls were breathtaking."

Rene

Jacksonville, NC

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall this is a great tour. Definitely learned a lot of history and hit many important sites in Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment had to be the visit to Neil and his sheepdog demonstration. The demonstration was unbelievable. We all got our dog fix petting the dogs afterward, also. A close second was Gilly's bagpipe performance. She is an excellent performer and very patient teacher. Maybe if she had a scottish terrier at her feet....LOL!"

Diana

Chesterfield, VA

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall experience met our expectations. Nigel was a great tour guide and the locations visited were interesting and fun. We learned, experienced, and enjoyed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cawdor Castle and the gardens were a delight to visit. The gardens were a WOW."

Kristy

Springdale, WA

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first RS tour and it was amazing. We saw so much history and made great friendships in the process. Truly unbelievable. Thx you!?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a WOW moment for me."

Jackson

Kuttawa, KY

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was really wonderful all around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Either Iona or the sheepdog demonstration with Neil--at which I got to help shear a sheep!"

Randa

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour - really well organized and I felt that I really saw Scotland. We arrived early and spent a day in Glasgow and wish we had scheduled an extra day in there (we loved that city) and an extra day in Edinburgh but, honestly, US vacation days are hard to work with if you have a job, which we did. Most of the other travelers were retired...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sheepdog farmer! And holding a one-hour old lamb at the farm... wow, that was AMAZING. A real insight into rural Scottish life, and the difficulties of farming in the EU."

Lawrence

Wildwood, MO

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time touring Scotland. Our guide, Helen, did an outstanding job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the sheep farm and how well the dogs performed their role with the sheep/ master."

Roma

Roseville, MN

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent knowledgeable tour guide. Good walking pace. Comfortable, clean, super accommodations with great food. Wide variety of sites with ample time for exploring on your own. Thought the buddy system would be silly, but it worked great! Wonderful group of people on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Highlands. Seeing the reflection of the mountains in Loch Ness. The Urquhart castle ruins along the way. Absolutely breath taking. Appreciated our bus stop along the way to take in the beauty."

Mary

Wildwood, MO

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland is a remarkable place with such a rich history. Our tour guide took us on a tour of this great country's history from very ancient times to more recent times. Each new adventure more remarkable than the next.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loch Ness was probably my most favorite moment. We had a very clear and calm day and the water was smooth as glass. And when I looked down into the dark depth of the cold water, I could believe that all the legends and stories were true!"

Nicole

Springfield, IL

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour experience was very good. I thought Helen was a knowledgeable guide and the places that we visited on the trip were interesting and of importance. I do wish that this tour was longer than 10 day and spent a bit more time in a few places to really get into the culture. I felt that the time spent in Oban and the islands didn't really let you enjoy any of it. We were spending so much time getting from one place to the other that we didn't get to "smell the roses".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Playing the bagpipes"

Doug

Yorba Linda, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We usually take cruises for our "big" vacations. This was our first land tour. We struggled with packing differently than we normally do, but thoroughly enjoyed getting to explore places and meet people we would never have been able to on a cruise. The group size was perfect. The things we experienced and learned were fantastic. We are very happy we went on this RS Best of Scotland tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many wow moments. I really enjoyed the Crannog Centre and the sheepdog visit. The castles were fantastic and the scenery was gorgeous."

Patricia

Williamsport, PA

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful experience! We got a great overview of Scotland! Our fellow travelers were warm & friendly. Our tour guide, James was truly special! In addition to creating opportunities for the group to get better acquainted, we enjoyed listening to Gaelic music (often personally sung for us by James) as well as some of his groundbreaking recorded music. We also enjoyed learning more of the history, customs, politics and current issues of Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Island of Iona on a gloriously perfect weather day! We enjoyed the stunning beauty of the island as well as the Abbey where James, our tour guide, delighted us with an a cappella Gaelic song ~ unforgettable! Also, for me, the forests that we saw along the way, covered in swaths of beautiful bluebells were also stunning!"

Jamey

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was a magical mix of an amazingly beautiful country that included history, storytelling, wonderful and friendly local people, music, incredible sights, great lodgings and food, new friends who all enjoyed one another, the most friendly and charming bus driver you could imagine, great local guides and a tour guide that can never be topped. I was a bit worried about signing up for a tour (our first ever) but it surpassed all my expectations. It's an experience I will cherish forever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was most looking forward to visiting Iona. It was warm and sunny that day and the sea was turquoise blue. This was not at all what I had expected! We had an excellent local guide who shared the history of the island and what it's like for the current residents. We gathered with our guide, James, in the small chapel and he sang to us in Gaelic. My eyes filled with tears as I felt the connection to all those who had sought spiritual comfort in this place for centuries. What a day!"

Karen

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved our guide Liz, the fellow travelers, Alan the bus driver, hotel and restaurant staff - and the people of Scotland. We feel like we got a terrific exposure to both cities and villages, culture, history, geography, food & beverage ... a great overview of an unbelievably beautiful country. Thank you :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was "wow"!"

Silvana

Tolland, CT

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed every moment of the tour from the destination, to our guide and the rest of my tour members. This was my first tour and it was was a positive experience that I will gladly repeat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one as each day's destination surpassed the previous one. I adored every part of our trip to the Isle of Iona. The drive across Mull to reach the ferry for Iona was breathtaking. But Iona itself was a treasure. I was pleasantly surprised to see clear blue turquoise water and white sand beaches. It was a peaceful and beautiful place with such a tranquil feel. I hope to return someday."

Carol

Caledon, ON

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first time taking a Rick Steves tour. My husband and I have wanted to visit Scotland for many years and this tour offered many of the sites we wanted to visit. I was impressed with the online booking process and inclusion of the guidebook in the package. The arrangements - accommodations, bus, meals, site tours - were very well honed. I appreciated the smaller scale hotels and inns for their comfort and warm welcomes. Our bus driver, Tam, was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking in and around Edinburgh was spectacular - I could have spent more time there easily The crannog centre was an unexpected delight - very informative and welcoming staff The Glencoe ski-lift bonus - I did not know that there was skiing in Scotland - we had a rare clear day and the views were breath-taking"

Adele

East Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the variety of experience this trip offered with a very congenial group of fellow travelers, well led by Martin. The lodging choices were excellent. We found friendliness of local residents was a real pleasure, as was the as the fun of meeting tourists here and there from all over the world. Meals together were good, as well as times we looked for our own places to eat. We had many special experiences along the route from Edinburgh, as far as Inverness and Iona, back to Edinburgh.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed the sheepdog demonstration and the outspoken shepherd amazing us with his dog training skills, and super bright border collies. His wife sold us a homemade family children's book about sharing their shepherding lifestyle with others. This was a smile experience. A wow view was a trip on the ski lift to have and overview of highland landscape in the area of Glencoe."

Robert

Brevard, NC

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a favorite trip for us. We had a great group of fellow travelers. Our rooms were terrific except for the last night. The food was incredible and the places we visited were great. We even had perfect weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Martin took us on a ski lift on a perfect Scottish afternoon up a highlands mountain top."

Dany

Brevard, NC

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hotels, meals, sites the best. Martin was great, a sense of humor, with knowledge and finesse.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the ski lift in Glencoe, never been on one, the views were breathtaking."

Doug

Caledon, ON

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Was our first group tour, we had always planned and gone on our own, so we came on this with some trepidation. We had a great time, loved the tour, loved the group and had a fab trip. We are looking forward to another one next year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Edinburgh itself was a highlight, could have spent another day there easily. The ski lift up the mountain was great as well, luckily we had a clear warm day. Visiting the crannog was also special."

Rebecca

Murfreesboro, TN

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of Scotland was wonderful. It combined city (Edinburgh, Inverness) and lowland, highland, island scenery, culture, and history. Our tour guide made the landscape come to life, and was a joy to travel with. The food was fabulous, and the activities were varied and interesting. On all five Rick Steve's tours that I have joined, my mantra each day has been "Oh, my, this is the best day ever. I don't see how anything can beat this!" Then I repeat every day after that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is like asking me to name my favorite child! The border collie sheep herding day was fascinating. I loved Gilly's bagpipe experience. I loved the ski lift trip in the most beautiful weather ever. I loved Oban, Mull, and Iona. I loved traveling through the countryside. I especially enjoyed the crannog trip. I love Edinburgh."

John

East Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Being part of a tour-group and experiencing new places/people is enjoyable. What I find undesirable is the transport process between home/tour/home. Each trip [INVALID]ion has me considering whether it is worth 'going' versus the security checks, fogged-out-head for a day or two upon arrival at the beginning followed by nearly a week of a foggy-head (like a mild hangover.) The tour guided by Martin Lewandowicz was worth the travel undesirables of getting to/from Scotland! Great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite experience was the Botanical Gardens at Ed-in-bra and seeing a rare wild Scottish Wildcat. I would have enjoyed seeing stone quarried to better appreciate all the stone buildings. The Sheep-Dog demo was great."

Gary

Stateline, NV

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very interesting, informative and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting St. Andrews Golf Course."

Len

Lake Norden, SD

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great guide, beautiful scenery

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheepdogs"

Anne

Crozet, VA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fabulous from start to finish. It provided a wonderful overview of Scotland, from the charming city of Edinburgh with its urban pleasures and wonderful history, to the peaceful spirituality of the island of Iona. There was something for everyone. I enjoy history, food, beautiful scenery, and comradeship. This tour provided it all. Our guide was a fount of knowledge. It was a special touch that he is a native Gaelic speaker and offers a unique perspective on Scotland. Great tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first taste of haggis, the mountains blanketed in blooming gorse, the raucous wedding party that swept us into their fun in an Inverness pub. However, there are two things that really stand out. One was listening to our guide, James, sing a song in his native Gaelic in the chapel of the old monastery on Iona. It brought tears to my eyes--a soul stirring moment. The other was a stop at the peaceful beautiful old church St Conan's Kirk in County Argyll. Serene beauty and profound peace."

Jean

Lake Norden, SD

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep dogs"

Louvina

Fresno, CA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour and James was an excellent tour guide. Scotland was so clean, green and safe and the people held to moral, honesty values, which was so nice to enjoy. We have been on several Rick Steve's tours and this is one of our very favorite. Would love to see more of northern Scotland so are waiting for the new tour.

Mary

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent. Learned a lot, saw a lot, and had fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Edinburgh Castle."

Kimberly

Hamilton, IN

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour was great. My previous experience had been the BOE21 which I also loved but this tour was a little more laid back once we left Edinburgh. I loved being out of the city and into the countryside. The hotels were in beautiful locations but Scotland is just a beautiful country. I loved this tour in every aspect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard question. The sheepdogs, baby lambs and puppies are hard to beat but the entire day of traveling to Iona and back was my favorite. I think I was born to be on the water and it was a perfect weather day so I think that was my Wow moment."

Jerry

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best vacation ever. My hat is off to James, our indefatigable guide, for creating a most memorable journey. His knowledge of all things Scottish informed and inspired. I especially loved his stories of growing up on the outer Hebrides. His singing was beautiful and moving and his patience was a virtue.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The local pub visit in Inverness stands out. No fights erupted, even though the Furry Monster (dressed for a wedding party) was a wee bit obnoxious. The sheep dog demonstration was a definite WOW. Watching Neil work his dogs at great distance with barely a whistle and a whisper was eye popping. The Battlefield of Culloden reminded me of my own Scottish roots and war experiences. I think James could lead a group of wounded warriors through a healing process on his own."

Raymond

Centreville, VA

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we had no idea what to expect. I have to say whatever we might have expected would have been exceeded. From the minute we met Nigel, our tour guide, we knew we were in for a great trip. Each day in Scotland exposed us to scenery and history we had not anticipated, and only increased our anticipation of what the next day would bring. We were never disappointed. It was a great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive across the Isle of Mull was my WOW moment. I was amazed at the one way roads with pullouts all the way across the island and how our bus driver and the other drivers on the island gave way so effortlessly. Even trucks would back up in order to let other cars or buses pass if they were closer to last pullout. Also, all the Highland Cows were neat to see, as was the landscape. Finally, our coach driver was entertaining and gave us a sense of what it's like to live on Mull."

Mark

Flagler Beach, FL

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed Scotland RS tour. Great group, great guides and driver and well thought out and efficient itinerary still enabling us to see so much and still have minimum two night stays. Also value the flex time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep farm with the dogs and puppies. Fantastic guide for city tour of Edinburgh. Time on our own in St. Andrews and Inverness soaking in daily life in these gorgeous small towns!"

Barbara

Centreville, VA

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was well organized and true to the catalog description. There was a good variety of experiences. Our guide was very knowledgeable and presented information in a clear, concise manner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the experience with the shepherd. It was fascinating the way he controlled his dogs to manage the sheep and how he sheared the sheep."

Julia

Dayton, OH

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour group trip. It exceeded our expectations. We never felt hered around as an awkward group. It felt more like friends traveling together. Our guide Nigel was awesome! He was so knowledgeable and handled the group so well. The hotels and dinners were great. We felt like we got a good feel for Scotland when we were there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Glencoe and the scenery there."

Steve

Pekin, IL

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I adored the "Best of Scotland". It was one amazing discovery after the next. Historic Edinburgh was delightful. The castle, Royal Mile, St. Giles' Cathedral, the Grassmarket and a deep-fried Mars bar were great. The Museum of Scotland, just wow! The Aberfeldy Whisky tour was wonderful. Kenmore, something out of a stunning picture book,. Transport by bus, boat, or tram provided incredible, architecture, glens, bogs, bogs and lochs. All was great!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down the visit to the shepherd's farm with his amazing dogs. Holding the lambs and talking with him was a highlight."

Chuck

Buckley, WA

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and conducted very well. An added bonus was the good weather. It was often chilly but very little rain!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is really a hard question because of the enjoyable experiences. Glencoe was a wow !"

Susan

Fredericksburg, VA

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour with any provider because I usually travel on my own. I thoroughly enjoyed the almost instant camaraderie of the group, aided in no small part by our personable tour guide. The balance of group activities and "alone time" was perfect and I learned far more from traveling with our guide than I would have on my own. I would take another Rick Steves tour in a heartbeat!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to choose a favorite "wow" moment from the tour. The Scottish Crannog Centre was definitely a highlight from the standpoint of education. Then again, turning off the main road and entering Glencoe provided the most breathtaking scenery of the tour. But encountering the restored massive St. John's Cross on Iona leaves an impression of early Christianity that I will never forget. So, . . . hard to choose."

Sandy

Langley, WA

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This 10 day trip contained all the elements that make a Rick Steves trips outstanding. It was an interesting and well thought out itinerary, included the company of a wonderful driver and guide, good traveling companions, interesting and cozy accommodations, great sights and narration, good food and drink and lovely surprises. I know this sounds like the adverts for trips, but even when out guide Nigel was not around, he was working at making our trip more fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stunning scenery. Scotland is such a wild and gorgeous part of the world with so much history."

Chris

Langley, WA

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nice mix of activities balanced with short stops when travelling by bus. Plenty of information on places and history. Enough free time to explore although some places seemed a little rushed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glencoe valley. St. Andrews (although more time would have been nice)."

Sandra

Sedro Woolley, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! This was my third Rick Steves Tour. I truly believe no other company could "out do" these tours. Each day is are absolutely full of new adventures. I encourage all my friends to go! Just do it. Traveling on Rick Steves Tours is something you will never ever regret!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching Neil Ross working his sheepdogs was absolutely amazing. The skills of Neil Ross and his herding Border Collies are a sight to behold.The lambs and puppies are so cute too! My other "wow" moment was spending a sunny day on the Isle of Iona. This remote island lives up to being the spiritual center of Scotland for many reasons. The crystal blue waters and remote location may lead you to discover a special spiritual moment yourself."

Gregory

Laveen, AZ

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and the first multi-day group tour I have taken. I was pleased by the entire experience and will look to Rick Steves for future tours in Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheepdog demonstration was my favorite "wow" moment. I was surprised and impressed by the dogs and the shepherd."

Lanny

Cornelius, NC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour! The itinerary was such that we could experience true Scotland. Plenty of time on our own. Best tour I have ever been on. Great group of travelers and greatest tour guide ever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are wow moments multiple times a day in this lovely country. Loved the sheep herding. Never knew how much went into the training and controlling the dogs to be better efficient at herding the sheep. Love the beauty and sereneness of Iona. The quaint villages and the history of Scotland were unbelievable. The castles such as Edinburgh and Stirling were remarkable and the ruins were magnificent. As a golfer, what can I say about St Andrews. Picture on Swilcan bridge, priceless!"

Jeffrey

Tryon, NC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour and I thought it was great. The guide was super, the activities well paced. I liked that we spent two nights at each hotel so we were not constantly packing and moving. Our group was fun and easy to get along with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really liked the crannog, the sheepdog demonstration, the distillery tour, the piper, Glencoe, St Andrews cathedral ruins and Oban."

Mary

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first tour experience was exceptional. We had a great 10 days of being guided through in-the-moment experiences in the most beautiful place. We visited several interesting locations each day, enjoyed great views from a bus full of people having a great time, ate new and local foods and ended the day in wonderful hotels. I look forward to another tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment had to be trying to play the bagpipes with Gilly in Kenmore. She played wonderful songs, told us about her clothing and how the instrument works. When she offered to let us try, it was great to get a chance! I think my favorite memories of Scotland were about the sounds - the local songs in the pub and on the bus, the birds everywhere we went, the water, and especially the wonderful sounds of the local language."

Lauren

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very fun group! This was our 4th RS tour and they have all been well organized and stress free traveling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really enjoyed the sheep dog experience. Watching the guy command the dogs....That was a wow!"

Kelly

East Peoria, IL

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RS tour and probably the most fun, thanks largely to our guide, Anne, and the wonderful group of travelers we were lucky enough to be part of. It was good to spend a lot of time in the countryside, rather than mostly in cities as on our previous tours. Anne kept the group on schedule, worry-free and having fun. There was a lot of bus time, but always broken up into short segments and made easier with Anne's narration and soundtrack of Scottish music. And a few wee drams!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No single 'wows' on this trip. The most sublime moment was basking in beautiful, warm sunshine with our new tour friends on the back of the ferry returning from Iona. We experienced all kinds of Scottish weather on the trip, with sun, rain, snow, hail and sleet sometimes within the same hour. We really enjoyed seeing the thousands of baby lambs in the fields and hillsides as we traveled on the bus.The Crannog Centre was a lot more interesting than I expected, thanks to the curators at the site."

Sheree

Laveen, AZ

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything I wanted and more. Anne is the absolute best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am an Outlander fan and have been interested in Scotlands history since reading the books. But to stand on Culloden field was amazing. To think of all of the brave highlanders who fought and lost their lives for what they believed. Very moving."

Donna

Tobaccoville, NC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great travel companions and SUPERB guide Anne and coach driver Marcin . The pace was good and we like the split between free time and group time. Plenty of stops in interesting places along the way on long travel days. Food was good everywhere we ate as a group. Enjoyed the hotels also-even the one with only a tub to bathe in. Part of the adventure of traveling in another country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think our wow moment was Oban. The Glenburnie House with Graham was gorgeous and so comfortable. We got to Oban early enough to buy a bag of chocolates, have dinner with the group at the fish and chips shop and then head back to the hotel. Our 2nd floor room was gorgeous. We sat in our chairs by the bay window and watched the sunset. Absolutely incredible. The trip to Iona the next day was interesting, and Richard the coach driver on Mull was both informative and hilarious."

Dave

Madison, IN

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group of people! Made friends fast and hopefully for years to come. Everything went off as per the itinerary, so there were no surprises. The weather was as advertised (don't know how anyone would want to live with that!). Anne is a jewel - can't say enough about her professionalism and charm.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the crannogs near Kenmore. Getting a sense of what life was like thousands of years ago, and how the people of that era adapted to their surroundings to carve out a life was fascinating. It's hard to believe they could have accomplished what they did with the tools and "technology" at hand."

Susan

Denver, CO

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Took this Tour 2 yrs. ago with my husband. Said so much good about it my girlfriends wanted to go this year! I couldn't pass up going again, so I did! Just as wonderful second time. Enough was different with the itinerary and the group as well as the familiarity that I loved it all over again. So well planned and paced, balance of time together and time on our own as well as mix of types of activities in this Tour. The time I had to "wander around and gaze/photograph" was so appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW: Oban and the Islands- the places and colors, the trip out and back, the people and dogs I met Walking the beach at St. Andrews Sunrise on the Tay, river and loch Watching the dogs work on the Sheep Farm, holding the 5 wk old pups and 2 day old lambs"

Sam

Pleasureville, KY

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our experience was all we could hope for. Anne, our guide was superb and just plain fun to be with for our trip. Marcin, our driver was also the best. Our group was great! They were all people looking for fun and adventure as we were. The weather was good and Scotland was breathtakingly beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It had to be the Glencoe area. I was unprepared for the vast beauty of that area. Pictures just don't capture it. This could be said for all the "highlands". Anne took us to a small park between Kenmore and Inverness were we got to hike up a path next to a mountain stream that was also special. Oban and Iona were special also."

Nancy

Annandale, VA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow [INVALID] for my first experience with a Rick Steves tour [INVALID] how amazing was our 10 days touring wonderful Scotland!! From the instant comaraderie of our fellow travelers, to the gorgeous scenery, variety and spectacular-ness (is this a word?) of places visited, exposure to history, and our fabulous tour guide and driver, we had a blast!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd have to say the sheepdog herding exhibition (complete with a brief dusting of snow) and sheep shearing [INVALID] just amazing what these dogs do and how many commands he had to master! Complete with border collie puppy and baby lamb cuddling ...."

Kathleen

Tryon, NC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and I worry we have been spoiled for future tours by our absolutely fabulous guide, Anne. She was fun, informative and went way above expectations to ensure our group had a great experience. Everything about the tour was first rate - the hotels, the food, our driver Marcine, the selection of sights and the information provided by our guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A wow moment and a wow day... The drive through the Glencoe Valley was breathtaking. Best, most quintessential Highland moment. My favorite day was the visit to the Crannog in the morning and the distillery in the afternoon. Both were most enjoyable and informative."

Jean

Incline Village, NV

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked the [INVALID]ion of Inns for our overnight stays and the fact that we stayed at least two nights in each location. I liked the variety the [INVALID]ion of cities, castles, churches, other historic sites, special outdoor scenery, and restaurants. It provided a nice overview of Scotland for someone who has never been there. Our guide was outstanding. He was knowledgeable, interesting, fun, attentive to personal needs, and provided unique insights into the history and culture of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is hard to answer as there were so many areas that were a treat for me to see and experience. I particularly liked the city of Inverness, the island of Iona, the mountains in Kinlochleven, the chapel in Dalmally, and Sterling Castle. But I wouldn't have wanted to miss anything that we saw."

Elizabeth

Ivyland, PA

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was EVERYTHING I hoped for and more. Edinburgh offered history & beauty around every corner. Every day into the Highlands brought stunning landscapes, fun adventures & sheep. Seriously, there are a lot of sheep and our visit with Neal and his amazing dogs was fantastic. James was knowledgeable and shared his love of Scotland with stories, songs & lessons in Gaelic. The pace was perfect. The hotels were in great locations. Castles,quaint towns, whisky,hairy coos...Fantastic Trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just a few of my many, many "WOW!" moments... but the sunny crystal clear skies, warm day and the leisurely walk through the village, the Abbey and the rock walled pastures full of sheep to the beach made our day in Iona truly sublime. I knew nothing about St Andrews before this tour but being there on a sunny day it was so much more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. Expecting rainy days ,I was pleasantly surprised by the great weather we had during the trip."

Dale

Eugene, OR

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'm always impressed when the tour leader is a true professional and it is a pleasure to sit back and watch how he/she creates a fun dynamic within the group. James was a true promoter of Scotland and the Islands. His unique insights into the Island life was really a true plus and his knowledge of Scottish History is extraordinary. That was the tour I was looking for. Having Charlie on board was a big plus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No contest. James singing in the chapel on Iona. I really did say wow upon turning around in St Giles Cathedral in front of the organ in sunlight. It was an amazing sight."

Gay

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We saw wonderful scenery, fascinating castles and churches, and glimpses of life in present-day Scotland. We had many "extra" stops along the way, old castles, lunch at Dobbies Garden Center near Stirling, the Caledonian Canal, a war monument where we could see Ben Nevis. While I loved the extra stops, because we weren't expecting them it is harder to remember exactly where we were. I hope my photos clear up my confusion. Grant, our bus driver, was so good, friendly, and had water for purchase.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While many experiences were rewarding, none generated the Wow feeling. I knew that Neil Ross from the sheep dog exhibition had been on the RS TV episode. This was significant for me because my grandmother was a Ross (in Ohio.) I got to talk with Neil's mother who just happened to come by during the demonstration. This was a connection I will remember and value."

Lana

North Bend, WA

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour. I liked the fact that our guide had so much knowledge and was able to let us know all the history of the sites etc. we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sheep Guy Neal...Amazing"

Douglas

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience and we learned a lot about Scottish history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow. Choosing a "wow" moment is difficult, though it's between the Crannog Centre, the Scottish bagpiper, and Iona."

Ann

Incline Village, NV

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

This was my fourth RS tour, disappointing, only one local person gave Us a walking local tour of Edinburgh. Too much bus Time on small seated bus(Ireland tour had better Mercedes bus) Why where gift stores included???? Nigel tour host/guide talked and repeated constantly A lot needless Graham in oban was fantastic,great Place great food, we recommend RS tours constantly AB nevadal

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oban Graham Rick Steve's continental breakfast and the great room and view from #9"

Terry

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. I loved the crisp administration of this tour and Nigel's articulate communication style. I liked his repetition of key announcments like the time to meet back at the bus. The group members were all considerate of honoring the announced shedule and we often departed a few minutes early. The historical narrative that Nigel and the hired local guides enriched my experience. I liked the balance struck between organized group events and personal free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved watching the sheep dogs perform their duties. I use a medical alert service dog at home and this demo showed me once again how dogs can markedly improve the quality of human lives."

Eugene

West Lafayette, IN

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time and the experience whetted our appetite for more. The information that Nigel provided as well as the other people subject experts gave us a great understanding of the people, culture and history of Scotland. I can't leave out the scenery which was beautiful. Getting to see the prominent sites in Scotland; St Andrews, Colloden, Iona, Loch Ness, Loch Lomond, Edinburgh, Inverness and Stirling Castle gave us a good flavor of the country. The hotels and restaurants were gre

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As this was my first Rick Steves tour, I was warned that this question was coming so as I was going from place to place I was considering my answer. In the end I realized that Nigel and the other subject experts were my "wow" moments. There breathe of knowledge and passion for their subjects was my "wow" moments."

Deborah

Prescott, AZ

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a well-planned tour that hits most of the "must see" sights of central Scotland. Our guide, Nigel, was excellent, and all the local guides, from sheep herder to bus driver in Mull, were highly qualified and interesting. Even though this was a rather large group of 28, everyone was prompt, friendly, and willing to walk and explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was really something every day. The sheepherder with his amazing dogs; the crannog demonstrating that Iron Age people lived surprisingly well with tools and a varied diet; Culross and the creative coal mine owner; Iona with a gravestone from 600; the bagpipe demonstration. All were all high points."

Robina

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The itinerary was excellent. The weather was marvelous Scotland was surprising

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Crannogs- new information to me. Unexpected"

Wendy

Langley, WA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had wanted to go to Scotland for many years and I really enjoyed touring the entire country. Scotland in the springtime is stunningly beautiful. We had beautiful weather and really enjoyed our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many"wow" moments on the trip. The sheep dog demonstration was on the top of my list. The dogs and their Shepard were fantastic! There was also a couple of litters of 5 week old puppies so I was able to get my puppy fix! I loved all the castles, the history and battlefields. I would have liked to have the Isle of Skye included in the trip."

Harry

Prescott, AZ

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the best tours I have taken. It had a good leader and good people and we went to the high points of Scotland. Our first Rick Steves tour and we now plan to do more in other countries. They have a good balance of "tour" time and "private" time. Two days at each location gave is time to wash clothes and collect ourselves between drive days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most of the stops on the tour were equally good . It is hard to pick one "wow" moment."

Pam

Boise, ID

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a first timer on a tour and being overseas it was great not to have to worry about making lodging accommodations, car rental and ticket purchases for castles, ferries, and more. The meals provides were satisfying and delicious (sticky toffee pudding). The coach was luxurious and very comfortable and I felt extremely safe because of the competency of our driver Alan. Overall, the tour experience was excellent and our guide Nigel was superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had at least one "wow" moment every day. I guess if I have to pick one it was sailing on the Jacobite Warrior on Loch Ness and coming upon Urquhart Castle. The day was fine and the loch was as smooth as glass; the scenery was awesome I it's rugged beauty."

Susan

Rohnert Park, CA

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second time taking the Scotland tour, approximately 11 years after the first time. This 2019 tour went to different places and it was outstanding. The guide, Liz, was outstanding. This tour was less about riding around in the bus, and much more active. We did not get to Glencoe due to a road accident, but I still think the tour was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My absolute favorite WOW moment was the sheepdog demonstration. The demonstration was amazing, as well as the shearing demonstration. Holding the puppies and the little 4-day old lambs was the icing on top of the cake. Another WOW moment was the evening we had a bagpipe player and her grandson entertain us. She was really interesting and funny. A real character and a real find. Lastly, Culross was very interesting."

Maria

Wellington, FL

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first RS tour and it was wonderful. Scotland is s beautiful country and the experience was enhanced by our excellent guide, Liz. We saw, experienced, learned and enjoyed more than I expected. All the while with great travelers and an excellent driver as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a number of "wow" moments. Thoroughly enjoyed the sheep farm. Can't say enough about Gilly and her grandson demonstrating the bagpipe and drums. I was particularly drawn to Oban. The accommodations were lovely and what a view from our room! Visiting Iona was incredible and enhanced by the beautiful weather."

Sandra

Bend, OR

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour of Scotland was the perfect mix of guided sights and individual exploration. Liz was very efficient and knowledgeable, and provided that in-country connection that was so useful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Iona was spectacular. Perhaps it was the weather, but I believe the place is magic. We had an unstructured afternoon to wander out to the white sand beach. There, we relaxed and contemplated the beauty of the island."

John

Renton, WA

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Aside from a missed flight connection at Heathrow (not your fault)and having to bypass Glencoe(also not your fault), everything went off without a hitch. Our guide Liz (and assistant Stephen) were on top of things the entire time. The itinerary was well planned to give us a realistic taste of what Scotland is like. The accommodations were comfortable and group meals were mostly very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two: 1). Looking out the bus window to see baby lambs frolicking in the fields everywhere we went. Scotland in springtime is truly magical. 2). We had the good fortune of having our room at the Glenburnie House overlook Oban harbor. The sight was picture-perfect. The ferry boats sailing past through the day/evening were a nonstop source of entertainment."

Kimber

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip exceeded our expectations! We had been on a Rick Steves tour several years ago and knew we would enjoy another one. Scotland is a beautiful country and we found the people extremely friendly. We know we would never have been able to do all the activities and sites that we did on this tour on our own. Even our bus driver John was terrific. Our group was delightful, on time for all things and every one was easy going.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is so difficult to pick just one! Here are 4 that I found outstanding: The sheepdog ranch and experience there was amazing. The island of Iona with its views. The crannog centre with the expert and demo. The stay in Oban: Glenburnie House with Graeme and the fish and chips at Oban Fish and Chips Shop."

Lina

Decatur, GA

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First to thank Elizabeth Lister, she was tops Thank you Liz! This was my first RS tour Great memories fantastic trip,I will do it again some day . Thank you again !! All the best Lina Bernardo !!

Eric

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience from start to finish. This tour exceeded our expectations. Every stop was interesting and the weather provided us with an added bonus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking up to the top of Iona. Beautiful vistas of the whole island."

Karen

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was the trip of a lifetime. I've always wanted to go to Scotland, and your tour was perfect. This is the first time I've traveled alone, but having been on previous Rick Steves tours, I knew it would be something I could do. Scotland is by far my favorite trip, out of trips to London, Italy, and northern France. Our tour guide was local to the area and very knowledgable. I enjoyed the itinerary and accommodations (with a couple of small exceptions).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stop at the working sheep farm and demonstration of how the dogs work the sheep was outstanding. Also, the trip to Isle of Iona was breathtaking."

Carolyn

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I will never travel on my own again. This trip gave me more history, into scitkand's Past and more insight into scotksnd's Present and future than I could ever have learned on my own. Liz Luster, our tour guide was phenomenal and the other 22 people traveling with my husband and I were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick as Scotland seemed like a romantic, mystical fairyland to me. I truly did love the sheep-herding farm though and loved holding that little lamb in my arms."

Kathryn

Sechelt, BC

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour; it was well organized and managed, there was a good balance between organized activity and free time , and time spent in the country side and cities. The amount allocated to scheduled spots, was sufficient. I would suggest that the visit to Edinburgh Castle would have been more meaningful had it been a guided tour. I am confident that Anne would have provided an informative and interesting tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Nevis Mountain Range adventure presented my favorite "Wow" moment. The Gondola ride was thrilling, the hike to the Look Out was invigorating, and the panoramic view was magical."

David

Boise, ID

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I have no negative comments to make. Enjoyed myself throughly and all of my expectations were met.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Anne, when confronted with a storm that stranded our group on the Isle of Mull, handled the situation with confidence and quiet professionalism. We got back to our hotel in Oban a few hours late but had a unique experience."

Robert

Carmel, CA

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This trip was a good overview of Scotland- its people, culture, history, landscapes, art, etc. Well planned without too much of any one thing. Edinburgh is a great city to see on foot with so many fascinating things to see and do. I appreciated the balance of free time and organized activities, as well as the times for beginning and ending each day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"seeing the sheep being herded and getting to hold puppies and a baby sheep."

Valerie

Kentfield, CA

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

THE TRIP WAS WELL PLANNED..THOROUGH AND ENJOYABLE FROM START TO FINISH. ALL THE PLACES WE STAYED WERE WELL SITUATED , CLEAN AND PLEASANT..AND THE PEOPLE WE MET WERE THE HIGHLIGHT OF BEING IN ''THE HIGHLANDS''. THE DAYS WERE WELL SPENT AND COMPLETE AND, I THINK, WE SAW A GREAT DEAL IN A SHORT TIME. THE WEATHER COOPERATED, SO IT WAS COOL BUT NOT RAINING. THE ONLY PROBLEM, I FELT, WAS THE GROUP WAS TOO BIG

Favorite "WOW" moment

"ALL THE BABY LAMBS WERE THE '''BIG''' PLEASURE OF THE TRIP FOR ME.....AROUND EVERY CORNER AS WE TRAVELED ON THE BUS THROUGH-OUT THE HIGHLANDS."

Catherine

Hernando, MS

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland has it all[INVALID]friendly people, accessible history, great buildings. We had a great tour and what makes it great is when you have perfect chemistry. Our guide (Ann) was everything you expect from a RS guide: knowledge, organization skills, professionalism. But the cherry on top is when the guide is FUN and that is the extra that Ann brought to our experience. Our group of travelers was a mix of solos and couples which lent itself to a lovely blending of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The rugged landscape outside of Glencoe that we traveled through and stopped to enjoy. This is where the Bond film Skyfall was filmed and is stunningly beautiful. I expected and was thrilled to see castles, sheep, beautiful countryside, great museums and galleries--but I was surprised by the area around Ben Nevis."

Rachael

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was sublime! I had an exceptional group with me and although I was a single traveler I never felt alone. This was especially made possible by our guide Anne, but also by many on the tour who "adopted" me as family. I was sad to part from the group and can't wait for the next Rick Steve's trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot pick one wow moment but can certainly say that each stop contributed to a unique experience I couldn't have found on my own. I enjoyed the sheep dog herding visit as well as the crannogs. These two trips really immersed me into the lives and customs of the folks who have made this country so great. Seeing it first hand was amazing."

Lori

Arlington, VA

Tour: 10/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Words cannot describe how wonderful this tour was. It was my fifth RS tour and lived up to the already high standards set by the other tours. The mix of group and free time was good, and all of the sights included gave me a better understanding of Scottish culture and history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to choose one favorite "wow" moment. The whole tour was made up of various wow moments. If I had to choose, probably the sheep dog demonstration with Neil. I adore animals and getting to cuddle a puppy only a few weeks old in addition to bottle feeding a sheep, as well as seeing how amazing the dogs were, made for a trip highlight!"

Hollie

Mountlake Terrace, WA

Tour: 10/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing! Lots of fantastic, beautiful things to see in Scotland. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable on the history and current events of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When the sheep came over the crest of the hill with the sheep dogs on the farm."

Linda

West Bend, WI

Tour: 10/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized, with every aspect well thought-out and contingencies planned for. I appreciated staying in excellent, as well as, quaint hotels and B&B's. Having a private bathroom in each place was also appreciated. The food was absolutely delicious. Liz Lister made the entire experience incredible. She made sure we established a community of travelers, with plenty of opportunities to get to know everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was the "Valley of Tears!" After days of torrential downpours, we were unable to hike or ride the tram to the top of a mountain near Glencoe. But the amazing resulting waterfalls were incredible!!! Something for which you can't plan, but it was clearly a WOW moment."

Diane

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 10/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had the best time!! Liz, our guide, was great! I was impressed by her knowledge of Scotland's history as well as current affairs. She's very well spoken. She really did everything to make sure everyone was comfortable and happy. She busted her bum to make sure we had choices when inclement weather prevented us from going to a few scheduled places. She put her skills into action. I absolutely love Scotland. I hope to go back there some day soon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly there were so many "wow" moments for me. I have been wanting to go to Scotland for years. Such a special place. I really loved Edinburgh and the Highlands... gorgeous! Just all the history and seeing all of it on the surface, it's just so cool."

David

Westerville, OH

Tour: 10/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep dogs and herding."

Diana

Calgary, AB

Tour: 10/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

LIZ was amazing and our tour was Fabulous,,, maiinly due to her ...expertise, caring, engaging and always concerned about everyones comfort and needs ...superb she is and soooo knowledgable! The route taken was very good, lots of variation and lovely scenery, truly Scotland was more than we had anticipated the views, the people the culture and history so interesting...the weather mainly cooperated so helped a lot to say the least as in pouring rain would be less enjoyable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, we enjoyed the ancient castles and had gone to see the parliament before tour started and feel it might be nice to incorporate that in the tour as it is so very unique to anything of government buildings we have been too Must say we were VERY impressed with ALL our accomodations very high class and central"

Diane

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 10/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful and well planned. Learned so much about Scotland and loved it. It made traveling stress-free as all the planning was done for us. Very nice and excellent tour bus driver. Even the couple of days that the weather did not cooperate and events were cancelled turned out to be some of the best days thanks to our excellent guide Elizabeth.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many "wow" moments. But hearing Schiehallion sing at the Gillians Scottish Pub was a very fun night. The visit to watch Neil and his sheep dogs, the many dinners of fish and chips and mussels and the pouring rain with the rivers of water pouring down from the mountains and we drove thru the pass on our way to Oban."

Breeann

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 10/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Liz was great! I enjoyed how prepared she was every day from the music she played on the bus to the stories. She knows her stuff! While in Oban I was disappointed when our trip to Mull and Iona was canceled last minute due to wind but Liz exceeded our expectations when she pulled out Plan B which included a boat ride in the harbor plus a trip to the Island of Easdale. The BEST Day!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to Schiehallion live in Inverness was a highlight!"

Allan

Calgary, AB

Tour: 10/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

tour was well organized and most interesting - really provided a sense of what Scotland is all about - in retrospect, would suggest the tour should spend more time on the tour in Edinburgh - we were fortunate that we arrived several days prior to the tour in Edinburgh and had the opportunity to visit it's many attractions

Favorite "WOW" moment

"was very impressed with Edinburgh - a nicely balanced exposure to authentic architecture and natural scenic beauty - one of the more impressive cities in the world"

Ellen

Cable, WI

Tour: 10/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves and the experience was outstanding! It was great to be at locations for two days because it allowed us to really get familiar with a site before moving on. It was also just the right mix between historic sites, local flavor, directed activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was the evening with Gillie our piper! She is a real trail blazer and I sooo enjoyed her playing and wonderful stories."

Cornell

Aptos, CA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour of any kind, and we enjoyed it very much. The tour leader, Nigel, set the rules right away on our first meeting. His knowledge of Scotland's history was phenomenal. When a storm cancelled our plans, he had Plan B ready to go. I enjoyed sharing our trip with our fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Highlands and Glencoe was spectacular. My feet were itching to go hiking there. Another WOW moment was our visit to the sheep farm and watching and petting the dogs and puppies. Also, I can't omit the surprise picnic lunch in Cairn park. All of the food was native to Scotland and delicious!"

Susan

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

As in my last tour our guide Nigel was exceptional, and my tour mates were wonderful people. I thoroughly enjoyed traveling with them. However, I was less excited about the actual places we went and things we saw. Sometimes you just make a mistake in which tour you choose, and I think that happened to me. I am not sorry I went as I learned a lot and saw things I never would have on my own, but it just wasn't to my taste.

Dave

Milton, GA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was our 6th RS trip and we will certainly take more. There is something wrong with the pacing of this itinerary. There was too much "free time" in a lot of attractions where there really weren't other choices to spend time. It felt on several occasions that we had 2-3 hours before continuing when 1-2 hours would have made more sense. The Isle of Iona day seems like folly. Between weather, wind, and tides, the chance of this going well is low. Sterling Castle is not authentic. Skip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Crannogs were a big surprise. We knew nothing about this interesting history. Also, the bagpipe and clothing demo with Gilly was terrific."

Rita

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was my husbands and my 11th RS tour, and our least favorite of all our previous tours. There was nothing that really stood out on the tour as compared to all other tours that we have taken. The scenery was beautiful, but reminded us a lot of where we live (the pacific northwest) so was nothing unique to us. The historic and ancient sites were not as awe-inspiring as other sites.However, we did take the 14 day Ireland tour immediately prior to this tour, and Ireland is a hard act to follow!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Inverness we stopped in a pub our guide had recommended to hear music. A local woman about my age and her 28 year old daughter kindly shared their table with us; they were a little tipsy, and very entertaining to listen to their version of Brexit and other local politics. Turned out the woman was also a Registered Nurse (as am I) in the same specialty field! We lamented our shared woes of our profession; turns out we share the same problems! Talk about a small world."

Bruce

Providence, RI

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent, start to finish. The tour provides a nice "feel" for Scotland. Every aspect of our tour was well-planned. Great input from our guide along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A lot of "wows" along the way. My favorites: (1) sheep dog demonstration; (2) Highland cattle show; (3) the Isle of Mull; (4) the Highland scenery, esp. the lochs and Glencoe."

James

Tifton, GA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As with each of our Rick Steves tours we have been introduced to a country with a longer, and probably more troubled past than our own. This tour was filled with history, but unlike some of the other places in Europe we have visited, it is a past filled with losses. Happy outcomes, if there have been any for the Scots, were not in evidence on the tour. Battle fields, destroyed castles, lost estates and culture were pointed out throughout the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love visiting towns and small cities where people still reside, shopkeepers remain in business, and a variety of restaurants were evident. Aberfeldy (which we really didn't visit, though went through several times) and Dunkeld were those perfect small towns."

Norm

Toronto, ON

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall experience was great in spite of some nasty weather there. The guide, accommodation and meals deserve top marks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two wow moments would be the Neil and the sheep farm and Gillies and the pipes."

Kathryn

Toronto, ON

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We loved Scotland and the history was fascinating. All the places we stayed were charming and comfortable. The weather caused a few disappointments but our tour guide Nigel, made up for it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is very difficult as there were 2 wow moments. Ok, I will just name them both! Gilly with the bagpipes, her recitation of Burns, and delightful chat was an unexpe Ted and special evening. Then there were the border collies, sheep, and Neil. Oh, and not included in the itinerary but an extra arranged by Nigel when the weather was not cooperating would be the highland cattle auction."

Cheryl

Bozeman, MT

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a very interesting tour of Scotland hitting many highlights of the landscape, history, culture, and lifestyles. Beautiful hikes in the woods in autumn, pristine lochs, quaint seaside villages, castles & cairns. Due to severe weather, some of our itinerary could not be completed, however, our guide had tremendous patience and creativity in finding alternative activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Clava Cairns - smaller scale, but more accessible and intimate than Stonehenge; Neal & his border collie sheep herding demonstration; Glencoe; Cawdor Castle; The Hermitage"

Leslie

Guelph, ON

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was the right amount of travel and free time. Two nights in each location is nice. Bus driver very good. Also nice bus - good to have two doors for unloading 29 people. Nigel our guide was great, interesting, well spoken and enthusiastice. Very well organized. Inserted the visit to the auction house to see the highland cows which was fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the sheep dogs and the shepherd, Neil. Also the crannogs, carins, Culloden and the weaver."

Robert

Irving, TX

Tour: 09/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire trip was delightful - the organization and leadership exhibited by our guide made the experience very memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"a very hard question to answer - there were many moments."

Robin

Memphis, TN

Tour: 09/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have already recommended the tour to many of our friends. We felt like we experienced so much of the beautiful country of Scotland due to the outstanding planning of all aspects of the tour! Thank you !!! PS- I just spent about 45 minutes providing some details within each category and then clicked something that resulted in me losing all of those responses. So Sorry, but the redo will be brief!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Iona Neil and his sheepdogs"

Lisaann

New Plymouth, ID

Tour: 09/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

James, our tour guide was outstanding. He shared all of Scotland with us. His personal experiences, which were special and inspiring, as well as general history, current issues, and hopes for Scotland's future. His knowledge of Scotland was wonderful. He used humor to entertain us and keep the mood light and fun. He also shared wonderful Scottish music with us. The other thing that made this trip wonderful was our group. I cannot imagine a more pleasant, fun, kind, and sincere group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are two favorites. One was a special dinner at the hotel in Kenmore, with a visiting musician. Fully, the bagpiper. She was incredible. And she let me play her bagpipes, which is something I've always wanted to do! My other favorite was the visit to Neil, at the sheep farm. He and his Border Collies were incredible. Definitely a highlight."

Gerry

Naperville, IL

Tour: 09/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip! It was our first experience with your organization & we've already recommended you to many friends. Guide was GREAT, accommodations better than we expected, tours very interesting, educational, and fun. We also enjoyed the food!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having some whisky samplings atop the ski lift area - surrounded by the gorgeous beauty of the land, the friendship of fellow travelers - it was a toast to good times & appreciation of being able to be in the moment!"

Jane

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 09/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'm part Scotch (my grandfather) so I'd been waiting to take this tour my whole life and it didn't disappoint. Edinburgh was everything that I'd read about & more, but what I enjoyed most was getting out of the Central belt into the Highlands with its beautiful scenery & towns. For me there could never be enough castles ( albeit most are in ruins)& to see St Andrews where my grandfather played with the US Seniors was a dream come true. The tour was pure perfection !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finally seeing Edinburgh Castle after reading about it is certainly majestic, the battlefield at Culloden is gut retching, but my "wow moment" has to be entering the nunnery ruins at the Abbey on Iona while James sang a beautiful song in Gaelic. His voice is truly a gift."

Valerie

Guthrie, OK

Tour: 09/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first tour and my first trip to Europe. My expectations were very high and I wasn't disappointed. I so enjoyed this tour that I'm already planning the next one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many 'wow' moments that it is hard to pinpoint just one. Our guide, James, was extremely knowledgeable, personable and entertaining. I enjoyed all the sites and demonstrations but especially enjoyed the discussions on local politics, history and culture."

Jude

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow, It was my 5th tour with your company and it was even more that I expected. Anne is the perfect guide. She saw to all our needs and more. Her love of her country showed thru every single day. Thank you Anne.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Kenmore and learning about the Crannog settlement. The time and effort to re-create the lives of the iron age people and their way of life making and using tools was amazing."

Carol

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first Rick Steves tour, and it did NOT disappoint! Our guide was OUTSTANDING, accommodations and meals were excellent, and traveling companions were friendly--some are new best friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gillie bagpipe playing and her recitation of Robert Burns' Address to the Haggis were impressive and delightful. I also thoroughly enjoyed the sheepdog demonstration with Neil."

Robert

San Tan Valley, AZ

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good seating on the buses, lots of room for everyone, being a smaller tour group, sit anywhere. walking tours ok, couple were starting to get a little long, first full day tour,ediinburgh, probably could have ended before the national museum of Scotland, maybe reverse the day ending on the royal mile, the castle being last? its downhill from there. all the fellow travelers pleasant, thanks for the "no grumps" pre tour must have and do information

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved st Andrews, the views and free time was just right. the sheepdog farm my favorite, could have spent more time there. loch ness boat ride outstanding, ending at Urquhart castle. local fish and chips in oban on our free time, one of our guide anne doig's favorite places. I noticed a lot of fellow tour members there. Iona a must see part of the tour, brings "isolated" into new meaning. sheepdogs win the "wow" moment"

Marilyn

Topsham, ME

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful balance of historical Scotland and the glorious natural world. The balance between driving and walking was also good. I might have chosen a bit more walking time in several places, but the balance was ideal for the group generally. Anne was the perfect guide. She is funny and sensitive and can answer any question.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each time I reached for my camera I had a "wow" moment. Scotland did most of the work with astonishing light that could make every place magical. And of course the tour got us to the perfect places for the magic to happen."

Nancy

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely a fantastic tour! Anne did an incredible job and gave all tour members an unbelievable sense of her magnificent homeland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Far too many wow moments to name a few would not do"

Andi

Franktown, CO

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

With every tour I take, the experience just gets better and better. My husband and I drove this same itinerary several years ago but with Anne leading the way, educating and guiding me for the entire trip, the experience was an entirely different one. Besides which, no driving and/or trying to figure out how to manage the (new-to-us then) scary traffic circles! It was a wonderful tour with an awesome guide; great food experiences and lovely hotel accommodations. Thank you again, Rick and Co.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to choose just one as I felt the entire country is one WOW moment after another. Have I proposed the idea of expanding the length of the tour so I can find more WOW moments? If not, you'll get to that...."

Barbara

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the varied and educational experience I had expected, especially with our wonderful guide Anne. She made the Scottish history come alive. We had great weather, lucky us. Hotels were great as usual in good locations in town.Meals were over the top. I am a confirmed RS tour regular, with more to come I hope.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride and visit to Urquart Castle . And maybe the sheep dog demo?"

Robyn

Pensacola, FL

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best part? Our professional, respected guide. Anne Doig briefed us on the country's history, its heralded & haunted rulers, clans & castles & crannogs, its incredibly educated folk through the centuries. She remarkably handled our group's varying personalities and quickly solved any room issues (i.e., hot water or one bed for two singles). She suggested great places to eat. She knew where to do laundry. She was simply superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I knew the Culloden Battlefield story and how the British crushed the Highlanders in about an hour. I did NOT know my ancestors were on the Brits' front line. Right there on the museum wall--Cholmondeleys. (Our last name is Chumley.) I'm still stunned."

Paul

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. It had great variety, was well paced, and very educational. I was amazed at how beautiful Scotland was. While Edinburgh is an interesting city, it paled in comparison with the beauty of the rest of the tour. Of course that opinion just reflects my own personal biases. I wish we could have spent more time in the Glencoe area rather than just drive through it with one bus stop. However, that said, I realize the trails are difficult and parking is a problem for a bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really didn't have any "wow" moments. It was all very spectacular."

Shelley

Owensboro, KY

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It far exceeded my expectations. We

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the gondola up the mountain at Fort William - Torlundy."

Antoinette

Mount Laurel, NJ

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a very good experience on this, my first Rick Steves tour. Our guide, Anne, was outstanding. Her knowledge and insights added so much to my enjoyment of the tour and my understanding of Scottish culture and history. The accommodations were comfortable and in some instances also quirky. But nothing that I did not expect or found objectionable with the exception of one Inn, and that was remedied when I was moved to another room by the very gracious manager of the Inn.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed visiting and learning about the Crannog settlements. I was completely unaware of these pre-historic people and their way of life. This is the kind of learning experience I look for in a tour. A close second was the sheep herding demonstration. Awesome doggies!"

Virginia

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As it was our first trip abroad I was nervous. However the combination of organized time and free time was a perfect balance for a first time traveler. I feel like we got a good over view of Scotland in our 10 day tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oban. From the B&B, to the ferry rides, to the peace of Iona and the fish and chips it was an amazing experience."

Allen

Fishers, IN

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized tour. Wonderful Hotel accommodations. Transportation from city to city was comfortable and safe. Tour locations and stops were fun and interesting. Guides are knowledgeable, professional, accommodating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many... Edinburgh is a beautiful historic city The highlands are both beautiful and peaceful. Iona was a spiritual moment. Sterling Castle was amazing, powerful, and historic. The people of Scotland are friendly, kind, and were willing to take the time to just talk about their country and culture. I was so comfortable and relaxed visiting Scotland...I thought how nice it would be to live there full time."

Jonathan

Ventura, CA

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very Happy with it. Structurally, there is a couple of changes that I would make. Iona Abbey was interesting and beautiful, but didn't add that much to the experience. I would cut that out and end the tour in Glasgow. I think it is a little odd that the #2 city was skipped entirely and that the trip started and ended Edinburgh.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Scottish Highlands are as beautiful as advertised. The English are (maybe were) ruthless, oppressive a**holes."

Carol

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scotland Tour exceeded my expectations! My favorite aspect was the amount of time spent in the highlands and out in the country. Helen Houston was an amazing, knowledgeable, FUN and gracious host! I was impressed by her grasp of Scottish history and her abilities to render it understandable to many. This was my second Rick Steves tour and I'm consistently awed by the local guides (e.g. Rita in Edinburgh, the crannog site interpreters) and talent like Gillie (the piper in Kenmore).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't limit it to one - driving through the Highlands (more beautiful than I imagined, even with the brown heathers), the crannog settlement, staying at the Kenmore Inn, the sheep herding demonstration and touring Stirling Castle."

Toni

Royal Oak, MI

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As this was my SIXTH Rick Steves tour I feel that I have a somewhat unique perspective in providing a review. I can honestly say that the quality of tours has not diminished since my first tour in 2011(Heart of Italy). Helen, our guide, was wonderful, as have been all the RS guides on each one of my tours. The quality of hotels, locations visited, expert local guides and of course our tour bus driver - all were fantastic. Once again, I am so impressed by the consistency of an excellent company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So so many to remember, but I can't just choose one - Kenmore and it's incredibly picturesque village & hotel in the highlands and our time on the coast (Oban, Isle of Mull, Iona). Those two places I will visit again and I absolutely will spend more time in the Highlands. My eyes were opened to their beauty and now I'm curious to see the Outer Hebrides and possibly go as far north as the Orkneys."

Stephanie

Keizer, OR

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour guide was fabulous - knowledgeable, entertaining and delightful. The sites that we visited were very interesting, varied and not what you would likely see outside of the Rick Steves' Tour experience. We enjoyed the lodging - everyplace was historic, well maintained and quite nice. The food [INVALID]ed for group meals was outstanding - and each hotel had wonderful breakfasts and helpful staff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a bunch of "wow" moments from the tour so it is hard to pick just one. I think the evening at the Kenmore and the bagpipe recital from Gilly was the absolute best."

Jane

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour provided an overview of the entire country with stops a interesting and entertaining locations. I wish it was longer to experience more in each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the castles were interesting, but Stirling castle stands out because of the restoration/recreation. The displays left less to the imagination and brought the past to present day."

James

Brea, CA

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Helen was our outstanding tour guide. Each day,because of my age,I somewhat worried about the day and how I would do(easy to strenuous). And each day I ended amazed, entertained and yes"educated". I'm 83 in December and was made nervous by my lovely wife(80)who kept telling me I was going to have"strenuous days" and implied that I'd better keep up. I did and then some.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Helen: as I told the group at our last dinner,Helen made the tour and not to be left out the several additional guides that accompanied us. Rita at Edinburgh Castle:wonderfully entertaining as well as educational. But at Culross, George's Palace, Linda was a magnificent docent and I know of which I speak ( I was a docent at Bower's Museum for 19 years until I "got A-fib"). Rick someone is doing a very good job of emploement"

Grace

Corbett, OR

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a fantastic time with a great group of people. The only thing need was more time to enjoy the great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to meet Neal the sheep herder and watching him work with his dogs. It was amazing!"

Suzanne

Eastham, MA

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Helen was wonderful and gave us so much info. Helen gave us so many extras, the toast on top of the Highlands, The shellfish tasting , goodies on the bus! Very special stories! Loved the places we visited. The hotels were good except for Kenmore. I just wish we had more time to hike a bit in the Highlands!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Highlands! The landscape was so different. Wish we could have hiked a little there. We just drove through! Loved the tour guides, bus driver and other guides! That was the best part of the trip!"

Rhonda

Delanco, NJ

Tour: 09/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 3rd Rick Steves' tour. The tours are very well structured and fast paced. The tour guides, in my experience, have been top-notch and the bus drivers are nothing short of amazing. The "philosophy" of the Rick Steves' tours, makes for a very efficient travel experience in a short amount of time. I learned, saw and enjoyed so much of beautiful Scotland in just 10 days, unbelievable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt, the majestic Highlands!"

Lorelei

Glen Rock, NJ

Tour: 09/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Scotland is a beautiful, interesting, historical, and romantic place. I really enjoyed the time I spent with the Rick Steves Tour. I learned a lot about the country and its people. The tour was well-organized, the tour group was just the right size, the people on the tour were just lovely to travel with and the balance between riding on the bus, walking and over night stays at hotels was just about perfect. The places we visited were interesting, the food was very good, & the hotels-great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dunkeld! The location of that hotel was just gorgeous. Other wow moments were, Sterling Castle, Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness, the Highland country side, Neal the Shepherd and the spectacular view from Edinburgh Castle! When the sun was out almost everything was WOW!!"

Virginia

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 09/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our first group tour so it is hard to compare. We were very satisfied and happy we chose this tour. We usually travel with family or on our own so it was quite a change not being able to stop when and where we wanted.

Bonnie

Monkton, MD

Tour: 09/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a variety of activities that helped us familiarize ourselves with Scotland and its culture, the travel pace felt right, and there was a good balance between travelers' organized/free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eating haggis! Gilly Mc Nab, Piper Neil the shepherd"

Lisa

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed our tour! It exceeded my expectations! The hotels were a cut above. The restaurants had wonderful food with an adequate variety of choices! Our group members got along well and bonded. We had a nice assortment of sites we visited. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Brian had a great sense of humor. He did a great job communicating with group members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the countryside. The green beauty of the land in the Highlands was wonderful. The wow time for me was visiting the working sheep ranch. The demonstrations with border collies and sheep were interesting and "down to earth" in a beautiful setting."

James

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful mixture of urban and rural sites, brought to life by varied and intelligent commentary from a variety of local guides. The wild, wet, windy weather only accentuated our sense of experiencing Scotland in its natural state. Eating was great -- a happy mixture of tour-provided and self-provided meals. Hotel accommodations all worked very well, with each providing memorable features.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting, learning about, and gaining a sense of the prehistoric past in the Crannogs."

Bernice

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We started out with an airline challenge when our flight from Amsterdam to Edinburgh was cancelled due to weather and we missed the first day and a half of the tour but we thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the Scotland adventure. The guides were exceptional and Brian took great care throughout our adventures. This was my son's first international journey and he was in awe of everything he experienced and truly impressed with all of the historical knowledge and choices of tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Crannog history was remarkable. But I can't leave out the shepherd adventure with the sheep herding and his story."

Michael

Delanco, NJ

Tour: 09/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour provided a variety of activities for all interests. We kept a very active schedule, each event was informative and enjoyed greatly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed seeing the Highlands, with it's mountains, waterfalls, and varied autumn colors. Also, I was very happy that we had a break in the weather, permitting our group to ferry to Mull and Iona."

Merry

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour provided a broad scope of this beautiful country. Its history began with the iconic Edinburgh castle, and reached out into the countryside with glimpses into truly ancient settlements (crannochs) to St. Andrews' golf and university culture and on to the highly trained shepherd whose life is his border collies. The rich forest lands and rivers, the lochs, castles and the highlands themselves spoke of the land and its people, clarifying Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's impossible to choose just one wow moment. The shepherd Neil working his border collies and the opportunity to hold a fluffy new pup in my arms, as well as witness a 12-week old puppy try to herd the flock. Gilly and her bagpipe were great and a personal wow when my partner tried his hand at playing. Sitting around a campfire in a 2,000-year-old crannog. The sight of Urquhart Castle from Loch Ness as a shaft of sunlight lit its face. Picnicing amongst the ancient Clavern cairns!"

Gina

Surrey, BC

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' Tour although I have used the Rick Steves' books as references for years. The tour itinerary , the hotels, the bus, the restaurants, the sights were all outstanding. We did have some weather and ferry challenges but our very capable guide, Martin, was able to make adjustments and we were able to carry on with our day. The group of travelers on the tour were all very sociable which made the time together relaxing and interesting as we got to know each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is impossible to have one "wow" moment, however my favourites were Urquhart Castle, the Sheepdog experience and the Crannogs, all which were new experiences and unexpected highlights."

George

Port Moody, BC

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour. The itinerary was interesting and gave us a First Look at Scotland wetting our appetite to visit again. Martin made the trip very interesting with his vast knowledge of history, archeology and architecture. The hotels was lovely but we got stuck with the stairs a few times due to the draw. If I was to suggest I would allow more time in Inverness and skip Chair Lift at Glencoe. Iona visit was very short due to ferry problems but Martin did his best to improvise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most impressive was the Sheep Dog farm visit. The trainer really put the dogs thru their paces."

Charlene

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved my time in Scotland, from the big city of Edinburgh to the smaller towns in the Highlands. I especially liked Oban and our bed and breakfast inn, where our view was the bay. Another highlight was the sheep dog demonstration where my husband got to shear a sheep and I got to bottle feed a baby sheep and hold a three week old puppy. The owner was so passionate about his animals and what he did for a living. I wish we could have had more free time in the towns we stopped in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed our day in Kenmore that began by walking to the crannogs . We were greeted with a lovely rainbow over the water and then had a tour and demonstration of how life used to be. It was like living history to see how they started fire, and carved items out of wood. That evening we were entertained by Gilly, one of the first female bagpipers in Scotland. She explained her instrument, and all the items in her wardrobe and then showed some volunteers from our tour group how to play."

Thomas

Cold Spring, MN

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fun tour with an outstanding group. We enjoyed all of the tours and experiences. However, we would have enjoyed a little more free time to explore on our own. Unfortunately, we only had 40 minutes on Iona due to the Ferry Boat being repaired...but c'est la vie. We could have easily spent an extra hour at St. Andrews.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sheep Dog Demonstration was amazing!"

Richard

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As expected the Rick Steves tour was first class. Everything from the quality of the hotels, the group meals and the guide, Martin, was excellent. And as an added bonus fellow travellers were fun to be around. We could have dropped a few castles from the tour and a little more free time would have been nice, but in 10 days you have to pack each day with sights to get the full experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was seeing the crannog display. Seeing how people lived 2500 years ago was eye opening. A close second was the bag pipe player who entertained us after a group dinner. She was priceless, not just as a pipes player but as a story teller."

David

Windsor, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour and it was outstanding. I had been to Scotland before on business and have always loved interacting with the people. This tour added the element of getting to see the country as well. The bus rides were comfortable and the bus drivers very skilled. The hotel room ranged from small and comfortable to very nice. The guide provided a generous amount of information in a very palatable way, making the information easy to understand and follow.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat trip on Loch Ness was very enjoyable. The cold crisp morning seem to add to the exhilaration of the boat ride. Our trip to the Highlands to visit a working sheep farm was amazing. Watching the owner work with his boarder-collies brought open-mouth stares to all of us. It was very memorable to partake in sheering a sheep."

Julia

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I was disappointed. We spent too much time on the bus. The guide was not approachable and his talks were very hard to follow.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the highland landscapes."

Deborah

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything I had hoped for in a Rick Steves tour and even more! Even though it was our first Rick Steves tour, having used his materials before and having heard so many good things about the tours, I fully expected it to be good. But I had no idea how valuable it would be to have such a knowledgeable guide and to have so many details taken care of for us. The whole experience just felt so "right."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even though it was cut short due to rain and wind my favorite thing was probably the sheep dog demonstration. I could have watched that for hours. What I enjoy most about travel is learning about and seeing how people live in different places. This was one of those opportunities."

Lanny

Jamestown, IN

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic, first time tour traveler. The Best of Scotland was perfect. Our guide Liz was the best, started off as our guide ended up as our friend. The extras were appreciated (the treats, the whiskey sampling, even the costume picture toward the end) Thank you Liz. The tour covered the beautiful Country magnificently!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I wasn"t to sure about the sheep dog demnstration, but it ended up as entertaining and amazing. Then to beautiful Country, the Castles and History. The whole trip was a wow moment."

Marcia

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. We had a wonderful guide and interesting group of fellow travelers. I really enjoyed learning all about the History of Scotland. I really want to come back and stay longer in several places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the prehistoric crannogs were the most unexpected "wow" moment. But I was also '"wowed" by Stirling Castle and Cawdor Castle. I think my very most favorite was Gillie McNabb's playing of the bagpipes in Kenmore. She was awesome!"

Trent

Reno, NV

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the many facets of the tour. The sights, the history and activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I feel the wow moments were around every bend, every place the tour took me."

Richard

Rutland, VT

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful experience with Rick Steves in Scotland. Loved the country, the people, the tour, accommodations, pace and schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually the Ferries between Oban and Iona gave me my favorite scenic thrill, followed closely by Glen Coe and the Ben Nevis area."

Kevin

Colchester, VT

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The weather was very changeable - sun, rain, mist, clouds, high winds all in the space of a relatively short time. It was great! We loved the history, music, culture and art work discussed by our guide, Liz. Would definitely take another tour with Liz. Food was good to excellent at all venues. Liz & R.S. books had very good suggestions and local hotel & B and B's were very convenient to all our interests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many 'wow' moments, but I would have to say the breathtaking scenery and the effect of different light on the landscape was extraordinary. I also was 'wow-ed' by the historical castles and Iona. We felt bad for the shepherd and his family at the sheep dog demonstration - it was pouring rain! But he kept his sense of humor. The ski area at Ben Nevis reminded us of home."

Virginia

Damascus, OR

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Much more wonderful than I could have hoped. Hotels were topnotch; tour guide was terrific; bus was comfortable and easy to see out the windows; places we visited all added to the excellence of the tour. I would, and do, highly recommend this tour to my family and friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Scotland. All the mountains, rivers, lochs, etc., and historic places."

Suzanne

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour. Our guide, Liz, was exceptional. She was very well informed and knowledgeable, and just a delight to be with. She shared her vast knowledge with us and gave us many insights about the culture and history of Scotland, and what it is like to live there. I would like to have had more free time to explore on my own. The free time was limited to one or two hours at the end of one or two days. Way too fast paced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the mountains around Glencoe. I had no idea Scotland was so beautiful and vast. I particularly like the Highlands part of the tour."

Akemi

Spooner, WI

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Liz was exceptional and she made our tour outstanding. This is our 4th Rick Steves' tour and we know guides can make such a difference. Liz was so knowledgeable and also explained things so well that we feel like we got the best Scottish history lesson. She also cared about each one of us. Thank you very much, Liz.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I got to see the "Stone of Scone"."

Cathy

Tigard, OR

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe. I loved it. The jet lag was worth it. So much history shared by our wonderful tour guide (Liz) and contemporary issues. Singalongs, picnics, castles and cathedrals....not to mention the crowning glory at Brannock Burn. Everything was good. The food, the drink, the group, the guide, our sweet bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stirling Castle was amazing. The restoration was wonderful and the tapestry reproductions amazing. I also loved Oban"

Charlotte

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Liz was outstanding. Can't say enough about her knowledge, humor, kindness to all. The food and lodging was outstanding. No complaints. I would of liked to hike a little more but knew that we were in a group and didn't always have time to go off and explore on our own. The coach driver Marcin was wonderful. So courteous and did a fanstatic job driving.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Iona. Climbed to the highest point on the island and had an amazing 360 degree view."

Janet

Rutland, VT

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was wonderful! We thoroughly enjoyed our guide. Liz was warm and welcoming and we learned so much about the history, culture and general economy of Scotland. Our accommodations were excellent. Traveling with a small group is great as it allowed us to get to know people much better. We arrived in Scotland a few days ahead of the tour and felt very comfortable with getting out and seeing sites ourselves after reading the Rick Steve's guidebook.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many moments where I said "wow" but I love the countryside and the Glencoe Valley was a wow. The weather was nice when we were there and it would have been nice to hike a bit and soak in the beauty of the area. The Isle of Mull was also beautiful countryside."

Veronica

Palmdale, CA

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's amazing how a group of strangers can become friends in such a short period of time. I guess that's what shared experiences are about. The trip was pretty quick paced and we saw a lot. Our guide was exceptional and had so much knowledge about the country (and clearly loves her country) so there was no opportunity to be bored. I took notes (my traveling partner was laughing at me) so I could remember what she told us. I highly recommend seeing Scotland on this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How beautiful the country is and how much it rained! Really, learning and seeing the history of the country was amazing."

Gary

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Liz is an excellent guide and a delightful storyteller. Her vast knowledge, obvious love of Scotland, and wonderful presentation was one of the best parts of the tour. There's lots of interesting stuff in Scotland, but the way Liz tied it together with history and stories made it an exceptionally enjoyable experience. The weather wasn't great all the time, but being from the Northwest, we kind of expected that. We loved the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose: I guess I would say the Loch Ness cruise (didn't see the monster, dang!) followed by Urquhart castle. I also really liked the Culloden battle field and wish we could have spent more time there, but I might be in the minority on that. I also have to mention Gilley (not sure on the name?) the bagpiper at Loch Tay. I love bagpipe music and she was amazing. Also, everything else on the tour."

Deborah

Bartlesville, OK

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first Rick Steve's tour and my first experience doing a guided tour of any kind and I was very happy with the whole experience. I felt the tour was very well organized and very informative and I really felt like I had experienced Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment would be seeing the scenery around Glencoe -it was my idea about what Scotland would look like. I would also have to say the trip to Iona and the views from on top of the mountain from a hike we took where very spectacular."

Emily

Duluth, MN

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steve's tour and it did not disappoint. Liz was an extremely knowledgeable guide with a great sense of humor. I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute of it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several - I loved arriving at the Urquhart Castle by boat and having time to explore the castle ruins. What started as a rainy morning on Loch Ness turned into a gorgeous sunny day with beautiful views. I'm also a sucker for animals so being able to stop to see the hairy coos, and to visit the working sheep farm made my heart so happy!"

Robert

Bartlesville, OK

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful overview of Scotland, having never been there before. Liz was a fantastic guide and was EXTREMELY knowledgeable about everything, from history to natural science to current affairs. The accommodations were generally good, and we enjoyed all of our tour companions. The weather was a bit rainy the first few days, but did not really slow us down. Liz was able to juggle items around so we missed nothing. My only regret was that we were not able to spend more time in the highlands.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to pick out one moment. The boat tour on Loch Ness and the visit to Urquhart Castle were great and very scenic. The lochs were very beautiful, and I was happy we got to stay along Loch Tay and cruise on Loch Ness."

Tom

Picton, ON

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, great group, well designed itinerary....it was a very enjoyable experience, despite the weather. The well designed itinerary, plus James's insights, (and singing!), brought Scottish history and culture alive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Culloden battlefield, with its excellent indoor displays, and especially the guided tour of the actual field of combat, was my tour highlight. James had prepared us well with his advance commentary, and then the story of Bonny Prince Charlie was brought to life by the displays and the local guide on the battlefield. Neil and his sheep dogs would be my second choice."

Lynne

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour where we saw many memorable sights. The food was very good and the smaller group was nice. The other tour members were great. The hotels were lovely. Our tour guide, James, was not to be beat with his knowledge of all facets of Scotland and kindness.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly loved the sheep dog demonstrations and Cawdor Castle and it's beautiful gardens. But all the sights were very interesting."

Kathryn

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an interesting and entertaining tour. I'd recommend it to people who like history and are fairly physically able. Walks weren't too long nor difficult but the days were quite full. There was a fair bit of travel due to the distance covered but our guide broke the travel up very well. The bus was large so lots of space per person. Accommodations excellent and food was incredible. No negative comments about anything. Great group too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Other than our amazing guide, my 2 favourite parts were the sheep dog demonstration and the bagpiper demo. Both excellent presenters. Lots of other memorable parts."

Teresa

Sequim, WA

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just what we have come to expect from a Rick Steves tour. History recent and past, culture, and a fantastic tour guide, James. I would recommend him to anyone interested in Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, but meeting Dale and his border collies was very interesting and so different from the demonstrations on the Ireland and England/Wales trips. Loved his directness and his family of dogs was really fun to watch. Also, the lady who played the bagpipes for us. Oh my, was she funny, down to earth, and so so very talented!! Both were true highlights."

Bill

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Scotland is our ancestral home and has been on my bucket list for a long time. We have been on three prior RS tours so we were familiar with with to expect. This tour did not disappoint despite the weather. The countryside is beautiful, the people friendly with a great sense of humor. The beer is excellent and fine scotch whiskey. The food was good but not great except for the Fish n Chips in Oban. Our guide, James, was knowledgeable, considerate, helpful, and funny. Also a talented guy

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Glencoe without a doubt. The natural landscape is exceptional in its raw beauty and was awe inspiring."

Suzanne

Picton, ON

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The only thing keeping this experience from being perfect was the tail end of Storm Ali. Unfortunately this weather cancelled our trip to the Isle of Mull, and Iona. Very disappointed as Mull is the ancestral home of my clan. Alternate options were arranged for the day but we stayed in our snug room and watched the drama of the storm unfolding outside our window. Awe-some!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walk to see the ancient trees and waterfalls in The Hermitage. Again, filled me with awe."

Erin

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 09/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved this tour! It was a great overview of Scotland.The only thing I would do different is make it longer & include more of the northern area & the Orkneys. I would also love to see James lead a tour of the Hebrides Islands.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Castles in general & the history behind them. I loved the Highlands around Glenco. Absolutely stunning scenery!"

Charles

North Bend, WA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have done other traveling but this was the best. You get a laid out plan with a well educated guide. Any issues come up the guide can help solve them. I learned so much about the places we went. I cant wait to do this again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touching places that my ancestors touched."

Carol

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were fortunate to have THE best group and guide we could have possibly hoped for. Extremely compatible traveling companions and we feel that was due, in large part, to the tour expectations that Rick Steve's puts forward -- no complainers, adventurous people who are good striking out on their own, who are flexible when plans change (due to weather, etc.) and have good mobility. Loved the sheepdog day and the weaving demonstration on Mull.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glencoe - totally WOW. It was not what I was expecting and it was just majestic and impressive. It was a drab, drizzly day and I don't think anybody minded."

Frank

Charleston, SC

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a very good time on our first RS tour (and multi-day tour of any kind). The 10-day Scotland tour was a good introduction to a country neither my wife or I had visited before because it showed us places it would have taken much longer to discover on our own. I liked the group, and the tour guide was outstanding. The earliest part of the tour was the strongest, with a nice combination of activities/walking. The hotels were fine, nicely idiosyncratic yet comfortable. Meals were good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought Day 3 was a WOW moment in it's entirety. Starting the day at Culross palace and village was wonderful, enhanced by being there "before opening" and getting to talk to the guide/manager. The village of Kenmore was delightful as was the Kenmore Inn and being led by Brian on an impromptu walk/tour of the abandoned Kenmore Castle before dinner. The bagpipe demo was great, enhanced by my wife's playing...."

Dennis

Woodbury, MN

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had anticipated doing this trip for a long time. Scotland has always held a mystique for me. It was great. I had no idea that Scotland was so wooded or had so many waterfalls. The people on the tour were wonderful and Brian was extremely knowledgeable with a great sense of timing and humor. The schedule was a bit full and there were times I wished we had more downtime or time to spend on our own especially at Kenmore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure that I had one major wow moment. I really enjoyed the Crannog and the shepherd dog performances, but probably the hit was the valley in the Highlands where we were surrounded by waterfalls about every 300 yards. Urquhart castle was fascinating and the view was wonderful of Loch Ness. The view across the channel to Iona was especially memorable as the book of Kells is a fascination to me. As a golfer the visit to St Andrews was also special."

Herb

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RS tour and it was every bit as wonderful as our first delightful experience in Rome. The people we met and enjoyed on the tour were great, seasoned travelers and our guide, Brian, was was knowledgeable, hospitable, and had a great sense of humor. He was the perfect guide for the trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a bunch, but the biggest surprise for me was the stop at the impressive Kelpie horse statues."

Geri

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Brian Hay was fabulous. After people realized what an understated Scottish sense of humor was, we fell into delight with his comments. Everything you thought of was Scottish, you got a sampling of it: how to make scones, pub experience, sheepdogs, bagpipe music, medieval cathedrals and castles. There was a good balance between tour time and your own exploring, dinners with the group and on your own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were not able to go to Iona because of the sea water alert. Brian always seemed to come up with plan B (sometimes, plan C). He took us to Ardalanish, Isle of Mull weaving workshop. I thought that I was in heaven! I bought several skeins of Aran yarn. While I am knitting my cable-design scarf, I will be remembering the wonderful time that I had in Scotland."

Richard

Fairbanks, AK

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

To begin with our leader, Brian, was just great. His knowledge of Scotland in all manners was top-notch. Each day had new discoveries as well as some free time to do things on our own. The only disappointment was not getting out to the island of Iona....but the best was made of our time by visiting a wool mill on Mull Island using 19th century technology. Our primary coach driver, Alan, was extremely friendly, and our driver on the island of Mull, Richard, was phenomenal as well.

Barbara

Coupeville, WA

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Enjoyed Scotland, but wished we had a more personable guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really was wowed by the Prehistoric Cannogs. The on-site guide was so informative and realistic. Great learning about how the people survived in the homesteads. Totally unexpected."

Lynda

Brunswick, GA

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all, let me say it is hard to mess up Scotland! It is an awesomely beautiful, historic place. I felt the tour allowed us to experience its many facets. Could we have spent longer in certain places? Of course, but then we would have missed others. We were blessed with a congenial mixed-age group which brought more value to the tour. Edinburgh was enchanting. As with many RS tours, there was a mix of city and countryside. Our guide Martin, was a delightful gentleman and scholar.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Scotland's charm quietly invaded my soul. I never tired of seeing the rock walls and the sheep. However, my wow moment centers round ruins. This way I can have two wow moments: the ruins of the Cathedral at St. Andrews and the ruins of Urquhart Castle. So beautiful. A shout out to Gilly the bagpipe player and Neil the Shepherd. The crannogs were a nice surprise, I didn't expect much there and was really impressed by the Center."

Lawrence

Reno, NV

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This tour follows on the heels of our tour in Switzerland.I found it difficult to rate this tour; good or very good? I thought the itinerary was good for the time allotted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dramatic views of the ancient castles."

Kathleen

Reno, NV

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It's very difficult to rate this tour. I would put it between very good and good. The tour experience depends a lot on the guide. I did like the itinerary, the castles and the overall scenic drives and countryside.

Donald

Brunswick, GA

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the Scotland tour. We had such a great group of people on our tour and cant say enough about our guide. We would definitely consider another Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing St Andrews would have to be favorite wow moment. Walking on the Old Course where so many legends in golf have walked and also getting in 18 holes of golf was great. Pictures taken on the famous Swilken Bridge was also very special."

Caroline

Fresno, CA

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an excellent itinerary. There was a good balance of things to see inter spaced with free time. It had interesting local education along with history. Enjoyed the history offered by our guide Martin. He presented with a great deal of humor. The driver was courteous and patient, the bus clean and well taken care of. The hotels were outstanding. Loved that they were small B & B type hotels. This made it much more personable. We had a friendly group of fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not sure there was a true WOW moment. Overall loved the highlands and the local flavor. The favorite B & B had to be in Kenmore - a beautiful setting and hotel. Enjoyed the bagpipes and sheep dogs. Loved Urquart and Stirling Castle."

Francis

Fresno, CA

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Martin was our tour guide and it his knowledge of the history of Scotland that had me hooked for the trip. Also his wonderful sense of humor made the trip great fun. He was a constant source of information even when we were walking from one place to another. Also it was interesting to see the information on the Eriskin family name that is associated with the Earl of Marr.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dont have one it was all great."

Linda

Brunswick, GA

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall our Scotland experience was fabulous! We took the Rick Steves Best of Europe tour in 2017 and I was not sure I would enjoy Scotland as much as the 2017 tour. I was wrong! I loved both tours, each one different but perfect! Scotland had so many surprises for me, castles everywhere, the people are so nice and helpful, and the food was great. I love to shop and there were many opportunities to shop in unique Scottish crafters shops.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment from our tour was The Isle of Iona. I wish we had more time there, it was such an inspiring place. When Martin sang acapelo in the chapel there, the lighthouse and castle on the ferry ride over made the trip just perfect!"

Tony

Brunswick, GA

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations (having been on a RS tour before) and they were completely met.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a golfer, it was hands down St. Andrews. We went early to play the course and really enjoyed returning with the tour, being with Mark as he drove the bus right through the course and having time to have lunch at the clubhouse of the most famous golf course in the world. Our wives enjoyed the cathedral ruins and the shopping there-what a beautiful and unique little university town!"

David

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every day was packed with great sights and experience. Zero boredom factor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Castles, lakes and the sea and I loved the sheep farm/border collie stop, Oban & Iona."

Lori

Camas, WA

Tour: 09/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Anne, exceeded our expectations again and again. She brought the heart of Scotland alive with her knowledge and wit. It was the people who made the trip. The Rick Steves' people as well as the people of Scotland. We loved the history, the music, the culture, the landscape. The variety of experience. Each day was different and exciting. It was the best trip beyond what we expected. So many great memories!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to chose just one. I loved Oban and the Hebrides. I really loved the walking tour in Edinburgh with Andrea (Andi) and the drive through the highlands with the Scottish music playing. Seeing the highlands, the green rolling hills with the heather and the sheep might be best moments. It was beautiful even in the rain."

Ron

Camas, WA

Tour: 09/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall experience was very good. From very nice hotels to great meals, I liked most everything about the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought the boat tour of Loch Ness and the tour of the castle on Loch Ness were "wow" moments."

Gary

Victoria, BC

Tour: 09/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful tour of Scotland with a great bunch of people; all of which is directly related to Anne's style of leadership and guidance; other than the disappointment of missing Iona, this tour really brought a group of geographically diverse group into an easy going bunch of travellers. Her knowledge base was excellent and she truly brought out the modern day Scots and their homeland,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Crannogs was the place where I truly enjoyed; the Mull woolen mill was second."

Laura

Livermore, CA

Tour: 09/05/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was good. I liked our start in Edinburgh but felt some of the days out didn't have enough experiences. We weren't able to do the gondola ride and nothing was substituted which would have been nice to have an alternative plan. We also weren't able to go to Iona but there was a back up plan but it still felt like a lot of driving that day for not much

Sandra

Jefferson, MD

Tour: 09/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Scotland. The trip was just as described. Well organized. Great group of travelers. I highly recommend it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "Palace" at Culross was a wonderful surprise. Though not a palace, it was unique and amazing. I have never seen a place like it. Well worth the visit. And of course the sheep and dog show! What incredible dogs. I was just mesmerized watching them work. I would not have believed that dogs could be trained like that if I had not seen it. No idea how the dogs know which one he is talking to but they do and they sure know the commands."

Marion

Palmyra, VA

Tour: 09/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was pleasantly surprised with this coach tour...I was afraid there would be so much time on the bus, but, it was really broken up with plenty of stops. I loved the free time we had. The hotels (B&Bs) were fabulous. I loved going to recommended pubs and restaurants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely meeting the shepherd with his working sheep dogs. It was an "off the beaten path" spot and the gentleman was no nonsense, but friendly and really cared that we understood what he and his dogs accomplished."

Clifford

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 09/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Though we've followed the RS travel philosophy for many years of overseas travel, this was our first participation in an organized tour of any kind. Our guide Anne was personable and very knowledgeable, setting a comfortable pace with lots of freedom to do our own thing. We certainly got more out of our travels with Anne than if we free-formed on our own, making for a memorable and enlightening trip through Scotland and its history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Overall, Scotland was an unexpected WOW moment. Really enjoyed the visit to the Leault Farm and marveling at shepherd Neil and his amazing sheep herding border collies. Conquering (and enjoying) haggis and tasting through some amazing whiskies was great, too."

Susan

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 09/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first experience with traveling in a tour group was a very pleasant surprise. It was a great history lesson as well as an inspirational experience. I enjoyed getting to know all of my fellow travelers and felt comfortable with all of the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neil with the sheepdogs. His relationship with his dogs and sheep was amazing."

Robert

Palmyra, VA

Tour: 09/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we honestly weren't sure. It exceeded our expectations to the extent we are looking at other tours for this next year. We had a outstnading guide, Anne, who was incredibly knowledgeable, tuned to the needs and interests of her travelers, and constantly looking forward, planning to ensure all went well. And...we totally bought into the company philosophy which seemed to fit well...hitting the big things but experiencing things off the "beaten path."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"`Playing golf in Scotland. It wasn't scheduled, but our guide, Anne made it happen for three of us."

Karen

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved Scotland! The tour exceeded our expectations. Great guide, tour group members, and wonderful itinerary. Could not have asked for a better experience. We hope additional Scotland tours are added in the future as we do not plan to drive ourselves on the left side of the road!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's always so hard to find a single "wow" moment. The one where I laughed until I cried was going to see Neil manage his dogs and sheep!"

Janet

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and will not be the last. Everything was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the sheep dog experience and the Scottish folk music at the pub in Inverness"

Orest

North Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland exceeded all of my expectations. I love the Scots, their accents, their wellcome. It is a very green, fresh air country. Their Highlands history is wild. Overwhelming key to our tour success was our guide ,Helen. Her enthusiasm was infectious and with the usual excellent demographics of Rick clients, the result was an A + tour. The comfort, space of our bus and the excellence of our Weegie driver. The Bonham hotel in Edinburgh.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neil's border collie shepherding extravaganza. Wow! Neck in neck, the Crannog at Kenmore, especially the fire making demo. Such enthusiastic hosts. The rain coming at us sideways at Oban on the way to an excellent fish restaurant. The misty morning walk to Edinburgh Castle. The starting and ending hotel, the Bonham, wanted to stay on just for their breakfasts and single malt advice."

Barbara

Kingston, WA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Normally, we plan our own travel and tours, but decided for our 20th Anniversary to let Rick Steves do all of the planning for us. It was a very good decision, as we had a wonderful time. From the introductory meeting to the final goodbyes, all went smoothly and we enjoyed the many experiences. Our tour guide, Helen, was exceptional! She was very personable and knowledgable about all things Scotland, being from Scotland, she shared many wonderful historical stories with us each day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just sitting in the front of the bus, watching the beautiful landscapes go by with castles, sheep, cows, mountains and valleys was especially enjoyable. My favorite moments were the visit to the crannog, shearing and feeding the sheep at Neil's sheepdog demo, and the beautiful Isle of Mull."

Tamar

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All the activities were wonderful, especially the Sheep Dog Sheep Herding at Neil's. Helen did an excellent job of telling us about the history of Scotland and the places we visited When we could not take the ferry to Iona due to weather she got us to great native activities, the Ardalanish Isle of Mull Weavers and Duart Castle. John our driver was very friendly and shared his knowledge about the places we visited. We felt safe and comfortable all the time we were on the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sheep Dog Sheep Herding and the Gondola ride to the Nevis Range ski area with a hike to the view point."

Robert

Kingston, WA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never been to Scotland before. Helen was a great tour guide and all my fellow travelers were wonderful. Scotland was an interesting place to visit. So much history!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Crannogs Centre was the most unusual highlight. Didn't know anything about the Iron Age."

Jodie

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of Scotland tour was wonderful. I have always wanted to go to the Edinburgh and to the Highlands and this tour offered both. Scotland delivered all its best. We were lucky that we did not encounter bad weather for most of the trip, except at Oban and the Isle of Mull. But it never daunted the spirit of the group in my estimation. I loved learning about Scottish history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was arriving at Glencoe after some rain and seeing all the waterfalls that had appeared and were flowing down the peaks. For me it was quintessential Scotland."

Eileen

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the trip immensely: found Edinburgh charming with a lot of history to check into with its architecture, beautiful gardens, Museum of Scotland, & coffee houses. I found Inverness quite urban & Oban very much like Seattle & Bergen. Our guide, Helen, was quite knowledgeable, friendly, surprisingly spry, & full of tidbits of Scottish history, the characters that peopled them, & national policies today. A worthy excursion!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably visiting Inverness, walking the streets, & stopping in Leakey's Bookshop to see all they had to offer & strolling hback to the hotel after dinner hearing K. T. Turnstall singing in concert across the River Ness."

Leonard

Edwardsville, IL

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Scotland trip experience was what keeps Rick Steves people signing up for more tours. We learned a lot while having fun. We returned amazed at how much we had seen and done without feeling rushed or hurried. We grew very fond of our guide and admired her energy level. We made friends among our fellow travelers. A great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the crannog was at the time my favorite because I was fascinated how well the story of these ancient people and their way of life is told by the reconstruction and the guides. But, on reflection, I think the visit to Stirling Castle had an even greater impact. I was impressed by the amount of effort and the care in the work to rebuild the castle and you don't have to tax your imagination to be awed."

Elizabeth

Oxford, MI

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip! Great guide and bus driver; they were an excellent team. Bad weather kept us from taking the ferry to Iona, but Helen put plan B in place and we had a great day anyway. I loved the frequent short stops for photo ops that also allowed us to stretch our legs a bit. I love your tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The surprise picnic at the Cava Cairns. I knew a picnic was scheduled that day, but having seen no food on the bus, I wasn't sure what was to happen. But we came out of the cairns and there it was: two picnic tables of delicious meats, cheeses, etc, beverages and desserts. What a lovely place to have a picnic. Also, we took our group picture right there after the picnic. And imagine our surprise when at our group dinner that night, Helen passed out a copy of the photo to each of us!!"

Steve

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the best.first rs tour.really fun.well planned.helen is the best guide.smart,fun,informative,runs things on time.very very smart.great people in group.back up visits were also great when plan was not possible-closed ferry. great way to travel.being handled is great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"many wow moments border collies roundup crannogs both incredible!!! loves country and history and i don't know or interested in history until this trip.again helen made it al interesting. all hotels were good. Bonham awesome,kenmore great,inverness and oban also were perfect"

Cheryl

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was jammed full morning till evening. Good historical information about Scotland. The our needed much more free time or time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep herding demo Bagpipe demo."

James

Niwot, CO

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every Rick Steves' tour never disappoints. The days are comfortably packed with fantastic sights and experiences. I have learned so much and Helen was a gem. The tour group was wonderful. What I noticed about the couples was that each couple was very loving and caring to one another. A great atmosphere for enjoying the tour. I hope we can do another tour next year. Rick Steves' tours are my favorite addiction!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Husband loved Sterling Castle and my moment was when I became aware of the thrill of the highlands of Scotland. From the invigorating weather, the primal scenery, the lovely people, the Scottish spirit, etc. gee I wish I was Scottish."

Eileen

Davis, CA

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an exceptionally wonderful experience. Scotland is a beautiful country with a very sad history. First of all we had a wonderful guide who was extremely informative about culture, history, current politics, sharing music, song and poetry. The variety of experiences was great!! Walking to the restaurant the first day was invigorating after feeling so tired from traveling and a wonderful introduction to the area in which we stayed. Having the "strenuous" walk up to Edinburgh Castl

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I absolutely loved going to see the working sheepdogs and learning about the shepherd life and how he trains and treats his dogs and sheep. This was a highlight of the trip for me. Secondly, the visit to the Crannog Visitor Center and learning about life there."

Mary Anne

Spring Hill, TN

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the first tour from Rick Steeves that we took. An excellent experience. Made 23 friends that made my experience in my mind better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The landscape was beautiful."

Jeffrey

Spring Hill, TN

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was beyond my expectations and my expectations were high. From the daily destinations to the hotel accommodations and, especially, the tour guide. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole experience of Edinburgh. From the castle to the memorials spread around the city to the Royal Mile and whisky tasting ventures. We definitely could have spent a few more days in the city and not exhausted all of its possibilities."

Judy

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour lived up to the Rick Steves reputation. Hotels were gracious, comfortable and had wonderful character- especially in Kenmore and Oban. I don't just mean they were old but managed with pride and in lovely locations. Edinburgh is such a walkable and gracious city. I had forgotten how fascinating it is. In contrast the countryside, especially the highlands had a different beauty. The hills, the forests, the lochs, and the seaside were such a combination of color and weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This hard to pick as there were many. The visit to Oban and ferries to Mull and Iona, especially Iona, are definitely at the top of the list."

Neyla

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful first time Rick Steves experience! I think I attribute this mostly because of our amazing tour guide James. His passion for his country was contagious. His knowledge of history, politics & sociology invaluable! His ability to paint the landscapes of hundreds of years ago thru song and tale simply unforgetable. (Don't loose him Rick Steves!)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many moments! But one in particular (though this might seem simplistic it was different from most of we did) was the stop to the sheep dog ranch. I'm not an animal lover particularly but I was so impressed with these dogs and their love of master! Again educational for someone like me who still appreciates learning."

Deborah

Silver Lake, OH

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As our first-ever group tour, this far exceeded every expectation. Our tour guide was outstanding, helping to understand the history, culture and current politics in Scotland. Our group was so much fun and every person was a pleasure to get to know. The creation of our closed Facebook group was a unanimous decision and it is great to be able to share pictures and stay in touch. It was a personally enriching experience for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to pick one experience but I was "wow'ed" by the trip to the sheep farm and the demonstration of the dog's skills. The shepherd was amazing as he sheared allowed me to help shear a sheep. I was also "wow'ed" but a visit from the piper, Gillie. She was funny and entertaining and so easy to get to know. My husband volunteered to try to play the bagpipe and developed a new understanding of the strength and skill needed."

Marian

Ralston, NE

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was well organized and well executed. We were not disappointed about anything except it wasn't longer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking back at the pictures, I am most impressed by the falls at the Hermitage, although at the time it seemed to be so "usual"...a tribute to the guide's expertise. Another surprise was our Piper Gillie at Kenmore. It was great to hear her stories and music. (since my husband is a beginner piper, I have heard my share of pipes--conventions, etc...It was super!)"

David

Ralston, NE

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. We know it was intended a sample of all of Scotland, but if we went back we would like to spend more time in Edinburgh, at Culloden battlefield, Iona, Stirling castle, St. Andrew's, the Glencoe area and Oban.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Glencoe area."

Amy

Vernon Hills, IL

Tour: 08/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was jam packed, but excellent. I sometimes felt like I wanted more free time or more time in some stops, but there isn't anything on the tour I would take out. Our guide Brian was exceptional and provided a great history lesson on Scotland and answered all of our questions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Aonach Mor and hiking around the mountains for the gorgeous views of the valley and Ben Nevis. Glencoe and Culloden were hauntingly beautiful."

Judith

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always the Rick Steves Tours were very informative and packed full of interesting things to see and do, with plenty of time to explore on our own. Our excellent guide, Brian, made the tour a pleasure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one moment or event, but the morning spent at the Crannog Center stands out as particularly interesting and opened my eyes to the high level of technical skill the Bronze Age peoples had developed."

Gary

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 08/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Scottish Highlands."

Martha

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

No negatives except not enough free time. It was a fun and good learning experience. Good to get away from home. Also it was important to experience another culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trip to Iona was memorable--rain included."

Jayne

Avondale, PA

Tour: 08/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For a 10-day tour, it was well-paced, friendly, well-organized and fun. It hit nearly all the must-see sites & included several diverse/smaller interesting spots & "Rick Steves" experiences that were pleasant surprises. The group size was perfect & fellow travelers were interesting, friendly and great company (Definitely no grumps in our group!) We really enjoyed having free-time to explore on our own, but found the group travel time just right, too. A great value & experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"@ Cava Cairns, discovered stones placed nearly @ major compass points and 30 degrees apart. Fascinating for pre-history culture! @ Crannogs was stunned by intelligence & creativity of ancient people who lived there."

Mollie

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 08/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great - a nice mix of cities and countryside. The landscape is absolutely stunning in Scotland. I really enjoyed some of the drives, especially through Glencoe. We also enjoyed the scotch tasting. We are not big scotch drinkers, but it was interesting to learn about how it is made and how to "taste" the scotch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think one of our wow moments was enjoying Oban."

Sandra

Deer Park, WA

Tour: 08/29/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This tour hit the Main Tourist stops of Scotland, Food was good, Hotels were unique and Brian hit the high points of Modern Scotland. He also gave a brief history of Scotland and its wars with England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moments for me were at Culloden and on Iona & Oban. Our Stay at Glenburnie was delightful. I was pleased to have a short visit with Neil Ross, the shepherd, about everyday life for a Scot not just dealing with those selling something for the tourist industry (most of whom were European not even British). The hikes to the Hermitage and Ben Nevis were also exhilarating."

Alan

Collegeville, PA

Tour: 08/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. It was filled with so much interesting history, sights to visit, beautiful scenery and great stories by our tour guide, Brian Hay.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the Crannog center on Loch Tay. Although this site was a recreation, it provided an important insight into how people lived there 2500 years ago. To me, it was amazing how resourceful they were, given the conditions and environment of that period of time."

Roberta

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Colin was very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor. Enjoyed seeing Scotland with him.

Lana

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I don't think we could have done and seen what we did had we not been on a Rick Steves' Tour - sheer sheep, feed baby lambs, play a bag pipe, dip our feet in Loch Lomond, cruise across Loch Mess, and get to the isles of Mull and Iona. There was so much to do. On this Rick Steves' Tour we saw the beauty and variety of The Scottish countryside, learned the meaning of Gaelic words and visited many important places from Scotland's history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing fireworks accompanied by classical music eminate from the Edinburgh castle."

Judith

Morrison, CO

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the diversity of experiences and scenery of glorious Scotland. Each day brought a new adventure and learning. I initially struggled with the Rick Steves philosophy and restraints of group travel, but I adjusted and went with the flow. This was my first RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I experienced so many wows, but our pilgrimage to Iona clearly stands out at the top of my favorites. The weather was glorious, the local guide was exemplary, and the raw beauty took my breath away. I intend to return!"

Beverly

Sevierville, TN

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything I hoped for. I hate we didn't have more time to spend in some places, but it's hard when there are so many things to see you can't spend all day or you'd never get anywhere. I would do it again and again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say I have thought about this for a while and I loved the highlands. I enjoyed everything but the highlands just took my breath away. I just can't imagine anything else being as beautiful. I did truly enjoy the sheepherding too, those dogs sure are smart! I enjoyed looking for Nessie too, the scenery was just beautiful."

Harvey

Mandeville, LA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second tour (the first was with Amanda in Spain in 2016). Colin was outstanding . The hotels were in great locations although the Parliament House was a bit too small and congested. Also, there was one staff member at the Parliament House ( a young lady with glasses from the Dublin area) who went above and beyond the call of duty. Overall, we enjoyed the tour. The other travelers were all great people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most "wow" moment for me was the sheep herding exhibition with the Shelter Collies. Truly amazing and something we may not have experienced but for this tour."

Bernadette

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. I thought the tour was excellent, like a very well run machine. I especially liked the the way we could bypass getting tickets to sites. I did not like using the vox, mainly the earplugs were poor. I used the ones I got on the city bus tour in Edinburgh. Didn't think the Black Linn Falls was that special. More time in Dunkeld. Would have liked to see a parade of bag pipers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially liked the the day on Iona. I am a history buff. It was a very spiritual and peaceful place. We hiked to the beach and would have loved to spend more time there. I collected shells on the beach. I also liked the visit to St. Andrews and we walked the golf course and walked along the beach. I enjoyed all the sites in Edinburgh. We spent extra days there and got to see a lot of the city."

John

Conyers, GA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide! Great destination. Bus driver was great as well, as were all the accommodations. We actually had great sunny weather for the most part as well. All good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Iona. I for one wasn't even aware of it. Completely unique and unexpected."

Bruce

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first group tour and glad it was a Rick Steve's Tour. I realize that it was special. Although, when I received the list of fellow travelers I was shocked that the group size was 27. I was expecting around 20. As it turns out 27 people take longer to get on and off the bus (a negative). People in the back of the bus are too far from the action in the front. Responses to questions from Colin were answered by the people in the front-he couldn't hear us from the back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We walked to the north shore on Iona and arriving at the beach was that special find."

Lynn

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 08/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As this was my wife and I first tour experience I was a little apprehensive, but it turned out exceeding my expectations. The tour was Fun! I loved having someone else do the driving and all the planning and activity coordination. It allowed me to relax and enjoy. The hotels had lots of character and were in great locations to explore the local areas. The dinners were good and varied and in fun locations. The sightseeing tours were both educational and great fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. I loved Edinburgh. I need to go back and spend some more time there. Also,being a golfer, I loved going to St Andrews and watching the golfers play the 1st and 18th holes on the "Old" course."

Sharon

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 08/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized. Good balance of activities and free time. Julia was a fabulous tour guide. Very informative, personable. Looked out for everyone's needs. Able to attend Highland games one afternoon which was a unigue experience as well as a "fiddle" session in an Inverness Pub. Julia even showed off some of her dance moves. Our group was very cohesive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really enjoyed the trip to Iona. Would be great to spend a night there. Not enough time to really explore the island with current ferry times/constraints."

Margaret

Columbus, Ohio

Tour: 08/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, this tour was five-star! The local guides were knowledgeable and friendly, and Julia was so helpful and knowledgeable. I'm looking forward to my next tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the sheep herding experience and the visits to Stirling Castle and St.Andrews were memorable. This tour was designed to maximize our learning experiences!!"

Steve

Chilliwack, BC

Tour: 08/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

At the meet and greet our tour group met as strangers and left as friends. Our tour leader, Julia, set the tone for the tour and made us all feel welcome. The tour was busy but there was some down time where we were able to relax and enjoy Scotland on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Free time at the Highland Games in Dunkeld, mingling with the locals, walking back along the river back to our hotel and then the lady piper playing after dinner. Excellent day"

Feliza

Seal Beach, CA

Tour: 08/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Julia did a very good job as our guide. She set a nice pace for the group. She made it clear we needed to be on time but didn't threaten us with consequences. I like the smaller group size. I think we get into more places because we're not a huge group and there's room to spread out in the bus. I appreciated the scope of the trip, the big city, the country, the seaside. Accommodations were nice, bathrooms were tight. Very nice group of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have been to Edinburgh Castle on a previous tour. I enjoyed the National Museum of Scotland; the Culross country mansion; the Dunkeld country hotel; Rachel the guide at the crannogs was excellent; Dewars distillery tour; the sheep farm & border collie demonstration was great; Julia took us to MacGregor's Pub for a great night of local music and she danced!; visit to Iona and the ferry ride home when Julia played the fiddle; and Cawdor Castle because it is a home."

Mary

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 08/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall tour experience was just as I expect from a RS tour: Great guide, roomy bus, comfortable hotels, WONDERFUL local guides and experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the visit to the crannog. We had a lovely guide who was passionate about her work. It showed through her presentation and her interaction with the group."

Jayne

Bothell, WA

Tour: 08/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful adventure! Now I know why this has become such a popular destination. The country is filled with such a variety of history and beauty. It was great that tips for the guides,drivers, etc. were included in the price of the tour and we didn't have to mettle with that during the tour. Enjoyed having the headsets/wireless units as that made is much easier to hear what the guide was saying. It is obvious that Rick Steves holds to his vision of everyone having a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the ferry and bus ride to get to the Isle of Iona. Iona was beautiful and filled with such history. Would have loved more time there to get to visit more of the Isle."

Melinda

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 08/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful trip and Julia was a wonderful tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the sheepdog demonstration with Neal. We also enjoyed the Crannog Centre on Lock Tay. Also, the music at McGregor's was great fun!"

Allan

Ankeny, IA

Tour: 08/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great mix of activities. The locations we visited fit my interests well. Would like to have spent more time in Oban. The trip to Iona took a lot of time. More to do in Oban than time allowed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Highland Games and walk along the river back to the hotel in Dunkeld. A great glimpse into local culture followed by a scenic walk!!"

Mary Ann

Santa Fe, NM

Tour: 08/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Julia was knowledgeable, organized, and most importantly she was great fun. Her love of Scotland was contagious and I caught it. I thought the itinerary was a good mix of urban and rural and had enough free time for exploring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This question is always difficult. Watching the sheepdogs work was definitely a highlight. However, just having the opportunity to see the dramatic landscapes of the highlands was awe inspiring. On just an interesting note, no pun intended, the bagpipe demonstration was such fun."

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 your online customer account. About one month prior to the tour departure, in your customer account you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour. 

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

Flights

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

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

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.