• Edinburgh
  • St. Andrews Cathedral ruin, Scotland
    St. Andrews Cathedral
  • Scottish Whisky Tasting
  • The Hermitage Woodlands
  • Sheep Dog Demonstration
  • Cawdor Castle near Inverness
  • Scottish Highlands
  • Oban
  • Isle of Iona

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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 sheep dog; 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 21 group sightseeing events • Walking tour of Edinburgh's Royal Mile • National Museum of Scotland • Edinburgh Castle • Culross Palace tour • St. Andrews visit • Scottish musical evening • Scottish Crannog Centre tour • Dunkeld visit • Hermitage visit • Whisky distillery tour and tasting • Sheep dog demonstration • Scottish Highlands Walk • Culloden Battlefield tour • Clava Cairns tour • Cawdor Castle tour • Urquhart Castle visit • Loch Ness cruise • Glencoe visit • Isle of Iona visit • Iona Abbey tour • Stirling Castle tour...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
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • 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 2016
  • 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/interrupt your tour
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions Agreement 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 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 short neighborhood walk and enjoy getting acquainted over dinner. Sleep in Edinburgh (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Conquering Edinburgh Castle

Today we'll see the best of Edinburgh on foot, starting with a walking tour of the Royal Mile and its wealth of historic buildings, quaint shops, narrow lanes, and hidden courtyards. Next we'll start the "hike" through the history of this land at the impressive National Museum of Scotland. Then we're off to tour the birthplace of the city, the massive and imposing Edinburgh Castle to soak up its dramatic views. The rest of the day is free for your own explorations. 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 cottage "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. Tonight we'll sleep in or near the village of Kenmore (2 nights). Bus: 5 hrs. Walking: light.

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. To conclude the afternoon, we'll take a whisky distillery tour, learn about this iconic Scottish industry and enjoy a wee dram of single malt. Then it's back to Kenmore via Sma Glen, a picturesque glen that contains all the scenery of the Highlands rising from the banks of the River Almond. This evening we'll enjoy dinner together, and then listen to the history of bagpipes and a real Scottish piper. Bus: 3 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 5: Sheep Dogs 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 sheep dogs. After lunch in the town of Aviemore, we'll enjoy a favorite Scottish past time by taking a walk through the spectacular landscape of the well-preserved Cairngorms National Park. We'll end the day in the Highland city of Inverness with dinner together. Sleep in Inverness (2 nights). Bus: 3 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: Culloden Battlefield and Cawdor Castle

Today we'll tour evocative Culloden Battlefield where, in 1746, Bonnie Prince Charlie's defeat ended decades of Scottish rebellion against the English government. We'll also stop for a look at the Clava Cairns, an impressive collection of prehistoric burial chambers, and enjoy a picnic in this serene setting. On our way back to Inverness, we'll tour the turreted Cawdor Castle and its magnificent gardens. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore Inverness or stroll along the banks of the river. Tonight is a great night to enjoy some traditional music in one of the many pubs. Bus: 2 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 7: Loch Ness and Glencoe

We'll begin our day with a panoramic cruise on Loch Ness (monster sightings possible), from which we'll see the dramatic ruins of Urquhart Castle. The boat will drop us at the base of the castle to explore in more detail before we continue on by bus. After lunch in the canal-side village of Fort Augustus, it's on to haunting Glencoe, site of Scotland's most infamous massacre (Campbells and MacDonalds, keep your daggers on the bus). We'll end our day in the scenic coastal town of Oban, where we'll sleep (2 nights, group is split between two B&Bs). Boat: ½ hr. Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: moderate.

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 tour 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 hrs. Bus: 2 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 9: Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle

We'll drive along the bonny, bonny 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. Sláinte! Sleep in Edinburgh (1 night). Bus: 4 hrs. 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 (several blocks possible) 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

Charles

Wilmington, NC

Tour: 10/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing a double rainbow over Oban Harbor from the breakfast room of our B&B. It couldn't have been a better welcome for our ferry trip that morning to the Isle of Iona. Possibly a sign from St. Columba?"

Raymond

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 10/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Ann, was terrific. I really felt that she strived always to enhance our experience. I was very pleased with the tour experience in Scotland with Ann

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wows were very much associated with the stories told to us by our guide, Ann."

Denise

Peoria, AZ

Tour: 10/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Anne, our tour guide made the trip for me. Scotland is a beautiful country with a rich history but Anne created magic at every turn with her intelligent credible story-telling style and her graciousness, humor and down-to-earth approach.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Anne took us on a walk to a pub along a tree-lined stream in Edinburgh. The walk was magical, the pub and food wonderful the atmosphere, so authentic and warm."

Michelle

Redmond, WA

Tour: 10/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was exactly what I signed up for...10 magical days in Scotland, learning and travelling and laughing and eating with a small group of interesting people led by a very good Scottish guide. Despite rain in Edinburgh and St. Andrews we traipsed up and down hills, in and out of castles, with a sense of history. I loved the hikes, the boat rides, the ferry rides and time to wander in museums and at Culloden and Stirling Castle.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Wow" was taking time to watch sunset on Loch Tay. "Bow Wow" was watching Neil the shepherd work with his dogs and sheep...helping shear a ewe and holding puppies. Another "wow" was popping out on the top level of the National Museum of Scotland to be greeted by a very unusual view of Edinburgh Castle and the rest of the city. A magical moment occurred in Kenmore, while learning about the bagpipes from Ghillie...her passion, humor and talent made for more than an entertaining evening."

Marta

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 10/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned that Scotland was one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen, and the Scots are generous, kind, smart, and ironic and funny as can be. I don't think I would have ever experienced the depth of knowledge about the country, the culture, its fascinating history and people without this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the border collies herd sheep and watching Gilly's bagpipe demonstration."

Brent

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 10/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guides can make or break a tour....Anne made this a great tour

Colleen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the Scotland Tour with Anne and Roddy. Anne went out of way to help tour members. I was looking for some marmalade with whiskey for my uncle and she helped me find it. Anne explained history and culture and related it to current affairs in Scotland. Now my husband, who was reluctant to take to tour wants to go to Ireland and Croatia. Please give Anne a raise, she worked non stop to see that all enjoyed themselves. I work as an HR recruiter, so I can spot a good worker.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was Oban. I stood early in the morning at the War Memorial, to all who served in World Wars and global conflicts. It hit home to me that in this small town, they lost a generation. They also lost 3 pipers, and one pipe major. Until Anne spoke of the pipers, I had no idea of their importance in leading the charge over the wire. I was stunned that in every large and small town we visited, there was always a War Memorial that is well cared for and revered."

David

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour of any kind. A lot of the people in our group were seasoned tour goers. Some had tried other companies and are now loyal RS travelers. I loved not having to drive, find and book hotels, decent places to eat every day and hunt for the good local attractions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food in Scotland is actually good!"

Christine

Dillon, SC

Tour: 10/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole Rick Steves experience. The places visited were fantastic and the tour guide was phenomenal! Wish we could have remained longer in Oban, but otherwise everything was great. Look foreword to taking another tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful scenery and the castles. I especially enjoyed the visit to the sheep ranch!"

Margaret

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I would say the beauty of the Highlands, and our hikes along rivers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Highlands."

Toni

Mableton, GA

Tour: 10/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour guide and bus driver made the experience great. Anne was able to anticipate difficulties and come up with [INVALID]natives (such as one attraction being closed and finding a very lovely substitute on short notice). The bus was large and very comfortable with plenty of room to spread out. Anne was very knowledgeable and was able to discuss the history of Scotland with us and make it real.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say it was the Isle of Iona, a windswept morsel of the Inner Hebrides. It was a sacred place and I could feel it the moment I saw it from the ferry. I know the weather can be brutal there but we experienced only cold and wind and these were not enough to stop our group from exploration. Just wished we had more time..."

Evelyn

Seneca, SC

Tour: 10/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was definitely outstanding. Anne was an excellent guide sharing her knowledge and her humor. Roddy is an expert driver. We were amazed at how easily he handled that giant bus on small highways. I really liked the small hotels. The accomodations were clean, neat and unique[INVALID]much more fun than the big 'cookie cutter' places. The staff of each hotel was pleasant and welcoming. The breakfasts were outstanding! I liked having some time for ourselves to decide what we wanted to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many people have asked me this! I am having trouble coming up with only one wow moment. My first wow moment was being on Princes Street and looking up at the castle. That was the moment when I realized I really was in Scotland! I really enjoyed the walk along the river at The Hermitage and felt like I was in NC on a mountain walk. The views as we boated along Loch Ness were amazing! There were many wow moments that I will enjoy remembering."

Susan

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 10/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic experience with this tour. Just couldn't have been better. Of course it helped that we were very, very lucky with the weather. But, the tour included fun and important places to see and experience in Scotland. It was an excellent mix of activities. This was our first time in Scotland and the tour provided us with a great introduction. We would love to go back and see more areas and revisit some that we especially enjoyed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching Neal Ross, the sheep farmer work with the dogs and sheer a sheep! Amazing. I'm not even a dog owner nor dog lover, but this was a wonderful experience. We got to hold 12 day old puppies! Those dogs were amazing. Not to mention cute and wanting attention from us too. Such a treat."

Joan

Temecula, CA

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my first Steve's tour and I was impressed. The group was more fit, friendly, and good natured than others I have traveled with. The itinerary covered a lot of ground. I was glad I flew in 2 days early and left a day late so I had more time to explore Edinburgh, but Scotland is about the countryside and I came away awed by its beauty and the friendliness and generosity of Scots. They've gotten a bum rap. I thought your routing of the tour was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Glencoe. Stunning. 2. Next would be the hikes in the forests to the Hermitage and through Cairnsgorms NP. 3. Cawdor Castle (especially the gardens) was very interesting. You don't see a genuinely occupied and functioning castle every day. 4. And St. Andrews was by far the most charming town. Loved the view from the tower. Was I only allowed one? That's not fair to Scotland."

Benjamin

Cordele, GA

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It is rare that something exceeds my expectations, but I can say this trip far exceeded my expectations. We have been a big fan of the TV show and guidebooks for years and we have used the books for previous travels to Europe. However, this trip was our first Rick Steve's tour, in fact, it was our first tour of any kind. The pre-tour communications, tour guides, coach drivers, hotels, food, and entertainment were all great! We look forward to taking another Rick Steve's tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep dog demonstration was great, but the actual 'wow" moment came at the end of Neil Ross' demonstration when he gave one of the most amazing commentary's on the state of environmental, education, and political beliefs. Whether you agree or disagree with what he said is immaterial, but the passion, sincerity, and clarity of thought "wowed' me. My only regret is I did not video tape it and show my children what it means to be passionate about what you do."

Connie

San Luis Obispo, CA

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved every minute of this tour. It had an amazing unexpected feature which really contributed to our enjoyment and that was near-perfect weather. I admit that we were prepared for wind and rain and cloudy skies and the weather Gods gave us sun and crisp fall weather[INVALID]in SCOTLAND! Our tour guide, Helen, was really, really good and Andrew was fun to have along as he blended so nicely with all of our group. The group itself was a "10" with kind people who were interesting and eager to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, that is SO hard. I would have to say that the day we went to Loch Ness and Urquhart had to be a highlight because of the weather. The boat ride on glassy blue water and the approach to the castle was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Exploring the castle remains and the interesting visitor center was great. On a very simple note that did not require exquisite weather, our evening sing along with the Scots in the pub in Inverness brought tears to my eyes!"

Anne

Cordele, GA

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip exceeded my expectations. There were many day excursions that I would not have enjoyed if I had undertaken a trip to Scotland on my own. It was an enjoyable experience from the first day until the last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were quite a few "wow" moments. I think the crannog experience was my favorite "wow" moment. What a testament to human ingenuity. The site was full of information and ththe local guide was so enthusiastic and informative"

Denise

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As usual the our guide was excellent. I had visited Scotland with my husband 14 years ago. He has since passed so it was wonderful to see the places we went to and all the wonderful memories. Went to several different places which were very interesting. I will definately go on another Rick Steves tour. This was the 3rd one I have gone on."

Lennace

Brighton, CO

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour and it met all our expectations as expected! Helen our guide was fantastic along with Andrew the assistant. Helen provided us with a wealth of information/history about our destinations in addition to the places we saw from the bus along the way. She was very attentive to details, had a great sense of humor and made sure all of us were having a good time! Can't wait to schedule trip number 3!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As usual it is difficult to pick a favorite "wow" moment. If I have to choose it think it would be the Isle of Iona. My stroll took me north to the footpath to Dun 1. The rain and cold provided a perfect backdrop for the beauty and peacefulness of the island. A great opportunity for reflection!"

Lester

Brighton, CO

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Helen's knowledge of Scotland & it's history was great. It help make the whole trip very enjoyable. All the places we went were each different and interesting and each place we stayed exceeded my expectations. The local guides were excellent and passionate about what they did and help draw my interest in even more keenly. I completely enjoyed my trip to Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I had to pick my favorite moment it was watching Neil Ross work his sheep dogs. Their equal love for each other was wonderful to see. His total command and the dogs wish to please him was wonderful to watch."

Irene

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We've had more expensive tours, which were outstanding. Considering the price of this tour, we received good value. Some of the long walks through the parks or forests made sense in relation to what we were seeing. However, taking a long hike to the green loch in Glenmore didn't seem to have a point. Since we spend a fair amount of time on the bus, it would be fabulous to provide wi-fi on the bus. Also, we would have appreciated detailed maps of the roads so we could follow the itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know that we had any "wow" moments, however, we enjoyed seeing the crannogs, Culross, and Stirling Castle. It was fun to see the Harry Potter locations in Edinburgh. We could have used more time in St. Andrews. We were told that if the weather was bad, we would have wanted to leave. However, the weather was beautiful, and it was the first day of school at St. Andrews. It was a very exciting time to be there."

Barbara

Rockford, IL

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the first day to the last moment our trip to Scotland was just wonderful. The beautiful country, the history, the art, the land, it was all that we had hoped for[INVALID]the best part was our charming guide Helen. We felt like we made a true friend. She covered all the details and educated us about her beautiful and fascinating country! We could just enjoy everything because she did such a good job planning our days and evenings[INVALID]. Every place we stayed was perfect from hotels to the bed and b's.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the museums, the walking in Scotland and finding out walking is the national pastime of Scotland. The wow was the charming, friendly, and helpful people of Scotland."

Daniel

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Simply outstanding. This was our fifth RS tour and the trip was as fantastic as the rest. Liz was exceptional, from giving interesting history lessons, to handling the precocious tour group members, to filling the silence on the bus with regional music. I immediately downloaded many of the tunes she played upon returning to the States.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mystery of Loch Ness captured my imagination as a boy. To finally arrive there was thrilling. Then, we took a boat and approached Urquhart Castle from the water, and the thrill became magical."

Julia

Syracuse, NY

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful....loved the trip overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday...scenery!"

Laura

Canandaigua, NY

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of Scotland was amazing. It fulfilled all my hopes & expectations. Since we have limted amount time in our lives to devote to travel, we hoped to maximize our use of time without doing a forced march through the country, & that is exactly what we did. The tour was very well organized, and in each region we saw the important historical & cultural sights while still having time to explore on our own to soak up the feeling of the area. All day to day details were taken care of for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Scotland is an astonishingly beautiful country, so there were lots of wow moments. Our early morning boat ride on Loch Ness and our journey through the Great Glen were like stepping into postcards. Having to choose, I'd say my wow moments were being in the mountains at Glencoe, which were haunting, and walking on Iona, a magical place."

Robyn

Amarillo, TX

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was totally amazed with the quality of this tour. The 10 days were skillfully planned to make the experience come "full-circle". By the end of the 10 days, all of the places, people, experiences made complete sense and I had a strong feel and appreciation for the people and land of Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but mostly the "wow" moment for me was being in the culture and people of present day Scotland. Our tour guide allowed us to experience a pub where local people enjoyed music and fellowship. I felt as if I were Scottish for a moment. Connecting with the present made the past more alive and understandable."

Michael

Canandaigua, NY

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent--a very well-blended array of majestic sites mixed with offbeat experiences. To describe it as a very enjoyable and educational 10 days would be an understatement.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. The sheer beauty of Scotland was very moving. The castles and monuments were exciting to see, but other activities, such as visits to a crannog, to standing stones, to see highland cows (heilin coos), to drinking to songs of independence in a nationalist pub, to the "thin air" of Iona all made for a wonderful mosaic."

Arlene

Grand Junction, CO

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved this trip, Liz our tour guide was exceptional. The hotels were comfortable and I liked not having to move to a new location everyday. We enjoyed the dinners and restaurants on our group dinners. All the places we visited were pretty much in line with where we would have picked to visit. Learned so much history which to me was fascinating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was asked that earlier today and I don't think I can name just one. I feel like I left a part of my heart in Scotland."

Dennis

Grand Junction, CO

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Elizabeth ("Liz") was an outstanding guide. She was funny, witty and knowledgeable about Scottish customs, culture and history. This was our first Rick Steves tour and we didn't quite know what to expect. From the start, Liz made us comfortable, and answered our questions with patience and understanding. The size of the tour group was perfect: not too big (24). It made for a lot of room in our bus. The dinners together were amazing. We will be touring again with Rick's company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, that I hesitate to name them. As a golfer, I enjoyed seeing the St. Andrew's "Old Course" which is a golfer's hallowed ground. I enjoyed petting the "Hairy Coo's" (small cows with manes covering their eyes). I also enjoyed touring a couple of the whiskey distilleries: one on our own, and one with Liz and the tour group. Most of all I enjoyed the scenery of Scotland. It is so beautiful."

Sue

Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Educational, fun, interesting, great guide, great group of people

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep farm with the connection among the dogs, the herder and the sheep. I strongly recommend that this be filmed for a long term record of this amazing but dying profession."

Kiyo

Mckinleyville, CA

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Liz was a fabulous tour guide and very knowledgeable about Scotland. Politics, geography, geology, history, culture, etc. She really made Scotland come alive! A guide can make all the difference on a tour, and Liz did just that. 10 days of non- stop fun and learning. Such a great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the heather growing in the Scottish Highlands."

Lynn

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our fifth Rick Steves' tour and as always, was an amazing experience that exceeded our expectations. This was due to our guide, Liz, and her superb ability to lead a diverse group of people on a wonderful adventure through Scotland. Her knowledge of history, geography, and culture made this an experience we will never forget!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking to the white beaches of the isle of Iona on a windy, blustery day. Based on Liz's tip, we purchased picnic supplies on the boat over to the island and my husband and I enjoying a private picnic on the magical and mystical island surrounding by sheep, cows, and an incredible view of the sea. Unforgettable!"

Robert

Auburn, CA

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Simply put: it was great. Congenial and interesting fellow travelers, energetic, knowledgeable guide, beautiful and interesting country to travel in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the crannog - the iron age dwelling built over the loch, was completely new for me. I had no idea that people had lived in that way. The demonstration of the many technologies which those people used gave me an appreciation for just how sophisticated they really were."

Carroll

Birmingham, MI

Tour: 09/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Interesting. I never realized all the fighting in the history of the creation of Scotland and the struggle for independence.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Natural beauty of Scotland."

Deborah

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I assisted my husband Barry in filling out the survey earlier today. This reflects our mutual satisfaction with the tour and with Robert. Thanks for asking.

Mindy

Foxfield, CO

Tour: 09/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was full of beautiful sights that were brought to life by the local guides who made the history so real! Many of the visits were sights we never would have found, or done, on our own. Our guide, Robert, was great and while he was very knowledgeable, laid back and calm he also became a good friend, as well.. The group of people we traveled with quickly became friends and the deversity of people with the same tour goals amaze me! NO grumps is a great policy that really works!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While the sheep dog show was wonderful, with the 6 1/2 week old puppy and two 9 1/2 week old puppies right in the mix with the adult dogs working the sheep, totally clarified how much blood lines drive the love of work in these "working dogs". I believe the day at the crannogs was the one that was my WOW moment that stands out even more than the working sheep farm!"

Barry

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour met all my expectations an then some. I have been to Britain several times and have always done "my own thing". This tour met my "own thing" criteria but still provided the added detail and planning that can be very complicated and confusing. There was a great mix of "provided" information and services and being able to explore outside the tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the castle and battlefield visits coupled with the detailed explanation by the tour guide Robert prior to arriving at the location. The B&B stays were comfortable and well situated to take additional personal time at the various towns we stayed in. Call me silly but I loved the Sheep Farm and watching the dogs work."

Charles

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 09/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guide, liked being able to spread out on the bus, [INVALID]ion of sites was just right, tour group was collegial

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loch Ness cruise Border Collie demonstration"

Mary

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 09/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The combination of sites, walking, riding, group meals, hotels, and historical information provided, verbally and in writing, felt just right. I finished the tour feeling like I had learned a great deal, and on my free time could be independent. Fellow travelers were interesting and congenial; our guide was excellent. This was a great start to what I hope will be future tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One among many was being 'on the banks' of Loch Lomond. The beauty was exhilarating."

Pamela

Birmingham, MI

Tour: 09/16/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lucked out with some nice weather, a lovely group and beautiful scenery!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Closest thing to a "wow" was valley of Glencoe and just the overall scenery. Also AMAZED by the crannogs-hownto explain?"

Larry

Stanwood, WA

Tour: 09/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary, excellent guide, and professional driver combined to make this a memory of a lifetime. The trip was well planned from start to finish. Saw more of Scotland than we ever could have on our own. Thanks to all involved in preparing this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Iona, not because of the Christian history, but to actually stand on a spot the Vikings raided more than once over the years! You read about those things, but being there made those terrible events more real (and awful) to me."

Janice

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/14/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I am a bit overwhelmed with the number of sights and experiences we had on this tour. I enjoyed every place we went to and appreciated the variety. We had the most terrific group of folks to travel with. I can honestly say, that I enjoyed everyone on-board. We were very lucky with the Scottish weather, experiencing only one day of real rain otherwise we had a lot of sun to enjoy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very hard to pick one! I was very impressed with the Crannog and couldn't believe that we could actually go inside the recreated structure. I definitely am glad I live in the 21st century! Probably the other event that really tickled my imagination was the stop at Culross. I could just imagine living during that time and tending the incredible garden. Being a big "Outlander" fan, this stop became even more exciting for me when I was told that several scenes were filmed there."

Fran

Elwood, IN

Tour: 09/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland is a beautiful country. I could not believe how lush the flowers were everywhere. I've never seen such huge hydrangeas. I found the people friendly and helpful. I enjoy learning about the history of a country which we did on this trip. Reading it is one thing but actually seeing where it took place is another. Culoden was impressive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Iona. It seemed a magical place, but I cannot really describe what made it feel that way. The light was so unusual and, again, I cannot describe it. The day we were there the skies were cloudy, but it seemed bright. The transition lenses in my glasses got quite dark when I was outside, and I could barely see when I went inside. The island just had a special "feel" to me. I loved Richard who drove the bus across the island of Mull to the ferry. So entertaining."

Pam

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! This was our 4th Rick Steves' tour, but the first with this much bus travel time. However, we had plenty of stops along the drive to check out local sights. What a great mix of city, villages, country side, highlands, lowlands ... just marvelous. Our group of fellow travelers were great, as usual. A fun group to travel with and get to know. Plenty of history and local culture. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's too difficult to name just one!"

Geof

Port Huron, MI

Tour: 09/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Small group; outstanding guide (Colin); excellent driver (Roddy); accommodations overall great although the hotel in Inverness was not as good as others; would have been nice to have more time on Iona, but tough to do with ferry schedules; outstanding explanations of Scottish history by Colin; good mix of free time and group time; very interesting selection of castles and cathedrals; stop in Culross and at the Crannog center were the kinds of things that set Rick Steves tours apart;

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Highlands and Glencoe - unbelievable beauty."

Dave

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. The tour itself was excellent from start to finish. Its impossible to cover everything in the time frame we had however the towns, villages, castles, abbeys, farms, battle grounds, etc were an education and experience I'll treasure. This being our first bus tour with 20+ strangers turned out to be excellent. the group was warm and friendly and interacted with everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. The sheep farm: normally any tourist would have passed by this without giving it a second look. The dogs were such an enjoyment to watch working the sheep -- it was amazing 2. The crannogs: This was another hidden gem. Who could have imagined people back in the day living like this! What a wonderful tour stop for all ages!!!"

Corlee

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it was fabulous. it was our first tour so was not sure what to expect. it was way beyond any expectations I had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"would have to be the sheep dogs. I found this to be very informative and fun. I even tried my hand at shearing a sheep. as well there was something about the town of Oban that seemed to call out, one more day there for me would of been great."

Lynn

Stanwood, WA

Tour: 09/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was excellent, beginning to end. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, proud of his country, and fun to be with. He knew when to share information and when to let us enjoy for ourselves. The route was well planned, provided a nice blend of history, scenery, local flair, and culture. Lodging was comfortable and adequate--not always fancy but certainly meeting our needs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I expected a knowledgeable guide, history and scenery, culture and introduction to a country I'd never seen. It was those unexpected moments that I consider "wow" moments. A guide to shared Robbie Burns' poems in English, Scots, and Gaelic. A picnic of local food/snacks/drink after touring ancient cairns, a gift to remember Iona, singing the Loch Lomond song with other tour mates! These and other surprises made my tour very special."

Ronald

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/14/15

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Felt like I really got to see Scotland but felt like too much time spent getting from place to another. As a result felt like I just got snap shots of places. Would have enjoyed spending more time in some of the smaller towns or villages.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Pub that Colin took us to in Inverness. It was jam packed with people just having fun and listening to a local band. As one of the locals was giving cheese and crackers to the band members & she offered me one. Took me back to my much younger days. Just having a good time with good people."

Brian

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/14/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the tour very much. Good balance of history and culture and the pace was about right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Island of Iona."

Sherlan

Fullerton, CA

Tour: 09/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour. We were lucky to have only one day of rain and the other members of the tour were great. I learned so much about Scottish history thanks to our wonderful tour guide Anne. Also, a big thank you to our driver Jerry who was very skilled at navigating the narrow roads of Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the island of Iona. The irony here is that I wasn't even that interested in going there, but it was my favorite place. There was something very calming about that little island and I would have enjoyed spending a bit more time there."

Ron

Cottage Grove, MN

Tour: 09/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scotland in 10 Days tour provided my wife and I with a wonderful sampling of Scotland. This appetite-whetting experience, with its thoughtfully chosen variety of site seeing and cultural experiences makes a return trip a very real possibility.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As difficult as it is to identify only one "wow" moment, my wife and I agree that the drive through Glencoe was right at the top of our "wow" list. I only wish we could have done a little hiking in the area. Maybe next time."

Mary

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 09/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are very happy with our tour experience. The tour took us to a nice mix of places and included things you might not experience on your own, such as the bag-pipe demonstration and the visit to the sheep farm. As people who were not comfortable with the idea of driving around Scotland, we were pleased to have our excellent driver Jerry do the driving while we enjoyed the beauty of the Highlands. Our fellow tour members were friendly and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Highlands along with pasture after pasture of sheep."

George

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 09/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was great. We had a fantastic tour guide(Anne) who helped us create great memories. We learned a lot, saw great sights and spent 10 days with great people

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Northern Highlands are beautiful especially the Glencoe area"

Warren

Coos Bay, OR

Tour: 09/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I have been "tasting" different types of travel over the last several years. This has included a "cruise" with too many people in the Bahamas, a Viking Longboat Tour from Prague ( still not as focused on the natives of the countries and 180 people) and now the Rick Steve's tour. I can't imagine seeing Scotland in any better style other than perhaps renting a room for 1-2 weeks in one city and the exploring it each day. The tour was obviously more efficient and GREAT.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ability of our guide to adjust our experience to the group, including travel on small roads. She made our trip feel tailored to our group and wishes."

Donna

Coos Bay, OR

Tour: 09/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was delightful. The number of people was good; I never felt like I was part of a "mob". Our tour guide (Anne) was amazing. She made sure that we traveled small roads, provided us with wonderful music, stories and history on the bus. The only negative was our audio devices which did not work well and many stopped working completely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say - there were many. I think my favorite part was simply being in the highlands - the mountains and heather were amazing. I really enjoyed our "nature hikes". I think my one "wow" morning might have been our encounter with the sheep dogs!"

James

Reston, VA

Tour: 09/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Delightful, informative, busy (but that's a good thing), and comprehensive. For an overview trip, there's really nothing that I would suggest to improve it, unless it was to extend the length of the trip to allow more time at some of the venues. The venues were a good mix of prehistorical, early and mid-historical, and finally modern Scotland. This tour was clearly well planned as we saw a lot and had as reasonable amount of time at each of the venues as time permitted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are four favorite "wow" factors. The first is Edinburgh; a throughly delightful and fascinating city. The second was visiting the crannog near Kenmore. The third was the whole experience of driving through and hiking in the Highlands, including several related venues (sheep dogs, boat ride on Lock Ness and the visit to the Urquhart Castle), etc. The fourth was the day trip to the Islands of Mull and Iona."

Audrey

Vienna, VA

Tour: 09/09/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was terrific. The sites we visited were fascinating and beautiful, and Anne provided great background information so that we could appreciate them better. Anne went out of her way to give us some great insights into Scottish culture, it's not just kilts and bagpipes!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was a "Wow" moment just about every day...but among my favorites were.... The sheepdog herding demonstration, the visit to the 'palace' in Culross, the Culloden Museum and battlefield (might tie for first place), the boat ride on Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the bus/ferry trip to Mull and Iona (the other first-place)."

Irene

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 09/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the professionalism and her friendliness of Liz starting with the first moment of the tour. The itinerary is covering various venues and is illustrative of Scotland's natural beauty, national history and unique culture. We enjoy every moment of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Giles McNab's demonstration of the back pipes and her history of being a female piper"

Jamie

Barrington, IL

Tour: 09/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every aspect of this trip exceeded my expectations, from the food to the weather to the hotels to the people. We squeezed in a lot but it never felt overwhelming, and there was free time just about every day to either have some down time or take a walk or visit something else of interest. I thought the pace was perfect, and Liz and Roddie were just outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two "wow" moments for me, which were really threads throughout the entire trip: 1) I'm a 'water person' so I loved that nearly every day included time on or near water, including almost all our lovely hotels. 2) The people. The tour group was compatible and fun; Liz - our guide - and Roddie - our driver - were so in sync with one another and the tour group's needs. They made the trip so enjoyable and fun. But the Scottish people were just the best - warm, welcoming, hospitable, kind and funny!"

Suzanne

Shady Cove, OR

Tour: 09/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Guide, Liz, was exceptional. Her knowledge of History, Botany, Internal Facts about Scotland, Local Delights, and everything else too lengthy to mention, was complete, enchanting, and superior. She is also compatible with everyone. This is an art, to say the least.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To find the trip to be so well organized was the high point for me. I have been to Scotland before, and learned a lot more this time, but to have things so well done made an impression on me. We were never left to fend for ourselves. The "Buddy System" works very well. This might be weird, but I loved all of the walking."

Eduardo

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 09/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very impressed by how Liz guided us and gave as an outstanding introduction to Scotland and what makes it so unique in Great Britain, in the past and in the present. I was most impressed by being exposed to treasures of the past but also how Scots live in the present.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having Liz give us the context of all the monuments to figures of the past and the culture of the present in Scotland.. Edingborough was spectacular, especially a lived in city of buildings that are 300 years old, older than American cities."

Connie

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 09/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful. Everything was exceedingly well organized. Extremely knowledgeable guide in Liz who shared her passion of her country with all of us; one could not help but be swept up in the magic and wonder that is Scotland. Even the weather co-operated with minimal rain. Fabulous overall experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The historical sites and the natural beauty."

Gabriel

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 09/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland is an amazing country -- spectacular scenery, dramatic history and passionate people. At the end, I wanted to become a Jacobite and go fight the English. Liz, being a passionate Scot, made the trip for all of us. Excellent tour guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The poem at Bannockburn.It is such an evocative piece of poetry, and coming at the end, fills you with the memory of all you have experienced. Liz handled it beautifully."

Diane

Alhambra, CA

Tour: 09/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour itinerary was a good sample of Scotland. Our tour guide was well spoken, knowledgeable, caring and fun. She also had good suggestions for restaurants and sights to see when we were on our own. The lodgings chosen for the tour were all clean and comfortable and the food was good. Our driver Roddy was good as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The demonstration of the working sheep dogs was fun, Stirling castle was amazing and the scenery of the Highlands, rivers and lochs beautiful."

Thomas

Alhambra, CA

Tour: 09/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found the entire tour fun, educational, and worth the money. I would recommend the tour to anyone who wants to see Scotland and learn its history, culture, people, geology and environment, and current events. Then, come back or stay longer and go back to the sites you found interesting or visit the locations the tour did not have time to visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I always find this question interesting. The entire tour was a "wow" moment."

Gabriella

Broken Arrow, OK

Tour: 09/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my third Rick's tour, and without a doubt, the best! Scotland is my favorite country, and Rick couldn't have chosen a better ambassador than Liz. She was fantastic! So far the best tour guide I've ever had. I thought it would be hard to outdo the scenery, history, culture and warmth of the Scottish people, but Liz did just that. She made the experience truly memorable, and I went home missing both country and her very much. Felt like I'd made a new best friend for life!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Thought long and hard about this one. The entire country was a "wow" for me, but what I remember the most is hearing Liz speak the very first time in her beautiful lilting Scottish accent. She truly loves her country, and that affection came across every time she spoke. my second favorite was visiting Culloden. Awe and sadness at the same time, pondering what the Scots lost on that day. Me third favorite was drinking and dancing with the locals at Gellions (sic ?) local pub in Inverness!"

Gail

Newberry, FL

Tour: 09/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

12 days of sunshine, great people, and Martin as our tour guide made this another great TTBD trip. Our driver John was amazing and we felt as if we were always in great hands. The hotels in Inverness and Oban were outstanding for their location and charm, and our farewell dinner in Edinburgh was amazing for its location and upscale meal. Not much free time on this trip,would have loved more time in St. Andrews.Would skip Iona for more time in Oban. Group meals were fun and always special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First time seeing Lake Tay and how beautiful it was.I was not prepared for the beauty of this country, and every day was one spectacular view after another. Favorite memory is the unexpected picnic in the meadow that Martin and John set up for us. I felt like they went to great measure to surprise us. The view at our farewell dinner in Edinburgh. And those sheep dogs- delighful! Martin having Scotch for us after a hike!"

Larry

Brandon, SD

Tour: 09/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We selected this tour because we wanted to experience the land that our great grandparents left 175 years ago. We were more than pleasantly surprised to find it to be friendly, beautiful, and pleasing to anyone of any other differing heritage. Less crowded and more relaxed than some other European destinations, the Scots are genuinely friendly and eager to make our tour pleasant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually two moments; the first is the view of the Edinburgh castle from our hotel room followed by the walk to visit the structure. The second was the visit to the sheep farm - what a sleeper This an event I would never have chosen for a self-directed tour. However, it was totally interesting and well chosen."

Susan

Woodway, WA

Tour: 09/02/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a wonderful time; Scotland was lovely. The tour was very well-rounded and so well planned! Never a "hurry up and wait" moment. Well maybe one (see my meal comment) Marvelous tour guide, great bus driver too! I felt very safe, which is a great thing when you're on the road so much. The less enjoyable aspects were not directly related to the tour[INVALID]the hectic pace and lack of free time. Nothing I wasn't aware of from the start ( how else can you see so much in so little time!)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't think I had one Wow moment, but I was continually wowed by the beauty of Scotland and its colorful history. I loved almost every stop we made, and I loved looking out the window as we drove. A WOW ten days!"

William

Athens, GA

Tour: 09/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Since this was our first Rick Steves tour, we have no others to compare it to, but I found the experience satisfying in every way. Prior to this, my wife and I had always planned our own itineraries, rented a car and just hit the road. It was really nice just to kick back and enjoy the ride. Our tour guide, Martin, had a great dry wit and sense and was well informed on a wide range of subjects, especially all aspects of history, including architecture, fauna and flora.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say it was the visit to the sheep farm to witness Neil Ross and his sheep dogs work their magic."

Teresa

Granger, IN

Tour: 09/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed everything about my trip to Scotland. We had a variety of experiences that were well planned and a great group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many great experiences but I had two favorites that involved local people. We visited a beautiful farm in the highlands where the farmer demonstrated his working sheepdogs and talked about his commitment to a unique way of life. A lovely and talented woman demonstrated her skills with a bagpipe and explained the history and importance of the instrument. Both of these people were very genuine and clearly loved their topic and sharing Scottish culture."

Laura

Athens, GA

Tour: 09/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, but it will not be our last. We were so impressed with the organization and time management. My ONLY disappointment was that we did not have enough time in St. Andrews. We could have used another hour at least. My idea for getting this would be to leave Culross 15 min sooner (skip the coffee break), then have a cold box lunch on the bus during the drive to St Andrews. Not having to eat lunch when we arrived, would save another 45 min.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep dog demonstration The bagpipes demonstration"

Nancy

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual it was filled with historical, cultural and all sorts of information. Martin was a font of information of all kinds from flora to fauna. The hotels were very good and both the guide and the driver were available for all questions with which we could come up.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The crannogs"

Chase

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The hotels were better than expected, bus trip comfortable and safe, the tour stops well organized, and Martin was a hoot!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Edinburgh!"

Donna

Baton Rouge, LA

Tour: 09/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our high expectations. We felt we really experienced the best of Scotland. Martin, our guide, was stellar. His comprehensive knowledge of Scottish history and customs added so much to our understanding and enjoyment. It's a beautiful country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A continuing "wow" were the beautiful flowers that we saw everywhere--not just in public parks and castle gardens but byways all across Scotland. They were stunning! We loved learning about the crannogs and the sheepdogs were a lot of fun."

Lynne

Hixson, TN

Tour: 09/02/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, variety of experiences,delicious food, Nise accommodations were excellent except the B&B edinburgh, horrible mattresses, stuffy rooms. Staff there was pleasant and breakfasts good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the sheep dogs and Neil Ross. Cooled Battlefield and the attached museum experience."

Ronald

Danville, CA

Tour: 08/31/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great Tour Guide (Colin), Great Bus Driver (Kenny). Every one of our lodging facilities was comfortable, hospitable, clean and considerate. The included dinner meal restaurants where all very nice - well chosen. They added to the local experience. The tour itinerary was well planned - days were full, but everything was very much worth seeing. Kenny was amazing in guiding the big bus on narrow Scottish rural roads. Colin did a great job of explaining all about Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of wows on the tour. Getting a chance to look for Nessie on a Loch Ness cruise was a highlight (despite not making a sighting)."

Wendy

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 08/31/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall it was an excellent tour. I only hold back from an outstanding rating because there were many instances that I needed more time at places. I could have done without the hike to falls at the Hermitage and the visit to Grouse distillery. Had to drive quite a distance to the distillery when we passed at least one other on the way (Aberfeldy) or there was one in Oban be toured.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed seeing the Glencoe Valley and would really have liked more time there. The same went for Iona and the tantalizing taste of Mull. Culross Palace was also a very interesting place with not enough time. All were wows for me."

Jeff

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 08/31/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The guide was excellent (Colin) and we just sat back and enjoyed the trip with you taking care of all the planning and particulars. Interesting that I had not thought that Scotland would be the destination of my second trip to Europe, but I enjoyed it very much. The food was much better than I had anticipated (even the haggis). The accommodations were more than acceptable, and the whisky was most excellent, but most of all was the history that was everywhere. Fascinating!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. Hiking amongst the heather, our room overlooking Oban harbor on a sunny evening, hiking on Iona, Urquhart castle, but most of all, I think I was most enthralled by all the history that was present, Roman, Pict, English and Scot."

Tom

Eden Prairie, MN

Tour: 08/31/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was money well-spent, and we enjoyed every aspect of the trip (our first with Rick Steves, or any tour)! Our group was definitely what I would call "like-minded" individuals [INVALID] all were willing to lug a bag up a flight of stairs or along a cobblestone street in order to get the benefit of Rick's research into more out of the way places to stay. I'd travel again with any of the group. More importantly, our guide, Colin, and our driver, Kenny were the absolute best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Leault Farms, and the dogs there, were just so much fun. Not exactly a "wow", but my favorite stop on the trip. The dogs were so friendly and approachable, and of course the puppies were lucky not be smuggled onto the bus! Do whatever you have to in order to keep that stop on this tour!"

Tammie

Spokane, WA

Tour: 08/31/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was very well organized, Colin was fun, knowledgable, entertaining...and had a great voice "on the Bonny, Bonny banks of Loch Lamora". Kenny our driver was superb, he didn't sing, but man could he drive! The tour was a great blend of historic sites, current practices (sheep dogs, general political high notes, shopping and pubs) and amazing scenery. The hotels were perfect (once we figured out how to work the showers!), beautiful settings and had very gracious helpful hosts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to the Crannog in Loch Tay. The presenter was fun and very informative. Loved the history and demonstration of tools made at the time. Very cool!"

Carol

Cape Coral, FL

Tour: 08/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the history and culture, and surprisingly, even the food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gilley was fantastic doing the history of the bagpipes and letting a few tour members give it a try. Another wow moment was Glencoe. You can feel a shivery apprehension in the glen."

Carol

Bremerton, WA

Tour: 08/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland has been near the top of my "bucket list" for several years, and I was not disappointed in the slightest. It was a wonderful trip with a good balance of sightseeing, history, free time and mixing with the charming Scottish people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The crannog near Kenmore! I had no idea that such a place ever existed. The ingenuity and resourcefulness of those people from as much as 4 thousand years ago is truly amazing."

Ginny

Tarzana, CA

Tour: 08/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scotland Tour was really wonderful. Nice group/fabulous tour guide, Robert,/ great itinerary/good pacing/nice choice of hotels & meals. The Scottish people were so warm/friendly/& kind to visitors. The historic sights and information were excellent. We really lucked out on the weather. Lots of sunny days and only 2 rain storms, even though more had been predicted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the 'crannog' was definitely a 'wow' moment. It was fascinating to see how the early settlers of Scotland lived so long ago. The architecture of this amazing structure was fascinating to see......out on wooden posts......in the loch for protection. The actual hut was a life size reproduction of what life was like 2 thousand years ago. They had a docent who did fascinating demonstrations of how these early people made vessels from stone & created fire."

Barbara

San Diego, CA

Tour: 08/24/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A couple of the things I thought would be of little interest turned out to be particularly interesting. The tour of the Crannog exhibit was very interesting and our guide Daniel was a delight. The demo of the ancient tools was specifically of interest to me given I had never thought about it before. Simple yet effective. Helps me to understand power tools more. Another highlight was the "palace" in Culross. Very interesting and the enthusiastic tour guide pointed out so many special details.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While Scotland overall is quite beautiful the Glencoe area was especially magnificent the day we were there. The scale of it is hard to describe but it was the most spectacular spot on the trip for me. The most pleasant couple of hours were the gardens at Cawdor Castle and I have pictures to prove it!"

Robin

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 08/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our group of travel friends chose this Best of Scotland for our latest travel adventure together. Many of us arrived early so that we could enjoy the International Art Festival and the Royal Military Tattoo. Our guide, Robert was great, very knowledgeable about Scotland and its history. He added much to every site we stopped to see. On the tour were 5 travelers who were new to us and they soon became fast friends. As in the past, they will probably become regular travelers in our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my favorite "Wow " moments was when our group watched the border collies herding the sheep. The trainer was so interesting and this was a new experience for me."

Patricia

Madison, WI

Tour: 08/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything I hoped for in terms of high level of activity ,wonderful accomodations, great food, great guide and bus driver. The only problem was that it went by too quickly!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving into the highlands- wow! mountains, waterfalls, hairy coos, took my breath away. The other was our bagpiper Gully."

Rob

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 08/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although we have followed your tour routes through Europe for years, this was our first actual tour. We were a little nervous about traveling with a group, but are happy to say it was great fun. The whole experience was everything we hoped for and maybe more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No special wow moment. The tour in general was a wow."

Terry

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 08/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great people spectacular views fairly time intensive fourth ricks trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Edinburgh experience street acting fringe"

Sue Ellen

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 08/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Scotland and it was magical. The itinerary is packed with the best historic sites, castles, wee towns, nature, good food/culture/music, and especially breathtaking scenery. Special thanks to our guide Nigel and driver Kenny for their hard work, expertise and wonderful sense of humor. I enjoyed getting to know them and my great fellow travelers - lots of good times and laughs. Slainte Mhath !!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose-loved the dramatic highland mountains and glens, touching ancient standing stones at Clava Cairns and the unexpected picnic lunch there, holding sheepdog puppies, walking on the haunting Culloden battlefield and Glencoe, taking an eerie misty cruise on Loch Ness and exploring the castle ruins, fresh seafood dinner in Oban, lovely Iona, walking along the river in Inverness (and jumping on the footbridge), and great music at Gellions pub."

Deana

Napa, CA

Tour: 08/17/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Scotland is a country of vast beauty and fun people. We enjoyed out time very much. The places we traveled including Iona have been "must sees" for years so that was one of the reasons for choosing this tour. As with all your tours, we experienced so much and enjoyed so many special opportunities [INVALID] from a woman bagpiper to Eric and his sheepdogs (oh, and the puppies!) Love seeing and "meeting" the highland coos! What amazing animals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As with all tours -- too many to mention, but visiting Iona on a beautiful sunny day was certainly one of them. The skill with which Eric trains and runs his sheepdogs is amazing. Learning about pre-historic communities was eye opening!"

James

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 08/17/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip moved along smoothly. All carriages, buses, hotels,meals,entries to special sites and events, where excellent. Our tour guide, Nigel, was very knowledgable, friendly and, helpful through out the tour. Our driver Kenny, was very friendly, and expertly got us to our destinations in a safe and timely manner. The sights of Castles, Cathedral , monuments ,and towns, were awesome, but the natural beauty of Scotland itself was truly dazzling to behold.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoy golf, so St. Andrews was my wow moment. Not only was I impressed with what little I saw of the Old Course, but the town in general was a cool place to check out, and the Castle and Cathedral ruins were awesome to see."

Colleen

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 08/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great, we were able to cover many sites and learned a wealth of historical facts. The tour was fast paced (which I expected), but I would have preferred less nature walks and more free time to explore on our own. I wish we could have spent more time at Glencoe. I especially enjoyed meeting & spending time with our tour mates. The group was very diverse and I loved all the different personalities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Iona!!! The Abbey & cemetery was hauntingly beautiful. Very spiritual Island."

Debbie

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 08/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. Outstanding...Scotland is beautiful and the tour is a mix of interesting experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being on the boat on Loch Ness and approaching the ruins of Urquhart Castle in the morning. So impressive."

Barbara

Placerville, CA

Tour: 08/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an awesome tour. Lots of historical input from our excellent guide. Overall, it was a fast paced tour that included everything I hope to see and more. And I didn't have to drive! The pace was fast, but enough time at sites to get a good feel for it all. Never boring or lingering too long.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a tough one , I really enjoyed walking through ruins of castle, and of course the herding demonstration and puppies!! A fun evening in a pub in Inverness."

Michael

Paris,

Tour: 08/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I fell under the spell of Scotland. Its valiant and head-strong struggles for independence and religious freedom as well as the inter-clan rivalries have all been fought by a prideful, intelligent, and shrewd people. How can you not love them? The tour showed us all of this history as well as the extraordinary natural beauty which was all enhanced by our incredible guide, Anne.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was at the sheep farm when the shepherd, Neil Ross, spoke a couple of hard-sounding syllables and one of his border collies took off after the flock of sheep on the horizon. I've never seen any animal run faster and with such immediacy. Incredible!"

Sandy

Wichita, KS

Tour: 08/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, we enjoyed facts, sites and sights, many of which we were unaware. Hotels seem to be more upscale than in the past - I liked the quirky ones (long rambling building in meadow on Scand tour where our room had a sleigh bed) and somewhere a dining room with many antlers on ceiling. But I like the "fancier" ones, also. Bus ride across Mull was terribly bumpy; perhaps because we were in the back of bus. Maybe folks could double up for that ride. Friendliest group of our 5 RS tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"CRANNOCK - fascinating stories & demonstrations - "authentic" costumes SHEEP DOGS -even when shepherd sent only one dog out to round up the sheep, the others remained on "high alert" Incredible they're trained for specific whistles. Tiniest puppy was darling. IONA Happened to be in the chapel when their 2 pm "peace and social justice" 15 min. worship service was announced; enjoyed. Many songs in our Mennonite hymnal's supplements are from Iona view leaving Iona. HIGHLANDS"

Brad

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end, all aspects of this tour were fantastic. I especially appreciated the care taken to provide good orientations entering cities both big and small; local recommendations for walks, restaurants, grocery. Perspectives on history were delivered in bite sizes and delivered relative to our progress on the tour route. Plus, I loved that Anne wore her pride for her country on her sleeve, so to speak. It helped everyone really get into it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Biggest wow moment was Oban sunsets and ferry to Iona."

Kate

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 08/10/15

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Let me preface this review by saying that I have traveled in Europe for 30 years, first with my husband, and since his death, alone. I have read and used RS's books, but I've never taken a tour. I was surprised at how much of a typical tour it was. Breakfast at 7, on the bus at 8, off to a site, back on the bus off to another site, lunch, back on the bus and so on. I never felt like I had the time or opportunity to get to know the people or savor the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment?? Wow look at all those tour buses in the parking lot. Wow look at those lines On the positive side. I did like the Cranog."

Lynn

Bandon, OR

Tour: 08/10/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed meeting all the other people on the tour. They were a diverse , interesting and fun group.Our tour guide, Anne Doig, was wonderful. We really got a great introduction to Scotland. Such a beautiful country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list one! The whole trip was one long wow moment!I loved the gardens at Cawdar Castle and visiting the crannogs."

Faith

Fountain Valley, CA

Tour: 08/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having traveled independently a great deal over many years I did not know what to expect from this (or any) tour. I should not have worried. This was most certainly the trip of a lifetime. Amazing places, wonderful tour mates (some I will be friends with forever) and an exceptional guide Anne and wonderful, fun driver Roddy. I can't think of anything negative to say.....this was an amazing adventure which I will cherish forever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each and every day held a wow moment. If pressed, I'd say every second spent in the Highlands."

Celene

Tigard, OR

Tour: 08/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour ranks as my number one or one-A trip ever. I have become a real fan of Rick Steves Tours, and I am not a "tour" fan. From the outset everything went smoothly. Your fees are reasonable as well, particularly for what you receive. I love the fact that I learned so much history, contemporary issues, local politics, legends, etc. while having an absolute blast. One of the best parts was that we were prepped before arrival and then allowed to explore on our own--that is crucial for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't really identify one[INVALID]the whole trip was a "wow" moment actually. I really loved the Crannogh tour and think their project is incredible. I also really loved the sheep dog demonstrations[INVALID]fell in love with the wonderful dogs, and loved the glimpse into the life of a sheepherder and experiencing his bond with his dogs and sheep. The other wows for me are the highlands itself and the people of Scotland[INVALID]incredible!"

Kelly

Kaufman, TX

Tour: 08/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am not sure I could have picked a more perfect tour than Scotland for my first Rick Steves' trip. The weather cooperated, the group was friendly, and Anne- I cannot say enough positive things about Anne. The tour packed so much into 10 days time! We received a wonderful taste of all aspects of Scotland. And the Scottish people, oh my. What a wonderful, friendly, proud group of people. Very welcoming and eager to expose a wide-eyed tourist to their country!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "Wow" moment was on our only truly rainy day, walking through the pouring rain around the Culloden Battlefield. The individual GPS guided walking tour with actual accounts of clansmen and soldiers was mesmerizing. The weather added to the atmosphere of the battle account. And on a happier note - the working sheep ranch with the sheep dog demonstration. Listening and watching Neal and his dogs work together was awesome - holding 4 week old puppies was also a plus!"

John

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/10/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was really great. Our tour guide Anne was exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep herding on the farm."

Juliet

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very pleasant, but too short! I learned a lot about the history and out guide was very engaging and enthusiastic. We were blessed with beautiful weather which helped to make the sites very enjoyable, but they would have been interesting and fun on their own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our day to travel to Iona was a highlight but I would have liked more time there to both spend adequate time at the abbey and visit the beaches. Also, the crannog museum was really cool as well as the Culloden museum."

Andrew

Flint, MI

Tour: 08/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Anne was very well informed on history and culture and history and was very generous in sharing that knowledge which greatly enhanced the overall trip experience. Accommodations were nice and I was well pleased with the locations chosen to visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't have a single standout wow moment."

Karen

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the very best vacation I have ever taken

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding where my grandmother was born. The night in Kenmore with the piper and highland dancer (member of tour) My husband enjoyed golfing in Scotland at Inverness golf course."

Barb

Dayton, OH

Tour: 08/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was extremely pleased with the Rick Steve's Scotland tour. This was my third trip to Europe but my first with a tour group. It was everything I expected and moe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially loved the walks along the river Baerns. The vistas in the highlands were so beautiful. I guess I liked the outdoor activities best."

Bill

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour with a very good guide

Mary

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it all: the history, cultural and political info, local food and drink samples, the nature, the walks in the woods - and the great guide and fun group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being on Iona on such a beautiful day was awesome. Culloden more moving than expected. And sheepdog demo was really fun too. Visiting the crannog was very interesting as well. And enjoying the beauty of the country everyday."

Beverly

Paris,

Tour: 08/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was like a delicious haggis. Every ingredient blended to produce perfection. Beautiful scenery, a fascinating and exciting history, a well-balanced itinerary, friendly locals, amiable co-travelers, comfortable lodgings, delicious food--yes, even haggis!--and most of all our leader, Anne-- all combined to give me a trip I won't soon forget and one I was frankly sorry to see end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ferrying across the beautiful, tranquil Loch Ness gave me a chance to reflect on my Scottish ancestors and to realize my pride in having some Scot in my blood."

Charlotte

Arlington, TX

Tour: 08/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour! Every B&B was clean and comfortable. Most of the meals eaten with the group were excellent. The food at the hotel in Pitlichry was just fair. The sights at the various stops were all interesting, and the scenery was spectacular! Colin is an excellent guide and very knowledgeable. If someone asked a question he couldn't answer, he usually had an answer the next day. He was very patient and kind. He took very good care of us. I was not disappointed with any aspect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! I loved the Hermitage and all the natural beauty. St. Andrews was beautiful. The walking tour in Edinburgh was fascinating. Seeing boats going through the locks in Fort Augustus was mesmerizing. I loved the pub and the live music in Inverness. Oban was my favorite little town, and I wished we could have been there a little longer. Loch Lomond was beautiful. We happened to be there when a pipe and drum band had a little performance."

Alicia

Corrales, NM

Tour: 08/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is actually Steve Murtha, Alicia's husband. I was initially leery of tours in general, figuring that they would be too confining and I'd be stuck with a bunch of people that I may not get along with. The experience exceeded my expectations as the group that we were with and certainly our guide Colin, were terrific. What we got to see was in all likelihood what most travelers and visitors to Scotland probably will always miss. The beauty of the countryside was unbelievable.

Dale

O'Fallon, IL

Tour: 08/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour leader, Colin, guided us through Scotland with confidence and knowledge about all aspects of their culture, geography, history, and politics; additionally, he has a wonderful singing voice. I was very happy with our meals, lodging, and sites visited. The schedule each day was comfortable and afforded us ample opportunities to learn about each venue and to do plenty of shopping.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was our visit to the Scottish Crannog Centre, Loch Tay, Perthshire. Our visit gave us a view of what life was like in Scotland one-thousand years ago. The site relives a somewhat realistic view that may have existed at the time people lived there."

Emily

Leawood, KS

Tour: 08/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole tour was fantastic, and Colin was an excellent guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing sheepdogs herd on a real sheep farm and hearing a group of bagpipers rehearse next to a lake at our last rest stop were two of my biggest highlights."

Melanie

Leawood, KS

Tour: 08/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun people, Colin was an excellent tour guide, dinners provided were top notch and spectacular Scottish scenery- loved it all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was really unique to see the shepherd and his sheep dogs. That would not be something you could see on your own, I would assume."

Mary Lynn

Covington, WA

Tour: 08/05/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As usual, this was a great trip. This is my fourth Rick Steves tour and I wouldn't be coming back if they weren't a wonderful experience. Our group was terrific. My husband and I enjoyed the company of each and every one of the group! Our guide was organized, informative and often funny...and his singing voice was not bad!! The places we visited, the hotels where we stayed and our group meals met my expetations... and then some! And, of course, the scotch tastings!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "WOW" moments...hard to just name one. The sheep dogs, the crannogs, the beauty of the countryside, the bagpipe performances of both the Canadian group and the demonstration by a local Scottish women piper."

Chris

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 08/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Colin and driver John went above and beyond our expectations to personalize the trip with extras such as cookies, desert Scotch, a picnic, and an exceptional itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The unexpected picnic; waking from a doze on the bus to "Highland Cathedral" on bagpipes as we first entered the glens. NOTE: we stayed an extra day for the Edinburgh Tattoo, it was exceptional and should be included (extra cost) when possible during August."

John

Arlington, TX

Tour: 08/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful experince and one that I'll recommend to others. We saw many things that we would not have seen had we organized the trip on our own. Having someone else do the driving, incidently John was a pleasure, and organizing all the stops allowed me to sit back and enjoy the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably spending time at the outlook at Glenn Coe. I personnaly would have liked to spend more time there and less time at the visitor center."

Crystal

O'Fallon, IL

Tour: 08/05/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Liked going to places not on usual guided tours...crannog, sheepdog demonstration, Isle of Iona, Enjoyed learning the meaning of many words and names in Scotland. Interesting, compatible, helpful traveling companions. Group really "gelled" by end of tour. Probably everyone was over jet-lag by then. ~~ Only thing I liked about Culloden Battlefield was saying Culloden, seeing hairy coos up close & running into friends from home. Realize it should be on tour, however.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1.Surprise picnic when we returned to the bus from the Clava Cairns. Beautifully displayed variety of food, serene location, warm sunshine, great traveling companions. 2. Crannog demonstrations including fire making and wearing the furnished warm "garments". 3. Day 2 Conquering Edinburgh Castle-I was able to keep up and was not exhausted at the end of the day. (Tired but not exhausted.)"

Steve

Tavares, FL

Tour: 08/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An extremely well planned and time efficient sight-seeing tour. Accommodations and food were good to excellent. The tour guide was very well informed, approachable, organized and sensitive to the interests and needs of our specific group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"By chance, we encountered a pipe band en route to a local worldwide competition at our travel stop. They were tuning and practicing in the park. Our guide realized our interest in watching the practice march and extended our time at the stop.The band was from a Canada middle school with boys from 11 years on up. This fortuitous event allowed me to not only see pipers "in the making" but also to ask questions of the local folks gathered.I learned song lyrics taught to children are area dependent."

Caroline

Tavares, FL

Tour: 08/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our (spouse, Steve & sister & brother-in-law Alicia & Steve Murtha) first Rick Steves' Tour or any tour for that matter. I'm pleased to be able to report that it far exceeded my expectations for a number of reasons. 1. intelligent homogeneous group 2. excellent, personable, well prepared, helpful guide who met all our various different needs seamlessly...and the list goes on!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was amazing so too many WOWS to list...that being said, on day 3 & first time out of Edinburgh, we stopped at "The Castle" in Culross. That house with its rich history and being so well preserved was an exceptional study of life in 17th C Scotland. I found it almost incredulous that a 17th C engineer had the means, vision, knowledge and courage to implement successfully so many new, never been done before, ideas, i.e. mining tunnels under water and ceilings in shape of boat hulls etc.."

Thomas

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 08/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceptional tour, Exceptional tour guide, John the exceptional bus driver who, as one tourist described, could thread his bus through the eye of the needle. The weather gods were with us and no walking through torrential rains was experienced. Overcast skies and windy days, but sunshine and blue skies were experienced in equal measure. Happy, memorable trip for a 74 year old, overweight guy who thinks he has Scottish ancestors. Feet are slowly recovering.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lordy, I really don't have to choose do I? Oddly, I found the sheep dogs really impressive and a wow, as I did Cawdor Castle. Edinburgh and Stirling castles were definite Wow's. As a military history buff I was pleased to see the Commando Monument. Not a wow moment but a quiet pleasure to see a nation's acknowledgement of the Commando. Enjoyed all the sights selected for the tour. Would not like to do the Hermitage walk in a rain storm. Fortunately the weather was good."

Robin

Pine Knoll Shores, NC

Tour: 08/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great experience! We loved beautiful Scotland, and Liz is a fabulous guide. We had a great group of enthusiastic, interesting, flexible and friendly travelers who made the trip even better. Scotland is an wonderful place to visit - beautiful scenery, friendly people, fascinating history - simply wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments on this trip! Meeting a working shepherd and his trained border collies was truly a "wow" moment. Watching him work with the dogs was amazing, and we were all ready to smuggle border collie puppies back in our luggage. The battlefield at Culloden was a "wow" moment, but so was visiting the crannog, riding the ferry on the Loch Ness, visiting beautiful Iona, and dancing to the music of the local band in the pub in Inverness."

Karen

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 08/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have traveled to Europe many times but had never taken an escorted tour. I chose a Rick Steve's tour because of the great reviews, small group size and outstanding tour guides. I was not disappointed,everything went as planned. Our guide Liz Lister was OUTSTANDING!! She was fun, organized, and really knows her Scottish history. She provided great stories, music, treats, laughs....everyday was an adventure. The hotels and meals were great! A splendid example of Scotland's hospitality.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but I must say the gardens at Cawdor Castle was really my favorite wow moment. The grounds all around the castle were just beautiful!! I also enjoyed the pub night in Inverness..great live music!!"

Terry

Pine Knoll Shores, NC

Tour: 08/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Magical is one word I've kept using after our return. I knew Scotland would be beautiful and we would enjoy this tour as we have all the Rick Steves tours we've been on; but wow. Our guide, Liz, was fantastic and such a joy to be with. Like all Rick Steves tours you get the right mix of planned group activities combined with time to explore on your own. The Rick Steves experience builds your confidence to just jump in with the locals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not a fair question. So many to choose from. I'm going with the working sheepdog demonstration. Going in I was like: "Ok this will be cute" but then you get there and meet Neal. This shepherd is real people with such a passion for what he does. The puppies in our arms didn't hurt."

William

Columbus, GA

Tour: 08/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was well planned and provided an excellent "experience" of Scotland. The limited size of the traveling group made it easy to met and talk with other members, as well as make stops during the tour. I suggest there was a true camaraderie that was built among the group and additional life-long friendships.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My ""wow" moment was in St. Andrews at the ruins of the cathedral. It was important to realize how important the building was for pilgrims and it's place during the Reformation, then the fact the church was on the road to destruction given Henry the VIII's break with the pope. The mere skeleton of the church that remains attests to how important the cathedral was for Scotland. The times the cathedral stood were momentous, but the quiet and reverence now prevail."

Katherine

Brooklyn, NY

Tour: 08/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had the best time on this tour of Scotland! Rick Steves seems to attract kind, intelligent, respectful participants, so the group was great to begin with. The locations were excellent, and daily highlights were well-paced. The special sauce, however, was our guide, Liz Lister.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Reading the poem by Kathleen Jamie about Scotland, inscribed into the monument to the Battle of Bannockburn. I didn't know how viscerally I had connected to the gorgeous, expansive vistas of green trees and craggy mountains that have seen all of the intense battles of belief waged by the Scots until we stood in this place and read a "'Come all ye', the country says You win me, who take me most to heart." Hard to say goodbye."

Harlan

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 08/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip gave us a pretty broad range of experiences around much of Scotland. Given that the weather was regarded by every local as the worst summer weather in memory, there were not any days we did not enjoy. Our raincoats were the most important article of clothing we packed. This was our first Rick Steves trip. We expected to find a group of travelers that were intelligent, respectful of each other and fun, and we were not disappointed. It was a pretty busy trip, but the pace was comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although it was not on the official itinerary, Liz recommended a bar in Inverness. Meeting local people and music from a local band combined with a local beer and a whisky from the distillery we had just visited made for a very fun evening. Yes, there was dancing!"

Lindsay

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 08/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

well planned itinerary FABULOUS guide! a Blue Badge with a great sense of humor...unbeatable!! nice, compatible group; several RST alums aboard

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching Neal Ross, the shepherd, whistle for his sheep dogs to "work"...amazing control and rapport between man and his well-trained animals!! This experience was a real treat, in spite of the fact that understanding Neal's brogue was practically impossible for me! Liz was however, an excellent translator!"

Laura

Penticton, BC

Tour: 08/03/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

- well organized - great guide (Liz) - loved the variety of experiences - bus driver was an integral part of the tour (Kennie)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"- being at Dunkeld and experiencing the church and yard as a "thin space""

Pete

Medina, WA

Tour: 08/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

overall it was great. Typical RS group, most understood that we weren't going to Four Seasons and that there'd be a more wide open element to the discussions about local politics and history, etc. (this was our 8th RS trip)

Christine

Medina, WA

Tour: 08/03/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is our 8th Rick Steves' tour and our first trip to Scotland. We had a fabulous time. Liz was our guide and we couldn't have had a better guide for the Scotland tour. She was fun, organized, helpful, excited about Scottish history and mindful of our individual needs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorites were listening to the Scottish singers in Gulliens in Inverness and the Military Tattoo Bands."

Margaret

St Catharines, ON

Tour: 08/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

"Here lies our land...Belonging to none but itself", the Kathleen Jamie poem on the monument at Bannockburn, where we started our farewell evening has a meaning to me it would never have had if I had gone to that monument aside from the tour. However, it also guided me to enjoy another week in the borders, independently exploring with my travel companions. Great balance of history and present, knowledge and sensory experience. Respect and integrity throughout.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Cranogs in the cold mist facilitated an appreciation for the high level of scientific thinking and communal activity that was occurring so long ago. The connection to the land continued the next day as we walked Cairngorms National Park and the day after at our picnic at Clava Cairns."

Judi

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing! Not only enjoyable, but I learned so so much history. Liz is so knowledgeable. She had a great answer to about every question. She and driver Kenny also put in personal events like picnics and celebration of a tour members birthday. Surprise and wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick just one. But probably the sheep dog demonstration. It was so personal and not "tourish"."

Charles

Fredericksburg, VA

Tour: 08/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were excited to be touring Scotland on our first Rick Steves Tour. We had never been to Europe on an organized tour, we typically traveled on our own with guidebooks in hand and thought this might work for us. It did. Liz, our guide, was fantastic. The 24 people on a 60-passenger bus made the little journeys much easier. The hotels, the talks, the experiences, and so forth were right on with what we had hoped it would be and more. Just a wonderful experience!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The biggest "wow" was discovering that my fellow tour people (not tourists for sure) were also going to the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo at the end of the tour. They were all really into being immersed in Scotland as we were. The show was great. but on the tour, there were lots of "wow" moments. The best for me was the pub in Inverness where we were thoroughly entertained by a live band playing traditional Scottish patriotic songs with local beer in our hands."

Joan

St Catharines, ON

Tour: 08/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Marvellous! Inspiring! Full of heart and pride! Such a beautiful country, illuminated by Liz' broad knowledge of history, geography, culture and politics. Great food, accommodation and a very companionable group of travellers. The added touches of opportunities, both planned and spontaneous, to interact with Scots, brought added depth. The special celebrations (picnic, toast at national monument)created magical moments.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several spring to mind. Niall and his border collies. Experiencing Schiehallion in the pub and talking independence with a young teacher. The Crannog. Gillie on the pipes and addressing the haggis. Urquart Castle emerging from the mists over Loch Ness. The peace of the thin space at Clava Cairns and our picnic. The toast at the national monument, encircled by Kathleen Jamie's powerful poem to Scotland."

Paul

Rochester, MA

Tour: 07/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Always fly business class with long over night trips. I had never been on any travel tour. I was very surprised to fine it so well organized and friendly everyone was. Nigel was great as well as the bus driver Rodney. I don't know if I am ready to try driving on the wrong side of the road yet? I think I am castled out. But my wife can't get enough of them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is had to comprehend the time periods. US was founded in 1620. We were in periods of 1200's to 1600's. They were more innovated than I had thought. How they built these towering castles back then is just amazing to me."

Joan

Bennington, NE

Tour: 07/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wish I could go again. I felt at home in Scotland. So beautiful, it touches your soul. The land and sky are wonderful, and the telling of the history. I liked the mix of city and country, highlands, and lakes, and bay at Oban. Also the islands. Whole thing was a dream come true after 40+ years. I very much want to come back and vist the rest of the islands. Only thing that was frustrating was not enough time at Iona, and several other sites. I needed a month to visit everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't choose a favorite, but I loved the history-the castles, churches, the ruins, gardens, sheep dogs, and the people. Also spotting a sign in Oban telling about MacDougall castle which was very near our B&B. We could see the castle. My husband's mom is a MacDougall. Very exciting. I loved Iona and plan to go back."

Stephanie

High Point, NC

Tour: 07/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great tour with Nigel and the rest of the tour group around beautiful Scotland. The tour began and ended in lovely Edinburgh with castles, churches, puppies and pipers sandwiched in between! We were prepared for misty/rainy weather so when we had sunshine on several day we felt very blessed. The Scotch are warm, friendly and good-humoured people, we were greeted kindly wherever we went. The Highlands were breathtaking and we hope some day to go back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments but two of my favorites were opportunities that would not have been available to us had we not been on a "Rick Steves" tour. The first was an adorable sprite of a bagpiper named Gilley, who played for us and shared about the bagpipes. The second was visiting a farm to watch sheep being herded by very well trained border collies through whistles and commands given by a modern day quintessentially Scottish "shepherd". Just awesome experiences!!!"

Camille

Levittown, NY

Tour: 07/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found the tour to be better then I had expected. The hotels were more then adequate , the dinners all except for one were very good and our guide Nigel was helpful and a fountain of knowledge. The busses were comfortable and our drivers were careful on the roads and handled the busses well. I enjoyed the places we visited and would not be afraid to recommend a Rick Steves tour to friends

Favorite "WOW" moment

".. Seeing the Highlands and visiting the Colloden Battlefield were high on my list to see. Both left me speechless."

Gail

Sonoma, CA

Tour: 07/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a lovely time. Our guide, Ann, did a fabulous job. We loved all the sights, our group meals were tasty and our fellow travelers were delightful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Inverness was particularly delightful"

Thomas

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Though we'd utilized the Rick Steves books before when traveling to Europe, this was our first tour. I wasn't sure what to expect but it was awesome and almost felt decadent to be treated so well; no lines, never got lost, comfortable and interesting accomodations and, most of all, an amazing tour guide in Ann! She was an absolute font of information and an even better human being.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stop to see the shepherd and his dogs"

Wendy

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 07/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Interesting places, great mix of natural and historical, buildings and lochs. Enjoyed the hotels and bed and breakfasts - all we so unique. Nice to do some hiking in nature. There was enough down time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing our lady piper's story that she had a man's haircut and dr seed like a man, because females couldn't be pipers. Loved hearing her play plus she was funny."

Mary

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is not my first ETBD tour but it's been over 10 years.This is still an incredible value! My tour was incredibly well planned and organized with a great mix of activities.We hiked, we learned about history, we enjoyed wonderful dinners together and saw amazingly beautiful scenery. It was well paced and our guide and driver were fantastic. I had a wonderful time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite day was when we visited Neal at his sheep farm and watched as he demonstrated how his wonderful dogs do their job. When we got off the bus we were greeted by both the adult dogs as well as adorable puppies. It was fascinating learning about how the dogs are trained and work. Neal's passion for his work was evident. Later we were treated to meeting even more puppies, some only 16 days old. For this dog lover it was Nirvana!"

Merri

Riverside, CA

Tour: 07/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I cried a few times on the 9th day while looking out the window as the bus wound through the spectacular countryside on it's way back to Edinburgh because I did not want the tour to end, or to leave Scotland. I learned so much about it's geology, culture and history as well as current social and political aspects. I saw breathtaking vistas, beautiful architecture, farmsteads, castle ruins, and experienced the lovely charm and hospitality of the Scottish people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's a tough question, but mine for the most part took place in the Highlands. The beauty and majesty of God's creation is incredible. A 'wow' moment specific to the tour, though, was the Sheep Dog demonstration with Neil Ross. I was amazed at his expertise, and his command of 22 dogs as several split a small herd in two, and brought half of them to us at full speed! WOW. This was a part of the tour that beforehand I was ambivalent about, and it knocked my socks off!"

Matthew

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well-paced tour and Anne was a wonderful guide. I appreciated her knowledge and good spirits.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the Battlefield/Museum at Culloden (I'm sure that I spelled that wrong) and our experiences in Edinburgh."

Gary

The Woodlands, TX

Tour: 07/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was wonderful for a number of reasons; first, Ann is an outstanding tour guide who made the trip magical. Second, Scotland is the most beautiful country I have ever visited and I have traveled to many. Third, our coach driver was wonderful making the trip very comfortable. Fourth, the entire tour group was comprised of wonderful people with similar interests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day was filled with a "wow" moment so selecting just one would be impossible."

William

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 07/22/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Best tour we have been on. Anne very organized and knowledgeable. Especially enjoyed correlation of music with locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Loch Ness, just the eeriness and beauty."

Kenneth

Columbia, MD

Tour: 07/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I think the selection of places to visit and the pace was about right for this kind of tour. There were places (castle gardens) where I would have liked more time. I enjoyed the group but I also appreciated that the tour included some time for individual activities. The tour guide Ann and the driver John were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The demonstration of the sheepdogs is something I will never forget."

Sue

Avon, OH

Tour: 07/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my once in a lifetime trip by all means. Colin was very knowledgeable about Scotland both historical as well as legendary stories. I had a great experience and would do it again if life allows me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just standing in the country of my grandparents"

Pamela

College Place, WA

Tour: 07/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent trip to Scotland! Our guide Colin, was personable, informative, and even a wee bit of fun! We enjoyed his commentary and the many surprises, like the delicious tablet, that he had for us along the way. The other people on our tour were interesting and exceptionally good traveling companions. We made several new friends who I hope we will continue to stay in touch. The food was very good and the accommodations comfortable and clean. We had a terrific trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down, it was the working sheep dogs at the farm. Amazing, amazing. The shepherd had about 15 puppies as well and it was so fun to see the little dogs instinctively herd the ducks and sheep. A close second for me was the Ilse of Iona. Gorgeous scenery, very spiritual and it really felt like we were in "middle earth" or something. Of course, St. Andrews and the Highlands were also was a highlight along with all the Scottish people we met. Hard to pick just one,"

Bill

Redmond, WA

Tour: 07/20/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 1st Rick Steves Tour and we will be back for more. Liked the smaller more intimate size and exposure. Were able to view more thing not on the beaten path and get to know and associate with your traveling companioning than on a big boat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Either walking around St Andrews the day after the British Open and exploring it at our own speed or watching the Sheep Dog demonstration."

Ralph

Ashland City, TN

Tour: 07/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I wanted an introduction to Scotland. Our primary interest was in an historical tour that also provided a chance to understand something of modern Scotland and its desire for independence. I am very satisfied with the result.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Inverness would be my favorite "surprise". I guess I did not know anything about the city and was quite taken with the highlands and its primary city."

Patricia

Homewood, IL

Tour: 07/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I did not have a clear picture in my mind of Scotland before the trip and having been to Ireland a few years ago, I was hoping to feel the difference between the two countries, knowing that they are, in some ways, similar. My experience completely fulfilled that desire. I came away with a much clearer understanding and a real appreciation for Scotland and her history. Since half of my ancestry in "Scots-Irish", it was very personally enriching for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were just beginning to drive into the highlands and the views were stunning. Just then, the sun started to come out and our guide (Colin) started playing a beautiful, stirring bagpipe and orchestral anthem. The entire experience was glorious!! I also felt a big "wow" upon entering the Edinburgh Castle keep area:)"

Patricia

St Martinville, LA

Tour: 07/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time on Scotland in 10 days. We saw a variety of sites and walked through both urban and rural settings. The tour gave me a sense of the different geographic areas throughout Scotland. I enjoyed the experience very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know that I can pinpoint one wow moment. The Crannog on Loch Tay was one of my favorite stops. Walking through the countryside to the site was a good way to start the day. The exhibit and the staff where well put together and very informative. The prehistoric burial site touched my imagination and I wanted to stay there longer but not all my fellow passengers found it as peaceful as I did. The picnic of Scottish delights both the food and the drinks were an unexpected treat."

Jan

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 07/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable of Scotland and it's customs. Overall, it was a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two "wow" moments - 1) Edinbourgh is an incredibly beautiful city. Not your typical city. 2) Loch Ness was absolutely breath taking on the morning that we cruised up the river."

Patricia

Redlands, CA

Tour: 07/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. Overall it more than met my expectations. Our 10 day tour of Scotland was so much fun. The sights, the people, it added up to a fantastic experience. I also was able to explore my Scottish heritage. The fact that it was such a small group allowed us to get to know one another and become like family. Our tour guide, Collin and bus driver, Kenny were great. They both were an integral part of this tour. I can't wait for my next Rick Steves tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite experience was definitely the amazing sheepdogs!"

Tracy

Ashland City, TN

Tour: 07/20/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Rick Steves tour was a wonderful intro to Scotland! The choice of sights to see and "field trips" was a great mix and we could not have asked for a better tour guide or bus driver, and we enjoyed getting acquainted with the people we traveled with. The only down side in packing so much into this tour was very little down time, which probably isn't possible with a 10-day tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments being in Scotland but one of my very favorites was taking the boat at Loch Ness to visit Urquhart Castle, truly a dreamscape!"

Dan

Holly Springs, NC

Tour: 07/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves Tour (first one was the 17-day Best of Italy in 2014). Like that tour, this tour was packed each day with sightseeing, demonstrations, group dinners and free time. Not exactly relaxation, but you do get an excellent immersion into the country and the people. Overall, I was very pleased with this tour, our fantastic guide Colin (the Barbarian), and my 23 new friends from our shared experience. Rick Steves Tours are simply the best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have three "Wow" Moments but there are many more I could list. Number one was meeting shepherd Neil Post and watching him work with his amazing sheep dogs. Second was our drive across the Island of Mull with our informative and very funny driver/guide Richard. The scenery was breathtaking. Third was the Sunday morning boat cruise of Loch Ness. While we saw no monster, we had beautiful views of the lake and the surrounding mountains."

Brian

Meridian, ID

Tour: 07/13/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very pleased with tour. Enjoyed the guides and fellow travelers. Wish we could have gone to a Caleigh!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunset in Oban!"

Nili

New York, NY

Tour: 07/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very interesting tour and covered a lot of territory. I would have liked a more leisurely itinerary but I knew that before I signed up, so it is not a complaint - I just wish you had some longer stays at each place available.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure we had a wow moment, but it was all great."

Mary

Bloomington, MN

Tour: 07/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole trip was wonderful. We enjoyed all aspects - the guides, bus driver, other travelers and all the sights we saw and history we learned. A wonderful way to travel through Scotland. We really appreciate having the small group - only 23 of us. The hotels and meals together were outstanding. We liked having some nights on our own too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to decide. The sheep dogs and puppies were pretty amazing!"

Glenda

Sedro-Woolley, WA

Tour: 07/13/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great experience. I am already looking at future tours. I am hoping to get other members of my family interested in coming with me and have recommended the Scotland trip to family and friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to choose one. Each day was full of new experiences. I did particularly enjoy our boat trips and Urquhart Castle."

Krista

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 07/13/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was great!I enjoyed Nigel and Rodi, our bus driver. Our accommodations were good, with the exception of Pitlochery, where they were mediocre. As a teacher, the only suggestion I would have is rather than giving us an enormous amount of information which is really confusing, I wish there was some way of simplifying the information given. Was there anything that would tie in what was happening in one area to another area at the same time, what were people's lives like in different centuries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the crannogs- this was new to me. I loved the shepherd and his farm and dogs- it allowed a peek into a different way of life. I enjoyed the bagpiper and hearing about her life, the cruise on the River Ness. Of course I loved the castles and seeing the highlands."

James

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 07/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time traveler to Europe, very pleased with the experience, would definitely recommend Rick Steves Tours and look forward to our next trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm unable to narrow it down to one WOW, so enough said."

Julie

Gurnee, IL

Tour: 07/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour, so we weren't sure what to expect. Our guide, Colin, cheerfully made it his responsibility to insure that every detail of our trip was covered. We were able to enjoy Scotland in a relaxed, worry-free environment, in the company of friendly people who were as excited to be there as we were.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On the way to visit the loch, Colin serenaded us with a beautiful rendition of "On the Bonnie, Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond." It set the tone perfectly for our stop at one of Scotland's most picturesque lakes."

Patricia

Scotch Plains, NJ

Tour: 07/06/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We started the tour not knowing anybody but the group was friendly and we had a chance to meet everyone. Although being cold and rainy most of the trip, we did enjoy ourselves. Colin was very knowledgeable and gave us a good history of Scotland. The only complaint I have is in the town of Obin they split the group up into two bed and breakfast places. We hear the others had a choice of pancakes and waffles where we had the usual breakfast. Scotland was beautiful and we enjoyed the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dog herding - made us realize how much work goes into training them."

Linda

Westlake Village, CA

Tour: 07/06/15

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall, the trip was a "B." Our tour guide Colin and coach driver Kenny were excellent, as Helen in Edinburgh. I would've liked more free time in the villages. I would've skippedthe whiskey tasting in favor of longer village stops. I'd rate the meals a B+. Hotels were a big disappointment. Room 1, Kenmore Hotel, was a dump! The other hotels were just fair. We felt the tour was overpriced and for that reason we won't be returning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Edinburgh, Colin and Kenny. Glencoe was beautiful. The Crannog and Hermitage were better than expected."

Shannon

Lexington, KY

Tour: 07/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a BLAST! Scotland is a beautiful country and I was able to more fully enjoy it with the help of our guide, Colin, and bus driver, Kenny. I thought the tour showed us what Scotland was really like with all the varied activities (my favorites were the visiting the castles and the drive from Loch Ness to Oban). Colin and Kenny were informative of the various locations we visited and it was discussing typical life in Scotland with them during the group dinners and during the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the landscape in the Glencoe area! My pictures just don't do it justice and my husband and I plan to come back to that region and explore the various hiking trails. I also loved Oban and really enjoyed the bagpipe concert in Kenmore."

Meghan

Murfreesboro, TN

Tour: 07/06/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Amazing! The sites were great, but I thought there were a few too many nature walks. Honestly I would rather have been able to see a historical site in the time we used for those nature stops. The range of historical sites we saw was great. Also, the combination of free time and guided time was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through Glencoe just made me sit back and say wow! Such beauty and spectacular scenery for 360* as far as you can see. So beautiful!"

Bryan

Gurnee, IL

Tour: 07/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a fantastic time on our 10 day Scotland tour. This was our first "organized" tour (we had always planned our own in the past) but, based on the recommendation of a friend, decided to try a Rick Steves tour. We were not disappointed. We really liked the philosophy of experiencing the country as a local, and not just staying in big-box hotels and visiting clones of US restaurants. The attention to detail was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I did not have one particular "wow" moment, but best enjoyed learning the history of Scotland and seeing many sites associated with Scottish history and pre-history. It gave me a real feel for the land and people of Scotland. A close second was seeing the sheep dogs in action."

Norval

Olympia, WA

Tour: 07/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First Rick tour. Terrific experience. well planned. Excellent tour guide, Colin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bordie collies herding sheep on local farm."

Daniel

Wausau, WI

Tour: 07/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another amazing tour with an amazing guide and driver and wonderful travel mates.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the 18th fairway at St. Andrews"

Jacqueline

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In one word Fabulous. Liz was the perfect guide making sure everyone experienced Scotland through the eyes of someone who truly loves her country. She highlighted the geologic formation and diversity of the land, the history, and music. Roddy is a fantastic driver and always felt safe even on the seemingly narrow and windy roads. The entire group was a joy to travel with and as a single traveler always felt included.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were wow moments everyday that it would be difficult to highlight one. I'm sure my tour mates have covered them all very well. I knew I would be blown away by the scenery, and history as well as enamored with the people of Scotland but had no idea how much. If you get an opportunity to visit Scotland don't forget to admire the ever changing and dramatic sky."

Barbara

Ukiah, CA

Tour: 06/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A truly memorable tour with an exceptional tour guide, Liz. She was extremely knowledgeable about the history and culture of her country and shared this with us day after day. Our group was very compatible which made being together most enjoyable. Also must mention Roddy, our bus driver who drove us safely over the narrow winding roads.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It had to be the sheep farm that we visited one day and had a demonstration from the Foreman of the ranch working his Border Collie dogs to herd sheep from one pasture to another."

Robert

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our second tour with Rick Steve's and it has been yet another great experience! I could create my own travel plans, but there is no way to find out all there is to know about a place without what I consider some of the best guides in the business... and that is what a Rick Steve's trip is all about!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can you as me to pick just one? I think what makes for wow moments is experiencing the trip with others, so I could say trying to play the bagpipes made for a joyous moment for all!"

John

Ukiah, CA

Tour: 06/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was organized very well. This is typical of all 4 of the tours we have taken. I found the walking to be strenuous, probably just a function of my age. The tour guide, Liz, was most excellent. She was very strong in the history of struggle for Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep dog demonstration. The gruff shepard/ranch manager truly loved his dogs and they returned this love in their joyful performances. The very young puppies were already half trained and happy as they could be."

Robert

Napa, CA

Tour: 06/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a history lesson and what a wonderful guide to take us through this great land and welcome us as a friend to one another and the great land of Scotland

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all pretty much a wow experience but the personnel touches delivered by our guide added so much more to the experience."

Jane

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 06/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Liz was terrific and offered so many wonderful facts, food and fun. The group was very convivial and got along great. The sights were terrific with tons of history to appreciate each stop. The hotels were in excellent locations so we could manage very well on our own. The food was great when we ate together. I loved the variety of things that we saw and the extra facts that Liz shared before we toured on our won.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is hard one to say as all of it was so enjoyable. I totally enjoyed the Shepard and the sheep dogs. I loved all the castles too especially Sterling Castle. The night a the pub for Scottish folk music was also a highlight."

Travis

Napa, CA

Tour: 06/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Kenmore Highland games, Iona, Oban, the highland countryside."

Murray

Largo, FL

Tour: 06/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very comprehensive tour. I am not sure we lacked anything we would have wished to do or see. The segments were interesting, entertaining and educational. There was the right amount of breaks to balance with the busy exciting times. We were never bored. Scotland would not let us. the scenery was beautiful and varied. Scotland was a life long dream. I got all that I wanted. The friends we made on the tour included everyone that was along. The teen agers were especially welcomed by all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Urquhart Castle awed me. Such history and beauty."

James

Davis, CA

Tour: 06/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic! I cannot begin to list the amazing things about both Liz and Roddy (the bus driver), both are incredibly valuable and made the trip that much better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Favorite wow momentS" would have to include competing in races at the Kenmore Highland Games, visiting a working sheep ranch and seeing demonstrations of the ranch dogs while playing with puppies, and viewing the amazing history in an easy to understand hands on approach!"

Michelle

Largo, FL

Tour: 06/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was more than I expected. Tour guide was excellent, Driver was a character and the tour members were very pleasant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the boat trip along Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle."

Caroline

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 06/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the moment Liz showed up at the hotel to the last supper - she was simply great - everyday had surprises in it - she made us laugh - told stories, brought us treats on the bus - and looked into our dining experiences to make sure we got what we needed- she played games with us like truth or dare to increase our knowledge of each other and our creative abilities - she played music on the bus During our free time she made suggestions which I heeded and was pleased with

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many moments were simply fabulous - several come to mind - the sheep dog training, which I thought I would sleep through - was simply amazing - the evening in a pub - July 4th, listening/participating in a ceilidh - that morning started with one of our group playing The Star Spangled Banner on a piano at the hotel - and on the bus, red white and blue M&M's - or wading in the loch when I spotted leeches - same afternoon we had birthday cake in the forest - simply amazing times"

Joseph

Manchester, MO

Tour: 06/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The beauty of the landscape, the friendliness and warmth of fellow travelers, the effectiveness and generosity of the bus driver and tour guide were top-of-the line. Minor glitches were handled quickly and smoothly without drama. Questions were answered clearly by our main guide and local guides. This tour delivered more than was promised.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping onto the Isle of Iona. The wind. The silence. The stark beauty of the island. The deep sense of history. Truly this is a "thin" place that nourishes my soul."

Ray

Rantoul, KS

Tour: 06/29/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Arriving in Edinburg a couple of days early from UK was great idea. We was able to walk aroung and see attraction that we wouldn't normaly see. We also had to laundry and people at the hotel was great in helping finding a laundry and meeting the local folks to was also great. Scotland is great place to visit the experience was great and want to go back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Edinburg their was flower garden that they had made into a clock and on the hour a bird would come out of the bird box. The hard work that went into this is unbelieveable. Their several wow moment another one would be the ease the sheep dogs would bring in and seperate the sheep. He also had new puppies also and he had started traing them it was great, The other one when we went to a pub and listen to the music I like it so much I purchase the music disc and I listen to it half dozen time"

Sylvia

Rantoul, KS

Tour: 06/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stimulating and educational experience with lots of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Kenmore Highland Games,the shepherd and his dog herding demonstration and the pub experience."

Judith

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful guide, expert (and funny) bus driver, very compatible group, great mix of activities, good hotels and food, amazing scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every bit of scenery but mostly the feeling from the people of Scotland. They were all so NICE!"

Laurie

Lyme, CT

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I have to say that we indeed did follow the stated itinerary and saw all the attractions stated. My one overall complaint is that there were too many "whistle-stop" tours. One could not totally appreciate a site because not enough time was given to tour it thoroughly. For example, in St Andrews there was barely enough time to quickly walk through the castle and abbey ruins plus get a lunch. The same goes for the Stirling Castle.

Andrew

Nicholasville, KY

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have always looked forward to a Rick Steves Tour, having used your print, video and audio materials in the past. We knew it would be special. But it far exceeded what we could have imagined. The level of detail and intimacy of the experience was terrific. We really EXPERIENCED it. There were many components that made it so special but, of course, the best and most important was our guide, Martin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, the biggest 'wow' was our first meeting and short walk with Martin up to the overlook over the Firth of Forth. I knew after an hour's walk with Martin that we were in for a special experience. For my wife, the biggest 'wow' was driving into the highlands."

Daniel

Glendale, CA

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the tour guide, Martin, bus driver Kenny and all the members of the tour; all very sociable and easy to relate to. Got to see a large swath of Scotland, learn in detail about its history. The local Scots were very friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Crannog visitor center, Sheep dog farm, Culloden battlefield, Isle of Mull"

Caitlin

Arden, NC

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing! As a first time solo traveler, I was nervous about meeting people and having the confidence to go out and explore the cities. It turns out I didn't have to be worried at all! Martin was extremely helpful and knowledgable, and the group bonded instantly. There was never a dull moment, and the places we visited were the perfect mix of historical significance and beauty. Martin went above and beyond to make this trip special for each person!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This whole trip was extraordinary, and I couldn't have asked for a better group to spend it with! My favorite nights were the ones we spent in Kenmore, and the hiking we were able to do there. The best part was getting to interact with the locals. Everyone was kind, open, and had that particularly blunt Scottish sense of humor. I loved getting to know Kenny, the coach driver, who was obviously proud of his homeland. He and Martin were the perfect tag team, and had us laughing the entire trip!"

Nathaniel

Glendale, CA

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheepdogs!!!!"

Cecile

Lawson, MO

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a fantastic experience. Martin, the guide, and Kenny the driver were the absolute best. We saw everything promised and learned so much history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was walking around the Hermitage and stopped in front of the most gorgeous view, forest, stream, peaceful and quiet. Oh and the sheep dog demo was fantastic."

Mary

Iowa City, IA

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour itself was very good and no complaints about what Rick Steves Tours had control over. However, the cool and cloudy weather in late June got a little tiring and I was looking forward to returning home to summer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering the dining room of the Kenmore House hotel and looking out the large windows and seeing the River Tay flowing by with the hills trees in background."

Pam

Burlington, MA

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really like the tour focus on one country in depth because you feel like you get some level of understanding of its unique attributes. Scotland is full of beauty and a pervasive moodiness that reflects its landscape, weather and history. The expert commentary of our guide, Nigel, and our driver, Roddy, added depth to the experience that we never could have gotten on our own. The group members, too, added a dimension of camaraderie that enhanced the time we spent together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Wow moment was the drive through the valley of Glencoe, which was both jaw-droppingly gorgeous and eerily haunting. In true "wow" fashion, it had unexpected emotional impact."

Michael

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great overview of Scotland. I left most of the town's and sites with the feeling that I didn't have enough time there, which makes me want to return and stay longer. I would have liked to have a little more discussion of local politics, schools, government, etc. There was less free time on this tour than other RS tours. I could have skipped Cawdor Castle and had a little more time in Inverness, for example.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking out of the Glencoe visitor center through the trees to a clearing, I wasn't prepared for the awesome beauty of the Glencoe valley. A lot of the tour focused on history. Even the visitor center seemed to have a strong tribal history component, so the natural beauty of the Glencoe valley was a tremendous surprise."

Deborah

Park Ridge, IL

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very comprehensive. The additional guides, Roddy, the driver, and the exhibits were first rate. Hotels were good. Seem to be getting better with each tour I take. As usual, the tour members were wonderful. The no grumps policy really carries through and provides a very interesting group of travelers. That really makes or breaks a tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Iona and Oban were my favorite parts of the trip. I have been to Scotland previously and had not visited those areas."

Lynne

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. Scotland is such a beautiful country. I loved the places we visited felt like we got a true feel of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the sheep farm and watching Neal with his dogs was amazing. Getting to spend time with his border collie puppies was just icing on the cake."

Christine

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour. The tour guide, personal guides in Edinburgh, at the Cranog, at the castles and sheepdog demonstration were friendly, very knowledgable and were very open to questions. The bus was new. The bus driver occasionally joined in and that made us all more of a "family" as we spent 10 days together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheepdog demonstration and the passion the sheep herder had for his dogs."

Donna

Weatherford, TX

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was well organized. The tour guide was intelligent and well spoken. Our bus driver delighted us with his keen sense of humor. The food was well prepared for the region. The rooms were clean and neat. Loved all the hotels we stayed. We had adequate time to explore on our own. Our guide gave us the historical background and tour we needed to understand the culture and people of Scotland. The physical tour gave us a thorough idea of the geography of Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Iona, but I wish we had longer to stay on that island. All of the Highlands were wow moments."

Roger

Iowa City, IA

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was identical with that of the two previous Rick Steves' tours that my wife and I have been on (Paris with Elizabeth and Italy with Ben)--sharing a tour with very pleasant travel companions and being led by a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide adds up to a wonderfully memorable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While leading a very interesting tour of a (rebuilt) crannog on Loch Tay at Kenmore, the local guide casually mentioned that Pontius Pilate was born on the other side of the loch! Judging from a follow-up internet search, this is an assertion that is not known to the wider scholarly community. However, if true, it would belie the popular theory that the Romans came but did not stay for long (since Hadrian's Wall was begun in 122 A.D.)."

Theresa

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 06/15/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As usual with Rick Steves tours, I left this country with an understanding and respect for its culture and history. Scotland is full of surprises (haggis is actually pretty tasty!), quirky humor and breathtaking beauty. It was very interesting to hear the British history that I learned in school from the other side of the conflicts. That alone was an eye-opening experience that was worth the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole of the Highlands is a WOW with its wild, spectacular scenery. On the Isle of Iona, in the monastery museum, is an exhibit about the Book of Kells and its origin at that same monastery site, another WOW. Still another WOW is Urquhart Castle on the banks of the moody, mystical Lock Ness. The sheep dog herding demonstration was just plain awesome."

David

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guide was great and the weather was really good for Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stirling Castle was impressive and Glencoe was beautiful."

Laurie

Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland was amazing, made even better by our amazing tour guide, Ann. She was fun, engaging, knowledgeable beyond our wildest expectations and a perfect fit for us. We enjoyed all aspects of the tour - accommodations, food, planned tours and the other folks on our tour. Kenny, our driver, was so fun also and took such meticulous care of us the whole time. He was always concerned for our safety first, but was also very engaging. We all enjoyed him immensely!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How could I pick just one "wow" moment? I thoroughly enjoyed the day at the sheep herder's home and watching the dogs do their thing! We loved Kenmore and the Crannogh center visit, but I would have to say Culloden Battlefield was the wow. So moving and informative. The Highlands are spectacular!"

David

Canandaigua, NY

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very balanced overview of Scotland with just the right combination of walks/hikes, lochs, castles (not too many), ruins, pipers, pubs and more. We enjoyed our pleasant fellow sojourners and our guide and driver were top notch (see below). Food quality overall was an unexpected surprise! Accommodations were always in great locales with basic amenities but occasional surprise views.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A toss up between our St. Andrews day (Chariots of Fire Beach, The Swilken Bridge on the Old Course, the cathedral and the town), and our day with the sheep dog demonstration and gourmet picnic. Gillie the piper was a real treat as well. St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh just prior to the trip was a sacred and special place."

Bernice

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was extremely well organized, with every detail well thought out. Despite the obvious level of pre-planning the tour still managed to feel spontaneous and relaxing, which was delightful. I had never been on a group tour before and wondered if I would really enjoy 10 days of "organized fun" and I am pleased to say that I enjoyed it very much. It really felt good to have someone else worry about the details of where to stay and how to get there, and what not to miss.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide and our driver shopped for local fruits, cheeses, smoked salmon, scotch eggs, beer, wine, and soft drinks and set out a picnic for us while we were off exploring a stone bridge and photographing "hairy coos" (the hairy highland cattle). It was wonderful and so unexpected."

Fred

Bedford, TX

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour, though we have previously used Rick's guide books. Short version: Two thumbs up and highly recommended. We opted to arrive a day early (good planning to start adjusting to the time zone change), and opted to extend another day after the tour finished, which gave us a down day in country. It was an outstanding experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably seeing the Scottish Highlands on our way to Oban on the west coast."

Matt

Kent, WA

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another fabulous Rick Steves tour! Great guide, great tour members, great driver, excellent planning and organization. I felt lime it was an excellent mix of museums and histiory, and natural scenic beauty and outdoors stuff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments, but probably my favorite was the views on the drive through Glencoe, i only wish we would have had time for a stop and a walk. The sheep dogs were truly amazing, but the sheep farmer was so annoying it kind of orevented it from being a wow moment."

Randy

Eugene, OR

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great sightseeing both in route through the country as well as the designated destinations. Outstanding tour guide, very personable, knowledgeable, and helpful. Very good bus Driver who was not only professional and courteous in his duties, but also blended in with the group as well as being tremendously helpful to the tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip up the River Tay. The lodging location and accommodations in Kenmore and the exploration of the area around it, very peaceful with a good mix of history and sightseeing."

Nancy

Palm Harbor, FL

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Scotland with Anne as our guide. Anne was most informative and knowledgeable and kept us abreast of historical and geographical facts along the way. Kenny was an excellent bus driver and kept the bus immaculate. We felt the choice of hotels/locations and points of interest were terrific and the food was very good. I would only remark that the breakfast at the Parliament Hotel In Edinburgh was not as good as other hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, the drive through Glencoe was probably the highlight with regard to scenery. We had the bonus of a beautiful sunny day combined with spectacular scenery. There were any other occasions which we really enjoyed such as the border collie/sheep demonstration and the boat trip on Loch Ness. There was a great variety in the tour, a great guide and great group or tour members."

Daniel

Redwood City, CA

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Scotland is a beautiful country. Our tour gave us the opportunity to see much of the country, urban and rural. I particularly liked getting out of the bus and going for country walks or short hikes. Our tour guide seemed knowledgeable about Scottish history, which was one of my interests. With so much history though, I wish I had made a stronger attempt to educate myself before I went. I did not appreciate the "games" we played or the "buddy" system. Both seemed forced and juvenile.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The deep blue colors of the Scottish sky and the white clouds were impressive. I don't think I've ever seen such a beautiful sky."

Melody

Eugene, OR

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my long-held dream to visit Scotland, the country of my maternal ancestry. Anne helped make my expecations become reality! The memories, the comraderie, the fun, the experiences, the views, the visits to historic places, all were extraordinary! Anne, with her love of her country, invited us to join her in that appreciation and exploration and it was a joy. The places visited were memorable, sometimes haunting, beautiful and meaningful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On the isle of Iona I was blessed with a chorus of birds bursting into song as I walked around the nuns abbey ruins. I felt like it was a gift to me as a remembrance of my sister who passed away 18 months ago."

Victoria

Redwood City, CA

Tour: 06/08/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour was well managed and we saw many sights around Scotland. For this tour, it really just gives you a sense of what Scotland is about. The logistics all went according to plan and there were no mishaps. We are not Outlander fans so having less info about Outlander would have been appreciated. We would have liked a bit more learning about Scotch and more history of other cultures coming to Scotland. More time in Oban and less time in Inverness would have been nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's hard to say. The Culloden Battlefield and museum was very moving as well as the time spent in Ione. Kenmore was a beautiful and tranquil location and we appreciated being away from crowds."

Stuart

Seaford, DE

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire trip was thoroughly enjoyable! I have generally avoided group tours in the past, feeling that with a little research I could decide on my own what would most interest me. But the scope of Scottish locations and history intimidated me enough that I felt a guided tour would be best. That proved completely true! The guides, the venues, the transportation; everything about this tour made it one of my top favorite holidays!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To my great surprise, I discovered that I quite likely have Scottish ancestry I had no previous idea about. At one of our tour destinations, I saw a clan name that was the same as the surname of one of my ancestors. After a little investigation, I'm quite certain my ancestor was of Scottish extraction. At the pre-tour introduction, I even made a small joke about having no connection to Scotland whatsoever. I was delighted to find I was wrong!"

Terrell

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have traveled many times to Europe but this was my first tour group experience. It was absolutely amazing and everything from the exceptional guide, route, hotels, tours and experiences were far beyond anything I expected. Thank you!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many....the sheep farm where we felt so really there, not like tourists at all. I helped shear the sheep and held the puppies. so enjoyed being there."

Kathy

Olympia, WA

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Brian did a wonderful job sharing the sights, history, and culture of Scotland with us. Amanda was a delight as Brian's assistant. Roddie the driver was a gem, and it was fun to watch him interact with Brian. The amount of free and structured time seemed well balanced. The other tour members seemed like old friends by the end of the tour. The accommodations and food were wonderful. We want to come back and spend more time exploring Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Leault Farm overall, but especially the bucket o' puppies."

Shirley

Virginia Beach, VA

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour far exceeded my expectations. Brian, Amanda, and Roddy (our bus driver) worked as a team. They met our every need. Brian's ability to simplify Sottish history into understandable segments was amazing. It was clear that Bryan and Roddy had worked together before and that added to the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was the visit to the working sheep farm and the demonstration of the border collies. A close second was the visit to the crannog at Kenmore."

Mary

Suffolk, VA

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I just really liked the Rick Steve's style of tour. I appreciated that tips were prepaid and an envelope was not going around at every stop. There were no required shopping stops, the rug store, the leather store, the cameo store, where it is obvious that the tour gets a concession for bringing a crowd. The "I will not be grumpy," pledge creates a pleasant group of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed all the variety of activities."

Valerie

Laguna Beach, CA

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was wonderful. We had great guides and a good group of people. The pace was perfect, and there was a nice variety to the activities. I have been on another tour that had a designated seat rotation which I preferred to leaving the rotation up to the travelers. A couple of people in our group seemed to always be in the front of the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many memorable moments rather than a "wow" moment. The border collie demonstration was very fun, the crannog center was fascinating, the scenery all over Scotland was beautiful, the castles were interesting, and I loved the history lessons all along the way."

Kim

Pine Grove, CA

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is my first Rick Steves tour and I was very pleased with the combination of planned activities and the freedom to "do my own thing."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I train dogs as a volunteer for a trainer in my area, so I LOVED our visit to the Leault Farm. Seeing the dogs work - especially the nine week old puppy - was a treat. AND he brought out a bucket of puppies for us to hold - heaven."

Bonita

Seaford, DE

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first ever Rick Steves tour and my husband and I cannot stop talking about how fabulous it was. We have been sharing with all of our friends and family what we saw, did and experienced. And we know we will continue talking about it. Our experience was enhanced by the wonderful fellow travelers on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My two favorite moments were the visit to the sheep farm and experiencing the thrill of seeing the Old Course at St. Andrew's."

Bobby

Goleta, CA

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was good. It hit all of the important sites in Scotland. Highly recommended for any one that does not want to drive on the left side of the road or do their own plan.

Susan

Lexington, VA

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful trip: great hotels, great guide, great sites, great food, great group of people -- what else can I say?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably seeing the Highlands, although Edinburgh comes in a close second. Having heard about these places for many years, it was a thrill to see them and learn about their history, culture, etc."

William

Sedro Woolley, WA

Tour: 05/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good group of people. Lots of new information on Scotland. The places visited were helpful in getting a feel for the history and current culture of Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tie between the Crannog and Glencoe in the rain."

William F.

Glastonbury, CT

Tour: 05/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nigel was excellent. The personal earphones used in the Edinburgh tour were excellent. You should consider using them in all walking tours so we could always hear our guide, Nigel, as we hiked in the woods or to any of the points of interest in Scotland. He had vast knowledge of the area and it would have been nice to always hear him. Maybe you could give everyone an earphone for the whole trip. He went out of his way to accompany me to the hospital when I had a health issue. I appreciate

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sterling castle, sheep dogs"

Nancy

Glastonbury, CT

Tour: 05/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was planned to appeal to everyone. We had choices, such as visiting the cathedral in St. Andrews, since we are not golfers. I loved the Sheep Dog Demonstration, and the Crannog Center. The demonstrations were very informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Weeping Glen (Glencoe). There were waterfalls everywhere, the colors were amazing, even though it was drizzling. I would love to see it with the heather in bloom!"

Jon

Linwood, NJ

Tour: 05/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded expectations. Stress free.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep dogs and St. Andrews."

Craig

Dupont, WA

Tour: 05/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep dog demonstration by Neal in Scotland."

James

Fuquay-Varina, NC

Tour: 05/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

tour was well paced and selection of historical sites was outstanding.All of our dinners together were wonderful with very good food and service. Nigel our tour guide was exceptional. His knowledge of Scotland and personality contributed greatly to the success of the tour. The trip was everything we had hoped for and exceeded our expectations. Thank you for an outstanding trip !!

Greg

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 05/27/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great trip, really enjoyed Edinburgh and learning about Scotish history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the sheep dog demonstration was awesome. Those dogs are so smart and have unlimited energy. Some of us got to give milk to the baby lambs, and we got to hold some baby sheepdogs that were around 4 weeks old."

Diane

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/27/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Appreciated having free time, room on buses, tour guide and bus drivers providing history of destinations, selection of destinations, selection of hotels, up front information on level of exercise and it was correct ... and am sure other but enough for now.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW moment was sheep dog with piper closely following."

Eileen

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 05/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great Rick Steve's trip! Well organized, with lots to see as well as time for exploring on our own. Would have liked to have a little warmer weather, but that is out of your control :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was our afternoon visit to Glencoe. It was a typical misty Scottish day, which gave the scenery a haunting beauty. Just a spectacular drive which really captured the soul of Scotland."

Nancy

Sedro Woolley, WA

Tour: 05/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nice mix of tour events. Great group and tour guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Crannochs. Hadn't heard of those before. Also the surround film at Culloden brought tears to my eyes."

John

Menlo Park, CA

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland is a magical country. The tour allowed us to see so much of it in so little time. There were plenty of stops to stretch our legs, visit historical sites and towns and soak up the beauty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities I've visited. The history, the architecture and the history all come together. My other "wow" moment was visiting the Scottish Crannog Center. Our Crannog tour leader, Daniel, was amazing and really helped bring the site to life."

Don

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed our tour. We enjoyed getting to know other tour participants. We had lousy weather when we were in Oban and were unable to go to Mull and Iona but we enjoyed our day in Oban and Helen had several good suggestions for things to see and do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we were in the National Museum of Scotland on the first floor in the History of Scotland Exhibit we were delighted and amazed to find that Andy Goldsworthy had worked on several of the displays. We have enjoyed Goldsworthy's work for many years."

Don

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 1st Rick Steves Tour. It was all of what we expected and much more. The very best part was our guide, Helen and our coach driver Kenny. They worked so well together, even thow they had never met. We would love to see them at the reunion. I believe we saw the very best of Scotland. Exceptional experiences were the buddy system, the closeness of the group, the Highlands, and the history, as shared by both Helen and Kenny.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment was in Inverness when we mixed with the locals at the famous pub. We sang, danced, and celebrated that Inverness had one the cup that day. Also, the working sheep farm and demo, feeding the lambs was so much fun. Culloden Battlefield brought many emotions to the surface. The picnic was so unexpected and delightful. Glencoe where the Campbell's and Macdonalds famous massacre was touching."

Diane

Kenmore, WA

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time. I do think it would be helpful for this tour to be longer than 10 days. We would have liked to have more free time during the tour, and especially to have more time at some of the stops that felt a little rushed (particularly the stops in St. Andrews, Dunkeld and Oban). It would also be great to have more time in Edinburgh to more fully utilize our heritage passes. We would have liked the visit at the Scottish National Museum to be longer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't know what to expect from the visit to the crannogs, but I found them really interesting."

Bob

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I always expect and get a great tour experience from your tours. This one was no exception and was even a pleasantly positive surprise. I didn't expect Scotland to be THAT beautiful. Just one big wow! Great guide, great driver, great group, great itinerary, great hotels and lodging - well, maybe one (Kenmore) was not so great because of the food service, but still an overall outstanding tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole thing was a "wow", but when we entered the highlands, the beauty intensified. Also Edinburgh was beautiful and, unlike most cities, full of character with a unique look and feel."

Mark

Kenmore, WA

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun and a good value as always. I appreciate not having to drive, especially in Great Britain. Kenny, our driver managed to maneuver the coach through some pretty difficult streets.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stormy weather in Oban with sheets of rain blowing sideways over the harbor. We didn't get to go to Iona that day but it didn't matter. The weather rolling through was the show."

Daniel

Warr Acres, OK

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I truly enjoyed not just the city of Edinburgh but getting out into the highlands, interacting with people, learning history and truly getting a taste of the unique Scottish culture which went far beyond the touristy schlock. The architecture, the forests and the lakes, rivers and seas were truly magnificent. I walked my legs off, ate whatever I wanted to and ended up coming back to the states much fitter and 7 pounds lighter for my adventure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A couple come to mind. First is the sheep herding with that 8 month old pup chasing and rounding up a whole heard of sheep. That was something special to see. The second was the splendid hikes with took in both the Hermitage Forest reserve as well as the Caledonian Forest. Truly breathtaking scenery."

Mariah

Livermore, CA

Tour: 05/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Liz, was so awesome! She shared the history and all relavent footnotes along the way. Liz was so much fun besides being organized, friendly, and helpful. We also appreciated our driver, John!!! The overall tour experience was superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to narrow it down to just one."

Cecile

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip I've dreamed about since I was a little girl...and Rick Steves did not disappoint. From the pre-trip preparation to the amazing tour guide to the fabulous farewell dinner, my trip to Scotland was everything I'd dreamed of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"impossible to pick a favorite! The trip to Culloden was very moving. The crannogs were fantastic. The castles, the sheepdogs, the food... My travelling companions were a lot of fun and making new friends in such a setting was a great experience."

Terri

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 05/20/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a great time. Scotland was beautiful and interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking in the ancient forest with huge Douglas Fir trees to the Black Linn Falls."

Sharon

Gardnerville, NV

Tour: 05/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had so many wonderful experiences on this tour. I loved the Crannog Centre, the sheep dogs, Highland cattle, whisky tour, music and the Highland games. I could really see and understand how the wild lands of Scotland molded the people over the millenniums. Good mix of sites to highlight all of Scotland. I now know able Jacobites!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stirling Castle's newly painted Royal palace was awesome. I had several wow moments."

Stephen

St Paul, MN

Tour: 05/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour experience. Choosing the Rick Steves company was the perfect choice. The mix of travel time on the bus, exploring sights on foot, and staying two nights at each location, added up to a full yet relaxed experience. In addition, our guide was engaged with us the entire time. The time on the bus was not just a ride. It was a rolling history class as she thoughtfully explained the countryside we were traveling through - connecting it to the stops we made.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That moment when I started to realize the richness and complexity of Scottish history, and that this tour was going to be so much more than just sightseeing."

Helen

St Paul, MN

Tour: 05/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the first time I have ever traveled with a tour company and am completely sold on Rick Steves' Tours. I like that the groups are smaller and the buses are still full size. I was impressed with the quality of the places stayed and restaurants used. I especially liked our tour guide, Liz! Her knowledge and perspectives on Scottish culture, history, and geography made Scotland more than just a "view from the bus!"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it is hard to come up with just one. The history walk to the castle at Edinburgh, Culross gardens, the sheepdog demonstration, the Highland Games at Blair Athol, Culloden Battlefield, Stirling Castle, The Pub Band at Inverness, finding sea glass on the beaches of Oban, the Abbey at Iona and the bus ride on Mull to get there, Loch Ness Urquhart Castle come to mind!"

Joan

Alexandria, LA

Tour: 05/20/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a lovely trip with an outstanding guide. I however was sick the whole trip so it definitely affected my experience. Weather was cold, wet and windy and my cough had to make the other travelers uncomfortable. I apologize and so wish I could have been a better travel companion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The glacial land formation was spectacular. I liked that we go to visit castle ruins, reconstructed castles and a castle that is still a residence. It made the history truly come alive. I was very impressed with the level of attention the Scottish government pays to its national monuments."

Mike

Alexandria, LA

Tour: 05/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

trip was instructive,scenery was unbelievable sights well thought out, guide was fabulous. overall outstanding

Favorite "WOW" moment

"sheep dog demonstration initially ,but as we dove through "valley of tears" with brooding mountains, tops covered with clouds, cold, almost mystical feeling was an experience you could not describe with words."

Linda

Battle Creek, MI

Tour: 05/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

99% Fantastic. Loved the cities we visited, Isle of Mull/Iona, history, castles. Would like more free time in St.Andrews, Culross, Pitlochry, small villages, Black Linn Falls,etc. There seemed too much time on the bus (lots of backtracking)when we were near Pitlochry-sheepdog demo, distillery, etc. Time for Culloden seemed too long; Cawdor Castle too short. (Cawdor had more to do-castle, trails for hikers, golf for golfers).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Boat ride and time to explore castle on Loch Ness."

Stephen

Battle Creek, MI

Tour: 05/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a terrific time. I really liked the variety of activities. Scotland is beautiful and the Scots are very friendly. Our guide was very knowledgeable and shared a lot about the history and culture of Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although we had the worst weather of the tour the day we visited the Isle of Mull and Iona, I enjoyed that visit the most. Stirling Castle and the Loch Ness cruise were also wow moments."

Robert

Great Falls, VA

Tour: 05/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Definitely the smoothest tour we have ever been on. Everything, from a logistics view went at least as well as we expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Highland Games (and the fact that we could deviate from the itinerary) were a highlight. And the shop dogs."

Kathy

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour deserved 10 Stars thanks to our wonderful guide, Liz. The tour was the perfect size so that the attendees could get to know each other. I enjoyed the guided tours as well as having some free time to explore what I was interested in. This was a great way to experience the culture, food, history, music and countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many WOW moments – First had to be the highland games that we got to attend at Blair Castle in celebration of the Duke of Atholl's attendance to review his army; an evening at Gellions Bar with the band, Schiehallion; the waterfalls and countryside, the picnic at the standing stones at Clava Cairns, Gilly the bagpiper, the sheep ranch and border collies, Loch Ness, Culloden, the Isle of Iona and the majestic Ben Nevis. The whole tour was a WOW."

Ann Marie

Irvine, CA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic! Enjoyed the places visited, the accommodations, the guide and driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was seeing the places where history was made, from the Bronze age huts to the battle fields at Culloden. Awe inspiring!"

Christi

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first experience with this tour was great! The locations were interesting and fun and the people were wonderful. The few days that we spent more time on the bus were well worth it. I loved the combination of history and present day information and all the sites that we were able to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite part of the tour was the sheepdog experience. The weather was beautiful, the scenery amazing and the dogs were brilliant."

Mary Beth

Omaha, NE

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 5th tour with Rick Steves, and as usual, it did not disappoint! Great sights, great guide, and great fellow tour members!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite day was when we visited the Crannogs near Kenmore. I found the experience absolutely fascinating! The interpreter there was extremely knowledgeable and gave us wonderful information and demonstrations. Running a close second was the day we visited the working sheepdog farm. What an incredible experience! Neill was quite a character and gave such a wonderful demonstration of life on a sheep farm and how his dogs work! Loved both days!!"

Alan

Boones Mill, VA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned. Hotel and motels were good. Food was good. I thought the selected sites were well planned out. Brian Hay was excellent. Couldn't ask for a better guide. Roddy was a very good driver, and bus was really clean. We just really enjoyed our experience.

Darlene

Laguna Hills, CA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel that I came away from this tour with a good understanding of the history of Scotland and its people. I saw a great deal of the country and had opportunities to explore a little on my own. Loved the piper! The coach driver was excellent and fun...loved his sense of humor and appreciated his skill. I have recommended your company to my friends and family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really loved the expanses of the highlands....the bleak yet beautiful landscapes really brought home the level of the sacrifices and difficulties the Scots faced throughout their face offs with the English over the centuries....especially the area where the Campbell massacre happened...the seven week old puppy that already knew how to face down a sheep. Incredible!"

Deborah

Mason, MI

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an exceptional program that I will not soon forget. Everything...and I do mean everything...far exceeded my grandest expectations. The scenery was stunning, our guides were fabulous, the sights and places we visited were so steeped in history, the food phenomenal, and the vast variety of everything we saw and did made it all a dream come true for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire day we visited Culloden Battlefield, the Clava Cairns and Cawdor Castle....so much history...it was mesmerizing,"

Patsy

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely loved it! Favorite places include Edinburgh Castle, Scottish Crannog Centre, Leault Farm, Clava Cairn, Culloden, and Iona. The boat/ferry rides to Mull and Iona are amazing and highlight the rugged beauty of Scotland. This was our third Steves tour, and I love the places we go that focus on the unique culture of every area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the sheep dogs work at Leault Farm."

Melissa

League City, TX

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves tour and, like the others, this one was wonderful! Every day was full of interesting activities, fascinating history and culture, and gorgeous Scottish scenery. My fellow tour members were friendly, kind, fun people who embodied the Rick Steves "no grumps" philosophy. I had so much fun that I'm planning to take another tour in 2016.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed our visit to the reconstructed crannog on Loch Tay. It was such an evocative experience to sit inside the dark, cold crannog with the twenty-something other tour members, imagining life when Iron Age people lived in a similar place. The guide at the site was so interesting, explaining how people lived and worked back then. It's funny - sometimes the outings I gloss over when reading the itinerary (Iron Age dwellings...okay, whatever) end up being the things I enjoy the most!"

Melissa

Renton, WA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall I think the tour was a success. I had a great time and met some interesting people, and most importantly, I saw most of the places I have been dreaming of seeing for years. There were a few bumps of course, but I can't wait to go back to Scotland or to go on my next tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, it's hard to pick, but I have to say Loch Ness and Urquart Castle. I've been fascinated by Loch Ness since I was a kid and always wanted to see it. While I didn't see any monsters, the fact that the water in the loch, is so black and when you're in the middle of the loch it just seems huge, it really gives life to the mystery. Another interest of mine is castles and ruins. That was my ideal day."

Susanne

La Mesa, CA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

When my friend Mary Beth first suggested we go to Scotland, I thought "Well, I've been to Scotland". Actually, I'd been to Edinburgh over 20 years ago - after a little research I realized how much more there was to see. Scotland doesn't disappoint - the scenery, the people and the history are all amazing. I love British history, so my trip inspired me to learn more Scottish history - very different from England's. The Scottish Highlands are amazing. A fantastic trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were quaint villages, fantastic castles, and such gorgeous scenery. But I have to say my favorite "wow" moments were at the sheep farm watching the border collies work and listening to Neil Ross' passionate words about the slow decline of his beloved way of life. A slice-of-life Scottish moment. Images of the peaceful Isle of Iona have also stayed with me - such a beautiful, sacred place, with an indescribable (celestial?) quality to the light..."

Brian

Ottawa, ON

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved this tour. We saw so much in a short time, yet still had personal time to explore on our own. The smaller tour size and excellent organization meant we could get into sites early and easily see and enjoy the experience without so many other visitors. The talks on history and culture during the bus ride was enriching and our guide, Brian was an excellent source of knowledge. The experiences were varied, and not just 'photo-ops' of buildings. The pace was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At Culloden in the museum, I was singled out by the 'Jacobite' interpreter to demonstrate how to load and fire a muskat rifle because I had a red raincoat on and therefore I had to be on the British side against the Jacobites. I had my Scottish tartan on but it didn't matter! I found out that I would have been killed because I couldn't load it in 20 seconds. Very entertaining and educational. The surround movie was awe inspiring and terrifying. A memorable experience!"

John

Westminster, MD

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent introduction to the thousands-of-years history and spectacular scenery of Scotland, with a dose of the "romance" of the place thrown in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Iona was beautiful and well worth staying longer to soak up the atmosphere, although I understand the practical reasons it can't be done on the tour. Our guide Anne rightly pointed out that it's not as nice in the rain - we were lucky."

Steve

Valdosta, GA

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour, and it was the best overall. Very compatible group and an excellent tour guide in Ann.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wowed every day by the scenery ... Scotland is a beautiful country...especially the views from the various castles ... Although not a part of the tour, I was wowed by Holyrood Castle and the self-guided tour of the Britannia."

Maggie

Valdosta, GA

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ann was well informed and made each tour member feel special. She made adjustments as needed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cawdor castle and gardens."

Ann

Fairfield, IA

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed every minute of the trip except the distillery. Wish I could have done something else during the time. Special mention of Kenny the bus driver. He was a great addition. He ate and socialized with the group and gave information and help as well as good conversation. Edinburgh turned out to be a much more beautiful city than I expected. And Anne showed us some of her favorite places too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"i am a farm girl and seeing the sheep snd highland cattle was always a thrill. The visit to the sheepherding exhibition was special. Watching the dogs waiting to work and jumping in when called. The puppies jumping in todo the same. Having a lamb cuddle up in your arms."

Susan

Florence, OR

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved our Scotland tour! The country is beautiful; the People are warm and friendly, our accomodations were clean and very comfortable, and our guides were amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was watching George work with his border collies rounding up the sheep."

James

Fairfield, IA

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Scotland tour was enjoyable and informative. I love to hear what people's lives are like in other places, and this tour fulfilled that interest wonderfully.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to Culross, where we saw one of the best gardens I've ever seen anywhere, in the most picturesque setting."

Terry

Denver, CO

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought a Rick Steves tour would be fun, but I didn't expect it to have such depth. I was delighted that Anne covered human and natural history, culture, songs and poems. Every minute of the experience was enjoyable. The parliament building, where we briefly stopped was beautiful and meaningful. Anne explained the reason for the use of wigs as well as the building's artwork and history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to the Crannog Centre on Loch Tay in Kenmore Perthshire: We listened to David explain living conditions. Outside the crannog David showed us the lath technique for honing wood and stone. He mentioned how the animals were brought into the crannog at times and assured us the animals probably got use to the smell. Although there was no flue the smoke from fire goes through the roof's grass and stays high above the people and acts as a insect repellent."

Kristin

Stone Mountain, GA

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Although this was my 11th R-S tour, I wasn't sure how I would like this trip. We did not have the best experience with the my-way tour we did last year, and it has been some time since we did a "full" R-S trip. However, I am happy to say that everything that disappointed us last trip was a total non-issue this time. The hotels, hotel locations, guides, knowledge of guides and room assignments were all terrific. 10 Days in Scotland made me once again love R-S tours! Great combo of locations too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"IONA! Everything about the island was a delight! I only stopped in the abbey briefly. The most enchanting part about the place was walking along the island and down to the beach through small road and pastures. The place is stunning."

Sharon

Marcola, OR

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was fabulous! I had very high expectations and they were exceeded. I loved Scotland and thought our tour itinerary was perfect. Our tour group was very compatible and everything ran very smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments for me. Being a big history reader and having just been reading farther back in time to humans after the ice age, I really, really loved our visit to the crannog. I also loved the short hikes we were able to take, our picnic, and I loved seeing the sheep dogs. Being on Iona was also very special to a history lover. I loved every minute in Edinburgh and the Scottish people we met & talked to everywhere we were. My trip simply could not have been better."

Karol

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was appealing that we got to stay in a variety of larger cities (Edinburgh & Inverness) small towns (Oban) and a country village (Kenmore, my personal favorite). The itinerary was clearly well thought out. I liked the variety of activities from city experiences to a countryside picnic. There was so much packed into just 10 days, we stayed exhausted, but a very happy exhausted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting a feel for life in the 17th & 18th centuries along Edinburgh's Royal Mile & Old Town. Seeing the afterglow of sunset over the west end of Loch Tay, snow dusted mountains in the distance. Seeing Border Collies expertly perform at Leault Farm's Working Sheepdogs; holding puppies & lambs. Unscripted group gathering at The Gellions pub in Inverness; throngs of people and loud music. King Scallops at an unscripted group dinner at Oban Fish & Chip Shop. Glencoe and surrounding mountains."

Susan

Westminster, MD

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful introduction to a country rich in history and hauntingly natural beauty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moments: Iona in the sun! Culross with its lovely gardens. Bus ride across the Isle of Mull."

Faustina

Pampa, TX

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The over all tour was great. Liz, Nigel, and Roddy were all very good. The historic sights were very educational and enjoyable. I also enjoyed meeting a real bagpiper and learning about that instrument. Loved the sheep ranch and seeing the border collies work. This is my second Rick Steves tour and it was what I expected. My one concern is that there are parts of the tour that always seems rushed. I seem to be always at the end trying to get a different picture or read a little more ifo.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not anyone stands out more than another."

Richard

Rockport, MA

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Elizabeth and Nigel were fantastic. (Brian was only with us on Day #1). The itinerary was very good. Accomadations varied but were interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oban and Urquart Castle on Loch Ness."

Christine

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. Loved hearing about the places we would see while on the coach and getting a taste of Scottish music! Our leader, Liz, and Nigel her assistant, and Roddy the coach driver were fantastic. The 'free time' allowed was enough for me. Bad weather one day kept me from going back to a site that I wish I could have seen more thoroughly. But that's Scotland. I liked the balance of information presented. Scotland now and it's past. Overall, I love Scotland as a result.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last site on the last day. Bannockbern. I cried a little. The crannogs came in second. I"

Sara

Pampa, TX

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The group of people traveling with us was great. Scotland was amazing, and I felt we saw the best of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved St. Andrews! What a great experience being there just before the British Open."

Evelina

Oxford, OH

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely the most amazing, educational & fun tour! Our tour guides were so knowledgeable & made each & every day more exciting than the previous day. The tour was exceptionally well-organized; our accommodations were superb. There was ample free time to explore on our own. Overall, a fantastic experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! The Crannog Centre was so unique & truly a learning experience as was the sheep farm. Favorite castle - Cawsor. The Scottish countryside is breathtaking. Everyday brought a new "wow"!"

Mark

Pampa, TX

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the detail that Rick Stevie's put into the trip: knowledge of history, time, space. Rod die,Nigel and Liz were all well versed in knowledge and scenery and they completed one another in their knowledge. It was a wonderful trip! What wonderful hosts are the Scottish people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The water from the ocean to the rivers to the waterfalls was spectacular, especially the rainy day in the Valley of Sorrows. I could have spent the winter in the crannogs."

Cathryne

Pampa, TX

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Liz was a great guide and Nigel a super assistant. Liz's Scottish history lessons and fauna/flora guides were superb. She even added wonderful Scottish music on the coach to set the mood! Rick Steve's tours set up great locals: Daniel at the crannogs, Gilly the bagpiper, Neil the shepherd, and Andrew at Inverary Castle. The whole tour was a fun experience and made more so by the exciting political atmosphere and the SNP.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery touched my heart: the fast running rivers, the great waterfalls at the Hermitage, the fields with new lambs gamboling, the Highlands weeping with rivulets. Then there were the daffodils, tulips, azaleas, camellias, such great Spring beauty."

John

Pampa, TX

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. Good people, good guides, good locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked the golf course I liked the dogs"

Laura

Folsom, CA

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We could not have been more impressed with every aspect of the tour. The guides and driver were splendid individually and as a team. The buses were extremely comfortable, as advertised (and I am NOT a bus person). The food and lodging DIVINE....for the first time in all our travels we had VERY comfortable beds every night! Every day we were introduced to a bevy of new sights and experiences - Scotland was brought to life by our guide Liz, the perfect ambassadress of her beloved Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm going to say that the sheepdog demonstration was utterly thrilling, however I am loathe to leave any of the other sights and experiences out. Each day brought myriad fascinating sights and sounds and our days were filled with awe and wonder."

Gary

Folsom, CA

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. It was actually more than I expected. The history and beauty of Scotland was expertly shown to us by our tour guides Liz and Nigel. Everything was wonderful from the hotels and guest houses to the group dinners and our witty and humorous bus driver Roddy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was when we were in Oban and it was too stormy, high winds and rain, for the group to travel to the islands of Mull and Iona and safely return. Our guide Liz quickly contacted a coach company to instead take the group to Inverary Castle for a tour. Great tour guides can always find alternative options."

Connie

Kent, WA

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience was an experience of a lifetime. I would recommend a tour of Scotland to everyone, especially with Liz, Nigel, And Rodddy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow"moment was our boat ride on Loch Ness to the ruined castle."

Weather

Scotland / Edinburgh

Planning Tips

We've put together some specific information on what you should know about this tour before you go. You'll also find more general information about "Getting Ready for Your Tour" on our Tour FAQ.

Trip Resources

Learn more about Scotland: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews, and articles, plus recommended books and movies.

Transportation

Prior to your tour departure, you will receive detailed directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as contact information for your first and last hotels in case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations.

Many tour members arrive a day or two before the tour begins — and those who don't, wish they had. This allows you ample time to get over jet lag and make the most of the first few days of the tour.

Most tour members will arrange to fly in and out of Edinburgh. It's a major transportation hub, which makes additional travel before or after your tour quite easy.

For information about flying within Europe, ask your travel agent or check Rick's list of European budget airlines.

Read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips to decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

If you have additional European travel or tour questions, contact the Tour Department at 425-608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Sightseeing on Your Own

If you arrive in Edinburgh before your tour begins, use the Rick Steves Great Britain guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise.

Here are a few suggestions for sightseeing in Edinburgh that we will not do as a group: National Gallery; Scottish Parliament Building; Palace of Holyrood House; Royal Yacht Britannia; St. Giles' Cathedral; Rosslyn Chapel. The guidebook also has plenty of ideas for any extra time you may have before or after your tour and your guide will be happy to help you with post-tour plans.

Packing

For advice on what (and what not!) to pack, see Rick's packing tips.