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

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Best of Scotland in 10 Days Tour

from $3,095 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $675

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

Dates & Prices

2019

2020

What's Included

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

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Scotland

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

Day 2: Conquering Edinburgh

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

Day 3: Culross and St. Andrews

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

Day 4: Crannogs and Whisky

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

Day 5: Sheepdogs and the Highlands

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

Day 6: Cruises and Castles

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

Day 7: Glencoe and Seaside Oban

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

Day 8: Inspiring Isle of Iona

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

Day 9: Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle

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

Day 10: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

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

Reviews

Rebecca

Seffner, FL

Tour: 08/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dan

Belfair, WA

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Seaman, OH

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour, although it takes second place to the Ireland tour we just completed before this tour, The hotels were fine, with the usual European shower issues. The food was excellent. Our tour guide, Ann, was fine and conducted the tour well, although not outstanding. Cathie Ryan ruined us on the Ireland tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Savannah, GA

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Highlands and Iona."

Autumn

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Austin, TX

Tour: 07/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Edinburgh Castle looming above the city, then spending time exploring the city. the sheep dog demonstration was definitely a wow moment too. Since I am a duffer, walking over the bridge on the 18th fairway of the old course in St. Andrews was also a wow moment."

Elizabeth

North Chesterfield, VA

Tour: 07/31/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Reno, NV

Tour: 07/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Evan

Reno, NV

Tour: 07/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brad

Spring Hill, FL

Tour: 07/31/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep dog training."

Edmond

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 07/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Mooresville, NC

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Extremely intensive, but what I expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep dogs!"

Scott

Alpharetta, GA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Hurst, TX

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cheryle

Alpharetta, GA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Katherine

Saint Augustine, FL

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeffrey

Kentfield, CA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My Scotland trip was as I had expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Minerva

Mooresville, NC

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Katherine

Prior Lake, MN

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love the old castles!"

Kay

Zelienople, PA

Tour: 07/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was impeccable from the moment I called the tour office to inquire about it until our final farewell dinner and breakfast. I cannot express how appreciative I am of how EVERY facet and detail was covered by email, phone, website, and our tour guide. I am thrilled to be able to recommend this tour company to all of my friends and family. You are #1 and fabulous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have a tear in my eye as I respond to this question. This trip was a lifelong dream. I am 76 years old and my Grandfather and I were to travel to Scotland, his homeland, when I graduated from college. However, he passed away before that day came. Now, together with my daughter, this trip finally came to be. This was a WOW experience EVERY day. Scotland is so beautiful, friendly and magical. Perfect weather, James, and sharing it with my girl...WOW!"

Lanny

Torrance, CA

Tour: 07/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the Best of Scotland tour was excellent. We were blessed with outstanding weather. James was a very good guide with an obvious love for his homeland. He was very good at explaining the history of his country and the current political situation, especially the concerns about Brexit. There were 22 people on our tour and we all got along well. Alan, the bus driver was excellent. I truly enjoyed the places we visited and the beauty of Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me there were lots of "wow" moments, but my favorites were seeing the Old Course at St. Andrews, the beautiful gardens at Cawdor Castle, and the beauty of Glencoe. Also, I truly enjoyed seeing the sheepdogs in action."

Mattie

Alpharetta, GA

Tour: 07/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thus was my first tour with Rick Steve's and it exceeded my expectations. I didn't know what to expect. I went with my friend Sally, who has now been on 10 of your trips! The accommodations were good and the meals and hospitality were excellent. Our tour guide , James, couldn't have been better suited to lead us through Scotland. He was terrific! Our bus driver Allen was friendly and very good at his driving skills. His bus was clean and comfortable.

Heather

Clarkston, MI

Tour: 07/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First Rick Steve's tour & first visit to Scotland. Everything exceeded my expectations & was meticulously planned. From the sites visited, hotels, frequency of group dinners, it was just perfect. Our guide, James Macletchie, was superb; a wealth of knowledge (past & present) with fascinating stories to share. Our driver, Alan Pate was professional, very friendly & a joy to be around. We all enjoyed having James & Alan proudly show us their beautiful country. Thank you so much! I'll be back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to single one thing out. Everything touched me in a personal way. I did enjoy going to pubs and listening to local musicians play together, but everything about Scotland blew me away."

Sally

Marietta, GA

Tour: 07/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scotland tour exceeded my expectations. The weather was sunny and warm which enhanced the innate beauty of the striking landscape which changed as you discovered the Midlands and Highlands. We had such variety in the experiences that we were offered that I have a much better understanding of the history, present and future of this amazing country of 5 million people. I was especially intrigued by the prehistoric crannog, learning how the people lived and seeing how they made a fire!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cawdor Castle was the most elegant and livable castle that I have ever seen in all of my travels. Its rooms were filled with lovely antiques, art,and historic objects that showcased how the aristocrats did and still do live. The gardens were magnificent and we were lucky to see them in full bloom. My favorite "wow" moment was when we went on the nature trail behind the castle and saw some huge trees that were still there dating from the 1600's!"

Cheryl

Mckenna, WA

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our fourth Rick Steves tour, and we again were very impressed with the quality of the experience, from our guide (Colin), to the lodgings, to the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many beautiful and educational moments of our tour, but my favorite "wow" moment was our visit to Leault Farm and the sheepdogs. Watching these dogs in action was amazing! Listening to the farmer describe how the dogs work as we watched them in the field was much more enlightening than anything I've seen on television!"

Martha

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the variety of experiences offered by the tour. We got to hear about the history of Scotland including some very old ways of life. We visited a distillery, a working shepherd and his dogs, a crannog, beautiful scenery and of course, castles.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite experience was visiting the Scottish Crannog Centre. Seeing how Iron Age people lived and then being informed that this was how the wealthy people lived."

Cat

Essex Junction, VT

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the beginning to the end the tour was everything I had hoped for & so much more. Colin is a true professional, a wealth of knowledge, experience & Scottish charm. i also never want to go up against him in a trivia contest. I loved the history of the Crannogs, Glencoe, & all the rest. Our driver, Grant, was a great down to earth guy & I didn't have any worries on even the narrowest roads. Of all the hotels the Kenmore was my least favorite.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glencoe. Colin and Grant made sure we had a good stop there despite the droves of other coaches and visitors."

Dale

Reston, VA

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the key to the trip was colin our tour guide he was great in every way and made the trip not only interesting but loads of fun. he brought us together as a group who seemed to enjoy each other. the tour bus was outstanding along with the driver graham. i felt very safe on the bus. 3 of the 4 hotels were very good. the hotel in kenmore was in a great location but otherwise was lacking. i thought the trip in and of itself was one day too long especially towards the end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"without a doubt the sheep farm demonstration with the border collies."

Tracy

Colfax, IA

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the first meeting with our guide Colin and our fellow tour members, I knew it was going to be a great experience! The country felt "accessible" during the tour - not overwhelming. All of the walking tours allowed us to gain some familiarity of the areas, and then the free time allowed us the freedom to explore areas in more depth. I enjoyed Colin's singing talents during the trip as he would sing (or play recordings) of tunes that had significance to the areas we visited!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of Oban Bay from our hotel room was spectacular! My husband and I enjoyed having tea while watching the boats and lovely scenery. We enjoyed a lovely walk to Dunollie and the sunset was also fabulous!"

Richard

Sun Lakes, AZ

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I appreciated the authenticity of the various places we visited. I love history. Having the opportunity to stay in the oldest Scottish Inn, Kenmore Hotel, was a great experience. Loch Ness, Iona island, Sterling Castle, introduction to the Crannogs are all experiences that I will remember from this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Old Course at St. Andrews. I spent my entire allotted time walking and observing the course. The chance to have my picture taken on Swilken Bridge is something special. In addition, we had a beer at "One of the best hangouts in the world of golf" as rated by The Golf Channel."

Priscilla

Baker City, OR

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. Colin was an excellent tour guide with a great combination of history and fun facts (and singing)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is really hard to select just one., the visit to the crannog was the highlight as far as eductional info... But the stop at Glencoe was a moment of pure peace"

Kimberlee

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing, we had wonderful time! I love learning about the history of Scotland and the effects of history on how how Scotland is today!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have of couple of "wow" moments, the first was Glen Coe, I would have loved more time to soak in the this stunning area. St. Andrews was another "wow" moment for me, this was another area I would have loved to spend more time in, we barely covered the St. Andrews golf course, would have liked more time to spend time in the town and see the highlites and this chamring town. I also throughly loved the sheep dog demonstration, it is wonder to watch the dogs work with the sheep."

Robert

Downingtown, PA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour to Scotland was a beautiful experience. It is hard to break it down to exceptional WOtHEW moments because it was all good. From the information by the main office to our extraordinary shepard and guide James. We could not asked for anything more but a couple more days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip was one HUGH WOW but the experience with the sheep dogs was very special."

Rosemarie

Downingtown, PA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour was wonderful. We enjoyed all hotels included activities, hotels, and meals. This tour made me wish it was a few days longer to include another city or two and inspired me to start watching the TV series "Outlander".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spotting "Nessie" at the Loch Ness! Just kidding. The whole tour in general was a wow moment. However, a very special activity was the sheep herding demonstration. Both the farmer and the dogs were amazing and then we got to hold puppies! Also, the Ceilidh in the Crannog was special. It made you feel you were living a few hundred years ago."

Sarah

Pacific Grove, CA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with any company. It was a wonderful experience and we will definitely tour with Rick Steves again. The itinerary was great. The guide was outstanding. Scotland was so beautiful and exceeded all of my expectations. The one criticism I have is that there was far less time than I expected to explore on our own. The first full day had a big stretch of time on our own, but after that there was far less.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the back of the Kenmore hotel. Breathtaking. A river. An old stone bridge. Peace. A beautiful place to go for a walk along the river or do yoga out in nature."

Marian

Houston, TX

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A 10+!. The tour was great, the co-travelers were great, the tour guide, Seumas Macletchie, was phenomenal (only "complaint" was that he has such a soothing, FM-radio-type voice, and I was so tired, that he lulled me into a great sleep on the bus trips- (I really needed a vacation!). I hope I didn't miss too much from all the napping, but that part was nice, too; had a chance to relax.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glencoe Valley is a scene that is hard to beat, and the photos just don't do it justice. It is awe-inspiring."

Stephan

Carrboro, NC

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first five tours with Rick Steves were City Tours which we enjoyed immensely so we weren't sure how a longer bus based tour would compare. We will do more of these. Different, but a great experience because of the variety. The pace is actually faster but delivers a much more complete picture of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Amazing views of the New Zealand-like countryside of Scotland. Truly a beautiful place to visit. I expected a lot and my expectations were exceeded. A slice of heaven for a photographer. Seamus did a wonderful job with the weather as well."

Caroline

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Where do I begin? The haggis or Glencoe? It was all so enchanting from the city and all the way to the poetry inspiring Highlands and then back again! It was an action packed ten days and I will remember it forever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was particularly moved by the poems of Ossian's Hall of Mirrors in the Hermitage. It was such a lovely tribute to mother nature."

Jason

Seaside, CA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The was our seventh RS tour and once again everything was well-planned and thoughtfully organized, and our guide James (Seamus) was excellent. While it felt like we could have used a little more time at many of our stops, the tour moved along briskly and packed a great deal into every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me personally it was Iona and particularly the abbey, though the sheepdog demonstration was close behind."

Rufino

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, I enjoyed the tour tremendously. The food/restaurants were always excellent. The lodgings top notch. James was an excellent tour guide such that I would prefer to call him our host; his expertise and passion unsurpassed.Aine was always available with a 'can do' to assist when needed. If I had one criticism, which my tour mates agree on, it's that 10 days was too short to thoroughly enjoy what the towns we visited offered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the coach ride across the Isle of Mull to catch the ferry to the Isle of Iona. The geography was so beautiful and awe inspiring and gave me a great appreciation for the residents of the two isles."

Craig

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Sorry I have taken so long to reply. As always another GREAT TOUR! Number 14 since 2001! I selected Scotland because last year was the Ireland tour and a few years ago England. Since I am a history teacher I decided to venture to Scotland to understand the very complicated relationship between England, Ireland, and Scotland. Not easy!Still OUTSTANDING! Great guides, great fellow travelers! Scotland lovely! Loved the rain since Utah is super dry! Wonderful history! Great food! Haggis is terrific

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The islands of Mull and Iona. The rain, wind, swelling seas and trying to understand their lives hundreds and hundreds years ago. Walking the beaches, the beautiful villages. Loved those ferry boats!"

Andrew

West Sacramento, CA

Tour: 07/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Planning a trip and seeing the itinerary gives you hope of the possibilities. This tour was beyond memorable. We experienced Scotland, not just visited it. The style of the trip is laid back, informative and minimally touristy. We had a great group of people that ALL wanted to interact. We got to know each other. Getting Anne Doig was indescribable. She not only knows the history but related it to each person as it related to their history. She is friendly and caring. She became a friend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a golfer St Andrew's was impactful. Wish we had more time there. Also the Taymouth Castle and Kenmore was serene and great away from any crowds."

Bill

Webster Groves, MO

Tour: 07/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fist of all, Anne Doig was a delight to be around. She was fun, informative, caring, attentive to all. From Edinboro, to Culloden, to the Highlands and the Lochs I experienced the charms of Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was the ski lift ride to the top of the mountains in the highlands where one looks out over the great expnse of the moors and the lochs and imagines the tribes, the hunters, the ramblers enjoying the scenic vistas as I was at that moment. However, having Some Scottish roots from the Inverness area, I enjoyed being there. As a golfer, standing on the 18th bridge at St. Andrews was very special."

Barbara

Red Wing, MN

Tour: 07/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time on the tour. The scenery was breath taking, the buildings were old and held so much history and beauty. The B&B's we stayed in were quaint and served more than enough for breakfast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Town of St Andrew was really cool to walk around. We had a few hours there and it would've been nice to spend more time...even tho I don't golf. Then again, the mountains, sea , everything was so amazing and riddled with history."

Michele

West Sacramento, CA

Tour: 07/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour experience was fantastic! We got to see so much more of Scotland than we would have planned ourselves! Anne is a wealth of information about Scottish history and personalized it for everyone looking for ancestors! We felt like we had plenty of time at different places but would travel in a day or two early next time to see a little more of Edinburgh and add Glasgow. The isle of Mull was a long drive but well worth the final destination!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was finding ancestors statues and clan info along with the visit to the isle of Iona."

Mary

Webster Groves, MO

Tour: 07/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a delight in every aspect. Our experienced guide provided us a wonderful insight into the historical background of Scotland, which enhanced our enjoyment of its scenic beauty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just being in The Highlands and seeing the beautiful scenery, especially in the Glencoe area. I also enjoyed the Island of Iona."

Michael

Mcminnville, OR

Tour: 07/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding trip. Just the proper balance between urban and rural, pre-history, history, and chances to talk current events. I liked the balance of the three castles -- ruins, a working home with gardens, and a historically significant stronghold. Definitely vote to retain Culross stop as we had plenty of time in St. Andrews. Liked Inverness and thank you for NOT stopping at the Loch Ness museum. I could have skipped the Cullowden battlefield but it was OK. Loved Oban and Iona.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Iona was wonderful and we were fortunate to have a beautiful day. I would also count the massive stone masonry of Edinburgh as an architectural delight."

Steven

Olympia, WA

Tour: 07/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour director is the mot important aspect of traveling. Our tour guide was outstanding

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The countryside and small villages"

Gretchen

Mcminnville, OR

Tour: 07/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland was a complete and joy-filled surprise! Scotland is rich in historic buildings, stunning landscapes, and quaint villages. We were lucky with our weather (no rainy days) and lucky that Anne was our capable leader. The tour itinerary was perfect for experiencing Scotland for the very first time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In the historic village of Culross, the palace's "painted chamber" was a WOW.The ceiling contains scenic panels painted when this 1600's building was built and they are still intact. It's unbelievable that the paintings survived the years. A second WOW moment was Glen Coe valley from the top of the chair lift. Anne offered us a "wee dram" as we disembarked. A great memory of overlooking Glen Coe valley on a beautiful blue sky day. Lastly, the Isle of Iona was a complete WOW day!"

Annmarie

Oakland, CA

Tour: 07/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Anne Doig is wonderful. The tour was well thought out, the stops were very interesting and beautiful, the group members were compatible, always on time, and no grumps! Fun group. Only negative was the restaurant on the final night. Too small as 8 of us sat at a table a distance away from the main group, the staff did not have the correct information as was on the contract, such disorganization/confusion as to paying/not paying for wine. A mess inspire of Anne's efforts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't have a wow moment this time. I did really appreciate the stop to visit and learn about the crannogs. Lodgings were very good everywhere. Great bus driver. Group meals were very good (except for farewell dinner as stated above). I will recommend it to any interested person."

Terri

Red Wing, MN

Tour: 07/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour ever and first time in Europe. I absolutely loved it. I loved the old buildings and streets. The castles were great. Such history! I had seen Braveheart & read the Outlander book series and loved seeing the places where they took place or described. I loved the old B & B's we stayed at-such character. I liked the small size of the tour group. We were able to get acquainted easier, I think. I like that the bus was not crowded. I liked the free time to roam around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one moment. I loved Stirling Castle, trying to imagine living there centuries ago and the view down below all around. I liked the crannogs and how they were constructed and how people lived back then. The old cathedrals and architecture were amazing!"

Gary

Oakland, CA

Tour: 07/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip, great guide and very enjoyable travel participants. We have been on five RS European vacations, and this one ranks among the best. It met all of our expectations. Can't wait until our next one !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the visits to St. Andrews, the sheep ranch with the Border Collies and the visit to Iona. Really, the whole trip was a "wow" moment."

Mary

Novato, CA

Tour: 07/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each day was a new experience and enthusiastically shared by Anne Doig, our guide. I don't think there's anything about Scotland's history, people and countryside Anne doesn't know about. Our tour took us to a city, small towns, the Highlands and the sea. I'd return in a minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Though I loved, loved the sheepdogs and the Highlands, I absolutely loved the coast (Glencoe, Oban and the Isle of Iona). The small town feel was amazing and one could feel how the area must have been many years ago (before we tourists tumbled in). I must say it's difficult to choose when the Highlands was offered as part of the tour as well. The lovely countryside, the history (those Campbells and MacDonalds!)and the farming land we saw made me want to stop at every town."

Martin

Mesquite, NV

Tour: 07/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It is our first RS tour and we weren't sure what exactly to expect but, the trip exceeded our expectations. Anne is a born natural with an amazing grasp of historical facts and culture. The lodging were unique and very well maintained. Everyone was pleasant and professional. You always hear this but, I really didn't want it to end!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day on Iona was perfect - wonderful weather, beautiful azure blue sea and lots of hairy coo!"

Ray

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 07/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very impressed with our guide and, not only the depth of her knowledge but her ability to share that knowledge with our group and make/keep it interesting. The itinerary was well thought out and well managed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While we enjoyed the sheepdog demo when we were on the Rick Steve's Ireland tour, the sheepdog demo in Scotland was MUCH better! More dogs, more interaction with the sheepherder (Neal) with a great opportunity for Q and A. Also impressive was our day on Lok Ness! VERY beautiful!!"

Andrew

Malden, MA

Tour: 07/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exactly what we hoped/expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the sunset in Oban harbor from the window of the B&B, sipping bubbly."

William

Slidell, LA

Tour: 07/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed all of the side trips. To do them on my own would have required extensive planning and transportation requirements. It was amazing to see our group come together as an extended family and help each other out with anything and everything along with the comradery displayed to each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheepdog demonstration was probably the most fun to be had on the tour. To watch those dogs work while enjoying it was fabulous. Maybe close behind it would be the serene Loch Ness cruise on the glass mirrored surface."

Maggie

Malden, MA

Tour: 07/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I immensely enjoyed the Best of Scotland in 10 Days Tour. Apart from the beauty of the countryside, Liz did an amazing job of bringing us from Medieval times to the present within each of our surroundings. The hotels, food and our group itself were spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view at the Three Sisters in Gelncoe was my favorite "wow" moment. The view from the seaside hotel at Oban was pretty spectacular, too! We spent both nights in Oban watching the sunset."

Melanie

Sugar Land, TX

Tour: 07/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed myself immensely. The tour guide Liz was just wonderful. She told us the story of her country and gave us a great experience. She had us sample the food, the culture, and get to know a few of the people of her land. She also took good care of all of us. All of us were "her little chickens" and she was a great mother hen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"By far my favorite wow moment was the sheepdog experience with the border collies. Just meeting and hearing how a modern day "shepherd" does his job was very interesting. And getting to hold 19 day old puppies?? Not only a wow moment but an "awww" moment to boot."

Crystal

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 07/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All the time we spent on the tour was time well spent. I enjoyed each thing on the itinerary, including the helpful and informative info Liz gave us on the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had to be the sheep dog herding demo with Neil, and holding and playing with the puppies!"

Nancy

West Linn, OR

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome trip, perfect first experience in Europe!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Edinburgh, the first night! The first meeting, city walk and dinner set the tone for the whole 10 day tour. I knew from the first evening that this would be a fantastic tour"

Joan

Mckinleyville, CA

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have traveled overseas many times, but never in a tour group. This tour shattered my previous bias against group tours. It was wonderful having everything planned ahead and never standing in lines for tickets or entry and having interesting things to see pre-selected and transportation arranged. We spent less than two hours on the bus at a time and had about 24 fellow travelers. Great guide and driver. Wouldn't hesitate to take another Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Kenmore and the cranogg was probably my favorite. Kenmore is such an unbelievably serene spot and the local guides at the cranogg were exceptional. Even the walk from the hotel to the cranogg was beautiful."

Kimberly

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a delightful trip. The only reason I rated very good is because we missed seeing St. Andrews. A accident on the traffic circle caused a problem; Colin decided not to wait for clean-up and we went to another town instead.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the sheep dog demonstration with Shepherd Neil. I enjoyed the Crannog."

Lee

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great with the exception of missing St. Andrews.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was hoping for a moment when I sunk a put at St. Andrews but...I'll take the Sheepdog demo with Neil any day over that missed experience! the group discussion that followed with Neil was fun and a bit controversial, but I enjoyed the perspective regarding public policy. We don't usually have the opportunity to discuss these items jaded by our media - agree or not, it was healthy exchange - something we rarely do anymore in the USA."

Jeanne

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour. Colin made it for me. I would take another tour but will find someone to enjoy it with me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say the gondola ride on the Ben Nevis range was awesome. What a nice surprise. Obviously we didn't know until it hapyas it was highly dependent on weather. And we were lucky enough to have spectacular weather. A super place to get lunch and enjoy the fabulous views."

Annabeth

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the beautiful landscape, castles, food, guides, hotels, cities/towns, and walks/hikes. I enjoyed it all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really enjoyed Neil and his sheepdogs"

Denise

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour. I felt like Edinburgh was left to our own to explore which seemed odd - no planned tour of the castle or Holyrood. We had a walk around with local guide Andie, a little bit of time (30 minutes?) in the National museum and that was it. Felt more like a "My Way" tour in Edinburgh. Not sure I got my money's worth there. Disappointed about missing St. Andrews. Dundee was a poor substitute. Inverness and Oban/Iona were the highlights for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Iona - it was a crystal clear sunny day. I also loved driving through the Glencoe valley. Absolutely breathtaking scenery."

Alyssa

Fresno, CA

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I absolutely loved this tour, and would recommend it to anyone and everyone. The sites were amazing, our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, we were blessed with a great group of people and I appreciate the small size of the group, and everything about the tour was highly enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is incredibly difficult to choose just one "wow" moment, as the tour was loaded with "wow" moments. Walking around Old Town, with our specialized guide Andrea for the day, was a high point to start off the tour as she was filled with countless knowledge that was entertaining and made you want to learn more. While some found it a miserable day due to the rain, I found hiking in The Hermitage to be stunning. Experiencing the Highlands, Inverness, Oban, and everything in between was stunning."

Allen

Clearwater, MN

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had an outstanding tour group which contributed significantly to our enjoyment of this tour. The experiences offered by this tour were somewhat less robust than those we have enjoyed on previous tours. Saw a lot of castles, and the tour activities in Edinburgh were quite limited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stay in Oban with excellent sea food and a great room at a B&B with outstanding harbor view. Ferry to Mull, followed by an entertaining drive across the island and then free time on Isle of Iona."

Arthur

Salinas, CA

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Typical Rick Steves tour structure...you get the flavor of country with plenty of specific sites to explore with the group or on your own. We had a good group of folks with everyone getting along very well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No specific WOW moment...Crannog Center and sheep farms were very interesting. Oban and Iona were great places."

Nicole

Fresno, CA

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it was everything i thought it would be and so much more! i loved the balance of group activites and free time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"my favorite wow moment was walking into the seaside town of Oban. it's a quite costal town with amazing food a friendly locals. Also the sheepdog demostration was up there on the list as well. So many cute puppies with outstanding talent to wrangle sheep!"

Ronnie

Huntersville, NC

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the best vacation ever ! Our tour guide Nigel Howes was terrific, and he set the tone each day for a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Time spent at the sheep dog farm with "Neil" watching him and his dogs; and sheering the sheep."

Laura

Clearwater, MN

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was relaxing and fairly predictable. The walking was easy and there was sufficient time to enjoy each stop. Usually I get bored with seeing "another" castle. Not on this trip. The intact castles had authentic beautiful decor and the audio guides allowed more interesting information such as pictures drawn by the mistress or child of the manor. Most castles had beautiful gardens or landscapes. I really appreciated the selection of sites with excellent audio guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The crannogs."

Elyse

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fabulous trip! Our tour guide, Nigel, was wonderful, diplomatic, knowledgeable and patient and did a great job of making the tour go smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments, from Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, the Highlands to Iona. Not to mention Gilly the piper, the sheepherding demonstration and Richard, the bus driver on Mull who gave us great and at times hilarious insights into Scottish culture and history."

Joanne

Huntersville, NC

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Can't say enough about how WONDERFUL Nigel was as our tour guide! Fabulous job. First Rick Steves' tour for our family, but we've used other tour groups (Perillo, Backroads) and NIGEL BY FAR was the best. Brought so much history and interesting cultural anecdotes. Nigel spanned the generations as our kids (25y, 19yr) enjoyed him as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ski lift at Glencoe Mountain."

Nancy

West Chester, PA

Tour: 07/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and wasn't quite sure what to expect. I loved it! the book was very helpful pretour reading. the accommodations were nicer than expected, the coach was very comfortable, guides very knowledgeable, accommodating and friendly. Driver was helpful, professional and great getting us where we needed to be on time and safely. The meals were good and guidance about where to go, what to see, what to do was spot on. the guides discussions on history were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"many wow moments: learning about the history of Scotland, daily life now and in earlier times from our guides was tremendous touring Edinburgh on foot with guides taking the ferries and visiting Iona visiting Stirling castle spending time on the sheep farm with pups driving through Glencoe sampling whisky and listening to pub music having scones and tea"

Lynn

Avon, CT

Tour: 07/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Feel like we have a good understanding of Scotland's history, culture and current events. It was wonderful meeting such colorful characters like the shepherd, piper, Dewars guide, van drivers and of course James. He shared generously his life experiences , which really enriched our trip! Having Liz join us was a real plus! They explained Brexit to us from 2 different perspectives. Liz is so pleasant and James so multi-talented! We are talking up the tour with all our friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The shepherd with his dogs and sheep and hearing his thoughts on life and Brexit! We really felt though that we got to see so much and such a variety of places, people and activities (another was the prehistoric over the water huts)."

Sharon

Valencia, CA

Tour: 07/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fifth tour with Rick Steves, and as always, the guide gave me so much background and insight into the country and culture of Scotland. I felt immersed in the culture and feel that I have much more appreciation for both the Scottish people and my own heritage. I'm so glad I got to experience both the lowlands and the highlands of Scotland. I have an understanding of the geography, history, and cultures of the two areas now. James had such insight, having grow up in the highlands.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved all of the tour, but the sheep farm with the working dogs was amazing. The herder controlled nine border collies at once!! He gave us insight into that vanishing way of life. And the puppies were so much fun for all of us!! I think it was a bonding experience for our group. We all really relaxed and enjoyed each other."

Robert

Valencia, CA

Tour: 07/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I gained an understanding of Scotland that could not be learned from reading only.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the sheep dogs working."

Lois

Bend, OR

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I have been to Scotland several times but had opportunities for experiences on this tour that greatly exceeded what I have done in the past. This is my 10th RS tour. We keep coming back because of the experiences,the guides,philosophy of RS travel & how nice fellow RS travelers are. Can no longer rate the experience outstanding though because size of the tour group keeps getting bigger. At 28 people it is now becoming like many other tours and is losing some of what made RS tours special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we were at the Commando memorial at Speens bridge there was a WW2 D-Day and Commando memorial service happening. It was incredibly moving to me personally because of what it represented and where it was. And it was just by luck that it was happening that day."

Paul

Bend, OR

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Helen was a great tour guide. My only criticism is the size of the tour group. This is my ninth Rick Steves tour, and each time the size of the group is inching up.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We happened to be at the commando monument when the UK was having a ceremony honoring these soldiers of WW II. My wife's uncle was one of the first commandos trained in 1939. It made the ceremony even more special."

Michael

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was thrilled with the entire tour. It was a perfect balance of small town Scotland mixed with larger cities. The group activities provided a thorough look into Scottish culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment is a tie between the sheep dog demonstration and the Highland games in Kenmore."

Mary

Chippewa Falls, WI

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tours each day we're good. The hotels were not....hot, sticky, beds like rocks, pillows like boards, toilets wouldn't flush, windows couldn't open, no air, therefore, no sleep. Another hotel had mattresses that hung over the sides of the actual bed which made you fall out as it slid every time you rolled over. Ricks Old World has lost its charm for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was my fourth R. S. Tour....I'm all out of WOW moments."

Marnie

Waupaca, WI

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We, meaning we had a group of 6 of us. It was our first Rick Steve's tour. Of course we were the newbies, but everyone was great to travel with. Absolutely have me sold to want to do another Rick Steve's tour. I was surprised on how much we were able to see from the city to the county side, (Hiighlands) Just breath taking views. Loved, loved, loved it all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To see the Queen???? but that was the day before tour started. Loved the wee walk in the woods. Castles.. of course too. ??"

Paul

Menomonee Falls, WI

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was very interesting in learning about Scotland. There ways of life, food, whiskey making, bagpipes and kilts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was a few: playing the bagpipes and a chance to see a military service with bagpipes and marching, a tribute to the fallen soldiers of D-Day. The Highland games were awesome to see. They were very impressive to watch. Learning how to make whiskey from a tour of a distillery."

Virginia

Scandinavia, WI

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought it was very good as there was a lot of information provided at each stop about what we were seeing. In addition to that it just happened that our tour overlapped with the Queen being in Scotland. We were able to see her going into a church service. There was so many things that we saw it is hard to think of all of them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Happening to see the Queen. Happening upon a military service honor event."

Everett

Scandinavia, WI

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel that we got to see all the normal sights that we would see with most tours, but I feel we got more insight into the things we were looking at. We also were able to take advantage of some very nice things we happened onto in the process of getting to the next item on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we were able to spend extra time at a military monument and were able to see the local military honor with marching and bag pipe."

Christine

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Culloden Moor battlefield, the Highland games at Kenmore and the Crannogs."

Jane

Point Lonsdale, VIC

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the experience in Edinburgh and all of the towns we visited. The smaller towns were my preference as I found the larger town of Inverness to not have the same feel as the smaller towns. The tour was well organised and l always enjoy the many places you get to explore while travelling on the bus. The scenery in Scotland is amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walk in the forest near Kenmore and the sheep dog demonstrations were special. I particularly loved visiting Iona due to its beauty and remoteness. Oban was also a wonderful town to stay in. The local guide in Edinburgh was also excellent. The scenery in Scotland is just amazing!"

Linda

Menomonee Falls, WI

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd Rick Steves Tour and it exceeded all our expectations. Our tour guide Helen was was absolutely fantastic. Her knowledge about Scotland was Impressive. Loved her sense of humor and all the little treats on the bus. She went above and beyond getting us into the Highland Games in Kenmore, and moving us along efficiently on the Ferry :) Loved the Castles, Crannogs, St. Andrews, Sheepdogs and all the Scenery. Tour group of 28 was perfect, lots of room to spread out on the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite Wow Moment was all the Fantastic Scenery! The bus stop by the 3 sisters car park was stunning. Loved all the Castles and the Highland Games were and added bonus. Of course Helen made everything come to life and lots of fun."

Donald

Strongsville, OH

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end, the tour offered so many different experiences. The tour got a good sense of old and new Edinburgh, saw Scottish Highland games, stayed in charming hotels, and had excellent food. Helen , our tour guide was very knowledgeable about history of Scotland. She was very helpful in answering questions and finding little gems on our journey across the country. Oban was a real treat. I personally loved the journey to the islands and appreciated their history and beauty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was a wow. As far as scenery the mountains were beautiful. The two boat trips, one on Loch Ness and one to Mun were excellent. It is hard to pick just one."

Carolyn

Argonne, WI

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was exceptional. A well rounded tour of city & Highland life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Recommended coming a day early, we saw the Queen going to church. Lucky for us! Meeting Neil, the shepherd with his dogs and Gellie the piper was very interesting."

Katherine

Strongsville, OH

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the whole trip. There was a good mix of different activities- History, castles, boat rides, gardens, Dog demonstrations, Bag pipes, walking in forests and music. We lucked out and saw the Highland Games in Winston. The accomedations were charming and the food was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Crannog was fascinating. I love to hear about prehistoric peoples and seeing their actuel dwalling was fascinating. My other WOW moment was the Cawdor Castle's gardens. I am a landscape designer so was taken away with the beautiful combinations of plants. The whole trip was a W.O.W. moment for me."

Sara

Denver, CO

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Best of Scotland was a very nice tour. From the history found in Edinburgh to the isle of Iona, we were able to embrace to culture and life of being in Scotland. Colin and Charlie made every effort to make our tour a rich and exciting experience. They were always friendly, smiling, and making sure we were having a great time. I loved the history of Edinburgh and found that this was my favorite place to be during the tour. The bus time versus walking time was well planned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oban, Urquhart Castle, and Glencoe. I loved Oban because it was so picturesque and our B&B was fantastic. I had a great two evenings there, having HIghland's Inn Steak Pie and making friends in the local pub. The walk along the port at sunset was the most beautiful night I spent in Scotland. Urquhart Castle was a pleasant surprise. Off of Loch Ness, it had the most beautiful views. Glencoe was breathtaking for not only its beauty but its history."

Jenny

Stockton, CA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour experience and I loved it. Having all arrangements made for us and tickets available immediately was time saving. The hotels were lovely and the food remarkable. So many experiences were packed into ten days, yet we never felt too rushed. We enjoyed Colin and Charlie and all of the information that was shared. Our tour group was filled with friendly people. While it was the experience of a lifetime, I hope I get more of these during my lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery was amazing. Now that I am home I miss the castles in the distance. I never before realized that my mother's grandparents were from two separate clans in Scotland. So, it felt in some ways that I was traveling back to a distant homeland."

Stephen

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very happy with tour. The only change I would make is to add Staffa Island, or at least an option to tour Staffa instead of Iona. I realize this might be difficult in the time allowed, but I would have gladly added an extra day in Oban to visit Staffa.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oban... it is a very historical and quaint village. I could have spent more time there."

Robert

Aiken, SC

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

First of all, on a scale of 10 ( 10 being the best ), our guides, Colin Mairs and Charlotte Rawson were 11!!! Suggest removing Cathedral visit, near Kenmore, remove Cawdor Castle visit, take Island of Mull and Isle of Iona from itinerary, delete walk in woods following Crannogs and don't stop at Glencoe. Do something about terrible food at Kenmore- make time for castle visit next door- move bag pipe demonstration to a pub, with accompanying music. More foot stomping, eat, drink energy!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oban- but plan something to get us into the local swing of things. Saint Andrews Sterling Castle"

Laurie

Hollister, CA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was well thought out, from the accommodations to the "extras" our tour guide used to enhance our tour. We learned a lot about each of our destinations, as well as, the places along the way that we could not stop to see. Our guide, Colin, made every effort to be sure our group was happy and comfortable. He was kind, funny, and highly entertaining! I think we saw as much of Scotland as possible crammed into ten days! Very enjoyable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think each day had a wow moment! I think the hermitage and the Drambuii shared by our guide was a favorite moment."

Doug

Louisville, KY

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely terrific-the guides were a lot of fun,too.The scenery was breathtaking and the food and accommodations were excellent.The fellow travelers became good friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour was a "WOW"for me.I especially liked:the view of Edinburgh Castle from below,the Scottish Highlands' vastness,Loch Ness ,Loch LOmond and the various castles."

Karl

Morristown, NJ

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Scotland tour was excellent in so many ways. First, the city vs. countryside experiences were spectacular as each one provided a historical perspective. When you are walking the streets of Edinburgh, you can see the historical sites and appreciate how they have been memorialized for future generations. But, the countryside like when standing in Glencoe or views from Loch Ness, words cannot provide how beautiful the landscape really is in person. Such beauty!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course my heart melted when holding an 8-day old sheep while watching the sheepdogs demonstration, but I had my "wow" moment when standing on top of the Glencoe mountains. The gondola ride was easy and once you arrive on top, you can see for miles and miles."

Cindy

Louisville, KY

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scotland tour was absolutely wonderful from the guides to the transportation, the food, good hotels, amazing history well presented, beautiful scenery and lovely people. The choices of places to see were well thought out and executed. We loved the tour and have been recommending to friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several but my favorite was watching a sheep be sheared with no discomfort to the sheep and that the wool that came off in one large piece. That was amazing to me. I loved watching the border collies work so enthusiastically and getting to hold a puppy."

Paula

Clarksville, TN

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We saw a tremendous amount of Scotland and learned a lot

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bagpipe player Gillie"

Deborah

Bellaire, TX

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful way to tour Scotland - it very much suited our family of eleven with ages ranging from 11 years to 79 years. All aspects of the trip were well organized.

Richard

Springfield, VA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another outstanding tour. Julia's knowledge of Scotland and Scottish history made the tour come alive. I think I now understand all the Jameses and Charleses. We had a great group and Julia did an outstanding job of getting us all moving in the same direction while meeting our individual needs; excellent tour management.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep dog herding, the crannock tour in Kenmore, the bus tour across Mull and the Iona visit, and the Culloden Battlefield Museum were all great."

Nancy

Ballwin, MO

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved Scotland, Edinburgh and the smaller towns and villages equally. Nice choice of overnights. Julia our guide was a delight, so knowledgeable & impressive Gaelic pronunciation! The group was exceptional as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finally seeing the Highland cattle on Mull. Crannog visit near Kenmore...loved it and the docents were fascinating, Neal was also exceptional with his sheepdogs."

Cecilia

Shellsburg, IA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was wonderful. As with my last Rick Steves' Tour, everything was well planned. The hotels/B&Bs in each of our overnight stops provided terrific accommodations in areas where I was comfortable exploring on my own during free time. Our guide, Julia, was knowledgeable and very approachable--making everyone feel at ease.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful waters and beach at Iona."

Va Nee

Bend, OR

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fun, informative, beautiful, and well-worth the fee. I appreciated the balance between group time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"(Not sure this is a "Wow" but it was something I am taking away from the trip.) The layers of intrigue and tension in Scotland's history with England. The tour "story" was nicely paced and meted-out in understandable doses. The pieces continued to fit together and organize into a thoughtful whole."

Dawn

Lake Forest, CA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was not a strenuous tour compared to 2 others I've taken. Lots of beautiful countryside to travel through.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm partial to dogs, so I'd have to say the sheepdog demonstration was my wow moment, followed closely by the crannogs presentation."

Brent

Turlock, CA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third R. Steves tour - I have done it as a couple, then with the family, and now this time as a solo - so I have experienced how ones experience can be on all three levels. I have yet to have a poor time on R. Steves tours - they are always friendly, warm, cordial, etc etc

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps the Island of Iona. This was a throwback to a long ago time. The ruins, the inhabitants, the "story," is all what I would of hoped for - and all in one excursion. It was magical"

Cynthia

Camp Hill, PA

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I got a good over-all look at Scotland and would like to go back for a closer look at some special places. At times I felt a little rushed, and although I knew I didn't have to see everything, I didn't want to miss anything either.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just riding around in the bus looking at the scenery. Loved Perthshire in general and Aberfeldy tour especially. The dogs also were great and Neil's authenticity."

Judith

Collinsville, CT

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding. This was only our second RS tour but it will not be our last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Leult sheep farm and Iona. Also walking along the river at the hotel in Dunkeld"

Darrell

Bettendorf, IA

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful experience. Our guide, Liz, was excellent. I had no idea how beautiful Scotland is. Liz provided a complete history in an enjoyable, story-telling manner. The stops, hotels, meals and overall experience greatly exceeded my expectations. This was our first Rick Steves tour, and was first class all the way. We enjoyed that we also were allotted time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So much to choose from. The mountains and scenery in western Scotland was a "wow" moment for me because it was unexpected. Personally, I enjoyed the sheepdog demonstrations the most."

Ellen

Fresno, CA

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland is the most beautiful country. So, glad we got out of the big cities and were able to experience some of the true beauty of Scotland! i have recommended this tour to friends as soon as I got back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the sunset off the port in Oban. I would have liked more time to discover this quaint little town-perhaps an additional day."

Randolph

Camp Hill, PA

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this was my first Steves tour and it exceeded expectations. Better than Viking River tours I have taken in the past.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neal the border collie shepherd. My wife and i are former dog people and the relationship between Neal and the dogs was really exceptional."

Laura

Bettendorf, IA

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and I must say it lived up to our expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Hermitage experience where we toured the Black Linn falls and walked through the amazing forest! It wa all so beautiful and unexpected!"

Veronica

Montclair, NJ

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was fun! I enjoyed everything we saw and did. I have been on a few RS tours, and this tour did not disappoint and is definitely a favorite. I enjoyed learning about the history of Scotland and the culture, as well as seeing the rugged beauty of the country. I thought I would enjoy this trip beforehand, but it turned out to be much more than I hoped for. Our guide Elizabeth was terrific, and we had a great group of travelers. Every day was well planned, organized, & fun

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I do not have one favorite "wow", there were so many! I really enjoyed Edinburgh, and look forward to returning one day. We had many great authentic Scottish experiences, including the sheepdog demonstration, Gilly the piper, the Scottish music in the pub, and the trip to Iona. And not to forget the gin & Drambuie!!"

Andrea

Buffalo, MN

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour from start to finish was organized and implemented well! The locations we went to and stopped at were thought out and Liz's knowledge was amazing and well communicated. Liz brought a fun/energetic/and interesting spin on everything we did. Her personalizing each day with a treat from the area or connecting the treat with what we were doing and where we were going was very thoughtful and added a little "something something" to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had 2. One was watching the sheep herding. It was truly "magically" to watch the relationship the Shepard had with the dogs and the dogs had with the sheep. Absolute perfect picture of man being stewards of the land. And the second was going to Urquhart castle on Loch Ness. I have ALWAYS been a HUGE Scooby-Doo fan and to see where the creative process began for one of their episodes "Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster" was a geeks dream come true."

Eve

Winston Salem, NC

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire trip was great. I expected to like Scotland but this tour has turned me into a huge Scotland fan! I loved learning about its history and culture, and the people were so welcoming and helpful. I even enjoyed the whiskey tastings, in spite of not being a whiskey drinker. Although this was the largest group we've traveled with (fifth tour), Liz handled all of us remarkably well and it felt like we were traveling with friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to choose, since I had so many favorite moments on this trip. First: sheepdogs! I loved watching them work and hearing Neal talk about life as a shepherd. Another "wow" moment was our visit with Gilly (sp?), the bagpiper, at our hotel in Dunkeld. And third happened when I saw the gardens at Cawdor Castle. I was walking the grounds of the castle when I went through a hole in the shrubs and came upon a beautiful garden full of orange, pink, blue, and yellow flowers. It was magical!"

Daniel

Glen Ellyn, IL

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful country. History is fascinating. Tour guide Liz did an outstanding job of relating Scotland's history and culture to the towns, castles, people, sites and areas we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Iona, the abbey and hiking to the north beaches."

Steve

Winston Salem, NC

Tour: 06/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland was largely unfamiliar to me before the tour. Ten days in that beautiful and ancient land has opened up my desire for more. The tour facilitated my learning experience by delivering the right balance between information, context, novelty and private time to absorb and assimilate all we experienced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As an avid golfer, my three hours in St Andrews were very meaningful. Bob, another tour member, and I walked much of the Old Course and absorbed the significance of the moment where for us, history and joy merged. The trip from Oban to Iona was marvelous. I could almost feel history happening while walking through Iona. Edinburgh was another place where history came alive for me."

Janine

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The variety of places we were able to see in ten days in Scotland was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming into Edinburgh on the train our first evening, walking around the old town, and seeing the beautiful architecture and surroundings."

Phoenix

Sisters, OR

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Well organized. Nice people. Beautiful country with friendly people! We were surprised that we were traveling in a huge tour bus and were slightly disappointed by the limited walking that we did. Would have appreciated more tips on natural areas to explore.Our expectations.... Seemed like we were very busy but then often felt rushed when we were at a place like St. Andrews, Stirlingcastle, etc..And sometimes our breaks were to long and we stayed a spot too long.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The highlands. Oban. Sheep herding. St Andrews."

Donna

Bend, OR

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The number of travelers, hotels and meals were all great. The highly organized tour made things run smoothly and enabled us to relax. Time on our own was much appreciated as well. I feel that the attitudes of all of our group members was fantastic and would like to give credit to Rick Steves preparation letter for that. We were all positive and polite with no complaints, and all attempted to make new friends" which made it a fun experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Isle of Iona was my favorite destination. Not only is it beautiful and quaint, but the rich historyof the Abbey fascinated me. I would have liked to have more time here or even an overnight to really enjoy it."

Steven

Bend, OR

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A very enjoyable 10 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the dogs heard the sheep was a "wow" moment."

Linda

Marana, AZ

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful taste of Scotland! We learned so much about Scottish history, culture and cuisine (and scotch) from our guide Nigel. The 10 days went by too fast.We wanted to see more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our ferry ride to the Isle of Mull, the trip across the island in the minibus and then the ferry right out to Iona was spectacular. Our local guide was so entertaining and gave us a real feel for the island, its history and its culture. The time spent on Iona was so much fun and there was so much to see and absorb."

Elizabeth

West St Paul, MN

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought this tour was a wonderful experience. I loved the beauty of Scotland, the places we visited, and the people. We have a a great tour group and Julia our tour guide was excellent. (I especially enjoyed her musical and dancing abilities.) I would highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It really wasn't a "wow" moment but one of the highlights that will stay with me is our visit to the Isle of Iona. The experience of visiting the Isle and the abbey, with it rich history, and the journey getting there was the very special."

Charles

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well run. Pace of tour was appropriate. We always enjoy the amount of autonomy we have on the tour. As always, the accommodations were good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are far too many to choose from. But one of the most pleasant and surprising was the bus trip across the Isle of Mull heading toward the Iona ferry the bus driver bow to and from was delightful. Lots of stories and local color and a very engaging personality. Loved the crannogs and the tour of the crannog replica. In general, the majesty of the entire Scottish landscape was a wow experience in and of itself."

Carol

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well run, with excellent pacing. We particularly enjoy the amount of independence to explore on our own that we always get on a RS Tour. We toured Ireland last August and hoped to compare it to Scotland this time. We ended up finding more contrast than likenesses. That was a surprise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While it wasn't a "wow" experience, the time we spent at the crannog in Kenmore was a deep one. The docents were excellent hands-on historic interpreters. I'd like to go again in a few years and see how they have progressed in developing their cultural awareness "village." Overall, when I think of this trip I smile as memories of the countryside flood over me. I was surprised at how much greener it was than Ireland; how many more trees there are. I expected flat moors, but found mountains."

Kathleen

San Diego, CA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First Rick Steves tour, but we have done other bus tour companies in Europe. This tour was far superior in accommodations, food, organization, and activities. The pacing and time for the activities was so well done; we never felt rushed and were able to enjoy each site. Julia, our guide was so organized, informative, and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery in the Highlands was so breath-taking. We were there for full bloom of the rhododendrons, so seeing hillsides covered in the pink blooms was amazing. All the lochs and waterfalls were beautiful."

William

San Diego, CA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first RS tour. We have previously taken Globus tours. This was by far so much better. Your itinerary was better planned, the days were full, the hotels were great, the meals were top quality, and the guide was fantastic. We enjoyed or group and became friends. Julia was great at leading us, teaching us, and making us become a community.This was a most pleasurable 10 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery of Scotland. It seemed like every turn brought a great scenic view,"

Martin

Inver Grove Heights, MN

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide and scenery as always. The weather was outstanding as well. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

Sheila

Eugene, OR

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the sheep dog farm and demo, the drive and the magnificent view of the highland landscapes,"

Wendy

Kenmore, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic tour. Our guide was excellent and the sights and experiences were all interesting. We arrived in Edinburgh three days early and we are glad we did, because there is so much to see there. You might want to consider developing a second Scotland tour to include Skye and the north coast, in-depth visits to Orkney's prehistoric ruins, and maybe even a visit to Shetland; we would certainly be interested in such a trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wows" a traditional music session in a pub in Oban; listening to our guide, Julia, singing a lovely Gaelic song inside a medieval chapel at Iona, and later, hearing her play the fiddle on our ferry ride back to the mainland; the Crannog Center, where guides brought the Iron Age to life; Gillie's bagpipe demonstration; Neil and his sheepdogs; the hauntingly beautiful landscapes of Mull and Glencoe;and Iona, where connection to the deep past and the spiritual are tangible."

William

Tallinn, 37

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheepdog herding demonstration"

Paul

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great sights, some of which we never would have found on our own. Nice hotels. Overall, it was an outstanding tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Julia singing in the chapel at Iona"

Christine

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Best of Scotland in 10 Days Tour was fantastic. I am especially thrilled with the diversity of the the daily agendas, and I appreciate the built in "on your own" time. I really enjoyed the fact that our stops exposed us to many different historical time periods, including the Iron Age, the era of Mary Queen of Scots and the Georgian Era of larger cities. A really fun mixture of activities, foods, drams and demonstrations, all of which helped capture the culture and history of this country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was simply not prepared for the natural beauty of Scotland. I think that both Iona and Glencoe, in particular, were the most breathtaking landscapes. Glencoe looks like a Hollywood movie set, its is so heart stopping beautiful, and Iona is the same with its beaches and waterfronts."

Alan

Voorheesville, NY

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour provided a wonderful overview of Scotland and packed a lot of sites and activities into a relatively short period of time. We were planning to take a vacation to Scotland on our own but the logistics were too daunting. We are glad we opted for the Best of Scotland which covered 90% of what we wanted to see and included wonderful sites we would have never thought to visit. The mix of group and independent time was perfect. The inevitable trade-offs of a group tour were acceptable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I will have to cheat and name three wow moments. Touring the castle at St. Andrews and listening to the audio guide narration of the Bishops Wars with darkened skies, a choppy sea and what seemed like an impending gale was one of the most atmospheric moments of any of my travel experiences. The first view of the Great Glen was breathtaking. The traditional music session at the Oban Inn was one of the best instrumental sessions that I have attended."

Susan

Voorheesville, NY

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our fifth Rick Steves tour - just as satisfying as the previous four. We love the combination of thoughtful itinerary, balance of group and free time, wonderful meals, great hotels, superb guides, and congenial travel companions. All aspects combined to provide a deep dive into the history, culture, and landscape of Scotland. A lovely mix of learning and travel. The cool, windy, rainy, misty, sunny weather variations added to the total experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two different types of "wow" moments. I wasn't expecting the Great Glen to be so awesomely impressive in visual scale and beauty. Seeing it was a "wow." The personal, emotional joy I felt while listening to the music session in the surroundings of The Oban Inn. A "wow" moment that I'm grateful to have experienced for almost 90 minutes."

Janice

Truro, NS

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Scotland in 10 Days Tour was amazing! Our guide Julia was fantastic and knew Scotland's history and culture inside and out. She even entertained us with her beautiful singing, fiddle playing and step dancing! Our Bus Driver Tam, was a delight and his excellent driving skills got us everywhere we needed to be safely and on time. Thanks Tam for all your good natured humor and friendliness. The Tour group was an awesome mix of friendly well travelled people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands at Glencoe and the friendliness of all the wonderful Scottish people we met."

Duane

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very fine experience. Excellent guide and driver. Fine accommodations. Nice mix of committed time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No real "wow" moments. Trip was consistently executed at a high level."

Mark

Pendleton, OR

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scenery was spectacular. Helen was great and so was our driver, Michael. Really appreciated the Hx lessons.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the entry into the highlands. Huge green hill topped with impressive rock summits."

Greig

San Luis Obispo, CA

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were always well informed both before we went on the day's journeys and while traveling. Everyone associated with the tour was thoughtful of our needs and did their best to see that we had a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess there was not a single moment but many. The Crannogs where fascinating and something I never would have thought to visit. Playing the pipes was short but great fun with the group. The castles of Edinburgh and Sterling where great to comprehend what live was like in their era. Culross "palace" and its gardens along with the information about mining on an island and lifting the water out and knowledge of life in its era. Neal and his sheep dogs were an experience to enjoy."

David

Waban, MA

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

very well organized and managed tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"scenery and hikes in the woods"

Mike

Winter Haven, FL

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! Helen was the perfect guide. A native who's passionately in love with her country, Helen presented everything throughout the ten-day tour with great enthusiasm. The tour itself was well thought out. It's busy but not exhausting. As with other Rick Steves tours, there was time to explore by ourselves, which I really like. The experience of getting to know the others on the tour was also very enjoyable. Overall, it was sensational!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I discovered that I love haggis!!! Although that's true, it was actually probably driving through the Scottish highlands and taking in the gorgeous green mountains, valleys and lakes."

Cheryce

Winter Haven, FL

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour and I had a wonderful time. I especially appreciated the side trips that were a little off the beaten path that I would have missed if I had planned this trip myself. And there was a little treat every day, either a snack, or an unannounced stop on the way to a destination that had a spectacular view. There was history and cultural explanations of our stops. Lodging was good to great, and the meals that were provided were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Traveling through the mountains of the highlands and noticing how different they are from the mountains in the U.S. and how beautiful."

Susan

Columbus, OH

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just a wonderful experience... the places and sights we saw, weather (yes, even in Scotland there is sun!), fellow tour members, bus drivers (Michael for most of the tour, and Richard on the Isle of Mull), the occasional wee dram of whiskey, and of course Helen "tour guide extraordinaire"!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many that it's hard to choose! 1. Isle of Iona! The trip there (ferry to Isle of Mull, bus ride across the island, ferry to Iona, and Iona!!). Was a perfect day (well, a bit windy), the sea looked tropical, the bus ride across Mull full of interesting facts and humor (we even stopped to wave at Richard's wife!); he pointed out birds & animals (love those Hairy Coos). 2. And the sheepdogs with Neil Ross a wow too. Loved the puppies! 3. And the Crannogs, and 4. Whisky in unexpected spots."

Anita

Pendleton, OR

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very busy but well run tour; we made all of our stops on time and in good measure. The hotels we stayed were all great and some even quite luxurious. Weather was a factor at times that we learned to deal with; this was Scotland after all and to be expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several. The highlands were beautiful; driving through Glencoe was especially evocative and made me want to get out of the bus and go for a hike."

Kerry

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved Helen and the bus travel. The sights in Scotland are gorgeous; cities with deep histories, highlands with its beauty -- and history -- and acres of green and rocky mounts as far as the eye could see. We had absolutely perfect weather for traveling in Scotland, an amazing feat for ten days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the shepherd and his dogs. The experience was beautiful to learn first-hand how he works with the dogs and the sheep, and the effect the sheep have on the land. It was great!"

Calvin

Langley, WA

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RS tour and this one was truly exceptional. It was well thought out and ran very smoothly. Our tour guide Helen was just fantastic...her knowledge of Scottish history is remarkable and she was very fun to be around. She really cared about everyone on the tour. Bus was of course very comfortable, hotels were great, and food was amazing at the dinners. We learned so much about Scottish history. Each day was exciting and filled with great new adventures. Beautiful country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say the highlight for me was the Scottish Crannog Centre. Another highlight was the visit to the sheep ranch and the demonstration of the sheep dogs. Actually every day was a wow moment."

Patricia

Rockville, MD

Tour: 06/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cawdor Castle -- and in particular, the gardens!"

Judi

Avalon, NJ

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland is a beautiful country and the people are so very nice. Lots of fresh seafood to go along with the centuries old buildings. Weather turned out to be quite pleasant and everyone had said Scotland beautiful but cold. Wear thin long underwear and layer and you'll be quite comfortable. Also be prepared for sudden rain!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The shearing of the sheep in one piece was amazing as were the working sheepdogs The piano bar at the Glenmoriston Hotel The charming bagpipe player at the Kenmore Hotel Evensong at St Mary's"

Bert

Carrboro, NC

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Scotland is an amazing place and I believe the tour delivered the best/most accessible places in the country. The guide, driver, bus and tour plan were all excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time spent on the Cranog."

Victor

Kennesaw, GA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

While nice to have everything planned it does limit flexibility as to places you would have liked more time at and others you may have skipped. For example, we couldn't see all of Sterling Castle in the time allotted which made no sense as nothing else was planned for the rest of the day.Except for Kenmore, hotels were wonderful. Room was terribly outdated and there was mold on the window sills. Our toilet would't flush and the mgr did nothing when when we brought it to their attention.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to select just one 'wow' moment but if I have to pick just one it would be the sheepdog experience. It was such a genuine Scotland experience. could have sat there and watched for hours."

Ann

Carrboro, NC

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a better experience than my rating reflects, in terms of the tour itself. Scotland is wonderful, and Nigell was a great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep farm and dog demonstration Other highlights: ski lift, Gilly the piper!"

Deborah

Snoqualmie, WA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best ever. Our tour guide was exceptional and it makes the overall experience such a great trip. I enjoyed the places he chose to eat; food was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Isle of Iona and the Cawdor Castle. All was great but they stood out."

Betsy

Monrovia, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

The guide's lack of effort really affected my enjoyment of the trip [INVALID]from his centering on himself to the lack of explanations about the sights we were seeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked Stirling Castle and Cawdor Castle."

Michael

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rorie

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Geraldine

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rosemary

Orlando, FL

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour to Scotland was a fabulous experience . Julia was a very knowledgeable and personable guide, transportation was flawless, meals were great and hotels were way above our expectations .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, the 'wow' moment was was experiencing the beauty of the Highlands. Traveling up the mountain in a gondola for lunch was a totally enjoyable surprise . We would never have this if we were traveling on our own."

Randy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The ONLY complaint I had was the comfort of the beds. They were awful. Other than that everything was far above my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Obana for sure. LOVED the ferry crossings."

Dale

Sanford, MI

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bagpipe demonstration and trial. Sheepdog demonstrations."

Daniel

Western Springs, IL

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized and interesting historical perspectives provided by our Guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Abbey on Iona. While we were there our Guide, Julia, sang a Celtic song in the abbey itself and the acoustics were so good that while she was at one end of the room, and we were at the other, her voice was clear and the mood was altogether enchanting."

Hugo

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 05/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cannot say."

Mary

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephen

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steven

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandra

Danville, IL

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I broke my leg on day 4. That colors all else, though we stayed on the tour, believing the ankle was sprained. The tour is lovely, but not as intense as the other 3 tours we have been on. I loved the Scotland personality - tough, brave, bold.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The piper, Geli. What a lovely, talented lady, and what a fantastic grandmother! When I grow up, I'd like to be like her!"

Jaye

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved all parts of this tour!!! Excellent food, excellent accommodations, and the tour guides were fabulous

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Some of the highlights for me were visiting a working sheep farm and seeing the border collies herd the sheep, shearing a sheep. Another highlight was the bagpiper - her music and her stories, and her rhymes at Kenmore. I also loved Kenmore Village, the lake , the Campbell castle and story about the curse and the ancient village displays-the hut on the water."

Steve

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We appreciated the directed overview of Scotland with a very knowledgeable guide and focused itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

".... particularly enjoyed the brief stop in the village of Culross. Personally, we could have spent much more time there and less time in St Andrews (not a golfer)"

Pamela

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rene

Jacksonville, NC

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jackson

Kuttawa, KY

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was really wonderful all around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diana

Chesterfield, VA

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kristy

Springdale, WA

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a WOW moment for me."

Beth

Los Gatos, CA

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Wildwood, MO

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Roma

Roseville, MN

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lawrence

Wildwood, MO

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nicole

Springfield, IL

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Playing the bagpipes"

Randa

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Doug

Yorba Linda, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steven

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The people of Scotland are the most friendly of all our travels. Would have liked more time in Culross, St.Andrews, Glencoe, and some other locations. Loved what we saw, but feel we could have seen more. 10-days is not enough time to see Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very much enjoyed the quiet solitude of an early morning stroll along Tay stream near our hotel in Kenmore. the sheepdog demonstration was pretty special too."

Jamey

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Williamsport, PA

Tour: 05/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was "wow"!"

Silvana

Tolland, CT

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Caledon, ON

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Doug

Caledon, ON

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rebecca

Murfreesboro, TN

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Adele

East Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dany

Brevard, NC

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

East Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Brevard, NC

Tour: 05/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Louvina

Fresno, CA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Jim

Knoxville, IA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good trip but there were a number of days which it felt like we were being rushed. Would liked to had more time at IONA, Sterling Castle. There were too many group dinners. The last nights dinner was too fancy. Our tour guide was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed Iona and Oban"

Lynn

Knoxville, IA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned. The tour participants were educated, open minded, and friendly. The tour guide was knowledgeable and interesting. The itinerary was varied and enjoyable. My only wish is that we would have a more than 1-2 hours to explore. Often it seemed by the time you took your bathroom break and were acclimated to the surroundings you had to very quickly walk through the site in order to make it back to the bus or to the scheduled lunch on time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Edinburgh was a city with so much to explore! So glad we arrived two days before the trip in order to take our time to see all that it had to offer. the Palace of Holyrood House, Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Yacht Britannia, Museums, shops and restaurants, pubs and closes, and all the history! Also loved the Highlands and the island of Iona! Hard to narrow it down."

Mary

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Edinburgh Castle."

Gary

Stateline, NV

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very interesting, informative and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting St. Andrews Golf Course."

Anne

Crozet, VA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Len

Lake Norden, SD

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great guide, beautiful scenery

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheepdogs"

Jean

Lake Norden, SD

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep dogs"

Kimberly

Hamilton, IN

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jerry

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Julia

Dayton, OH

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Glencoe and the scenery there."

Mark

Flagler Beach, FL

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Chuck

Buckley, WA

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Raymond

Centreville, VA

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Centreville, VA

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandy

Langley, WA

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steve

Pekin, IL

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Fredericksburg, VA

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Chris

Langley, WA

Tour: 05/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kelly

East Peoria, IL

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Annandale, VA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gregory

Laveen, AZ

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lanny

Cornelius, NC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeffrey

Tryon, NC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lauren

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sam

Pleasureville, KY

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dave

Madison, IN

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sheree

Laveen, AZ

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donna

Tobaccoville, NC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Denver, CO

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

West Richland, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was nothing less than outstanding. Anne, our tour guide was like having your grandmother on your trip with you showing her grandchildren all the wonderful places she grew up with. Anne was the heart of our trip. She represented Rick Steve's Tours well. Her knowledge of Scotland and the many places we stopped along the way was marvelous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Picking a singular WOW moment is hard. There were so many special moments on the tour. Our bus ride across Mull with the levity of the driver and our visit to Iona was very special. The different hues of the water and the overall picturesque views was memorable. That was something worth repeating."

Deborah

West Richland, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It is a well organized tour wrapped up with history, sounds and beauty of the country. It was nice knowing each day where we would be going, and didn't have to worry about where we were staying. Schedule gave us time to do own interests and just relax. Plus leaving the driving to Marcine. Wow what a job it is to drive a big bus in Scotland but he made it look simple and safe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour was scheduled to go see the way the first settlers lived and visit a Crannog. I had actually planned on skipping this visit and taking a walk in the beautiful surroundings. At the last minute decided to go with the group. I was so glad i did, the presenter at the Crannog was excellent and this was a place not to miss. All the demonstrations at the village were so interesting."

Sandra

Sedro Woolley, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathleen

Tryon, NC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elizabeth

Ivyland, PA

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jean

Incline Village, NV

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dale

Eugene, OR

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Douglas

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lana

North Bend, WA

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sheep Guy Neal...Amazing"

Gay

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 04/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Harry

Prescott, AZ

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Terry

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Prescott, AZ

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eugene

West Lafayette, IN

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robina

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Crannogs- new information to me. Unexpected"

Wendy

Langley, WA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Incline Village, NV

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pam

Boise, ID

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandra

Bend, OR

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maria

Wellington, FL

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kimber

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Weather

Scotland / Edinburgh

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

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

Flights

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

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

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