• Dusk in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Edinburgh
  • Culross Palace, Culross, Scotland
    Culross
  • Cathedral ruins, St. Andrews, Scotland
    St. Andrews Cathedral
  • Whisky tasting, Edinburgh, Scotland
    Scottish Whisky Tasting
  • Hermitage woodlands, Dunkeld, Scotland
    The Hermitage Woodlands
  • Sheep Dog Demonstration
  • Cawdor Castle, Cawdor, Scotland
    Cawdor Castle near Inverness
  • Glencoe, Scotland
    Scottish Highlands
  • Picnic at Clava Cairns
  • Highland Cattle (aka Hairy Coo)
  • Isle of Iona, Scotland
    Isle of Iona

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Best of Scotland in 10 Days Tour

from $3,095 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $575

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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

2018

2019

    • May 1–May 10 (We–Fr)
    • $3,095 + Air

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    • May 13–May 22 (Mo–We)
    • $3,495 + Air

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 2428 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Scotland come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 21 group sightseeing events • Georgian Edinburgh orientation • Edinburgh's Royal Mile walking tour • Edinburgh Castle • National Museum of Scotland • Culross Palace • St. Andrews • Scottish musical evening • Scottish Crannogs • Hermitage walk • Dunkeld Cathedral • Whisky distillery tour and tasting • Sheepdog demonstration • Culloden Battlefield • Inverness orientation walk • Loch Ness cruise • Urquhart Castle • Clava Cairns • Cawdor Castle • Glencoe Valley • Isle of Iona walking tour • Stirling Castle…and more
  • All group transportation from Edinburgh to Edinburgh
  • 9 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels and B&Bs
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Scotland

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

Day 2: Conquering Edinburgh Castle

Today we'll see the best of Edinburgh on foot, starting with a walking tour of the Royal Mile and its wealth of historic buildings, quaint shops, narrow lanes, and hidden courtyards. We'll climb up to imposing Edinburgh Castle to tour this historic military stronghold, the birthplace of the city, and soak up the dramatic views. Then we'll wind our way through the medieval streets, stopping at Grassmarket and Greyfriar's Cemetery before ending at the impressive National Museum of Scotland. The afternoon is free for your own explorations. Tonight, join your guide and fellow tour members for a pint at a local pub to share the stories of your Scottish experiences. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: Culross and St. Andrews

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

Day 4: Crannogs and Whisky

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

Day 5: Sheepdogs and the Highlands

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

Day 6: Castles and Cairns

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. Then we'll stop for a look at the Clava Cairns, an impressive collection of prehistoric burial chambers, and enjoy a picnic in this serene setting. On our way back to Inverness, we'll visit the turreted Cawdor Castle and its magnificent gardens. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore Inverness or stroll along the banks of the river 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 tour the village with a local guide, and 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

Sidney

Oviedo, FL

Tour: 08/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of Scotland really was an amazing experience. We traveled from Edinburgh to The Highlands and then across the Isle of Mull to Iona. It truly was the best of Scotland in 10 days. Our guide was charming and knowledgeable. Our bus driver was incredible. It was well-planned and executed without a noticeable hitch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it's hard to pick one. Perhaps the quite walk at the Hermitage, seeing a true forest cathedral and incredible waterfalls and experiencing the natural quiet. It was a surprising joy amid many incredible experiences."

Robert

Champaign, IL

Tour: 08/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fantastic time on my Best of Scotland tour led by phenomenal Colin. I appreciated the variety of the tour in terms of hitting all the well known sights, but also having the opportunity to enjoy more personal experiences such as visiting a sheep farm and hearing from an expert bagpiper. The pace was excellent as we stayed in big city, small and medium towns, and even a lodge to keep the adventure fresh and new.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many great experiences that it's hard to pin down a favorite. Traveling through the scenic Glencoe area was truly stunning and a highlight for me, but watching the skill of the border collies on the sheep farm was a true eye opener. I enjoyed both, but they were completely different experiences."

Helen

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 07/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great historical cultural and contemporary introduction to Scotland. Wonderful tour members Outstanding tour guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glencoe"

John

Aiken, SC

Tour: 07/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "Best of Scotland" was probably the best tour that we have taken. The group that we were touring with was exceptional with all members being able to get along and show timeliness as well as curiosity in the sites we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My personal favorite was our visit to the sheep farm and the crannogs."

Linda

Gales Creek, OR

Tour: 07/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steves guides and tours do not disappoint. All 10 days were packed full of beautiful sites, history, exhilarating experiences (the chairlift at Glencoe), good food, and wonderful new acquaintances. At each stop, the people demonstrating life at Crannogs, the castle tours, the bus drivers, the additional tour guides selected by Rick Steves gave and our own guide, Robert, were superb, passionate, and funny.. It was clear they care about what they do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stirling Castle. It was Day 9 of our 10-day tour, and we were getting tired. I knew little of Stirling Castle, but it was a wonderful way to end the tour. Rich in history, amazing views, and amazing tour guides, the Castle was a wonderful surprise. The fortress has been restored to represent life as it was during its heyday."

Chuck

Burnaby, BC

Tour: 07/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great trip, meeting many interesting people. The individual guides were excellent and Robert was very knowledgeable as we travel around Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the shepherd working with his dog's herding the sheep."

Barbara

Copper Canyon, TX

Tour: 07/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour could not have been planned and executed any better. Our guide, Robert, shared so much of the history and culture of Scotland that we would not have gotten had we traveled on our own. He made sure all of us were fully engaged and enjoying the trip to the fullest. The travelers all perfectly meshed with each other and were so nice to meet and spend time with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is impossible. Every bend in the roadways brought another "wow" view. Scotland is a beautiful country, and each stop had its own special, but not "best" appeal."

Martha

Annandale, VA

Tour: 07/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was so nice to sit back and let Marcin do the driving! The tour was well planned to include a little bit of everything from castles to Crannogs to personal experiences such as sheep shearing. I like how expectations for the tour were set in the beginning. We had fun getting to know everyone and Liz was awesome at facilitating that in the beginning. I loved the picture she took in the beginning with everyone's name attached. We would do it all again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Crannogs were my "wow" experience because I didn't know they existed. It was fun learning about something new. I thought it was fascinating how they built the house and would "repair" the house with new stilts. I was able to recognize the remains of a crannog when we went to the Isle of Mull."

Elaine

Dallas, TX

Tour: 07/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steves's Tours never disappoint! This was my 4th RS trip. Liz was fantastic. All of my tour guides have been awesome. Bus driver was very nice as well. He kept us safe and on time to our destinations. It was nice meeting all of my tour-mates. I would definitely recommend this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Simply looking at the view from my first hotel room was my first WOW moment! Edinburgh was easy to get around in. Marveling at castles, historic sites, cathedrals, ruins, and cemeteries were surreal. I was captivated by the Isle of Iona. I really enjoyed the sheep herding demonstration."

Thomas

Annandale, VA

Tour: 07/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful tour. We really hit it off with everyone in our group. The guide was very organized and made the experience wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the sheep dogs work."

Gordon

Mount Pleasant, SC

Tour: 07/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've spent some time traveling in Europe and Great Britain. I realize that we would never have seen the volume, the breadth, or experienced the sights with the level of information and education that we enjoyed with your tour. The hotels and Inns far exceeded my expectations and the group meals were all excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So Many, But the Church at the Tay River Confluence seems to stand out."

Candy

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 07/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Scotland tour was outstanding. Each day was filled with wonderful activities and sites. Liz was an excellent guide, who prepared us well for all the days' adventures. Though we spent a lot of time on the bus, there was really no better way to see the beautiful countryside. We stopped every hour or so which helped immensely. I loved the pacing of this trip and the fact we had a balance of group time and on your own time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is no way this trip has one "wow" moment! Among my favorite moments was the visit to the crannogs. It was hard to top the visit to the highlands to see the shepherd and his sheep dogs herd sheep. Holding the pups was a delight. Also, I loved the coastal town of Oban and the food there."

Max

San Marcos, TX

Tour: 07/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Now that my heart rate and goose bumps have settled down from from all the extraordinary things we saw and did every day, I can look back fondly on this trip as one of the best we have ever taken. In the past, we have been mostly cruise ship travelers, but the Rick Steves style of travel suits us as well or better. The independent travel skills we learned enabled us to enjoy the following week exploring London with only the Rick Steves guidebook. We missed Liz more than a few times though! :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment snuck up on me: The bagpiper. Her musical talents were wonderful, and her verbal presentation was very amusing. For example, I remember her offhand remark that she and her husband had three children, then they bought a TV. But the big moment for me was when, out of the blue, she launched unexpectedly into a rousing performance of Robert Burn's Address to a Haggis, using his original, untranslated words. My jaw hit the floor - she is an amazing and versatile performer."

Timothy

Huntsville, AL

Tour: 07/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed this trip. The lodgings, the food, the entertainment / educational features were all most satisfactory. We enjoyed the company of the other travelers in the group. Our guide Brian made us all feel comfortable and secure, as well as well-informed about the sites that we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was not a moment, but rather an enjoyable ongoing experience, and that is the bus transportation. I enjoyed watching the scenery as we drove through the Scottish countryside. And we were all amazed at the skill and courtesy of our driver, Sean."

R Ellen

Denver, CO

Tour: 07/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was so educational. I expected to see beautiful places but didn't know what a wonderful education I would receive from the guides' information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I believe my best wow moment was the morning at the sheep farm. It was wonderful seeing the sheep dogs manage the sheep and then getting to participate in the shearing of the ewe and bottle feeding a lamb."

Jacqueline

Buckhannon, WV

Tour: 07/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Incredible trip. Saw many places and things. Tour director knowledgeable and pleasant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. Just seeing the different landscapes and the cities."

Irmgard

River Forest, IL

Tour: 07/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed this tour very much. It was our fourth one with the Rick Steves organization and they keep getting better and better. Scotland was on our second "bucket list", but I had no strong motive for going other than I thought it would be interesting. My image beforehand was that I would see craggy terrain, and that was about all. BUT, ease of exploring the cities, the beauty of the Highlands, the friendliness of the locals, and the history really opened my eyes. It was enlightening!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't have a "wow" moment, rather a number of "wow" days. The beauty of the Highlands was so amazing. Despite seeing mountain after mountain of tall trees and other greenery, the landscape seemed to be more lovely with each mile. It was all truly beautiful."

Theresa

Huntsville, AL

Tour: 07/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the variety of experiences we had and that everything was coordinated for us. The walking was mostly not too strenuous, but got sore feet and legs especially the first few days. I need to remember to walk more to "train" for my next trip! Scotland is beautiful, very photogenic! I enjoyed the historical context and our guides' explanations enriched the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course I enjoy museums and castles, but I liked the departure from the city tours. I was very impressed by the Crannog centre experience. I was previously unaware of what they were, and the guides there demonstrating how things were done in the iron age were very interesting to me. The sheepherding was wonderful too! All the little extras, like our special concert and teaching experience about bagpipes by Gilly and her grandson were wonderful!"

Alfred

River Forest, IL

Tour: 07/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good. As we have found from prior tours, the group members all got along well. Brian Hay's leadership and knowledge and concern for tour participants were outstanding. There was a good balance between structured and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, it is difficult to pick just one. Edinburgh, the Highlands, sheepdogs, the scones at lunch, Oban, and the Isle of Iona."

Judy

Norwood, NC

Tour: 07/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was absolutely amazing! It surpassed all expectations. Many people had told me that Scotland was a beautiful place, but until I saw it for myself those words just didn't do it justice. Scotland was simply breathtaking. Our guide, Brian Hay, was superb in taking care of all our needs, updating us on bits of history throughout our trip, and giving us tips of things to do at each location. Everyone in our group came together so warmly for such a pleasant trip. Can't wait to go back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each new place seemed to be the new "wow" moment. If I had to narrow it down I would choose the rugged beauty of the Highlands, and the picture-postcard town of Oban on the west coast. From Oban you take the ferry to the Isle of Mull and Iona which I would love to go back and spend more time there, and some of the other isles. I also have to give a shout out to our bus driver Shawn for a "wow" moment. He had driving and backing skills with our behemoth bus that were nothing short of miraculous!"

Laura

Silverdale, WA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was indeed an outstanding experience to view the natural beauty of Scotland, learn about the complex history, and meet so many kind residents there. The tour was well-planned throughout in terms of accommodation, activities and transportation. Our guide, Nigel, provided keen insight and readily answered any questions coming his way. It was a comfortable pace with sufficient pit stops. I especially appreciated the diversity of time spent in the cities, towns and countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day on the tour brought a new "wow" moment[INVALID]-looking out over the ancient fortifications of Edinburgh Castle, walking along the 18th fairway of the Old Course at St. Andrew's, taking an after dinner stroll to Taymouth Castle, watching Neil communicate with his border collies at the farm, eating delicious scones and learning how to prepare them, riding the ferries to Mull and Iona, and chatting with the groundskeeper about the exquisite garden at Stirling Castle."

Dawn

Amarillo, TX

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching my husband play the bagpipes and then trying to talk him out of buying a set to bring home! He loved it and I loved watching him!"

John

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Since we had never been to Scotland, we thought that a Rick Steves' tour would be the best way to get a real taste of the country. I have to admit that we were concerned about some of the lengthy bus rides; however, they were handled very professionally. We never stayed on the bus for more than an hour or two before stopping and taking a break at pre-determined rest stops. When the tour was over, I have to admit that we got a true flavor of the country - urban, rural, coastal & forest environs!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Undoubtedly, our very favorite moment was when we stopped at a Highlands' sheep farm. Watching all the border collies carefully listen to their individual and specific whistle commmands in order to herd the sheep was quite miraculous! Before leaving, puppies that were only a few weeks old, were brought out for our enjoyment. It was a fantastic experience!"

Brian

Silverdale, WA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The sites were great and so inspiring. We mostly enjoy the peaceful sites so rich with history and this tour gave us a great mix ofthe hustle and bustle of a city as well as the more peaceful and beautiful historical venues. We did take a side trip from Inverness up to Orkney and that was a beautiful diversion! Nigel (our tour guide) was awesome! Great background to the areas we visited and valuable advice when we broke out on our own for a day

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! The bridge on the 18th fairway at St Andrews, our side trip to Orkney, Iona (where we met you Rick!!), Glencoe, Stirling. There really wasn't a downside to our time on the tour"

Melba

The Woodlands, TX

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Scotland Tour was my first organized tour, but I have traveled much of Europe with Rick Steves' travel books in hand. I worried that an organized tour would mean little free time. When you are with a group of people, you have fewer opportunities to interact with local people. The idea of spending the whole vacation trying to stay close enough to the guide to hear what was said was also not appealing. My worries were unfounded with a Rick Steves' tour. Nigel, our guide, got us

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Way too many wow moments to choose one."

Roxanne

Mc Kees Rocks, PA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful ten days exploring Scotland. This was my first time abroad and I can't believe it could have been any better. Nigel was considerate, a very good story teller and his vast wealth of knowledge was unbelievable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Isle of Mull was wonderful but visiting the sheep ranch was the highlight."

Carol

Campbell, CA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It exceeded my expectations. Nigel was fantastic. The hotels, coach and driver,food,education, pace,.... Everything was SO GREAT!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had such an overwhelming emotional response to visiting Glencoe. It stirred my soul. It made me breathless, heart-poundy, and teary eyed. I wished we could have stayed longer! I've never had that kind of response to a landscape before."

Patrick

The Woodlands, TX

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our guide !! We loved the head sets so we could hear all the information.. We got to see Rick Steves ..Bonus ! The song says it all.....I liked it, I loved it, I want some more of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was WOW from the fist day to the last day. wow PS, the bus was great and lots of room..thank you."

Erica

St Cloud, MN

Tour: 07/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Scotland tour was packed with a wide variety of adventures. I appreciate how much I learned about the history of Scotland and her people and how the Scottish people live today. I enjoyed learning what made each city and village we visited unique and I loved our opportunities to get out into nature! Our tour guide and coach driver did a fabulous job, and the food and accommodations were top rate. Each day was better than the next!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were multiple "WOW" moments! The Crannog site, the Clara Cairns, sailing Loch Ness, the sheepdog demonstration, climbing St. Rules tower, the bagpipe demonstration, the Perthshire Woods, Cawdor Castle, visiting the Isles of Mull and Iona, Glencoe, and Stirling castle!!! Basically the entire trip was a Wow moment for me!"

Elizabeth

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 07/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful experience. The tour was well-planned and the guide was terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially enjoyed our time in the Highlands. Driving up to the observation point was great."

John

Benton Harbor, MI

Tour: 07/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd Rick Steves Tour and exceeded our expectations. Helen was a great guide and a wealth of knowledge. I enjoy history, Cathedrals, castles and gardens. During our free time we visited Rosslyn Chapel, Calton Hill, Waters of Leith, Royal Botanical Garden, Museum of Childhood, Palace of Holyrood in Edinburgh. Hiked the island of Kerarra while in Oban. Watched an outdoor Scottish Concert in Inverness and visited amazing churches in Inverness and Sterling the stained glass was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glencoe and the "Thee Sisters" were amazing. Everyday presented a new WOW moment. Experiencing Scotland with the family was a special WOW moment"

Sara

Gainesville, VA

Tour: 07/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was awesome!!!! from start to finish....Helen was easily the best tour guide we have ever had :).....and the driver was great!!! The knowledge that Helen shared with us about Scotland was amazing....we did not want the tour to end!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"our 'wow' moment would have to be the sheep herding dogs !!!"

Sharon

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 07/14/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Hotels: 50% of the nights were spent in substandard hotels: See details below in other sections. The remainder were good. Free time: We often had to choose to see the sights or have lunch. There really wasn't time for both so we had to rush and neither one was accomplished adequately. We were almost left behind by the bus one day when only being one minute late. The "buddy system" doesn't work if you are with your buddies......

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite moment was seeing The Three Sisters in the Highlands. We were awed and humbled by the spectacular and mysterious mountains.The weather was perfect that day with clouds hovering over the very top of the mountains. Neither my husband nor I have ever felt quite the same about any other view we have ever seen."

Daniel

Mount Holly, NC

Tour: 07/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great. Our guide Liz worried out loud about to much commentary, but I wish she had spoken even more. We got a lot of good down time but, I would have traded some of it for more time at the sites we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glen Coe for the beautiful mountain scenery, and the chair lift ride up the mountain."

Jonathan

Keizer, OR

Tour: 07/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour, the history, the country and our wonderful guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really loved the architecture in Edinburgh."

Martha

Brookhaven, GA

Tour: 07/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The group was the right size and interesting. Liz was a superb guide with help from Alan who was our trusty driver. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the places we stayed since I had expected something a little more sparse. The only room that was what I had expected was in Inverness and it was fine and in a great location. Others were extremely comfortable. I wish that I had know about our stay in Dunkeld since I would have loved to arrange for a seaweed foot treatment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Drinking Drambuie at the top of the ski lift. Stirling Castle because it gave a chance to see what the places actually looked like -- particularly the colors of the Stirling heads."

Kim

Mount Holly, NC

Tour: 07/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Traveled to many places on my bucket list for Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the boat ride on Loch Ness."

Julia

Evanston, IL

Tour: 07/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a lovely time - Liz was a phenomenal guide. I really feel like I learned about Scotland's past and present! The sights were magnificent and I found each activity on the trip to be meaningful and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the ski lift!"

Brian

Ventura, CA

Tour: 07/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Really good introduction to Scotland. Excellent guide. Probably one or two too many castles. Overall food quality for group meals was not so good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Iona was really cool."

Mary

Evanston, IL

Tour: 07/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We truly did not know what to expect, as this was our first RS tour, and our first trip to Scotland. As an overview of the country, we were well educated and presented with a representative variety of opportunities to become familiar with Scotland, its history, its contemporary way of life, and the people who live there. Our guide, Liz Lister, demonstrated easy-going but absolute professional demeanor at all times, giving both warmth and stability to the personal experience of tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiences were varied and often enlightening, but I would say the overall "wow" was the precision, the comprehensive completeness of the tour's organization. As for surprise factor, while the sheepdog exhibition was hands-on fun, I'd never even heard of the existence of Crannog's, much less go inside one! The isolation of Iona and Mull, in contrast with the sophistication of Edinburgh and St Andrews, were all "WOW" experiences for me."

James

Evanston, IL

Tour: 07/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thorough, efficient, informative, personal and fun

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Urquart castle and loch ness, colladen battlefield"

Susan

Lodi, CA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great weather and beautiful scenery!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheepherding demo at Neil's ranch. Those dogs are so smart and friendly!"

Allen

Newberg, OR

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I didn't know what to expect from a Rick Steves' tour. I was blown away by the level of organization, care, and informative discussion that took place. In our previous tour, we only got to know a few people. In this tour, we ended up knowing everyone in our group. Maybe we were just lucky with our tour guide, but we will definitely be back for another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the working sheep farm and learning about how the dogs work with the shepherd. Totally entertaining and informative."

Jayne

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a Fantastic Time!! This was our 5th Rick Steve's Tour! We obviously Love these tours! Our tour guide, Anne, was excellent! Her love of Scotland was obvious! The people in our group, as always, got along very well! The castles we saw were amazing! The hotels were all so, SO nice! And of course the food is always excellent! We're ready to go on another tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What a surprise the demonstration of sheep herding was! Amazing! 12 border collies taking directions from the sheepherders whistle, not an instrument, but his own whistle! Dogs were SO eager to herd the sheep and then we watched as he sheared one of the sheep and allowed some of us to try it! We also so enjoyed a bagpipe demonstration and my husband even gave it a try, though he wasn't very good, but he has such a love of bagpipes, it's a lifetime memory! We also LOVE Edinburgh!"

Steve

Reno, NV

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the dog sheep herding"

Joe

Seneca, SC

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another well done tour. We covered a lot of territory and I learned a lot and took a lot of notes to research later. I have usually been a"Lone Ranger" type of traveler, but my three Rick Steve's tours have been very relaxing because most of the tough stuff is done for you. This ten day tour didn't have as much free time than my other two, but we planned to stay in Edinburgh for four days after the tour to make up for it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Highlands, Glencoe, and mountains around Ben Nevis. Or maybe the bus ride across Mull."

Janice

Newberg, OR

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's experience. It was outstanding. Anne was supportive and friendly. She interacted well with everyone. I loved the small group. It gave me a chance to get to know everyone. The tour moved at a great pace giving us a chance to interact with the locals, while visiting many Historical sites. I'm looking forward to my next Rick Steve's adventure !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The working sheep farm ! Watching Neil work with his sheepdogs was entertaining and informative. The bag pipe presentation was a close second."

Ieva

San Jose, CA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour of Scotland exceeded our expectations. Beyond the pure beauty of the landscape and history of the oldest towns and castles, the people were awesome everywhere we went. We had never done a tour before and sharing the experience with a group of nice travelers was extra special. Our tour guide, Anne and our driver Mark were the beyond great. True gems! The bus was exceptionally comfortable, roomy and clean. Most of the hotels were very nice. And the food was great too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Upon our arrival we walked aimlessly around medieval Edinburgh and looked up to see Edinburgh castle looming high above us on its volcanic craggy peak. We had definitely arrived in Scotland."

Raymond

Macomb, MI

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been on several tours before but this was my first Rick Steves tour. It will not be my last. Our guide Anne was excellent!!! Her knowledge of Scotland was impressive and mixed with her own stories and tidbits,I know Scotland and thoroughly enjoyed all!!!! ty

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Picking out one favorite is impossible,I loved the castles and gardens, and the walking at the golf course and Obin. The mixture of tours and free time was well planned with Anne providing us knowledge and all, Even the added foods and snacks especially the biscuits were excellent."

Gary

Lodi, CA

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall experience was very good. The group was friendly and like minded. The selected tour sites were appropriate although one gets a bit tired of seeing buildings. I enjoyed the smaller towns/remote locations more than I did the city. Like other RS tours it might have been nice to begin and end the tour in different locations (other than both in Edinburgh). I think a bus tour around Edinburgh might have been nice to get acquainted to the city instead of just a walking tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I most enjoyed the sheep herder outing. It was amazing. Also the side trip to Iona was relaxing and great. The bus driver across the Isle of Mull was special - I hope he continues to service RS tours. I also like the pub experience although not officially part of the tour."

Connie

Surrey, BC

Tour: 07/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first ever tour experience is one we will never forget! From Day 1 we knew that we were in good hands. Our knowledgeable and very personable tour guide, Anne Doig, set the tone the first evening. We loved travelling through Scotland and sharing the experience with our travel companions. Anne's knowledge of the history made each destination and the countryside we travelled through both meaningful and memorable. Edinburgh was a great place to start and end. Outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to pick... the imposing Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile? Eating haggis and neeps and tatties that looked like a 5 star dessert - which really helped with the taste. Oban and the ferry rides to Mull and Iona were certainly a highlight and seeing the blue water off Iona was definitely a 'wow' moment. Seeing my family's castle (Duart Castle) had to be one of the most special moments! The historic buildings were amazing."

Tammy

Bettendorf, IA

Tour: 07/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Felt very well taken care of....that the hotels and tour itinerary has been perfected. And we had just the right amount of time on our own and with the group. Can't think of much I'd change. A good variety of things were seen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the visit to the shepherd on the farm giving us the example of what he does with the dogs and sheep. I loved how hands on that was."

Grant

White Rock, BC

Tour: 07/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the itinerary, pace, and balance of activities on the tour. The guide was excellent and the accommodations were top-notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving down into the Perthshire region (following the River Tay)... such beautiful, peaceful countryside. Really enjoyed the time staying in Kenmore and exploring in that region."

Irene

White Rock, BC

Tour: 07/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized. Robert was an excellent, knowledgeable tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved visiting a working sheep farm and sheering a sheep."

David

San Pedro, CA

Tour: 07/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An incredibly beautiful and intriguing country. Excellent itinerary with a good pace, sufficient free time and fine accommodations and meals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No single "wow" moment. The sheep dog herding performance by Neil and his border collies was amazing. Also the views of Oban from the promenade in the late afternoon/ early evening. Edinburgh was very impressive architecturally and historically. Walking the Old Course at St. Andrews was special."

Elena

Mount Pleasant, SC

Tour: 07/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire trip went without a glitch. Everything went very smoothly. The trip was very well prepared and thought through. The program was very diverse and covered a wide range of sightseeings and experiences. The hotels were excellent, the meals good, the drinks ample, the bus comfortable, the travel guide well organized, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I discovered the entirely new "continent" for myself. I loved every minute of the trip. I loved it that when I came into my room at our first hotel there was a channel of classical music on TV. It was classy. I liked our charismatic shepherd with his amazing demonstration of his sheep and dogs. I loved to go in gondola to the top of the mountain. The main wow for me personally was the view from the restaurant in the back of the hotel in Kenmore. It was totally unexpected and breathtaking."

Dan

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 07/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Not quite the best vacation ever taken (the Village France tour will always be number one), but a great experience. The "settling" into a place for two nights enables more exploration and less packing/unpacking. Fun getting to know our touring partners...a diverse group in may ways but in-synch with embracing culture and exploring new (or in this case very, VERY old) things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glencoe, without a doubt. The abruptly rising mountains surrounding a verdant valley with sun continuously peaking thru clouds highlighting the crags and ravines. I could have spent the day...no, longer...exploring the trails and scrambling up ridgelines... or just gazing upon this hallowed landscape."

Karen

Clayton, MO

Tour: 07/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well-planned and well-executed. Only occasionally did I think we spent too much or too little time in one activity -- and there was always someone who felt the opposite so I guess the timing was about right. I liked staying in each place at least two nights and, generally, the accommodations were fine. (The Bonham was better than just fine.) I had not expected Scotland to be quite so beautiful, but it may have seemed especially gorgeous because we had sunshine almost every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure there was just one "wow" moment. I loved the castles and the fact that each one was quite different. And who knew I'd find the crannog fascinating?"

Tom

Everett, WA

Tour: 07/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great diversity in regards to exploring different cities/regions of Scotland and its culture. LOVE HAGGIS & purchased our own kilts!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Greatly enjoyed Loch Ness/Urqhat Castle! There's also the Colloden Memorial and the Crannogs. Also enjoyed visiting Neil Ross' sheep ranch in the Scottish Highlands :) Enjoyed playing bagpipes for the first time ever :)"

Thomas

East Aurora, NY

Tour: 07/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Simply the best

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep farm"

Jon

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 07/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th RS tour. It combined all the components I have come to expect - friendly, knowledgeable, well-organized guide; pleasant accommodations; safe, efficient, and comfortable transportation; good food; and lots of info about history/culture/economy/local politics. I loved the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Iona was my favorite place. An acquaintance who has visited there described it as "a thin place," meaning a place where the barrier between our world and a more mystical place is very "thin". I agree. Iona felt magical. I could sense why people have been seeking connection to the divine there for almost 1,500 years. St. Andrews is a close second. It has so much - beautiful scenery, sea air & the beach, fascinating religious and military ruins, and a college town vibe."

Kelley

San Jose, CA

Tour: 07/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It is enjoyable traveling with the group and making connections with fellow travelers. The tour guide was informative. He clearly communicated our daily itinerary and told us stories and tid bits about the local history. He made the journey informative and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the sheep farm. What an interesting life that family lives. And who knew dogs could be so well trained, I was also wowed by the room with a view n Oban."

Henry

Nashville, TN

Tour: 07/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and our guide was marvelous! I can't think of anything that was deficient. We would absolutely tour with Rick Steves' again and with Brian Hay !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to isolate a moment but the sheepdog experience has been cited by my entire family as the wow moment."

Noemma

Thornton, CA

Tour: 07/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is the best I've been on! I have been on one other tour through Rick Steves before this (village Italy). Brian was the most amazing tour guide ever, he was funny but not overbearing, extremely knowledgeable about anything and everything, and just the kindest person. I could not recommend him more highly. The tour was very well organized and very pleasant. I learned a lot about the culture, the history, and the language. We were speaking like true Scots by the end of the trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was when we hiked up to the top of Ben Nevis. It was misty and chilly but the view was simply unbeatable. I cannot even put into words how idyllic the landscape is in the highlands. We found so many beautiful wildflowers on our hike up and were constantly dumbfounded by the beauty. The hike was very easy, but our jackets came in handy as it was quite wet up top."

John

San Jose, CA

Tour: 07/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We took this tour of Scotland after having a very good experience with our Rick Steves tour of Italy. We somehow thought that this tour would not be able to live up to the great experience we had in Italy but it did! The tour moved along at a great pace. Staying 2 nights at each location was just right. Brian Hay was a funny and educational host. The tour provided a nice mix of locations and give us a good taste of what Scotland is like. Good rooms and food. We were never bored.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Scottish Highlands including the boat trip over Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle. Loved all the castles on the trip. The Sheepdog demonstration. Watching a Scottish band play at Gellions Pub in Inverness. The amazing view from our room in Oban overlooking Oban bay. Our final dinner on the top floor of Harvey Nichols with the great view of Edinburgh."

Gregory

Chugiak, AK

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Starting off with a complaint. Last year on my Ireland tour the instructions on how to get to the Dublin hotel from the airport were flawless. On the Scotland trip, the instructions were worthless. Take the tram to the last stop, York Place and the hotel is one minute away down the hill. This hotel was not listed in the Rick Steves book, so I had no map reference. I did find the hotel, it was more than one minute away and it was up a hill, not down. Lesson learned, throw the directions away

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments, the one I liked the best was visiting Iona Island, near the end of the trip."

Donald

Wichita, KS

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing experience, only wish it had lasted longer! Scotland is such a wonderful place and the people in our tour group where very interesting to be around and share experiences with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day we got to learn about the training and use of Border Collies in sheep herding!! This was such a unique experience and the shepard was such an interesting person, loved his respect for the animals."

TJ

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My first time to Scotland and the weather was oddly perfect. The locations chosen were uniformly interesting and the group dynamic was warm and friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to the island of Iona was magical. But it's also worth noting the surprising chance to watch the Scottish Games in Kenmore (very local but lots of fun)"

Paul

Englewood, CO

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are really comfortable with and hooked on the whole Rick Steves Tour experience. Colin was a great tour guide. He was always friendly, helpful and interested in each of us. Our tour group was really fun to travel with across Scotland. All the places we visited were really quite memorable. We recommend all these tours to our friends and coworkers after every trip we have taken.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have one extended wow moment from when we first spotted Scotland out the window of our airplane to the castles and cathedrals to Dunkeld, Glencoe and Oban. So much history, beautiful scenery and charming little towns all in one great journey."

Elizabeth

Stoughton, WI

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The contrast between the large city of Edinburgh and rural nature of the rest of the tour was very enjoyable. My favorite location was Inverness, where we had a smaller city that still had much historical interest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Attending the Kenmore Highland Games was a "wow" experience for me."

Scott

Oak Park, IL

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed every aspect of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The countryside is beautiful."

Carol

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great. Good mix of activities. The right balance of structured and free time. Enthusiastic guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The spires and towers of Edinburgh, not at all what I expected. Not just one moment, but wowed by the number of castles we saw (some we toured and some we saw from the bus)."

Jerry

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall outstanding. Particularly liked that bus was large enough to spread out, that inconsequential incidental expenses were covered, provided dinners were excellent, commentary and historical discussion was interesting, intelligent and not boring. Accommodations were very good. Enjoyed seeing the Highland Games in Kenmore. Appreciate that schedule was modified to accommodate them. Liked the free time but could have spent more time a couple of places (Stirling Castle and Culloden.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Island of Iona. Both the historical perspective and the local guide's discussion of what it is like to live there today."

Catherine

Oak Park, IL

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every day provided enjoyable and educational experiences. Edinburgh was a great city to visit with the castle, museums, beautiful parks, interesting natural landscape, and friendly people. All of the countryside in the highlands was beautiful and the other cities were interesting and easy to walk around. The Crannog Center and Gillie's bagpipes were great. We were lucky to see an evening of Highland Games in Kenmore which gave us an extra and unexpected highlight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was great. The Highlands were beautiful."

Melissa

Katy, TX

Tour: 06/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were in great hands the whole tour. Our guide was exquisite and our group was so unique and wonderful. We instantly bonded. The sights were well chosen, the accommodations and service were, for the most part, wonderful... just a perfect way for us to celebrate our 30th anniversary, an absolute trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Isle of Iona, thanks to our guide, Robert, who knew how much it meant to me and filled me in on related spiritual traditions... SO very meaningful!!"

Sara

Arlington, VA

Tour: 06/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful combination of tour stops, good mix of structure and free time, guide was very knowledgeable; fun group of people on tour who blended easily

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly loved the visit to the sheep farm and learning how he works with the dogs to manage such a large herd; fulfilled a lifelong desire to walk on St. Andrews; realized that Scotland is full of an amazing variety of beautiful landscapes; learned so much about the history of the area such as the visit to the crannocks and castles"

Sonja

Arlington, VA

Tour: 06/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was excellent: Robert, the guide, the accommodations, the bus, the driver, the food, the weather and the fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the ski lift since it gave me a fantastic view of Glencoe Valley without having to freeze (as would be during normal winter operation). But I probably most enjoyed Iona island for its spectacular views and charming town and countryside."

Richard

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 06/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding. Very personable and knowledgeable tour guide, lovely scenery, diverse sightseeing locations. Got to know the other couples in our group in part through having numerous group meals. There were no "grouches" on the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Liked hiking through the Hermitage. Second place goes to watching the border collies round up the sheep."

Sandra

New London, WI

Tour: 06/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded our expectations. We were well informed before we left as to the physical requirements, accommodations, packing, etc. I don't think we'd have covered as much ground and experienced as many things as we did had we done this on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the demonstration at the sheep farm and the bagpipes with Gilly! It's hard to choose because the historical sites were breathtaking and thought-provoking. Robert's commentary on the way to different sites was so helpful and informative."

Louise

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We first did the 7 day tour of London tour which was so much fun. But we were tired and over stimulated. We looked forward to the beauty and quiet of Scotland. We were not disappointed! Scotland was gorgeous, interesting, historic and very fun! Robert showed us a great time. Every day there was something exciting to do. The scenery from the bus was non stop. The food was very good and the people on the tour all got along so well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Glencoe Valley in the Highlands, marveling at the beauty of the emerald green hills, ridges, and waterfalls. We took an old fashioned ski lift up and toasted with Drambuie at the top of the munro and had delicious toasted cheese sandwiches and potato leek soup at the bottom."

David

Katy, TX

Tour: 06/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well to start with, we had unbelievably sunny weather ! This made for easy "logistics" (i.e. no umbrella or rain gear necessary). Next, the Rick Steves' "style" makes for a more relaxed feel. We've been on two previous tours (not RS) each with stays in a new hotel every night [INVALID] no "settling in", no time for laundry. The mix of guided touring and self-guided touring let us feel like we saw more than when always travelling with a group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Oban and the west coast in general is a place I could spend more time."

Jessa

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good people[INVALID]I enjoyed making friends from all over the U.S. I had lots of fun[INVALID]great experiences throughout the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheepdog demonstration--very fun. Also, I enjoyed the Crannogs center."

Mary

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first experience traveling outside the U.S. and I am hooked!! It was fabulous! I don't know what I expected, but I can't imagine that it could have been better planned or [INVALID]d. The amplification system used on the tour was great. I liked the idea of having one ear bud (instead of 2), so we could hear the sounds around us, and at the same time hear Liz (or the local guide) tell us about the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not sure I could pick just one moment. Everything was wonderful from the scenery, the locations we visited, the expertise of Liz (she was FABULOUS!), the food, the people we met...everything. There were spectacular moments, like visiting Edinburgh Castle, and there were quiet moments, like sitting in the garden of our B&B in Oban talking with Liz and our host. It was a good balance of activity and quiet time. As Mary Poppins would say: "Practically perfect in every way.""

Ivy

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent. Guide Elizabeth was wonderful. Very organized and very patient. I loved the history that she shared with us. Alan our coach driver was also wonderful. I always felt safe while he was driving. Fiona did a fantastic job guiding us around Edinburgh. Enjoyed all the places that we stayed. Enjoyed all of the places that we visited. Really enjoyed Neil and his dogs. I could tell he loved what he did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Andrews, Oben, the blue water on the ferry to Iona."

Michael

Spring, TX

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. The only thing that could have made it better would have been knowing with certainty that there was a place that would do laundry in Inverness, half way through the trip. If I had know this ahead of time, I could have packed even lighter.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ski lift ride provided fantastic views."

Zachry

Maryville, TN

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour and was just as wonderful, if not better, than our last one. Scotland is a country of unbelievable beauty and history, and we were able to see and experience so much of that while on our tour. Our guide, Liz, was kind, informative, fun, surprising, and overall, outstanding. The experiences, hotels, and food were all excellent. I can't think of a better way to have experienced Scotland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I absolutely loved staying in Oban and our journey to the beautiful island of Iona. The weather was perfect when we went and we really got to experience the natural beauty of this place that looks more like it should be in the Caribbean! I also enjoyed the sheep dog and herding demonstration by Neil, as he is the last of a dying art and way of life that we were privileged to see."

Debbie

Spring, TX

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good tour. If we had had a more detailed timeline we might have been able to plan better to make use of our free time. We didn't get the daily schedules until the night before. While the overall itenerary listed free time we didn't know if that would be one hour or four.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we saw the Loch Ness monster!"

Kaye

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having been on 1 Rick Steves tour (Turkey), we expected great things and Scotland and our guide, Liz, did not disappoint. Scotland is a beautiful country and we were fortunate to experience it with blue skies and warm weather. There was a good balance between structured activities and free time, group meals and meals on our own. We were glad we had a few days in Edinburgh at the beginning and end of our tour on our own, as there is so much to see there and the tour just scratched the surface.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think I had a "wow" moment at least once every day but some of my favorites are: Culross, as I'm a huge "Outlander" fan; in Kenmore taking an early morning walk to Taymouth Castle accompanied by only the birds singing; visiting the Crannogs; the surprise revelation of Black Linn Falls; the sheepdog demonstrations; cruising Loch Ness in the mist; the beauty of the Highlands and Oban and Iona."

Kelli

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip exceeded my expectations! The weather was beautiful. Thank you?!? The food and beverages were great. The sights were amazing (made all the more spectacular with the blue sky as the backdrop). The accommodations were wonderful. The people (locals and the group) were delightful. Our tour guide Liz was AWESOME!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one. Edinburgh was so enjoyable. Seeing the iconic golf course in St. Andrews was amazing and it was graduation day so there were happy people everywhere. Cawdor Castle and Stirling Castle were both amazing. But, one moment which stands out was when my roommate and I both gasped when we entered our room in Oban and saw the beautiful view of the sound. It was hard to leave our room with a view. :)"

Kathleen

Richland, WA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland is incredibly beautiful. We are so pleased to have done this tour, especially with Liz, who more than exceeded our expectations. Liz is the best of the best of tour guides. Her knowledge of the history of Scotland, her sense of fun with unexpected twists ( think singing along on the bus to Scottish hits - even my husband was singing at the top of his lungs) preparation and flexibility, and desire to meet everyone's specific needs is a model for other tour guides. Loved loved tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day provided wow moments. Neil, the Shepard and his working dogs clearly showed the bond between land, animal, and human. Oban and our stay in a beautiful guest house where we shared a glass of wine with the owner and watched the sun go down, our personal bagpipe concert by Gillie in Kenmore who showed her love of Scotland through the tunes she played. Riding up the ski lift on glen Coe and sharing a toast, the amiability of other tour members, the shared dinners."

Glenn

El Cajon, CA

Tour: 06/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This would have been our second Rick Steve's tour that we have taken in the last couple of years and it did not disappoint! Overall it was all we were hoping for. Now if you could have controlled the weather (Scotland in the high 80's)it would have been incredible :) Scotland in the high 80's, go figure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow was not a single moment, it was a incredible view of a sunset from our room in Oben. It was the ski lift ride in the highlands. It was the sing along on the bus lead by Colin."

Dawn

Bluffton, SC

Tour: 06/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Colin was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable about all things Scottish. He treated us to Scottish snacks, sang for us and even read poetry to us on the coach! Such great entertainment! I enjoyed all the places we went. The tour lived up to all my expectations and then some. My only complaint was the coach. The air conditioning wasn't working properly. The temperature went up to 82 degrees F and it was cooler off the bus than on the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved going to the sheep farm and watching the dogs herd the sheep. The way they obey the commands was amazing! Everything the shepherd told us was new to me so I found it quite fascinating. He allowed a hands on experience sheering the sheep which I thought was really cool!"

John

Loveland, OH

Tour: 06/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Colin was a great guide, organized and with his Scottish songs and stories really gave you a flavor of the country. All we saw was lovely and we got a real feel for the country. Hotels were great though bathrooms could use more hooks and shelfspace. John our bus driver drove safely and always was in control.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ruins of St Andrews; so much work to build it and the effects of the Scottish Reformation were dramatic. Also love new town in Edinburgh as the community tried to remake itself."

Julie

Santa Cruz, CA

Tour: 06/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It far exceeded any expectations! Our guide Colin M was informative, fun and thoughtful. He really did an outstanding job! Organization was great. Coach was deluxe and our driver John was great.there was such interesting tours including Edinburgh, the crannog, the sheepherding, castles, history, culture, music, variety of sights. I can't imagine putting anywhere near all that content together if I had arranged on my own! Great group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing Arthur's seat on my own, then on walk back to Brooks stumbling on Mary's Milk bar, having a little ice cream and talking to a local mom with her wks old baby along for a good while; Iona was gorgeous and loved the hike up the highest hill and view there; pub music in Inverness; picnic with Harris gin Colin and John put together following burial mound visit; Culloden ;"

Benjamin

Union Grove, WI

Tour: 06/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was very well organized from start to finish, Our guide Colin was amazing with his knowledge of the history of Scotland,humor,poems and even busted out with a few songs from time to time. I would recommend Scotland ! and if possible Colin would make many great memories for you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't really have one moment, they where all awesome !"

Kimberly

Fresno, CA

Tour: 06/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an enjoyable experience this tour was! It was so wonderful to meet the other travelers, our guide, Colin, and the many local guides along the way. Because of how well organized this tour was, I had plenty of time with our lovely group, but also had time to explore on my own, giving me a chance to meet locals and really get to know Scotland better. It's a good thing the sun didn't set until after 10 PM, because I just wanted to keep going no matter where we were.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It wasn't one, particular moment, but about halfway in to our ten days, I thought, "Oh my, this COULD NOT get any better." and it absolutely did. Every day came with an interesting lesson about Scottish history. Colin (our guide) was knowledgeable, but more than that, he was a story-teller and a singer as well, and that made each location or point of interest really come alive. Forced to pick, you can't go wrong with the stop at the working farm or the crannog, but the whole trip was a 10!"

Heather

Union Grove, WI

Tour: 06/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire trip was so well planned and I felt like I learned so much about Scotland. Ours tour Guide Colin was fantastic! Very knowledgeable, personable and excellent at managing all of us to stay on schedule but did it in a very thoughtful way. You didn't feel like you were being hearded! Everyone that we came in contact with through Rick Steve's was wonderful from the coach drivers to additional tour guides! Very positive experience and I would definitely do a Rick Steve's tour again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't say that there was a single thing! I enjoyed absolutely everything."

Charlotte

Loveland, OH

Tour: 06/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland was our fourth Rick Steves tour, or should I say our fourth amazing Rick Steves tour! These trips always deliver in terms of a variety of sites and meaningful experiences, convenient and interesting accommodations, and superb guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the beauty of Glencoe, and Mull and Iota Islands. And the sheep dog demo was awesome too."

Shui-man

Redwood City, CA

Tour: 06/20/18

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

The schedule of the tour was too tight. Every day was packing with driving and activities starting 8:30am. Without enough time to have breakfast etc. I have taken 5 Ricksteves tours. I like Ricksteves tour because it gave me some free time to explore on my own and the schedule was more relaxed than other tour companies. This 10 days Scotland tour was very disappointed. Also, the bus was not well equipped for the heat wave in Scotland. The bus ride was Very hot through the whole tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is no WOW moment for this tour."

Helen (Holly)

Monterey, CA

Tour: 06/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good. I really appreciated the no grumps policy and the physical ability policy. I was on the tour that lost two people before we left Edinburgh and witnessed some of the disrespectful behavior by the lady that left. We were so grateful when they didn't get on the bus with us. Our guide handled it well and swiftly. I was also grateful we were mostly peers with the similar physical abilities. John, our bus drive was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cathedrals at Dunkeld. I am a decentent of a local clan. Colin told me to look for a statute of a clan member in a side room. While in there I found a binder with the localation of plaques in the family vault. I got a picture of the page with the info and did further research when I got home. The dates are right around the time my family left. I'm amazed and awestruck that I might have found the burial sight of the father or siblings of those that left for America."

Douglas

San Ramon, CA

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Too many families, as this limited interaction with them as they tended stay to themselves . Otherwise a good trip .

Ruth

Washington, DC

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. The itinerary was well thought out and paced. The tour guide and local guides were all excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't single out one moment as a favorite - I really enjoyed the tour from start to finish."

Randall

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The weather was wonderful. The itinerary was well balanced between cities, small towns and the country side. We learned a lot about the history of Scotland and were exposed to a lot of the culture of this great country. We got to see a lot of the country, from coast to coast and north to the highlands. It was a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I believe the trip Glencoe and then to the isle of Mull and on to Iona. The scenery was great and the driver Richard was a hoot."

Linda

Happy Valley, OR

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful guide, nice and compatible group of travelers, interesting places, comfortable bus, good experiences. I loved staying in Oban.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being on the island of Iona was very special and the local guide was just a gem describing her life there."

Arthur

Lafayette, CA

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great for a first time introduction to Scotland. Our family of four was able to see the highlights without worrying about the little details of the trip. We could concentrate on the sights and sounds of our experience. Highly recommended for someone looking for an introduction to Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was exploring the island of Iona. Iona was peaceful and beautiful."

Doris

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful country. Great traveling companions. Wonderful tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the cliffs of the Edinburgh Castle. Ancient and strategic."

Mike

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and had a good mix of organized activities and free time as promised. I had traveled to Scotland roughly ten times on business and had experienced rain each time. We had about thirty minutes of light ran on the first day. The weather was perfect the remainder of the time with sunny and partly cloudy skies with day time highest in the upper 70's and low 80's. I Know the tour doesn't have anything to do with the weather but it makes a difference.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was looking for ten days of relaxations and spending time with my wife and making some new friends while seeing different sights and learning some history. Several things stood out but I'm not a WOW moment person. The trip accomplished what I wanted."

Ann

Canal Winchester, OH

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There is absolutely nothing I would change. Our guide, Julia, was huge fun, well organized and exceptionally knowledgeable about the history of the country and the sites we visited. OMG - she can sing & play the fiddle as well! The tour itself nicely balanced time in the bus, site visits and free time. I never felt rushed, nor did I ever feel as if something was dragging. And can't forget kudos to our driver, Alan.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pulling into Oban."

Kathleen

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 06/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful time seeing the countryside, villages and hearing the history of the country as we travelled throughout Scotland during our 1o day tour!! Seeing Scotland was on my bucket list so checked off but feel like another visit would be enjoyable some time in the future...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The shepherd herding the sheep with the sheep dogs was the most fantastic event for me!!"

Joseph

Mcdonough, GA

Tour: 06/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Helen did a fantastic job with time management, information provided, historical perspective and overall fluidity of the tour. There were alternatives if weather was non cooperative. Mingling with locals at pubs and discussing current world affairs over a pint or two was quite interesting. Accommodations were top notch as well as the breakfast menu. I almost filled my camera memory card for the first time in many trips. You know it was a great tour when you keep looking at the photos taken over

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This trip was to celebrate our anniversary (35 years). On one pub we met a young couple from Australia that were Celebrating their engagement. Spontaneously we gave them advice of how to make their marriage work and other from the tour group did the same. The young gal was about to cry of happiness while her boyfriend kept asking for paper to write down all the suggestions. Another example of traveling bringing out the best of us. And did I mention my memory card almost full - the sights!!!"

Ada

Mcdonough, GA

Tour: 06/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Since the tour was an introduction to Scotland, I think the the target was met. We truly enjoyed the trip and want to see more of Scotland.The people of Scotland were so friendly and gracious. We discoveredso much about their culture, history and delicious food! Thanks for teaching us how to build bridges by way of traveling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My personal "wow" place was the island of Iona. As a visual artist, I loved the beautiful and remote landscape. Being there was a espiritual experince, connecting with the history and natural beauty of the island. I felt also welcome by the folks that live there."

Joseph

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 06/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife are seasoned world travelers given our life in the military and our many ocean cruises around the world that we have been on (over 12). As that as a backdrop ... you guys "Hit it out of the park". This tour experience with your organization was absolutely fabulous! Perfect pace, superb venue, great hotels, and the best tour guide (Helen) ever!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I've seen a lot in my life ... so its hard to get me to say "Wow" ... and I did that when we went to the farm where the "Shepard" and his sheep dogs did their magic. Wow!"

Amy

Jefferson, TX

Tour: 06/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour, and I hope it is not my last. The mix of scheduled events with free time was perfect. Our tour guide and bus driver were exemplary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to single out, but if I had to pick one, it would be understanding the level of sophistication the people of the Crannogs had in order to survive."

Manuel

Napa, CA

Tour: 06/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time on my second Rick Steves tour, my expectations were exceeded!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, driving through the Highlands was many "wow" moments! Seeing the "Three Sisters" formation from the lookout point and the Commando Memorial come to mind."

Donny

Dallas, TX

Tour: 06/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful and we loved our Guide Helen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just about everything was a WOW moment."

Margaret

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 06/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful introduction to Scotland for my husband and me which we were greatly looking forward to due to our Scottish roots. I'm trying to journal our adventures now that we're back in the US and it's difficult because we did and saw so much! Our tour guide was the best I've ever had on any tour. Would definitely recommend this to anyone, but put your walking shoes on!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming across a wedding about to take place at Dunkeld Cathedral. Loved watching the couples being "piped in" to the Cathedral and seeing almost all the men in their kilts. Later met up with the father of the bride at our hotel and chatted a bit. Amazing experience!"

Terry

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 06/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Helen was a terrific tour guide. Tour was appropriately faced paced. Good venues.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dogs at sheep farm, Oban, and Dunkeld (Gillie the piper was terrific)."

Michael

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 06/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. We received an exceptional overview of Scotland. A sampling of the sights, sounds and history of Scotland was tastefully but not overbearing lay presented.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was the Highlands. I did not expect the quiet splendor and solitude."

Martha

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 06/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time in Scotland and first time on a tour. I was delighted with both the country and the tour. I never felt we were "old" enough to go on a tour. But Scotland would have presented a number of challenges for us with the driving and queueing. Helen Houston, our guide, made everything effortless. Scotland is fascinating and it was one of the best travel experiences I have ever had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't choose just one. The beauty of the countryside and the rich history of the people was wonderful."

Dwight

Brenwood, TN

Tour: 06/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful trip to view a good portion of Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Shearing a sheep was an outstanding experience!"

Emily

Savannah, GA

Tour: 06/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tours of Scotland was wonderful. Hotels and B&B's were great. Our tour guide Helen was FANTASTIC! She offered so many special touches every day. The places she took us to visit were all interesting, varied and her knowledge and stories and humor were perfect. It was very nice to have 2 nights at each stop. Marchine was and excellent coach driver. I loved the balance between the independence that we were given and the knowledge shared by Helen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking among the ruins at St. Andrews was inspiring. I think the all Highland views, especially the mountains and the wild flowers as well as the planned gardens at each stop were unforgettable."

Lisa

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Scotland experience was better than I anticipated. The people are gracious and fun and the countryside is gorgeous. The hotel accommodations were very nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the sheepdog demonstration, the pubs in Inverness, and finding my Mother's maiden name in the ancestral registry database at Stirling Castle."

Janet

St Charles, IL

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt the tour was well organized. It allowed two days in each location and the accommodations were very good. I am a bed and breakfast person so enjoyed the smaller hotels. Activities on the tour were well balanced with castles, battlefields, distilleries and beautiful countryside. I found the meals provided were good. I enjoyed each meal and liked that sometimes we were provided a lunch. I felt the tour covered a wide span of geography in Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love castles and historical references. However, my favorite "wow" moment was the sheep dog farm visit. I was fascinated by the dogs but equally fascinated by Neil. He was passionate about his craft/trade of shepherding and I am always intrigued by individuals that speak from their heart."

Penny

Statesville, NC

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time and really appreciated having a tour guide and excellent bus driver. Traveling in a foreign country is so much more enjoyable when others are in charge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say the Crannogs was my favorite "wow" moment. I was so impressed with the site, the on site guides, and with the history. I expected the castles and the beauty of the highlands. I did not expect something so unusual as the crannogs."

Lawrence

Laurinburg, NC

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A splendid tour of Scotland made all the more memorable by a wonderful group of fellow travelers (which money can't buy) and a remarkable tour leader, Anne.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sun briefly breaking through the clouds on the grounds of Iona Abbey"

Helen

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with Rick Steves and we were very pleased. It was very well organized, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and the size of the group was very manageable. We covered a lot of territory in 10 days and did not feel that were we too rushed. All of the accommodations were acceptable or above. The transportation was very good as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the entire country and the friendliness of the people was amazing."

Sue

Laurinburg, NC

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. Our guide was superb! We had an excellent group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus rides through the Scottish countyside with Scottish music..bagpipes playing over the stereo system .....was a special moment then and will always be a special memory."

Adeline

Barrie, ON

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the itinerary, pace, and balance of free and structured time. Great tour guide and great group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So difficult to choose one but I think the scenery would have to be my wow moment - I knew the Highlands were beautiful, but it seemed just one breath-taking scene after another."

Phillip

Homer Glen, IL

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. Almost disastrous beginning (lost passport). Found by Edinburgh Airport Bus Company with passport and cash intact! Anne was a truly delightful guide. Lots of great history along with local information. She MADE the trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You asked for one you get 3. No extra charge! 1. Enjoying the natural beauty of the Scottish highlands while listening to Scottish music and enjoying a wee bit of Scottish Whiskey. 2. Trying to blow a bagpipe without reputing something. 3. The Sheepdog demonstration was really great!"

Gregg

Bothell, WA

Tour: 06/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized. Nice bus. Interesting sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Castles, overall scenery and sheep dog demonstration!"

Lora

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 06/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well planned tour, good use of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cranngos tie with the sheep dogs, Culross palace, and Cawdor castle. The picnic was nice too at the standing stones. Loved watching Julia dance in the pub and play violin on the ferry."

Jeff

Starkville, MS

Tour: 06/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the quaint local hotels, the shared dining experiences, and well-planned local tours to the amazing scenery and rich Scottish history the entire trip was splendid. Truly enjoyable all the way around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty and mystery of DUNKELD was a highlight for me. Although when we toured castles, watched amazing sheep dogs in action and rode ships on famous lochs it's very hard to choose one particular moment."

William

Odenton, MD

Tour: 06/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was really quite wonderful. We had a fabulous time. The itinerary provided an excellent introduction to Scotland. The two nights in each hotel and regular free time provided the perfect pace. 3 of the 4 hotels were exceptionally good. Our guide, Julia, was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and fun. Scotland is a truly beautiful place. It rivals Switzerland and the Norwegian Fjords for stunning natural beauty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A grey morning cruise on Loch Ness. Not a breath of wind. Fog drifting down the hillsides and water smooth as glass. The hills and clouds and fog and sky reflected in the mirror that was the loch. Like sailing into heaven. Magical."

Mary

Langley, WA

Tour: 06/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was excellent[INVALID]- from guide to participants to the wonderful cities, villages and sites we visited. The only issue was one of time. Not enough to explore the places we stayed on our own. ( more later)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many so it is hard to choose. But my favorites were the Crannogs, the mystical boat trip up Loch Ness, and the night we visited the pub in Inverness. My absolute WOW was the Pub Night. The owner who is a famous fiddler and the local musicians who accompanied were a pleasure to listen to. Julia also contributed to the festive environment by dancing and playing the fiddle herself. The convivial atmosphere allowed us to interact with the locals.This really got us into the culture."

Kimberly

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 06/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful to see Scotland without worrying about travel arrangements, we just showed up at the agreed time and enjoyed ourselves!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved saying in Dunnkeld, right after the city days of Edinburgh, Dunkers was a nice change of pace. It was right on the river with down time and an easy walk to town. Oven was also amazing with the sea views from our hotel and an easy walk to restaurants. The sea food there was incredible. I also loved Iverness.... I guess the whole trip was a moment because I'm having trouble deciding on an exact moment."

David

West Sacramento, CA

Tour: 06/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very memorable! What a wonderful experience. The tour provided me of an appreciation of not only Scotland, which was beautiful, but how traveling can be such a pleasure. Julia was so enthusiastic and her great knowledge of Scotland helped make the entire trip so enjoyable. It was great to have everything arranged for us (my first Rick Steves trip) so there were few worries except maybe for getting back to the bus on time. The organization was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments for me but the one that really exemplified Scotland was the sheepdog demonstration. No frills, very down to earth and even a little gritty, the gentleman who provided the demonstration gave us a taste of Scotland on a beautiful day that I don't think I would have gotten had I been on my own. I had never experienced a sheepdog demonstration or anything close."

Gina

Starkville, MS

Tour: 06/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was well organized, perfectly planned and fun. We felt like we went places we would not have seen on our own and did more things every day than we would have on our own. We had an excellent tour guide, Julia, who has a deep love for Scotland and vast knowledge of it's history. Our bus driver, Alan, was excellent at navigating tight places with a good attitude and made our trip even more special. Our tour group was always willing to have the next adventure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dunkeld House was a beautiful setting. The walk along the river with the rhodendrons in bloom, was a treat. Our meals together were so much fun and we got to share experiences with our group that we will remember all of our lives. Seeing St. Andrews for the first time was incredible. The ruins against the back[INVALID] of the blue sky are unforgettable."

Susan

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 06/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great travel group. I loved all the places we visited. Entire trip went by so fast, I was sad to have the trip end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The crannog's--amazing."

Michael

Bee Cave, TX

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent view of the marvelous variety and history of Scotland, which often gets a little lost in the broader history of the UK. This tour provided a wonderful perspective on the parallel and competing developments of both Scotland and England, but here emphasizing Scotland! The history alone demonstrated the pride and self-sufficiency of the Scots. A fabulous view of the varied aspects that makes Scotland so fascinating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Town of Oban--charming and delightful"

Richard

Farmingdale, NY

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th tour with your company and we were pleased once again. Nigel was a talented guide. His knowledge of his homeland was terrific. A fine ambassador for Scotland. The beautiful scenery and history (churches, castles, crannog, etc) was right up our alley. Sometimes the pace was tiring but worth it. The other travellers in our group were enjoyable and cooperative. Once again we had some really good conversations with many members that enhanced our overall experience. No grumps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Iona Abbey was special for us. After we got home I ordered their revised 2017 Worship Book. Gellie on bagpipes was wonderful. Neil's relationship with his sheepdogs was amazing and mesmerizing. Danny's explanation of Crannogs and the way of life was fascinating. Before the tour we went to York and evensong at York Minster was wonderful. As James Herriott junkies we loved a daytrip to Thirsk."

Andrea

Dallas Center, IA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic. From the time our plane landed in Edinburgh to the time we took off again everything was taken care of. This was our first European vacation and we are not experienced travelers. But between your guidebook and emailed directions, we never had any questions about how to get to hotels, restaurants, or sites to see. Our guided Nigel was very knowledgable, and helpful. He also had a great sense of humor. I felt very comfortable that all would be well taken care of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed taking the ski lift up Glencoe Mountain and having a Scotch toast with our travel group."

Susan

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour group and Nigel was a fantastic tour guide. He was very informed and seemed to car about all on the tour. The tour was interesting and I learned a lot about Scottish history. I felt the 10 day tour was a bit too long.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the sheep herder farm! Iona and Oban were highlights as well."

Brenda

Beaver Bank, NS

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome guide. Wonderful group. Fantastic itinerary. Great food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved it all, but fell in love with Oban."

George

Spokane, WA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every stop on this tour was well planned to provide a unique taste of Scotland. Despite the unusually dry weather, this tour gave Rita & I an authentic Scottish experience. Our travel companions made it even more memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The isle of Iona was as beautiful as we had hoped; our only regret was the brevity of our visit. It truly is a sacred place and deserves a follow up on our own."

Geri

Alamo, CA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Isle of Iona"

Joan

Farmingdale, NY

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very enriching experience to travel through Scotland with a Scottish tour guide. The scenery, historic sights, and experiences were wonderful. The pace was demanding at times, but worth it. We enjoyed our fellow tour buddies very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First, being on Iona on my sister's birthday, where she had made a pilgrimage a few years before her death. Also, Gellie's delightful bagpipe demonstration, Neil's fascinating sheepdog demonstration at which one of his border collie pups untied my shoelaces & I bottlefed a lamb, & Danny's intriguing explanation of ancient Crannog life. We had pre-tour wows too in York, England..evensong at York Minster, walking the medieval wall, & journeying to see the James Herriot Museum in Thirsk."

Harold

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Nigel was a perfect balance to enough info and never too much. He kept us interested, but not exhausted. I liked very much the smaller hotels you choose. I don't like large hotels and I don't like expensive hotels when I only need them to sleep in. They're the kind of hotels I look for on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments. We saw so many beautiful places and extraordinary buildings and antiquities."

Susan

Hanover, NH

Tour: 05/30/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour and it was OK. A bit busy but I understand that it takes time to get around Scotland so more travel time was required. A little too heavy on history for me. I did not enjoy Culloden, Edinburgh Castle (too many people) or the whiskey distillery. Since there was little down time, it would have been nice if Martin had stopped talking at times, but he is so passionate about history that he couldn't stop talking about the battles, royal lineage etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved seeing the Highlands, wild flowers, Oban and the Royal Botanic Garden. The gardens of Cawdor Castle were magnificent."

Thomas

Granville, MA

Tour: 05/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We benefitted from the best weather Scotland has seen in years. But I guess I can't credit RS with that. Nonetheless, I am sure it would have been great anyway. Many thanks and compliments to Martin, our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheepdog demonstration. I could watch that all day. Incredible!"

Nellwyn

Kerrville, TX

Tour: 05/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Most of the time we got to attractions early to beat crowds. Martin was very knowledgeable in the history.

Esther

Centralia, WA

Tour: 05/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was very well organized. The places we visited were interesting and beautiful; the hotels we stayed at were first class!The transitions were smooth, even our Coach driver - Allen - was the best. Our tour guide - Martin - was amazing: very knowledgeable, helpful, caring and friendly!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, truly every new location, including the hotels were "wow" moments! Dunkeld, Inverness, and Oban!"

Roy

Pottsboro, TX

Tour: 05/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time! Scotland is a beautiful country with a great history. Our guide, Martin, was very knowledgeable about Scotland's history and was eager to share his knowledge with us, which made the tour much more interesting as well as educational. We really enjoyed interacting with the other members of our group. The proportion of time devoted to group structured planned activities versus individual "do as you like" time was well balanced. Overall, it was a great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! The landscape of Scotland is just so stunning! My favorite activity on the tour was the sheep dog exhibition with Neil Ross at Leault farms. The way he and the dogs worked together to bring the sheep in to be sheered was AMAZING!"

Elizabeth

Strasburg, VA

Tour: 05/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Isle of Iona, my favorite stop on the tour, was fabulous. Our guide there was knowledgeable, personable, and provided just the right amount of history, culture, and island lore. Because the island itself was so invitingly Scottish, I wished that we had had more time there and would have snapped up an overnight option were it available. I wanted to hike around the island, see the southern beach, and experience Iona life away from the tourists (yes, I know that I was one) and the busy port."

Janice

Southside, AL

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time to go on any international tour. Everything moved like clockwork. Size of group was great - large enough and small enough all at same time. Variety of sites/activities varied enough that everyone found something to enjoy. Bathroom stops on bus were exceptionally will timed although that didn't necessarily affect me. Accommodations were varied but the pre tour material more than prepared us for accommodations different from what we are used to in the US.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to decide between the night at Dunkeld House where we watched a wedding celebration and bagpipe band, the crannogs, or the sheepdog demonstration. All were just great. Dewars was especially good for us, being that was my husband's dad's favorite drink - brought back great memories for him."

Robert

Southside, AL

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything I expected and more

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sterling castle. Ruins of castle at Loch Ness. Walking the Royal Mile. Crannogs was another favorite"

Stephen

Toronto, ON

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, great choices of Scottish sights and experiences, very nice hotels, interesting & enjoyable fellow travellers, and an extremely knowledgeable & passionate tour guide who was able to manage any hick-ups when they arose.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Quite a few: Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, St. Andrews golf course, Crannogs, the Aberfeldy distillery, the sheep & the sheepdogs was a fantastic experience, Culloden was very moving, and the many, many lovely Highland sceneries that we saw as the bus carried us on our visits."

Anna

Madison, FL

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland was absolutely beautiful and I would certainly tour again. Our guide, Anne Doige was fabulousl!!! Her knowledge of Scotland's history and even current events could not be topped.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Isle of Iona!!! Gorgeous, I don't know if you could arrange a little more time there."

Christine

Happy Valley, OR

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again, the tour was a great experience largely due to the amazing tour guide we had. Anne Doig was so helpful, informed, organized, friendly.....and more. Also, Rick Steves has selected wonderful hotels/accommodations. Finally, all of the sights and experiences each day allowed us to see it all.

Ruth

Panama City, FL

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved Scotland. Th whole country was more beautiful than I expected. The weather was perfect. Anne was a great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many beautiful sights and great encounters with Irish culture. Sitting on a bench at the St Andrews castle site and looking out at the North Sea was one of my favorites. Walking along the riverfront in Inverness was another special moment. All of the scenery was just lovely! I also enjoyed the Hermatage walk to Black Linn Falls"

Wayne

Panama City, FL

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. We lucked out and had plenty of warm sunshine, good accommodations, great tour guide and good fellowship among tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a few: 1. Sitting on a bench near the cathedral ruins in St. Andrews. 2. The walk we took to the waterfall near Black Linn. 3. The boat tour of Loch Ness and the castle. 4. The tour of Iona"

Douglas

Williamsburg, VA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was excellent - met the high standards we come to expect of Rick Steves tours. Some of the favorite points: Edinburgh, Loch Ness, Glencoe and Oban & Iona. One disappointment - there was not enough free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick but here was one memorable moment: The top of the mountain in Glencoe. Great view with rain storm coming in across the valley."

Jan

Fort Thomas, KY

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is always a difficult question because there were so many fun moments. I guess it was the Crannog Center and sitting in the Crannog- history, culture all in one."

Kim

Lenexa, KS

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was such a great tour but would have liked to have had an extra day in Oban.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Isle of Iona."

Sandra

Harrisburg, NC

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I would definitely recommend this tour. I know it is impossible to satisfy each person's wishes as far as how long to spend at each venue, but overall the program is quite good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Possibly seeing the Coronation Stone at Edinburg Castle. Although there were many "wow" moments... seeing the engineering capabilities of Stone Age peoples was fascinating. seeing the standing stones (I can see why they inspired the Outlander series.) realizing that Scotland is on the same latitude as Alaska (obviously it has been a while since I looked at world globe!)"

Silas

Kingsville, MD

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ten years ago we spent a few days in Scotland on our own, using the Rick Steves book. Traveling with a Rick Steves guide was much more informative and fun. Scotland itself had added attractions (eg. the Iron Age settlement) and modernized several museums (eg. The Scottish Historical Museum and the Colloden Battlefield Muse. We came back with our minds overflowing with new sights, updated history,and clear memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The crannog Iron Age Facility gave me an entirely new perspective on the abilities of "iron age society". I suppose that I saw them as sort of neanderthal cave men. The skills and beauty that they presented were complex and sophisticated. It was presented as a peaceful era where the traders respected the skill of the crannog builders, and therefore didn't attempt to conquer them. The value of this society was embedded in the people. This was a beautiful picture."

Joan

Morgan Hill, CA

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded expectations, learned so much about history and culture, visited so many sites during this period. Food was much better than I expected. Really thought Iona was special, loved the nature walk, the castle visits, the short stops the bus made though various towns or overlooks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Iona, it was so far off the beaten path and was amazing how people came to live there in 1200's at the monastery. The entire day was interesting, the bus tour of first island and tour guide Julia played fiddle while we were waiting for ferry."

Leland

Harrisburg, NC

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I have told folks about this tour and that they should definitely put it on their bucket list. Enjoyed the Scottish folks, some of the most friendly I have ever met - loved the old history of this country, they keep and treasure their old stuff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the old castles built in the 1100s and 1200s, still being used. Loved the highlands, seems that you get out into the country very quickly after leaving a city."

Gary

Cheyenne, WY

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, a great collection of guests, an excellent job of [INVALID]ing hotels, the daily itinerary, an absolutely professional bus driver. The tour was jammed with various sites and destinations that were party to world changing events, from prehistoric times to the present. Altogether we came away with a great cross section of activities and events that spoke volumes about what Scotland is all about.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really struggled with this and honestly, there wasn't a favorite wow moment. Visiting Edinburgh Castle was a moving experience, but so was Stirling Castle. And I really loved visiting the sheep farm. If anything, I wish we had more time at many of the places we visited. The Crannog was really special - I could have spent a whole day there, but then I can say the same thing about the Royal Mile, the castles, the distillery, and of course I would loved One of those border collie puppies."

Jeffrey

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved every minute of it

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Kenmore Scottland"

Daniel

Morgan Hill, CA

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, it was another outstanding Rick Steves tour (my 8th). I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the regions of Scotland, and becoming familiar with it's cultural and natural history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Scottish Highlands, with mountains, lakes, and rivers was very special. Everything was lush and green! The islands of Mull and Iona had so much natural beauty too. Another "wow" was listening to a practice session of the "City of Inverness Pipe Band", playing in front of the Castle overlooking the River Ness. 17 drummers and pipers played in the glow of the setting sun. We took a walk after dinner, heard bagpipes in the distance, and followed toward the music."

Cindy

Kernersville, NC

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was such an amazing tour of Scotland! This was our first visit to this beautiful country and we really enjoyed how your tour flowed. Being part of a small group was so beneficial in visiting particular sights without long delays or having to wait. We had a great group of fellow explorers on our tour, including family members, making it even more special. Experiencing the history of Scotland, as well as the daily lives of the locals was wonderful. Great tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Feeding a very sweet, hungry lamb a bottle at the sheep farm. Witnessing an orange sunset over the water in Oban at 10:30pm. Viewing the vast surrounding countryside from Sterling Castle. Having an eerie, foggy, early morning boat ride on the lake in search of Nessie. (No luck!)"

John

Hydesville, CA

Tour: 05/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As I told Julia in our mid-tour review, I enjoyed the pacing of this tour. I have done many tours (never in Europe, in Asia and Africa and South America) that were whirl-wind, out at 7am and back at 7pm type days, which was usually necessary but tiring. But I think for this group (my wife and our parents, who are in 60s and 70s) the more-relaxed pace with alone time was important. It's how we experience Europe when we arrange our own tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Edinburgh tour was a highlight and the natural beauty of the highlands was probably my favorite."

Edward

New Orleans, LA

Tour: 05/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland was everything and more that I had imaged. The tour did a great job of taking you to interesting and beautiful places. Nigel did a super job of explaining the history of the various places. He did this in a very informative yet personal way. It was like traveling with a good friend who happened to live in Scotland. The food was great and the hotels we stayed in were wonderful and well located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walk along the Tay river that Nigel took us on in Dukeld."

Anita

Leaburg, OR

Tour: 05/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th Rick Steves tour and it didn't disappoint. I loved spending time in all the natural areas. The mix of city to countryside was perfect in my opinion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments, so little space. I guess my favorite would be the day we were able to ride up the chairlift at Glencoe Mountain due to the incredible weather. This was not a pre planned activity but rather one that Nigel took advantage of because of the perfect weather. I really appreciated having the flexibility to add activities such as this."

Pamela

Roseville, IL

Tour: 05/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe, first tour of any kind, and I can't wait to do it again!! Nigel was so kind, funny and so knowledgeable...everything was planned and executed perfectly. We loved the Hotels, especially the Dunkeld House! Because we watch the TV show, we had high expectations, and we were not disappointed, in fact, they exceeded our expectations! Scotland is a beautiful country and the people are warm and friendly, we didn't want the tour to end! Can't wait for our next RS Tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly, every single Day was filled with WOW moments! My first glimpse of Edinburgh Castle (my first castle). Cask Beer! I played the bagpipes! The Dunkeld House Hotel! Scones at the Rowan Tree! Approaching Urquhart Castle by boat on Loch Ness! The amazing sheep dogs! Iona! Finding my Scottish roots?? Soaking in all the history. Oh, and Nigel's Favorite Doughnuts ??"

John Michael

Glyndon, MD

Tour: 05/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour may well turn out to be the best 10 days of 2018. What a great group of people we share this experience with. Thanks, Nigel for helping us to quickly get to know each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments showed up several times a day, every day. There is no way to just pick one or two or even three."

Jo Ann

Crescent, IA

Tour: 05/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We arrived early as suggested and were glad we did. It allowed us to get over our "jet lag" and explore sites on our own that the tour did not cover. Fellow tour travelers were a delight, and we enjoyed getting to know them over drinks and dinners. We even tried haggis and believe it or not, would eat it again!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one moment, but here's a couple: Seeing the steam paddle boat arrive in Oban, walking along the shore and collecting sea shells. Touring the Abbey on the Isle of Iona and realizing I was standing on the very spot where the Book of Kells originated. Ah, the history!!! Who knew a city girl could learn how to shear a sheep!The sheep farm & the dogs working was amazing to watch. Nigel "warned" us about Neil & true to Nigel's word,Neil did not disappoint. Neil was a hoot!!!"

Karen

Roseville, CA

Tour: 05/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First rick Steve's trip Impressed

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Andrews cathedral, sheep herding dogs."

Edwin

Arroyo Grande, CA

Tour: 05/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour and it was even better than we expected. We loved the pacing and the "team spirit" that was created during the tour. We felt special, getting into venues quickly and efficiently. At every turn, we saw the little things that were done to make our experience just that much nicer, more fun, more interesting. All this is because of the experience of our guide and of the continuous improvement philosophy of the Rick Steves model.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but one that sticks in my mind is the image of a single border collie being released by Neal, the shepherd and streaking like lightning into the meadow over a rise, then in less than a minute, about 30 sheep came heading up the meadow towards us all, herded expertly by this joyful, well-trained dog."

Gwendolyn

New Orleans, LA

Tour: 05/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a good group and a wonderful guide in Nigel. everything was organized and the group was considered in the decisions that were made by Nigel. Bus driver was amazing ... Accommodations and food were both very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the sheep farm was unexpected and a great addition to the tour"

Edith

Central Butte, SK

Tour: 05/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

AMAZING

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just Scotland itself."

Bernard

Wilmington, NC

Tour: 05/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Scotland which exceeded our expectations. Nigel is an excellent guide and would like to take another tour with him.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed it all. Oban and trip to Iona were excellent as well as the scenery from the Loch Ness cruise and castle. Castle in Stirling was spectacular. Hard to pick just one. Trip to sheep farm was memorable. The whole trip was my favorite..."

Susan

Sawyer, MI

Tour: 05/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it! LOved it! Loved it!! Even though this was my 4th trip to Scotland, I discovered new places, Oban, Isle of Mull and Isle of Iona and others. I may have seen Edinburgh before, but with this trip I was able to go into depth with the city, not just the standard tourist stops. Our tour guide, Nigel was very knowledgable and shared interesting info, not just stats one could read from google.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "WoW" moment was our visit to Oban which was the stepping stone to the Isle of Iona!!! We were blessed with the most wonderful weather, which added to the magic of the day. All of the elements of that day, the ferry rides to Iona, the coach ride to our destination with the eloquent busdriver Richard, the tour of Iona and learning of its significance, will be a day I will never forget."

Bonnie

Palmetto, FL

Tour: 05/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From Nigel our tour guide to all of Scotland and our wonderful group of people, this trip wa a 10. Nigels pace and planning kept us moving, not waiting in lines and provided with fabulous meals and ability to relish in everything we saw and experienced. Obviously I can't say enough about my enjoyment and great view if Scotland we experienced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Oban and the Isle of Iona. I am already searching for a tour that would include the NW Highlands and Isle of Skye. Still so much to see. Really enjoyed learning all the history behind what we saw."

John

Osterville, MA

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, all that was expected and no problem going at our own pace even following some health problems. The tour guide Martin was very informative with great insight as to history of the area. Enjoyed all of the hotel selections; all of the accommodations were comfortable and the staffs were very helpful and personable. The people joining in the tour were great fun and most enjoyable to visit with, no sour faces.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably enjoyed Edinburgh with its many historic sites and fine dinning venues but I must say that Kenmore was right in there as a close runner up."

Stephen

Willoughby, OH

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Superb tour - very organized, well planned, superb guide - Martin Loved this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Farm outside Inverness with the sheep dogs. This was a big "WOW" Informative, impressive and heart warming. This was such a beautiful example of man & his dogs working together!"

Loretta

Glenview, IL

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and the pace was just right. The meals and hotels were better than I expected for the price, and the people on the tour were fun and willingly to make new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was "wowed" by the sheep dog demonstration. That was the best day overall."

Rick

Monkton, MD

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time ever taking a tour. Great trip! Travel, hotel, meal logistics were excellent. Always seemed to want more time to explore sites, but understand that would have limited the breadth of the total experience. What made the trip extra special was the superb guide Martin. His unique personality, vast knowledge of history, and willingness to engage all the participants was icing on the cake of a memorable trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cranogs near Kenmore. The re-creation and explanations by the magnificent staff were invaluable in getting insights into those ancient structures."

Nancy

Cleveland Heights, OH

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Scotland in 10 Days Tour was a magical combination of History and Architecture, Myth and Natural Beauty, Food and Music, and especially the Good Companionship of Fellow Travelers and an Inspiring Guide. Edinburgh is truly a magnificent city to explore. The Highlands are gorgeous. And the people of Scotland that we rubbed shoulders with were friendly, open, and kind. This tour was everything we hoped it would be, and more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to pick one moment. Among the favorites: -Misty morning cruise on Loch Ness, -Exploring the charming town of Culross, -Bagpipes and fiddlers at the oldest hotel in Scotland, the Kenmore -Walking to Taymouth Castle in the evening -The mystical islands of Mull and Iona -Ancient standing stones and cairns -Pubs -Sheep and Hairy Coos -And so many castles! -And did I mention whisky?"

Denise

Willowick, OH

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour director,Martin, was excellent and so was our bus driver Alan. Scotland was beautiful and we were lucky in that the weather was lovely and never rained. The Scottish people are very friendly. The hotels/inns/B&B that we stayed in were nice and clean. The staff everywhere were extremely helpful with suggestions as to where to go and where to eat. Everyone in our tour group got along very well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Kenmore Inn in Taymouth. Being out in the country was great for walking around and enjoying the sights. The one night we were in the pub at the Inn and a couple were playing a fiddle and banjo. They were told that Martin could play the guitar so he joined them and we had a great time."

Ellen

West Hartford, CT

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was excellent. The itinerary was good(I have one suggestion I'll make later), I liked all the hotels, Martin was terrific as was our bus driver. My fellow travelers were a lot of fun, and as I travel on my own, that is important to me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the Crainog tour and the sheepdog demonstration."

David

Glenview, IL

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

our first tour. was excellent. good food, incredible knowledge of Martin, good hotels. very pleasant experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the wow started with the first group dinner, and didn't stop until the last dinner at Harvey Nichols. the favorite was probably the sheep shearing exhibition with the dogs. something out of the ordinary that we would not have seen on our own trip. ."

Polly

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 05/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour was lovely. Brian arranged for us to have the *best* weather! Brian was funny, engaging, informative; we loved John the bus driver, even if we could only understand a fraction of what he said. The group and group dynamics were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't say there was just one favorite. My favorites were: visiting the Crannogs, complete with hand-fasting ceremony/vow renewals, traveling to the Isle of Iona, seeing the sheepdogs herd the sheep, bagpipe demonstration, and seeing the Kelpies."

Henry

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 05/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was well organized, with a good pace, and excellent execution. Details were covered well, and guide was fun, knowledgeable, and patient. Sites chosen were very appropriate for what we wanted to accomplish, and the weather was outstanding

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several Sheep dog demonstration Highland scenery History and stories from guide during bus rides, or at other times"

Carol

Steilacoom, WA

Tour: 05/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour with bus views of rolling green hills and grazing sheep made me want to move to Scotland. The locals proved to be manifestly polite and generally friendly! No dour Scots people were evident. There was a generous mix of experiences, information and destinations. I wish the tour was able to go further up north, though. Oh, and it is not ten days, more like less than 9 (my tripit account added the time up!)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the border collie sheep farm experience. Neil was so entertaining in a "harrumph" sort of manner, with insights into those marvelous dogs and their outstanding herding abilities[INVALID]-and his also, of course, as the trainer is as important as the dog and it's capabilities! Also enjoyed the informational demonstration from the female bagpiper! Also enjoyed the local Celtic band that our guide informed us of in Inverness, a rousing evening at a local pub!"

Steven

La Verne, CA

Tour: 05/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 9th Rick Steves' tour. It was well paced, diverse (from Highlands to the sea), with many memorable experiences and sites. Lots of free time to explore and experience the pubs, castles, history and people of Scotland. I loved everything about this tour and our guide Brian did and excellent job of organizing and assisting us throughtout the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Scotland is filled with "Wow" moments. St. Andrews, Dunkeld and staying on the River Tay,lamb soup and scones, Neil and his sheep dogs, cairns, crannogs and castles( and more castles), day trip across Mull and spiritual time on Iona, and of course traveling on a glassy, blackish Loch Ness shrouded in low clinging clouds along its shore. A wonderful country with and interesting history and fun loving,friendly people!"

Paul

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 05/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A fine, rather gentle tour. The guide was engaging, and had a great sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The highlands are extraordinarily beautiful. Both the crannogs and clava cairnes are historically interesting. Everyone loves a good dog demonstration. There were multiple castles to explore."

Stephen

Newbury Park, CA

Tour: 05/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very good for the first time with Rick Steves. The others on the tour behaved themselved very well.

Richard

Black Mountain, NC

Tour: 05/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip. A first for us (guided tour) and we could not have been more pleased. Loved Scotland and are already planning to return. The tour was busy at times (we expected that), but there were also opportunities to slow down and have personal time too. The size of our group (24 people) was great. i'm not sure i would want to travel with a larger group. Overall a wonderful trip and tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sterling Castle has to be my favorite spot. Looking out over the surrounding plain, seeing the monument to William Wallace, and hearing about the history of this area was very impressive."

William

Avoca, IA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole Tour!!"

Irene

Merritt Island, FL

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked the group size. The guide, James, was the best. He was friendly, informative, helpful and all around perfect. There were locations I would never have experienced if I had traveled on my own. Every place we went people were happy to see us. My fellow travelers all fit together nicely. I would definitely book another trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't think I can narrow it down to one WOW. There were too many."

David

West Chester, PA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I love Scotland. This trip gave me an excellent introduction to the history and culture of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Either Stirling Castle or the Crannogs or Culloden Battlefield. Hard for me to pick out one moment."

Melody

Avoca, IA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a very rewarding tour of Scotland!!! I was pleased with the small group. We had lots of room to spread out on the bus and it didn't take long for the whole group to get on & off the bus. Our days had a smooth schedule & enough free time to roam some of the villages. All the eating establishments had authentic food & atmosphere. The waiters were always pleasant & eager to please us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to the Scottish Piper and learning the history of bagpipes. Princes Garden - Park in Edinburgh was so beautiful especially in the early afternoon. Our tour at the sheep farm and watching the sheep dogs follow commands as they brought the sheep in."

Douglas

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, Rick's guides do an outstanding job. The sites, the scenery, the history and the interaction with other tour members made for a very enjoyable tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since I am a golfer, visiting the Old Course at St. Andrews was very interesting. Visiting the Dewar's Scotch distillery was also memorable since our last name is Dewar. The sheepdogs were outstanding!"

Arthur

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a great time with a wonderful guide and lovely people. Transportation was first class, the hotels lovely, the sites impressive and the dinners mostly blah.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was playing the bagpipe in Kenmore. I enjoyed the tour and look forward to returning to Scotland. Sterling Castle was close to "wow" but our time was so short that I'm not sure. The highlands are lovely and the sheep herding very cool. The overall tour was very even, with most sites enjoyable, but none off the charts."

Sallie

West Chester, PA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide, James, was great. He had such a broad base of knowledge which painted in much detail, color and fun to the sites on the tour. There were a number of memorable moments on the trip but none that I consider "stand-out." Loved seeing the countryside. Would have liked more opportunity to take photos. Found city visits too brief.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No "wow" moments. A favorite stop was Cawdor Castle with its very pretty garden. Before we began our explore-on-our own visit of the property, our guide led volunteers from the group to act out scenes from Macbeth on the lawn in front of the castle. Fun. Memorable."

Brenda

Rome, GA

Tour: 05/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great time in Scotland! Loved the way the tour is organized and seeing Scotland through the eyes of true Scots who very clearly love their land. From the castles, crannogs, cathedrals and the countryside, Scotland is full of history and beautiful sites. We couldn't have picked a better week as the weather was truly spectacular!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Isle of Iona was breathtakingly beautiful! The incredible 800 year old abbey, the spectacular view of country side leading to the beaches...well, it left me speechless."

David

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 05/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Coming from Tucson Az, I really appreciated the greenery of Scotland. Edinburgh is a really nice city from which to start the tour. The tour provided a very nice array of activities and sites. As a tip for future beer drinking travelers, check out BrewDogs Craft Brewery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the Stirling Castle more than the Edinburgh Castle perhaps because I could see myself actually living there!! Edinburgh Castle is especially impressive looking up at it from the city below. The Crannogs were fascinating and the sheepdog demonstration was very impressive."

Allan

Nanaimo, BC

Tour: 05/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

An excellent tour. A good mix of the urban and rural. Enjoyed the fact that we avoided the usual tourist traps. The smaller, out of the way hotels were great as they would not be easily located or considered if we were travelling on our own. They all had certain unique features that made them one of the more enjoyable parts of the Tour. Enjoy the dialogue by the guide that covers aspects beyond the scenery etc such as local customs, history, society,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the visit to the sheep farm or the visit to Urqhart Castle or the visit to the Crannoghs (sp?) or the walking tour of Edinburgh or maybe several other things."

Beth

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 05/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland was so beautifully lush and green and the tour provided a variety of activities and sites to see from castles and cairns to alleys and lanes of quaint villages and towns. There was ample time to explore on my own, which I appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thoroughly enjoyed the sheepdog demonstration as well as the crannogs where our local tour guide provided a an enthusiastic interpretation of the prehistoric dwellings. Additionally Gilly, our vivacious bagpiper, provided rousing music and explained how to play bagpipes. Stirling Castle was beautifully comfortable!"

Antonia

Moline, IL

Tour: 05/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Isle of Iona."

James

Rome, GA

Tour: 05/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great overview of Scotland, hitting quaint and historic towns and places throughout the country with opportunities to meet and be guided by natives who so clearly love their land. We were blessed with wonderful weather - never unpacked our umbrellas or rain gear. Met interesting people from around the states and Canada. Other than laundry availability, logistics were smooth - no distracting delays or glitches.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glorious day in Iona,with perfect weather, spiritual depth, and an entertaining diver/guide on the bumpy road across Mull island."

Robert

Monmouth, OR

Tour: 05/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were blessed with nearly perfect weather which further enhanced the scenery/landscapes. The tour group was comprised of kind and interesting people. The variety of "stops" (e.g., Edinburgh, St. Andrew's, Highlands, Oban, etc.) added significant interest and variety.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"More than one: weather (which you can't control); the day spent to Mull and especially Iona with crystal blue sky and water and the coach ride across Mull. The sheepdog demonstration. Inverness and St. Andrew's."

Charles

Vestavia Hills, AL

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable. I was pleased with the accomodations, the food and itinerary. Robert did a nice job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The border collies working the sheep and Edinburgh Castle."

Nancy

Vestavia Hills, AL

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Did not disappoint in any way! I would gladly tell anyone that it was all great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Scotland itself was the star. Beautiful land with much diversity."

Nina

San Mateo, CA

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a terrific time from start to finish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Scotland. The spring flowers popping, the hills and mountains covered in yellow grose, the lakes and islands."

Karen

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Robert was a fantastic guide. So knowledgeable....brought the history alive. He would surprise us with "goodies" and a Scotland pin that we all wore with pride. He stayed calm and made sure we were taken care of when a 3 hour bus ride from Inverness to Oban became a 13 hour bus ride due to an accident investigation closed the only road....we were all so disappointed to have missed an entire day sitting on the bus and had to miss Glencoe scenic area. A perfect RS guide!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Kenmore Hotel on the River Tay Sheephearding demo with Neil and the 9 border collies Boat ride to Mull and Iona from Oban (my favorite) The green hills and 50 million sheep!! All the sunshine and blue skies!!!"

Terri

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fun tour with a good group of people. The hotels we stayed at were very good and the itinerary was varied. Our guide James made the history and culture of Scotland come alive with his stories, songs and enthusiasm We also managed to make it to many sites before many other tourists were there and almost had different sites to ourselves for a while which was very nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Scotland is a beautiful country and I was fascinated with the ever changing sky. The low hanging clouds and mists at Glencoe, the expansive sky of the Highlands, or looking through the clouds to the valley below on Aonach Mor."

Pauline

La Mirada, CA

Tour: 05/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was excellent! The hotels were great and located in a good area of each city. We enjoyed the different activities included on the tour such as: the sheep herding demonstration, boat ride to Urquhart Castle, ferry ride to the Isle of Mull and Iona, the gondola ride to the top of mountain. We were very pleased with the tour and would definitely take another Rick Steves tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick just one but the views from Sterling Castle were beautiful!"

Janice

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 05/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour of Scotland. James was a great guide. The history he brought and a perspective of Scotland today was terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the gardens and castles."

Maureen

Flushing, NY

Tour: 05/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I fell in love with Scotland. What a beautiful country & welcoming people. I have been planning my visit for years & as a person traveling alone a Rick Steve's tour was the right choice. James, our guide, and my group of fellow travelers all combined to make each day's experience an adventure as well as a learning opportunity. From our beginning & ending in busy, bustling Edinburgh to our travels up to the ancient lands & ruins of the Highlands, James brought the history alive.c

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many Wow moments. My breath was taken away in the mountainous Glencoe where we encountered a lone piper as well as on the windy field of Culloden where the clans were slaughtered. You could almost hear it."

Charles

Eatonton, GA

Tour: 05/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

GREAT, GREAT & GREAT. I was not expecting the tour to be as good as was. Presentation, facilities and personnel were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The weather was cool & rainy when I were at Glencoe. The clouds were hanging low and the mist was in the coe. It was a open mouth moment."

Jane

Moraga, CA

Tour: 05/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been on six Rick Steves tours and we were thinking this might not be the most exciting of the six. Wrong! With the awesome beauty of Scotland itself, the rich history going back to ancient times, and a passionate guide from the Hebrides in the person of James (Seumas) Macletchie, another great adventure was guaranteed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"With everything going for Scotland, the essence of the trip's wow moment to me was actually the people we met along the way. We felt so welcome and were treated with kindness and loved the great sense of humor that was always a part of the conversation. I appreciated the music and poetry readings along the way."

Jane

Fishers, IN

Tour: 05/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip to Scotland was captivating, we learned and absorbed so much of the culture,history,mesmerizing surroundings and the lovely Scottish people as narrated by our wonderful guide, James! He demonstrated an amazing ability to coalesce a group of strangers into friends and fellow travelers as we came in the back door to this magical land.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many favorite moments to count, but a clear favorite was the iconic Scots experience of watching Neil,a born and bred shepherd, orchestrate his pack of border collies with just whistles and gaelic commands into a symphony of herding the flock of sheep so masterfully it still amazes me when I look at my pictures of that day. It was capped off by an even more emotional moment of cuddling 18 day old collie puppies as they squirmed and grunted, perfect!"

Bruce

Moraga, CA

Tour: 05/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very pleasant tour. Location guides were excellent and enough free time to explore on our own. Accommodations were surprisingly good. Liked the emphasis on Scottish history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheepdog demonstration and Culloden Battlefield."

Richard

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Unlike some trips, guided or not, made to unfamiliar places, this place and this guide made it a head filler. I mean that in good way. I learned so much about a culture that connects to what I've read in books. I believe Seumas, our guide, through his words and music, distilled the core meaning of what we travelled through. Many are the hours I will be reflecting on the Scotland I was made conscious of and that which goes deeper will last a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"From my Rick Steves tour of Ireland in June of 2012 I learned about the Ancient origins of the Stone of Destiny(Coronation Stone) on the Hill of Tara. Since then I have been hoping to see it myself and, pause and behold, there it was displayed in the royal domicile at Edinburgh Castle. Wow!"

Bruce

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was all that I hoped it would be. The itinerary was outstanding and full of very memorable sights and activities. Our guide, Nigel, did a superb job. There were two inoperable ferries from Oban, so he made alternate arrangements to get us on an earlier ferry. This could have become a major problem, but he handled it in such a great way that we actually got an extra hour of time to spend on Iona. The tour members were great, too. We all got along and made several new friendships.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Crannog Center is a gem. The demonstrations by the volunteers were phenomenal and the history of those early people were awe-inspiring."

Faith

Rice, MN

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Saw beautiful sites, learned much about Scottish history, and enjoyed the company of some amazing people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Especially enjoyed the special bagpipe player. She was very entertaining and serious about her craft."

Wentz

Tequesta, FL

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having a tour guide with local roots was very beneficial. The tour had a nice rhythm. We did not feel rushed and they were a nice mix of activities on any given day. There weren't too many churches or battlefields. The exercise level was acceptable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment- sheep dog demonstration"

Sandra

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Busy, informative, beautiful. Scotland is a bit challenging to cover because of distances between places, but the tour did a good job with where we went and what we experienced. Our ability to spend more time outdoors was limited by weather, but that's how it goes. And nothing was cancelled or not done because of the weather. While a handful of travelers were not exactly what I'd call "cheerful," there was little true complaining, probably thanks to the No Whine Contract. Thank you for that!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the sheep farm and herd dog demonstration. Watching the dogs work was joyful and enlightening. My husband loved Cullodden and would have spent more time there if he could, but I'm sure he's the only one who felt that way (he's a historian). Also Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness. Stirling Castle was also great."

Gary

Sequim, WA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought that our first Rick Steves tour (England with Roy Nichols)could not be beat, but our tour of Scandinavia with Ilva was just as wonderful. Then we took Nigel's Scotland tour and if was, again, just wonderful. Don't know how you do it. Keep it up. We hope to join you for Ireland in the next couple of years. Thanks so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to the crannog. Very interesting. And, of course, the sheep ranch."

Ruth

Ocala, FL

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Everyday was filled with unique activities. The small group paid off to get in and out before the crowd appeared.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neil Ross sheep dogs demonstration was joyful and amusing. The Culloden site move me to tears."

Pamela

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very enjoyable. Nigel did a good job of keeping us together and informed. Some ideas: Gluten Free people need to inform their guide. Food providers on the tour were not informed.One hotel owner took pity on me and offered me a GF bagel & some cookies because the breakfast was pancakes and Fr. toast. A big thank you to Graehm. Some quiet time on the bus would be great! No talking, no music so we could rest and visit and catch up. More time at Cawdor Castle and less at Culloden.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow Moments, in no particular order- Neil and his dogs. The chair lift ride The gorgeous scenery Urquhart Castle Mull and Iona Oban Hotel and view Crannogs Dinner "on us" at the Prime in Inverness where we had a green salad and vegetables with our meal!!! Cawdor Castle Culross Loved most all of the tour."

Jean

Erving, MA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous tour guide & itinerary. RS guide, Nigel, provided great mixture of historical & cultural information, (very well informed) and kept our group on track. RS tours seems to attract a hearty, humorous & gregarious type of individual. Everyone got along so well and mixed it up, rather than pairing up and leaving singles out in the cold. I was really impressed with the local guides and enjoyed the group activities most mornings and the free time in the afternoon & some evenings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To many to pick just one! I would have to say the sheep dog demonstration!"

Susan

Columbia, MD

Tour: 04/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved every minute of the tour. James our tour guide was so knowledgeable, friendly, and entertaining. The bush rides seemed short. We had just the right amount of time in Edinburgh but not enough in the rest of Scotland (sigh(

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, The boat ride on Loch Ness over to Irquihart castle was memorable. We were the only boat on the water (yes Rick Steves knows to beg there early) mist was hanging in the air and we glided up to the ruins with few other folks. Just so gorgeous And some of us claim dot have seen Nessie!! The other wow moment was James singing in the ruins at the Isle of Iona on the last day of our tour. How could we ever forget that? We also loved the sheepdog demonstration. Outstanding."

Pamela

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 04/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There were beautiful, moving, and fun moments throughout the tour. The tour consisted of a perfect mix of history, beautiful vistas, culture, and fun experiences. One example that included all three was cruising on the Loch Ness in the early morning mist and watching Urquhart Castle appear out of the mist and in the sunshine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is no question about my "wow" moment and it was our tour guide James. He embodied and shared with us the essence of the history and culture of Scotland throughout the tour. The most moving experience was when he sang in Gaelic in the small one room 12th century stone chapel on the spiritual island of Iona. It doesn't get much better than that! I bet you wish that you were there too!"

James

La Porte, IN

Tour: 04/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hi!!!! We had a wonderful time in Scotland aided by a marvelous tour guide James and stellar weather. James was your guide extraordinaire and so enhanced our various tours with history stories and his marvelous songs. He sings Gaelic Scottish songs that were so enjoyed. The destinations around Scotland gave us a great introduction to the country. We would have liked some more time in St Andrews. We walked part of the Old Course but then did not have time to do anything else.

Kim

Broken Arrow, OK

Tour: 04/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 5th Rick Steves tour and again it was an exceptional tour. It possibility topped my favorite. James our tour guide was outstanding as a guide, along with our bus driver. Awesome group of travel buddies. Scotland is such a beautiful country. I left wanting to stay longer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All moments were wow! But I loved the highlands. St Andrews was great. Got to hold a baby lamb at Neil's farm. Isle of Mull and Iona were spectacular. Loch ness boat ride in the morning to getting to Urquhart castle. Oh what beauty at this place."

Robert

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 04/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

James was truly operating in his own backyard and leveraged that knowledge in ways big and small to give us a real in depth experience. He had the right combination of information, humor and organization for each site we visited. This was no once-over lightly mail it in tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We happened to land on Iona during a beautiful sunny day. The physical beauty of the islands of Iona and Mull was fantastic. The historical nature of the area was just a perfect add on."

Kristina

Alexander, NC

Tour: 04/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

James, was amazing! He sang to us in Gaelic and added extra stops, when possible. It was obvious that our tour was the result of years of experience. He worked very hard to ensure all 28 people had a good time! Group meals were just about right - balanced with free time. Group meals were amazing with options to please all-w/ appetizers, entrees and desert! WOW! Our bus driver, Marchin, was wonderful and very talented as a driver, too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"JAMES! The island of Iona was my most moving experience on this tour. I also loved when James sang to us in the chapel on the island of Iona."

Ruth

Glen Rock, PA

Tour: 04/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As usual things move very quickly. There were places that I thought we spent more time then needed and others wishing we had more time to explore, like St. Andrews. The overall experience was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ride on Loch Ness was amazing. We had good weather and the views from the boat were spectacular. We could almost see the Loch Ness monster in the water."

Gale

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 04/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour! We covered a lot and saw the sites I felt were important to see along with others I was not expecting. Really came away feeling like we experienced the culture and lifestyle of Scotland. I enjoyed going to the areas of my ancestry and getting to experience them. The weather we had also made it extra special as we had mostly sun which we were not expecting at all (I know that's not the norm). James was very knowledgeable and gave us an extra treat by singing for us in Iona.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's very hard to say what the "wow" moment was as every spot we went had something special. I was really impressed with seeing the castles and learning more about the history of each. I love to know more about the history of an area as it is what shapes the country and the people."

Duncan

Vestavia Hills, AL

Tour: 04/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent from start to finish. Our guide James/Shamus was outstanding. The accommodations, transportation, meals, places we visited, balance between time on our own and time with the group could not have been better. We were also blessed with a very agreeable group of people and beautiful weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't think of one "wow" moment. Every day of full of them."

Carla

Georgetown, KY

Tour: 04/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour experience. The guide's knowledge & willingness to share his own experiences & insights enhanced the trip immensely. We visited several sights that aren't on the itinerary, & they were really a good addition to the tour. The little town of Dunkeld would have meant little to me without our impromtu guided tour; I'm glad that we visited. I was impressed by the Caledonian canal locks, another "glad we stopped."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the lookout on Ben Nevis. The gondola trip was one of the added extras that really made the trip memorable!"

Carol

Poquoson, VA

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience in Scotland went beyond my expectations. I am so pleased that Anne shared her knowledge of the geology along our route and included a geologic map and rock samples.The geology book I studied was too heavy to bring on the tour and here was Anne seamlessly adding the geology to her historical commentary. That completed my experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the stay at the Dunkeld House Hotel with a hike along the river before dinner and Ghillie playing and speaking about the bagpipes. For me it was one of those "off the beaten path" moments I will never forget. Time just stopped and I was immersed in the moment."

Jean

Tuscaloosa, AL

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were urged to pack the Rick Steves way and that was the best advice ever! It was so liberating to pack simply and be able to carry everything. I would advise ladies not to carry hair appliances. If you need something buy it where you are traveling...then you know it works! The trip around Scotland exceeded our expectations. The accomodations were lovely, the tour group all observed the no grump policy and were interesting and seasoned travelers. Our guide was fabulous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We personally enjoyed the time spent on the sheep farm and watching the border collies work the flocks. Every day presented new and interesting things to do and our guide enhanced the travel time with local history and music from the region."

Yvonne

Oakland, CA

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and it was a huge success!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many: The quaint but progressiveness of Edinburgh; the vistas of both the lowland and the highlands; the friendliness and kindness of the locals; the whiskey; and the training of the sheep dogs who work so hard herding sheep ( being able to cuddle puppies and lambs was an extra bonus)."

Catherine

Inwood, WV

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Felt completely immersed in the Scottish Culture. What a proud Country! I like knowing the history of where I am when traveling, and felt fully informed of all the sites we visited. The range of sites we visited was perfect. Loved the Sheepdog demonstration, the Crannog, Edinburgh castle, Stirling castle, Brodie castle, Culross, all of it! Anne was made for this! She treated us all so well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was the Sheepdog demonstration. The shepherd (Neil) was a real highlander shepherd. I like that the Scots speak their mind honestly. The Crannog was also so interesting!"

Angela

Fox Island, WA

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Simply wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neil's Sheep Farm visit and Ms. May's Bagpipe Performance"

Matthew

Fox Island, WA

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip and 10 day tour of Scotland was a blast. We visited during April which gave us a peak of the edgier country as it was waking up to Spring. The tour offers wide variety of experiences; from fine dining ,to farm stops, and a trip up a ski lift for lunch at Ben Nevis. The scenery, the castles, the history.. It was a really great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments along our path. One of the lesser expected "wows" was our visit to the sheep farm. Watching a real sheep herder at work with his border collies was stunning. He was a master of his craft and that was a demonstration like none I have ever scene."

Weather

Scotland / Edinburgh

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

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

Flights

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

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

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