• 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

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

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 2428 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Scotland come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 21 group sightseeing events • Georgian Edinburgh orientation • Edinburgh Castle • Walking tour of Edinburgh's Royal Mile • National Museum of Scotland • Culross Palace • St. Andrews • Scottish musical evening • Scottish Crannogs • Dunkeld Cathedral • Hermitage • Scottish Highlands walk • Sheep dog demonstration • Loch Ness cruise • Urquhart Castle • Inverness orientation walk • Culloden Battlefield • Clava Cairns • Cawdor Castle • Glencoe Valley • Whisky distillery tour and tasting • 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
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2018
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions 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 tour the turreted Cawdor Castle and its magnificent gardens. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore Inverness or stroll along the banks of the river before dinner together. Tonight is a great night to enjoy some traditional music in one of the many pubs. 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." The 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 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

David

The Villages, FL

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. We had high expectations. They were exceeded. Anne is the perfect guide. She went above and beyond what would be expected in many ways.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say visiting the Britannia was a highlight. We had heavy rain in Iona which would have been the highlight on a better day. We were more impressed with the town of St. Andrews rather than the golf course."

Diane

Bumpass, VA

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was wonderful! Ann Doig was very knowledgeable on all things Scotland and great fun! John was a great bus driver and I also enjoyed the smaller group size.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite Wow moment was the cruise of Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle!"

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."

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)."

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."

Jeff

Cold Spring, KY

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was great, Anne was fantastic and the tour members became a close nit family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Culloden battlefield was my wow moment due to my family ancestry that began and ended with that botched attempt by the Bonnie Prince. The sprawling farmers field with the red and blue flags, burial stones and memorial tower really took me back to my relatives point of view."

Nancy

South Bend, IN

Tour: 10/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent, our group was great fun, Scotland is beautiful and I learned so much about the country, then and now. Staying in small Dunkeld, particularly, was very enjoyable. I would highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments, but I will list the Culross "palace" tour, Neil's sheep dog demonstration, the day in Iona, the Hermitage walk, visiting the Highlands and walking around Dunkeld and Birnam."

Anne

Newberg, OR

Tour: 10/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My ancestors came from Scotland so I was most interested in the history and wanted to get a feel for the place. The itinerarary was wonderful, mixing stunning Edinburgh and a meandering tour of the countryside with a ongoing commentary and history lessons from our guide, Liz Lister. The hotels were comfortable, convenient to sights and and quite lovely. Liz was fun, charming and incredibly knowledgeable about the long and bloody history of the Scots and English.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought the highlands were stunning and loved the Hebrides, especially Iona. That part of Scotland seemed to define its people and helped me understand just how different they are from the rest of Great Britain. I also loved Edinburgh and walking with Liz through the little neighborhoods and squares and getting the benefits of her intimate knowledge of the city."

Jane

Washington, DC

Tour: 10/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The usual wonderful Rick Steves Tour- nice people, a great tour guide and nice hotels in great locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Iona was really special I also loved the sheep herding exhibition!"

Neal

Vineyard Haven, MA

Tour: 10/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves' tour and we were pleased to say it was fantastic. Scotland is such a beautiful country and I felt that we certainly saw a great deal of it. The hotels and restaurants, were top notch. The organized events and tours were terrific. I learned so much of the history of Scotland, certainly far more than I ever knew. My wife and I like the philosophy and method of Rick Steves' tours and of course we met many fine people. Lots of laughs and great experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The highlands provided the "wow" moments of the trip for me. Going their and seeing a shepherd handling his dogs and herding his sheep was truly an amazing sight. The highlands are so amazingly beautiful, I would love to go back there someday."

Jere

Newberg, OR

Tour: 10/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Didn't have any wow moments, but everything was good."

Karen

Lubbock, TX

Tour: 10/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Ric Steves tour and the pattern of excellence continues to unfold. The organization of this particular tour was skillfully arranged to explain the history, culture and current affairs. Starting with the prehistoric crannog site and ending with last battle site of Scotland, I am much more connected now with this part of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide, Liz was the embodiment of Scotland. Kind, funny, full of stories and songs, her love of her home and it's unique place in the world. On the last day of our tour, her recitation of the poem at the Bannockburn battle field, gave me a melancholic nostalgia for the struggles of a people who have fought for their existence. I think that was the thesis, the summary of the tour."

Anthony

Edina, MN

Tour: 10/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour and exceed our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Iona experience was wonderful."

Janet

Vineyard Haven, MA

Tour: 10/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second adventure with Rick Steves, and I'm sure there will be more. Scotland is such a lovely country and the tour was designed for us to sample many aspects: Edinburgh, rural villages, the glorious Highlands and the western islands. Our guide, Liz Lister, was warm, funny, smart and caring. Her historical knowledge was extensive and her background as an educator and biologist brought the informational component of the tour to another level.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I found the visit to Culloden very moving. The visitor center was designed to lead you via multi-sensory displays and historical artifacts to the final moments of this tragic battle. Then to walk the moor itself is a though-provoking experience."

Sue

Valencia, CA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour - great itinerary, great guide and bus driver, great tour mates!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one "wow" (although the sheepdog demonstration comes close) but a good collection of sites and experiences to get a sense of Scotland. So many sheep and a good number of "hairy coos" to see during the bus time. And Gillie's explaining and playing the bagpipes was another favorite."

Susan

Dunwoody, GA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just the BEST!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Neil and seeing the farm and sheep dogs was amazing! Loved he local guide on Isle of Mull, great insite on Isle life present day. Walking the river trail at Dunkeild was sublime"

Geri

Morgan Hill, CA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time in Scotland! Loved the country, people so friendly and warm, rich history! One item that I was very impressed with was the pace of the tour. I've been on other tours which made us spend 3-4 hours on a bus with no bathroom facility available or planned stops after breakfast. Brian made sure we had a facility on the bus and that we had a stop after 1-1/12 hours of travel. This was an item that made touring far more enjoyable and less stressful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The working sheep ranch with the dog demonstration, loved it! Even got to help sheer a sheep! The visit to Culloden was extremely moving, the museum was well done and informative. Oban was one of my favorite cities. Love being by the sea and this was a beautiful, friendly little haven."

Charles

Dunwoody, GA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great. I liked how we were busy, but had a few hours of free time per day, and immersed in Scottish culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Multiple wow moments. Seeing The Highlands at Glencoe, and all the rivers. Oban was great. The war memorials in tiny little towns with dozens of names on them."

George

Alpine, TX

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I did not have high expectations for touring Scotland. I thought it would be "OK" but was I surprised. The itinerary could not have been better. Our guide, Brian Hay, is the keeper of all things Scottish. He knows everything! Others know a lot as well. but Brian presents the information in appropriate "chunks" in a timely manner. Best guide ever. Wonderful trip. Our bus driver fantastic as well as the hotels and the bus itself. Oh... Lighten your luggage. You will not need sunscreen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The two giant horses statues."

Karen

Playa Del Rey, CA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first organized tour, and the entire experience was very good. Brian and our driver made each stop memorable. The hotels and the meals were similar in quality to what I seek out on personal trips. It would have been nice if we could have dined a bit later in the evenings so that we could have had more time to explore Dunkeld and Inverness. I could not have picked a better mix of travel companions. Our group had a nice mixture of ages, and it was nice having space to spread out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful scenery of the Glencoe area."

Suzanne

San Tan Valley, AZ

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Brian was absolutely amazing! His knowledge of each area was great, but they way he presented and made everything come to life was exceptional. I don't like that the tour is advertised as a 10 day tour, when there is really only 8 days of actual touring/sightseeing. Also since we were on the coach so much, it would have been nice to have WiFi on-board.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On our 2nd night in Inverness, we went to a local pub to see a band perform. I loved this night because we were able to hang out with the locals and experience their typical Saturday night. The band was amazing, the atmosphere was so much fun, and we all had a great time!"

Debra

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great learning experience! I was especially interested to hear so much of the details regarding Scotland's long history and about the different clans. I was very fortunate to meet such nice folks on the tour group too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several for me! The ski lift ride, the boat ride on Loch Ness, and the sheepdog demonstration are at the top of the list for me!"

James

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/27/17

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Gained insights regarding the scenery and topography of Scotland. impressed with the differences between the mountains of Scotland and the mountains of Washington State. Appreciate how a 3000 foot mountain in Scotland might not be very tall as mountains go but still very hard to climb. Disappointed that cultural characteristics of the people of Scotland as compared to the other people of Great Britain was not explored.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bus driver on Mull talking about her life and that of the local children. Bag pipe player and local leader in Edinburgh provided some good local insights."

Margaret

Naples, FL

Tour: 09/27/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organized. Moved on time. Comfortable being a "solo" traveler. It was exactly what I wanted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The green hillsides dotted with sheep as we drove through the highlands. The rainbow over Urqhart Castle."

Herb

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/27/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour as expected. Our 3D RS tour. Well described, so ferry/bus time was anticipated, mostly for Iona. Good group. Never late. As opposed to our Eastern Europe and Turkey RS tours from long ago, we noted less alcohol and more meals on our own. OK. Perhaps less down time than previous tours, but transportation replaced down time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Second time in Scotland but first time above St. Andrews. The James Bond "Skyfall" valley was unforgettable, even in the rain and wind. The Culloden battlefield is part of my MacGregor clan heritage so the visit was critical, but not a "wow". Something better!"

Sherrie

Lake Forest, CA

Tour: 09/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very busy: it was a running tour through Scotland. I saw almost everything on my list, and was able to fit more into a day than I thought possible due to the rapid pace of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Glencoe the chair lift was running, and we got to go up to the top, and come back down. The view was amazing!"

Betty

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 09/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland captured my heart with it's beautiful scenery and friendly people! Our tour guide, Robert was informative and all local guides terrific. Many thanks to coach driver, Alan, whose kind polite nature and expert driving was appreciated by everyone. As a solo traveler and first time tour taker all my reservations were unfounded as the other travelers felt like family and I met good friends. Hotels and food all excellent. Just simply a terrific experience and ready for the next one!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheepdog demo even in the wind and rain was great fun and also the chair lift in similar weather but drambuie helped restore feeling. Loved Oban by the sea, plan to return. Seeing the highland hairy coo's delightful and the islands of Mull and Iona a huge treat. Thanks Joe, (fellow tour member) for comment at the airport, already signed up again :)"

Denise

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 09/27/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This is my ninth RS Tour and likely my last. While I loved Scotland, I felt that there were too many castles - once you've seen Edinburgh and Stirling do you really need to see second and third string castles? Not enough exercise on the second-half of the tour. Way too much bus time. And the long and short of all of this was there was next to no free time. This tour felt like we were killing time until we could get into our hotel room and then it was dinner time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Andrews is a beautiful place and we caught it in the sunshine. Culross could very easily be bypassed so that we would have even more time in this lovely place by the sea."

Cynthia

Hallowell, ME

Tour: 09/27/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We very pleased with the knowledge and expertise of our tour guide, Robert Halkett. He was great and a true professional. We were pleasantly surprised about the quality of the accomadations, although I think some single travelers did not have as nice rooms in the same establishments. The large bus enabled most of us to have window seats. Bus driver was wonderful and we appreciated how much time was spent on seemingly back roads.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Iona and Mull. I picked this tour specifically because it went to those islands and many others do not. I loved Glenburnie in Oban and would go back in a heart beat. Best breakfast of the whole trip."

Valerie

Burlingame, CA

Tour: 09/27/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the "get to know you" evening, very nice way to meet and find out about your fellow travel mates. Our guide, Robert, was extremely knowledgeable of the history and stories of the areas we traveled. I was comfortable with the amount of group time and individual time offered on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The spectacular and wild beauty of the countryside."

Claire

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was great! I don't know that I'd choose to travel in a group again, but there is definitely something appealing about having it all planned out and taken care of for you. Everything was so smooth and comfortable! And our tour guide was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Edinburgh was gorgeous."

Stephen

West Hartford, CT

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the tour of Scotland. Learned a great deal about the area, history and people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loch Ness was spectacular."

Sarah

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved Scotland. The people are extremely nice, caring and very helpful. The culture and atmosphere was vibrant and traditional all at the same time. Our tour guide Anne Doig was exceptional. The Rick Steves tour experience is awesome; the local tour guides are interesting, the places that we toured were fascinating and I really enjoyed having down time to do what we wanted to do in each town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one "wow" moment. I really enjoyed the sheep farm and getting to see the little puppies try and herd the sheep. The Shepherd was very informative and even tried to teach us the different pitches of whistles that told his dogs to go faster, left, right, etc. It was a great down to earth moment. I loved being in Inverness, Edinburgh, St. Andrews and Culross and just walking around town and absorbing the culture."

David

Clifton Springs, NY

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful time! Our guide, Anne, was extremely knowledgeable and fun to be around. The scenery was beautiful, the accommodations very comfortable and the tour stops very entertaining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved having the chance to see the border collies in action and watch the shepherd, Neal, expertly demonstrate his craft."

Karyl

Canandaigua, NY

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, but based on this trip, it will not be our last. This was a vacation all the details were taken care of from directions from the airport to the hotel, to restaurant reservations, to access to laundry, to advice for trips on our own. It was as if we had a personal concierge in our corner. The trip route, the sights, the immersion in the local culture all were wonderful. Loved the music, the wee drams and biscuits, the picnic, and our meals together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being a golfer, I would have to say St. Andrews was my wow moment. A picture on the Swilcan Bridge has been on the bucket list for a long time. Culloden was also a moving experience, and of course the sheep dogs made for a really fun outing."

Jill

West Hartford, CT

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Easy tour. Covered a lot of ground across Scotland

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prehistoric Crannogs Sheepdog Demonstration Art museums on my own in Edinburgh"

Kathy

Hurley, NY

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A dream trip for us, and John got to see St. Andrews golf course, a lifelong dream!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking on St. Andrews for John, for me breakfast in Oban!"

Jim

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland - the people, the country, and the tour - were wonderful. We had been wanting an adventure and to return to Europe for an explore and were able to join the tour at the last moment. Ann and Rick Steves did not disappoint.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many highlights - the Crannog Center, the town of and cathedral in St Andrews, Culross, Urquhart Castle, the border collie demonstration, and, of course, Edinburgh and Stirling Castle."

Barbara

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic! the accommodations, the food, the coach, the sites chosen, all were wonderful, and I cannot say enough good things about our guide, Anne.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep dogs! I could have watched them for hours! Gillie the bag piper was also terrific!"

John

Forest Park, IL

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour provided a great overview of the country. Nigel was very knowledgeable about Scotland's history and culture and took care of everything for us. We had a great group of fellow travelers, which really added to our enjoyment of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really enjoyed the "highlands & islands" parts of the tour. Inverness, Oban, Mull & Iona were awesome!"

Kim

Independence, MN

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were excited to tour Scotland but a bit anxious about touring with a group as we tended toward more independent travel. This tour, like-minded travelers and our guide proved those concerns unwarranted! Nigel did an excellent job providing historical and cultural context to each stop; using travel time to share a thorough knowledge of Scottish history, immersing us in the experience. We found the landscape stunning and the people interesting and warm. We fell in love with Edinburgh and Oban!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip itinerary built toward my wow moment(s): the coastal city of Oban and it's sea personality and then the drive across Mull and the visit to the Isle of Iona - starkly beautiful! (and the best mussels I have ever eaten - Martyr's Bay restaurant in Iona!)"

Thomas

Dayton, OH

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very busy schedule which I liked. Plenty of time on our own. Loved our tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to know our fellow travelers. Each day was a new experience. LOved the lonely island of Mull and the wiskey tour at Oban."

Tom

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall I thought the tour was outstanding! Everything I expected and more. Initially, I was a bit upset when I realized what was advertised as a ten day tour was actually an eight day tour with a meet and greet day and a farewell day. As it turned out, I was fine with all that we did, and after being a solo traveler for 40 years, I just figured that this was the norm for guided tours. WE saw plenty and I really have little to complain about.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I did enjoy the sheep dog show, but the biggest WOW was Edinburgh. I love history and it was full of it! The guide we had in Edinburgh was excellent, and the audio system you provided made it much more enjoyable and understandable. So nice not to have to wait for everyone to get within earshot of the guide and strain to hear what is said."

James

Independence, MN

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience. The wireless headset that for the Edinburgh tour was a big plus. Food and service was very good at all 'dinners together'. All four hotels were adequate to very good, with Wellpark in Oban being my favorite. Coach bus was comfortable and felt very safe, with lots of space and a great driver. Enjoyed the stays in Kenmore and Inverness as well. Loved Gillie the bagpiper! Would have liked a bit more time in St. Andrews, but that was the only place I felt a bit rushed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Oban portion of the tour, with my 'wow' being the trip to Mull and Iona. Both islands were so cool with the scenery and history (Richard the bus driver and guide was awesome!), and the Martyrs bar and restaurant was great. If you go on this trip, consider breaking from the group and taking a later ferry back so you can spend more time on Iona."

Lorren

Shelton, WA

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great experience. Nigel was our guide and he was extremely knowledgeable and could answer almost any question we asked him! He made the bus rides fun with his lectures on history, his quizzes and his surprise treats. Our group was fun with lots of people with similar values and everyone had a sense of adventure. For the over 65ers like me, it definitely helps to be physically fit as there are a couple days of long walks up hills. We will definitely be on another Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our day on Iona. It started out with a dreary morning at Oban with light rain. But then the closer we got to Iona the better the weather got. At Iona, the sun broke through and the weather was surprisingly warm and the sky was clear so we could see many other island. What we liked was not the abbey with its remodeled walls but the quaint village and the self sufficiency of the residents. Finished our day at the pub on Iona talking with the locals about how they live and survive the winter"

Kelly

Creston, BC

Tour: 09/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great people, great guide, great tour! The pace of the tour was perfect, not too fast, not too slow. We saw places that were definitely not on the main tour trail but also saw places that were. It was a very nice mix and James, our guide, provided history and information that was so enjoyable, I was never once bored with his stories!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my "wow" moment consists of an accumulation of things, the whole geographical, historical and just pure beauty of what makes up Scotland. I was taken with the diversity of the landscape, with the fullness of their history, with the peacefulness of the whole country.... I never imagined it was so beautiful!"

Lawrence

Burnaby, BC

Tour: 09/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is probably one of the best Rick Steeves tours we have done, (seven tours so far). For a beginner traveler this is the one to start with to ease into travel in Europe but still challenged enough to keep us jaded tourists feeling it was worth doing. Only complaint would be that it was too short and packed with things. One or two days extra time would give you a chance to 'catch your breath' and appreciate better what you'd been doing and seeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the valley of Glencoe. This area so spectacular and reminds me a great deal of the tundra of Canada."

Robin

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 09/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Superb. This itinerary hits a breadth of highlights and gives plenty of historical context. The hotels were in close proximity to a range of sights (and charming!). This does mean you are often on and off the bus. No trip was too long, and on the way we learned about current events, history and the many players in both. On our tour, guide James did a great job with the music and the stories. You really get a feel for Scotland, and, if you listen, it will break your heart.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You'll see a lot here about the collies, whose connection with their human was amazing to witness. For me, finally opening the right door and discovering St. Salvador's chapel at St. Andrews did take my breath, as did hearing the bagpipes, the real voice of Scotland. But our walk to Black Linn Falls earns the wow. Beautiful scenery, the symphony of the woods and water, and James' Gaelic poetry made the stop special."

Diane

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland was steeped in history, natural beauty and colorful/friendly people. You connect with the land on this tour - less big city museums and churches and more immersion/appreciation of the land. Our guide, James Macletchie, made history and his love for Scotland and the Outer Hebrides come alive! I loved his Gaelic poems, songs and stories. I connected on so many levels that I've ordered a DNA test - I'm sure I must have some Scottish heritage.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the incredible beauty of the Highlands and the sheep dog demonstration. The sheep and dogs put on a 'highland ballet' with their intricate movements orchestrated by a working shepherd using Gaelic commands and whistles. There was a lot of talk about how to smuggle one of his puppies into our luggage. It was also amazing to experience the reconstructed crannog and learn about their history and this prehistoric way of life."

Pam

Peace River, AB

Tour: 09/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Top notch overall. The group was the right size and the people were engaging. I recommend the tour to all I talk with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many,top of the mind would be the view of the highlands along the lochs."

Kevin

Burnaby, BC

Tour: 09/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Another great tour with another exceptional guide! scotland was everything I expected it to be [INVALID] Beautiful, moody landscapes, gorgeous, comfortable hotels and lots of historical information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the spectacular scenery around Glencoe although as an animal lover the sheep dog demo was also a highlight."

Steven

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best of our four tours so far. The country was beautiful and the people so friendly. We had many instances of local kindness, helpfulness and just great connections.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the raw beauty of the Highlands and Glen Coe. Misty and mystical."

Elizabeth

Irwin, PA

Tour: 09/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First Rick Steves tour so I really didn't know what to expect. Was a little intimidated to be traveling across the pond so wanted an organized experience. Was not disappointed, accommodations were nice , day trips were fun ,and the weather was typical Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most majestic experience was stopping at Glencoe and taking in the scenery, breathtaking!"

Julie

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/20/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The overall tour experience was fine. Scotland was spectacular! The hotels were wonderful! And, I can't say enough good things about James, our tour guide. He was everything and more of what one could ask of a tour guide!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know that I had a "wow" moment! Maybe the Highlands in general! They were spectacular!!!"

Gene

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/20/17

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

We spent entirely too much time on the bus and very little time on our own exploring towns and cities. In light of Rick's proclamation to get out and explore on your own I found just the opposite to be true. Our tour director James was very knowledgable and entertaining

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring Edinburgh prior to the start of the tour"

Melinda

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed Scotland and its people. Our guide was quite outstanding, a 21st century Renaissance man! Accommodations were very good as was the itinerary, although I would have liked to spend more time in St.Andrews and to see more of the islands. Our trip to Iona was cancelled due to bad weather. A number of our tour got sick at the end which somewhat colored our experience.

Rick

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great adventure like in the past 2 trips. I got sick the last 4 days, so it was not much fun during that time. Only complaint was the walk up to Endinbourgh castle--might have been more friendly to have a bus take us up to the gate.

Sherry

Gardner, KS

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Brian (tour guide) and Alan (driver) were phenomenal. The history from Brian was amazing and he covered it all and was able to answer all questions. Alan made some expert driving! This was my first tour ever and I loved it. I do think there were times when we were doing an awful lot in one day with no time to rest. That makes it difficult to absorb everything. Every place we stayed we were welcome and taken care of like royalty. Everyone was wonderful along the way!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How do you pick one? Gilly the bagpipe player was outstanding. Getting to know her and her experience in addition to her knowledge of the bagpipes was fantastic. Neil the shepherd was also outstanding. Watching and learning from him on working with the dogs to get the sheep lined up was amazing! He does a great job explaining how it all works and then demonstrated expertly! Mostly, though, I was overwhelmed by the scenery in the highlands. I did not enjoy Edinburgh or Inverness."

Mary Lynn

Redding, CA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very congenial group - great guide - very informative - really knows his stuff - loved his dry sense of humor as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The highlands. Beautiful scenery."

Suzanne

Crown Point, IN

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide was great. His explanations of Scottish history were enjoyable spiced with his great sense of humor. All the members of our group were very friendly especially for me as traveling as a solo. The Scottish landscapes were splendid especially the Highlands.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the trip to the islands of Mull and Iona. Seeing the Coo cattle was very interesting. The abbey on Iona was very spiritual and thought provoking."

Pamela

Safety Harbor, FL

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful trip. Scotland is beautiful and Brian was so knowledgeable about the history and locations we visited. Everything timed well - never felt rushed and never a boring minute. I would do it again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one wow moment but I did love the highlands and Inverness was a great city. But so was Edinburgh. Loved the Highland Cow!!! It reminded me so much of the Pacific Northwest where I lived for 25 years. Now in Florida and I really do miss the scenery and the mist."

Cheryl

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Brian was very knowledgeable and gave me much more history of Scotland that I really appreciated. He is also very organized and everything went smoothly.

Carol

Flower Mound, TX

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved dancing in scottish bar in Inverness, the sheep shephard with his collies, and the bag piper. All very fun experiences."

James

Waukon, IA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

good tour, good guide, good tour group, good weather, good facilities, good bus driver

Favorite "WOW" moment

"there several. could have skipped the loch ness cruise."

Susan

Santa Maria, CA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well rounded tour of the whole of Scotland. Outstanding driver, Allen and guide, Brian!!! Scotland is a beautiful country and we were able so see the various types of terrain and experience the people. Food was excellent and hotels were mostly above average.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oban, Mull and Iona! The only thing to make it better would be to add Staffa."

Patricia

Wilton, CA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'd gone on a RS tour previously but my husband had not. He'd done little international traveling, and I wanted to be sure we had a great time for our anniversary trip. Rick steves was the only choice for us as I knew the quality of the experience could be reliedmon, and the tour size and philosophy fit us. We were hot disappointed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two - checking in to our room in Oban at the Glenburnie and seeing the view, I didn't want to leave. My second was being presented with a card and round of happy birthday on the bus the morning of my birthday. I'd mentioned it casually in passing the first or second day of the trip, so it was really unexpected. Also, because my husband was unwell that day and unable to join us, it really made me feel lets alone for the day."

Debra

Goodyear, AZ

Tour: 09/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fun and a great learning experience. We saw the most talked about sites you hear about, but also saw some things you wouldn't expect to experience. There were a few places I wish I had more time, but I understand the group has diverse interests and it is hard to please everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment for me was Culloden."

Janice

Independence, OR

Tour: 09/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful country side! Edinburgh was a fascinating , welcoming city. Enjoyed the the destinations for each part of the trip. Especially ST andrews and the Isle of Iona.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite part of the trip was the sheep ranch and the incredible dogs!"

Barbara

Monmouth, OR

Tour: 09/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding guide! Incredibly beautiful country! Great scotch. Amazing and poignant history. And a fantastic group of tour-mates!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Day after day of incredibly beautiful countryside"

Tom

New Albany, OH

Tour: 09/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland and our Scottish tour far exceeded the high expectations that we had when we booked this tour. The country is beautiful, the people are warm and humorous, and the country's history is rich. Our Rick Steves' hotel accommodations were exceptional and we enjoyed many great meals with our tour partners. Special call out goes to our guide, Nigel. He added so much color to the tour with his shared information and opinions. We felt that he often went out of his way to add "surprises" and supp

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the opportunity to assist (i.e. blow in the bag) Gilley to play the bagpipes. Being blessed with hot air really pays off."

Holly

Alameda, CA

Tour: 09/13/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Too much time on bus. Some of the sights we were shown didn't mean much to us, such as the waterfall, ski lift ride and hunting lodge which had a beautiful setting but wasn't close to anything else. We would have liked to spend more time seeing Scott's ship the Discovery. Oban was appealing but we didn't have enough time there. On Iona we wanted to hear more about St. Columba but due to rain, I guess, we didn't get much history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stirling Castle was great but, again, not enough time there."

Robert

Alameda, CA

Tour: 09/13/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

to much time bus. some of the sites we were shown did me much to us, waterfall,ski lift ride,hunting lodge where there wasn't nothing to see. stop at discovery was very interesting but just 20 min couldn't see anything it was a waste. we stop at sterling castle given 2 hours to see not enough time and rushed back to hotel in edinburgh.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"took us to edinburgh castle and rush us through just so we could walk around a little more. we spent three weeks on our own and absorb more than on your trip."

Jeanne

Roseville, CA

Tour: 09/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from Stirling Castle"

Richard

Brights Grove, ON

Tour: 09/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Even though it rained virtually every day, Nigel was able to entertain us with his stories about historical Scotland and show us some sights "off the beaten Path". It was a great learning experience and the scenery in the Highlands was spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It rained for a lot of the time we were on the tour, but the day we went through the Highlands it was clear and sunny. What a show! Second place was the demonstration of the sheep dogs. I did not expect this to be so interesting."

Donna

Invermere, BC

Tour: 09/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was wonderful! Good pace - busy enough to maximize the territory covered but relaxed enough for some nice free-time experiences. Amazing diversity of points-of-interest and attractions. Tour Guide's commentary on the bus was informative and really enhanced the travel time. Our Guide, Nigel, was awesome - well prepared, organized, knowledgeable, humorous and personable. Accommodations and food were comfortable and delicious. Bus driver, John, was a pleasure to chat with. Just great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many moments when I said to myself "Wow"! Arriving at the top of the chair lift on the Glencoe ski hill was a total "Wow"! It was a gorgeous sunny day with no wind and the view was spectacular! Each of the castles were also "Wow" experiences - some in ruins, some restored to museum quality and one still a residence for the owner. Very intriguing! And of course the sheep dogs at work ("Wow" they are so good at their job!) and the puppies - too cute!"

Robert

Winter Park, FL

Tour: 09/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour agenda was well crafted and executed.Unfortunately,the weather became a bit of an obstacle at certain activities/venues...a very rainy summer even by Scottish standards.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep dog demo,Gilly the piper and John at the crainog exhibition were all outstanding,interesting and informative."

Kay

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 09/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. Cannot think of anything that was unpleasant or went wrong. Even the weather was great, and for Scotland I heard that was really something. I Loved the hotels, the food, the people I met, the tours, the scenery. The Tour guide, Nigel, was very informative, especially with Scotland's complicated royal history. Scotland is a physically beautiful country, and even it s air was spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was hard to choose. I vividly remember the sheepdog demo and the shepherd's read on Scottish life, but I also was overwhelmed by the ski lift ride up the mountain...a perfectly clear day, and one could see forever!"

Drew

Louisville, KY

Tour: 09/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All good. High quality hotels and restaurants. Outstainding guide with outstanding knowledge of the country and also a very good organizer.. Sufficient free time. No lack of interest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Border collies and Neil Ross."

Jayne

Louisville, KY

Tour: 09/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was overall a wonderful trip. With 2 other RS trips under my belt it is easy to compare; having said that I know each tour will have it's ups and downs..to me that is what creates the richness of each trip. Who ever came up with idea of each person having their own audio device deserves a hefty raise...that is pure genius...many thanks from those folks who are walking toward the back of the group..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was seeing the dogs working the sheep....you can't get much closer to nature than that... It was also a great treat to have Gillie to talk about as well as demonstrate the bag pipes..."

Wanda

New Albany, OH

Tour: 09/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

More than pleasantly surprised. The countryside, the Scottish people, and food were all great. The tour had a nice balance of history and scenic viewing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the Scottish Black Face Sheepdogs performing, sheering a sheep, and holding a puppy were all amazing experiences. I was delighted to bring a book home about herding to share with our grandchildren. Iona would have been a wow moment except for dodging the rain."

Patricia

Marina, CA

Tour: 09/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nigel was excellent and took great care. Our tour group was great. My favorite teo activities were visiting the sheepherder and Gilly the bagpiper. Culloden battlefield was emotional as I learned a grest deal of Scottish history prior. The castles were wonderful. My favorite activity was visiting the gardens.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The woe moment wad watching the sheepherder whistle and call his dogs to herd his sheep."

Tom

Quilcene, WA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every aspect of the tour was beyond what I had expected.

Kathleen

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were exposed to the history, culture, food, liquor and so much more of Scotland by our guide, Robert.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Isle of Iona"

Ken

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. We got a good introduction to the country and its history. I wish we had spent more time in St. Andrews, but otherwise everything was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oddly enough, my favorite was the sheepdog demonstration. It was just amazing."

Mona

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour ever and i was truly impressed. I had an amazing time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The abbey at Iona was so peaceful and beautiful"

Elizabeth

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a harmonious traveling group that bonded well. Overall, we were very pleased with the hotels. We saw a good overview of Scotland, which is what we wanted. The tour was well-paced. Our only regret is that we didn't have more time in St. Andrew's. We would have preferred less time in Inverness and more in St. Andrew's.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Urquhart Castle and seeing a rainbow behind it over Loch Ness."

Joanne

Vista, CA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I always enjoy Rick Steves tours and this one was as nice as the rest. Our guide was ver professional and we greatly appreciate his take charge work when a member of our part broke her leg getting off the Island of Mull bus. Robert stayed either her and her husband all day getting her appropriate treatment. It was a difficult time but he was stellar.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't think of just one thing but I love the cultural interactions such as the shepherd demonstration. I wish there was opportunity to see Highland dancing. That would have been nice"

Steven

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We love the Rick Steves way of traveling, close in-city hotel access or unique country experiences. This is our second tour and it was another wonderful experience. Very nice people on the trip as you would expect with the clear itinerary and expectations communicated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While there were many, I would say the beautiful sunset evening looking over the bay at the port city of Oban, after the gorgeous day on Mull and Iona. The ferry ride back in the evening looking east to the beautiful range of mountains was spectacular."

Lynne

San Luis Obispo, CA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was absolutely wonderful. Scotland was a beautiful country, even though we had particularly cold weather for September.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunset at Oban. Culloden Hallibut dinner in Oban Our room in Inverness Working border collies... BUT, was dissapointed I didn't get to see the puppies!!"

Stephen

Sonoma, CA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very much enjoyed traveling through the beautiful Scottish countryside and learning about the country's history. Edinburgh was less enjoyable but still worth the time spent. Accommodations were very good and the staff at each stop was very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Especially liked the town of Oban and the Isle of Iona."

William

Oceanside, CA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding and met our expectations up until our tragic accident on the island of Mull.

Susan

Sonoma, CA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved Scotland and it's landscape. Some people might want some less rural but not us! The accommodations worked out well. Our guide, while very knowledgeable and nice, was a bit stiff. Not much humor. Some people Including us found the monotone script on the long bus rides to be sleep inducing. As our 3rd Rick Steve's tour, our visits to Ireland and Prague were much more animated That said, we had a nice time, met some nice people, and loved the scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the lady bagpiper. She was a real hoot. Also the lady guide in the ancient yellow castle in Colruss I believe. Very knowledgeable and funny. Of course, the sheep dog demo was fantastic."

Bruce

Salem, OR

Tour: 09/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland expertly weaves a combination of history and contemporary innovation into a fascinating tweed. The tour packs a lot into a limited time span and introduces the first time visitor to the diversity that Scotland offers. The lodgings all had their unique charms and levels of sophistication and the breakfast selections at each locale were warmly welcomed. Our tour guide, Anne Doig was exceptional and her knowledge of history and culture brought the tour alive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was just a little side stop on our way to the highlands, but the visit to the shepherd Neil Ross and his cadre of border collies and worried sheep was exceptional. We all enjoyed his banter and the performance of the sheep and dogs is worthy of championship status. Feeding the lambs and frolicking with the collie puppies culminated the experience."

Vicki

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/06/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed the beauty of Scotland and all the experiences unique to the country. Anne was a great guide, fun to talked to, very informative and always there to help with anything and to answer questions. I was very impressed with how friendly and fun the Scottish people were. Pubs were lots of fun with great food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many WOW moments but the one that stands out was our trip to Iona. From riding on the boats to get there and hiking around the island, it was a beautiful day. I can't go without saying that I loved Edinburgh!! It is a fun city to walk around and had lots to see."

Gavin

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed our ten day tour. There were interesting sites each day, and the hotels and food were good. Our tour guide Anne was knowledgeable and positive. The other tour participants were nice and easy to get along with. We would recommend this tour to others, and take Rick Steves tours in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Urquhart Castle was my favorite part of the tour. It was fun to explore the ruins and there were lots of good photo opportunities. I also really liked the Scotland National Museum. Also the first pub we went to for dinner was excellent."

Linn

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First Rick Steves tour and it was great. The tour was Scotland and I only wish it had been longer. I loved Scotland. Anne Doig was fantastic and a wealth of knowledge. How she handles and keeps track of 26 people is beyond me. I also like the way she gave everyone time and attention. Everyone on the tour was very nice. Absolutely no grumps! I felt like it was a very cohesive group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have a many wow moments but I'd have to say the Isle of Mull and Iona were so awe inspiring. Beauty beyond belief. Loved the time spent there. Also loved the chairlift. Such a great way to see the highland moors."

Ronald

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 09/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very pleased with the tour. We weren't sure that we'd like the confines of touring with a group, but found it quite pleasant and realized that we learned a lot more from our guide (Anne) than we would have picked up on our own. The group held together, being on time, etc, better than I had expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This will sound peculiar, but the most amazing moment of the whole tour was when our coach driver (Allan) made a U turn in a traffic circle that looked almost too small for a Mini."

Bob

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 09/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Scotland. Our tour guide Ann Doig made the history and culture of this country come to life. The landscape of Scotland was unmatched by anything we'd seen before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The island of Iona. It was as if we had traveled back in time. I felt like we were in a movie. The scenery was spectacular."

John

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/06/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent tour overall, with a vast amount of interesting information provided. Very attentive and knowledgeable staff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many... The tour at Culross, the village of Kenmore, the sheepdog demonstration, Glencoe, Oban, the Isle of Iona, Sterling Castle. All amazing."

Janet

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My family had a great time. This was our second Rick Steves tour and we really enjoyed it. Out only complaint was that we would have liked to have more free time. Our last tour to Ireland was 14 days so we had built in time. This was 10 days so we did not have the same free time. Ann was very friendly and very informative about the areas we toured.

Lela

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 09/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Scotland couldn't have been better. We had a great group of 26. The time in the bus wasn't too long as we had many breaks and tea parties. Between the bus, trams, boat rides and chair lift we were all satisfied. The news was all good....the new Forth bridge was opened by Queen Elizabeth and we were some of the first to travel over it, little Prince George was starting school and Will and Kate are expecting a third baby!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say that the ride on the chair-lift in Glencoe was outstanding. The 50 shades of green from the top were breathtaking. Lots of hikers. Also, the sheep dog demonstration near Glencoe really kept everyones attention. We even got to help out a bit. Fun!"

Kim

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From lodging to transportation and food everything was smooth and effortless. Anne is an outstanding guide and directed us to many great venues. One venue that stood out was in Inverness where Anne and many of our tours members met at a pub prior to dinner to listen to some live music. It was great having the group sitting together and getting to know each other in this fun relaxed environment. It is spontaneous activities like these that makes your tours special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stated above"

Stephanie

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I truly enjoyed this amazing tour of Scotland! I feel that I not only got to see the most iconic and historically significant places, but I also got a feel for the culture and character of Scotland. The food was delicious (including the haggis!), the hotels and B&Bs were first rate, and our tour guide was wonderful and truly committed to showing us the history, culture, and natural beauty of Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many to recount here, but the first one that comes to mind is the view from atop the tower at the ruins of the cathedral in St. Andrews. Another "wow" moment was taking in the incredible views as we ascended (and later descended) Glencoe Mountain on a chairlift. I also found myself saying "wow" more than once as we cruised across Loch Ness, simply because it was incredible to be at such a well-known, legendary place."

Joan

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 09/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves 'Tour and my husband and I agree that we would sign up for another of his tours without hesitation. The exceptions that we had based on the website information were met or exceeded and our tour guide,Anne Doig, was incredibly knowledgeable regarding not only the history and culture of Scotland, but of other European countries. Anne also kept things rolling at a pace that seemed to work for everyone and addressed any problems that arose efficiently and effectively.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Other than the crannogs, seeing Culross, and spending time on Iona, my favorite "wow" moment occurred at The Kenmore Inn. After seeing a wonderful bagpipe performance by Gilly, I wandered into the restaurant bar area to catch a glimpse of young men who were attending a wedding reception and wearing kilts. To my surprise , one of the employees arranged for a group of 6 or 8 of these handsome Scots in kilts to pose with me for a photo!!!"

Rebecca

Aptos, CA

Tour: 09/06/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I really liked our guide, Anne. She went above and beyond for us. I liked the places we saw. I feel that I got a good introduction to Scotland with some special touches. I would probably eliminate the chairlift on the way to Oban so that there is more time to explore Oban. It seems that this is a common comment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Isle of Iona, mostly for the beautiful beaches I explored."

Desiree

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/06/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Scotland tour was a wonderful experience, and as always Rick Steve's delivered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although I loved all parts of the tour, although the part that was most unexpected was viewing the crannog in Kenmore. The castles and churches were expected, but the crannog was so unique."

Paula

Chico, CA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour was well planned and kept us busy. The weather was horrible, not your fault. Guide was nice and well informed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess that it would be St. Andrews ( I really enjoyed that town) Also the sheep herding demo."

John

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good group; good guide; good variety of activities and destinations; plenty of room on the new bus; schedule allowed some time on our own and was not too busy;

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The outstanding color and vastness of the mountains near the Highlands."

Rosalie

Chandler, AZ

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

While I really enjoyed the experience, I would have liked more time at several of the stops. Nigel was a great tour guide, John was a fantastic coach driver, and the accommodations were better than expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to Iona."

Charles

Chico, CA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

There were good times (good leader, friends made, a beautiful country with an interesting history) and some not so good (like the "continually wet weather in September" that I did not expect. I'm not sure whether we traveled too late in the season or whether it was just an unusually wet year (that's what we were told). We packed for what we thought would be cold and damp weather but we were clearly not prepared for the west side of the country (Glencoe and Oban).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed our experience in Edinburgh, a bustling city where we only scratched the surface of things to see and do. I also enjoyed the crannogs in the Highlands and Highland rivers and streams. I almost longed for a fishing pole (and I am no longer a fisherman). California is dry and hot in August so damp and cool was appreciated."

Robert

Everson, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great, not a bad moment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Day trip to Iona, Iona, and the trip back."

Marge

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guide was excellent and the tour was very informative. The facilities were "quaint" with good food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but I would say the band at Gilliam's bar in Inverness as well as the visit to the site of the Battle of Culloden."

Arnie

Edmond, OK

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt that the tour was led by a very competent tour guide that provided value for my tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the Oban Distillery tour. Our local guide was very good."

Donald

Sun Lakes, AZ

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Nigel was very knowledgeable. Saw many interesting places. A few to many castles. Thought we would have more free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"None"

Janet

Sun Lakes, AZ

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No real wow moment on this tour."

Michelle

Northfield, MN

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip, except for the rain!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the sheep farm. i really enjoyed watching the dogs herd sheep, the sheep shearing and the sheep farmer who so skilled at his craft."

Jayma

Everson, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A pleasurable and happy experience for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would select two favorite parts of our trip. One would the evening listening to Gillie McNabb play the bagpipes and share her story while we were staying in the Kenmore Hotel. A talented lady with self deprecating humor who inspired several generations of musicians. Secondly, we fell in love with the whole Island of Iona. One coach ride and two ferry boat trips to reach, it was a bit of a pilgrimage in itself with ruins of abandoned holy places juxtapositioned with a still living church."

Ted

Northfield, MN

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great overview of Scotland. Weather was a bit rough and needed warmer clothing. Enjoyed the group, guide and experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Isle of Iona and Oban. Great views and seafood."

Judy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was great. Activities were well-chosen, hotels and meals of high quality, Nigel was mature, organized, knowledgeable, funny and encouraging. (Encouragement was especially valuable when faced with a chairlift ride in, even for Scotland, really bad weather.) The bus was extremely comfortable and enabled us to make the best use of our time. And, of course, the other group members were all nice people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As golfers, St Andrews was a thrill. The trip to Iona was a wonderful day culminating in that beautiful, remote, interesting island. And while we all joked that it wouldn't be the "wow" moment, the trip up the chairlift had its own rewards: the Drambuie from Nigel, the more moderate weather and the gorgeous rainbow across the valley as we descended. Finally, Neil Ross and his sheepdog demonstration was an authentic look at, perhaps, a dying way of life."

Claudia

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 08/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved it! This is my first tour and first Rick Steves tour. In the past I did all the arrangements myself using Rick Steves guidebooks. I didn't have the time this trip so we did the tour and now we plan to do it this way from now on. Our tour guide was so great that he made the trip go so smoothly and pleasantly. there were so many great places to experience. I loved that we stayed in each place 2 nights do we weren't constantly dragging our bags around. Loved all the places we stayed

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It wasn't a spectacular moment but a quiet moment. We were in the tiny stone abbey chapel built in 1200 on the isle of Iona and our whole group sang Holy Holy Holy. We listened in silence as it reverberated. It was so lovely"

Susan

Brooklyn, NY

Tour: 08/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved Scotland and it's people. All the tour participants were fun, lovely people. I was traveling by myself as I have in the past and there were 2 other solo women travelers who I got to eat and explore with. It was really great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have 2 favorite wow moments. I loved Neil the shepherd and I loved visiting Culloden Battlefield. It was a very emotional place."

Kurt

Ruther Glen, VA

Tour: 08/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steves tour and it was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving at Edinburg castle and taking in the commanding view from the castle."

Kristen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Transformative experience. Brian's great skill at leading the group and Marcin's great skill driving made this an outstanding trip for me. We were given a beautiful gift through their leadership, and were able to enter the places we visited with greater understanding and respect. I keep coming back to the feeling of "depth"--so much more than simply traversing a beautiful place. It is beautiful--and--Brian and Marcin helped us enter there in a felt way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the old part of Edinburgh, music at the pub in Inverness, Culloden, castles and cathedrals, standing stones, sailing to and being on Iona. Every place was beautiful and the history so "deep", it was very moving, even simply driving across the countryside as it opened into mountains. The combination of interesting and beautiful places plus informative commentary was outstanding. Brian had devices that helped us hear him in Edinburgh, brilliant tool in a crowd!"

Katherine

Tampa, FL

Tour: 08/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt that I saw so much more of Scotland than I would have if I had tried to do this on my own. I've planned European trips with family before, so I really appreciated how organized and efficient everything was. This was my first group tour, so I wasn't sure how I'd like it (since I'm quite an independent traveler). The people in the group were great, and I had a good balance of time with the tour members and time on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one. Traveling through the Glencoe Valley was spellbinding. Understanding the history of what happened there added to that feeling. Close second was the cathedral ruins at St. Andrews. It's beautiful and haunting at the same time."

Henry

Cambridge, MD

Tour: 08/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Scotland is certainly a different land than the United States. It has a beauty of of its own. The lands are green and thousands of sheep are grazing everywhere. Just beautiful. And the people are so friendly and helpful. Stand around and look confused and somebody will say can I help you. And the hotels and Bed and Breakfast places where we stayed were excellent and some had an elegance that we hardly find in Bed Breakfast places in America.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aside from all the big castles, much bigger than in Germany or perhaps Europe, the most impressive experience was on the sheep farm where the shepherd showed the rounding up of sheep by the sheppard's dogs and how to shave off the wool from an unwilling sheep."

Rick

Clackamas, OR

Tour: 08/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent mix of high and low profile venues, every site was a gem.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sterling castle and the working sheep farm."

Deborah

Austin, TX

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thouroughly enjoyed our trip to Scotland. We really connected with the people in our group. Our guide was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several. 1. The battlefield at Culloden. The field was so beautiful and yet you could feel the history of that moment from so long ago. I love history and Robert helped us understand how this battle helped shape our own history. 2. Playing or attempting to play the bagpipes. When am I ever going to have that opportunity again?"

Debbie

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As usual, we enjoyed our Rick Steves tour. Well organized, got to meet other people who enjoyed travels as much as we do. We were disappointed to hear that the Edmonds Rick Steves office did NOT communicate to our tour group leader that our arrival time was delayed due to the hurricane, as we had to re-route our travels. We personally went to the Edmonds Office & give them our revised arrival time, which we believed would make us arrive late for the group orientation get together.

Mike

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well organized...as usual. What makes a Rick Steves tour are the guides and the subtle extras they provide. I truly enjoyed getting to meet the people of Scotland, very approachable and friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing at the "Old Course in St. Andrews", and spending time with the sheep dogs and their trainer, simply amazing. And the icing on the cake..sipping whiskey in Oban."

Thad

Maynard, MA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was excellent with a varied itinerary covering a good variety of sites and activities. The small hotels were lovely, with the only issues a lack of elevator and balky skylight at The Place. Robert was an outstanding guide, very knowledgeable and personable with fine attention to details. We found some of the walking a challenge and we are probably "aging out" of any future Rick Steves tours. But, we had been warned in the pre-tour literature and are glad we took the challenge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several moments for me including the Cranogg at Kenmore, the sheepdog herding, the beauty of the Highland topography and the sunlight at Iona that reminded me of the Greek Isles. The guide at the Cranogg was great."

Patience

Maynard, MA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This really WAS the Best of Scotland. The places we went - the places we stayed - the food - the guide and the company - all were memorable and very congenial. Only suggestion: give us a "Morning Off" - to read, to go shopping, just to think. This trip is really an overdose.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the sheep dog demonstration. It was unique, lively, instructive. Also enjoyed Ghillie McNab's bagpipe demonstration and explanation,in Kenmore. Could have used more opportunities to actually HEAR bagpipes (this although we'd arrived 3 days early in Edinburgh, just to see the Tattoo.) Also - the Crannog and its explanations were outstanding. Stirling Castle remains a cypher. Could have used a site map with annotations. Not a good orientation from Robert, OR from local guide."

Nancy

Newtown Square, PA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable group of experienced travelers. Interesting itinerary with good balance of urban and rural sights and activities. It gave a sense of Scottish history and modern day Scotland as well. Very good bus driver who was extremely accommodating. We would like to mention the overly long walk to the restaurant after the first group meeting. Several people in the group had literally just come from the airport, and for them the walk was a killer. You might want to rethink this plan.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the Scottish Crannog Center in Kenmore. The volunteer who gave us our tour was outstanding. Our real wow moment was the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo which we attended a day before the tour started. We would also mention two other things that we did prior to the tour--Hadrian's Wall and the Royal Yacht Britannia which were both very worthwhile. We also loved the Sheep dog demonstration and the after dinner bagpiper even though it was nearly impossible to understand her."

Harriet

Greenville, GA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We feel like we just came back from fantasy-land! Not only did we visit a beautiful country and get a wonderful taste of the different areas, but all the stressful things of traveling were taken care of for us. The group was perfect - the number was just right - not too large, and not too small. We had a good mix of personalities, and we all meshed so well. Having others with whom to enjoy this experience really enhanced the trip. New friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the shepherd and sheepdogs! We are animal lovers, but had never seen working sheepdogs. We were amazed at their response to the shepherd's commands, and the precise guidance of the flock as directed. The shepherd also demonstrated manual sheering, and allowed us to try it ourselves for a true hands-on experience. LOVED IT!!!"

Barb

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great tour with Rick Steves! This was our 4th and it definitely met the expectations that we have become accustomed to with RS tours. I wasn't quite sure what to expect since Scotland doesn't have the well known sites that other places do but but I found Scotland fascinating and beautiful! I credit the RS itinerary and our wonderful guide Robert for providing the thorough and awesome insight into Scotland's history, culture and breathtaking scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Some of the highlights include the awesome tour guide teaching us about the Crannogs, the unexpected fascinating sheep dog demonstration, walking around St. Andrews, and the whiskey distillery tour in Oban."

Anne

Owego, NY

Tour: 08/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

James was a fabulous guide - the best part of the trip! He was well-informed, fun-loving and eager to participate in our activities! The hotels were fine, the activities were fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Glencoe was moving and Iona was quietly impressive. Love the Highland Games at Dunkeld!"

Kc

Honolulu, HI

Tour: 08/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

James is an outstanding tour guide. Knowledgeable, funny, willing to do tweak the schedule (we detoured to a highland games event in Birnam - a HUGE highlight). I loved the tour, but not so sure I would repeat. Jostling in a bus for more than an hour is too much for me. Seeing that much of Scotland in a short time is exactly what I wanted, so thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The detour to Birnam for the highland games. LOVED it!"

Jane

Annapolis, MD

Tour: 08/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful guide - beautiful country- comfortable bus and lodgings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fell in love with Iona - white, sandy beach with clear water...."

Robert

Thomasville, GA

Tour: 08/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was excellent from the guides, bus drivers, and hotels. Only one minor downside was the dinners provided by the tour were a little to "fancy" for this Southern boys' tastes. Had to google what some of the items were from some menus. Lol.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pin down just one "wow" moment. But if forced to, I would say the scenery. More beautiful than I had anticipated."

Margaret

Providence, RI

Tour: 08/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall I found this to be an outstanding tour. Our guide, James, is an exceptional person and an extraordinary leader. He was the glue which held the group together. The itinerary was well thought out and ambitious, and our fellow travelers congenial and cooperative. The landscapes throughout Scotland were stunningly beautiful, the weather sunny. warm and dry and the Scots people friendly, welcoming and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to decide between Neil, the shepherd and his sheepdog demonstration, Gillie, the piper, and her tale of perseverance and passion, and James, our multi-talented leader, singing in Gallic at St. Columba's Chapel on Iona. All three were simply magic! What I loved about all of these moments was that Neil, Gillie and James were willing to share not just their impressive talents, but also their inspiring personal stories with us, a group of friendly strangers from across the pond."

Steven

Auburn, IN

Tour: 08/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was phenomenal. Scotland is beautiful. I dressed for cool rainy days and instead we had mainly days of warmth and sunshine. I don't think James, our guide, even believed the great weather. From Edinburgh to the Highlands to Iona--the scenery was breathtaking. I have read many books about Scotland--speaking of "windswept moors", heather, thistle, bagpipes and kilts and WOW--it lived up to all of it. Just a wonderful tour!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The biggest WOW had to be the Royal Military Tattoo. This was not included on the tour price, but an evening was set aside for us to attend. Absolutely fabulous to see and hear bagpipes, bands, singing and dancing--all with Scottish pride. For scenery--the heather blooming across the Highlands and that CASTLE high on the hill in Edinburgh!!!"

Jeffrey

Waukesha, WI

Tour: 08/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

James was an outstanding tour guide. This our 5 RS experience, all have been wonderful. But James made this one extra special. His insight and knowledge was amazing. And the people on the tour were not the easiest to deal with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are several: first I have comment on the unbelievable weather, it was mild, sunny, sometimes cloudy, but never rainy like we expected. ( did rain while on bus or while sleeping) what luck is that! 1. As a golfer, visiting St. Andrews was special. 2. The Glencoe terrain 3. Enjoyed Oran and the whiskey tour, but the Wow was the Isle of Iona. 4. Another Wow was Sterling Castle 5. All the fine pubs and the Guinness."

Denman

Providence, RI

Tour: 08/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very able, interesting leader in James. Enjoyed wide exposure to Scotland, its history, and beauty. We were blessed with good weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No special wow moment--overall very fine experience"

Nancy

Western Springs, IL

Tour: 08/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the wide variety of activities, the fabulous food, the charming hotels, the spectacular scenery, and all led by the best guide we have ever encountered in traveling to over 40 countries!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For Jack it was the highland scenery, for me it was the sheep dog demonstration."

Rick

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 08/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a fantastic experience; a combination of history and culture of Scotland. My guide, James, was amazing! Being a Scot; he possesses vast knowledge of and passion for the country. He tossed in a few surprise stops along the way. The tour experience was augmented by the "Laird of the Road" John, the coach driver. He and James had great repartee that enhanced the experience. The sights were amazing, the lodgings comfortable and the food delicious, including the haggis.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Highland games at Dunkeld, St Conan's Kirk, the fantastic weather, Scotch, haggis, hairy coos, castles, museums, the rugged beauty of Scotland, etc... My "wow" moment was the entire tour by having the luck of getting James as my guide. His compassion, knowledge and talent were amazing. His singing in the church on Iona was the pinnacle of "wow"! He's also good at dining and dashing. Thanks James!"

Cindy

Watsonville, CA

Tour: 08/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all, our tour guide James was outstanding! His knowledge was vast; his demeanor was professional yet appropriately playful; and he was so accommodating and kind spirited. We really got a great overview of Scotland and it has fueled our desire to return to that area of the world and do another Rick Steve's Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wife says her "wow" was the Isle of Iona and Mull. I would say mine was St. Andrews."

Sandy

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt as if I was on a 10 day history/ culture tour. This is exactly what I was hoping to experience. Liz seemed perfect for her job. She is very knowledgeable with regard to Scotland's history and presented her material in an interesting manner. While Liz did a great job I think I could have been better prepared. I wish I would have at least read an account of the history from some of the earliest times through the 1800s. Even a timeline portrayed for us might have better prepared me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am still awed by the crannog representation we were able to visit. The potential and possibilities of people 2500 years ago is striking. They were far more advanced than I had realized. Thank you for giving us a glimpse of the people from that time in the earth's history."

Sean

Morrisville, NC

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great balance between planned activities and free time. Really enjoyed Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Interacting with the herding dogs at the working sheep farm was great. The private bagpipe concert was fun. The scotch and gin tasting + dancing to the Scottish music. The military Tattoo."

Connie

Farragut, TN

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What wonderful places!! What wonderful people. What a fantastic guide!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Do I have to pick one? Edinburgh. The Royal Mile. Also seeing the places where Outlander has been filmed."

Tom

Schaumburg, IL

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and first trip overseas. Liz, our tour director was fabulous. She mixed history, architecture, music and current events as we toured Scotland. The hotels were quaint and comfortable with hearty breakfasts every day. We met great people and made new friends. There were so many great things we saw. Castles, cathedrals, museums and restaurants/pubs. We are already planning our next Rick Steve's tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheepdog demonstration, Oban Distillery, Isle of Iona and Sterling Castle were our favorites."

Betty

Plano, TX

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the beauty,history and people of Scotland. Each day a new adventure with different activities and scenery. I never imagined that I would love " My Scotland Experience" as much as I did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved our Inn in Oban. We could watch the many Ferries sail by our windows as we relaxed in our room."

Myong

Downey, CA

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well thought out and it appears that Liz really cared about all of us having a better understanding of Scotland and appreciating the surrounding areas that we were in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed all the locations that we were at and the AMAZING history(s) by Liz. But my amazing or wow moment was being on the trip with my 2 daughters."

Maureen

Surrey, BC

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent tour. Lived up to my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep dog show"

Michelle

Palmyra, PA

Tour: 08/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Annie was excellent. She was always friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable about history, culture and local resources. She really cared about the tour group. The accommodations were very good. The choice of tour sites was also very good. The bus was very comfortable, the bus drive was very nice and the time spent on the bus was relaxing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Find the cross of St. Martin on Iona island. As soon as my husband and I arrived in Scotland we were amazed at the amount of very old buildings still standing. In the US we seem to tear things down as soon as they are no longer being moved. Finding something that had stood in its original place since the 12th century was amazing."

Marjorie

Davis, CA

Tour: 08/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent. I chose this tour because I was joining some friends who were going. It wasn't on my top 10 list, but I'm so glad that I went. It probably helped that we had good weather and also that we had such a friendly group and excellent guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Always difficult to choose one, but I would say the natural beauty of Scotland, particularly Glencoe and the island of Mull."

Joanne

Rye Brook, NY

Tour: 08/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second tour with Rick Steves and we recognize and appreciate the care and understanding that goes into planning such a trip that allows us, as visitors, to gain a greater understanding of the people and the world around us! ! Our tour guide (Anne) was fantastic...very knowledgeable, witty, friendly and organized. The combination of city (Edinburgh) and countryside gave us a very full picture of Scotland and her people. Fantastic experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to choose our favorite "wow" moment....We loved the sheepdog demonstration, Gille's bagpipe demonstration, the trip through the breathtaking scenery of the Highlands, Stirling Castle, and more! But what we really enjoyed the most was our group of fellow travelers. They were friendly, enthusiastic and engaged. They made the trip come together into an overall fantastic experience!"

Scott

Commerce City, CO

Tour: 08/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. It was well paced. Never a dull moment. Just the right amount of driving.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Edinburgh and Stirling Castles"

John

Peoria, AZ

Tour: 08/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was especially great because of the wonderful weather that we had on the tour. For the most part, it only rained while we were on the bus but most days were sunny. Iona was amazingly beautiful and sunny and I'm sure it would not have been as enjoyable walking around in the rain. We saw some amazing scenery and stopped at some great places. Anne was a great guide and incredibly knowledgeable about Scotland and its heritage. We had a great tour group which also made it very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were fortunate to be in Edinburgh during the month of the Royal Tattoo celebration and had planned well in advance for tickets. For me, the Tattoo in the Edinburgh Castle was my "wow" moment. I would highly recommend to anyone traveling on this tour during the Tattoo to get tickets. We heard that Prince Charles and Prince William were in attendance on the first night we were in town, but that was a random event and hard to predict."

Ann

Richmond, VA

Tour: 08/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great balance of outdoors and indoors. Very nice group to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the sheep dogs the most. I think my Wow moment was listening to Gilly talk about her experiences as one of the first female bagpipers in competition. I had forgotten what it was like for the first females in non traditional roles."

Michael

Richmond, VA

Tour: 08/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Demonstration of shepherding ... Edinburgh Castle"

Don

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 08/16/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First of all, Anne was a great tour guide. She was very informative, organized things well, and rolled with the punches when circumstances forced slight changes. I enjoyed all the places we visited and am glad I went.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The opportunity to see the Military Tattoo in Edinburgh"

Anthony

Monterey, CA

Tour: 08/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. As a recent widower I had reservations about traveling alone. My concerns were quickly dispelled when I met the exceptional tour guide and my fellow travelers. I had been on tours with three other companies. Nothing prepared me for this exceptional experience. I was immersed in the sounds, the history, the tastes, the people and the mysteries of Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention. The sheep dog demonstration. The grandeur, beauty and history of Glencoe. The night in the pub at Inverness. The breakfasts at Glenburnie in Inverness. The sounds of Steam Jenny as we drove the one lane road across Mull Island. Adrian's commentary on the same crossing. I loved it all!"

Arthur

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great guide and itinerary. Good hotels and food. Seemed a little go go go.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep herding. We have 15yr old border collie, and it was so fun to see so many in action!"

Michelle

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 08/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Scotland is so beautiful and peaceful. I'm always up for an adventure and feel I got one when taking this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Crannog was amazing. To learn about the people who lived in them 2,500 years ago and how they built them is truely astonishing."

David

Orlando, FL

Tour: 08/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour! Nigel and our driver John were terrific and Scotland was an amazing country with some of the most friendly people we have every met.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my "wow" moment was when our driver John skillfully backed-up our bus for what seemed almost a mile. Enroute to Oban, the motorway was completely shut down due to a fatal accident. After a 3 hour delay, the police said the investigation would keep it closed for a long while. We could not turn around, so John masterfully backed up the bus to a safe spot to turn around. The accident caused us to miss the whiskey experience, but it was certainly not the fault of anyone. Loved Crannogs!"

Barbara

Topeka, KS

Tour: 08/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well organized tour as we have come to expect. Good balance of planned and free time. Saw many highlights of Scotland. Great meals included.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the day at Iona. It is a long trip to get there but very worthwhile. Great local guide who helped us understand a little of what it like to live in a relatively isolated location and also helped us understand the importance of what has happened there over centuries and the spirit of faith that continues today."

Floyd

Bend, OR

Tour: 08/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a wonderful tour, but a bit too ambitious. We would have liked a little more free time. One or two less castles would have done it.

Vicki

Lewisville, TX

Tour: 08/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour of Scotland in 10 days was a great way to see the highlights of such a ruggedly beautiful country that drips with history in every location (rain not withstanding). The tour members were wonderful and as a rule were all lovers of travel. Our tour guide, Nigel and our bus driver, John, were excellent in general and in particular when we encountered a situation that required a change in plans -- that's why I prefer to travel with an experienced tour provider.I highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Village of Culross was unique and lovely beyond belief. It is not a place I knew of before this tour and I can't imagine missing it. While searching for the merkat cross in this town, I met a local man who regaled me about the special history of the village. I'm glad we had time to spend on our own in this quaint village."

Jack

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 08/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nigel was wonderful. It was a great trip with insights into the history, politics and people of Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Tattoo at Edinburgh castle was definitely a "Wow" followed closely by the sheep dog demonstration. I couldn't believe the Shepard has different voice and whistle commands for each of his 10 or 15 dogs. For me personally, a favorite moment was when a bagpiper entertained us after dinner in Kenmore. She was a great piper and story teller. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to play the pipes since I played bagpipes in a US Army band in my youth and, after 40 years I remembered the notes."

Donna

Maple Valley, WA

Tour: 08/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had no idea that my heart would be so deeply moved for the people and places of Scotland. Our guides and the group we traveled with were above and beyond anything I could have hoped for!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to pick just one! One of my favorites was when we took the Gondola up the mountain. It looked to be the worst of days with a gale and storm clouds approaching, but as we reached the top, the clouds parted, the winds died down and the rainbow appeared. James spread out our picnic of picked herring, Scottish eggs, biscuits, squeeze cheese, smoked fish, beer, wine...and more! It was a beautiful picnic with a group of people who had become dear friends in such a short time."

Carrie

Fargo, ND

Tour: 08/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th Rick Steve's tour and by far the best. All of our group was pleasant and enjoyable. James was a fabulous guide and put his entire self into making everyday an experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two. The visit to the sheep farm was fabulous. I was amazed at the dogs. I also loved the ferry ride to Iona. It was a beautiful view, fresh air,misty skies and rough waters. An absolutely perfect day."

Kevin

Maple Valley, WA

Tour: 08/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding. Our guide James was excellent, the overnight accommodations were great and all of the places we visited were perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments during the trip. If I had to pick one it would be the tour of Sterling Castle. It's such an amazing place with tons of history that James our guide brought alive for us. Another memorable visit was to the Colladen battlefield, also brought alive by James with his narration of the events leading up to and following the battle."

Janis

The Villages, FL

Tour: 08/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great trip! Our guide, James was fantastic...knowledgeable, personable, approachable. His grasp of the history of Scotland and Britain was without equal. All the lodgings were very nice, the food was good. We did some out-of-the-usual things...visited a local highland games/fair. We stopped at a very unusual church which wasn't on the agenda.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We went to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo which was amazing. I realize it wasn't part of the tour, but we were able to do it because of the unscheduled second night in Edinburgh. We still were able to join James and many of the other tour members at a local pub before the tattoo!"

Glenn

Roseville, CA

Tour: 08/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent choice of places to visit. Nice hotels, mostly very conveniently located to attractions and restaurants. Good balance of bus time versus visiting sites and exploring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pinpoint one because the scenery in Scotland is almost uniformly magnificent. But I'd say our time in Oban and on Iona stands out most."

William

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tour: 08/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience. The tour guides were fabulous, especially James. He was funny, very personable and totally professional. He also worked in a visit to a local Highlands Game, which was wonderful. The hotels, meals, whisky tastings and tours were all all very enjoyable. I would highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My 'wow' moment was the Edinburgh Tattoo."

Brenda

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 08/09/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I enjoyed the tour and am glad I went, but I have no desire to go back to Scotland. My last trip with RS was two weeks in the west of France which was the most outstanding trip I have ever taken. So unfortunately for Scotland that is what I am comparing it to. Scotland was not a bad trip, it just wasn't a wow trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On the Island of Iona we went to a small chapel next to the monastery and our guide, James, sang a Gallic song accapella in the chapel. It was amazingly beautiful and everyone got chills. I recorded it and I'm going to send you a video of it."

Alyce

Roseville, CA

Tour: 08/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Scotland is a beautiful country. We saw a range of life in the Highlands from the bustling city of Edinburgh to the smaller coastal town of Oban. Also the island of Iona was historic and terrific to walk around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the ramparts of Edinburgh and looking out at the Firth of Forth."

Barbara

York, SC

Tour: 08/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our Scotland tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about Scottish history and anecdotes. He had a great sense of humor and was flexible with the group's preferences. We got to see the beauty of Scotland highlands, castles and small quaint towns. Our tour group got along very well. Accommodations were comfortable and walking distance to each town. Meals provided were excellent. Free time allotted was perfect amount. The weather turned out great also.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At Fort William, we took a gondola up the mountain, had a picnic lunch provided by our guide, then hiked up to the top for a breathtaking view of the clouds floating into the tops of the highlands. Wow! Another wow moment was at the Culloden battleground where Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Scots were defeated by the English. The panoramic movie shown inside of the reinacted battle was very powerful."

Helene

Dobbs Ferry, NY

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of the best tours I've ever been on! Liz, our tour director, set the tone right from the beginning. She ensured that participants got to know each other (buddy system), kept us laughing, kept us on schedule, and made sure we had fun, in addition to providing us with a comprehensive narrative about everything we saw. Her depth and breadth of knowledge is awesome, and her enthusiasm is infectious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible! There were so many! Seeing heather in bloom, picturesque castles and mirror-like lochs; meeting local bartenders, musicians, a piper, and so on. My favorite spots were in the Highlands, but I loved it all!"

Krista

Livermore, CA

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In a word: incredible. Having never been on a Rick Steve's tour (or any tour for that matter), I wasn't sure what to expect. But this tour was by-far, better than anything I could have imagined. From the hotels, to the meals, to the outings and our tour mates, this tour was everything I could have hoped for! Our guide was the absolute best which made it all the more better. I could never have experienced everything that I did on my own. Thank you for creating this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I felt like we had several "wow" moments! The demonstration of the sheep dogs herding the sheep was incredible! The gardens at the Palace in Culross were stunning! Inverness was by far the most beautiful city! In Glencoe, when we rode the chair lift to the top of the mountain and looked out over the valley after a shot of whisky, was amazing. Culloden was somber and beautiful at the same time. The entire trip was a wow for me!"

Dolores

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

i can hardly express my feelings of overwhelming glee and happiness. This was a truly wonderful tour with both the big (Edinburgh) and the small (Crannogs). I did not want to leave this beautiful and inspiring country. Mind you, this is my third trip to Scotland and I love it more each time I come. From all the wonderful castles to the beautiful hills and lochs. Every place we visited and all I learned along the way. This is an experience I will remember forever. Thanks to all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was riding the chairlift to the top of the mountains in Glencoe. What a beautiful view of an enchanting country. Although I experienced so many moments of "wow" they are too many to list. Even though it was not part of the tour, The fringe festival and the Military Tattoo added another layer of fun and festivities. Also, being able to try the "pipes" was a thrill I will never forget."

Sharon

Durham, NC

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful country, fantastic guide and very fun group! Liz was amazing because she was the entire package ---knowledgeable, interesting, fun, organized, friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the shepherd work the sheepdogs to bring in the sheep! Unique, mesmerizing, engaging, authentic. The little puppies in training adorable! Hard to choose between that and the Military Tattoo, which we saw on our own, and not to be missed."

Gretchen

Mentor, OH

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was phenomenal!! This was my very first trip overseas, and my first ever Rick Steve's guided tour. I can't help singing such high praises about the whole trip to my family, and friends. I truly hope I can take another Rick Steve's tour in the future, and recommend it to others that travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a tough decision to pick a favorite "wow" moment because I had so many of them, but I'll try. The first one was walking the Royal Mile and seeing the Edinburgh Castle from down below. I felt like I was in a Harry Potter movie. Another "wow"moment was watching the sheep dogs in the Highlands, and seeing the passion Neil has for being a shepherd. I also enjoyed giving a lamb a bottle, and holding one of the border collie puppies."

Beth

Collinsville, IL

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Several friends have asked me what my favorite part of the trip was. I couldn't pick just one thing. The entire trip was amazing, from our tour guide, coach driver, other travelers and all of the amazing places and experiences I had along the way. The food was so much more delicious than I had expected. Our hotels were lovely and often quaint. I couldn't have asked for a better tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is too hard to define. I really enjoyed mingling in a pub in Inverness. Of course the sheep dog demonstration was amazing, but I also enjoyed the trip up the mountain in the Highlands on a ski lift."

Robert

Centerport, NY

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour, and it lived up to our high expectations. Scotland was full of wonderful scenery, interesting towns, and alive with history at every turn. The hallmark of any of these tours though, is a group of people, from all over the country, that somehow mesh together, to become close friends and travel companions. By the end of the trip you have 26 new email addresses, 26 new friends, and a lot of shared experiences that you won't easily forget.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The literal wow moment was the sheepdog demonstration. There is no doubt, when anybody sees those dogs respond to Neil, the shepherd, and are off at speed to corral the sheep, you will say "wow". Of course there are a few other mini wows, actually on a daily basis. Personally, when Brian told me he had tasted 23 different scotches, I had to say Wow! (he didn't stop there)."

David

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent itinerary, great guide, good group, although the group tended to be a bit fractionalized based on pre-existing relationships (a natural inclination on tours like these, but that did not preclude a very amiable atmosphere). Very much appreciated was the emphasis on Scotland's history, culture, music, languages, art, architecture, and today's events. The hotels were well located, the bus was comfortable, and the stops varied. All in all a very enjoyable trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cannot name but one, but among my favorites were the visits to Culross and St. Andrews; the Crannogs at Kenmore; the time in Dunkeld; the sheepdog demo.; and the visit to Cawdor Castle. The drive through the highlands near Glencoe and the trip to Iona were also very memorable, as was the musical performance we attended in Inverness."

Lee

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very positive! Loved nearly everything we did. Liz was so thoughtful, unendingly patient, and so much fun to be with. We all loved her suggestion to make an unscheduled stop for lunch at Turnberry Inn for scotch broth and scones. The sheepdog exhibition was a major highlight.Every place we stayed in was perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"See above"

Michele

Centerport, NY

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Scotland experience was terrific. Our tour guide, Liz, was outstanding. She's smart, thoughtful, and was completely tuned in to us. She went above and beyond to provide a trip to remember through the hills and dales of Scotland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep dog demonstration with Neil! Unforgettable."

Robert

Gold River, CA

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nothing short of spectacular! Many of my friends and and peers have asked about highlights and lowlights. There aren't any lowlights! Scotland is beautiful as are the people, our tour group was terrific, Liz was perfect and so kind and extremely knowledgeable on so many topics, and the stops were all wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day on the tour was a wow day. My wife and I stayed a few extra days, and went to the Military Tattoo, that was a wow moment."

Glen

Aurora, IL

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Liz Lister was our guide and she was OUTSTANDING! She immersed us in the Scottish culture, history and sites in a way that made me truly understand Scotland and gave me a greater appreciation for the contributions the Scots have made to our modern day world. We also had an excellent group that made everyone feel welcome and provided a friendly atmosphere while touring on the bus and visiting the many sites along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Not part of the tour, but was noted in the itinerary notes as an additional event that we could participate in. We purchased tickets months in advance due to the popularity of the event. Our guide provided directions and information about entry to the event which made our transit go smoothly. The Edinburgh Military Tattoo was a spectacular event with amazing performances by each of the bands and a stirring finale with all units."

Nancy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the Crannogs at Kenmore. The interactive demonstration was instructive and well done. Have seen other sheep dog demos in other countries but liked the more real and rustic approach of the one we saw."

Ransom

Liverpool, NY

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful experience! From start to finish this was an assume trip. The beautiful landscapes (St. Andrews, Inverness, Glencoe, Oban) as well the historic locations (castles and battlefields) were more than I ever expected. Our guide Liz was exceptional, she added so much to this trip. She filled our days with Scottish music both old and new,(I'm going to Be (500 miles). Liz during our breaks provided Scottish treats and candies as well as a good sampling of local liquor, Slangevar!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" was Edinburgh! Before our trip I looked at photos and articles on the city but "wow" they didn't come close to seeing it in person. Our hotel room window faced the firth of forth! Can't get more "wow than that. A close 2nd "wow" was my friend the Hairy Cooo."

Kristin

Gold River, CA

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A+++++++++ Fantastic tour! This is our second Rick Steves tour (Best of Italy, 2013) and we were not disappointed. Our tour guide, Liz, was incredible. So full of personality, SOOOO knowledgable about so many aspects of Scotland, from the history of the places we visited to current events. I had an image that Scotland, especially in the Highlands, was stark and bare, but was delighted to see that the countryside is absolutely gorgeous. The Scots were outgoing and friendly!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it's hard to choose. Visiting the sheep farm and seeing the working border collies was truly a unique experience. Getting to shear a ewe, and feed some lambs, only added to our delight. We loved the piper that Liz brought to dinner one night when we were in Kenmore. She was delightful."

Carol

Waterford, NY

Tour: 08/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group of people on our tour. Everyone was friendly and got along great. Our guide was also very informative. If you asked questions and she didnt know the answer she would find out and tell you the next day. She was very proud of her heritage and it showed in her stories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was so many "wow" moments.....The crannogs, Neil and the sheep herding dogs, the Culloden battlefields. Also, though I don't golf the scenery at St. Andrews golf course was breathtaking."

Rita

Missoula, MT

Tour: 08/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour of Scotland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly enjoyed our day trip to the island of Iona because it was quite unique. It is a very beautiful area and the people are delightful. In one day we saw many aspects of western Scotland and life on the islands."

Karen

Laguna Beach, CA

Tour: 08/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Robert's knowledge of history, current issues, and his way of presentation (rephrase/restating), with passion and obvious love for the country, definitely contributed to the excellence of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's impossible to identify. Ok, if I have to, the Isle of Iona and the sheepdog demonstration (sorry, I couldn't just pick 1)."

Frank

Irvine, CA

Tour: 08/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip exceeded our expectations. We thought it would be hard to top Best of Italy which we went on last summer. Though different climate (thank goodness much cooler!), terrain, and cuisine, our family fell in love with Scotland with its rich history, greenery, environmental conscience, and friendly people. Putting it all together for us was our wonderful guide, Robert Halkett. He offered us timely and intelligent commentary and historical context with a dry wit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stark island of Iona with its 120 permanent human residents along with some hairy cows was definitely a highlight for our family. We will will always remember the buckets of fresh mussels we ate at nearby Oban after a busy day - how perfect! I definitely have to throw in another Wow moment at the Sheep Dog visit - our kids could have happily ended the trip there playing with the new puppies! OK, St. Andrews was also to be cherished. So many Wow moments!"

Louis

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 08/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a beautiful country, rich in history and interesting sites to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me being at St. Andrews the birthplace of golf was very exciting. The course, museum and town, wow!"

Eric

Annandale, VA

Tour: 08/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very tight but unhurried tour. Received a great overview of Scotland, with many highlights both big and small. As usual, the many guides with whom we interacted provided tremendous value. Gillie the piper and Neil the shepherd were wonderful, outsized personalities, but all the guides enhanced the tour. As usual, a nice, diverse group of tour members. A pleasure to be with and to share the experience. This was our 5th Rick Steves' tour, and the formula continues to work for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The question should be, AFTER the border collie sheep herding exhibition, what was your WOW moment. For me, walking along the 17th and 18th holes of St. Andrew's Royal and Ancient golf course. WOW!!!!! Honorable mention to terrain and views around Glencoe and Iona. Shout out to the artisans recreating ancient life at Cronnogs. Crazy wonderful."

Gregory

South Lake Tahoe, CA

Tour: 08/02/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good. Well organized, informative, great Guides. It was our second trip to Scotland, and I did become somewhat tired of castles, but the history which Robert weaved into what we saw was helpful. He was a great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cranogs, and how they lived at the time. Seen from Dunkeld base, which was also a "wow", in terms of lodging."

Kathleen

Annandale, VA

Tour: 08/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded expectation. Enjoyed the combination of historical with modern Scotland. Left with an appreciation of its culture, its people, and a desire to return. Tour Group was exceptionally wonderful, interesting and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Scottish people. Every individual we encountered, whether for hours with a guide/host or minutes with a waitress, all shared a common warmth and hospitality and genuineness that continued to impress. Time - Sunset over water from Glenburnie Hotel room in Oban. Place - Dunkeld resort, the Crannogs Museum, sheep dogs, the castle garden were hits."

Joseph

Pittsford, NY

Tour: 08/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As above. Great fellow travelers. Scots friendly and helpful, with at least several good pubs. Itinerary as described and followed in pre-trip info.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Tattoo! 2. Edinburgh Castle and Old Towne/Museum. Also shepherd and sheep dogs, Glencoe above a rainbow, St. Andrews, Oban and distillery, Culloden Battlefield"

Doug

Abbotsford, BC

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

An overall great experience with a terrific guide and very enjoyable travelling companions. Good variety of destinations that gave me a good feel for the history, culture and contemporary life of this most enjoyable country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a golfer (and a poor one at that!), I found the stop at St. Andrews to be particularly interesting. There's no 4 lane highway leading to the town; more just a country road. I tried to imagine professional players and their entourage arriving for the first time. I suspect their take on the place is similar to my own. "It's just different here.", I kept repeating to myself and perhaps this reaction became a bit of a metaphor for the entire trip."

Darrell

Mullica Hill, NJ

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable. Interesting sights and experiences. Perfect balance of scheduled and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When 3 members of our tour group sang "The Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond" in the chapel at Iona."

Daniel

Concord, CA

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fifth RS Tour and, like the others, we found it to have the exact right balance of structure & free time along with the fun of getting to know a couple of dozen other like-minded people who are focused on having fun and learning. Our ultimate compliment is that we plan our sixth tour next year!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While there were many highlights, a couple of things stood out: the day we spent on Iona and Mull. After encountering the summer crowds in London overrun, the Scottish island were idyllic: quiet, historic, and wonderfully interesting, maybe even haunting. The bus ride through Mull on one lane road reinforced why I didn't want to drive in Scotland. I was glad I was a passenger not a driver there! We also loved the amazing sheepdog exhibition with Neil, quite a memorable Scottish character!"

Jennifer

Concord, CA

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Heather, haggis, Highlands, and islands, we saw it all. Well thought out tour from start to finish with castles ( Stirling was lovely), characters ( Neil, the shepherd was....interesting), crags (ski lift in the Highlands) , Crannogs, Cawdor Castle, Clave Cairns, Christianity in Iona, Culloden , and Kelpies. Those are just the things that begin with a hard C sound. I could go through the rest of the phonetic alphabet but I will spare you. We saw and did a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery in Scotland is always a "wow". Loved the activities from watching how fire is made in a Crannog to learning how water and barley and fire make whisky in Oban."

Marilyn

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a fabulous introduction to Scotland and was rich with history, culture, art, architecture, beautiful scenery...and of course, castles. I enjoyed just the right mix of time with our group and free time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After seeing the Book of Kells in Dublin last year, I was intrigued with the Isle of Iona and the 800-year-old abbey. The day we visited happened to be a sunny one (for the most part) and I wished we had more time there. I might go back!"

David

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well done. Kudos to Brian.

Judith

Palm Harbor, FL

Tour: 07/31/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved it all. As always with the RS guides, our guide in Scotland was well informed, always available to assist when needed. He gave us a well grounded introduction to every city/town we visited which is absolutely essential to get to know our new surroundings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The people of Scotland ranked highest on our wow factor. They made us feel welcome with their openness and helpfulness. Even when we struggled with their accent, they were patient. I wish that attitude could be imported."

Lisa

Simsbury, CT

Tour: 07/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a pleasure to see so much and learn so much in a congenial but not overbearing group of people. Our guide was very knowledgeable and able to give information that enriched each site before we arrived. Accommodations were very classy with extremely comfortable rooms and delicious breakfast choices. The pace of travel was excellent with lots to see each day without being exhausting. Each day had a different group of sights to see; just the right amount per day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the evening in the pub (Hootenanny) in Inverness. A jam session of local musicians was so much fun to hear. The trip to Iona was fascinating, too."

Perrin

Louisville, CO

Tour: 07/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was a great way to find unique and cultural experiences that would be difficult to find otherwise. Also it helped bring out many amazing people that I wouldn't have met.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite part of the trip was the isle of Iona which once we were allowed to get or from the town was a wonderful place to find a low population and relaxing place with beautiful scenery, which took some exciting adventure to the center of the island."

Janet

Winnipeg, MB

Tour: 07/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found the tour to be very organized and included many places you would not likely find on your own. Our tour guide James was very passionate about Scotland . He shared many personal stories to give you a flavour of what it is really like living in Scotland. He worked hard everyday to make sure we enjoyed to places and events we experienced. All the hotels and food was amazing. I liked the size of the group as it was easier to get to know other tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many moments. I loved Cawdor castle and the gardens. Stifling castle was amazing. Having a evening with a bag pipe demo was so entertaining. James also had a young man play for us while we attended a burial ground. I enjoyed each and ever day and all activities."

Mae

Tempe, AZ

Tour: 07/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed getting a different view of Scotland. There was a variety of diverse activities, from a sheep farm, to an upscale dining experience in Edinburgh.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A spur of the moment trip up a mountain on a gondola with a toast of Whiskey on the top."

Dennis

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 07/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide was excellent, tour group was enjoyable, Scotland was beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The side view mirror on the bus tangled with a truck and got smashed--about 11:30 AM. We stopped in a small town and the guide gave us all 1 hour for lunch. When we returned, Allen had the bus fully repaired and looking like new. How did he do that???"

Jean

Mason, MI

Tour: 07/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized! Excellent guide! Lots of fun! Delightful cohort of travelers! Accommodations were wonderful; food delicious!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was surprised at how delightful the sheepdog demonstration was! All outdoor activities were wonderful...waterfalls, river walks, etc!"

David

Newark, DE

Tour: 07/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The places we visited were just as advertised. Our guide, James Macletchie, was phenomenal. He knows the area extremely well and was able to make adjustments as needed in very short order, including one related to a coach emergency. Our accommodations were high quality, as was the food. Everything was very professionally done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! If I must choose one, it is probably the Culloden battlefield, partly because I know a lot about the battle and it was very meaningful for me to see it. Stirling castle is also breathtaking."

Amy Tetlow

Newark, DE

Tour: 07/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Although no one wants to spend time on a coach, there was a good balance of walking time vs riding time. I do wish we had more time at Culloden, and Stirling and Edinburgh castles. The Scottish countryside was just fabulous. Our hotels were very nice and the food was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The heartbreak of Culloden? Perhaps the beauty of the Cairngorms? Ultimately, it was the visit to the crannog on Loch Tay, learning about its construction and the technology of the day, and what we know of how people lived there. Such a unique experience."

Marianne

Redmond, WA

Tour: 07/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our first Rick Steve's tour. Found our tour guide James to be fantastic! Totally satisfied with the Itinerary - both the locations and the pace of the tour. Found the 'surprise" events great, like riding a gondola to the top and having a wee bit of whisky to celebrate the view. Also, the tasty picnic was inspired because it gave us a chance to mingle with people we had not happened to sit next to at group dinners. Plus, the wine and local beers helped!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the working sheep farm in the Highlands! My husband and I were fortunate to own 2 border collies that we dearly miss. One of the dogs looked like our beloved Max and another like Maggie. I couldn't wipe the smile off my face the whole time! Loved the herding and shearing demonstrations and of course getting to hold a puppy."

Rebecca

Concord, MA

Tour: 07/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an excellent tour. There were visits and tours of diverse sites - castles, islands, towns, cities, religious, cultural, musical, etc. I greatly appreciated the time allowed for exploration on our own (independent travelers). The guides, coach driver, accommodations and restaurants were all of very high quality.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The highlight for me was the scenery in the Highlands. A gondola ride up a mountain near Fort William gave breathtaking views. The water views from our fabulous bed and breakfast in Oban (Glenburnie House) and on the ferry to the island of Mull were mesmerizing. The very photographic island of Iona and the delightful small town of Inveraray were charming stops on the trip."

Jennifer

Burnaby, BC

Tour: 07/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been to Scotland several times to visit relatives but this tour was an eye opener. I learned so much about the history that I feel like I took a semester long course. Revisiting old familiar places like Oban and Inverness was delightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a couple. First, learning that my family and my husband's family were not only on the same side at Culloden (the Jacobite side) but in the same regiment (Ogilvie's reserves) blew my mind. Second, Iona was a gem."

Keith

Austin, TX

Tour: 07/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great overview of Scotland. Well paced and covered a lot of territory. Robert was a good guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stirling Castle"

Kenneth

Valdosta, GA

Tour: 07/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed the best of Scotland tour. Our guide, Robert, was outstanding....very professional and well organized. I would say he is one of the best two or three guides we have ever had.

Margaret

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 07/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and my first trip to Scotland. It was amazing! The itinerary gave me an excellent overview of and introduction to the country. The pace was well managed and the accommodations were even better than expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheepdog demonstration was wonderful! Watching and learning how Neal managed the dogs, trying my hand at shearing a sheep and playing with the puppies - all added up to a special experience. Loved the Crannag center and learning all the history and the visit to the island of Iona was awesome!"

Barbara

Valdosta, GA

Tour: 07/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was wonderful. We had been to Scotland about 15 years ago and were concerned about repeating Scotland but the tour was designed so that we had very different experiences from those we had last time. On Rick Steves tours there is always enough variety in tour sites, accommodations, and food to make it interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The farm with sheep dogs was great but I also loved Stirling Castle and Iona. Each site had it's own charm and learning experience."

Theresa

Strongsville, OH

Tour: 07/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip to Scotland was excellent. Our guide Robert was organized, knowledgeable and personable. The hotels were comfortable and the restaurants were very good. Our bus driver did an outstanding job of navigating the traffic. We would recommend this trip to others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed the beauty and history of Iona Island."

Thomas

Morgantown, WV

Tour: 07/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Traveling on the Best of Scotland Tour was an enjoyable and stress free experience. This was my first Rick Steves' tour and I'm now looking forward to the next one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. What a spectacular setting, and fascinating history!"

Terrence

Strongsville, OH

Tour: 07/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All went as advertised with no surprises or setbacks. Would and have recommended the tour to others. Enjoyed the group, the hotels and restaurants and travel arrangements and especially the stops and sights visited. No issues or items of concern.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was excellent and everything added to the trip. Hard to single one event as making it a great trip."

Debby

Coeur D Alene, ID

Tour: 07/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very enjoyable. The tour group was a great mix of individuals, who were fun to get to know. The tour guide, Robert, was an excellent guide and extremely knowledgeable of the regions visited. The coach driver, Grant, was an excellent driver in every respect (amazed at the maneuvering of the coach in tight places, roads, villages, etc.). Overall the tour was a great success and would enjoy doing again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to narrow down the "wow" moments as there was a great number of them. The Scotland scenery was breathtaking and the information provided by the Robert was amazing. Visiting the Isle of Iona was very interesting due to the local guide speaking as to the island life and culture."

Gayle

Valencia, CA

Tour: 07/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations. I wanted to see the Highlands and castles of Scotland and I was not disappointed. It was a good itinerary, beginning and ending in Edinburgh . I enjoyed staying 2 nights in several locations and would highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the Highlands was my favorite visual experience. The hills and waterfalls were breathtaking."

Conrad

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 07/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful to find out more about the history and the character of the Scottish people

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The battle field at Colloden."

Cynthia

Mission Viejo, CA

Tour: 07/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved every minute of it. It's so lovely to have everything taken care of for you, but also having time on your own with guidance of interesting and fun things to do. Believe it or not, I have much more fun sightseeing/socializing with the group and our guide - people that take Rick Steves' tours are fun and friendly!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Culloden - walking the field and paying my respects at the markers where the various clans fell. While walking along one of the paths, I saw what looked to be an unofficial path that veered off to the left. Being a rule-follower by nature, I hesitated to follow it as it looked to be a path made by others trampling where they possibly shouldn't have. Well I took this path and it lead straight to the marker for my clan - the Campbells. If I'd stayed on the true path, I would have missed it."

Cynthia

Solon, OH

Tour: 07/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The country is beautiful and our guide, Anne, brought the history to life. She also took great care of us throughout. It was the right mix of free and structured time and the other travelers were congenial. Loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the highlands with the hills and the locks."

Nancy

Virginia Beach, VA

Tour: 07/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been to Scotland many times. The RS tour was outstanding. The tour group was a fun mix of people that go along really well. Anne, our guide, took great care of us, provided invaluable information, and made everyday a fun adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had to be when Rick Steves himself popped onto the bus at Clava Cairns. I also loved riding the chairlift in Glencoe."

David

Sitka, AK

Tour: 07/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great trip, it was even easy to get to our first hotel, tram from the airport stopped practically in front of the hotel.I follow ricks advice, and just start exploring and don't take a nap. Covering sites not covered on the tour like Salisbury crags ,climbing up the Scott memorial, and taking the literary pub crawl. The tour itself was great, Well run, fun and informative.Rick Steves even showed up to say hi. People always ask me what my favorite Rick Steves tour was I say all of them .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to Iona, from Oban, crossing over on ferry to Mull That fun bus tripMull looks like Alaska without the bears than another ferry to Iona. Iona was a big wow. I have seen the book of Kells in Dublin ,now I get to see where it was made."

Charles

Hattiesburg, MS

Tour: 07/19/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good look at Scotland. Hits all the high points but with lots of local flavor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving through the highlands. Beautiful!"

Stephen

Everett, WA

Tour: 07/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful guide and bus driver to show us this beautiful and diverse country. We were fortunate to have pretty good weather to enjoy the variety of sights that this tour provided, and a great group of fellow travelers to enjoy them with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess I was impressed just how beautiful Scotland was. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the Sheepdog demonstration. Amazing We were blessed with a beautiful day to take the chairlift up Mt Glencoe. Surprised how desolate the view seemed. My favorite building we visited was Sterlling Castle."

Laurie

New York, NY

Tour: 07/19/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The Scotland tour was a bit uneven - some parts great, other parts underwhelming. Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Inverness, Culloden, Oban, and Stirling were excellent. The other places not so much. Iona and Cuross were disappointing. I wish we had seen the Isle of Skye and Glasgow. I wish we had the option to do guided hikes or sea kayaking. In general,I liked the balance between time on our own and time with the guide, but I thought in Edinburgh there should have been a bit more time with the guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the Culloden Battlefield was a unique and moving experience. The presentations by the guides in costume brought the period alive, and the tour of the various sites on the battlefield was outstanding. The surround-sound movie was intense but extremely engaging. The whole history of the Jacobite movement came alive for me at this site. Excellent!"

Tracy

Parker, CO

Tour: 07/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the Guide and the stories told!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. One was in the highlands just how beautiful it was."

Michael

Wilmington, NC

Tour: 07/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each day of the Scotland tour was magic. Guide Anne took excellent care of us as we explored Scotland's cities and historical sites. Hotel rooms were comfortable and group meals were excellent. Our visit to Iona was inspiring and entertaining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Iona was definitely a high spot of the week. It was inspiring to be in this historical spot."

Trudy

Everett, WA

Tour: 07/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful group of people and a wonderful guide. We all got along so well that our guide, Anne, called us her "chatty" group. Scotland was sort of a surprise to me, especially the Highlands. Don't know why I didn't think they had such high mountains in Scotland! Beautiful scenery, loved the "hairy coos"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't think of a specific "wow" moment. The whole trip was wonderful,"

James

Virginia Beach, VA

Tour: 07/19/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First, our tour guide, Anne, was extraordinary, tending to every small detail and adding history, music, experiences, personal experience, and fun throughout the trip. We completed the tour feeling as though we had missed no aspect of Scotland. The downside of the trip for me was that we have been "spoiled" with American accommodations, especially including air conditioning, which no one expected to need in Scotland. Sights were great, but Anne & the 26 others made the experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was not just one thing--it was the aggregate of it all--a continuous stream of sights, sounds, and interaction that produced the greatest wow for me. Another contributor was the Scottish people who are among the most pleasant to be around that I have seen in several places in the world."

Earla

Wilmington, NC

Tour: 07/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour. The first was touring England and Wales in 2013. I expected that this one wasn't likely to be as good as the first, but I was wrong. The expertise of our guide Anne was just as good as that of our English guide. The choice of places to include in such a short tour was spot on. We truly experienced the best places and the best interpreter of Scottish culture that I could imagine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't think there was a single moment that stands out especially. But there was a specific area that was probably the most awe-inspiring and that was the rugged highland area around Ben Nevis and Glencoe. The experience of actually being in that desolate landscape was astounding. The mid day visit to the ski lift out over some of the rugged slopes was a highlight. I also was wowed by the sheepdog demonstration. We were in pouring rain that morning but I loved every minute of that visit."

Leslie

Huntingdon Valley, PA

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our fellow travelers,James our tour guide, wonderful driver, excellent locations to visit, lovely accommodations, lucky/exceptional weather,loved all of the sights we visited but for me, I'd rate Edinburgh castle as the weakest;

Favorite "WOW" moment

"loved the sheep dogs as tops --then kudos to Oban, Mull and Iona. Cullodon was especially moving"

Kathie

Lenexa, KS

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was awesome! This was our third Rick Steve's tour, and once again it was a superbly organized trip. I think this trip had a little less free time than our previous trips just because we covered so much ground. I believe we certainly saw much of Scotland and areas that we would not be able to cover on our own vey easily, like Iona. I think the [INVALID]ion of castles and gardens we visited was well planned. We had a great leader and a fun and cooperative group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say the island of Iona. It was a beautiful day at a beautiful place. I really liked Cawdor Castle as well for the gorgeous flower gardens. The sheepdog demonstration was a lot of fun."

Catherine

Midland, TX

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A spectacular joy! I've always wanted to see Scotland and after reading the Outlander series, the deal was sealed. Edinburgh was spectacular; one of the prettiest cities I've ever seen. Every town we visited felt like the quintessential Scotland, from Inverness to Iona. I did my best thing understand the whole kings and queens, Jacobites and battles. Our guide did a fabulous job helping me to get it all in order. Our group of travelers, as always with Rick Steves, were fun and adventurous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know if I can narrow it to one moment. The first time I laid eyes on Edinburgh Castle from the Main Street was a wow moment. Sitting in front of our B&B in Oban and watching the bay, boats and sea birds was pretty amazing. The weather was perfect that day. The fact that I actually tried haggis was pretty wow-rific."

Barbara

Lucan, ON

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip with James was exceptional[INVALID] met or exceeded our expectations. james willingly shared his personal experiences, life, love & passion for his beloved homeland Scotland and his roots in the Hebrides. He created an atmosphere of love, openness and comaradry unmatched in any group we've travelled with. The bus and all the hotels were beautiful, most meals a "l0". The only expection was the repetitious ( the same for 4 days) breakfast at Edinburgh Place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep dog demonstration."

Jeff

Destin, FL

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

James our tour guide was excellent. Extremely well versed in Scottish History which proved to be very interesting and helpful. You could also tell James had a passion for his work and takes great pride in his responsibility as a guide. This all makes the customers experience better. Allan our driver must also be mentioned. He was excellent. Very responsible,respectful,helpful and polite. His attitude in stressful situations added to our trust in him which enhanced our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep dogs and the Shepherd. Neal the Shepherd and his dog show was the highlight of our trip."

Jaimie

Etiwanda, CA

Tour: 07/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am constantly excited when I share my Scotland adventure with friends and family! The entire tour was an eye-opener for myself and my husband because we were able to connect with our ancestral roots. His McDonald heritage was quite obvious, but my own Wallace and Johnston family connections were always unclear to me. I now know who I am. I am Scotch not Irish. The tour was constantly interesting and varied with the different activities: walking, hiking to waterfalls, climbing ruins,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I keep telling everyone how green Scotland is and how the flowers never wilt."

Herb

Dacula, GA

Tour: 07/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was an unbelievable week. We arrived in the early morning to a light rain. After lunch it was over and the sky turned blue. From that point on we had little or no rain. Robert, our tour guide was great. The tour length was just right. There was one day that we all thought was a little long and not too interesting. It It was day eight. We boarded a ferry to pick up a bus across the island of Mull to pick up another ferry to the isle of Iona. About all we did was ride.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Border Collies for sure. When they let the pups out of the barn we all fell in love. They were a real show stopper. For me that was great to say the least. Sterling Castle was wonderful our castle guide was wonderful, great stories."

Elease

Chicago, IL

Tour: 07/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience as a Scotland and R. Steves novice was great--- the itinerary was a great way to get feet wet and strategize return trips. Our guide, Robert, was brilliant.... possessing a vast historical and cultural knowledge of Scotland and U.K. Robert masterfully helped us appreciate the magnitude of events shaping modern Scotland while curating the "must sees" locally. Halkett was masterful in coordinating tour stops---everyone managed to return happy and on time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My fav wow- easy, the Sheephearding!"

Rosemary

Haverhill, MA

Tour: 07/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall tour experience was very good. Would have preferred to stay longer in certain locations: St. Andrews and Isle of Iona, as well as the working sheep farm to gain more insight as to the day-to-day work in running the farm.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The working sheep farm was my "wow" moment. I enjoyed the experience of watching the dogs work with the sheep."

Weather

Scotland / Edinburgh

Pre-Tour Planning

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

Trip Resources

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

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. About one month prior to the tour departure, we'll email you directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as the complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Transportation

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

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

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

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

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

Sightseeing on Your Own

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

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

Packing

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

Special packing note: We use an audioguide system for many of our sightseeing and museum tours. If you wear a hearing aid, we strongly recommend bringing headphones that go over your ears to allow you to fully enjoy these tours.