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Frequently Asked Questions

One Day Tours

Q. What is included in the price of the tour?

A. We include transport by one of our luxury touring coaches together with the services of our specially trained driver/host. An informative and entertaining commentary will be provided in English. Frequent stops will be made at places of interest that you can visit, should you wish. Unless stated admission fees are not included.

Q. How can I make a reservation and when should I book?

A. You can make a reservation on this website. Our tours get very busy so, to avoid disappointment, it is best to book in advance. Please note that any special rates that we may be offering on our website are only available to customers who book on-line.

Q. Can I book when I get to Edinburgh or Glasgow?

A. Yes, we offer a debit/credit card reservation line which is open from 09:00 hrs until 20:00 hrs daily. The telephone number is 0871 200 0611* . A 2.00 booking fee applies to all telephone bookings.

Q. What is your child policy?

A. We welcome children aged 5 and above on all our tours. Children aged 5 to 12 inclusive travel at the appropriate child rate.

Q. Where does my tour depart from?

A. Our tours depart from central locations in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. Full information on the departure time and place of your tour will be shown on your tour confirmation.

Q. Where do I get my tickets?

A. Our on-line booking system will provide you with a booking confirmation at time of booking. Please print this document and bring it with you when you join your tour. The document will give you helpful joining instructions and other information about your tour. We do not send e-mail confirmations.

Q. Do you offer a hotel pick-up service?

A. We know that you will want to start your tour straight away rather than spending valuable time travelling around hotels. By offering a single centrally located departure point we can get you to Scotlands best scenery as quickly as possible.

Q. Should I tip the driver?

A. A gratuity for good service is always appreciated.

Q. Will there be time for lunch and is it included?

A. Lunch is not included in the tour price, but we will make a stop where you can get something to eat. When we plan our tours we try to make our stops in places of interest where there is a wide variety of food available. If you wish, you can bring a packed lunch or pick up lunch items at a previous stop.

Q. Will there be time off the coach?

A. When we plan our tours we strive to get a balance between free time and travelling time. As a guide you will not be travelling for much more than 2 hours without a break on any of our tours.

Q. What will the coach be like?

A. The type of vehicle employed on our tours varies depending on the number of passengers travelling on a particular departure. Generally tours from Inverness and Glasgow will be operated by 16 seat minicoaches.

All vehicles are modern and specially built for comfortable touring. All vehicles have either forced-air ventilation or air-conditioning plus large panoramic windows to ensure the very best views. ABS, secondary breaking systems and a host of other safety features will ensure a safe trip.

Q. How many people will I be travelling with?

A. The size of our coaches varies from 8 seat minicoaches to 53 seat luxury touring coaches.

Q. I am travelling on a budget. Can I do the same the trip by public transport?

A. Almost certainly not! Our tours are designed to maximise your sightseeing opportunities so we frequently head off the main road and take routes where there is little or no public transport available. Please also bear in mind that the tour commentary that you will enjoy is designed to bring Scotlands history, nature and scenic beauty to life as you travel around. Reading about your surroundings from a guide book will just not be the same!

Q. Can I join the tour in Edinburgh and leave it in Glasgow (or vice versa)?

A. You can certainly do this on our "Oban and the Western Highlands tour and any multi-day tour. A small charge applies for this facility please email or call us for details.

Q. What will the weather be like?

A. Ah, this is the $64,000 question! It may surprise you to know that we have a very temperate climate in Scotland. The geography of Scotland means that it does rain more frequently in the west of the country and there are stronger winds in the east. If it does rain on your tour we will not be too concerned and neither should you be we need it to make our whisky!

Q. Do you accept groups ?

A. Yes, we are happy to accept groups on our tours. Discounts are available and we offer dedicated coaches for larger parties. Please email or call us for more information.

Multi-Day Tours

Q. What is included in the price of the tour?

A. We include accommodation with private facilities in your choice of guest house or hotel; full Scottish breakfast and transport by luxury touring coach to and from Inverness. You will have access to our friendly hosts whilst staying in Inverness. Admission fees are not included, but discounted admission may be available.

On two, three, four, five and six day tours the excursions from Inverness are generally provided by smaller sized vehicles.

Q. How can I make a reservation and when should I book?

A. You can make a reservation on this website. We would recommend booking as far in advance as you can to ensure that you can travel on the tour of your choice.

Q. Can I book when I get to Edinburgh or Glasgow?

A. Yes it is possible to book when you get to Scotlandby calling our reservation line which is open from 09:00 hrs until 20:00 hrs daily. The telephone number is 0871 200 0611* . Please note that we cannot guarantee that there will be space available on tours that are booked at the last minute.

Q. Do you offer a hotel pick-up service?

A. Our tours depart from centrally located departure points in the heart of Edinburgh and Glasgow. We regret that we are unable to offer a hotel pick-up service, however taxis are in plentiful supply and are very moderately priced.

Q. Can you book a hotel for me before or after my tour?

A. To get the best value we recommend booking your own accommodation. You can use the Highland Hotels tab above to access very attractive hotel rates through an associate website. The following hotels are conveniently placed for our departure points:

Edinburgh: Radisson Blue Hotel

Barcelo Carlton Hotel

The Bank Hotel

Edinburgh Central Travellodge

Express by Holiday Inn Royal Mile

Glasgow The Millennium Hotel

Ramada City Hotel

Premier Travel Inn Glasgow City

Carlton George Hotel

Our national tourist board, Visitscotland, maintains a comprehensive database of B&B, Guest House and Hotel accommodation. All properties are inspected and graded by trained Visitscotland staff. You can access more information at

Q. How many people will be on the tour?

A. Normally we restrict the number of people travelling on any multi-day tour to between 16 and 30 persons.

Q. Where does my tour depart from?

A. Our tours depart from central locations in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Full joining information is available on this website.

Q. Are your tours suitable for children?

A. Yes, the relaxed nature of our tours makes them uniquely appropriate for children aged 5 and upwards.

Children, aged 5 to 12 inclusive, travelling and sharing a room with 2 adults are charged at 75% of the applicable adult rate.

Q. Im an independent spirit, will I enjoy your tours?

A. Almost certainly. Our multi-day tours are designed to have as much free time as possible. We have designed our tours to combine the freedom of independent travel with the cost advantages of group travel. In particular we think that our relaxed excursions from Inverness will appeal to those who enjoy time on their own to enjoy their own pursuits.

Q. Tell me about the accommodation you use?

A. We use theHighland capital city of Inverness as our touring base. When you travel with us there is none of the packing and unpacking which so infuriates holidaymakers. We offer a choice of accommodation hotels or guest-houses. Our hotels are centrally located, just a short stroll from the many attractions, restaurants and bars. The accommodation is comfortable, in a traditional style with en-suite bathrooms. All bedrooms have TV, tea/coffee facilities and other amenities. Our guesthouses are family run and are just a short walk from the city centre. All of the accommodation that we feature has private facilities which means the bathroom is either en-suite (in your room) or adjacent to the bedroom, which is available for your exclusive use. Like our hotels the guest houses offer TV, tea and coffee facilities amongst other features.

Q. What does twin/double & single mean?

A. A twin room is one that contains two single beds, a double room has one large bed. Both twin and double refers to a room that will sleep two persons. A single room is built to accommodate one person. Please note that, in general, king sized beds are not available and a double bed is likely to be similar to a queen sized bed that is common in North America and elsewhere.

Q. Are family rooms are available?

A. Yes, we can access family rooms sleeping 3 or 4 persons. Generally these are available in guest houses only and can be in short supply during peak times. The sleeping arrangements can vary from property to property so it is best to email or call us to discuss your requirements.

Q. What is a full Scottish breakfast?

A. A Scottish breakfast is a hearty meal that will keep you going all day long! Typically the meal will start with a choice of juice, fruit, yoghurt and cereals. A choice of cooked items will be available including bacon, sausages, egg and tomato. Sometimes this is augmented with haggis, black pudding (a type of blood sausage). There is a good supply of tea or coffee together with toast and preserves. In hotels it is usual for breakfast to be served as a buffet where you help yourself. In guest houses you will usually help yourself to cereals and the main course is freshly cooked to order.

Q. What will my motorcoach coach be like?

A. Your tour will be split into two sections. On the journey from Edinburgh or Glasgow to Inverness and returnyou will travel in a luxury touring coach with air-conditioning, reclining seats and double glazing. These coaches also boast substantial luggage space, which means that you can bring a reasonable amount of luggage with you. On the excursions from Inverness we employ mini-coaches with air-conditioning or forced air ventilation. These smaller vehicles can get to places that a big coach cant which really add to the enjoyment of these tours.

Q. Should I tip the driver?

A. A gratuity for a job well done is always appreciated by our drivers.

Q. How much luggage can I bring?

A. You can bring a reasonable amount of luggage with you on the tour. As a guide we will be happy to carry one full-sized suitcase and one carry-on bag per person.


Q. How can I pay for my tour?

A. We are happy to accept Visa and Mastercard credit cards. Debit cards linked to a UK bank are also acceptable.

Q. Ive missed my tour, can I get a refund?

A. Like other tour operators we cannot be responsible if you miss your tour because you are not at the departure point in good time. If you miss your coach then full cancellation charges will apply. We recommend that you take out suitable travel insurance.

Q. I need to cancel my tour?

A. Please call or email us. Provided that we have the appropriate notice in writing we will be happy to refund your money (less a 5 per person administration fee). Unfortunately if you give us less than 72 hours notice for a one day tour then we are unable to give you a refund. If you are travelling on a multi-day tour then you need to give us at least 14 days notice to get a refund. We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. nce.

Q. I have a question that is not covered by these FAQs?

A. Please use the Contact Us email facility on this website to ask a question. We do our very best to answer your query as soon as possible.

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