Additional Information & FAQs

What is included in the tours?

  • Overnight accommodation in 4 star accommodation that have been carefully selected for high standards of comfort and beautiful locations. Fees are based on double occupancy, single occupancy at extra charge.
  • Intimate tour group 12 people maximum
  • Hearty Scottish breakfasts
  • Admissions to all attractions listed on the tour itinerary
  • All transportation and all ferry fares between the islands
  • Personal full-time tour guides with expert local knowledge
  • Dinners, lunches, teas and tastings as noted on each tour

What is not included?

  • Airfare (we can offer guidance on best ways to book)
  • Expenses before and after the tours
  • Teas, lunches and dinners (except where specified on the itinerary)
  • Any side trips or excursions guest do outside of the set itinerary
  • Gifts, souvenirs, laundry, cleaning, telephone calls, telexes, faxes, cables, wines, liquors, beer, mineral water, soft drinks and incidental expenditures
  • Porterage – we carry our own bags, always
  • Tips for tour guides, hotel staff

What is the Activity Level of the tours?

These are active tours with considerable walking, standing and outdoor exploring. Guests should be in good health and able to…

  • Walk on uneven pavement and open fields at least 2 miles
  • Scramble up rocks
  • Carry your own luggage
  • Be on your feet for 3 to 5 hours over the course of the day
  • Ride comfortably in a minibus for several hours at a stretch

Weather 

Scotland is a land of sunshine, mists, wind, rain and anything else it feels like doing.  Conditions can change quickly but tours will not be cancelled due to poor weather. There might be slightly altered itineraries but tours will still go ahead.  The most important thing is to be prepared for all weather conditions to ensure you are comfortable.  Some of the most amazing photos can be taken just before or after storms the light can be incredibly intense and certainly brings you closer to nature!  Highland locals would say it is possible to experience all four seasons in one day and if you don’t like the weather – just wait 20 minutes!

What to bring

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Walking pole (if required)
  • Sturdy shoes or walking boots
  • Rucksack
  • Diary and paints if you like to record your trip
  • Swimming Costume/Trunks – yes people do swim in Scotland! Also on some of our tours, we have access to a fully heated indoor swimming pool.

Smoking Policy

Please note all properties we stay in, follow a strict no smoking policy, no smoking is allowed on or near the properties or whilst in transit from site to site.  Scotland has strict no smoking laws.  It is now illegal to smoke in and around accommodation and public interiors. To make it comfortable for all on our tours no smoking is allowed at the tours sites either.

Travel Insurance

We recommend you take out travel insurance.