Guided To​urs of Scotland

Private Driver & Guide Service

private minibus tours of scotland

COV​ID-19 UPDATE (August 2021): As of Monday 2 August the Scottish Government has removed the requirement for fully vaccinated international visitors from the USA and (most) EU & EFTA countries to quarantine upon their arrival in Scotland. Click here for more information. For up to date travel information please check your home government's travel advice and for more information on the situation in Scotland please check here. In the meantime, I am very much open for business, with in-vehicle covid safety measures in place, for day tours and multi-day tours in 2021, and of course I am taking bookings for 2022 and 2023. I look forward to welcoming both new and repeat clients, not to mention my very patient customers who have had to postpone their tours, in the not too distant future!

Private driver-guided touring by minivan, including day trips from Glasgow and Edinburgh, bespoke tours, island hopping and customized multi-da​y road trip itineraries, or even a grand tour of the British Isles and Ireland lasting anything up to 28 days! I can create a tailor made tour for you or you can submit your own itinerary to me and I will check it for you and make any necessary logistical changes as well as adding in some suggestions and recommendations, either way you can be sure that you will enjoy a fantastic tour, with flexible schedules to allow you to explore at your own pace, and will live long in the memory.

2021 & 2022 tour bookings being taken now - book now to guarantee your preferred dates!

Winter 2021/22: 20% off tours from 1 November 2021 until 28 February 2022!* - ask me for a quote

On a private tour, which can begin and end at a location of your choice, I can show you the off -the - beaten - track areas that the bus tours can't reach, such as Mull, Easter Ross, the Outer Hebrides and Shetland, as well as the better known places such as Stirling, Loch Ness, Orkney, Oban, Glencoe and the Isle of Skye. As a native Scot I take great pleasure in showing visitors around the country of my birth, offering a relaxed and informative approach to touring, which allows you to explore without worrying about time, logistics, missing anything, driving on the left etc.

Getting a quote and/or itinerary proposal for your private, escorted tour is easy, just email me at [email protected] or fill out the tour enquiry form and I will take care of the rest, drawing up a personal itinerary unique to you. Tours of Alba, the gaelic name for Scotland, (and the rest of the British Isles) can begin or end anywhere in the UK or Ireland to provide you with the flexibility to make the most of your vacation. You can book your inbound and outbound airport transfers with me too, so that your Scottish holiday gets off to the best possible start.

Multi-day tours of Scotland can be anything from two days to three weeks, and for the longer trips can include parts of Ireland, England and Wales too. Start and end of tour locations are flexible, anywhere in the British Isles, to suit your travel itinerary, giving you the option of flying into one city / country and out of another. On a multi-day itinerary, depending on the duration, you would normally spend each night in a different location, although it is also possible on longer schedules to use one place as a hub for two, three or four night and day-trip out from that place each day. 

With its proximity to the Highlands and Atlantic Coast, Scotland's largest city offers a plethora of options for day trips to the surrounding countryside. Loch Lomond National Park is only 45 minutes away and in two hours you could be enjoying the serenity of the Isle of Bute or the island of Arran, often called 'Scotland in Miniature'. Also within driving distance of Glasgow are; Oban, Inveraray, Glencoe, Perthshire, Stirling and Edinburgh.

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Scotch Whisky Tours

isle of skye tour from glasgow & edinburgh

Isle of Skye Tour

Situated on the East Coast, Scotland's capital city provides plenty of opportunities for day-trips to the surrounding area. Choose from a trip down East Lothian's 'Golf Coast' which could take you down as far as Northumberland, including Holy Isle and the castles of Bamburgh and Alnwick (aka Hogwarts!). Due south of Edinburgh lies the Southern Uplands and the Borders area, famous for its many abbeys. To the north is the county, or 'Kingdom', of Fife with castles galore and the beautiful small city of St Andrews. A little bit further north again takes you into the Perthshire Highlands and the Central Highlands of the Cairngorms National Park.

With so many whisky distilleries to choose from, 130 and counting, it is hard to know where to start. That's where I can help, by recommending a tour that will encompass a wide variety of different whisky styles, regions (there are six; Highland, Lowland, Island, Islay, Speyside and Campbeltown), logistics (some are easier to get to than others) and ages (some distilleries have literally just opened and some are centuries old). Book a whisky tour of Scotland with me and you can relax while I take care of the logistics, recommend you whisky hotels and pubs and, most importantly, drive you from distillery to distillery, allowing you to enjoy a dram or three!

Bespoke Tours

All of the tours that I provide are personalised and unique to those who book me - no two tours are the same. Firstly, before drawing up your tailor made itinerary, I will ask you if you have any specific places that are on your must-see list and in addition I will ask if you have any particular interests to take into account, such as; whisky, hiking, photography, art, gastronomy etc. Taking that information into account I will then incorporate it with my own suggestions of places to visit, logistics, restaurants and hotels etc.  and build your customized itinerary from there.

Kind regards, Greg Kain (your Scottish tour guide)

 " Dear Greg, I just wanted to write to let you know what a fantastic two days we had with you. For David to see his childhood home and haunts in such a relaxed way was something we will always treasure. I had always hoped that this would be the highlight of our trip but it so exceeded our expectations. We would like to thank you for the effort you put in to make those two days so memorable for us and especially David. The fact we were able to see everything we wanted to and extra was due to your research and planning and it was much appreciated. We have been singing your praises far and wide and hope this will bring you some more business.

Thanks again.

Annette and David McGinlay, Christchurch, New Zealand.

* winter discount does not apply to the following dates: 24-27 December and 31 December - 03 January 

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