All these years I read for Scotland and the highlands and we were looking forward to the moment we visit Scotland. So, along with tickets for Edinburgh, we booked a day trip to the Highlands.
The meeting point is next to St. Giles, so it is very easy to find. The departure was on time. First the driver and our guide Steven, gave us guidance and information about our trip. The mini bus was new, clean and the guide led us safely and quickly to our destination.
Steven was very verbose and talkative and was willing to answer all our questions. In general, did not try to speak more slowly so that we understand everything he said (in the scottish accent).
The landscape of the Highlands is very very nice and the cloudy day made it even more mysterious. All the places we visited were beautiful.
The stop we took to see and feed wild deer was absolutely fantastic!
What I did not like was:
1. Although we knew that you spend most of the time of the trip on the bus, turned out to be quite tedious.
2. With the exception of the village of Fort Augustus, all other major stops were in service areas.
3. Our driver called a passenger rude as he tried to translate her daughter (who did not understand English) while he was speaking. He could have been more understanding.
4. Our driver tried persistently to motivate us to do the boat trip on Loch Ness constantly saying that from Fort Augustus we could hardly see it. This was not true as seen from the photo uploaded. The Loch ness is in front of you, hugh, calm and mysterious, available for as many photos as you wish. We didn't take the boat trip and instead we had a beer in a very nice local pub. Point that everybody else on the bus booked the boat trip. He also said that in winter time there are no open pubs, restaurants etc. which turned to be a false information cause many pubs and shops were open.
5. We didn't stop in Pitlochry as the itinerary said but, again, in a service area, away from any village. The guide told us that during winter time at 5 o'clock in the afternoon all shops are closed, that's why we didn't go to Pitlochry. When I told him that evev in this right moment on their website says that in winter also thw bus stops at Pitlochry, he told me that he's said his boss many times but the boss won't change it.
Maybe my expectatios were too high and therefore not fully satisfied.
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