The Scottish Highlands is a huge tract of land to traverse. We are getting older, it seems. We didn’t think we were the type to go on guided tours but we got down to looking for guides to bring us around the Isle of Skye. Siew kindly did the work and eventually decided that we would go with Rabbie’s. She said the comments were that Rabbie’s was known to give a good mix of being on the bus and walking around.
We took the 3-day tour with Rabbie’s. The tour leaves from Edinburgh or Glasgow and most hotels are known to oblige if you want to keep the rest of your luggage with them while you go away for a few days on a Highland tour.
We stayed in an apartment just down Princes Street from Rabbie’s café, which is the pick up point for Edinburgh. The tour is conducted through the use of a 16-seater Mercedes-Benz mini bus. Which is awesome, in our books, because it was comfortable and easy to get in and out of. Passengers sitting on the window side can use the USB port for charging.
(It didn’t feel too cramped and seeing how narrow some of the roads were, sitting in a low, compact vehicle felt safer than a chunky double decker.)
We had a guide and a driver. Our guide was Pete and we loved his stories. He made his own sound effects for some stories and took on voices for different historical characters. He knew when to let us drift off to sleep. He played us locale-appropriate music. His passion really charmed us. It is not as if not having an engaging guide would dull the trip, because the landscape was truly amazing, and thoroughly breath-taking. But Pete and his energy made the tour even better.
There was a good bit of walking involved and the weather rather fickle (we went in February) so really, wear good shoes and don your best tri-climate outerwear. Tip: do the walk at Neist Point Lighthouse.
We don’t have anything to complain about, and we were pleased with the pace. The two nights were spent in Portree, in accommodations that Rabbie’s helps to book. You just have to indicate what type of accommodations you prefer. (We chose a bed and breakfast with ensuite and we loved the place, even though it was a little way off from the main street.)
Toward the end of the tour, we were so happy that we were googling the appropriate amount to tip and wondering if we should leave a review on Trip Advisor. Well, with regards the latter, there was no need to because they have many, many happy customers. There are some bad comments, which was very curious so we read them. It seems that people were upset with the one-day tour (too rushed?).
So well, we highly recommend going with Rabbie’s on a 3-day tour to the Isle of Skye the next time you are in Scotland.