During my trip around Scotland in April 2019, I got the chance to work with Rabbies Tour and to let them show me how proud they were of their country and all the reasons why. With their friendly and skilled guides and a small environmental impact, this young company drives you around crafted routes with their comfortable mini coaches, ensuring you award winning quality tours.
With them I went on two day tours and here is my review:
Skye & Eilean Donan Castle
This tour started at 8AM at the Inverness bus station. In the mini coach were people from all over the world: Canadians, Californians, Chinese, Italians. Under a beautiful sunshine we started the day by driving the Great Glen Fault Line towards Loch Ness where we admired Castle Urquhart down the valley.
After a short break we drove towards Eilean Donan Castle, the most photographed castle in Scotland. There I got the possibility to pay an entrance fee to go inside and decided not to. Instead I goofed around the castle and listen to the talented bag pipe player.
It was now time to cross the sea towards the Isle of Skye. We drove on the island’s east coast through the Cuillin Mountains to Sligachan all the way to Portree for a lunch break. This little town has a lot of choice but the guide advised us to try thy Fish and Ships shop on the pier. And it was worth it!
After that I walked around the harbor and found a hidden path to relax and enjoy the view on the bay.
Once I gained some strengths back, it was time to explore some of the most famous sceneries of the island: Trotternish Peninsula, The Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, and the Quiraing. It was breathtaking and wonderful.
That day, the guide informed me that Scotland will soon be 100% green and auto sufficient. They keep fighting for their lands and what is right. Scotland is, for example, trying to plant back trees all over the country as they’ve all been cut in the past.
Loch Ness & the Highlands
I must admit this tour was less interesting, probably because we’ve already seen so much of the country and its beauty and also because we’ve already visited the Loch Ness area. But nevertheless, the guide was very informed and funny, making me enjoy the day no matter what.
After leaving Aberdeen, we drove to the Glenfiddich Distillery in order to take a few pictures from the outside. There’s been a little bit of a drama in the mini coach because one of the guests thought we were going inside the distillery (which I thought also). I guess the tour description was confusing and I can see now they’ve changed it.
We then drove to the Loch Ness for an optional 14£ boat trip or a lunch break on top of the hill for a nice view. I chose the second option.
After that we kept driving towards Clava Cairns where I could see very well presrved ancient burial tombs. Then we continued to Culloden Battlefield, the location of the final Jacobite Rising. It’s an eerie, flat, tragic landscape that can put the history of Scotland into perspective. I would have appreciated the guide to come with us and explain what were walking on but we were left alone which wasn’t really informative.
Nevertheless the guide was fun and interesting which made the tour pleasant.