Where do I start....First - this was a GREAT tour. Met Some wonderful people - only 12 of us. Jamie (guide) was THE BEST! Story after story so you really felt Scotland's history and if you listened, you might hear the smashing of swords as the Clans clashed and crashed together! We were also joined by Grant (in training?) for the first 3 days. Such a happy, silly, enthusiastic and energetic man. We missed him when he had to leave!
It is also evident that Jamie's love for his country directs his enthusiasm in wanting YOU to feel the uniqueness of this country and see all the special little spots that otherwise, you may never have! And...it is beautiful. The highlands are breathtaking. Mull is soooo peaceful and beautiful. Staffa with it's little puffins (did we see a puffling?) and rock formation - beautiful. I want to talk about the beauty of the country, the open fields and tall mountains, the broken castles and the renewed ones, the Glen's, rocks, trails, sheep, birds, flowers, etc, because I KNOW we would have missed so much of this if we HADN'T taken the tour.
The accommodations and those who run them were terrific - hand picked. Jamie was honest and would offer us choice for eateries, etc. Amazingly, Jamie also knows where almost EVERY bathroom is in Scotland! Seems a bit preoccupied with that knowledge...... And his driving skills! Again, the best! We would not have ever been able to maneuver around this country the way Jamie can! Mind you, we all had to tighten our tummy's a few times (Jamie's request). He is also very courteous to the livestock on the roads....of which there were plenty. Seriously, not ONCE did we feel uncomfortable on any road/valley/high mountain trail, etc. He's a terrific driver!
We had plenty of time to explore and hike about. On our tour we were also fortunate to have a gentleman in his late 80's, born and raised in Scotland who had been a great hiker and climber. He also passed his knowledge on to us. Jamie and Grant treated him with utmost respect and were genuinely glad to have him on board as were we.
I can't say enough positive comments about this tour. My only regret is that we hadn't booked a longer tour. We had to part ways with our new 'family' on day 5 as they continued on to the Orkney's. It will just mean that we will have to return! Thank you again for this wonderful adventure and miss you already!