Hello, my name is George and I look forward to providing you with a private tour showcasing the beauty, culture, history and heritage of Scotland. I was born and grew up on the west coast of Scotland and although I have traveled extensively throughout Europe, Scandinavia and Asia, I have returned to my roots here in this exceptionally beautiful part of the world, Largs, Ayrshire.
My personal interests include architecture, photography, Scottish history, geography and meeting people from all walks of life.
My private tours are designed to create wonderful and lasting memories of beautiful Scotland. I specialize in shore excursions from cruise ships arriving at Glasgow (Greenock) and I am experienced, knowledgeable and committed to providing world class service. I am based in Largs, Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland and I will meet you at and return you to, any place in and around Greenock, Glasgow or North Ayrshire.
My 8 passenger air-conditioned minibus allows you to venture and stop at places of interest where big vehicles cannot go, while offering you personal attention and interaction with myself. For multi-day tours, the vehicle can very comfortably seat up to 8 passengers and luggage. Each passenger will have their own seat and full 3 point seat belt – I can provide child seats for any child age free of charge. There is plenty of space and leg room and the vehicle is easily accessible. The vehicle is also suitable for those with limited mobility. Tours are exclusive and only for the intended party, no other person will be on the tour. A power point for recharging a phone, laptops or camera is available. The vehicle does not carry any form of advertising.
Tour prices are quoted for each tour, per day (but based on numbers of persons), and are in pounds Sterling (£s) and include the cost and insurance of vehicle, driver-guide services, itinerary planning, all fuel and maintenance costs, car parking fees, tolls, guides daily expenses, transfers and local taxes. There are no hidden costs. If ferry costs are needed these will be highlighted. Tour price will depend on number of persons, length of tours, time of year, distance traveled and other factors such as pick up and drop off locations.
The tour price is final, unless there is a significant difference from the original request to the actual itinerary requested by the client there may be a change to the end costs. This will be highlighted before final payment, for example a change in the number of persons on the tour.
Tour prices do not include entrance fees, accommodation, meals, ferry costs (when needed) or gratuities. All of my tours are flexible and may be customized to your needs. I welcome stopping for impromptu photo sessions and providing information on historical or cultural sites as we pass by.
I very much look forward meeting you during your visit to “Bonnie Scotland”.
Yes – No problem at all. If you want me to meet and greet you I can meet you at the airport arrival gate and start the tour right away! Or, for example, you may wish to check in to your accommodation, freshen up, before having a tour of the city. Then dropped off back at your accommodation or a nice restaurant – the choice is yours!
I personally will carry out and conduct all tours. If, due to unforseen circumstances, I am not available I will use another, independent local Scottish tour guide. You will always be informed of this either at the time of your initial request or in writing before your tour.
I’m able to take you on private tours of most castles and ruins. Each site is different. Most Stately Homes (grand furnished houses) have there own guides who can give a far more detailed perspective. Ruins and sites which don’t have there own guides I’m able to give you a guided tour, telling you the historical, architectural and archeological perspective. For example I can give you detailed walking tours of the battles sites of Bannockburn, Culloden and Stirling Bridge and guided tours of the mighty medieval castles of Stirling, Tantallon, Dirleton and Linlithgow Palace. Or perhaps the great ruins of Melrose, Dryburgh, Jedburgh and Kelso Abbeys.
Full day tours will usually start at 9am and return to your accommodation at approx 5pm. This is also generally the length of time the day will last on a multi day tour. There may be occasions when we may start early or later so as to make a transport connection or finish earlier or later. At the start of each day I will discuss in detail with you the various options available to maximise the time you have and tailor the day to your requirements. We could spend the day visiting historical attractions, have lunch in a wee traditional pub followed by a scenic drive through the countryside. Alternatively, you may wish to take a gentle stroll on hidden beach or ancient ruin, or you may wish to spend some time on your own exploring the shops of a small village!
What you do in the evenings is completely up to yourself. If on a multi day tour I will always give you a brief tour of the location you are staying in, showing you the good local restaurants, pubs or a nice place for a local walk, before dropping you at your accommodation I will let you know about events that may be going on in the evening such as local folk music or pipe bands.
I usually can accommodate most requests. For example I recently gave a group a guided tour of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, then into the mountains of Argyll to the conservation village of Inveraray. We then explored the standing stones and burial chambers of Kilmartin Glen before dropping them off at their hotel in Kilmartin.
I’m able to recommend and suggest a wide variety of accommodation based on your requirements such as budget, location, room type, accommodation type. You can either book direct or I can arrange this for you. As a guide to prices (per person per night – 2016 prices) B&Bs/guest houses will cost from £60.00 to £80.00 small hotels/inns from £60 to £90, mid-range hotels from £90.00 to £120.00 and luxury/castle hotels from £170+ Large towns and cities will be more expensive, as will the busy months of July, August and September.
No problem to do this. I have my smartphone with me at all times which has e-mail and internet access. – the number is 07813 249197 Should any one need to contact you whilst you are on tour they can e-mail me at any time.