Monarch Tours
Monarch Tours
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
About us: At Monarch Tours we offer a truly epic experience to ensure your visit to Scotland is as memorable as possible. We proudly want to show off our country the way it should be seen, with guides that are knowledgeable and passionate about living here. Because we are a small tour provider we can be flexible with locations and itineraries to offer a tailored service. Unlike the large tour providers, our Land Rover Discovery’s can get us truly off the beaten path and down the narrow and winding roads the coaches simply can not venture. Our Vehicles: We call our main cars “The Monarch” and “The Duke”, we can’t think of another vehicle that would fit the bill better for touring the wilds of Scotland than in a Land Rover Discovery. Extremely comfortable, our Land Rovers can take 6 adult passengers in comfort with superb views in every seat. If more seats are needed we can arrange a larger vehicle (up to 7/8 adults with luggage) with advanced booking.
Edinburgh, Scotland

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Hitch S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Where to begin? My wife & I booked a 17 day trip to Scotland. Having never been, we crossed our fingers for all of the excursions we planned. I can now say, without any hesitation, of all that we planned, the very best decision that we made was to book Chris Pendleton on a private two-day tour. He was AMAZING. His vehicle (Land Rover) was impeccable and incredibly comfortable. He’ll show you Scotland like you will never see on your own. He avoids the touristy places and takes you to enchanted scenery and hide-away spots that no travel book would cover. He takes you to restaurants that DON’T serve bus loads of tourists. We ran in to a couple who had rented a car for 14 days because they wanted to “do it their way.” They paid over $2,000 for the rental (check the price of gas in Scotland! 🥴), and they were just hitting the touristy spots because that’s what the guide books said to do. We, on the other hand booked Chris (for a lot less money) and got the tour of a lifetime. You’ll never see what we saw if you book a bus tour or try to do it yourself. We had no car, and when not with Chris, used the trains and the occasional bus very effectively. Chris was so incredibly informative. As a proud Scot, he knows his history, and it’s infectious. There’s no way I’ll tour Scotland in a future trip without calling on Chris. There’s so much more of Scotland that we wish to see, and I deeply wish we had booked Chris for more days. Bottom line… don’t rent a car. The liability, cost, and aggravating driving in a foreign country with different traffic laws is a recipe for stress and uneasiness (the exact opposite of what a vacation is supposed to be about). Use the public transportation system and for goodness sake, top off your trip with the booking of Chris Pendleton at Monarch. You will never regret it. He really is that good!!
Tom & Vicki McGuire

PS. My wife left some purchased items in his car. I emailed him and told him to just give the items to another guest, as he was far away, and with gas costs in Scotland, it wasn’t worth asking him to come back. We went to have lunch, and upon our return the hotel informed us that Chris had returned and left the items at the desk for us. My wife was so happy. He truly is a gentleman, as well as a great tour guide.
Written 11 October 2023
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Thank you, Tom & Vicki, for your incredibly kind words! It was an absolute pleasure showing you around Scotland. I'm thrilled you enjoyed the journey and felt the magic of the places we explored. Your feedback truly means a lot, and I'm so glad your wife got her items back. I aim to make every tour exceptional, providing not just a journey through Scotland's landscapes but also a memorable experience filled with hidden gems and tales of our rich history. Should your travels bring you back, I'd be honoured to show you even more of this beautiful country! Cheers Chris
Written 7 January 2024
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Tracey B
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Sept 2023 • Family
Our family of six booked Monarch Tours for a full day trip to St Andrews from Edinburgh. Chris was extremely knowledgeable of the history of Scotland and shared many stories on topics from the Romans, rulers, England, old St Andrews, and modern Scotland. We visited Falkland Palace, The Old Course @ St Andrews, St Andrews Cathedral, Dunino Den and a few other notable sites. We would absolutely recommend hiring Chris for any guided tour in Scotland!
Written 24 September 2023
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Thank you so much for your kind words! It was an absolute pleasure guiding your family through Scotland's rich history. Exploring St Andrews with you all and sharing those stories made the day truly special. I'm thrilled you enjoyed visiting Falkland Palace, St Andrews Cathedral, and all the notable spots along the way. Your recommendation means a lot, and I'd be honored to guide you through more Scottish adventures whenever you're back! Cheers, Chris
Written 7 January 2024
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Milan W
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Sept 2023 • Couples
We were blessed to spend the day with Chris. His love for Scotland and knowledge of culture and history truly made it a special day. Chris was flexible in the tour and tailored it to meet our specific request. I would highly recommend this adventure!
Written 23 September 2023
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Absolutely thrilled to hear that your experience with Chris on our Central Scotland Driving Tour was so rewarding! His passion for Scotland's rich culture and history shines through, and we're delighted he could tailor the tour to meet your interests. Thank you for recommending our adventure. We'd love to welcome you back for more explorations in the future!
Written 7 January 2024
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Alicia F
San Diego, CA1 contribution
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Jul 2023
My sister and I only had a few days in Scotland and wanted to get a taste of what the beautiful countryside was like outside of Edinburgh. We booked a private tour through Monarch Tours and everything was amazing. Scott, our tour guide, was polite, entertaining, knowledgeable, and knew just how to tailor the tour to our tastes, taking us to many places we would never thing of going or where the regular tour buses can't go. We are so glad we chose to experience Scotland this way and highly recommend using Monarch Tours for your tour as well!
Written 19 July 2023
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Thank you immensely for sharing your delightful experience after embarking on our Central Scotland Driving Tour with Scott. We're thrilled to have provided you and your sister with a taste of Scotland's picturesque countryside! Scott takes immense pride in delivering entertaining and tailored experiences, and we're delighted that his expertise and thoughtful curation of offbeat destinations resonated with you. Exploring places beyond the regular tour routes is indeed a unique facet of our tours, and we're thrilled you appreciated these hidden gems. We're honored that you chose to experience Scotland with us and that we could contribute to your memorable visit. Your recommendation means the world to us, and we'd be overjoyed to welcome you back for more bespoke adventures in the future! Warm regards, The Monarch Tours Team
Written 7 January 2024
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dragonfly91953
Loganville, GA72 contributions
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Jul 2023
Lovely brief intro to Scotland with a wonderful, funny and knowledgeable guide, Gary. Scotland is beautiful and charming. Communication with the owner, Chris, was flawless from beginning to end. I like that he was very quick to return responses to my queries via email. Our favorite- Calton Hill and Rosslyn Chapel.
Written 16 July 2023
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Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience following your Edinburgh and Beyond Driving Tour with Gary. We're thrilled that your introduction to Scotland was enjoyable! Gary is indeed a gem in our team, blending humor, knowledge, and charm to provide an engaging tour experience. It's delightful to hear that you found Scotland beautiful and charming—a sentiment we deeply resonate with. We pride ourselves on seamless communication and are delighted that Chris ensured your queries were promptly addressed. Calton Hill and Rosslyn Chapel are truly remarkable places, and we're thrilled they became favorites during your tour. Thank you for choosing to explore with us and for sharing your positive experience. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back for more delightful adventures across Scotland. Warm regards, The Monarch Tours Team
Written 7 January 2024
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Cindy C
King George, VA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We spent our day with Scott, and every aspect of this tour was flawless. Booking - easy, communication - easy. We left right on time and had the most amazing day. Scott is a natural storyteller, whether it's about the history of Scotland or legend and lore. He was the perfect narrator and even kept my teenager engaged (this was part of her senior trip). We went to places that were free of large bus crowds (always a plus), and we never felt rushed. This was some of the best money I spent on this trip, and I would highly recommend this company for professionalism, service and passion for telling Scotland's story.
Written 14 July 2023
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Thank you sincerely for sharing your exceptional experience following your Private Highlands Tour with Scott. We're elated that every aspect of your day exploring Scotland was flawless! Our aim is to make the booking process seamless, and we're delighted that it was easy and straightforward for you. Scott's storytelling prowess truly brings Scotland's history and legends to life, and it's wonderful to hear that he kept your teenager engaged, adding depth to her senior trip. Exploring off-the-beaten-path locations away from large bus crowds is indeed a delight, and we're thrilled that you never felt rushed, allowing you to savor each moment. Your kind words about the value of the experience mean the world to us. Scott is passionate about showcasing Scotland's story, and your recommendation for our professionalism, service, and dedication to storytelling is truly appreciated. Thank you for choosing to explore with us, and we'd be honored to host you for more incredible adventures in the future. Warm regards, The Monarch Tours Team
Written 7 January 2024
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JLanceP1361
Flower Mound, TX22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
My wife and I did the all-day Glencoe trip with Scott. He picked us up at our hotel at 0830. The day was very relaxed and we never felt rushed nor bored. I was a bit anxious that an 8-10 hour day would get a little long - not at all. Scott was extremely knowledgeable guide and just a great personality and an easy conversationalist. The trip was tweaked for our interests as we went along. He did a great job of avoiding the tour buses and we went to many out of the way places that the buses couldn’t reach. We honestly have no negatives, only superlatives about our day. The rate is very reasonable for the product and I can’t imagine seeing The Highlands any other way. Thanks Scott for lifetime memories. Lance and Suzy
Written 19 May 2023
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Dear Lance and Suzy, Thank you immensely for your heartwarming review following your Glencoe & Highlands Expedition with Scott. We're thrilled to hear that your day in the Highlands was nothing short of perfect. Scott takes great pride in ensuring our guests have a relaxed yet engaging experience, and it's fantastic to know that his knowledge and easy conversational style made the day enjoyable. Tweaking the trip along the way to match your interests is something he excels at, ensuring a truly personalized adventure. We're delighted that Scott navigated you away from the tour buses, allowing you to explore hidden gems that others might miss. Your satisfaction means the world to us, and we're elated that your day left you with only superlatives and lifetime memories. Thank you for highlighting the value of our tour. We're honoured to have been a part of your Highland adventure and are grateful for the opportunity to create such special moments for you both. We hope to welcome you back for more memorable journeys in the future! Warm regards, The Monarch Tours Team
Written 7 January 2024
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Marci K
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Excellent way to hit many of the sites Edinburgh has to offer. James was our driver. He is very knowledgeable, personable, and funny. Hotel pick up provided. Chris, the owner, arranged entry tickets, lunch reservations and a bespoke itinerary. Communication prior to the trip was seamless. The entire day was tailored to our specific interests. We would absolutely book another tour with Monarch for future travels.
Written 29 April 2023
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Thank you immensely for your glowing review of your Edinburgh experience with Monarch Tours. We're thrilled to learn that James provided you with an excellent exploration of the city and beyond. James, indeed, is a gem in our team. His knowledge, personable nature, and humor make every tour memorable. It's fantastic to hear that the bespoke itinerary tailored to your specific interests added that extra touch to your day. At Monarch, we strive to make every aspect of your tour seamless, from communication before the trip to arranging entry tickets and lunch reservations. We're delighted that Chris could assist in curating your experience and ensuring everything met your expectations. Knowing that you would consider booking another tour with us for your future travels is the greatest compliment we could receive. We'd be honored to welcome you back and create more memorable experiences for you. Thank you for choosing Monarch Tours, and we look forward to hosting you again. Warm regards, The Monarch Tours Team
Written 7 January 2024
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McLaughlin001
Croydon, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Cannot praise the service enough. A truly incredible experience delivered by an extremely knowledgeable and charismatic guide. In fact we are now in the process of planning to return with my mother in law so she can enjoy it. It genuinely is worth every penny. I am not going to post a photo as I did not manage to take any that captured the moment or view. Perhaps that is one of the nicest aspects of the day. You just enjoy the moments and do not need to concentrate on driving or directions or for me even copious amounts of photos. Outstanding!!
Written 13 April 2023
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We're absolutely delighted to read your glowing review of your Glencoe & Highlands Expedition with our Land Rover Tour. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. It's fantastic to hear that you found the tour to be truly incredible and worthwhile. Our team takes great pride in delivering exceptional experiences, and we're thrilled that our knowledgeable and charismatic guide made your day memorable. The fact that you're planning to return with your mother-in-law speaks volumes about your satisfaction. We'd be honoured to welcome you both for another unforgettable adventure. Your words about enjoying the moments without the need for constant photography truly resonate with us. Sometimes, the beauty lies in experiencing the views without the lens, immersing oneself fully in the stunning surroundings. Thank you for choosing our tour, and we're overjoyed that it exceeded your expectations. We look forward to creating more outstanding memories for you and your family in the future. Warm regards, Monarch Tours Team
Written 7 January 2024
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scnlilley
Washington DC, DC1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
We had an amazing tour with Chris. He was very knowledgeable, organized a fantastic itinerary, and was great company. All the logistics were very simple, and Chris was very flexible as the plan evolved throughout the day. He made sure that the day was great for adults and kids alike and even took an extra detour to find some highland cattle at the end of the day. Highly recommended!
Written 27 March 2023
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Thank you immensely for sharing your wonderful experience with Chris on our Central Scotland Driving Tour - Stirlingshire. We're thrilled to hear that you had such a fantastic time exploring with him. Chris is truly passionate about showcasing the best of Scotland and ensuring that every moment of the tour is memorable for our guests. His wealth of knowledge and knack for organizing an engaging itinerary shines through, creating a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone. Flexibility is key to delivering exceptional tours, and we're glad Chris could adapt the plan to suit your interests and make the day enjoyable for both adults and kids. And of course, the quest for the highland cattle sounds like a delightful adventure to cap off the day! Your recommendation means a lot to us. We're grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of your Scottish adventure and hope to welcome you back for more memorable explorations in the future. Warm regards, The Monarch Tours Team
Written 7 January 2024
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