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Private Tours around the Scottish Highlands and Hebrides with a local Highland guide. Explore stunning views, dramatic landscapes, ancient and medieval history, Scots Gaelic culture and Highland traditions. John Alasdair Macdonald, is a native of...more
Inverness, Scotland
+44 7943 863292
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

John was an incredible guide and created a multidimensional tour out of our whiskey excursion. He provided local background, history, and personal antidotes that really helped us appreciate the surroundings as well as the whiskey we enjoyed! This was a surprise tour for my Dad...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed 11 January 2019 via mobile

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our day touring whisky distilleries with John. He was incredibly personable and had a great sense of humor. He had excellent recommendations for visiting several smaller distilleries that were a vastly different tour experience than the larger facilities. John...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Reviewed 16 November 2018 via mobile

My husband and I, visiting Scotland from the US, booked a private tour to Isle of Skye with John Alasdair Macdonald, The Hebridean Explorer, on 09/09/18. Prior to the actual tour date, we communicated with John via e-mail to secure all details including itinerary, booking...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed 20 October 2018

We did the 5 day Outer Hebrides tour with John at the end of September ~ and it was brilliant. John is such a knowledgeable guide and personable fellow, we had a great time island hopping from Lewis to Skye. His local knowledge meant we...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

What a wonderful scotch whiskey tour for a honeymoon! John the owner and tour guide was absolutely amazing and made the trip a blast! He was extremely knowledgeable, fun, and willing to change the tour at a moments notice for us. For example, I realized...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Simply amazing multi-day tour with the Hebridean Explorer! Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, Glencoe, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Eilean Donan, Urquhart, and Dunvegan Castles, blooming heather, magnificent waterfalls, breath-taking coastal and highland scenery, and so much more! John Macdonald is a brilliant tour guide—offers the best tours...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Fantastic trip, great fun, very informative. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone with an interest in whisky. The Benromach tour was a trip highlight. John was helpful, easy going, insightful, well prepared, interesting and fun.

Date of experience: July 2018
Reviewed 30 September 2018

We are so glad that we made the decision to tour with the Hebridean Explorer. John is knowledgable, experienced, and engaging, and he clearly conveys his love for his homeland. It was a beautiful and amazing trip; there's not one thing that we'd change about...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Reviewed 26 September 2018

We just wanted to thank John so much for being a fantastic guide and taking us to all of those 'off the beaten track' places, which we would never have seen otherwise. (and they were so much better and less crowded than the more famous...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Reviewed 22 September 2018

What an amazing trip. John is a treasure; he has a great knowledge and passion for what he does. He went the extra mile for us as we searched for our ancestors - scrambling through old cemeteries in the rain and sunshine, doing homework for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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19 August 2017
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Response from rushville
Do you have any thoughts/info on the car rental facilities Inverness City center, reputable/reliable? We're mainly riding the rail while in Scotland, but wanting a car for a couple days while in Inverness
Terry B
5 June 2016
Response from hebexplorer | Property representative
Hi Terry, There are some great islands to visit - the Isle of Mull and the on to Iona are a wonderful tour and can be done quite easily from Oban. Further North, then I would recommend the Orkney Isles - as well as being... More
Ashish S
24 March 2016
Response from hebexplorer | Property representative
Lots of great places to eat in Inverness - if you like a traditional pub atmosphere then I would recommend The Castle Tavern at the top of Castle Street.