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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 days ago

This was our second tour with John. We made a point to organize a tour with him after our last tour to Skye went so well. This time we did the Great Glen tour. John was terrific at adapting it on the fly to everyone's...More

Thank pendalino
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 3 wonderful days touring Orkney with John and cannot recommend him enough! We previously did a 2-day tour of Skye with John in 2015 which was so wonderful that we knew we wanted to do another tour with John when we returned to...More

Thank Ccoss
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the 8 hour whisky tour with John and it was fabulous. He also told us history of the area and showed us other points of interest such as the cathedral at Elgin. He is very knowledgeable about whisky as well. We made changes...More

Thank Ian R
Reviewed 12 August 2018

You have found your tasting tour, don’t spend any more time looking, go ahead and book the Hebridean Explorer for your whisky / whiskey tasting tour! John was an awesome tour guide! 5 STARS!!! For those who want me to get straight to the point,...More

Thank adsgbrg
Reviewed 11 July 2018

Can’t even begin to tell you how happy my wife and I were with the day that we spent on Skye with John MacDonald, a.k.a. The Hebridian Explorer. It started with the ease of booking our tour. We knew what we wanted, and John was...More

Thank ThaneOfLansing
Reviewed 2 July 2018

There's only one way to see the Outer Hebrides--and that's with John Macdonald as your guide.We were impressed from our first contact with John and his prompt and helpful assistance before we even engaged him. It only got better from there. We settled on a...More

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Reviewed 20 June 2018

I am so glad we signed up with the Hebridean Explorer!! This is the best way to tour this area -- with John MacDonald!! Why would anyone sign up for a big bus tour, be herded around like cattle, not have enough time to see...More

Thank Sherry R
Reviewed 8 June 2018

My sister and I did the three day Macdonald tour. We loved it so much and I want to do another tour of the outer islands and explore more with my husband. John provided the accurate history of the Highland Scots which I found so...More

Thank Patricia M
Reviewed 3 June 2018

We toured with John Macdonald for seven days in May: a three-day tour to the Outer Hebrides (Lewis and Harris), followed, after a one-day break, by four of John’s one-day tours, using Inverness as our base. Quite simply, WOW - we are so pleased that...More

Thank GHgrrl
Reviewed 31 May 2018

John is terrific! First, booking its a breeze--his website is terrific and he will modify tours to your liking. Everything represented is accurate and he is incredibly responsive. The tour itself was first rate. John is very knowledgeable and it was a joy to learn...More

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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 John Alasdair M | 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 John Alasdair M | 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.