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Tours from Edinburgh for seniors

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Tours from Edinburgh for seniors

My parents will be in Edinburgh in march, it's their first trip to the uk, and they are both in their mid 60s

I'm looking for a friendly and relaxed tour that will show them the highlights of Scotland.

Does anyone have any suggestions on the best operators for an elder couple?

Thanks for any advice you might have!

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1. Re: Tours from Edinburgh for seniors

'... they are both in their mid 60s ... an elder couple.' Blimey. My brother in law (mid 60s) plays tennis three times a week as did my sister until recent knee surgery; with physio she should be back on the court early next year. Both would rather eat their own heads than think of themselves as 'an elder couple'.

Having said that, there are some people who are 'old' at 60 or 65. Unless your parents have significant limitations in mobility, would they not prefer to make their own travel arrangements? Buses and trains make for easy travel throughout Scotland, and rather than stay at a hotel selected by someone else they could choose where they wish to stay. How long will they be in Scotland, and will they travel to and from Edinburgh by rail or by air?

www.rabbies.com and www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk might have short tours that would suit in concert with their own sightseeing decisions.

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The best operator for everyone in their mid-60s I know is themselves.

We hire cars and drive, or use the trains.

I know no-one your parents' age who needs "friendly and relaxed" tours. Or anyone incapable of getting a guide book and deciding where to go. Is this ageist and offensive question really a reflection of some unusual disability your parents suffer from?

If so, please tell us what that disability is.

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Most of the tour companies operating from Edinburgh attract a wide range of people - can't think of any that is "age specific", many allow people to choose their own accommodation at overnight stops - so you can stay in a hostel or the best local hotel depending on budget and wants

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4. Re: Tours from Edinburgh for seniors

Thanks for your advice, my mother is over weight and it's the first time they've left australia... And they are not the tennis type

They're wanting an easy way to see some of Scotland ... I know from experience some tours definitely cater for younger or mature audiences as they have asked me to look into it.

Thanks Brett

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5. Re: Tours from Edinburgh for seniors

Can I suggest you post this in the Edinburgh travel forum and also browse through the previous posts in there? You'll get responses from people who know the area well and I'm sure I read a post about guided tours on that forum. The main ones I'm aware of are aimed at young bagpackers but I'm sure there will be others for castles, gardens, distilleries etc.

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6. Re: Tours from Edinburgh for seniors

I found it!! These are the ones people recommended although that post was more specifically looking for a private tour guide rather than a group tour:

http://www.experiencescotland.co.uk

invernesschauffeur.com/inverness_private_tou…

Then there's the big UK coach companies. I've no idea what any of them are like, it's my idea of torture if I'm honest but you see a lot of their buses on the road so someone enjoys it!!

http://www.shearings.com/scotland

http://www.lochsandglens.com/

http://www.davidurquhart.com/

http://www.caledoniantravel.com/

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There is a company called Saga who specialise in holidays for the over 50s. I have no experience of them but you could try looking at their website to see if they offer what you need.

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8. Re: Tours from Edinburgh for seniors

I looked at saga, they didn't seem to have anything in Scotland - they're missing a trick if you ask me!!

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9. Re: Tours from Edinburgh for seniors

They sent me info (you can't stop it) with trips up to the islands. You have to get to the start point first.

But I have just checked the website and those are not on there. They are a bit pricey and at least 7 days. You could definitely do better yourself.

Is it a group tour by coach or a private tour by car that you want? How long and what's the budget?

It might be worth looking at basing somewhere like Edinburgh and taking day tours with a relaxing day between.

Or they could do rail trips to places so they can relax and enjoy the scenery, get off at an hotel. Seat 61 gives you the options and connecting bus/ferry links which makes it easy to book and organise.

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