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Bus Tours---ie., Trafalgar vs Insight vs Royal Scottish

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Bus Tours---ie., Trafalgar vs Insight vs Royal Scottish

Hi All:

I was hoping that there would be some reviews of bus tours to Scotland somewhere on the site--but I can not seem to find them. I know that bus tours are not the best way to see and experinece a country but it gives us a good snapshot for next visits!!

Are they here and I am not seeing them? Does anyone have any thoughts on Trafalgar Best of Scotland vs Insights Country Roads or Royal Scottish Tours. Any input would be helpful.

Thanks

Jacksue

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1. Re: Bus Tours---ie., Trafalgar vs Insight vs Royal Scottish

I'll leave others to answer your question directly, as I have no experience of the 3 companies you mention.

There are loads more companies do tours, but a lot depends on your age / experience / likes / dislikes. For example:

My mum has used Brightwater Holidays on a few occasions recently. They specialise in garden tours and although they're an English company many of their tours are in Scotland. She's away at the moment - in Arran - with them. Age profile tends to be retired people, they stay in reasonable quality hotels, not top of the market, and as I say they visit gardens - in this case Brodick Castle and a few other local sights. http://www.brightwaterholidays.com/

Then there's haggis tours. A much younger market, aimed at 20s / 30s, people on a budget, maybe staying in hostels rather than hotels. Smaller groups - in big minibuses or small coaches. http://www.haggisadventures.com

Given the three companies you mentioned, are you looking for a more upmarket tour, decent hotels, pretty much all-in?

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2. Re: Bus Tours---ie., Trafalgar vs Insight vs Royal Scottish

Thanks for the reply. These are bus tours that usually begin in Edinburgh or Glasgow and include the works except some meals. Hotels are either moderate (trafalgar) or higher end (Insight). We are 2 ladies from eastern Canada--one late 40's other early 60's!! MOst tours are "retirees", but we want to see the country and not have too many worries......These companies are all Candian or American in origin.

Inisught tour takes us right to the northen tip of Scotland as well as including--Edinburh, Glasgow, Inverness, Isle of Skye and the Lowland--Burns Country!! Another questionnaire is it worth it to see the very northern tip???

Thanks,

Jacksue

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3. Re: Bus Tours---ie., Trafalgar vs Insight vs Royal Scottish

I have sent many clients on tours with all three of these companies....they are all very good. It is important that you take the tour that is best for you in regard to length of travel, itinerary, inclusions and number of nights in each

location (it is nice to stay a couple of nights to avoid the constant packing/unpacking). Personally, I have taken tours with each of these

companies and can tell you that the Tour Guides are one of the most

important elements of any coach tour....

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4. Re: Bus Tours---ie., Trafalgar vs Insight vs Royal Scottish

Has anyone used Scottish tours. When I look at their schedule they bus you to Inverness where you based and then each day they travel to a different location. I nterested in reviews.

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5. Re: Bus Tours---ie., Trafalgar vs Insight vs Royal Scottish

I can't fully recommend them yet as the trip hasn't happened, but we've chosen to send my parents on a coach tour with Royal Scottish and so far I'm pleased with the service. I did a lot of research comparing them to Trafalgar and Globus. The key reason they came out on top for me was because they include an extra day of travel (for a slightly higher fee) to see the same amount of sights. It seemed to me like they would get off the coach a bit more to actually SEE things vs. just driving by.

I tried to look up the UK companies without much success. They are tricky because they want a local departure point to look anything up...which you don't have because you're flying. I think there are good deals to be had if you can figure it out though.

I know a lot of people on TA are not coach tour folks, but this was definitely the best option for my parents as they are pretty timid travelers who need their hands held. For what it's worth, I don't think that going to the very northern tip on a 10 day tour is going to give you much more of an experience... I think it's going to be a lot of extra travel for little reward seeing as on a coach tour you won't get to spend much time up there to explore. (not knocking the area, just the fact it would need more than 1 night to do it justice I imagine)

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