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“Amazing”
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Alba Ballooning
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

We bought our flights through one of the online deals and although it took us quite a few attempts to get our flight it was worth the wait. It was absolutely amazing, we met at Hillend then Peter took us out to the Bush estate where the balloon was. Some got involved in getting the balloon ready for take off. We had a perfect morning, with beautiful blue skies.

The flight was fantastic and Peter was an excellent pilot and made us feel at ease and relaxed. I really don't like heights but I felt very safe in Peter's hands. The landing was a bit harder as he had to find a flattish field with no livestock, not easy. We did land in a muddy field and it was all hands on deck to put the balloon away and push the landrover and trailer out of the mud more than once. but it was all good fun. We were well rewarded with a glass of bucks fizz, can't recommend Alba highly enough, a wonderful experience.

Thank LynneMorris2301
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AlbaBallooning, Owner at Alba Ballooning, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2013

Dear Lynn. Many thanks for that lovely review and again for sharing your great pics on our Facebook page. Indeed, it was one of our more challenging landing sites to extract our balloon out of, but where there's a will, there's a way! Everyone was so helpful. A great group of passengers, for sure!

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Reviewed 5 December 2013 via mobile

Treat for mum's birthday, totally fabulous. Felt safe and well informed. An absolutely fantastic experience that we would love to do again. Highly recommend Alba Ballooning!

Thank Frances F
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AlbaBallooning, Manager at Alba Ballooning, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2013

Dear Frances. Many thanks for that glowing recommendation. Very pleased that you so clearly enjoyed the experience.

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Reviewed 5 December 2013

This was our first time ballooning and we were more than a little nervous, but this was a completely unique and invigorating experience - nothing like you can imagine. Pete the pilot put us completely at ease from the get go, and it was great fun in assisting him and his team with the preparation - fascinating!

We flew in Fife after a series of beautiful days, and the scenery was stunning. It was also amazing to fly over T in The Park, which was just about to start. The highlight for me, though, was heading up through the low cloud to the blue sky above, and seeing the shadow of our balloon on the clouds below - so beautiful, so peaceful.

Safety was perfect, and both the take-off and landing very smooth. The ride was so good we almost forgot the Champagne at the end - a very nice touch.

Since this ride we've caught the bug and also ballooned in Turkey. However, it's very special to be able to balloon over where you live, even if the weather means you may need to re-book a few times - it is Scotland!

Highly recommended!!!

Thank roos1ter
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AlbaBallooning, Owner at Alba Ballooning, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2013

Many thanks for sharing that. I well remember that flight! We drifted just a 100 feet maybe along the side of the T-In-The-Park site a day or two before the start, much to the amusement of all the already encamped event staff/workers. I've put up some pics on the Facebook page in case you haven't seen them.

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Reviewed 5 December 2013

MY husband and I had a voucher for Alba Ballooning and set off to the pre determined launch site, somewhat excited. We were able to take part in laying the balloon out on the grass and then holding the neck open to let a fan blow air into it. As the balloon rose into the air we all scrambled into the basket. The lift off was so gentle and you were quite high up without really noticing it. The views were stunning and the sense of peace and tranquillity was amazing. After travelling some distance the balloon co ordinator looked for a suitable site to land and we came down and landed with a bump and the basket fell on to its side. Nobody was hurt or uncomfortable. The great thing about landing was we gotto pack up the balloon and then have champagne. We all got a certificate too. We were driven back to our cars in the jeep. Absolutely fantastic experience. Definitely one for the Bucket List!

Thank Gabrielle H
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AlbaBallooning, Owner at Alba Ballooning, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2013

Dear Gabrielle. A "fantastic" review. Many thanks for that. Very kind of you and most appreciated.

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Reviewed 5 December 2013

After four or five cancellations due to weather conditions I didn't think I would ever fly but it was worth waiting for, we set off on a lovely clear day got some good photos and video footage our captain kept us well informed pointing out landmarks the day ended with a glass of champers= perfect :)

Thank NikkiR226
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AlbaBallooning, Owner at Alba Ballooning, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2013

Dear Nikki. Thanks for the great feedback. I too get frustrated when flights get cancelled because of unsuitable weather but then when I'm up in the air over a stunning landscape and everyone's enjoying it with me too, then that makes up for all the recent prior cancellations and I feel most fortunate. Remember that we love to see any video footage on our Facebook page if you've got a FB account (and the inclination!).

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