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“Whiskey tour Islay”

Clyde Coast Tourism
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Owner description: We are a Scottish tour guide company who can deal with tours from 2 to 20 people at one time. We provide walking tours, day city trips, historical and genealogical tours, cruise ship excursions and multi day packages. We pride ourselves in our service and have been awarded a 4 star grading from the Scottish Tourism Board. We would love you to come on a tour of Scotland with us and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

From start to beginning fantastic service. Very cooperative company, Helmut was great. A greatly planned tour, a very good variety of tours at all distilleries.All accommodations very good especially the one on Islay. The whole group will certainly be coming back again.

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

I contacted the company through both email and their website’s chat feature to get details about their 1-day Outlander tour. After a few messages back and forth, and a chat with a very helpful representative, we booked our two tickets for a Saturday excursion, 17th September 2016.

Slainte Scotland made a great first impression by being prompt, informative, enthusiastic, and professional in their communications. We were booking limited-availability play tickets for the same evening in Edinburgh, and Slainte Scotland provided the detail needed to help make our day flow as smoothly as possible.

We took the 20-minute train ride from Edinburgh to Dalmeny to meet up with our tour guides and small group of fellow tourists in the morning. Taking two vans, we visited 5 Outlander filming locations: Midhope Castle (Lallybroch), Blackness Castle (Fort William), Falkland (1940s and 1960s Inverness), Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), and Culross (Crainsmuir village).

We were lucky to catch the last day Midhope was open to the public before a month of filming for series 3. The sun was shining, and the front and back of the castle both offered points of interest.

At Blackness Castle, our guide Catriona (pictured) showed us where the platform staging Jamie’s flogging by Captain Randall was set up, and the location where Jamie and Murtagh question the English soldier rather rudely as to the whereabouts of the “Englishwoman,” Claire, during her Fort William rescue (series 1).

Falkland was our destination for 1940s Inverness, including Mrs. Baird's B&B and the Bruce Fountain, site of the mysterious Highlander who watches Claire brush her hair in the B&B window in ep101. We ate lunch there and made our way toward "Castle Leoch" next.

We had ample time at Doune Castle to follow the audio guides and explore the castle thoroughly. At the close of our visit to Doune, Slainte Scotland provided samples of 15-year-old Dalwhinnie (Highland) single-malt Scotch whisky. Fun!

At about an hour before sunset, we arrived in old Culross. We glimpsed Culross Palace (in yellow), and visited the Mercat Cross, where Geillis Duncan lived. Although I had hoped we would venture nearby to West Kirk (the Black Kirk), we ran out of time.

This exciting 9-hour tour with Slainte Scotland allowed time and attention for individual questions and interests. For instance, when I asked, Catriona Stevenson, Managing Director and excellent tour guide, provided additional insights about visiting other Outlander filming sites in the Fife and Firth of Forth areas, including Hopetoun House and Linlithgow Palace, and these details helped us make decisions about where to go in our trip’s final days. Along with a free whisky tasting and lunch (we paid) at the Covenanter Hotel (Mrs. Baird's B&B) in Falkland, we also listened to a playlist of Scottish tunes and bands on our way back to Dalmeny.

Although the tour path altered slightly from the order of advertisement due to some unexpected logistical rearrangements at the last minute, in the end, we had no regrets. Mirroring positive first impressions, the Slainte Scotland experience met and exceeded all expectations. The tour ran smoothly, and they made it insightful and fun. Visiting time at each site was ample and enjoyable, and Catriona was uniquely qualified to provide glimpses of behind-the-scenes facts about the Outlander TV series, including her encounters with its stars and crew. This tour also served as our official primer on Outlander filming locations, which we further pursued on our own afterwards.

Along with several different lengths for day-tour options, this year, Slainte Scotland is offering a 5-day tour with special Outlander guests from 28 August to 1 September.

I highly recommend this one-day tour and am confident that any tour with the company would be as insightful and enjoyable as our tour experience was.

4.5 stars!

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Reviewed 24 January 2017

we took a private tour from the Port of Greenock to Loch Lomond, Sterling Castle and a Distillery.
It was a small group and we had a lot of ground to cover. But it worked out very well and we all enjoyed the day.
Would use the tour company again

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Reviewed 1 January 2017

We met James in downtown Glasgow. Including us, there was only one other person in our tour. James was an exceptional guide. Not only does he know about Outlander, but he's an avid fan. James gives the tour a nice personal touch, taking us not only to sights where hardly any tourists go, but introduces us to the locals as well. We made it to Blackness Castle, Falkland, Doune Castle, and Culross. During our three week visit to Scotland, we took six tours. They were all very good...this one was the best.

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Reviewed 24 November 2016

John picked us up at the cruise terminal. We spent a full day around Inverness. Can't remember half the things we saw - Loch Ness, Culloden House, Clava Cairns, hairy cows, Shetland ponies, etc.
Highly recommend. It was my husband and I and our 25 year old daughter.

Thank svaniamato
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