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“Harris & Lewis In Full”

Ranked #6 of 9 Tours in Isle of Lewis
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Owner description: Personal Guided tours of Lewis and Harris for the Single Traveller, Couple, Family or Group of Friends Max 6 People. Tours are conducted by a resident Archaeologist/Guide in a Land Rover Defender 110. Pick up point & drop off point by arrangement from Accommodation, Airport, Ferry or Yacht. The Itinerary for Your customised tour is based upon Your personal interests and fitness. (sorry no pets)
Norwood, Massachusetts
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“Harris & Lewis In Full”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

My daughter and I booked a private 2-day tour with Dave in mid-July to explore beautiful Harris and Lewis for the first time. I cannot say enough for what a wonderful time we had with Dave! He worked with me ahead of time, via email, to determine what eras of history, specific sites, and themes we were interested in focusing and then tailored our days to us. Perhaps even better was conversations on the way to each location, as Dave is extremely knowledgeable of both the history and current living on the isle and a pure delight, personally! Day one, he met us just off the Tarbert ferry and took us on a full tour of Harris including megaliths, a Mesolithic midden and Viking ruin, beautiful beaches, St. Clement's church, the moonscape of the eastern side of the isle, and a visit to a Harris Tweed retail and yardage shop (at our request!). Dave's provided contextual information about each site, along with varying theories for archeological finds and historical curiosities (check out St. Clement's with him!) enhanced being in the space of each place we visited. Day one ended with him returning us to our car. He then gave us directions to our guest house on Lewis and guided us through southern Lewis to our main turn-off, stopping to show various sites, including the Cailleach na Mointeach!

Day two, Dave picked us up at our guest house for a full day of exploring northern Lewis. We lingered at the Callanis 1-4 stone circles--Dave was great about staying at each location as long as we wished. We also visited the Norse Mill, the Butt of Lewis lighthouse, the Arnol blackhouses, St. Moulag's church, the huge megalith on the north end, a Neolithic quartz quarry, etc. Along the way, Dave showed us how to identify crofting land; explained the arrangement, locations, and connection between different stone circles and individual stones; where to visit a local Harris weaver on a subsequent day; and how to see the current landscape and villages in tandem with the past. He also provided ample cold water throughout both days and arranged a reservation for us to have lunch at a local pub on our full day out and about. Our two days touring with Dave set the tone for our two-week visit to the Hebrides and Argyll. The wealth of information he shared with us in conversation and stories continues to be brought into our retelling of our experiences a month later! I even discussed with Dave bringing future groups to the Outer Hebrides, and he offered optional ideas and suggestions that prove very helpful. Additionally, he sent bibliographic information for sources connected to our tours and discussions that continue to further my own reflection on the Outer Hebrides, its history, and its people.

If you want a thorough, tailored-to-your-interests, and delightful exploration of Lewis/Harris, I cannot recommend Dave more highly. I look forward to the next time we can work together!

Visited July 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Insight into the Hebrides”
Reviewed 26 July 2013

My wife and I spent three days this July touring Lewis and Harris with Dave. We were delighted with the time that we spent with him. His knowledge of the islands is encyclopedic. His personal research of the standing stones is worthy of a doctoral thesis. He knows every back road, marked and unmarked, on the islands and you'll see the most spectacular ocean and loch views. He is sensitive to your needs and interests and will tailor your tour to your interests. We wished that we could have had more time on our tours. His insights to life on the Isles from neolithic times to now can't be found on any guide book. I highly recommend his tours.

Visited July 2013
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Victoria, Canada
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“Dave's Archaeological Tours Rocks”
Reviewed 22 July 2013

Dave knows rocks! We spent 6 weeks in Scotland's islands and highlands and Dave's tour of neolithic sites was a highlight for both of us. His respectful, informative and patient demeanour made us feel like insiders. He helped us to look at these wonderful places from the perspective of the builders, archaeologists, and ancient and current observers. We felt privileged to visit these places with him...oh, and his Range Rover Defender isn't too shabby either!

Wayne and Minna, Victoria, Canada

Visited June 2013
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“Recommendation for Dave's Hebridean Archaeological Tours”
Reviewed 17 June 2012

We spent 6 days on Isle of Lewis and because we didn't have a car it was impossible for us to get to all the sights on the island at the times we wanted to see them using the local buses. Dave's Hebridean Archaeological private tours was the perfect solution for us. Dave was happy to take us on a private tour of the island one evening so that we got a chance to photograph the Callanish standing stones as the sun set for some really magical photos. Dave was a very helpful, friendly and informative guide and we had a memorable evening seing many sights on the western side of the island.

We thuroughly recommend Dave's Archaeological private tours to anyone who wants to see and learn more about the history of the Western Isles.

Visited June 2012
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Salisbury
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“Isle of Lewis Tour”
Reviewed 25 April 2012

We have been fortunate enough to visit The Isle of Lewis a few times over the last four years. Initially going it alone and finding our way around the more obvious sites of interest for example Callenish stone circle, Bostah Iron age house ,Tursachan and the Mcleod stone to name a few . Our next visit we wanted to explore more of what the island has to offer.
We engaged Dave's Archaeological tours for a two day tour of the Islands archaeological sites and were not disapointed . Dave is a very friendly chap we were welcomed and made comfortable from the ofset. Dave took us to all the places we would not have been able to reach without either walking or driving a 4x4. The days were packed with information local and factual on the sites we managed to cram in . Such a diverse range from the black house es ,Norse mill, Broch, many of the Callenish stone circles We took in eight stone sites this time most off road but some just a short walk from the roadside. There were pleny of photo oportunities and as a proffesional photographer himself Dave was on hand with a few handy tips and ideas for more interesting shots. We took a large picnic hamper with us the first day when we were lucky with the ever changing weather but on day two we took a small day sack and ate our lunch at a cafe on Great bernerae which also houses a small museum. very interesting and well worth a visit. From the Butt of lewis to Harris we were treated to some fantastic sites. there is so much left to see we plan on visiting again real soon and will definately book another tour with Dave.

Visited March 2012
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