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Fantastic Tour Experience!

Andy was an absolutely phenomenal tour guide for our recent Europe trip starting with Scotland. He... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2023
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Scottish Tour Experience

We just got back from an amazing vacation and it's in no small part to what a great experience we... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2023
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Reviewed 18 September 2019

My friend and I traveled to Scotland September 6th through 15th. Andy was our tour guide every day that we were there. We cannot say enough good things about him! He took us places that we could have never gotten to on our own, had an itinerary for every day but would allow us to change it if we wanted to if it would work out. He was so easy going and would pull over whenever he could so we could could get a good picture, and was so patient whenever I insisted on stopping at one more shop to find just the right souvenir! He would be giving us the history of wherever we might be and before we knew it we would have other people walking along with us because they thought he worked at the place we were visiting. Andy has a great sense of humor and a terrific knowledge also of movies, television and actors. There was never a time that we felt uncomfortable, it was really just like like 3 good friends traveling all over Scotland! We just wish he was available in other countries, it would make traveling a lot easier. I would highly recommend Andy for your time in Scotland, if it's one day or twenty he will make your trip unforgettable!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Robin S
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Chips248, Owner at Andrew Sharp Scottish Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2019

Hi Robin,
My thanks to you and Sharon as well, for being such great fun on the tour. It's great to have guests who are fun and so well informed as you are.
Remember, there's a lot more to see if you ever want to come back!
Best
Andy

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Reviewed 21 August 2019

I am a believer in the value of the real stories, and opinions, TA posters offer. It is an excellent resource for trip planning. However, I did not find Andy on TA, but rather through another tour guide who was not available during our trip. So, while I did not find all of the five star reviews posted here before engaging Andy's services, I am not surprised by the unanimity of thought about him.

My wife and I spent 4 1/2 days with Andy, asking him to pick us up in Glasgow, show us the Highlands, and return us to Edinburgh. As ones who prefer independent travel, and the preparation for it, we nevertheless did turn to Andy for his guidance long before we met him in Scotland. He always was prompt, thoughtful and frank when responding to our pre-trip inquiries. Essentially, he gave his time freely without asking for a penny (or pound) more than we would be paying him for showing us a good bit of his country. He prepared various iterations of maps showing itineraries we thought might work until we hit upon one that seemed to make the most sense given the time we had and the extent of ground we wanted to cover. Yet, as we worked on implementing our plan we made changes that Andy was happy to effect.

While guiding was not Andy's planned career, the circumstances that led him to it certainly were fortuitous, not only for him (he loves it) but those of us fortunate to hire him. He is warm and personable, and is happy to expand or contract his imparting of information and knowledge to accommodate the preferences of his guests. He is very much someone who is comfortable in his own kilt, but will conform to anyone who is not. We let Andy be Andy, kilt and all, and encountered more than a few tourists wanted to chat him up (and be photographed with him). Ever gregarious, Andy would oblige like a down-to-earth celebrity, but without losing sight of his guiding guests.

Using Andy's suggestions, we saw things worthwhile we likely would not have encountered on our own, stayed and ate at spots we probably would not have uncovered, and got to know a real Scotsman (and indirectly his family too!). One thing that particularly impressed us was how Andy came with us at all of our stops to share his in-depth knowledge of what we were seeing and its importance. He seemed to know more about the castles and their history than the docents who were there continuously (and he bought more from the chocolatier we wanted to visit than we did!!).

Andy is someone who wants to know your interests to enable him to tailor your experiences to them. In essence, he sincerely wants you to make the most of your time with him. To help you remember those times, after our goodbyes he sent a map reflecting the journey taken together. While it certainly is a nice keepsake, the real memories are those Andy helped create.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Jim H
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Chips248, Owner at Andrew Sharp Scottish Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2019

So pleased you enjoyed the trip, Jim. It was great fun fitting it all in for you both, and yep, the chocs were very good, weren't they?
Come back soon and you'll be very welcome.

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Reviewed 31 July 2019 via mobile

Andrew’s background of growing up in Scotland, living in many cities in Scotland, working as an anthropologist, his interest in history and world events and his passion for interacting with people makes him the perfect guide. We thoroughly enjoyed the 3 days we spent with him. He is very customer service focused, is full of great stories, and was an excellent driver. Always prompt and courteous, he treated us so well. We really enjoyed touring with him. Also, really enjoyed that he always shows up in a kilt.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Chips248, Owner at Andrew Sharp Scottish Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2019

Thanks so much for your kind words. It was great to have you with me, and I'm just sorry it wasn't for longer. Look forward to welcoming you and yours back sometime soon.
All the Best
Andy

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Reviewed 1 July 2019 via mobile

We travel a lot, usually with our adult kids, and have hired personal guides whenever possible. Andy is absolutely top notch. His recommendations on lodging, dining, attractions, and must-see scenery never failed us. Andy’s knowledge of history and archeology helped us put what we were seeing in context, and his ability to ferret out high quality lesser known attractions without missing the more popular (and crowded) sights kept the tour balanced.

His wit and easy going nature were a delight, and we were never bored. Andy is attentive and accessible but gives you room to just quietly soak up the beauty around you. He was flexible enough to make changes on the fly, depending on how much (or little) time we wanted to spend on an activity or location. And isn’t that the whole point in a private tour?

We’ll travel again with Andy any time we are in Scotland.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Andrew S, Owner at Andrew Sharp Scottish Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2019

My pleasure, guys. I had a great time showing you around, and it was one of these tours where everything just seemed to click. I'm here for you anytime you come back.

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Reviewed 28 June 2019

We spent five days with Andy touring the Highlands. We have traveled extensively and Andy is the best guide we’ve had. He has such knowledge of Scottish history and a knack for story telling that you are never bored. He took us to the greatest places. They varied from scenic views, to castles, to whiskey tasting. He is the best combination of professionalism and entertainer.

We absolutely recommend Andy and would tour with him again, no question.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank gwe2018
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Andrew S, Owner at Andrew Sharp Scottish Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2019

It was a total delight showing you my country, and you were fantastic company. Thank you all so much for making this such a memorable tour. You are welcome back any time at all!

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