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“Had a great time in Scotland with Torsten!”

Experience Scotland Differently - Tours
Ranked #4 of 4 Tours in Forres
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Owner description: Do you yearn to see Scotland through the eyes of an experienced guide, but don't want to be constrained by rigid itineraries ? Most package tours keep strict schedules, leaving you feeling like you've seen a bunch of stuff, but haven't experienced the real Scotland at your own pace. I'm Torsten and believe your holiday belongs to you. Through 25 years of living in and exploring Scotland, I provide tours based on my local knowledge and connections throughout this beautiful landscape. But here is the deal, you are in control. You can check some sample tours on my website, but if you want to change something we can fix it in the spur of the moment. If you want a tour that's catered to you, if you want to do what makes you happy or if you just want to chill in the Tipi in my Cozy Corner just drop me an e-mail and we can sort it out. I'm looking forward looking after you.
Reviewed 10 June 2014

Spent a few days at Torsten's retreat, he has a beautiful property and is a great host. The tour he took my friends and I on was great, including the Loch Ness, a few castles and some ancient ruins... We all had a great time, and would recommend a trip with Torsten to anyone!

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Reviewed 10 June 2014

My girlfriend and I have just finished a weekend tour with the owner of Experience Scotland, Torsten and we both agree that we had just experienced Scotland in a very magical way. I have lived in scotland my whole life however had not really taken the time to travel this country very much, my girlfriend is Azeri and had been here a few times so thought this was a perfect opportunity for us both to see some of the beauty that was right on our doorstep.
I contacted torsten to check his availability and what he had to offer and after listening to his recommendations, we decided that his tour to Skye sounded perfect, starting with a night in the Tipi :)
His base camp, just outside Forres, is perfect for de-stressing before the tour commences and he has styled his surroundings to reflect his own personality. We sat around the bonfire for hours just chatting and enjoying the serenity before spending the night in the Tipi.
Next day we had breakfast and packed up the van and as soon as we were on the road I was discovering things about my own area that I had never known about. Torsten shows a great interest in the sights and locations that are on his tour and is keen to relay this to his customers. Although he has obviously visited these sites on numerous occasions we saw that he was still very keen to share in our experiences and emotions as we were absorbing the surroundings.
Torsten will basically tailor the tour to individual requirements and is always making suggestions for photo opportunities or for good areas to go walking in. We were not really big walkers but we trusted torstens judgement and found ourselves in some really amazing places. He has the great benefit of having friends all around scotland who have given him great knowledge of local secrets that made such a difference to our trip. The night we camped in Skye was just perfect and I never knew that such a place could exist.
From start to finish this trip could not have been any better, Torsten will adapt to any requirements and his enthusiasm never dipped. If you decide to sign up for one of his tours you will not be disappointed and you will take back memories that will last a lifetime.

3  Thank Stewart C
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

I stayed in the tipi for 5 days and also booked Torsten for sight seeing. He is genuinely interested in learning what a person wants and designing an custom itinerary to places you would never know existed. He is not so much one for historical details and statistics, but very knowledgeable as he has been living in the area for ~25 years. He has lots of connections and happy to use them to make a special experience rather than pushing "tourist traps". Very easy going and fun to be around.

For me, I got to do the hiking and biking I wanted, in addition to personal tours of major sites, including loch ness and dolphin watching! Up-and-coming attractions on his property are his hot tub (made of the biggest whiskey barrel I've ever seen) and an outdoor kitchen that could be used for events and BBQs.

Book him!!! Best thing I did.

Thank thatenergygirl
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

The owner, Torsten, gives people the freedom to craft a magical experience. He really cares about what each person wants rather than providing a cookie-cutter tour. He has a beautiful serene property with tipi and barrel-turned-hot tub that is perfect for families and groups to get away from it all and relax. He also has a 7 seater van and 27 years of experience in the area. I wanted to do hiking and biking so he took me to the best spots, prepared great meals and taught me tons about the area. He is originally from Germany but has been in the area so long he has a unique perspective. Combined with his warm, mellow and attentive attitude, he makes the perfect tour guide.

Thank MonicaBarry
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