Brian was a great guide and worked to provide information about all the sites. Since some people talk at the same time Brian does it can be annoying. Suggestion, if you want to talk, sit in the back, if you want to hear Brian, sit up front. Loch Lomond was interesting, glad we took the boat ride -- wish it had been sunny but that's Scotland. Interesting countryside an small towns, walking just a couple of blocks we got away from the others and had a great lunch in a local pub.
When we booked the tour it said it would be on a small van with at most 16 people and when we were picked up it was a huge bus with way more than 16 people. So we started off very disappointed.
Then though not the bus drivers fault there were four people on the bus that never returned when he told them to so the whole day was like a rat race. Not at all fun or relaxing. We will never book a tour like this again.
We took the tour that goes from Edinburgh to Glasgow including Stirling Castle. Our guide, Brian, was excellent, going out of his way to be helpful. He provided a nicely paced narrative, giving us a nice amount of history and background for what we were seeing. There were a set of disruptive guests on the bus, who just had to sit at the front of the bus where the microphone could pick them up, who couldnt stop talking, not much to be done about that. This would be a 5 star review if to was on just Brian
The tour itself had a lot of drive time. The distance between Edinburgh and Glasgow necessitates that. It is an opportunity to see the Scottish highlands, but weve been to the Rocky Mountains and the Andes which makes them really small, gentle hills. If I had the choice to make again, I would have either taken a tour that only went to Stirling Castle or that stayed closer to our ship in Edinburgh. This would be a 3 star review on content
The Grayline info was a bit confusing. They offer Edinburgh hotel pickups. When I made the reservation I indicated that I was on the MS Koningsdam that was to be docked at South Queensferry, expecting the pickup to be there. I learned only a day before, while I was on the cruise with very poor communications that they couldnt pick me up and I would have to get to pickup point on my own. We managed with a taxi and more than a bit of luck, but I strongly urge others to avoid this tour, perhaps to avoid Grayline if traveling on a ship or unfamiliar with a port. This would be a 1 star on Graylines support for Cruise line passengers
Mediocre. All stopover spots except Stirling Castle are lame business opportunities without much substance while you end up watching the best parts of the highland scenery pass by without getting a chance to walk around there. Took almost 2 hours to complete the morning pickups in Edinburgh before we officially began the trip.