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Address: Inverness, Scotland
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+44 7943 863292
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Private Tours around the Scottish Highlands and Hebrides with a local...

Private Tours around the Scottish Highlands and Hebrides with a local Highland guide. Explore stunning views, dramatic landscapes, ancient and medieval history, Scots Gaelic culture and Highland traditions. John Alasdair Macdonald, is a native of the Outer Hebrides and was raised in a Scots Gaelic speaking family. Getting "off the beaten track" and discovering the best of the region is always our aim on all our Highland and Hebridean tours.

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Wow. Learning and sightseeing.

An excellent two days. We absolutely loved John and his tours. He knows his history and pulls no punches about the "real" Scotland. No "wee beasties, drams and tartans" here. My... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Trisha G
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

An excellent two days. We absolutely loved John and his tours. He knows his history and pulls no punches about the "real" Scotland. No "wee beasties, drams and tartans" here. My wife is an Outlander fan and I love history and there was a balance of both. He provided some amazing insights and some great out of the way spots... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

John is an amazing historian and my sister, niece and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour to Skye with him. It is obvious he is an experienced guide and passionate about Scottish history. We asked questions all day and he answered them all. He makes history come alive and it was a treat for us to be able to tour the... More 

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John Alasdair M, Owner at The Hebridean Explorer, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the brilliant review. I'm so pleased you all enjoyed the Isle of Skye Explorer tour - it really was a pleasure taking you all around the the Highland and the Isle of Skye. I hope to see you back in the Highlands again one day. Thanks again. More 

Worthing, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our three day tour to Skye surpassed all expectations, we recommend this tour without reservation. John was the perfect guide, his knowledge of the Highlands, historic and geographic was astounding. The pace felt relaxed although John fitted in all of the highlights of the area - including castles, gardens, mountains and beaches. The scenery from his chosen viewpoints was breathtaking... More 

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John Alasdair M, Owner at The Hebridean Explorer, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the brilliant (and quick) review. I really had a great time with you both and I am so pleased you enjoyed the three days touring as much as I did. I hope we get the chance to tour again in the future - plenty more to see around the Highlands and the Hebrides! More 

Wichita, Kansas
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My sister and my 12 year old daughter and I had the privilege of having John as our tour guide on the Isle of Skye tour. We were staying in Inverness and really wanted to be able to make it all the way up to the Quiraing on Isle of Skye. John's tour fit the bill and our day couldn't... More 

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John Alasdair M, Owner at The Hebridean Explorer, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write such a great review. It was a pleasure taking you all around the Highlands and the Isle of Skye and I'm delighted you enjoyed the meal in Inverness afterwards. I hope the memories bring you all back to the Highlands again one day! More 

London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

My partner and I last year for our anniversary did the Highland Clan Macrae Tour inc. Eilean Donan Castle, a private tour as a special treat. John was amazing, great fun, incredibly knowledgeable and tailored the special day to us, he also gave advice for the rest of our trip to use our time as best as possible and subsequently... More 

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John Alasdair M, Owner at The Hebridean Explorer, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the review - I had a great day with you both and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in the Highlands. Thanks again for touring with me. More 

Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

We (2 couples from US) booked this 11 hour tour with John at the end of March. John picked us up at our rental house near Inverness right on time. He was warm, very knowledgable, and fun to be with the whole way. He paced this long day perfectly, and it flew by! We were 4 people is his car,... More 

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hebexplorer, Owner at The Hebridean Explorer, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the great (and quick) review. I'm so pleased you all enjoyed the Isle of Skye Explorer tour - it really was a pleasure taking you all around the the Highland and the Isle of Skye. I hope to see you back in the Highlands again one day. More 

Delta, Canada
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

My adult children and I did a very quick fly in to Scotland to start our family vacation. We were picked up as arranged in the morning and spent a wonderful day being safely driven from Glen Fiddich to Glen Livett with a stop at Loch Ness. We have the most lovely memories of tasting a few wee whisky drams.... More 

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heb-explorer, Owner at The Hebridean Explorer, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the great review. I really enjoyed taking you and your family on a Speyside Whisky tour. I hope to see you back in the Highlands again soon for a tour to the Isle of Skye! More 

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Reviewed 17 January 2017

We took a Highland tour with John, who is Incredibly knowledgeable about Scotlands history,and present day, and is very eager to share this knowledge. Far and away a better experience than a group tour.

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heb-explorer, Owner at The Hebridean Explorer, responded to this review

Thanks for a great review - I had a brilliant day with you both and I'm so pleased you enjoyed the Highland Adventure tour as much as I did. More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

My two young adult daughters and I traveled with John in June 2016 on the 12 hour Isle of Skye tour. This was definitely money well spent. We never would have been able to see everything that we did if I tried to rent a car and navigate to the various locations. I also did not want to do a... More 

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heb-explorer, Owner at The Hebridean Explorer, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review. It was a great day touring the Isle of Skye and I'm so pleased you all enjoyed it. Thanks again for touring with me and I hope to see you back in the Highlands again one day - there's plenty more to see! More 

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Reviewed 16 January 2017

Loved our tour with John -- we took the History + Whiskey tour and enjoyed every moment. He's more than a guide -- his knowledge of Scottish history is extremely robust and we enjoyed absorbing so much of it. And the whiskey too of course :) Super patient, accommodating, and open to modifications but will also be realistic with what... More 

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heb-explorer, Owner at The Hebridean Explorer, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review - I'm so pleased you enjoyed the Speyside Whisky and Highland History tour as much as I did. Hopefully, all the memories of the Scottish Highlands (and the whisky!) will bring you both back again one day. More 

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