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Alba Experiences

#47 of 173 Tours in Glasgow
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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About Alba Experiences
Our friendly private tours of Scotland take you beyond the guidebooks and off the beaten track with a driver-guide who tells you historical tales about local legends and introduces you to Scottish music and Celtic culture. Choose from our selection of tours and Greenock shore excursions and enjoy Scotland’s most iconic landmarks such as Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Stirling Castle, and many more. Book your tour today!
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Terry W wrote a review Sep 2020
Bracknell, United Kingdom1185 contributions286 helpful votes
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We had a holiday booked with another tour company that was to take us to the Isle of Skye from Glasgow. Through research we wanted to to see a bit more of Scotland whist we were there after that tour finished (we are from down south) and more than just Skye. We found Alba Experiences through Trip Adviser and were impressed with the previous reviews and also the tour and it’s description. This was “The Braveheart Experience - Private 1 day tour (1 to 8 People) Sunday 13th September 2020” Then with just two weeks to our original tour, the other company cancelled the holiday leaving us with just that one day tour with Alba Experiences. We had already our own flights booked plus the hotels for before and after it. As we were so impressed with Alba Experiences and how they communicated with us, we asked about them combining two tours that would have been for the same dates as the original and giving us one day for free time before the Braveheart Tour. This was the “Discover Inveraray And The Scottish Countryside” a tour from Glasgow to Oban and then the “Experience the Isle of Skye” a four day tour of Skye. Very bespoke for our needs. Luck was on our side and a bespoke tour was booked. Alba Experiences also recommended Hotels that we should book and additionally that if we wanted to eat out at night that we should also book them in advance as they were known to be booking fast. This proved invaluable. Day one (7th Sept) of the tour we met James McInlay, our tour guide and driver, and were so impressed with the cleanliness of his tour bus and the fact that he was ready well before our set meeting time, in fact every day James would be waiting for us with the tour bus clean again for the next days adventures. The following might sound like a list, but we packed so much in and I’m not sure if I am limited with this review. It was not a list, but a perfect guided tour of the areas we went to with history lessons and areas pointed out that we would surely missed if trying to do this ourselves. James delivered through professionalism and passion for his country and its history and beauty something more than we could have ever imagined. Our disappointment with the original tour by the other company being cancelled soon faded away and proved to be our win. Back to day one, we traveled from Bishopton towards Oban, taking in the beautiful town of Luss and it’s Parish Church where the only outdoor Viking Hogback stone is, Inveraray Castle and Jail, an area of ancient (4500 years old) rock art, the Nether Largie Standing Stones from 3200 years ago and the Kilmartin Grave Slabs. All this in one day. Day two (8th Sept) started with a visit to McCraigs Tower, then on to Castle Stalker, Glenfinan Monument and Viaduct (Harry Potter recent fame), Eilean Castle and Carbost Bridge. Day three (9th Sep) we went to the Kilted Rock, the area known as the Quiraing (possibly my favourite), Flora MacDonalds grave, Fairy Pools at Glen Brittle and back to our Hotel in Portree. Day four (10th Sept), Neist Point, Dunvegan Castle (you simply must go there), Fairy Pools (take hiking boots as it can sometimes get a bit wet but worth it). Day five (11th Sept), Carbost Bridge again with even better views, Urquart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness, Invermoriston Bridge, Fort Augustus, Three Sisters Mountain range and back to Bishopton for the end of our bespoke tour. We were to have a Seaplane adventure the next day with another company, alas the weather had other ideas and it got understandably cancelled. Then on the 13th Sept we started the original tour we booked with Alba Experineces, to visit the National Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle, ending with a stop at the Bannockburn Visitor Centre on the site of the decisive Bannockburn Battle. Alas, the visitor centre was closed and James had already made alternative arrangements and we visited Doune Castle (Monty Python fame), Rob Roy’s grave and the Falls of Falloch. These were so impressive from the rains over the previous days. James quickly got to know our likes and made slight adaptations to the tour, we were able to linger longer where we wanted, he found our passion for local food and took us to wonderful eateries. With out any doubt, we will return to see more, for there is more, and there is only one company that we would choose, Alba Experiences. I can not rate them high enough. I am limited to just 10 pictures, through James’s guidance with his professional photography skills I took many.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Roving16598062157, Owner at Alba Experiences
Responded 1 Nov 2020
Thank you Terry for this wonderful review. We had such a great time with each other on our trip and we are already looking forward to our next adventure in April 2021. Take care and we will see you soon. James
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Marilyn L wrote a review Apr 2020
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Unfortunately myself and 3 travel companions had to cancel our trip with James. In the planning stage of our trip James was so easy to work with. He asked each one of us what we wanted to see or do while visiting his beautiful country. We planned a 2 week trip and he was able to work in everything we had requested plus more! Our itinerary was a dream come true!! We are hopeful to one day make this trip and of course we will use Alba Experiences! James, I hope to meet you and visit your beautiful county in the future.
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Date of experience: April 2020
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Response from Roving16598062157, Owner at Alba Experiences
Responded 1 Nov 2020
Thank you Marilyn. It has been an awqful year for everyone and we hope to return to normal in 2021 so we can continue on what we do best. Showing amazing people our beautiful country. Take care. James
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Jun Liang wrote a review Dec 2019
Singapore, Singapore6 contributions
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Was in edinburgh for a short trip and the highlight was a private photography tour to Glencoe and the Highlands! The day started with James picking up really early in edinburgh and we spent a full day exploring Glencoe and the highlands. Even though I was the only avid photographer on the trip, James made sure that the rest of the tour group was entertained throughout. Thank you James! highly recommended.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from AlbaExperiences, Owner at Alba Experiences
Responded 14 Dec 2019
Thank you Jun for this lovely review. I am very happy that you and your family had a nice time with us. Your photographs look stunning and hopefully we will see you again on your next visit to Scotland.
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BD Lees wrote a review Nov 2019
Effingham, Illinois102 contributions33 helpful votes
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What an amazing 3 day tour with James and sweet Jock. James planned 3 days of very special places on the Ayreshire coast, Glencoe, and a Robert Burns Tour to see and experience. His knowledge and skills as a tour guide are exceptional. James brought Jock with him all 3 days, which made my tours even more special. James is also an award winning photographer and shares his love, talent and knowledge of photography. Looking forward to more adventures with James and Jock in 2021.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from AlbaExperiences, Owner at Alba Experiences
Responded 22 Nov 2019
Thank you so much for this amazing review. This means so much to me and I am so glad that you had a nice time on your tour. Your pictures are fab and Jock misses you so much. Haste Ye Back!
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Maureen S wrote a review Nov 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom1 contribution
Went as part of a group and laughed fron beginning to end. james had great knowledge of where to snap the best photographs and was very patient when teaching us how to get the best shots with our cameras on a one to one basis. We went through some amazing scenery in his very comfortable and spacious minibus and James was happy to let us stop for toilets and photographs whenever we wanted. He kept a close eye on the time (in a fun and informal manner) to make sure we were in the best locations for the light. James was able to teach us about the history of various areas which we visited. It was a fun, action packed trip and i am home with many happy memories and photographs. this was the 3rd trip i have been on with James. They have all been to a very high standard and i could recommend them to everyone. Cant wait to go away again
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from AlbaExperiences, Owner at Alba Experiences
Responded 18 Nov 2019
Thank you so much for this amazing review Maureen. We have had so many laughs on our tours together and we are glad that you have had a nice time with us. We'll need to find another tour for us to get stuck in to. Thanks again, James
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