We have returned from a wonderful trip visiting the UK. The Highlight of our trip was seeing all the Mackintosh architecture and having you as a guide. We will definitely recommend you to our friends when they visit Glasgow. Thank you for your special tour of Mackintosh, Sharmanka and the Scottish Mask & Puppet Center, it was perfect.
Thank you again,
Ken and Phil, U.S.A.
Thanks for the effort you put toward our holiday. We take home many, many fond memories. You sent us to spots we would have never found on our own.
Thank you so much for all you have done to make our tour of Scotland such a success. We have learned a great deal of history, language/place names, enjoyed the back roads and sites you selected to visit and appreciate your thoughtfulness and many instances of kind attention. All the beast.
Your blog posts are very informative. I like their factual quality.
John and Donna
Thank you for all you have done to make our trip enjoyable. We appreciate your organising a great bus and driver.
Hi Nigel I’ve finally had Internet access to view the blog you did for our trip. It’s fantastic. Awesome photos and enough information to make it meaningful. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
Auckland, New Zealand
Traveling with Nigel on our custom tour of Scotland was super. We approached him with a proposed itinerary, and with his knowledge of the sites, eliminated a couple of destinations. They were wise decisions. Nigel got to know what we liked and made unplanned stops at other sites that my sister and I enjoyed. He was attentive and informed. If we ever make it back to the British Isles in the future, we’ll be sure to contact him!
Kathy, Virginia, U.S.A.
We had a good trip. You were right to caution us on the driving distances and times. The traffic in the cities took us by surprise. The GPS also gave some unusual routes (including 2 way traffic on roads that looked like it should be 1 lane). So we shortened some of the routes and changed the activities during some days but that was fine. We also bought an atlas to verify the routes and sometimes reroute ourselves to larger roads.
All the hotels were good. We especially liked the Cedars (Bath), Brambles Cottage (Shrewsbury) and the Original Rossyln Inn (Roslin). All the suggestions for parking were great and helped a lot.
Thank you for all your suggestions, warnings, thoughts and the reservations.
Amy, Missouri, U.S.A.
Dear Nigel, Although it was sheer serendipity that led me to you and Catswhiskers, it had to have been the work of ancient Celtic spirits that led me to retain your services as tour guide, driver, historian, and road-trip buddy. Your knowledge of Scotland's history and highways and by-ways was exhaustive, and the itinerary you laid out encompassed virtually everything I asked for and more. I greatly appreciated your flexibility in offering other opportunities as they arose--I might never have come so close to a pod of seals in my lifetime had it been otherwise.You and your wife Marion showed such generosity, humor, and thoughtfulness, that I truly felt like a visiting guest.I experienced wonderful people, charming beasties (dogs and sheep and cattle, oh my!), brilliant architecture (old and new), fascinating and overwhelming landscapes and seascapes,and delicious food. I became completely enamored of Scottish porridge every morning and scones every afternoon. And I highly recommend that American visitors forget their preconceived notions and at least taste haggis! It is basically sausage, and very tasty! All in all, Nigel, my friend, an unforgettable journey filled with moments I will continue to cherish. Should the ancient spirits (and you!) be willing, I am already considering a further exploration of the islands next year. Vivian Sadow Chicago, Illinois, USA
Hello, Nigel –
Thanks for sharing the photos and your blog. You took some great photos.
Since I am still unpacking and sorting my own photos, it was nice to be able to forward your photos and explanatory blog immediately to family and friends. That trip to the Border was incredibly scenic and quite fascinating. I may be back with other family members to do this again.
I really appreciate the effort you put into this to make this trip truly memorable.
Thanks for the blog links and for a great tour.
Pat and Mark, U.S.A.
Just wanted to say thank you for the tour. It was very interesting. Our friends really enjoyed it.
Lisa, Walsall, England
I want you to know that the overall experience was more than satisfactory. It was splendid. The only frustration was the decline in the hotels. If we began at a different hotel we might not have noticed the pattern. Again, thank you for all you did. I will certainly recommend a friend or colleague to you! -Colette Seattle, U.S.A.
Wow! The photos are great! What a wonderful snapshot of our trip to such a beautiful country. Thank you for this and being our guide. You made the trip very interesting with your knowledge of history and archaeology. Thanks again.
Newt & Vi, Texas, U.S.A
Thank you for your work arranging the trip. I’m only one of 3 travelers, so I won’t speak for all, but here are some of my impressions: The traffic was an auspicious start, but over the course of a week we were able to see so many lovely areas of your beautiful land. The accommodations started out very strong. Our lodging on Iona was by far my favorite. Ailee was lovely and Richard was the consummate host. I also enjoyed meeting the family who runs the B&B on Skye. From there, there was a downturn. I don’t think I would stay with Tom again (he found it hard to recommend a place for dinner, although a few days later I found out there was a sweet place just a hop away.). In Stirling we could tell that the hotel has once been grand. I appreciate that you provided us with such a clear agenda. It was nice to have the details settled before our arrival. The car fit our needs well (and we enjoyed working with the folks at the rental agency). I am thankful that you nudged us to ease our pace a bit. I know that when we were planning we had a lot on our agenda! Your feedback was very valuable. My hope is to return someday and spend some more time among the lush landscape!
I hope you are having a nice start to fall. Thank you again for your help, Christie
Christie, Washington, U.S.A.
Nigel: A wonderful trip! Thanks again to you and George. The photo diary is truly wonderful, and thanks again.
Bob, West Virginia, U.S.A.
Hope you are doing well. I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful day you arranged for us in Glasgow. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. Also, thanks for the link to your blog post.
Everything in the trip worked fine, thank you.
Hi Nigel, Thanks for the researcher's contact details and I will be in touch with her at some point whenever I have time.Sorry I don't blog but enjoyed my tour to Balmoral & Glamis. Thanks for a good trip. Regards, Mary, Tobago
Thanks for this NIgel, and for the day yesterday. As I said, it was great to be able to just sit back and let someone do the driving who knew where he was going and where the good bits were to be found.
We had a wonderful time!!!
No problems what so ever…Weather could have been a little better, but we can’t control that!
Car rentals were perfect and easy! Nav system was essential!
Favorite hotels – the old farm Cotswolds, the spencer in Dublin and Dromoland castle. Least favorite – Killcooley house in Ballybunion – run down.
Thanks for all your help in planning!
Thank you very much Nigel. Yes we made it back home safe J! Thank you for organising this great tour for us, we really appreciated your organizational skills as well as your professionalism.
Fanny, Quebec, Canada
Thank you so much for everything you have done for us during these five days. You have made our Scotland visit an unforgettable experience.
Bill and Emma, Texas, U.S.A
Thank you so much, it has been a pleasure to tour with you to see and enjoy Scotland.Take Care!
Deb and Carol, U.S.A.
Today is the last day of our UK holiday, it has been amazing catching up with our children and the tours arranged by you were truly
some of the best times of our life.I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for making it all possible and also to thank you
for your expertise and knowledge which added to the enjoyment of the the journey even more.
We will recommend you to friends and family if they need help to plan a holiday.
Julie and Carl, Australia
Nigel !! my most sincere apologies for not replying sooner !!! I’m currently in route to New York – so – finally have a few minutes. Our private couple of days together were glorious. We had beautiful dry weather throughout. The car service that you arranged was fantastic. They picked us up at our hotel, handled our luggage and sent us on our way. We were upgraded to a larger car with a GPS – which is imperative for the roads in Cotswold. It would have been easier to have had a smaller car, but a dependable GPS on board is priceless. Never again will I depend on anything but a car with a GPS. Even with it – the country roads were challenging – but we loved them. The village that you chose for us to spend our two nights was perfect. In fact our touring schedule did not leave us enough time to do the antique shopping that we had hoped to do there. We were able to enjoy the village without the overwhelming feeling of tourists – as many of the pubs were crowded with local patrons only – again perfect. We visited the Henry 8th castle that you had suggested and just loved it – incredible and also visited a second castle nearby – Blenheim Palace in Woodstock – birthplace of Winston Churchill which I would also recommend. Beautiful gardens, a walking path and a lovely cafe. We stopped at Slaughter -which was also lovely !!! perfect for a pint outside in the sunshiine – though the pub and lodging inside is also really nice, from there we chose to drive to Bourton on the Water – which – even in off season, we found to be very touristy – not our first choice. We had a couple of really nice dinners in our village – as we just loved being there. Once again – our accommodations that you arranged were perfect for us – the pub was great and a popular spot for locals – their breakfast spot there was quite nice with accommodating staff – we were within walking distance of a couple of restaurants and pubs which was sooooo perfect for us. It was a fantastic and beautiful couple of days – and a perfect arrangement for us on your part – thank you again !!! Kent and Cynthia, U.S.A.
Thanks for the excursion, it was all really cool.
Sam, Texas, U.S.A.
Thank you for the expert tour! We really enjoyed it!
Tim & Yukiko, U.S.A.
Linda and I want to thank you again for the tour you put together for our group. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. You did your country proud!
Art & Linda, U.S.A.
It was a pleasure traveling with you the past few days in Scotland. I loved the days we spent with you. I’m looking forward to working with you this summer. Thank you.
Your pictures are awesome! We made it back to Edinburgh that night, and we’re now all safely home in America. I have yet to go through my photos from the trip. If I have some good ones, I’ll share them with you.
Thank you for the expert tour! We really enjoyed it!
Thank you again for your services! It was such a great way to see the beautiful countryside and get a feeling for where our ancestors came from. We’ll definitely refer any friends who are travelling to Scotland! And, of course, we hope to return very soon!
Tuesday (et al), U.S.A.
Nigel!!! Thank you sooo much!!! I hope you are feeling better, send our best to Ireland !! Cynthia, U.S.A.
Melodie and I want to thank you for a glorious 5 days touring Ireland. Carolyn said that we will have a great time with you and she was absolutely correct.
We appreciate your knowledge of Ireland and we also appreciate your help with our time in Dublin and London,
We wish you well.
John and Melodie, U.S.A.
1.Nigel, thank you so much for sending a daily account of our adventures; I was so thrilled to receive it with some notes of which I I would never have thought. Many of your photos are of exhibition quality, but you didn’t take one of the padlock!! I liked having the historical information attached with your photo line and time line.
I had an excellent time on the trip and I would not hesitate at all in recommending you to any of my acquaintances who plan a Scottish trip—-however, unfortunately, at this time, I don’t know of any who have it in their futures, but they could later. So keep me in mind for your blogs; it is a good way of keeping up with your activities.
2.What a beautiful country you live in! We can’t thank you enough for your expert guidance during our 8 day trip. Your love of history was apparent, and a real bonus for us.
We wish you well and when touring with other Americans be sure to take them to the islands-what a beautiful part of Scotland! Kind regards.
Michael & Johanna, U.S.A.
We had a great time and all your recommendations were followed easily and worked out very well. The accommodation was great and easy to find and we loved Scotland and it’s people. The car was a great size and the gps essential. If there was one hiccup it was that we were given a manual car and when asked for an automatic were told that there was no other car available. The car hire company was not particularly helpful. It never occurred to me to stipulate an automatic car, just took it for granted, so might be a question to ask your clients. We had a marvellous time and recommended you to many. A great way to tour
Would like to go back next year with my husband so perhaps might touch base again for the UK.
On behalf of our whole group, our deepest thanks for a fantastic trip to Scotland. Your knowledge, flexibility, and energy brought us a product that I’m not sure we could have otherwise achieved. We’ll have many pictures and thoughts to trade as we try to reconcile our preconceptions with all that we’ve seen in our journey. Though the weather wasn’t always agreeable, taking steps in our ancestral land was endlessly engaging. I want to thank you in particular for guiding us around Condorrat, Cumbernauld, Coatbridge, and Airdrie. For other groups the Monklands would be a footnote, but having researched it for years, the investment of trip hours was priceless. Our most sincere thanks to Jim in Cumbernauld for showing us the church and the town. He was a great find. If you could forward his email to me, I’m sure there will be follow up questions as I look through this package of information he graciously researched for us.
We enjoyed yesterday, thank you.
We had a lovely day.
Thank you for making Scotland a memorable trip. You outdid yourself.
Grant & Leslie, U.S.A.
Cathy and I, together with Tom and Paula, want to thank you for making our 2014 tour such a wonderful experience.
In addition to the relief from having to drive ourselves around in unfamiliar conditions, we all enjoyed your insights on tour locations, background on past and present political events, the recommendations to visit locations not on the original itinerary, your expertise in selecting B&B accommodations and local places to eat, and, above all, the opportunity to befriend you as a person. We all felt that you added so much value to the experience that it just would not have been as successful a trip without you and your excellent services.
Dan, Cathy, Tom & Paula, U.S.A.
My sincere thanks again for making the trip of a lifetime possible for me! You may see me in the future for a UK castles and gardens tour!
Thanks for the pictures! We all enjoyed the tour very much. My son particularly enjoyed being able to talk to a fellow Roman history enthusiast.
Thank you for your guided tour. Everybody was very happy woth the program.
Again, we thank you very much for your excellent care, attention to detail, knowledge, and selection of accommodation. I know you found it difficult to get accommodation in York, and we understood. The other places were lovely.
We had a wonderful time:
The blogs are a wonderful reminder of our journey and I will share them
with friends. Thank you so much for getting our package in the mail so
quickly. I don’t know how we could have missed it.
Until next time…..
Thank you for a great trip!! You are the best!
Alice and Frank, U.S.A.
Thanks so much for the great tour yesterday! I love your blog!
Cheers for last week Nigel, it was great.
I checked the blog and its really impressive. Thank you for the great tour. Gaurav.
Thank you for organising a great itinerary for us. We thoroughly enjoyed it all in spite of the weather! John gave us some good touring tips for Skye which we added to your suggestions!
Thank you for a wonderful tour yesterday, it was excellent. We will pick up the pass and thank you for arranging that for us. W look forward to more adventure! Sue, U.S.A.
Hi Nigel….yes it was great..we really enjoyed it . We really enjoyed George too…had some
good laughs with him.
Hi A quick note to again thank you for the teriffic tour of the Highlands. We had a good visit to London, but Scotland is where our heart is.Keith, Bonny, and Jack had a wonderful time in St Andrews. Thanks for arranging their travel! Cheerio and God bless!!!
Thanks for a wonderful trip! We have enjoyed Scotland so much that Mike wants
to come back again. We have enjoyed meeting everyone and seeing so many places and
everyone different. The scenery has been so beautiful and most of the time the weather
has been great. Thanks once again.
Thank you for a lovely tour. Your advice and flexibility allowed us to enjoy Scotland our way. We will go away with many happy memories.
Margaret & Ken, Canada
Nigel did a fantastic job. We saw all the highlights of Scotland and he knew a lot of history. He is a archaeology buff so he had plenty of info to share. The accommodations were suitable to families with kids. He made sure we were well taken care of.
Holly, San Diego
Thanks for the blog posts … they’re great. Also, thanks for a great tour. We managed to fit in a lot in 2 ½ days!
I wish to repeat our thanks to you for all your efforts to help us find the homes of our ancestors and to provide back ground information about
everywhere that we visited. We are on a high because we found the Albert Hotel, the Livinston kirk, the Kirliston Kirk and the Livingston Hotel
(former horse stables). What made these finds extra special was the wonderful people with whom we spoke at each place. We are deeply
grateful for your efforts to introduce us to Rev Graham Smith and Mr. Joseph Henderson. What interesting information they provided. And what a
wonderful serendipitous experience to meet the current proprietor of the Albert Hotel and the couple who managed the Livingston Hotel.
The tour through Scotland with George, our own guide and driver.
Could not get much better, the pleasure is all on our side.
It was great fun travelling with you. The blog is awesome. Will be in touch.
Later: Got back to India yesterday. Had a wonderful trip. We had a very good time with you. Thanks. Kids were remembering you.
We all had a great tour and enjoyed it very much. Just wanted to thank you again for all you have done. It made a great tour for all of us!
Rachel and I both appreciated all that you did to make our trip a success. Additionally, we are glad that we could broaden your knowledge of rural England!
I’m ok with my way back. Your photos are magnificent! Send it to all my frinds!
Many thanks for all
Alexey gave Catswhiskers Tours a rating of: 1
Hi Nigel, Thank you very much for the great tour and for your patience! I’ve added your blog to favorites (hope Kirill did the same) and now we’ll be in touch with the latest news from the beautiful isles. Regarding our visit to Orkney next year, we’ll keep in mind your suggestion and the dates and will try to decide as soon as possible. Thanks again and the best regards. Alex
We liked very much the trip. Tks for your support!
I just wanted to thank you again for a great tour!! You met all our expectations and we got to see and go to places we could have never done on our own. I made it back home last night and can’t wait to go through my pictures. And you, again, for a great job!!
Wonderful trip, though we had to unfortunately cut is short. Glad you encouraged me to purchase trip insurance, as I hope they will cover our change fee for airfare home. Appreciate all your help. Regards,
We can never thank you enough for all you did to make our family trip to Scotland such a wonderful experience. All your preparation before we arrived made such a differece in that we were able to see and do all the things we had hoped to. Thank you again for all your efforts. It was an amazing trip.
Thanks again for the great touring. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. I will keep an eye on your blog and FB pages.
RE: PROBUS GROUP TOUR OF GLASGOW Sorry we did not meet, for I could have talked face to face to say how successful our tour was. I have received only positive and enthusiastic feedback from the participants all of whom previously knew little about Glasgow.
Thank you so much! We had the BEST time!
RE: MACKINTOSH ARCHITECTURE OF GLASGOW
Thanks again for a very enjoyable tour.
Sadly, we must restart our regular lives starting tomorrow. I want to thank you again for your support and enthusiasm to make our trip enjoyable. As my brother Jeff said to me today – thanks for the memories!!
Dear Nigel, Many thanks for all your pictures. Thanks against for this wonderful discovery tour of Scotland. Regards Véronique and family.
RE: CUSTOM TOUR OF SCOTLAND Flights home went well. Thanks for a wonderful trip and the blog, which I’ll read when I’m more awake.
RE: SCOTLAND DRIVING TOUR:We had a really good trip. No problems with any of the arrangements and enjoyed the suggestions that you made for activities. All accommodations were clean and comfortable. We really enjoyed staying at the farm in Luss. We could have used a little less rain, but you can’t have everything. It didn’t stop us from doing anything except looking more aggressively for puffins. The materials you provided were very helpful. I especially liked the A-Z maps and the book about the flora and fauna on Orkney.
I have just seen Jan and she said to say thank you very much, she had a wonderful time. She saw everything she wanted to see and everyone was lovely and helpful along the way. Thank you so much.
Everything went wellon the trip and we really appreciated Craig’s efforts on our behalf.the golf worked out beyond our expectations and we got to experience “Scottish weather” at St. Andrews (it rained the whole day!!) . Thanks again for all your good work and connections..…