Category: Guided Tours

Are you keen to see the best of Scotland in a day and tick off castles, lochs and whisky from your bucket list? Check out this day trip to Stirling Castle!

It’s been over a year since I joined a group of travel bloggers from around the world for the frenzy that is Hogmanay in Edinburgh, and I can’t believe I still haven’t told you about the adventure that came afterwards. One of the perks of this ‘Blogmanay’ trip was the opportunity to test my first ever Rabbie’s tour – a Scottish travel company I have since come to love and test on a frequent basis. On an early January morning in the beginning of last year, I got aboard a Rabbie’s bus to join a day trip to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond. If you only have a couple of days to explore Scotland beyond Edinburgh, spending a day in Glasgow and one out and about is a great way to see the many different faces of this place. Here is what to exptect from a day trip around the Lower Highlands with Rabbie’s and what I thought about my trip to Stirling.
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Scotland in a day – that’s what Rabbie’s likes to call its day trip to Loch Ness. And indeed, the additional stops at Loch Lomond, in Glencoe and Pitlochry, and of course various places along the shores of Loch Ness, this tour is a tour de force leading from the Lowlands to the Highlands and back again. Starting in Glasgow as early as 8am this promised to be a day packed with gorgeous views and fun activities, so one fine autumn day I grabbed my backpack and headed out to adventure. Together with my friend Frida I set out to hunt down the monster of Loch Ness, indulge in some Scottish single malt whiskies and soak up as many autumn views in the Highlands as possible.

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During my Safestay Hostel tour around the UK I gave Rabbie's new Edinburgh City Tour a try - and will tell you why you should do the same!

Finding new things to do in a city where you thought you’ve seen it all on numerous trips in the past is always exciting. It was on my tour around the UK to visit all four Safestay Hostels (two in London, one in York and one in Edinburgh) that I stumbled across a couple of things in Edinburgh that were completely new to me. Rabbie’s ‘Edinburgh City Tour’ was one of them – but it was not only new to me, it is actual the newest addition to Rabbie’s tour programme with trips all over the country, the British islands and even across the channel to France.

The tour around Edinburgh takes roughly 1.5 hours and offers a great introduction to the city’s highlights told from a local’s perspective. Read on to find out where the tour takes you, what I thought about it and how you can WIN two tickets to try it yourself!
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If you come to visit Glasgow and want to have a unique and unusual experience with one of the city's loveliest people, Glasgow Central Tours is for you!

City tours can often be quite dull – too long, too many numbers and historic details or just not focused on the kind of things you’d like to know about a city. But there is a tour in offer that is totally different from anything I had experienced before: Glasgow Central Tours – and yes, that is Glasgow Central as in the train station. Before you wonder how obsessed with trains I am to actually recommend you to go and check out a train station in a foreign city, consider this: Glasgow’s Central station has witnessed some key moments in the city’s and Scotland’s history – from both World Wars to the rise and fall of the ship building industry; its roof with 48,000 panes of glass is the largest glass roof in the world; and over 38 million people come and go in this station every year.

Full of superlatives like this Glasgow Central is really rather impressive, both in history and architecture. Always digging for new and unusual things to do in the city I could of course not wait to try this myself, and so I signed up my mum, my boyfriend and me for a tour in early June.
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City Sightseeing Glasgow - Is it worth it? | Watch Me See

Glasgow is unlike many touristy cities in numerous ways – the people here are friendly, approachable and interested in why tourists might come to check out their town; most cultural institutions are free to visit and initially more aimed at the local population rather than attracting crowds from outside; the public transport system remains scattered with no ticket for all… but in one respect Glasgow is like any other touristy city around Europe: like anywhere else you can board a red City Sightseeing bus and explore the best the city has to offer hop-on, hop-off style.

With many visitors only passing through Glasgow on their way from Edinburgh to the Isles or Highlands the bus tour seems like the perfect solution, but on the other hand how much is there really to see and could you not just do it in your own pace without paying for the bus ticket? Unlike London for example there is only one route to choose from and the things you can actually do and see in Glasgow are comparably limited. That is why I wanted to find our for myself – taking a City Sightseeing bus in Glasgow, is it worth it?
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