Another weekend in Edinburgh, we decided to take one of the guided tours on advice from one of our friends.
Big plug for these guys – Hairy Coo Tours.
They are great. It’s a few Scottish guys who came together and decided to start a touring company. We had Donald for our tour, very knowledgeable and funny. He kept us entertained the whole day. The tour that we went on was the “Free” Highland Tour, pretty much you pay what you feel the tour is worth. Very good concept. The tour started in Edinburgh in the Old Town then moved steadily up into the Highlands stopping at the Forth Bridge – an amazing feat of architecture, the William Wallace Monument in Stirling, Aberfoyle (a small town in the Highlands), Trossachs National Park and finishing with a visit to some real life Hairy Coos.
The highlands are so beautiful, probably best to hire a car and take your time going to each place. There’s so many little towns to visit along the way and they all have their own individual charm. We got back to Edinburgh round 6pm so plan to stay the night there if you’re in for the weekend – there are plenty of good pubs to grab dinner straight after or you can grab a late train back to Glasgow (they run pretty late). One thing that annoyed me was the fact that some people didn’t pay anything for the ‘free’ tour. However this was a minority, most were very generous – giving £25-30. Oh well, I suppose the guys would expect things like that to happen.
Anyway if you get a chance – go on the tour, especially if you’re strapped for time!