Thank you so much for your wonderful 4 days whisky tour, with your very good guide. Everything has been really amazing. I never believed to enjoy this vacation in this way. Thank a lot. Giuseppe Bordignon (27/09/12)
Hi Will,I had the intention to send this mail last week, but since the entire workforce of Venso had been out of the office for a few days, work had kind of piled up back here in Sweden! But it was worth it many times over. You truly do live in a lovely part of the world, among lovely and friendly people. Even the Haggis was good (maybe not lovely, but good ;)
I just wanted to thank You for a well put together trip! It was I think the true highlight of the journey for most of us. And a very special thank´s to Simon. He had the perfect balance between humor and historical facts, and made everyone feel special and welcome. Be sure to thank him also for his assistance in getting the perfect gift for my colleague Martin who happened to have his birthday during the trip. That bottle and the fantastic distillery tour and testing certainly boosted the sales at Edradour that afternoon :)
So, again: -Thank You for a great arrangement!
And our best regards to Simon!
Have a lovely afternoon,
Fredrik Syrén (03/09/12)
Hi, Will. We thoroughly enjoyed Marti and his extensive knowledge of Scotland and all the amazing history of the different areas of Scotland. Gene thought the distillery tours were the best. Thank you so much for all your help in setting up the tours and accomodations. We would be very glad to recommend your services to anyone. Have a wonderful day. Cheers, Gene and Janice Thale (22/06/12)
George was great and very enthusiastic, next time we have a trip in Scotland, I'll be sure to be in contact.
Kind regards, Kirstin - Towergate Insurance (22/04/12)
Hi Will, We had a great time and a great tour. Marti did an excellent job showing us around and was extremely accommodating. We will be happy to recommend your service to our friends. Thanks again, Rich (27/03/12)
We had a fantastic time in Scotland! It is a fascinating country with its culture, nature, history.......last but not the least with its people! We will definitely come back.
I also want to note that it was a big pleasure to have this experience with Marti's guidance. He is a very good guide and doing his work by heart. Very much appreciated! Whisky bottle has been a hit present for my husband. Thanks again! Demet (13/10/11)
Hello Will, Just wanted to say a quick thank you and to let you know how much we enjoyed our 4 day Whisky Tour to Islay with Simon,
he made it very interesting and we enjoyed it very much.
Once Geoff got use to climbing the stairs at Bowmore House he was fine ha ha. had to give him a dram or two to help him cope of course. !
We were certainly lucky with the weather because had it have been a week later we most certainly wouldn't have made it ! with that terrible Hurricane.Please let Simon know you have heard from us and that we wanted to thank him very much for carrying the suitcase up the stairs on our arrival at Bowmore House and for all his help with Geoff it was very much appreciated.
Judi and Geoff (30/09/11)
I’m back in Copenhagen now after finishing our wonderful trip to Scotland.
My dad, brother and I could not have enjoyed ourselves more on our 3-day trip. As I’m sure you’ve heard from every guest that Marti has, he was simply fantastic. Great knowledge not only of the whiskies, but also of Scottish history, geology, languages... you name it. All the distilleries we visited were superb, and Val and Keith and their B&B in Grantown on Spey were also a highlight of the trip.
Thanks to you for your help in setting it all up, and for being so flexible and understanding when my dad’s mother passed away this past May when we’d originally planned to do the trip. As I mentioned before, the bottle of whiskey for him in honor of his 70th birthday was a remarkably classy touch... he’ll never forget it.
Needless to say, if we ever have a wish to do another Scottish tour (there may be a visit to Islay in my future :-), I’ll look you up again and I already have people at the US embassy here in Copenhagen where I work asking about the trip and how I did it... I’ll be sure to pass your name along.
All the best,
Cliff Puckett (28/09/11)
My name is Matt Zvolenski; I am Jill's fiance. We just recently wrapped the tour with David.
First, let me say that David is AMAZING. I don't think we could have been paired with a better guide. He is likable, patient with tons of questions & interjections, extremely knowledgable, and a guy that you could easily sit down with at the pub & have a discussion about nothing of importance over a pint (or 4). I think I can speak for the group by saying that we couldn't have been more pleased.
Thanks again - the experience was splendid!
Matt Zvolenski (23/09/11)
Not that you would remember us among the many customers you help out for Scotland Tours. Just to report that we had a grand time in the Orkneys and the Hebrides in August. Our driver, Marti, a fine proud Scotsman, was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, accommodating with a love for country without being jingoistic.
David & Donna Dalton (18/09/11)
Just a quick note to say how much Brian, Neil and I enjoyed our Highland tour. Many thanks for your efforts in our regard. We have many good pictures and happy memories and are still enjoying a wee dram of Talisker every now and then!
Claire McKinnon (05/09/11)
A wonderful tour. Our guide David Ladd must be one of the most knowledgeable tour guides in Scotland. What he doesn't know about Scottish history and geology isn't worth knowing. The tour was well paced with no time wasted and the accommodation was top-drawer. I hope to return next year and I have no hesitation in recommending Scottish Routes. Harold Isenberg (20/07/11)
Thanks again for the amazing tour of Orkney and the Highlands. Maggie and I enjoyed it so much - it will definitely be the highlight of our time in Scotland. We both agree we could have spent an entire day at the Ring of Brodgar.
Thanks for all you did for us - answering questions, entertaining us with
history (far better than books!), and educating us in some Scottish culture.
Say nothing of retrieving shoes from seaweed muck, humouring Maggie, delivering forgotten bags, and teaching me to drink whisky (I'm a little worried it could be habit forming; I won't crack the bottle I bought until we get home).
I've attached a few pictures - I won't be able to sort and label most of then
until I get home to a computer with a real screen.
If you're ever going to be in Vancouver and want somewhere to stay, please flip me an email - we'll have room.
Thanks again Sandra & Maggie (19/07/11)
Let me thank you from all of our Belfrage hearts for a well-conducted and tremendously appreciated guidance on the routes of your beautiful and scenically dramatic country. But also for your so well-informed guidance into Scottish early history along our route.
And not the least warmfelt thanks for your so pleasant and humouristic being with us vikings from Sweden.
It was an unforgettable week – 1000 thanks to you and Will Stockham of Scottish Routes. Will did an extremely appreciated job also to solve some extra events and detours that I wanted to fit into the itinerary.
Feel free to use this letter of thanks and myself as reference, if you wish!
Kindest regards, Jonas Belfrage, Chairman, Belfrage Family Association (11/07/11)
Chris and I cannot say enough wonderful things about our Hebridean tour with Davy. He was a fantastic tour guide and really saved our trip when we were just ready to give up and go home. The whole tour was packed with wonderful sights and stories about Scotland. I've been telling everyone that it was a five day intensive study of the history, language, culture, geology, and geography of Scotland and it was great! All of our family and friends are jealous and want to book a tour now.
Thank you for all you did to help us out with the lost luggage and contacting Davy for us. We are grateful we chose such a great company. I will definitely write a glowing review of Scottish Routes and recommend your company to any and all who ask!
Thanks again! Elyse and Chris (29/06/11)
It was wonderful, I cannot describe it in words!!!! (photo attached)
Thank You very much
Greetings Robin Dr. Robin Schwerdtfeger (28/06/11)
Hello Will, How are you doing in beautiful Scotland? Have meant to jot off a note to you to tell you how very much we enjoyed our tour with Simon. He was a perfect tour guide (just as you said he would be!); so quick and smart with information on every sight we were taken to.
We tell everyone that the Hebrides tour was the BEST part of our UK vacation. Hopefully we can make it back there someday soon.
Thanks for all your help along the way to make this a wonderful experience for us.
Best regards, Barb and Dave MacRitchie (23/6/11)
We just wanted to say "thanks" for your eclectic and most excellent whisky tour... that's the 4-day excursion departing Edinburgh/Glasgow for Islay. We loved the format of 2-3 distilleries per day, and transfers to and from Islay through the beautiful Scottish country side, including the ferry to the island. We really appreciated the informative lessons in Scottish culture and folklore, so aptly delivered by our guide's (Will) story-telling skills. We learned a lot about whisky and enjoyed the tour and tastings, including those among us who were not whisky afficianados.
This is all definitely 5-star in our book.
Tìoraidh an dràsda
we four from Calgary, Michel and Sylvie, Bob and Marilyn (23/5/11)
Will, I want to thank you for all of your personal touches in making our trip so successful. Everything from your responsiveness to the trip itself really helped us feel relaxed and not stressful about any of the trip's details.
Marti was just amazing and made the trip so very memorable for us. I can't believe someone knows so much about so many different topics! He really brought out the best in Scotland & of course whisky country for us.
We honestly could not have enjoyed Scotland without you! Hoping to come back for a Islay tour in the future!
Best wishes, Bill & Janell Nelson (2/5/11)
Hi Will, Just got an email from Lillemor and she thanked us for a great trip to Islay with a very nice guide and good arrangements. Scotland Tours Travel Agency (21/4/11)
Thank you again for an amazing experience, it was a absolute pleasure meeting you and seeing your beautiful country. It was great to see how passionate you are about whisky and Scotlands history and geography, it definitely rubbed off on Mitch and I as we felt a little home sick when we went to work yesterday. We will be giving you a a review on TripAdvisor, we want to word it just right so I might do it tomorrow on my day off. Kate Higginson (5/4/11)
We had a fantastic time on Tuesday! I had been a little worried about how everything would work out with Eben since we have never done a full day in the car with him before, but thanks to you I never felt rushed through his feedings that day...somehow the timings seemed to work out perfectly. I really appreciate you encouraging us to take our time, and the extra stops you made...especially to take some pictures of Hamish. Greg is already talking about doing a longer tour in the next few months because he loved it so much so you will likely be hearing from me again soon :) Laurie Andresen (18/03/11)
A week ago we were up in the Highlands on a fantastic tour thanks to you. You did an amazing job! We will recommend you to all our friend and colleges. We will also send you some photos and sound clips (Swedish Boy-Choir) soon... Thanks again. Johan Sjolund (04/02/11)
Thank you for your friendly lines and for the positive experiences you gave us from Scotland. We all loved it and are totally satisfied. We came home happy with whiskey, beer and some more souvenirs of your wonderful country. Promise to complete the survey and return it to you before coming weekend. Hope to see you in our country whenever you can. You´ll be recognized as our own and true Braveheart!! Best regards. Sydved district Hylte. Lars Martensson (17/11/10)
Thank you very much for the tour with Simon. He is an excellent guide. He arranged everything and could read our wishes from the face. We had a lot of fun together and enjoyed his rich knowledge about history of the region and landscape. Our 3 day tailor made tour was over the top of our imagination. Thanks, and always again. Uwe, Vicente and Hans from Bremen (19/10/10)
Hi Will, We are allready back home with all the bottles of whisky. Yesterday we was with the guys for dinner together and all of us are very happy with the tour - "SLANCHEVA" was the most mentioned word. I'd like to thank you for the perfect organisation and for everythig you did for us you during the trip. It was really fantastic. Best regards Veselin
We write this review two weeks after our return from "3 Day Tailor made Speyside Whisky and Loch Ness Tour" in Scotland.We have been waiting so long the emotions from our trip to pass away but we still can`t forget our three days with Will.He made our holiday unforgetable with his jokes and all stories about the nature,history and traditions of his country.Will has organised our visits in the whisky distilleries ,castles and the Loch Ness tour perfectly and we are very pleased with his job.If we go to Scotland again we will look for "Scottish Routes" and Will to be our guide.We will recommend to all our friends his services. Thank you Will for the unforgetable three days in Scotland with "Scottish Routes" Veselin Genev (17/10/10)
Thanks for a wonderful trip! Great arranged and a devoted guide / driver. We got a lot of great tips and saw places we never would have found by ourselves. We will be back! Cheers! Robert Hallqvist & Lars Hellqvist (08/10/10)
It was beyond a great trip, Will. I will have fantastic memories. And, you were great: knowledgeable, personable, great to be with, enthusiastic about your work. You planned a great trip and then delivered. will certainly go to Trip Advisor and make a note. I will send some of my images when I get the chance. David Parquet (23/09/10)
We want to thank you for all that you did to make our trip to Scotland a spectacular one. Everything went incredibly smoothly, the weather cooperated (mostly), and we just had the most wonderful time. Your suggestions for things to see were all spot-on, and the B&Bs and guesthouses were lovely, as were the innkeepers. We were so glad to have your recommendations, rather than trying to pick hotels via the internet. We would not have wanted to do all of this without you. Thanks for your hard work, (even at the last minute), your patience and your advice. Feel free to use us for references, if needed. Best wishes for continued success! David and Renee Holtz (23/09/10)
Thank you so much for proceeding with the tour to Orkney following the cancellations of the others. The trip to Orkney has changed my life. David Ladd enriched the journey with his knowledge and passion for Scotland. I enjoyed every moment. David was very supportive in my quest to find my family once we reached Orkney and was an absolute gentleman the entire time and was flexible to my requests and needs. I will certainly recommend this tour to family and friends in Australia and look forward to returning to Scotland in the near future. Suzanne Spence (31/082010)
Many thanks for turning my 5 Day Hebridean Tour into such a wonderfull experience. Although I caught up with you one day later I had still a whale of a time. Your great knowledge of Scottish history only spiced that up. Special thanks to you Will for arranging a lift for me to join you . You saved me lots of money and gave me an opportunity to explore your wonderful country. Memories of our stunning yourney are firmly etched into my mind. Now I know that it surely was not my last trip to Scotland and thanks for that as well. Slàinte mhath Michal Aberle, Czech Rep (18/08/2010)
Feasgar math Will! Gustav from Sweden here. Just popping by to say thank you again ;) for a super tour. I am happy and gratfeul to have been a part of it. Still haven't found any Bunnahabhin t-shirts but no worries. I hope you have a great time and probably some days of hehe. Untill next time... Gustav Trygg (28/07/2010)
I truly had the best holiday of my life. Scotland was more beautiful and magical than I expected but what made my holiday so outstanding was Dave. he is a walking encyclopedia, amusing and perhaps one of the most intelligent people I've had the good fortune to meet. I wish you all the success possible with your venture. Everything is absolutely wonderful with your organization. Claire Clode-Baker (09/07/2010)
My 5 day tour with Scottish Routes was sensational! I had my very own personal tour of Lewis, Harris, Skye and more - full of amazing scenery, beautiful weather, incredible walks in the wind and 'liquid sunshine', and loads of stories - both history and folk tales. I will definitely be calling on Scottish Routes when I next come to Scotland - and I would recommend Scottish Routes to everyone! Kate Timmins (08/07/2010)
Thank you for planning such an unforgettable holiday for Lax and me. Scotland is sheer magic - what I call, The Other World. It unveiled itself slowly with every passing day, leaving us enchanted and bereft of words many a time. We were never quite prepared as to what to expect every morning. And you were right about David. He was simply the best guide and company we could have got. Charming, always cheerful, highly knowledgeable, a storehouse of information and full of enchanting anecdotes of every place we visited. He can hold a conversation on any topic – world affairs, politics, sports, you name it – never a dull moment with Dave. Thank you once again and do give our warm regards to Dave. Wish him on our behalf a very happy and successful life ahead. Indra & Lax (05/07/2010)
We did indeed make it back in one piece, including the whisky! Yeah! We had a wonderful time on the tour and greatly enjoyed our tour of the Western Isles. We were all awake this morning amazingly and ready to go out for another day of touring! Having been at work now for about 3 hours, I can tell you that the touring is WAY more fun! We will send over some pictures. I believe Michele already posted the link for the sheep herding video! Not to be missed. We were singing Hakuna Metata this morning but it would have been more fun in your bus! We hope to see you again one day as well! Meanwhile, we'll send some photos, and [please do stay in touch as well. Thanks again for the wonderful tour! The Cohan Family (07/06/2010)
My girlfriend and I would like to thank you for the great tour of whisky distilleries we do last monday (07/06/2010). This tour will remain in our mind forever. We remember this day each time we drank a wee dram of Edradour single malt. Your welcome was very nice and your explanations were very interesting. We should recommend you and your tour to all tourists going to Edinburgh on holiday.Quentin Braham (07/06/2010)
Hi Will, ...and we think this is a very good picture describing you at work. aastadryggen.dyndns.org/Calle/Bilder/islay%202010/slides/IMG_5695.html Calle (29/05/2010)
I send you some photos as your asked for, I hope you like them. I also send you some pictures of my boat and the "Cat" :) .. I can send more pictures if you want. Next time I want you to send me your pictures from your trip to sweden :) Hope I see you then, thanks for all, your made our trip to the best thing that happend (exept from the cat and kids). To the best Guide in Scotland, many hugs. Anders & Marie & Cat (20/05/10)
Thank you for a great tour you handled the eleven family members whit humor and kindness we will remember you whit fantastic brilliant beautiful and some uglyness aswell. I spotted the hairy cow (hårig ko) in sweden. The Strömberg Family says thank you, if you ever go to sweden let us no and we give you the tour, and at last excuse the bad spelling. Kajsa Strömberg (17/05/10)
We really enjoyed our tour with Scottish route. Marti is a “super” guide and he wanted us to be happy! “thank you Marti” . We will share our photos via facebook. The weather was fine, Scottish people are very kind, the return was just more complicated….because of the volcano of course! I hope you understand what I say! Joëlle (26/04/10)
Scottish Routes have facilitated tours of Edinburgh for our students for two years and we have had brilliant feedback. Our students found the guides enthusiastic and amazingly knowledgeable. Any company who can design specific tours to cater to over 46 nationalities of students is invaluable in our book. The International Summer School of Scotland, Jen Munro, Director (01/04/10)
The tour was fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!! Feedback was awesome.....thanks a lot, you did a great job..... Will inform you when we have the next booking.
Cheers! (Jeremy Maki, 15/03/10)
Thanks for an excellent tour ! Scottish routes is a perfect travel company to arrange a tour like this. Stefan (Swedish Whisky Tour)
I think about you every time I sip some Islay single malt, which is often. :-) I re-read the guide book to Stirling Castle today, and reflected that if it hadn't been for you, I would never have been there in person. So, many thanks again for everything you did for us! We will think of you often. Thank you again for making our trip so wonderful! Robert and Ginger
Thanks again for our wonderful excursion to Scotland. Norah and Bill
We had a wonderful day. It couldn't have been more perfect. And of course, the gorgeous weather made our exploring that much better. While I may have provided a very rough idea of what I thought we would like to see, I couldn't have dreamed how those very minimal of ideas could expand into such exciting and unique experiences. Thank you for your continued efforts, from the beginning, to organize, answer e-mails promptly, and arrange everything. Again, thank you for making our visit to Scotland special. Missy Leinbach
The trip was excellent and we did enjoy ourselves very much. We wish you all the best and we will contact you again some time in the future. Graham
I spent a month in Scotland, and traveled through a lot of the countryside. The tour guide was brilliant, he took pride and joy in and was very enthusiastic about what he was talking about. The guide was very friendly towards all members of the party. He knew the geography and history of his land. The logistic side of things was taken care of so I could enjoy the most of my vacation. I would come back to Scottish Routes again. Elyssa Hale
I know it’s been a while since we did the five day tour of the Highlands with you in August, but just wanted to say what a terrific time my husband Jerry and I had with you and the group. You made Scotland come alive for us. Marilyn Gray
The trip to Islay was much more than we expected, it was awesome! You truly have found your calling in tour guiding. Thank you for making our trip to Islay a memorable one. we are telling everyone about you and would highly recommend you in a heartbeat. Once again thank you. Penny and Brett
I can only thank you for the effort you made - it really made the experience one to remember. I thank you again for making the trip excellent. Si
Thanks for being such a great tour guide on our recent jaunt around the isles.
See you in 2012. Nick Carvel
We thoroughly enjoyed our Homecoming 2009 tour with you, Scottish Routes. The entire two weeks passed by too quickly, helped by fantastic accomodation and visits to little known areas, gems of Scotland. Thank you for your swiftness at responding to enquiries. We'll see you again! David, Tour Group from Oregon, USA
We have often been thinking about you and how you turned our family trip to Scotland into a great success. Per
We got home just a few hours ago. We had a wonderful time. You did a marvellous job for us, and if we get back to Scotland or elsewhere in the UK again, you can bet we'll use Scottish Routes. Thanks very much! Ashleen and Jim
Amine & Soumaya, Habib, Claude and I would like to extend our thanks and appreciation for you have outdone yourself during our vacation in Scotland. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in 'Scotland the brave'. While we savour our daily dram over here we shall brandish our glasses and say; Slainte mhath !!! Wahib