Traveler Ratings of Private Tours In Stirling-Scotland by Tour Guide Hugh O.

Hugh O.
  Stirling-Scotland
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Maura Shapiro

United States
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Tour: Edinburgh walking tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Oct 26/19

Hugh is knowledgeable about the history of the important historical places. He is friendly, courteous, and has a keen sense of humor. Highly recommend Hugh as a tour guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind appreciation of my tour with you. I thoroughly enjoyed exchanging views on Shakespeare, Muriel Spark and much else. I hope you come back again, and that we can meet up for a continuation of the sights of our capital city --and beyond ps -- The poet who has converted Shakespeare into current Lowland Scots dialect is Adam McNaughton and you can find his work on the Net --sometimes with footnotes to translate the more obscure slang!!

William Liebman

Bethesda, MD, United States
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Tour: #572966, Glasgow Private Walking Tour, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 27/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind words which I appreciate very much. The tour did go well, not the least because of the close interest Dianne and you took during the day in the subject. I do hope you can return to Scotland and we can get together again.

Kenneth G.

United States
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Tour: 2 day tour based at Lake of Menteith Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jul 4/19

Thanks for our ToursByLocals tour with you over the past two days. Everything was just great. Your knowledge, your care at driving, your timeliness, and your suggestions. The pace was perfect. Our airport drop off was on time with no worry. Thanks for a great tour, Anne and Ken

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Anne and Ben --I enjoyed ypur interest and company. Makes all the difference! Hope to see you again Hugh

John Goddard

Canada
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Tour: Private tour of Edinburgh Old Town on foot, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jun 3/19

Knowledgeable, pleasant, entertaining, good sense of humour. A very satisfying and enjoyable day. Thank you, Hugh.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: And thank you John for your participation, with enthusiasm and knowledge, in my tour. Hope to see you again in Scotland Hugh

Randy Lamont

United States
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Tour: Private Day Tour from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: May 31/19

Hugh capably drove us for a full day through the beautiful Scottish countryside. We visited Abbotsford, the amazing home of Sir Walter Scot, Melrose Abbey, built in 1136 and Rosslyn Chapel, a place of worship with extraordinary architecture and carvings that came to worldwide attention after appearing in the Da Vinci Code film. Hugh has a vast knowledge of history and architecture. He remained in good humor as we peppered him with questions throughout our journey. He is an experienced and patient guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Randy Thanks for your kind feedback. I thoroughly enjoyed the day with you both - particularly the "peppering"! It was good to have clients with real knowledge who took me deeper into my favourite subject --Scotland. Hope we meet up again sometime Cheers Hugh

Mary Turtle

Canada
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Tour: Private tour of Edinburgh Old Town on foot, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: May 25/19

Thoroughly enjoyed Hugh's recounting of history and his gentle sense of humour (ask Hugh about the true story of Braveheart or Mary Queen of Scots). Hugh shared his love of this great city and made me wish that I had planned more than a day in Edinburgh.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mary for being so attentive --it really helps! Hope to see you again in Scotland

Terry J.

United States
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Tour: Private tour of Edinburgh Old Town on foot, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: May 18/19

Hugh is very knowledgeable and clearly his passion comes out during his tours.Partly because of weather and partly because we had been touring for 10 days prior we were a little worn out and there was too much information. My group wanted to shop and Hugh could be a little more flexible to accommodate this request. We could mostly understand what he was saying(85%) Recommend his services without hesitation. One suggestion, query group first thing on lunch needs/time; Depth of facts interest level

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your feedback which is very helpful. The question of shopping does come up from time to time, and is difficult to respond to on the day. Basically, we have set up a full day on history and heritage and there is no spare time to put in shopping. This is exacerbated by the very poor quality of tourist shops on the upper part of the Royal Mile. The main shopping areas are in the New Town some distance away. Nerer the less we will look into this again

Maureen Polk

United States
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Tour: Private tour of Edinburgh Old Town on foot, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Apr 18/19

Great tour: Hugh was very interesting; I really enjoyed my visit around Edinburgh. Looking forward to my next trip to Scotland with Hugh as my guide. Thanks again

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I thoroughly enjoyed our day together --and our discussions. Of course, I would be delighted to show you round another part of Scotland when you come back, As we say over here "Haste ye Back"

Shara Wehunt

United States
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Tour: Private tour of Edinburgh Old Town on foot, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Sep 8/18

Bruce Siefken

United States
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Tour: #277209, Your Scottish Roots -- a Private Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 4/18

Hugh was fantastic. Well saw things that we never would have found on our own. Thank you Hugh you made our trip better then we could have hoped for.

Bruce Siefken

United States
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Tour: Private tour of Edinburgh Old Town on foot, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Sep 3/18

Hugh was fantastic. We all saw things that we never would have found on our own. Thank you Hugh you made our trip better then we could have hoped for.

Bruce Siefken

United States
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Tour: St Andrews and Falkirk, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Sep 2/18

Hugh was fantastic. Well saw things that we never would have found on our own. Thank you Hugh you made our trip better then we could have hoped for.

Michael Mitchell

United States
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Tour: Stirling Castle and the Trossachs, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Aug 8/18

Hugh was a thorough delight. He is an expert on the history of Scotland, but more importantly he gave us great insight into the character of the people and the forces that shaped modern Scotland. Although he had a well-planned program for the day, he was totally flexible and found ways to accommodate our personal desires. We would certainly recommend Hugh as a perfect Scotsman to spend a day experiencing Scotland.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Michael I thoroughly enjoyed the company of your party and it was my pleasure to be flexible to help make the day great for you all. I also enjoyed answering your penetrating questions about how things were done in Scotland. I hope I got the answers right!!

Linda Greene

United States
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Tour: Day Trip to Edinburgh from Newhaven, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jul 30/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Linda Hope you are enjoying the rest of your cruise -- particularly the Scottish bit

Denise Koranek

United States
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Tour: Stirling and Edinburgh day trips, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jul 24/18

Hugh did a wonderful job! We enjoyed our half-day walking tour of Edinburgh and the following day a trip to Stirling Castle, Flanders Moss and Deanston's Distillery Tour. Hugh was timely and had a great sense of humor even if we didn't always catch it. Thank you for a great time!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Denise I have done a few tours since then so my memory may be wrong but I think we had arrived at the cathedral/kirk just as they were starting a lunch time service, and I got warned off by one of the "custodians". The fact that there were 7 of us didn't help, I suppose. I had thought we might catch the kirk on the way back up from the Palace but we really didn't have time in what was almost a half day tour. I apologise for that, Cheers Hugh

Judith Berne

United States
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Tour: Central Scotland Tours, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jun 18/18

Hugh was a great guide and companion. He mixed humor with knowledge. We actually had him for three days and his understanding and communication skills particularly about the Stirling area allowed us to learn enough without being overwhelmed.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Judy, Thanks for your kind comments. I enjoyed my spell with you — and your educated and enthusiastic involvement, which makes my job so much easier. Hope to see you back in Scotland sometime....maybe to check those possible noble connections! Cheers Hugh

Richard Hadsell

United States
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Tour: Hadsell Tour, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: May 14/18

Hugh provided us with much more than is described by the tour name. He physically took us to Stirling and Doune Castles; the Stirling Bridge; Bannockburn including the monument to freedom; and the Wallace Monument. We believe we got an unvarnished view of the Independence warfare that took place in and around Stirling Castle from a knowledgable guide who expertly explained the relevant history and was open to questions and discussion.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Richard. It was a real pleasure to take such interested travellers around. And your questions and discussion really helped to raise my game! Haste ye back

Dolores Fierro

United States
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Tour: See the central Highlands away from the usual tourist route, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Mar 31/18

Hugh introduced us to several castles (Stirling, Doune among them) along with customizing the trip to include a brief look at the highlands. He was also able to find places where local goods were offered that weren't so 'touristy'. Our tour included a visit with a couple of Highland cattle. Very nice tour and Hugh willingly shared the local history.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words, Dolores. I did enjoy the company of your family on a pleasant tour of the Southern Highlands --though I remember it was a bit of a cold day! Hope to see you all again All the best Hugh

Robert Hebron

United States
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Tour: Mackenzie Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Dec 5/17

I could not have been happier. Hugh had done an incredible amount of homework on what was important to me on this trip. I was in Scotland seeking sites of family heritage. Hugh put me in touch with a genealogist (in advance of my trip) who did an extraordinary amount of work for a very reasonable price and Hugh became totally conversant with the details of my heritage and tailored the perfect itinerary for us to see all of the important locations. Simply excellent. Do not hesitate to use this organization

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Robert I thoroughly enjoyed taking you round your family heritage sites --it was very interesting to do such an unusual tour and I loved seeing you all enjoy it. If you ever come back, please get in contact!

Jamielyn Valdes

United States
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Tour: #203157, Private Tour of Stirling Castle and Braveheart country from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 20/17

Hugh was wonderful and so accommodating! I ended up breaking my foot shortly before our trip and he was able to adjust our tour to handle my limitations, yet still had us feeling like we saw all the important highlights. I can not give a high enough recommendation to schedule a tour with him. You will have a wonderful time!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jamielyn I thought the trip went well, and your little foot problem was not a problem! Mainly because you were determined that it would not. I hope to meet up again and I hope you enjoy the rest of the trip Cheers Hugh

Roxanne K.

United States
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Tour: Private tour of Edinburgh Old Town on foot, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Aug 14/17

Hugh was a very knowledgeable guide. He knows the nooks and crannies of the city which was fun to see with him. He was flexible and accommodating. Thanks for showing us around.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Roxanne for those kind words --the day was pretty wet in the morning and the Castle was very crowded but we made a great day of it --helped by your enthusiam! Hope we can meet up again on your next visit --on a sunny day perhaps

William Haire

United States
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Tour: Private tour of Stirling Castle and Walking tour of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jul 29/17

Hugh walked with us for two days at Stirling and through Edinburgh. His deep knowledge of history and local events made the tour exactly what we were after. Hugh included many stops and discussions of local historical sights and interesting places he arranged around our agenda. His trip to Stirling and reviews of the battle were high points of the trip. Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bill I thoroughly enjoyed our 2 days together, and the genuine interest David, Logan and yourself took in the tours. And your testing questions were good , too. I hope you come back some time soon and we can meet up again Cheers Hugh

Dale Schwartz

United States
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Tour: Private Driving Tour in the Southern Highlands, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jul 12/17

We very much enjoyed our day with Hugh. He was knowledgeable about the history and very pleasant t be with highly recommend his as a tour guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Susan--a good day out in sunny Scotland. Haste ye back! Cheers Hugh

Merry Li

China
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Tour: #203157, Private Tour of Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 9/17

Hugh is a very knowledgeable and considerate tourguide. He planned the trip very well and told us a lot about Scotland. In Sterling castle, he explained everything very carefully so that we were really impressed by the castle. Even it's raining, Lock Lomond still looked beautiful. By the way, food in the cafe in Sterling Castle was simple but delicious. Hugh was also vey kind to my children. In one word, under Hugh's guidance, we really had a wonderful time.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Despite the weather, I enjoyed the day out with you and your family, and I am so glad that you did too. I hope you get the chance to come back to Scotland and we meet up again Cheers Hugh

Randall Herrington

United States
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Tour: Private tour of Edinburgh Old Town on foot, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jul 7/17

Hugh was a fantastic guide. We felt we gained tremendous insight on the history of the Castle, the Royal Mile and a lot of gossipy items as well. Give Hugh a 10! As far as the tour value proposition, it is a bit steep. Taxi to/from was included, but Castle admission and lunch added £50.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: A great day out with the two of you. Your own interest and knowledge added so much to it and I do hope you come back to Scotland sometime and we meet up again Cheers Hugh

David H.

United States
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Tour: Private Walking Tour of the Trossachs, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jul 2/17

Fabulous, personable guide. Professional in all respects, from communication, to listening to my needs, for suggesting alternatives. Hugh went out of his way to ensure that our limited time together was a success. Great sense of humor, and knowledgeable. Our family of 5 learned a lot, which is exactly the point of hiring from Tours by Locals. Most memorable was his description of the Campbell's... in Scottish folklore.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much David for those kind comments. I enjoyed the days with your family -- great people! And I am glad I put you right on those Campbells!

Sandra Samole

United States
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Tour: Private tour of Edinburgh Old Town on foot, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jun 30/17

Hugh was a fabulous guide. He arranged tickets for us, met us at the dock and from the moment we met him starting giving us very informative information. His manner was friendly and welcoming and is certainly a great representive for both Tours by Locals and Scotland. He is extremely knowledgeable and imparts his knowledge in a manner that is enjoyable and at times a bit entertaining. He made sure we were always comfortable, re: getting too tired or the weather. We highly recommend engaging him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Sandra, for your kind comments. It was great to spend teh day with the two of you and I hope to see you again sometime. I am sorry about the rain --so rare in Scotland! Cheers Hugh

Randy Chestnut

United States
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Tour: Private tour of Edinburgh Old Town on foot, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jun 26/17

Hugh added context and "what life was like" to the information he shared with us. He provided details on certain Edinburgh luminaries not obtained from typical tour brochures. Our Edinburgh experience was enriched through Hugh's knowledge and storytelling. If you want to know Edinburgh history and it's people you must have Hugh guide you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Randy --a great tour with yourself and the girls --hope to meet up with you all again

Marilyn B.

United States
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Tour: Private tour of Edinburgh Old Town on foot for Marilyn Brooks, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jun 4/17

We spent several wonderful hours with Hugh. He was very accommodating in terms of having to shorten the tour because of our schedules, and we got to spend quality time at the Castle and the Royal Mile. His knowledge of books and history was really impressive, and we very much enjoyed hearing about Edinburgh's history and famous historical persons. A great day all around.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Marilyn I too had a great time --and that we all did is what makes a great tour. Haste ye back Hugh

Jacek Rzucidlo

United States
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Tour: Private multi-day tours with Edinburgh as a base, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jun 1/17

Hugh was always on time and greeted everyone. He had a wealth of knowledge of the Scottish history along with giving details about each of our attraction sites. He answered everyone's questions and tried to give a better understanding about the country. He brought songs printed for each of us to try and sing with him. We truly enjoyed his time with us on the tour bus.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I hope to see you all back in Scotland sometime. I enjoyed my time with you all --great people when they weren't falling down mountains!