Jake HutchisonUnited States
Such a great day! My wife and I are traveling with our four kids. We were planning to travel to Edinburgh on the Caledonian sleeper train but could not drop our bags off for several hours. We wanted to see some of the beautiful highlands so we looked up this tour. James was very kind and immediately helped us feel as though we were spending quality time with a life-long friend. His passion for his beautiful country is easy to understand and even easier to take home as your own! Thanks James!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jake, I had a great day with you & Debbie & the kids. I'm delighted you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you all. I hope you and your amazing family enjoy the rest of your time here in Scotland and I hope the best for you all in the future and I'm sure I will see you all in Tenessee sometime.
Ellyn MeffordBurnet, TX, United States
James was the perfect guide for us on this trip. He worked with us to adjust the itinerary to meet our interests and needs. He was our very capable/knowledgeable guide in Stirling Castle and we got a glimpse of the Highlands with a visit to Loch Lomond--pub lunch, amazing photo view point of the Loch, whisky tasting along the way. He was charming and helpful and we enjoyed getting to know him. Thanks James--Lyn, Pete, Carol, and Jim
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aww Lyn :) It really was my pleasure taking you all on tour. Picking you up with luggage and taking you on tour is something I can't recommend enough, so many of my clients miss out in seeing so much more of Scotland as they tie themselves down to one accommodation for the whole duration of the vacation. I was delighted you guys planned over three locations! Have a safe journey home and I will try and send you some of those images now through the messaging platform. Many thanks James
Ellyn MeffordBurnet, TX, United States
This was a great introduction to Fife and surrounds. James picked us up in Edinburgh and dropped us off in St. Andrews--a real gift--while introducing us to the area and some amazing Fish & Chips. His vehicle is wonderful--lots of windows--and we enjoyed his commentary along the way.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are very welcome, It would be a sin not to let you try the fish & chips in Anstruther :)
Christine CeliaUnited States
Jim was a fabulous tour guide, so flexible and accommodating, he went above and beyond and made sure that our group (three adult children and parents) had a great time. We decided last minute that we wanted to see some of Glasgow and he was happy to oblige and gave us a driving tour before heading up to the Lochs. What a beautiful country! We've done cruise ship excursions before, but we got to see so much more at our own pace on a private tour. Cannot recommend Jim highly enough.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Christine, it was lovely to take you all out for the day and I'm delighted I done my little Scotland proud. She is a beautiful country and I will always try and accommodate your requests, after all, it might be the only time you get to visit Scotland. I hope to see you back sometime for a much longer visit and I can share the Highlands & Islands with you next time xxx
James has in-dept knowledge of the places of interest in Scotland. In addition, he is also well versed in pop culture such as The Outlander. Despite the rain, we enjoyed his interesting account at the Stirling Castle. He also brought us to places to experience what the locals relish in. We enjoyed the traditional fish and chips from a specialty shop while we "walk and eat" leisurely like locals do! James is one charismatic and personable guide whom we will strongly recommend, thank you Toursbylocals!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Angeline, I had a great day with you all I hope you all had a lovely time & mum enjoyed all the shortbread xxxx
Curtis RowleyUnited States
James is a very friendly guy, and we were very happy with our tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I’m glad you enjoyed the day Curtis, thanks for touring with me.
Pandora BellUnited States
James was outstanding!! He was very attentive to all our personal needs. He was extremely informative and knew the details at all sites. I would highly recommend James for a tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I had a great day with my lovely ladies from North Carolina! Can’t wait to see you all back in Scotland again :)
Rod ParryUnited States
James K was a substitute guide and our group of 6 were delighted with the day. The tour of Stirling Castle was remarkable in that we saw things we never would have appreciated and he maneuvered our group easily despite the crowds. His guidance with the lunch/beverage menu resulted in everyone enjoying something Scottish. Same is true for the whiskey tour. Most importantly he listened to our needs and delivered. I was fascinated with the long hair cattle.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rod, I was delighted to help you all experience a little bit of Scotland and those cows are one of my favourite things too :)
Nancy CostaUnited States
Very fun tour and a fun guy! We really enjoyed it and had a memorable time. Try the haggis!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I’m glad you enjoyed yourselves, the haggis is a must lol
Ghada AnkawiSaudi Arabia
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! Our tour with James was wonderful! He is very accommodating. I had initially booked the tour to Glencoe, then changed my thoughts the morning of the tour to visit Loch Lomond & Stirling instead. He happily changed the plan & tailored the stops to what suits our group. He offered to accompany us to the castle, take pictures for us, & was in no rush during any of the stops. It was a fun/lovely day through beautiful scenery all along. Thank you James for the great tour & all the best.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure I hope you all have a lovely time in London too :)
Jay GrossmanUnited States
James was very personable and made our short time in Scotland very interesting and memorable. We highly recommend him for private touring.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jay, it was a pleasure touring with you all :)
Brian FinkUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Another great day with you all :)
Brian FinkUnited States
We highly recommend James. We are two couples from Boston and NY. James is entertaining, knowledgeable and flexible. He absolutely made the day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure taking you all out it was like being in a improv stand up comedy set all our different personalities really made for a seriously fun two days together :)
Dianne OBrienUnited States
James was incredible! By far our favorite of the 5 guides we used during our vacation! He was humorous, energetic, informative and wonderfully engaging! He went above and beyond to make our day extra special. We all agreed that not only had we had an amazing day, but we felt like we had made a new friend! Bonus! We will definitely call upon him again when we make another trip to the UK.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dianne, I really loved my day out with you guys it was really fun, I hope you all come back soon to see some more treasures Scotland has for you & I would be delighted to tour with all anytime in the future. Many thanks James
It was the right decision to book via ToursByLocals and our guide, James K., was a perfect match for the four of us, definitely. He is very knowledgeable, gave us great insights about the area, history and people and also made sure that we travelled safely and comfortably. James is a very easy going guy, flexible and, what we appreciated a lot - has a great sense of humour. The manner in which he handled the tour and his personality are a perfect combination for a local guide. I highly recommend him !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Drita, Thank you for booking with tours By Locals & picking me as your guide. I really enjoyed touring with you and your friends it was a very fun filled day for us all. I hope to see you all back in Scotland soon and who knows I might see you guys in Croatia when I get a chance to go on holiday :)
Heather DreyerLeonia, NEW JERSEY, United States
WOW! what can I say about James?! He was just awesome! Definitely the HIGHLIGHT of our 12 day Scotland, Ireland Vacation. I contacted him not even 24 hours before we were going to be in Glasgow, for a more authentic Scottish Highland experince and Im so thankful we found James! He was super quick to respond and brought us on the most perfect tour experiencing the true Scotland Countryside. I will forever remember this experience as one of my all time favorites! Thank you James for the most wonderful day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Heather I had the most amazing days with you guys, I wish you both all the best in your bright future together & I hope to see you both back in Scotland again very soon. James
James BerglundUnited States
James was an amazing tour guide. When I first contacted him about potential tours he offered some slight variations which helped round out our tour. During the tour James was highly knowledgeable and informative. He quickly led us to best potential spots for learning Scottish history and vistas for the best photo opportunities. His tour vehicle comfortably fit the four large men in our tour party and he was a safe and competent driver. James was very personable and made us feel immediately comfortable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much James, I’m glad you all enjoyed our day together.
William S.United States
James was wonderful! He worked to customize our tour to make sure we saw all we could. He made suggestions on things he knew we would like and didn't know about. Highly recommend using him and when we are back we will use him for more tours. He made it a very great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Bill, I had a great day with you all. I hope to see you all back in Scotland again sometime. Thank you for choosing myself & Tours By Locals for your vacation tours.
John SheltonUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our day with James. He took special care to make certain we got to experience the sights and all we wanted from the area. It was a great day and highly recommend James.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks John, it was my pleasure showing you & Ingrid the sights, I look forward to seeing you again in sunny Scotland ��������������
Bruce JohnsonUnited States
Excellent. The ship arrived at the port nearly 4 hours later than it was supposed to, but James was there ready to go. He had figured out an alternated tour that could be fit into our reduced time in port. As it turned out, he was able to give us an excellent introduction to the countryside and aside from visiting Stirling Castle and having lunch at the Drovers Pub, we were able to see most of the countryside in a 4 hour tour that was originally scheduled for an 8 hour tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I’m glad you all enjoyed the day, I made it my mission to show you as much of Scotland as possible as I hope to see you back next time for a longer visit to my beautiful country.
Had a wonderful experience and enjoyed our tour guides knowledge and he was so fun we all laughed and enjoyed everything.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad you enjoyed the day I found it a really fun day too, hopefully I will see you back again soon for a longer adventure :)
Rebecca DennisUnited States
This was my second tour with James and he is just awesome. I am not an Outlander fan but was travelling with three super-fans. I really enjoyed the scenery and the others really enjoyed seeing the sights from the show and the insider information James provided. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I think you might start watching Outlander now after all those great locations.
Rebecca DennisUnited States
James is awesome. We booked this tour last minute and were so happy with the tour and the guide.. James really listened to what we wanted to do (more of this, less of that, etc) and the whole day was fantastic. Looking back, I think I would book him for the whole time (multiple days). We were so pleased and did another tour with him a few days later and are considering a third tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Rebecca, It was my pleasure and would be travel with you and your family anytime.
Maria LasdayUnited States
James was a wonderful tour guide. He took us to Glencoyne Distillery where we learned about Whiskey. He also showed us many beautiful areas that were away from the usual tourist sites in Scotland, which we very much appreciated and enjoyed. We took two tours with James. Our tours with him were absolutely a highlight of our trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Maria, I had a wonderful time with you & Alan. I'm delighted to have taught you a little about our national drink. I hope to travel with you both again someday.
Maria LasdayUnited States
James was a fantastic tour guide. He was very engaging, knowledgeable, and personable. He is very passionate and professional about his responsibilities as a tour guide. He showed us some great areas in Stirling and the Highlands. We loved the lunch spot that he suggested for lunch. We would highly recommend James.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Maria I loved sharing some hidden gems with you that only a local would know. I hope your taken some extra knowledge back to Bannockburn about its namesake. I hope you & Alan are enjoying the rest of your vacation and the cruise is all going to plan xxx
Debbie BarthUnited States
James was friendly, fun and accommodating all day long. We really enjoyed his conversation and his willingness to make changes to our Outlander tour. He accommodated a quick side trip to visit Highland cows & even brought carrots for us to feed them! He informed us of many local Scottish customs & details of the making of Outlander (as he was an extra in Season Two). James brought along water & snacks to share. I can't say enough kind words about James. He really made our trip to Scotland special
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It really was my pleasure, Debbie! we had such fun and thanks for telling me all about your previous tours it was very inspiring :)
Todd GarriguesUnited States
Great day tour for the family (from the cruise port @ Greenock). James did a fantastic job keeping the kids (and adults) entertained + engaged through entire day... several great moments; dressing kids up as Jester @ castle, lunch @ Dovers Inn dating back to 1705, skipping rocks @ Loch Lomond, feeding hairy cows along the way... these were some of the moments in addition to the tour if you will - James was a great source of knowledge @ Stirling, and of the area in general...Highly recommended for any tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Todd, it was a fun day for me too the boys were great fun :)
Sharon LeonardUnited States
Don't visit the Loch Lomond area of Scotland without taking a tour hosted by James. His many stories and fun facts are both educational and entertaining! In the first few minutes after you meet James, you realize how much he loves his home country of Scotland and how proud he is to show it off to visitors. James is also a whiskey expert and he will also amaze you with his magic tricks. A truly unforgettable experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sharon, I really loved touring with you and Keith it was a really fun day and I raised a glass of Glengoyne to your health and success to the rest of your vacation that night. I hope to see you both again in Scotland very soon or as we say here Haste Ye Back! :) xxx
Valerie CondonUnited States
James is a great tour guide with the rare combination of being extremely interesting and knowledgeable with a great deal of fun added along the way! His infectious love of Scotland that he will undoubtedly be passed on to you as well through his stories and pride of his homeland. He showed us great points of interest both well known AND hidden treasures only locals would know about, and he even had lots of tasty local treats and a bit of a personal whiskey tasting experience thrown in! Highly recommend!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Valerie,I look forward to touring with you all again soon! I had a marvellous day showing you my Scotland & sharing some of my favourite produce too.
Susan RussoUnited States
My husband, daughter and myself took a customized tour with James. Wanted to explore specific places related to family history as well as get a truly authentic feel of Scotland. He was INCREDIBLE! Extremely friendly, well prepared, on time, and very knowledgeable. He even ate a lunch oh haggis with my daughter. I have used tours by locals before and never been disappointed but James was the best yet!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Susan I had a great time with you all we had some great laughs and fantastic weather too. You need to man up next time for the Haggis challenge! LOL
Robert StevensUnited States
5 STAR +++IF your are going to Glasgow Please take the time to tour with James Kennedy. 510 characters is not enough to explain the fabulous time we had with James. To start the day my friend and I made a few comments about James kilt, he explained how the kilt got its name by "Kilting" people making smart comments about it, and it was on from that point for the rest of the day!!! He was absolutely the best tour guide we have had any were in the world. He put his heart, soul and his own money in our tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Rob I had such an amazing time with you all, I can’t begin to say here. I really look forward to you coming to Scotland for a far longer trip I’m sure we can build upon the day we had already. The gator will have return to sender on it if it comes lol
Donald GatesUnited States
James is an outstanding guide. He is very personable and knowledgeable. He made our tour both informative and lots of fun. He was very flexible with what we did and where we went, demonstrating he was good at working on the fly. He was also very focused on getting us back in time so we didn't miss our departure. He is the reason Tours by Locals is our choice for shore excursions.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Don I had a great time remember to look out for those gopher holes lol
Elissa Piano-FlaskaUnited States
James was interesting and entertertaining from the moment he picked us up to when he dropped us off. Would highly recommend him! Hopefully I'll be back one day and do an Outlander Tour and use him. He even wore a kilt for us... Perfect day..
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great day with a lovely bunch of ladies, I look forward to seeing you again Elissa.
Our group of six was met at the cruise terminal by James with a great smile and enthusiasm. This set the pace of the day to follow. James gave great information and stories from his Heritage, that made this excursion very special. We visited several sites that were mentioned on the tour and some that were only known to locals which made it the tour extra special. Highly recommend James and enjoyed the day filled with laughter. Well done and thanks for The warm and wonderful Scottish Spirit!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Nagib, it really was my pleasure to take you and your group on tour. I had a ton of fun as you were all very fun and interesting people to be with. I hope the rest of the tour was as enjoyable for you all tell everyone I send my best and haste ye back to my wee country.
Emmette GrahamUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Spike it was great fun touring with you all.
Geralyn KideraUnited States
Not as comprehensive as I would have wanted. Fun guide, though
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your feedback, I am sorry you were not entirely happy with your tour. If you have any feedback on how I can improve for future travellers I would be more than happy to take it on board.
Debbie Busby-EdebiriUnited States
James was great! He was friendly and pleasant to be with. He customized our tour to allow us to see some family history areas of our ancestors which made the tour even more special. He thought of everything including bringing water and snacks for us. We loved trying IRNBRU which was a fabulous soda. We loved the lunch spot and even tried Haggis after he convinced us it was nice! And to our surprise, it wasn't bad! Definitely recommend James for your private tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Debbie, It really was a pleasure taking you and your family out for the day. Your mum was so much fun but hey if you have seen one Mum you have seen them all! (not on this occasion she made me laugh so much) . I hope to see you all back again soon as I would love to take you to New Lanark & Biggar next time. I hope mum is pacing herself on that licorice toffee :) I was also delighted to take you to your ancestral home it really was breathtaking. Thanks for choosing me for such a special visit.
Cindy TurnerUnited States
I loved this tour, James was so down to earth and easy to be around, if I come back to Scotland I would love to do another tour with him
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm so happy you enjoyed the day, you were a pleasure to tour with we got the sunshine to which made the day.
Alexander WebbVancouver, BC, Canada
James was super friendly and easy to get along with right away. He was accommodating to our needs during the tour. The vehicle he provided was spacious and comfortable. He showed us many locations from Outlander and since he was an extra from the show he gave us many insights. My favourite was seeing Lallybroch and imagining how Jamie Fraser grew up. A big bonus was James brought his own camera so was able to take photos of the two of us together. The tour was great and we would definitely book again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Alexander, I'm delighted you both had a great time. It was my pleasure to spend a great day with you both.