Traveler Ratings of Private Tours In Edinburgh-Scotland by Tour Guide Toby W.

Toby W.
  Edinburgh-Scotland
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Jennifer Jensen

United States
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Tour: #349503, Custom tour. Scottish sampler. Scenery and history and much else., Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jan 3/20

Toby was great. If you like to see things off the beaten path then he's your guy. He is very knowledgeable about architecture, science and of course Scottish history. My whole family had a great time.

Frederica McCarthy

United States
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Tour: #136389, Full Edinburgh both driving and walking day private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Dec 26/19

The tour is well worth the cost. Toby was extremely knowledgeable about the City's history. Plus, we were there the day after Christmas so many venues were closed but he went out of his way to provide every possible opportunity. I strongly recommend the tour -this was our 5th with tours by locals tour and we have never been disappointed.

Katharine Carey

United States
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Tour: #78111, Edinburgh City Highlights Day Driving Private Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Nov 11/19

My sister and I had a great time with Toby, who is extremely knowledgeable about the things we were interested in learning — mostly architecture and history of Edinburgh, but he humored is with some JK Rawlings info and ghost lore. He had a plan based on what we had expressed interest in seeing and we had lunch in a very old Pub. Great Day!

William Parsley

United States
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Tour: #78111, Edinburgh City Highlights Day Driving Private Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 9/19

Toby's total understanding of the history and culture of Edinburgh and Scotland was fantastic and so well communicated. His passion for both the humanities and the architectural history of the city added a wonderful bonus to a spectacular tour.

Teresa Greer

United States
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Tour: #121715, Custom tour to suit client private driving tour. Three day tour over Scotland., Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 16/19

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour w/Toby. Toby's very kind & professional. He knows his history. His education and knowledge of architecture was a plus! Toby traveled for 3 days "on the road" with us. We had a route we wanted to follow (some of it new to Toby) so, we discovered things together with him! Fun! He stuck to the plan, did his research & simply inserted important sites to see along the way : Castles, historical sites, etc., Thank you-Toby for showing us Scotland! Such great memories! -Greers

Alvin Staffin

United States
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Tour: #136389, Full Edinburgh both driving and walking day private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 14/19

5 stars for promptness, knowledge, fun. He lives in the neighborhood we toured, so loved the personal touch from a true "local" with recommendations for our lunch and entrance to a private garden.

Marcos Bucay

cancun, QUINTANA ROO, Mexico
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Tour: #185852, Rosslyn Chapel, Castles, Melrose Abbey - Custom tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 4/19

With out a doubt one of the most wonderful tour we've ever taken. Toby its just an amazing person, very knowledgeable, studied and passionate for history, arts and architecture; spending a day with him its just a delightful experience. if you have the opportunity i highly recommend taking one of his tours, you wont regret it.

Glynn Robinson

Canada
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Tour: #349503, Custom tour. Scottish sampler. Scenery and history and much else., Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 9/19

Toby was recommended to us and he did not disappoint us in the least. He is personable and charming guide with a masterful knowledge of Scottish history. Toby's land rover was clean and comfortable and in spite of a rainy morning we had the opportunity to learn much of Georgian architecture and planning as well as historical places resided by Mary Queen of Scots, James IV and V, Robert the Bruce. We had four people comfortably seated and would highly recommend him to anyone with an eye for detail

Eugene Licht

United States
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Tour: #185852, Rosslyn Chapel, Castles, Melrose Abbey - Custom tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 29/19

Toby was the perfect guide for us. Spent 3 days traveling around and Edinburgh and Glasglow. Extremely knowledge, pleasant, and well spoken. Made the experience memorable. Thank you Toby.

Eugene Licht

United States
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Tour: #121723, Day trip round central Scotland. Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Stirling private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 28/19

Eugene Licht

United States
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Tour: #136389, Full Edinburgh both driving and walking day private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 27/19

Jason Dinter

United States
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Tour: #349503, Scottish Highland Taster from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 21/19

Our tour with Toby was phenomenal! He was friendly, super knowledgeable about Scotland, and provided an amazing experience. It was awesome to see the highlands and many lochs and castles along the way. While 10 hours may seem like a lot (especially with kids), it was spaced out even in the rain. We went to a lunch place where only locals go! For dinner, he recommended an Indian restaurant, and we had him drop us off after the tour which was convenient that we just walked back to our place! 5 Stars!

Mark Hansky

Australia
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Tour: #136389, Full Edinburgh both driving and walking day private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 18/19

We enjoyed an entertaining and informative tour with Toby who has an extensive knowledge of both history and architecture of Edinburgh.

Michael Harstad

United States
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Tour: #350151, Ancient Royal Kingdom of Fife private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 17/19

Michael Harstad

United States
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Tour: #349503, Scottish Highland Taster from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 16/19

Michael Harstad

United States
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Tour: #136389, Full Edinburgh both driving and walking day private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 15/19

Stacy Jenkins

United States
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Tour: Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jun 11/19

We had a wonderful outing with Toby. We talked about some of the things we were interested in seeing, and he created a personal tour of some Scottish castles, villages, and the highlands for us to see. We had lunch and a tasting at a local whisky distillery. Toby is an extremely knowledgeable and pleasant man, and we enjoyed our day touring with him. We highly recommend Toby if you are considering a private tour. Great day, thanks Toby.

Gale Kehoe

United States
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Tour: #136389, Full Edinburgh both driving and walking day private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 4/19

I can not possibly rate Toby as only 5 stars. His knowledge and willingness to customize his tour should be in a 10 star category. You will not be disappointed if Toby is your guide in Edinburgh. My friends and I were impressed and loved our day in this beautiful area of Scotland. I would most definitely recommend him for anyone hoping to maximize their time in Edinburgh.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh gosh Gale, you embarrass me. You are the ones that were so lovely. Now how can I ever value well over 100 combined years of such dedicated medical knowledge and insight as a free consultation. Keep well Girls.

Carrie Patrick

United States
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Tour: #176320, Edinburgh, Countryside, Castles and Distillery or stately home. Private Tour Driving., Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 3/19

Toby was the highlight of our entire trip. He is a true Historian with a love and passion for his country, its history and its sites it was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with him. Highly recommend!

David Wrocklage

United States
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Tour: #349503, Scottish Highland Taster from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 2/19

Mary Nanine (Nann) Marcey

United States
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Tour: #185852, Rosslyn Chapel, Castles, Melrose Abbey - Custom tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Apr 30/19

Toby's knowledge of architecture, history of the Borderlands, church history and personal interaction were all enjoyable and added greatly to our stay in Scotland. He had a wonderful way with all ages, including 90 year old mother!

Maria Padron

Key Largo, FL, United States
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Tour: #136389, Full Edinburgh both driving and walking day private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Apr 24/19

Excellent; Informative.

Maria Padron

Key Largo, FL, United States
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Tour: #121723, Day trip round central Scotland. Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Stirling private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Apr 23/19

Very knowledgeable and friendly. He was very accommodating to us.

Trinidad Sy

Quezon City, Philippines
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Tour: #121715, Custom tour to suit client private driving tour. Three day tour over Scotland., Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Apr 14/19

Very knowledgeable of history. Safe driver. We were able to do most of what we wanted to do from Edinburgh to Skye and St Andrews. He even added some stops outside of our route for photo ops, for whiskey tasting, and some charming places along the way. He brought us to good places for lunch stops. Very generous with his time, and can answer most questions (if not all).

Andy Rogers

United States
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Tour: Full Day Edinburgh Private Walking Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Mar 24/19

Agnelo F.

P O Box No; 21109, 13072, Kuwait
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Tour: #223190, Scottish Highlands two day tour from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jan 12/19

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.

Mary Kay Phillips

United States
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Tour: #136389, Full Edinburgh both driving and walking day private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jan 3/19

We had a wonderful day with Toby Williams, our tour guide for Edinburgh. Toby is extremely knowledgeable about the city, easy to understand, and very accommodating. He connected well with my 19yo son, a history major, and was gracious and kind with my 7yo granddaughter, an active child. Lunch choice was excellent for us. The amount of time allotted to walking and riding on a cold winter day was perfect too. Thanks again, Toby, for a great Scotland experience.

Matthew Rigberg

United States
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Tour: Private Highland Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jan 2/19

After our first tour fell through due to an unfortunate illness, Toby stepped up and within 24 hours put together a last minute tour to the north of Edinburgh. My daughter and I had an amazing time filled with beautiful sites, education and laughs. I can't begin to thank Toby enough. And of course I am so happy to have used Tours by Locals again. Thank you thank you!!! What an incredible day!!

Roslyn Mannon

United States
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Tour: #349503, Scottish Highland Taster from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Dec 27/18

Terrific personalized experience. Toby was prompt, engaging and funny. In spite of short days of winter he covered a lot of ground. His vehicle was comfortable and his driving expert on the small curvy roads. We highly recommend his services.

Ronald Olsen

Danbury, CONNECTICUT, United States
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Tour: #185852, Rosslyn Chapel, Castles, Melrose Abbey - Custom tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Dec 22/18

Spent 3 days with Toby over 4 days. Glasgow, Edinburgh and abbys and chapels around Edinburgh. Toby is a renaissance man. There are few subjects he has not considered and has an intelligent position on. He can discuss history, achitecture, the religious chronology of Scotland/England, theology, current events or international politics. Or none of these if you choose to to have him show you your specific interests in Scotland. He will accommodate you in whatever you want to see. Just let him know.

Gail Hartmann

United States
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Tour: Highland Perthshire & Edradour Distillery Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Nov 11/18

Toby did a very nice job showing us the sights of Edinburgh and beyond. He was extremely accommodating and informative all along the way. The knowledge of local sights was great, and his awareness of how to avoid crowds was also quite helpful. He was kind enough to indulge us in an unscheduled stop at the tiny Beatrix Potter exhibit which was well worth a stop en route. Highly recommend!

Nilsa P.

United States
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Tour: #81429, Full Glasgow both Driving and Walking private tour from Edinburgh or Glasgow., Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 25/18

This is our second day with Toby and his knowledge of not only history but architecture, politics and local folklore was wonderful. I would call on him again if I come back to Scotland.

Nilsa P.

United States
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Tour: #121715, Custom tour to suit client private driving tour. Day tour or longer tours over Scotland., Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 24/18

Took us to Hadrian's wall and many towns on the way there, the countryside of Scotland is worth seeing by car, this is the way to see the country and Toby was very good at it. Tomorrow we go to Glasgow with him as he was excellent.

Carol Chapman

United States
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Tour: #121715, Glasgow to South Queensferry, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 25/18

Last day of our two week tour with Toby. Hard to say farewell to our guide and now friend. As promised Toby took us to discover Scottish sea glass, Falkirk locks, and Kelpie horses getting us to our airport hotel in a timely fashion. He made sure we visited all our desired spots, making our travel wishes come true. Toby's credentials are superb.

Carol Chapman

United States
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Tour: #121715, Glasgow day tour, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 24/18

Even though it was a bankers holiday Toby filled our Glasgow tour with wonderful architectural insights, Rennie MacKintosh designs, shopping spots, museum gems and convenient loo locations. He knows his stuff. The posted Glasgow motto, "People Make Glasgow", certainly applies to Toby as he designed our tour around us: "Toby Made Scotland" for us.

Carol Chapman

United States
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Tour: #121715, Gourock to Glasgow, Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 23/18

Toby drove expertly along lovely winding roads to New Lanark for tour of mill village before taking us to our little known Heritage Centre in Crawfordjohn and got us to Rowallen Castle before dark so we could get photos. Excellent driver on single track roads and all the roundabouts.

Carol Chapman

United States
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Tour: #121715, Oban to Gourock, Oban, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 22/18

Viewed sites in Oban including Toby's evening before discovery of McCraig Family Memorial at top of hill with gorgeous overlook. He took another scenic route via historic Luss, stopping at grocery for picnic supplies and had us comfortably settled into our castle BnB.

Carol Chapman

United States
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Tour: #121715, Mull to Oban, Salen, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 21/18

Toby got us to Fort William on time for our Jacobite Steam Train ride. Needed to stretch our legs after riding so Toby stopped so we could walk at Dragon's Tooth Golf Course. As he dropped us off at Oban bnb Toby made sure we had dinner plans before heading to his lodgings. He was always so considerate.

Carol Chapman

United States
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Tour: #121715, Skye to Mull, Skye of Curr, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 20/18

Ferry cancelled due to high winds so Toby devised alternate route and then unforeseen car trouble happened in Portree. (Toby had had car checked thoroughly over before we started trip.) While Toby got a rental car we souvenir shopped and were back on the road again in no time enjoying Skye's beautiful scenery. Like I have stated before he's a pro and can handle problems smoothly.

Carol Chapman

United States
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Tour: #121715, Inverness to Skye, Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 19/18

One of us had lost Rx so Toby got us to local hospital for ER doctors advice. We continued on our journey rest assured. Toby drove south side of Loch Ness avoiding numerous tourist buses on a rainy windy day so we could sit back and enjoy the wet but beautiful Highland scenery. Just across Skye Bridge stopped for lovely lunch at Nice Cafe and Bookstore combining two of my favorites. As we drove to bnb he handled the hairpin turns smoothly. He's a pro!

Carol Chapman

United States
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Tour: #339982, Aberdeen to Inverness private tour, Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 18/18

Lots of sites in Elgin and Inverness so Toby helped us select the most interesting. He knew shortcuts to avoid long lines and locations of closest necessary rooms!

Carol Chapman

United States
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Tour: #121715, Dundee and Aberdeen 17th September., Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 17/18

Toby's love of country and his depth of both current and historical knowledge were certainly evident. On his recommendation we added the unique, just opened, V&A Museum in Dundee viewing interesting exhibits on Ocean Liners and Scottish Design. Found Arbroath Abbey fascinating with Toby pointing us to a room off to the side we would have missed exhibiting the 1320 Declaration of Scottish Independence.

Carol Chapman

United States
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Tour: #121715, Perth, St Andrews, Dundee, Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 16/18

Toby got us to the Dunkeld Cathedral just in time for church bell chimes and on to St Andrews to walk course on Sunday. He knew the best shops to get golf hats and ball markers. He's a wealth of knowledge on all fronts.

Carol Chapman

United States
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Tour: #350151, Ancient Royal Kingdom of Fife and Scone Palace private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 15/18

Toby's love of country and his depth of its historical knowledge is certainly evident on this castle/palace tour. He also knew the best shortcuts to avoid long lines and location of closest necessary rooms! He's a pro with great credentials.

Carol Chapman

United States
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Tour: Medieval Abbeys in beautiful countryside driving private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Sep 14/18

Day 3 of our tours with Toby was custom designed to visit the abbeys meaningful to us. Toby's advice on taking self guiding tour, listening to the docent or just walking through were right on. He's a pro at sharing knowledge about each stop and suggesting delicious pub lunches and stopping for great photo ops.

Carol Chapman

United States
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Tour: #136389, Full Edinburgh both driving and walking day private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 13/18

Carol Chapman

United States
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Tour: #136389, Full Edinburgh both driving and walking day private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 12/18

Toby met us at the Edinburgh airport and following his advice we viewed three Outlander castles we had requested thus making great use of our time. We continued on to get an overview of city arriving at Stockbridge air bnb in time to meet host. Very knowledgeable, thoughtful guide, wonderful driver.

Lynn G.

Sarasot, FL, United States
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Tour: Medieval Abbeys in beautiful countryside driving private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Sep 7/18

We had Toby for 4 days; met us at the hotel at 10:00, back no later than 4-4:45pm. Covered Edinburgh and toured outside the city in a very comfortable car. He knows his subjects extremely well and has a pleasant personality. Toby was very amenable to customizing, so if there's something you want, that you do not see described in the tour, just ask. I have placed this same review for all four tours because we saw so much and loved every bit of it. This was a trip of a lifetime.

Lynn G.

Sarasot, FL, United States
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Tour: #176320, Countryside, Castles Museum of Flight. Private Tour Driving., Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 6/18

We had Toby for 4 days; met us at the hotel at 10:00, back no later than 4-4:45pm. Covered Edinburgh and toured outside the city in a very comfortable car. He knows his subjects extremely well and has a pleasant personality. Toby was very amenable to customizing, so if there's something you want, that you do not see described in the tour, just ask. I have placed this same review for all four tours because we saw so much and loved every bit of it. This was a trip of a lifetime.

Lynn G.

Sarasot, FL, United States
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Tour: #185852, Rosslyn Chapel, Traquair House, private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 5/18

We had Toby for 4 days; met us at the hotel at 10:00, back no later than 4-4:45pm. Covered Edinburgh and toured outside the city in a very comfortable car. He knows his subjects extremely well and has a pleasant personality. Toby was very amenable to customizing, so if there's something you want, that you do not see described in the tour, just ask. I have placed this same review for all four tours because we saw so much and loved every bit of it. This was a trip of a lifetime.

Lynn G.

Sarasot, FL, United States
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Tour: #350151, Ancient Royal Kingdom of Fife private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 3/18

We had Toby for 4 days; met us at the hotel at 10:00, back no later than 4-4:45pm. Covered Edinburgh and toured outside the city in a very comfortable car. He knows his subjects extremely well and has a pleasant personality. Toby was very amenable to customizing, so if there's something you want, that you do not see described in the tour, just ask. I have placed this same review for all four tours because we saw so much and loved every bit of it. This was a trip of a lifetime.

Diane M.

United States
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Tour: #176320, Edinburgh, Countryside, Castles and Distillery or stately home. Private Tour Driving., Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 26/18

Toby is extraordinary; a rare combination of a vast knowledge, energy, and thoughtful consideration for the client's wishes and comfort. Designed a long delightful day packed with stunning historical sites. Could not desire anything more in a guide !

Mark Leichthammer

United States
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Tour: #121715, Custom tour to suit client private driving tour. Day tour or longer tours over Scotland., Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 24/18

Toby was an excellent guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and flexible with our agenda. We wanted to see as much of the highlands in one day as possible, and he did it! Some great stops along the way to stretch our legs and take in the beauty and history, a fabulous fresh fish lunch in Oban. It was amazing. Toby's Land Rover was quite comfortable and clean for a long day and comfortably fit 4 adults in addition to Toby. I would highly recommend you book a tour with Toby.

Lorraine Davis

United States
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Tour: Medieval Abbeys in beautiful countryside driving private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Aug 23/18

We enjoyed seeing the beautiful Scottish countryside with Toby, a knowledgeable and relaxed guide who adjusted his itinerary to avoid crowds and to show us some less touristy places that were charming. He was also a great source of information for the best restaurants near our hotel.

Lorraine Davis

United States
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Tour: #136389, Full Edinburgh both driving and walking day private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 22/18

Toby was very flexible, which allowed us to see things that were less mobbed by tourists at the International Festival. He also suggested places based on our personal interests. He didn't watch the clock, and gave us more than our expectations. Great experience.

Lisa Podolsky

United States
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Tour: #121715, Custom tour Edinburgh to Hadrians Wall, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 20/18

We enjoyed our special tour of the Scottish Borders and Roman ruins with Toby very much. He is a wealth of knowledge and really enjoys what he does. We had a great adventure touring Melrose Abbey, Jedburgh Abbey, some wonderful Roman ruins. Alas, we didn't ever find the elusive Hadrian's Wall but Toby did get us to our train on time. All in all, it was a fun and interesting day. There is just so much to see! We would love to do this again and highly recommend Toby to visitors in the future.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am sorry there was just not enough time to do the Abbeys and Hadrian's wall itself in time for your 5pm train. Chesters hill fort actually has more Roman remains to see than Hadrians wall itself that requires more time than we had before getting to Newcastle.

Emmanuel Jacques-Almosnino

France
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Tour: #349503, Scottish Highland Taster from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 15/18

Toby was an excellent guide who gave us the opportunity to explore and admire Scotland and see its beauty and splendors. His patience, intelligence and his love for Scottish History were remarkable. Thank you for this wonderful experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Emmanuel, Thank you for that and you are very welcome as I also enjoyed our very long day out together. It was a joy to find a French girl so deeply knowledgeable and interested in Scottish History so I felt we could not leave anything out. Your son is also lovely and I suspect you will all be moving on to gas suspension vehicles soon ! You are a charming and gracious family. Toby

Aimee D.

United States
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Tour: #223190, Cruise ship private tour. Shore Excursion - Edinburgh - Countryside - Distillery - Castles, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 9/18

Toby met us promptly at the cruise terminal in a comfortable Land Rover and was an excellent guide through the country side and some interesting abbeys, palaces and estates. He was very friendly, knowledgeable and informative. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am very sorry because I never knowingly let anybody pay my entrance fees. Somebody must have just done so graciously, with larger cruise ship groups it can be hard to keep track. I was about to pay my lunch but as you offered I thought it would be ungracious, indeed crass, to refuse. The entrance fee must be Culross Palace because I get in to all other sites. You probably did not notice, but actually I saved everybody in the party the Dunfermline Abbey entrance fee through my connections earlier.

Kathy Strawn

United States
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Tour: #185852, Rosslyn Chapel, Castles, Country houses, private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 7/18

Joel Bryk

United States
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Tour: Full Day Edinburgh Private Walking Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Aug 5/18

Toby was well informed and passionate about Edinburgh

Janis Morse

United States
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Tour: #160839, Falconry in Scottish Countryside Private Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 1/18

We could not been more pleased and honored to be a part of the Elite Falconry tour. Seeing the work and dedication and being given a glimpse of the life of the guardians of the magnificent birds was a highlight of our trip to Scotland. Our guide Toby was timely, his vehicle large and comfortable. After our falconry he gave us a condensed tour of Edinburgh due to time constraints. We saw the old town, new town and harbortown. He was very knowledgable and provided a great historical overview.

Alan Shulman

United States
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Tour: Bannockburn and Stirling Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jul 30/18

Toby did a wonderful job. He even met us earlier at our last minute request. Toby is extremely knowledgable in regards to the subject matter of each site visited. He has a great personality and was very flexible during the tour when we wanted to make some changes.

Dorothy Clark

United States
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Tour: #339982, Edinburgh to St Andrews scenic private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 23/18

Lisa Reich

United States
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Tour: Full Day Edinburgh Private Walking Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jul 22/18

Toby is a very warm, humorous, knowledgeable guide. He is very intellectual and gives you a ton of information. We enjoyed him very much.

Michael Hanna

United States
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Tour: #121715, Custom tour to suit client private driving tour. Day tour or longer tours over Scotland., Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 18/18

Toby was a wealth of information and had an unbelievable grasp of the history of all the sites he took us to.. He was friendly and informative, And made our last 2 days Just perfect as we returned to Edinburgh would highly recommend him for this particular type of tour.

Marianne O'bara

United States
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Tour: #185852, Rosslyn Chapel, Castles, Country houses, private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 17/18

Toby is a terrific guide, both knowledgeable and personable. He was able to tailor our tour to see the places in which we had the greatest interest.

Marianne O'bara

United States
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Tour: #136389, Full Edinburgh both driving and walking day private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 15/18

Toby is a terrific guide, both knowledgeable and personable. He was able to tailor our tour to see the places in which we had the greatest interest.

Gary Catellier

Goodyear, ARIZONA, United States
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Tour: #223190, Shore Excursion - Edinburgh - Countryside - Distillery - Castles, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 13/18

Very informative and covered all the sites we wanted to see. Our guide was an expert on architecture which added to our understanding of the city (but maybe a bit too much) He was pleasant and accommodating when we requested some changes to itinerary. Lots of walking with inclines for those who may be less mobile.

Kevin Smith

United States
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Tour: #339982, Edinburgh to St Andrews scenic private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 11/18

Toby was an absolute pleasure!! He is unbelievably knowledgeable about Edinburgh, St Andrews and all of the Fife coastline. The highlight of the trip was stopping for lunch in the small fishing village of Pittenweem! Five stars and two thumbs up for a safe and comfortable ride as well!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks to you all for these lovely comments. You are such a nice family and it makes a massive difference if people are so genuine and appreciative. You do these lovely girls proud and I can see they are going to be lovely people also. Toby

Madelyn H.

United States
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Tour: #185852, Rosslyn Chapel, Castles, Country houses, private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 7/18

Toby modified the tour at our request and took us to some sites that were less crowded so that we could spend more time. He enjoyed the sites like Rosslyn Chapel and the other Abby's and Castles we saw that day and he was knowledgeable about the history and seemed to know many less frequented sites that were actually better than many of those that are more well known and sites for good photos. We had 4 in our group all over 60.

Annette Striefler

Canada
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Tour: #136389, Full Edinburgh both driving and walking day private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 6/18

Toby picked us up promptly and we started our tour of Rosslyn Chapel, Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Rebus and Harry Potter sites, Old Town and New Town. Toby was engaging, knowledgeable and personable. We had to change some of our plans because the Queen was in residence and some areas were closed but he still managed to keep our tour flowing smoothly.

Michael Macaluso

United States
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Tour: #185852, Rosslyn Chapel, Castles, Country houses, private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 1/18

Fantastic in every way. Toby was brilliant Extremely knowledgeable and completely charming. The best in the business Grab Him if available. You will be very very pleased

Michael Macaluso

United States
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Tour: #349503, Glasgow Scottish Highlands and Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 30/18

Sondra Ettlinger

United States
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Tour: #223190, Cruise ship private tour. Shore Excursion - Edinburgh - Countryside - Distillery - Castles, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 23/18

We had an ambitious itinerary with Toby and he was very adept at seeing to it that we saw everything planned without our feeling rushed. The places he chose for us were just the kinds of places which as travelers we enjoy. I can highly recommend Toby to anyone wanting to see the real Edenborough.

Jeanne Lucier

United States
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Tour: #136389, Full Edinburgh both driving and walking day private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 20/18

Toby was flexible and knowledgeable. With very bad traffic conditions , he was able to maneuver as best he could to make good time. He suggested skipping Edinburgh Castle in favor of Rosslyn Chapel and Holyrood....good move. Interesting conversationalist.

Laura Kay

Tampa, FLORIDA, United States
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Tour: #349503, Scottish Highland Taster from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 19/18

Toby was outstanding and went above any tour guide. Family of 5 from USA with 18, 15 & 7 year old daughters. Our little girl was crying with bad ear pain. With Scotland's socialized medicine we didn't not know what to do but with Toby's help we were able to get her taken care of and the rest of the day was AMAZING. We visited Stirling, Linlithgow, and Blackness. Such beautiful sights and he even went in with us and was our personal guide inside the castles. The day was catered to our needs BEST DAY EVER!

Jolie Fredette

Downers Grove, IL, United States
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Tour: Medieval Abbeys in beautiful countryside driving private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jun 16/18

Toby's knowledge of the Abbeys is amazing. We really appreciated the drive around Edinburgh but the drive through to countryside was perfect to the abbeys. The stop for lunch in Melrose was great way to spend a rainy afternoon, before going out again. Thank you.

Katherine Fishbaugh

United States
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Tour: #78111, Edinburgh City Highlights Day Driving Private Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 5/18

This was an excellent tour. Toby was very flexible, knowledgeable and accommodating. He told us so much about Edinburgh that we would never have known. He was also willing to customize the tour to what we wanted to do. Thanks so much!

Mary Sturtevant

United States
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Tour: #81429, Full Glasgow both Driving and Walking private tour from Edinburgh or Glasgow., Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 3/18

Toby took us for a full day of exploring Glasgow— both driving and walking. A passionate advocate of the architecture and history of a sometimes underappreciated city, he introduced us to multiple sites of the great Charles Rennie Macintosh and other great Scots architects. We enjoyed a rooftop view of Glasgow, strolled Buchanan pedestrian mall, explored Kelvingrove Museum and finished with the Cathedral. Toby was enthusiastic, thoughtful and just fun company. Highly recommended.

Mary Sturtevant

United States
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Tour: Full Day Edinburgh Private Walking Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jun 2/18

Toby was terrific. Our flight was three hours late from the States but Toby was there at the Edinburgh airport to greet us and take us via a scenic route to our hotel in Glasgow (avoiding the worst of rush hour traffic). We made stops at the the beautiful bridges at the Firth of Ford, past the Kelpies and a short walk up to the Falkirk Wheel. He delivered us safely to our hotel (Blythswood Hotel) so we could rest up from our jet lag for a full day of touring next day...

William Jones

United States
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Tour: #121723, Day trip round central Scotland. Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Stirling private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 1/18

Toby is a very knowledgable well educated guide. Totally accommodating, great personality and easy going. I could not have gotten a better guide. I highly recommend him.

Lee Crabill

United States
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Tour: #185852, Rosslyn Chapel, Castles, Country houses, private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 14/18

Lynne G.

Houston, TX, United States
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Tour: #121723, Glasgow Loch Lomond Stirling private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 13/18

We had a great time learning all about the things and places around Glasgow and Edinburgh. We were both impressed with the depth and detail of his knowledge and reveled in his enthusiasm and pride when showing us around. He managed to pack in a lot and even showed us the garden he shares with others who live in his area.

Enrica Piovesan

Italy
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Tour: #185852, Rosslyn Chapel, Castles, Country houses, private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 11/18

We were very impressed by Toby's enthusiasm on top of his knowledge and professionalism. The choice of the itinerary was amazing, as we managed to see less touristic spots but not less interesting (quite the opposite). It was also quite a long tour but not tiring at all.

Lynne G.

Houston, TX, United States
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Tour: The Wee Whisky Tour, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: May 9/18

Toby was just great. So knowledgeable. Loved the whiskey tour.

Melanie Perna

United States
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Tour: #136389, Full Edinburgh both driving and walking day private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Mar 31/18

Toby was a pleasant and knowledgeable guide. We enjoyed our full day tour despite the frigid temperatures.

Jennifer Hubbet

Italy
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Tour: #136389, Full Edinburgh both driving and walking day private tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jan 27/18

We spent a very pleasant full day with Toby. Driving plus walking was an ideal formula as it was cold and windy and this also allowed us to visit places outside of the city centre such as fascinating Craigmillar Castle. Toby is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Edinburgh, its history and its architectural beauties. He offered us glimpses into secret corners of the city, made every stone and brick come alive with his stories, and was always happy to answer our questions. A top class guide!

Evaristo Valle

United States
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Tour: #78111, Edinburgh City Highlights Day Driving Private Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jan 4/18

Toby was a wonderful tour guide. His knowledge of history and architecture served to enhance our experience and appreciation of Edinburgh. We highly recommend him.

Elizabeth Torphy

United States
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Tour: Full Edinburgh Private Walking Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Nov 13/17

Toby was fascinating! He was enthusiastic about his tour, showed me all sorts of curiosities of the city, and gave me a personal look at Edinburgh. His knowledge was vast, and I could have spent twice as many hours with him learning and being enthralled. He was awesome! I am particular and he didn't disappoint. Would hire a tour with him again in a heartbeat.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: That is so kind of you Elizabeth and somehow our lovely day together with so many connections including your mother's situation just seemed almost ordained for us. That is probably the nicest review I have ever read, but then you are a writer ! I hope the retreat was worthwhile and I am looking forward to mine over Xmas. Funnily enough I used some of my mother's poems I found in a little notebook at the funeral service which seemed so apt. Kindest Regards, Toby

Joan Robey

United States
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Tour: #81429, Private Walking Tour Glasgow City Center., Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 20/17

We hired Toby as our guide in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. The risk is...what if you don't get along so well in the first city and now you're stuck! No problem! Toby is a bit of a scholar so maybe on first impressions he seems perhaps removed. Not the case. We adored his intellectual enthusiasm. He has a keen interest in architecture and history and made the information relevant and provocative. He is warm and earnest in his desire to provide a great experience to interested travelers.