Carrie PatrickUnited States
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!
Lynn G.Sarasot, FL, United States
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
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 !
Eliot BarnettDallas, TEXAS, United States
Toby was amazing guy. Besides being highly personable, he was a member of the Edinburgh historical society and knew everything about all of Edinburgh's historical buildings (which were many). Highly recommend him.
Jw GeeUnited States
We had Toby for two days found him to be a consummate professional and Scottish gentlemen of the highest order. His advance academic accomplishments, insightful perspectives and devout nationalism brought the Scottish culture to life for us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear JW, I just wanted to say sometimes one just connects with people for various reasons. Your awareness open mindedness and sensitivity impressed me. Salah has also seen terrible things but is such a kind sensitive person. My time with you pair is etched on my memory. JW, I just know that you know, about eastern type philosophy and I think we had a lot of things understood but unsaid. Toby
Clarinda PattersonUnited States
Toby was a joy to spend the day with traveling outside of Edinburgh. We were very interested in the history of the area and he planned a perfect day seeing castles and abbeys that gave us wonderful insight into the history of Scotland and how it fits within the current times. Very knowledgeable and with a great sense of humor. Perfect day.
Arlene K.United States
Toby is very knowledgeable in the history and architecture of the area and that benefitted us in understanding the region. He was very flexible (our ship's schedule changed the arrival time), and adjusted the tour to maximize the reduced time available. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Toby and highly recommend his services.
Susan CahillUnited States
Toby was a great guide and very knowledgeable He showed us lovely places wit interestin history. I would recommed him to all my friends
Gale KehoeUnited States
Getting Toby as our guide was the best thing we did on the entire cruise. He was accommodating to our schedule and the sights we wanted to see. His knowledge of the Edinburg area, the country in general, and history, was astonishing. He was friendly. My only regret is that we didn't have Toby on our other tours which were unsatisfying. Please thank Toby for us. If we are ever in the area again we will certainly use your services.
Beth KrissekUnited States
Toby was reliable, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. We felt safe and comfortable communicating and traveling with Toby. Positive experience!
Joseph NavarroUnited States
Toby was absolutely excellent. He customized the tour to all of our requests and interests, and delivered superbly. Very knowledgeable re history and points of interest, pleasant to be with all through a LONG day, and also a very safe driver. Comfortable and clean, well-kept vehicle. I would recommend him in the highest.
Jackie PrawUnited States
Mary S.Crozet, VA, United States
Toby was a good tour guide. He graciously agreed to pick us up at the airport and we loved hearing his commentary on Edinburgh, the architecture, the history, the politics, and the wars. He arranged excellent weather for us and we enjoyed seeing the countryside. Lunch was in a charming restaurant. The distillery was fun and interesting. The abbey was closed, but he immediately thought of taking us next door so we could at least see it from the outside. He was knowledgeable, attentive and pleasant.
Michael MitchellUnited States
Toby picked us up on the dot at 10am and it was a pleasure ride until 6pm!! Toby is professional, knowledgeable , entertaining. friendly and hospitable-- and funny! We spent the day seeing things we would NEVER have seen nor even heard about. The castle ruins, the Abbey, the perfect lunch spot in Lauder, the beautiful countryside and the Whiskey Tour!!!!! We could not have selected a better guide! If we lived in Scotland, he would be our friend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. It was a lovely day out and a pleasure to take such nice people to my favorite places. We had some fun and laughter also that make it so worthwhile for myself.
Tom HeyserUnited States
Toby is superb on every level! He goes above and beyond in the call of accommodations. Our tour was enriched with his stellar knowledge and discerning grace to see that every second in Edinburgh was the best imaginable and time-tabled. In particular, his suggestion of a "good lunch spot" was the most exquisite with serene scenery and epicurean delight. Toby is top-drawer with honors. Tom & Nicki Heyser
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Tom, That is so lovely of you and so typically eloquent. We certainly enjoyed our day out together and it is a pleasure to guide and share with such graceful and lovely people. It make it all worthwhile and is largely why I do this to be honest. Best wishes from Edinburgh. Toby
The tour was quite interesting and informative, especially on the architecture. Toby's enthusiasm was catching, but the tour itself turned out not to have been well-organized in terms of time-table and itinerary. We visited a few places and had to leave them because they were closed. Unfortunately, our tour-guide had not been aware of the opening hours of those places.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm sorry you felt the tour wasnt well-organized.I suggested a lunch stop at 1 & an afternoon visit to a historic house.The couple declined a lunch stop at 1 & wanted it after 2.30.I mentioned that we had to leave by 3:45 for last entry to the house at 4,it was not their priority.I arrived back at 3:45 as planned,however they wished to stay for an additional 20 minutes.I had said the other house was only open weekends but they saw an out of date store sign indicating open every day which was misleading.
Rudi Fernandez MichielsUnited States
Toby was superb In meeting our requirements. His enthusiasm was catching and his knowledge up to date of the sites visited! We warmly recommend Toby to all interested in exploring Edinburgh and its surroundings.