Judith BerneUnited States
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 HadsellUnited States
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
Robert HebronUnited States
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 ValdesUnited States
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 KellerUnited States
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 HaireUnited States
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 SchwartzUnited States
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
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 HerringtonUnited States
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
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 SamoleUnited States
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 ChestnutUnited States
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
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 RzucidloUnited States
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!
Patty CooperUnited States
Hugh is the best tour guide ever! I was absolutely amazed by the extensive research he had already done on our wide range of interests: finding cemeteries and other sites related to my ancestors, beautiful gardens, stone circles, and museums. He is a thoroughly knowledgeable, highly intelligent, funny, thoughtful, and truly nice man. Also, a very skilled and safe driver. He was always prompt and went out of his way to make sure we were taken care of. We had had a wonderful time. Recommend 100%!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Patty and Bill Thank you for your very kind compliments. In truth, for me, our joint research beforehand and your own enthusiastic interest during the tour made the 2 days we had together go so well -- and so fast. I think you need to comeback and we can finish off the rest of Scotland!! Hope to meet up with you again Cheers Hugh
Christopher SwickUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind comments, Chris and I do hope you come back to Scotland --there's a lot more to see! An dI enjoyed the company of the two of you. Cheers Hugh
Terry PristinUnited States
We enjoyed our two days with Hugh immensely. He is extremely knowledgeable and seasons his entertaining narrative with a healthy dose of skepticism and irreverence, making clear distinctions between what is historically accurate and what is mere mythology. Hugh is also quite flexible. A drive through the Trossachs was not on our itinerary, but Hugh sensed that we had seen enough castles and modified our second day to include some time in the Central Highlands.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Terry. I did enjoy the time I had with Ron and yourself, even though your penetrating questions kept me on my toes! I hope the main thing you learnt was that there was much more to see in Scotland and Ilook forward to meeting up with you again, then.
Nancy B.United States
Five out of Five! Hugh was knowledgeable, humorous, and friendly. His insights included historical anecdotes, architectural details, and historical context. Book with him for a delightful tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Nancy. I enjoyed taking round such knowledgeable and interested travellers. Hope we meet again
Eric HoffmanUnited States
It was awesome! We saw everything on the itinerary (roslin chapel was our favorite) and had a fantastic british lunch in a quaint pub near stirling castle. Hugh was wonderful, knowledgeable and clearly loves what he does. Was a fantastic day and we all wanted to say thank you so much!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much. Some of the credit must go back to the travellers who showed such interest, and were a great credit to you, Eric. Hope to catch up with you again some time All the best Hugh
Robert BohnerUnited States
Hugh was gracious giving his time, knowledge, experience, and personality to the guided tour. Even when posed with questions out of the norm Hugh had answers in both technically correct and easy to understand explanations. Not only did we get a history lesson of Edinburgh, but a geophysical explanation to the city. At the end of the tour, we left with a greater knowledge of Edinburgh.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Bob. I thoroughly enjoyed the day with you both, and my guiding always reflects that. I hope the shopping expedition went successfully too! Hope to see you again sometime Cheers Hugh
Fran GrambergUnited States
Incredible 2 day driving tour visiting the Highlands, with a whisky tasting, Clava Cairn, Military Tattoo, Loch Ness, Kilmartin Glen, Glencoe visitor center & Neolithic stones. Hugh customized the itinerary to the interests of our family. Stops were timely, a wonderful blend of history & entertainment. Hugh was very flexible, starting at our Edinburgh flat and ending in Tayvallich so we could make a ferry to Jura. Hugh made the most of our time and left us with great memories. I highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great tour alround. Hope to see you again sometime Cheers to you all. Hugh
Fran GrambergUnited States
The 1st of 3 days our family spent with Hugh, wonderful ½ day orientation to Edinburgh & chance to get to know each other. We requested a tour of the castle, although it was a Saturday, Hugh was able to steer us around the lines and crowds, stopping with a narrative at key locations and time to wander on our own. Afterward we walked the Royal Mile, Closes, and other points of interest. Hugh was very responsive to our 'wish' list, filling in with places/stories that we would not have otherwise seen.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Fran I had a great time showing you all around, and it was great to see you all enjoying the trip. Hope to meet up with you all again Hugh
James EldUnited Kingdom
A good look around the Stirling area and most informative
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks James, I enjoyed the company of Robin and yourself, and hope to see you both back in Scotland in 2018, after your big tour next year. Cheers Hugh
Kent M.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Kent Keep up the good work at the brewery! Hugh
Joel MaurerUnited States
Hugh was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and a safe driver. He met all our itinerary. There's no way we could have done this tour on our own. We really enjoyed this tour and experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Joel -- the enthusiasm and interest that both David and yourself showed , really helped me make it a great day out. Haste ye back --as we say Hugh
Ken NobleUnited States
Enjoy the day! Hugh gave us great insight to the history of Scotland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ken. I did enjoy my day with you, and the interest and knowledge you showed in my work! Cheers Hugh
Karen C.United Kingdom
Our trip with Hugh was delightful! First, he tailored our day trip around our specific requests, and then offered suggestions about other locations we might visit based on his knowledge about places that might be of interest. He picked us up right at our flat, and off we went to explore the Roslyn Chapel, Crawford (our namesake) and Stirling Castle. It was clear that he extensively researched before our trip, and was very knowledgeable about all nuances. We had a fantastic day, thanks to Hugh!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Karen Thank you for your kind comments. I thought the day went very well, and I hope to see you or your family back in Scotland some day, tracking down the Crawford roots All the best to you and to Ryan Hugh