Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Edinburgh-Scotland by Tour Guide Alan F. (Guide #20123)


Terry Robichaud

United States
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Tour: #290306, Full Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Mar 18/20

Alan provided a detailed tour of the city of Edinburgh. He is well versed in its history & a proud Scot. If you are a history buff, you will enjoy engaging with him. His professionalism & good sense of humor made for a very pleasant day. He was very respectful of my mobility limitation & adjusted the tour accordingly. Lunch at a traditional pub was delicious. A last minute change to go to Rosslyn Chapel made the day perfect. Would not hesitate to book with Alan again. Terry R.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Terry! Thank you for your lovely review, I'm delighted that you had a good day. Stay safe and well, and perhaps we will meet again if you get the opportunity to visit Scotland in the future? Warmest regards, Alan

Brian Lenihan

United States
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Tour: #290306, Full Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Feb 2/20

Alan was terrific! Enthusiastic, knowledgable, well read, sense of humor and most accommodating! The full day was ours and the four of us enjoyed his professionalism and insight into a truly wonderful City. One of the best and looking forward to our next visit and Alan's hospitality.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Brian! Thank you for such a lovely review, it was my absolute pleasure to spend some time with you all. I hope that you enjoyed your other day tour to St Andrews, and look forward to seeing you back in Edinburgh in the future? Best & warmest regards to you all, Alan

Elaina Jackson-Henry

United States
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Tour: #290306, Full Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 5/19

The tour was great. Alan picked us up on time and ready to go. There were plenty of refreshments available throughout the day. Even though there was a large political March yhat shut down much of the old city of Edinburgh, Allen was able to bypass most of the road problems with his knowledge of the city. We learned a lot ofAbout the history of Edinburgh and Scotland. You are forewarned, however, that Alan has a sharp And sarcastic wit and is not afraid to use it.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Elaina! Thank you for your lovely review, and I'm delighted that you all had such a good day. It was an absolute pleasure to spend some time with you all and I hope that you enjoy the rest of your vacation. Best & warmest regards, Alan

David Hardingham

South Africa
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Tour: #290306, Full Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 30/19

Alan is an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable about Edinburgh and Scotland. He made the day very enjoyable. The luxury bus was amazing, able to use the bus lanes and park in the bus stops. I would definitely recommend Alan.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi David! Thank you for your kind review, and I'm delighted that you had an enjoyable day. It was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with you. regards, Alan

Michele Adami

United States
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Tour: #290306, Full Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 27/19

Alan is a professional. Our day with him was rainy, rainy, rainy, but his grasp of the city, sights and history kept up alert. He brought us to places off the beaten path and we enjoyed his commentary on past and current events. While I don't often give a 5 star review - Alan deserves this and we would hire him again should our travels take us back to Edinburgh.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Michele, Thank you so much for your lovely review, I'm very grateful. I'm delighted that you and Terry had an enjoyable day and it was my absolute pleasure to share your day. My very best & warmest regards, Alan

Joy Blinn

United States
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Tour: #290306, Full Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 8/19

Alan is very personable. Our two sons said it was the best tour they had ever been on (9 and 15) and we travel a good amount. Most of Edinburgh's Royal Mike was closed for filming of a movie and I was very disappointed. Alan went out of his way to find places that were not corrupted with traffic to allow us to see as much as we could during our tour. Edinburgh is magnificent and his knowledge and stories match the city. Great man, incredible history and tales. Overall a wonderful day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Joy. Thank you for your lovely review, I really appreciate it. I'm delighted that you all enjoyed your day in the city, and that we got the chance to see most of the things that you wanted to see. It was most unfortunate that the filming of the Fast & Furious is taking place at the moment. I hope that Gavins wrist has recovered from his stingy nettle rash, and that Connor didn't spend ALL his money in the Harry Potter shop? Very best regards, Alan

John Pope

Calgary, AB, Canada
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Tour: #290307, Half Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 30/19

Alan was a very good guide as he was accommodating, knowledgeable on sites visited and drove at reasonable speeds.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi John. Thank you for your review, it is much appreciated. Regards, Alan

Sandra Raymond

United States
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Tour: #290307, Half Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 23/19

Alan was a great guide! He covered all the sites we wanted to see while sharing his knowledge of Edinburgh, his passion for Scotland's history and Scotland today. Thank you for a wonderful tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sandra, Thank you for your review, I'm very grateful. I'm delighted that you had such an enjoyable day and it was my absolute pleasure to share some time with you. My very best & warmest regards, Alan

Ben Lynster

United States
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Tour: #290306, Full Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 16/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ben, Thank you for your 5* rating, it is much appreciated. Regards, Alan

Dorothy (Dottie) Stone

United States
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Tour: #290306, Full Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 15/19

We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Alan. He's friendly, outgoing, very competent and considerate, and extremely well-versed in the history and culture of Edinburgh. He was able to tailor our day to suit the lovely weather and our interests, so we really got a great initial overview of the area. A very good investment of our time and money.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Dottie! Thank you for your lovely review, I'm very grateful. I'm delighhted that you enjoyed your day and it was an absolute pleasure to share some time with you all. My very best regards, Alan

Joy Salmon

United States
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Tour: #290306, Full Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 14/19

Alan filled our day with fascinating stories about the history of Edinburgh, while willingly tailoring the tour to meet our desires. He was the perfect ambassador to represent the town he loves. We have been on many, many guided tours around the world. This one ranks among our very favorites.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Joy!! Thank you so much for your lovely review, it was my absolute pleasure to share some time with you. Best & warmest regards, Alan

Karen Schipper

Israel
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Tour: #290306, Full Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 12/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Good morning Karen! Thank you for your 5* rating, I'm delighted that you all enjoyed yourselves. Regards, Alan

David Lane

Canada
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Tour: #290306, Full Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 2/19

Outstanding service!......Alan was waiting for us at our door with an air conditioned mercedes bus this morning, right on time. What a wonderful day we had! Alan has a great sense of humour, constantly coming up with "one liners" appropriate for the conversation. He had an extensive local knowledge......with quick, detailed, witty answers. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi David!! Thank you so much for your review, it is greatly appreciated. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your day. Best regards, Alan

Julia Martin

United States
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Tour: #290306, Full Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 20/19

Alan was amazing! His family has lived in the area for untold generations, so he knows Edinburgh like few others. He arrived at the cruise port right on time with a large, comfortable van. He was able to arrange the itinerary so we would beat the crowds. Alan is clearly proud of his people and culture and has a great deal of interesting information to share. Would highly recommend!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Julia, Thank you so much for your lovely review. It was an absolute pleasure to share you time in Edinburgh with you, and I'm delighted that you had a good time. My warmest regards & best wishes, Alan

Judith Stern

United States
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Tour: #290307, Half Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 14/19

Alan was a knowledgeable guide who shared lots of interesting information about Scotland with us. He has a good sense of humor and was eager to accommodate us so that we could see what interested us.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Judith, Thank you for your kind review. Regards, Alan

Anne Upton-constandis

United States
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Tour: #290307, Half Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 10/19

Absolutely fabulous! Adapted to our needs, was enamored with his Scottish wit and insight and hope to see him again in a pub!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Con!! Thanks for the review, it means a lot. As far as the pub goes, I would be delighted. As long as we don't drink the blended stuff, especially CHIVAS!!!!!! It was my absolute pleasure to spend time with the four of you today, and I look forward to the next time? Warmest & best regards, Alan

Paul Wagner

United States
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Tour: The Outlander Trail, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jul 9/19

Alan is very knowledgeable, personable and a wonderful guide! Highly recommended!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Paul! Thank you for your review, it was my pleasure to show you both around. Warmest regards, Alan

Nancy Kehriotis

United States
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Tour: #290306, Full Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 7/19

Alan was amazing! We felt we were sightseeing with a friend. He is very knowledgeable and shared so many interesting stories and history of Edinburgh. We highly recommend Allan for a fabulous day!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Nancy! Thank you so much for your review and I'm delighted that you had a good day. Thank you for letting me share your day and letting me you show you around. Very best & warmest regards, Alan

Amy Shultz

United States
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Tour: #290306, Full Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 6/19

Alan is an amazing guide. He tailored the day to fit what we wanted to see, and he was flexible and accommodating when we mentioned additional areas/sites . His wealth of knowledge about the city and it's history made for interesting stories. I would highly recommend him as a guide. Even my daughter who had visited Edinburgh several times in the past learned new facts and saw new sites she had missed on previous visits. This personal touring experience was one of the best our family has encountered.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Amy! Thank you for your lovely review, I greatly appreciate your taking the time. It was my absolute pleasure to show you around the City. Best & warmest regards, Alan

Jennifer Shavitz

United States
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Tour: #290307, Half Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 5/19

Alan was absolutely incredible. Aside from knowing so much about the city, his witty humor and outgoing personality truly made the tour so special and engaging. Alan has had so many unique experiences that were fascinating to hear about. He tailored the tour to our wishes and we were all blown away by how amazing he was. He definitely made our trip to Edinburgh worth while.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Jennifer, how was St Andrews? I'm delighted that you all had such a good time, it helps that I'm a bit crazy huh? Warmest regards to you and yours, and hopefully I will see you all again sometime? Warmest regards, Alan

Elizabeth Lehmann

United States
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Tour: #290306, Full Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 27/19

We had a wonderful private tour of Edinburgh with Alan. His knowledge of history was very impressive and we were fortunate to be able to learn from him. He was very personable and considerate. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with him!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Elizabeth!! Thank you for your review, I'm delighted that you enjoyed your day and it was an absolute pleasure to share some time with y'all. Best regards, Alan

Michael H.

United States
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Tour: #294635, Edinburgh City & Rosslyn Chapel Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 17/19

First and foremost, Alan is a great guy and we really enjoyed our time with him. He is charismatic, and loves his country. Now we do too! We learned a lot about Edinburgh, and the Scots. He gave us great advice and referrals. The only issue, is he drops you off at areas to explore on your own periodically throughout the day. Instead, we would have preferred to spend a half day with Alan at a half day cost, and go exploring on our own time.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mike! Thank you for your kind words. I always appreciate feedback from clients regarding the content of my tours, and I thank you for taking the time to do this. However, the tour is designed to let you have short periods of free time to explore places that we have touched along the route. This particular tour only scratches the surface of Edinburgh's "Old" Town, whilst also allowing you time for lunch before heading out to Rosslyn Chapel. Regards, Alan

Mike Schilling

United States
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Tour: #290306, Full Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 12/19

Alan was fantastic. He was very engaging with the whole group. He was very flexible as we changed from his normal driving tour to a walking tour because we had 12 people. Alan does a great job of telling the history of the city and the buildings - but also bringing to life the people that make up the history. I would highly recommend Alan for your tour if you want to learn and laugh in the process.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Mike!! Thank you for your lovely review, it's much appreciated. I'm delighted that you had an enjoyable day, it was an absolute pleasure to show you all around. My very best regards, Alan

Joyce Hough

United States
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Tour: #290307, Half Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 7/19

Best tour ever. Alan was fun, knowledgeable and accommodating to what we were interested in seeing. Would highly recommend him as a tour guide. This is our 3rd time using your company and we have not been disappointed. Thank you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Joyce, Thank you so much for your lovely review, it's greatly appreciated. I'm delighted that you had a good time and look forward to perhaps meeting you again should you ever return to Edinburgh. Fondest regards, Alan

Sharon Clayton

United States
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Tour: #290306, Full Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 5/19

Excellent tour with a guide who knows Edinburgh. Allen was born and raised in the city. He knows everything about it. If you enjoy history Allen is an expert. Great tour in a beautiful city. Highly recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sharon, Thank you for your review, I really appreciate it! I hope that you and Roger enjoy the rest of your cruise. Warmest regards, Alan

Mary Sexton

Truro, MA, United States
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Tour: #290307, Half Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 9/19

As a person who has been to Edinburgh seven times before we want a different kind of tour. And we got it, Alan showed us things we did not know and was very accommodating in going to places we requested. We will book him again if we get to return to Edinburgh in the future.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mary!! Thank you for your rating, I am very grateful. It was my pleasure to show you around and look forward to seeing you again, if you ever get back to Edinburgh. Warmest regards, Alan

Daniel Wahlquist

United States
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Tour: #290306, Full Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 6/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Daniel, Thank you for your rating. Regards, Alan

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.

Judith Terese

United States
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Tour: #290306, Full Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Apr 22/19

Incredible tour of Edinburgh. I highly recommend our guide Alan -very knowledgeable and professional! He ensured our expectations were exceeded and my son and I learned so much about this fascinating city and Scotland. With only a short time in Edinburgh this was the best decision I made when planning our trip!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Judy!! Thank you for your lovely review, it's much appreciated. I hope that you and David managed to get up to the top of Arthurs Seat this morning, and enjoyed the views? Thank you again, it was a real pleasure showing you around. Warmest regards, Alan

Tonya Hongsermeier

United States
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Tour: #290307, Half Day Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Apr 14/19

Alan gave us an absolutely superb tour of Edinburgh. He greeted us with an impeccably clean van stocked with Scottish treats and water and shared with us his love of Scotland and history. He is a very charming and witty person to spend time with and he had a great rapport with my teenager. Thank you Alan

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Guys!!! Thank you for your lovely review, I'm delighted that you had such a good time. I hope that you made it up to St Andrews okay, and that Lilly liked the University. My very best & warmest regards, Alan

Josh Webber

United States
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Tour: #294635, Edinburgh City & Rosslyn Chapel Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Apr 8/19

Don't know how else to say it, except to say this is a first class tour that allows you the chance to see three days worth in just a day. SO GLAD, we opted for the Rosslyn Chapel add on. Alan is a gentleman who took special care to make sure the tour fit our needs......not his. He adds local flavor that's genuine and not overdone in any way. Wide ranges of conversations that were not "pre-done" but instead sprung out of our interactions. Do not hesitate in booking ANY tour he offers, but this one fit us!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Josh!!! Thank you for your lovely review, it was my pleasure to spend the day with you both. I hope that you enjoy your travels up North and look forward to meeting up with you when you come back to Scotland again. Best & warmest regards, Alan. PS. I am now converted into a Rum drinker, it was outstanding!!!


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