Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Greenock-and-Glasgow-Scotland by Tour Guide Bill R (Guide #3301)


Don Sparks

United States
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Tour: #24891, Loch Lomond and The beautiful Highland village of Luss, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 12/18

Bill was thoughtful and knowledgeable. He had some special stops that were different than normal tour stops Great tour

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Don. Very kind of you to post your review. I am delighted that you enjoyed the tour.

Linda Kachermeyer

United States
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Tour: #34096, Private Tour Loch Lomond in The Scottish Highlands & Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 6/18

We had such a fun day with Bill R. in Scotland! He took us to a quaint little town called Luss. He took my husbands health issues in consideration when choosing where to go. He gave us so much background and answered all our questions. Bill is so friendly and kind and if we ever make it back to Scotland I hope we can see Bill again!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Linda Thank you so much for your kind review. I really appreciate it. I have written to you privately through this website. Bill

Marcia Korda

United States
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Tour: #71933, A Private Day Tour. From Glasgow. The Scottish Highlands Inverary Castle ., Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 2/18

Bill gave us a memorable and beautiful day's visit to Inverary Castle and the Highlands of Scotland, including a nice visit to the quaint town of Luss and the ancient church and loch there. The castle and grounds/gardens were beautiful at Inverary Castle and the town itself located next to another beautiful loch. He picked us up promptly at our cruise ship terminal in Greenock and we had a beautiful and not-soon-forgotten visit to Scottish Highlands. Even the weather cooperated!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words.

Pamela Charles

United States
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Tour: #71933, A Private Day Tour. From Glasgow or a cruise ship.The Scottish Highlands Inverary Castle ., Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 21/18

We had a wonderful time on our tour today, Bill! So much better than a bus would have been. Beautiful day. Enjoyed meeting local people in Luss. Thanks for showing us a good time. Your great sense of humor made it even more enjoyable!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I really appreciate your review. I am so glad you enjoyed the tour.

Matthew Crum

United States
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Tour: #34096, Private Tour Loch Lomond in The Scottish Highlands & Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 17/18

We have completed a 13 day cruise with approximately 10 land tours. Bill's was one of the most memorable. It was definitely the most comfortable. We felt like he was an old friend picking us up at the port and showing us his home town. Bill was the best part of the tour. He was knowledgeable, delightful, funny, intelligent and a good driver. We also loved his co Jaguar.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Matt & Christine for the great review. It really was kind of you to write it. I have written to you via the email system.

Judith Sirvio

Chicago, ILLINOIS, United States
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Tour: #71933, A Private Day Tour. From Glasgow. The Scottish Highlands Inverary Castle ., Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 7/18

We had an excellent day touring with Bill. His tour was professional and thorough with several additional small stops, not in the itinerary, added to the route. Our disabled son and Bill seemed to bond, making the time fun for him and easier for us. Thanks to Bill we saw a scenic part of Scotland, and really feel our days in Scotland were the best of the trip. Lastly, the ride was very comfortable in Bill's deluxe vehicle. A jaguar is a ride the average joe in the states never enjoys! 5 stars

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Judy so much. I have replied privately to you through the Tours by Locals email system.

Peggy Black

United States
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Tour: #24891, Loch Lomond and its Bonnie Banks Private Tour from Glasgow or Greenock, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Mar 25/18

My tour with Bill left me feeling relaxed because I was in the care of a professional that knows his stuff. At the same time I could enjoy individual conversation, asking lots of questions without being herded onto a massive bus with no time. He seems to know lots of folks, or at least becomes fast friends, and gets the lay of the land quickly so that he can make things happen for his guests. The day was a true joy and I'd recommend him to any and all!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Peggy. I am so pleased you enjoyed the tour. I have written to you privately.

Audrey C.

Mount Dora, FLA, United States
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Tour: #34096, Private Day Tour Loch Lomond The Scottish Highlands Glasgow., Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 14/17

This was a fantastic trip with a lovely man with a great sense of humor. we went to the loveliest of a town 120 people and spent a good deal of time mingling with people and enjoying this gem. We, as always, spent a good deal of time learning about the country, socioeconomic conditions, health care, universities. We did not regret our decision to skip the city and journey though the countryside. We wish we had had more time with this terrific gentleman.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Audrey and David Thank you for your review. I am so glad it went well and the weather was kind.

Alexey Sterlikov

Russia
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Tour: #34096, Private Tour Loch Lomond The Scottish Highlands Glasgow., Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 5/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Alexey Thanks for the 5 stars. I really appreciate it. Glen Coe as always is amazing. So glad you agreed. Best wishes Bill

Rhonda Paletta

United States
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Tour: #34096, Private Tour Loch Lomond The Scottish Highlands Glasgow., Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 28/17

This was a wonderful tour and Bill was awesome!! We were a little under the weather and the weather wasn't great either! Bill on the other hand was great! Very knowledgeable, friendly, and although we weren't feeling well he made this trip so enjoyable!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review. The weather was dreadful and you both took it in your stride.

Ronald Nissen

United States
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Tour: Private Tour of Glasgow. 23 August 2017 8.30 am, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Aug 23/17

Bill was very fun and personable. This was both a driving tour and walking tour. We drove around the outskirts of Glasgow and visited the Riverside Transportation Museum that was wonderful. We then went to the city center to visit many sights which included a ride on the subway. This is a very beautiful and historic city. The Beautiful Jaguar automobile was nice but this tour should really be for 3 or less people. The 4th person sits in an awkward position straddling the console.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the glowing review. I really appreciate it. I agree with you that 3 in the back of the car is not ideal. Always better with 2. The Jaguar is a huge car and very very safe. Enjoy the rest of your cruise.

Ann Poirier

Canada
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Tour: #71933, A Private Tour. The Scottish Highlands Inverary Castle ., Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 17/17

This tour was spectacular. I have wanted to see the Scottish countryside for years and was not disappointed. Bill is very well informed about the area and was so accomodating. The vehicle was very comfortable. Plenty of room for 4 guests. Bill has a good sense of humour and we enjoyed his jokes and his lovely singing!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Please do come back again and see some more further north. Glad you liked The Blythswood Hotel as a base. Best hotel in Glasgow with the Highlands only a short drive away. Thank you for your kind words and a fab 5 stars. Also pleased you liked my big Jaguar "The Duchess".

Ann Poirier

Canada
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Tour: Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Aug 16/17

We had a lovely tour of Glasgow. Although we only had a half day available, Bill showed us all of the highlights and we got a good feeling of the culture and what the city was all about. We had a lovely time.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ann. Tried to get as much in as possible. So glad everyone had a good time.

Leslie Levy

United States
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Tour: Private Tour of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Aug 7/17

Bill is an enthusiastic charismatic person & an excellent guide. Our day in Glasgow was fabulous.. Leslie Levy

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Leslie. I have written to you privately.

Sherry Smith

United States
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Tour: #71933, A Private Tour. The Scottish Highlands Inverary Castle ., Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 23/17

Bill was a terrific tour guide for the day! The private tour was everything we had hoped for and more. I loved how he kept our 14 year old son entertained and was flexible, accommodating and fun to spend the day with. I highly recommend spending a private day trip with Bill. I know you won't be sorry you did. The pick up and drop off at the cruise port was super easy and I would book again with Bill if ever we get the chance to return to Glasgow.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sherry. I really appreciate your review. It was so kind of you to take the time to write it. Bill

Clara Daggett

United States
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Tour: #71933, A Private Tour. The Scottish Highlands Inverary Castle ., Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 12/17

The tour was wonderful and Bill was amazing. He was very knowledgable and made the tour fun.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your comments. I hope you enjoy The Harry Potter train and The Island of Skye.

Bryan Steven Tindall

Austin, TEXAS, United States
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Tour: #34096, Private Tour Loch Lomond The Scottish Highlands Glasgow., Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 7/17

Bill was awesome. Just a great tour. He maximized our time and we saw way more than anyone else would have been able to show me. No way you can do better. 5 billion stars.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bryan. That is some score. It was great to meet you.

Rona Weinman

Canada
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Tour: #34096, Private Tour Loch Lomond The Scottish Highlands Glasgow., Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 29/17

Bill is top notch. We had a fabulous day. Bill is very knowledgeable, helpful and funny. We didn't want the day to end. We liked him sooo much, we invited him to Canada. I would highly recommend Bill....you will surely have a great day. I give Bill a 10 out of 10. That's pretty high marks. Thanks

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rona for taking the time to write this review. I am so pleased you enjoyed the tour so much. I do hope you come back again. It was great fun! Bill

Marjorie Slauson

United States
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Tour: #24891, Loch Lomond and its Bonnie Banks Private Tour from Glasgow or Greenock, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 1/17

Bill was a fabulous tour guide! He is genuine, has great stories, and really knows the history and geography of the tours he provides. We were lucky to find him. The custom tour of Loch Lomond and the lovely village of Luss were exactly what we were looking for. It was a magical day discovering our family roots in Scotland that we won't soon forget! Thanks Bill!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marjorie! It was a perfect day. The sun shone and you met your clan chief. What fun we had!

Nancy B.

United States
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Tour: Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Apr 26/17

Bill was friendly, flexible, and well informed. He rolled with our differing interests, suggesting appropriate locations to explore which added new dimensions to our understanding of the history and features of Glasgow.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments. It was great to meet you both. I really enjoyed your company. I do hope you enjoyed the rest of your vacation.

Blair Zucker

United States
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Tour: Greenock Gourock ancestry, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Nov 19/16

Had an absolutely wonderful day with Bill who customized the day for us so we could see where family members lived in the 1800's. Bill made the day educational and very enjoyable by showing us the beautify of the area, Loch Lomand, Luss and the West End of Glasgow. The day was perfect!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Blair for your kind comments. I am so pleased you enjoyed the day so much.

Kathleen Loss

United States
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Tour: #34096, Private Tour Loch Lomond The Scottish Highlands Glasgow., Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 14/16

Bill is a fountain of information and the day with him was excellent indeed. He is witty, flexible and so proud to show off his city. The spur of the moment plan to listen to an organ concert at an art museum was fantastic. Five star tour and a 5 star guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. I am really pleased you enjoyed the tour so much. The organ recital as you know is free of charge and the accoustics incredible. I have experienced it many times but never tire of it.Glad you are all safe and well and that your experience of Scotland was a positive one. Bill

Robert Sablowsky

United States
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Tour: #34096, Private Tour Loch Lomond The Scottish Highlands Glasgow., Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 23/16

A day with Bill opened our eyes to the beauty of the countryside along with the joy of Glasgow.We appreciated his knowledge of Scottish history and his tid bits of Scottish lore..We would recommend him to any potential user of Tours by Locals..You will have a wonderful and memorable time.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Robert. I really appreciate your kind comments.

Casimir Skrzypczak

United States
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Tour: #118216, Shore tour 2016, Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 5/16

Very knowledgeable and personable. Highly recommend Bill

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Cas.

Ken Noble

United States
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Tour: #104860, Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 1/16

It was a great day! Bill gave us great insight to the history and culture of Scotland.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ken. It was a great day.

Neal Weinstein

Scotttsdale, AZ, United States
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Tour: #21812, Ayr & Culzean Castle. from Glasgow or Greenock, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 19/16

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Neal for the 5 stars.

Judith Williams

United Kingdom
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Tour: Glasgow -Tour Judith Williams. June 16th 2016 9am, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jun 16/16

Bill was an excellent guide with an enthusiasm for his city and was a mine of information. We covered many sights in the short time we had with his wonderful motor and explored some of the less "tourist" areas. A good day despite the rain.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are so right! The Scottish weather was dreadful. Torrential rain! Traffic was awful. Tried to make the best of it in the short time available. What a shame! Thanks for your kind comments.

Judith Ban

United States
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Tour: Glasgow -Tour, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jun 6/16

Bill was wonderful. He is friendly, has a good sense of humor, and is very accommodating. We enjoyed his tour very much.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Judith for your kind comments

Clarene McCartney

United States
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Tour: #71933, Inverary Inverary Castle and Loch Lomond ---, Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 2/16

We spent an absolutely wonderful day with Bill. He is very entertaining and user friendly! We started with a visit to Luss which did not disappoint, took a tour of Inverary Castle and gardens, ate a delicious lunch at the Castle, made a stop at the George Hotel pub, with plenty of wonderful sightseeing and stops along the way. Bill is very knowledgeable and easy going. GREAT tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words. I really enjoyed your company.

Patricia Reinheimer

United States
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Tour: Glasgow -Tour, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Nov 9/15

Bill was a wonderful guide! We communicated before the tour date, so he could get an idea of how we most wanted to use our time together, and made certain we saw all that we wanted to see and got a lovely sense of the city and it's history. We had a delightful day, and would definitely recommend Bill to anyone visiting Glasgow!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your comments. It was a wet day which was a shame but it did not dampen your spirits nor mine. It was lovely to meet you both and I hope to see you again soon. best wishes Bill

Deborah Winsor

United States
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Tour: #104860, Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 21/15

Our full day tour with Bill could not have been more perfect! Bill was excellent in communicating with us well prior and up to the day of the tour. It was so helpful. Bill is very professional, very well prepared, highly knowledgeable, so humorous and very personable. We learned so much about the history, architecture, people, and cultural aspects of the city and beyond! There was never a dull moment with Bill. We would love many more tours with Bill. We are so grateful to him for sharing so much!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Well you know it works both ways! I loved being in your company. You are two of the nicest people I have ever met. I do hope we meet again and I have a feeling we will. Thanks for your review of the tour.Have a safe journey home.

Kay Meyer

United States
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Tour: #21812, Ayr & Culzean Castle from Glasgow or Greenock, Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 10/15

This was a fabulous tour and could not imagine a more perfect guide than Bill. He was informative, entertaining and thoughtful. We would love to have him along for the remainder of our vacation.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kay Thank you so much for your kind review. It was a "Perfect day". I did sing the song I think. best wishes Bill

Betty Davis

Canada
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Tour: Glasgow - To Have a Tour or just to Shop, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Sep 9/15

Bill provided us with a wonderful day in Glasgow. He knew our interests in history and made stops at a lovely castle, interpretive centre, the oldest home. cathedral and took us by subway to the centre of town to see the history and culture of Glasgow. Bill was interesting, knowledgeable and a charming guide. He even sang for us! Thanks, Bill

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind review. I really appreciate it

Clarence Perr

United States
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Tour: #71933, Inverary Inverary Castle and Loch Lomond --- My favourite., Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 19/15

Great guy and fun to travel with. Bill was pleasant and considerate of his passengers. His Jag was smaller than my super V8 Jag so it was a bit tight for 3 normal sized people in the back seat as it is in mine also. He took us where we wanted to go and we enjoyed the area and his company.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments. I am surprised about your comments regarding the Jaguar XJ6 as it is considered a huge car here in the UK. I do accept that the car is more comfortable with two people in the back rather than three -- but this applies to any vehicle. The car is very safe and that is why I chose it. I am pleased you had a good day and I know that you all enjoyed the experience of Inverary Caste. It is just a magical place.

John Gonnello

United States
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Tour: Glasgow - To Have a Tour or just to Shop, Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Aug 18/15

We had a wonderful experience with Bill. He was a joy to be with and he showed us so many wonderful places. We would definitely rate him a 5 out of 5. We loved our time in Glascow.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words. I really enjoyed touring with you all. Everything went really well and the weather was glorious. I do hope you all come back again and we can go to the very top of Scotland. Haste ye back.

Penny N.

United States
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Tour: #34096, Loch Lomond and Glasgow Shopping (if you want!), Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 27/15

My husband and I have used Tours By Locals many times and we highly recommend Bill. He was very interesting and knowledgeable. We were able to see many sites even though the weather did not cooperate.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. It was a shame re the weather. Bill

Marvin Levine

United States
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Tour: #34096, Loch Lomond and Glasgow Shopping (if you want!), Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 26/15

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Aileen. I really appreciate your private comments. Very frustrating re the weather but I think we all managed to laugh and that certainly helps a great deal.

Thomas Urbanik

Round Rock, TX, United States
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Tour: #118216, shore tour 2015, Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 11/15

Thorough and knew his history. Good personality and flexible to meet individual needs.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you both for your comments. I really appreciate your review. I am glad you had a good time.

Mary LaFave

Minnneapolis, MN, United States
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Tour: #29188, The Scottish Highlands from Glasgow or Greenock Ocean Terminal or hotel - Glen Coe and Loch Lomond, Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 12/15

Bill was a wonderful guide through the Scottish Highlands and Loch Lomond. He was very informative about the history of the area.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mary for your comments. I am very pleased you enjoyed the tour Bill

Charles Sandler

United States
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Tour: #71933, Inverary Inverary Castle and Loch Lomond --- My favourite., Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 7/15

This was our second tour with Bill. We toured with him about 2 years ago and requested him again when we came back last month to Scotland. He is an outstanding guide and has become a wonderful friend. He is funny, knowledgeable, and and very flexible to work with. i highly recommend Bill to anyone who tours Scotland. You will have a wonderful experience. We couldn't ask for anything more. shelley

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you both so much for your kind words. I am delighted that you chose me once again for your travel plans. It was a great day out and the weather was fantastic. I hope to see you both again.

James Ballard

Gilbert, AZ, United States
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Tour: Glasgow from Greenock Ocean Terminal or from your hotel -, Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Oct 2/14

My wife and I have traveled alot and have seen many different countries and have met many different guides. Greenock, Scotland is our favorite and Bill is hands down the best guide we have ever had the priviledge of meeting. His knowledge of Scotland was amazing and his character and charm are of equal value. It was our honor to be with him touring his native land. I wold highly reccommend him to anyone thinking about a guide for Greenock. Thank you Bill for a wonderful time!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh thank you so much for all your kind words. It really makes what I do so worthwhile. I do hope you come back again. I have a photograph for you back at the port which I will send with a new email very soon. Bill

Justin Nolan

United States
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Tour: #34096, Loch Lomond and Glasgow- Greenock Ocean Terminal or hotel. Cheaper than a bus tour, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 22/14

Bill in one word to describe his tour of Glasgow and Loch Lomond is AMAZING! He took us all over his wonderful city and beyond. He was very knowledgeable as a life long Glaswegian and really understood what we wanted in a full day's experience. His car is very comfortable to ride in and we definitely saw parts of Scotland we would've otherwise missed had it not been for his expertise. He's very personable as well. If you really want to experience Glasgow look no further than Bill. Thanks Bill!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I have only just left you. Thank you so much for your kind words. I am delighted that you had a good time. You have to come back because there is really so much more to see. You are only a short flight away. Haste ye back

Ellsworth (Rod) Bucklin

United States
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Tour: #71933, Inverary Inverary Castle and loch lomond, Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 11/14

Knew his stuff and was very affable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your response. You are most kind.

Alan Weinstock

United States
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Tour: #34096, Loch Lomond and Glasgow- Greenock Ocean Terminal or hotel, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 16/14

Bill is an excellent guide who took us to Lock Lomond and Glasgow. He has a beautiful Jaguar which drives like a dream. I sat in the front seat and my wife was in the rear seat. She had a bit of a hard time hearing some of the dialogue from the rear seat. Bill has an excellent fund of knowledge and a very easy-going manner. The tour covers a lot of ground and if you would like time to shop you need to tell Bill ahead of time to include that in his plans for you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the terrific review. I am really glad you both had a good time. The weather was not at its best but it did brighten up later which was good. I note what you say about speaking louder in the car. Sometimes it can be difficult striking the right balance - too loud or too quiet! I have a really nice photograph of us back at the ship and will send it to you shortly. You make a good point re shopping. I will give some thought to a shopping tour. Haste ye Back! best wishes Bill

Mariko Elvin

United States
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Tour: #71933, Inverary Inverary Castle and loch lomond, Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 9/14

We had a wonderful day on this tour. Our cruise ship docked in Greenock and Bill (tourguide) met us right at the Pier. He is easygoing and friendly with lots of interesting and fun stories to tell about the local area. This is a beautiful place with lots of picture taking opportunities, perfect for a private tour. Bill even took us to a local golf course (our request), which we enjoyed very much. He made us feel like we were hanging out with an old friend. Would highly recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking time to give this lovely review. I am so glad you all enjoyed yourselves so much. You were all such good company. Sometimes on these tours it is the unexpected that takes you by surprise and The Carrick Golf Club was one of those surprises wasn't it? I told my grandchildren about the nice folks from Texas --- and they looked surprised and hoped that you would TEXT US! When I told them it was a place where people live they had a hard time believing me. "Haste ye Back".

Meredith Kennedy

Australia
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Tour: #21812, Ayr & Culzean Castle from Greenock Ocean Terminal or hotel, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 3/14

Tour guide was friendly, helpful, informative, flexible, knowledgeable, had good sense of humour,interesting and an excellent driver. His car was very comfortable, but more suited to only 3 passengers with only 2 in back. Email communication before our trip was excellent with driver/guide, except that a booking form which had his mobile phone number on it was not received by me (and I've checked emails.) Lack of this number was a small problem at one stage.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments. I am delighted that you enjoyed the tour. I do agree that my Jaguar XJ6 is more comfortable with 3 passengers rather than 4. I have been advised that you are to be contacted by Tours by Locals admin regarding your query in respect of the cell phone number. I hope you all had a good journey home and that you enjoyed the experience of Dubai. best wishes Bill

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Hi Meredith, Your guide Bill's cell phone number could be found on your booking confirmation, in your ToursByLocals account. But we agree that having it accessible via email is a better solution. In the months since you booked your tour, we made this change, and now travelers receive their guide's cell phone via an email message. Thanks for your feedback!

Katherine C.

United States
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Tour: #104860, Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 29/14

Bill was a delight to spend a day with in his native Glasgow. We quickly felt as though a friend were showing us his favorite places with amusing anecdotes thrown in for good measure. We saw everything we had hoped to and learned lots about Glasgow in the process.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kathy for your comments. I really enjoyed your company. I hope you both had a good journey home. Please give my regards to Gordon. As they say over here "Haste ye Back". Bill

Debra Anderson

United States
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Tour: Glasgow Tour from Greenock, Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: May 16/14

Bill and Keith were wonderful! They managed to balance the customary sites with places of special interest to our group and even fit in some shopping while our men were occupied happily. They were very flexible and responsive to our wishes. We saw several sites (Victorian school and two beautiful parks - even a wedding in progress!) that I had not even heard of on a previous trip to Glascow. It was like being out for the day with old friends!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments. Both Keith and I really enjoyed your company and as you know were sorry to see you all go. The weather was kind and really everything went well. The wedding was a bonus wasn't it. As they say here "Haste ye back". best wishes Bill and of course Keith

Sheldon Sherman

Canada
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Tour: #34096, Loch Lomond and Glasgow- Greenock Ocean Terminal or hotel, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 6/13

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the great review score Sheldon. I am so glad you enjoyed the tour so much. best wishes Bill

Juanita J.

Australia
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Tour: Loch Lomond and Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Aug 19/13

My friend and I completed a tour with Bill in Aug 2013,we found him very good company and we had quite a few great laughs with Bill. Our tour covered the morning in the country around Loch Lomond which was amazing scenery, the village of Luss and Dumbarton Castle. Bill showed us many different places in and around Glasgow City, we went on the subway, which was great and had a fantastic lunch at Pollock House. We discussed our ideas with Bill and they were all covered really well. A great tour host, Thanks

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments. I will send on some photos taken at Pollock House. Bill

John Doan

United States
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Tour: #34096, Loch Lomond and Glasgow- Greenock Ocean Terminal or hotel, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 8/13

Thank you..thank you..thank you. This one was definitely the best tour we had had during our 25 days tour of Europe & the British Isles. Bill was so down-to-earth with his vast knowledge not only from his hometown, Glasgow and Scotland, but the history and culture & everyday events. Our group of 8 really enjoyed and appreciated the extra effort that Bill & Keith put together for us. It was a positive & wonderful experience. Again, thank you for making our trip more enjoyable. - John & group

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind response. It was good fun alright. Keith and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip and we look forward to seeing you all again. Maybe you can all stay longer next time? Bill

Matt Brestle

United States
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Tour: #34096, Loch Lomond and Glasgow- Greenock Ocean Terminal or hotel, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 7/13

Excellent, informative and pleasant gentleman. His Jaguar is impeccable and he had several golf umbrellas for use during a brief shower. Bill is very willing to listen to your desires and change the tour on a whim! He really entertained myself, my father and my two sons. Highly recommended

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Matt. I really appreciate your comments. I am so glad you enjoyed the tour. I hope your next few days in Glasgow are memorable. best wishes Bill

Bob DuFosee

United States
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Tour: Loch Lomond and Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jul 28/13

Great tour, we saw a lot in the short period we were with Bill. bill is very professional and I will recommend him to others when they visit Scotland.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bob for your kind comments. It really means a great deal to me that you have taken the time to give this review. All the very best to everyone. Bill

Tom L.

Canada
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Tour: Glasgow from Greenock Ocean Terminal or from your hotel -, Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jun 12/13

Four of us spent a wonderful day with Bill in Glasgow. We loved that he was waiting for us when we disembarked from our cruise ship and dropped us off at the port at the end of the day. Bill took us to places that we never would have found on our own and shared stories about life in Glasgow, along with a history lesson. Bill made sure that we could see as much as time permitted. We would highly recommend spending a day with this fine, entertaining and knowledgeable gentleman. Thanks Bill.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments. I am so glad you enjoyed the tour. It really means a great deal to me. I hope you enjoy the rest of your travels. Maybe one day I will be able to visit your beautiful country --- you are all a great advert for it. best wishes Bill

Jennifer Moss

Canada
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Tour: Paisley, Paisley, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: May 31/13

Bill's tour of Paisley was an absolute delight, delivering the best day of our Scotland journey. On learning of our interests he skillfully amended our itinerary to include places of great interest to us. Knowledgeable and thoughtful, he was especially kind in making the travel easy for my disabled mother. He arranged an opening of the Sma' Shot cottages on a usual closing day which was most appreciated. We highly recommend Bill's excellent services! We could not have done better in Glasgow.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind comments. It really means a great deal to me. I was especially pleased to learn that you went back to "The House For An Art Lover" in Glasgow. It is a very special place. I passed on your comments to the "girls" at the Cottages. They were terrific. I will see them again soon. Good luck to you both. You are great adverts for your wonderful country of Canada. Best wishes Bill

Gregory B.

United States
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Tour: Loch Lomond and the West of Scotland, Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: May 29/13

Bill did a good job of getting us to all the stops we were scheduled to go see. He got us out in front of most of the tour busses and into the major points of interest. The drive was pleasant and comfortable. He had plenty of knowledge of the area and was able to give us most of the historical information we were looking for. Thanks, Bill!!!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the positive review Greg. I am so glad you enjoyed the tour.

Richard Gordon

United States
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Tour: Glasgows Architecture + Arts and Crafts, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Apr 27/13

This is a really nice guy who worked very hard to satisfy our need for an in-depth look at the Arts and Crafts Movement per C R McIntosh. We did the Hill House on our own because of its distance from Glasgow but if we has asked, he would have taken us. We never felt rushed, his comments were most illuminating and instructive, and he worked an extra hour trying (successfully) to touch on our varied interests. Bill has my unqualified recommendation. I appreciated his willingness to tailor to our interest

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you all. Your company and responses to my city were so rewarding. I was sorry when the tour ended.

Alan Patch

United States
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Tour: Glasgow Govan Harmony Row and city, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Sep 26/12

Bill was very accomodating and pleasant. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments. I am so pleased you all enjoyed yourselves so much. Bill

Sheldon Mars

United States
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Tour: Culzean Castle and Ayrshire and a quick look at Glasgow, Maybole, United Kingdom
Date: Sep 14/12

enjoyed the Jaguar. had a lovely day. would recommend him highly

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind comments.

Charles Sandler

United States
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Tour: Not quite a mystery tour, Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Aug 28/12

Bill made our tour of Glasgow a day to remember. It was the highlight of our trip. We can't rave about him enough. He was so knowledgeable and made us feel that we had known each other for ages. We hope to get back to this area and Bill would be the first person we would contact. We feel very fortunate to have found a new friend in Bill.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your comments. I really appreciate your review of the tour. Bill

Warren Terry

United States
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Tour: #29241, Largs and Millport -- Near Ocean Terminal Greenock from your hotel or cruise ship, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 18/12

Our tour to Millport on the Great Cumbrae Island...delightful communities that are away from the crowds and portray Scotland in its best possible light. Bill provided the best of tours, relaxing and scenic, touring in the comfort of his mint condition Jaguar and provided many photo stops as lunch and ice cream breaks with opportunities to mix with the natives. We look forward to touring with Bill again both to these delightful locals and to new ones!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Warren. As you know this is one of my favourite places and with your great comments perhaps travelers will give it a try as an alternative tour. I think the main point is that it is not far from the ship in Greenock and it certainly does allow travelers the opportunity to meet Scottish people with their families whilst on holiday. Millport is in a time warp and long may it stay that way with all its gorgeous views and of course the purple heather. Lets hope lots of people book for next year.

Stephen Weiss

United States
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Tour: Glasgow Shore Excursion, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Aug 7/12

Bill was an excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable and informative. We had a fabulous day with him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Stephen Thank you for your kind comments I am delighted you had a good day. I hope the rest of your cruise went well and I do hope you come back again to Bonnie Scotland. best wishes Bill

Edward Reiner

New York, NY, United States
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Tour: Glasgow Shore Excursion, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Aug 2/12

What a delightful day we spent with Bill. Our tour was unavoidably abbreviated by our ship's short call (on short notice) in port but Bill accommodated the change with aplomb and good cheer. He showed us Glasgow from on high and from street-level, from an artistic and historic perspective, as well as a personal one. Thanks again!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Edward and Jean Thank you for your kind comments. I am delighted that you enjoyed the tour so much. I hope you return to Scotland with more time to spare. If you do please get in touch. best wishes Bill

Vera Zable

United States
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Tour: Glasgow Shore Excursion, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jun 1/12

Bill is one of the best guides we have ever had. He was knowledgeable about all that we saw and did. We had a great time with him as he is a fun person to be around. I would highly recommend him to anyone. If we come back that way in the future, I will definitely ask for him again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind comments. I am so glad you enjoyed the tour Bill

Kay Gullo

United States
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Tour: Drumlanrig Castle and Thornhill, Thornhill, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: May 19/12

Bill's custom tour proposal for a delightful excursion to my grandfather's birthplace & the elegant Drumlanrig Castle in the Scottish Lowlands was perfect. On the way, Bill added a perfectly unexpected & appreciated short tour of downtown Glasgow & a surprise mountain stop to sample the clean, crystal water of a Scottish waterfall. Bill carefully worked our schedule so that we would return to our ship with ample time before departure. Thanks, Bill, for a wonderful day with you in your beautiful Scotland!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your lovely comments. I am so glad you enjoyed everything so much. It was a bit of an adventure wasn't it? Bill

Judith Rozzell

United States
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Tour: New Cumnock and Glen Afton, New Cumnock, United Kingdom
Date: Mar 29/12

Bill was friendly and fun. Ours was a custom family history oriented tour, so he had to personalize it rather than rely on standard tourist fare. Even before we arrived he had emailed helpful advice and photos. He was on time and his car was immaculate and comfortable. The day exceeded our expectations and we would not hesitate to recommend Bill and Tours by Locals to our friends. Driving on our own we would have wasted valuable time being lost, parking, etc. so the tour was well worth the fee.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind comments. It is much appreciated by me. I am delighted you had such a good day.

Rachel Marsden

Australia
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Tour: #21812, Ayrshire - The Land of Robert Burns, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Mar 15/12

What a day! From the moment we began exchanging emails I knew Bill would come through for me and he exceeded every expectation 10 fold. This was hugely important day for me and my family back home in Sydney as I was visiting my grandmother's childhood home, who at 95 yrs old, cannot make the trip herself. Bill quickly understood the importance of the day and had done his homework. It was a moving and emotional day; all of which Bill took in his stride. Thank you Bill, from the bottom of our hearts.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rachel Thank you for your kind comments. What you did for your grandmother was very very special. She will also never forget your day in Scotland. She will be so proud of you and what you have done. Thank you for allowing me to be part of her special day. Please give my love to your grandmother. Bill