Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Edinburgh-Scotland by Tour Guide Gains M. (Guide #33384)


Leanne Bowie

Australia
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Tour: #535321, Old and New Town Private Walking Tour (4 Hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jan 3/20

Wow! I had asked Gains to tailor something special for us, because we have previously seen a lot of the standard tourist sights in Edinburgh. I really appreciated what Gains had to show us that we would not necessarily have noticed if we had done exactly the same walk by ourselves. Given his specialist background as an historian, we gained a lot of insights from him. My 16 year old son rated this as one of his favourite days in Scotland.

Renee Gozzoli

United States
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Tour: #535646, Welcome to Edinburgh Private Walking Tour: Old Town, New Town and Leith (3.5 hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 16/19

It was such a pleasure to meet Gains and learn from his vast knowledge of Scottish history. I would highly recommend any tour with him!

Henry K.

United States
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Tour: #535646, Welcome to Edinburgh Private Walking Tour: Old Town, New Town and Leith (3.5 hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 2/19

Ted Brother

Naples, FL, United States
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Tour: #535646, Welcome to Edinburgh Private Walking Tour: Old Town, New Town and Leith (3.5 hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 24/19

Gains Murdoch is personable, knowledgeable and the consummate tour guide. We cannot say enough for his ability to make history come alive, nor can we praise his understanding of the limits of two tourists of “a certain age” and his thoughtfulness in adjusting the itinerary to meet their needs. In other words, Gains is what every tour guide should be.

Eileen Austin

United States
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Tour: Old Town and Edinburgh Castle Private Walking Tour (6 Hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Sep 23/19

Gains met us at our hotel and our tour started right there! He was so full of knowledge and dates and humor that by the time our tour was over I did not want it to end! Edinburgh is full of history and some of the information that is given via television, movies and social media is not accurate. So, it was great to have a guide who could answer questions intelligently and separate fact from fiction! I would highly recommend Gains as your guide in Edinburgh.

Kristy M.

Canada
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Tour: #535321, Historical and Cultural Old Town Private Walking Tour (3 Hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 19/19

We enjoyed our half-day walking tour with Gains. He was very knowledgable about Edinburgh's interesting and dark history. The stories he shared were very entertaining and gave us a good introduction to the city.

Christopher Gibson

United States
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Tour: #535321, Historical and Cultural Old Town Private Walking Tour (3 Hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 31/19

We really enjoyed our tour with Gains. He was knowledgeable, professional and courteous. I definitely would recommend working with him as your guide in Edinburgh.

Scott Glickman

United States
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Tour: #550633, Old Town and Edinburgh Castle Private Walking Tour (2.5-3 Hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 29/19

Gains was an amazing guide! He was spot on time and knew everything about Edinburgh! He answered all of our questions and made the afternoon simply amazing. Gains also was able to customize our tour so we were able to go to certain places. I would not hesitate to have Gains take me on another tour of Edinburgh as there is so much to see!

Marina Zats

United States
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Tour: #535703, Outlander and Old Town Private Walking Tour (2 hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 29/19

Gains is a knowledgeable and very well rounded guide. We enjoyed his tour very much. He kept our 12 and 14 year old children very much engaged. A must take tour with Gains In Edinburgh. Thank you Gains!!!

Dave Young

Forest, VA, United States
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Tour: #535646, Welcome to Edinburgh Private Walking Tour: Old Town, New Town and Leith (3.5-4 hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 22/19

We were highly pleased with Gains M. His PhD in Scottish history proved to be a bottomless source of information. There was not a question we asked that he not only factually addressed, but consistently added a bit of interesting anecdotal information. We especially appreciated his willingness to adjust our start time in order to make our scheduled time for an Edinburgh Castle tour. I unequivocally recommend Gains as an Edinburgh guide. A very pleasant fellow as well.

Mitchell O.

Canada
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Tour: #535646, Welcome to Edinburgh Private Walking Tour: Old Town, New Town and Leith (3.5 hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 2/19

Gains provided my wife and I with an exceptional tour through Old and New Town and all the way down to Leith. His grasp of Scottish/Uk history intertwined with current events was excellent and provided us with a very good context of sites we were seeing. He also had a wry sense of humour which was appealing. We highly recommend him to any one else.

Michael McKay

United States
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Tour: #550633, Old Town and Edinburgh Castle Private Walking Tour (2.5-3 Hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 28/19

What a difference Gains made. We had wandered around the city for a few days on our own, and then took a walking tour with him. The amount we learned in such a short time was really amazing, and totally interesting stuff all along the way. I wish I had time to do his other tours - he was that good.

Laurie Martino

United States
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Tour: #535321, Historical and Cultural Old Town Private Walking Tour (3 Hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 21/19

Kim Giovacco

United States
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Tour: #535646, Welcome to Edinburgh Private Walking Tour: Old Town, New Town and Leith (3.5 hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 14/19

Excellent! Great storyteller, nice voice. Friendly, flexible, and consistently asked if anyone had questions. Our group of 10 really enjoyed the tour.

JoAnn Gage

United States
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Tour: #535321, Historical and Cultural Old Town Private Walking Tour (3 Hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 6/19

Gains was a great tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and let us tailor the tour to our interests. His stories and descriptions helped me get a really vivid picture of historical Edinburgh. He also showed us several out of the way sites that large tours didn't visit. It was a very fun and worthwhile 3 hours. Iwould definitely recommend Gains and this tour!

Susie Egolf

United States
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Tour: #535646, Welcome to Edinburgh Private Walking Tour: Old Town, New Town and Leith (3.5 hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 20/19

Thank you Gains for showing us Edinburgh. We learned so much from you! We really enjoyed learning the history of the city. The day flew by so quickly; it was an amazing time!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Susie, it was lovely to meet you and your family! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Scotland.

Frank Boller

Switzerland
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Tour: #535321, Historical and Cultural Old Town Private Walking Tour (3 Hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 13/19

Very knowledgable about Edingurgh, interesting background stories, a perfect walking tour

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Frank, thanks very much for your review. I really hope yourself, May and Suzie enjoy the rest of your stay in Scotland. Kind regards, Gains

Karen Rigsby

France
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Tour: Edinburgh Private History Walking Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: May 20/19

Gaines did an amazing job guiding us through a walking tour of Edinburgh. His passion for his city and depth of knowledge added infinite value to our trip. We felt like we maximized our time in the city with his expert guidance.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much for your feedback Karen! I really hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Scotland.

Andrew Mayville

United States
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Tour: #550633, Old Town and Edinburgh Castle Private Walking Tour (2.5-3 Hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 7/19

Excellent tour guide and very knowledgeable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much for the review Andrew! It was a pleasure to show Ellen around Edinburgh, I hope you were also able to enjoy some downtime as well. Kind regards, Gains

Timothy Coleman

United States
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Tour: #535321, Historical and Cultural Old Town Private Walking Tour (3 Hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Mar 14/19

Gains is fantastic! Super knowledgeable, able to adjust on the spot, great sense of humor and really made our short trip to Edinburgh worthwhile. I really can't recommend enough!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Timothy, thanks for your feedback, I’m glad you and Katie enjoyed the tour. I hope you have a nice time in Ireland on St Patrick’s Day weekend. Do look me up in Scotland if you’re back here and I’ll be sure to check out that cemetery if ever in Wilmington! Kind regards, Gains

Jennifer Rice

United States
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Tour: #535321, Royal Mile Walking Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Feb 21/19

Gains did a wonderful job with the tour in February!! The group loved him and he kept the kids interested. Would definitely book tours with him in the future!!

Neil Pagano

United States
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Tour: #535321, Old Town and Edinburgh Castle Private Walking Tour (2.5-3 Hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jan 1/19

Gains was outstanding - he's highly knowledgeable of everything Edinburgh - and of Scotland. He also went over and above to accommodate us - esp my two children, and that speaks highly of his ability as a guide. Learned much of Edinburgh history and geography and culture.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Neil, Thanks very much for your kind review, I’m so glad you all enjoyed the tour. I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Scotland and have a nice time in London. Happy New Year and thanks again, Gains

Jay Mitchell

United States
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Tour: #535646, Welcome to Edinburgh Private Walking Tour: Old Town, New Town and Leith (3.5 hours), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Dec 22/18

Our family of four had a walking tour with Gaines. Started just down from Edinburgh Castle and ended the in Leith. The tour route is pretty much down hill the entire way so the distance was very doable by our group. Age 30 to 60. Gaines gave a great tour and he is very knowledgeable and engaging . We stopped outside quite a few architecturally and historically significant buildings and monuments and Gaines gave great insights on each. I highly recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jay thanks very much for your kind review. I’m so glad you all enjoyed the tour. I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Scotland and wish you a happy Christmas and a great new year.