Isle of Skye & the Highlands FAQs

This page is designed to answer any questions you may have about our escorted tours. If you cannot find the information you are looking for then please call our office on +44 (0) 131 610 1210 or email us at info@absoluteescapes.com and we will be happy to help.

Where do the tours leave from?
All scheduled tours departing from Edinburgh leave from 6 Waterloo Place at the east end of Princes Street in the heart of Edinburgh. The local bus service is excellent with frequent buses to the centre of town. Information on routes and timetables can be found at Lothian Buses.

Where do the tours return to?
All scheduled tours return to Waterloo Place.

Do you pick up from hotels?
No. Edinburgh and Glasgow's historic city centres were not designed for quick road journeys! So to speed up your departure from the city there are central meeting points (detailed above). This approach also reduces pollution and the carbon footprint of the tours that are offered.

What should we wear?
Your Tour Operator believes in time off the bus and gives you opportunities to take nature walks so we recommend you bring suitable clothing (inc. waterproofs) and footwear (flat shoes) for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!

What is the best tour?
The tours are designed to appeal to different tastes so please read the itineraries carefully. If you are in any doubt please tell us your interests and we will be happy to recommend the tour that will suit you best.

Do you have tours in winter?
We offer tours all year round and of course travelling in winter can be the most spectacular time to visit Scotland - snow capped hills, clear blue skies and the odd bit of rain.

What language are the tours in?
Clear spoken English - of course the Scots speak the clearest English in the world! The tour company also has detailed tour itineraries and a short history of Scotland translated into Spanish, French, German, Italian, Swedish and Dutch available on request.

What is the age range on your tours?
From 5 years to 80 years young! The majority are 25 to 65 years old.

Do you take children on your tours?
Children over 5 are welcome on all the tours. We don't offer tours to under fives - this is for the sake of the child as much as everyone else. Please enquire about the tours we recommend for young children so that we can provide them with a booster seat.

Are there stops on the tour?
We want you to enjoy Scotland as much as possible, and we believe the best way to do this is to get off the bus as often as you can. This is done with a mixture of photo stops, comfort stops and some walking.

Are there plenty of walks?
Yes and your hosts pride themselves on giving you opportunities to really experience the fresh Highland air and the beautiful scenery from outside the bus. These walks are optional and good footwear is advisable.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?
It's not necessary however, you can if you wish. Your tour will either stop in small Highland villages, where you can choose where you eat, or country family run establishments where there is a choice to suit all budgets. These places are always chosen for their charm and character to give you a taste of Highland hospitality.

Meals on Tour
The cost of meals is not included in the ticket price on any of the tours so you have the freedom to choose where and what you eat. During excursions, we stop in local Highland towns where you can choose between cafes, pubs, bakeries or restaurants; there is something to suit every budget.

How far in advance should we book?
It is always best to book as far in advance as possible.

Should we tip the driver/guide?
What can we say - they love it! The amount is entirely at your discretion.