Notre Histoire

Our Story

What we do

We love travel as much as you do.

We prefer it to any roller-coaster, movie, or concert.

But there are a few things we don’t always love about travel.

Like when you get stranded on a dark single track road or end up at a hotel that doesn't serve local cuisine.

So, our award-winning small-group tours take care of details and ensure your adventures are free from the things that make travel less lovable.

Here’s how we deliver travel experiences you’ll love:

You learn from the best storytellers.

And this is no overstatement. Our driver-guides are world famous for their knowledge, facts, quirky stories, history, and fairy-tales. They truly take you beyond the guidebooks and into your adventure.

You explore in 16 seat mini-coaches.

This means you never get lost, you always take the scenic route, you have great views through large windows, and you’re free to sample the local tipple without worrying about driving.

You support the local communities.

You do this because we take you to the lesser-known attractions and recommend locally-owned accommodation. What’s more, for every ton of carbon we use, we donate £10 to environmental and community projects.

You make your trip your own.

We provide the timetable; and along the way, you can choose where you want to eat, sleep and which attractions you want to see. So, if you want to stop off and feed a Highland cow or linger longer in the castle courtyard, you can.

Guaranteed departures: you book, you go.

When you choose to book with us, you’re going - no minimum numbers.

Guaranteed experience or your money back.

If you feel you’ve not had the experience you deserved, and we’re at fault, we’ll give you your money back.

Why we only travel in small groups

We’re going to be honest with you.

A long time ago we tried larger coaches.

In theory, it would have been good for our bank accounts.

But in the end, we stopped using them because of three simple reasons.

Firstly, we received worse customer feedback. It turned out you guys preferred mini-coaches and didn’t appreciate trampling over a peaceful forest with 20, 30 or 40 other people.

Secondly, we found it harder to give back to the local communities. It’s not as easy to stop at that local bakery when you need to bring 30 other friends with you.

And thirdly, the big buses made it hard to go down the small roads that lead to your favourite hidden-away local treasures.

So, we went back to our 16 seat mini-coaches.

And we won’t ever go back to big ones. Because we’re never going to value anything more than your enjoyment, our environment, and the world’s best-kept secrets.

How we started

Robin Worsnop started our tour company in 1993.

All he had was an old sherpa van and a few people telling him it would never work.

Robin likes to think he started the company because he ‘saw a gap in the market’, ‘wanted to create an ethical way to travel’, and ‘knew what independent travellers wanted’.

But we know the truth.

He simply wanted to spend his time travelling around gorgeous places, discovering his homeland, and enjoying a dram with friendly faces from around the globe.

And he could have carried on doing this forever.

But there was a gap in the market, he had created an ethical way to travel, and he showed people a really, really good time.

So, people started to talk about Robin’s quirky tours.

Robin had to hire more people, buy more mini-coaches, start working with spreadsheets, and concentrate on building the company so more people could live his dream.

And now we have award-winning small-group tours departing from all over the UK & Ireland.

Sadly, Robin is too busy to see all these beautiful places as much as our guides. But he’s happy others are now seeing the places he loved in the way he loved seeing them.

Throughout his journey, Robin has been guided by his vision to make the world a better place through travel.

Scottish Tourist Board 5 Stars Scottish Thistle Awards Winner 2015/2016 Green Tourism Award