We love travel as much as you do.
We think it’s more exhilarating than any roller-coaster, action movie, or rock 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 large hotel that serves frozen food made 1,000 miles away. Or when you see something incredible, and have no way of finding out what it is.
So, our award-winning small group tours take care of the details and ensure you and your driver-guide’s adventures are free from the things that make travel less loveable.
Here’s how we deliver travel experiences you’ll love:
You learn from the best storytellers in the world. And this is no overstatement. Our driver-guides are world famous for their juicy morsels of knowledge, facts, quirky stories, history, and fairy-tales. They truly take you beyond the guide books and into your adventure.
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 tonne of carbon we use, we donate £10 to environmental and community projects.
You explore in top of the range 16 seat mini-coaches. This means you never get lost, you always take the scenic route, and you’re free to sample the local tipple at lunch time.
So, take a tour with us and learn to love travel even more than you thought you could.
We’re going to be honest with you.
A long time ago we tried larger coaches.
In theory, it would‘ve 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 by 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.
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.
These days, 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 might 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.
They sold out and 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 after years of building, we now we have award-winning small group tours departing from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, London, and Dublin.
Sadly, Robin is way too busy to see all these gorgeous places as much as our guides. But he’s happy others are now getting to see the places he loved in the way he loved seeing them.