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We’ve been delivering small group tours since 1993 and in that time we’ve been consistently recognised as the best at what we do.

We’ve been recognised for giving you brilliant experiences, innovation in our business, investment in our people and our extensive responsible and sustainable tourism practices:

Queens Award to Industry 2015
Rabbie's have received a Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade!
Rabbie's are celebrating being named as winners of the UK's highest accolade for business success – A Queen's Award for enterprise in International Trade. We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you for choosing to tour with Rabbie's. Your business has helped us to increase sales and develop and expand our touring products, which the Queen's Award have recognised as an outstanding example of international trade. We are absolutely thrilled with this accolade!

In 1993, Robin set up Rabbie's with the ambition to enable people to experience the stunning scenery and remarkable history of our country. More than 20 years later, we are extremely proud that we are continuing to attract increasing numbers of overseas visitors. Robin will be heading to Buckingham Palace later in the year to receive the award from the Queen.

We will update our forum and facebook page with the photos - share.rabbies.com and facebook.com/Rabbies - further information on the award can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise/overview

Scottish Thistle Awards Winner 2015 - Regional Winner Tourism Everyone's Business
We are pleased to have won another Regional Thistle award in the category "Tourism Everyone's Business" The judges were looking for a business with "a proven track record of exceptional customer care and an innovative approach to delivering an excellent Scottish hospitality experience". This is what we have always strived to achieve at Rabbie's and it is very satisfying to be recognised for our efforts.
Green Tourism Award
We are very proud to be Scotland's first bus tour company to achieve a gold award in this world leading green accreditation scheme, demonstrating our high level commitment to protecting the environment and sustainable tourism practices.
Scottish Tourist Board 5 Star Award
We are Edinburgh's very first tour company to achieve this award in recognition of our high standards of care to you. We are now the only 5 Star tour company to guarantee you a small group experience with a maximum of 16 passengers because we believe the personal touch is best.
"Big Tick" Rural Action Award 2015 - UK Business in the Community
We have been recognised again in the 2015 Responsible Business Awards, run by Business in the Community, for the continued positive impact of our Rural Action program. The award recognises businesses which support rural communities and help maintain a vibrant, sustainable rural economy.​
Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce 2014 - BEST PERFORMING BUSINESS 51+
With two nominations on the night, Rabbie’s Small Group Tours picked up Best Performing Business 51 staff and above, in one of the most highly contested categories, fighting off competition from four other businesses.
"Big Tick" Rural Action Award 2014 - UK Business in the Community
We received reaccreditation in the Dairy Crest Rural Action Award for our Small Group Sustainable Touring. In the past year Rabbie’s tours have generated over £2 million for the rural economy, while also growing the business in a sustainable way. We have now held a Big Tick award for 4 years in a row.
Scottish Thistle Awards Winner 2013 - National Winner Entrepreneur of the Year
Rabbie's has once again being awarded a VisitScotland Thistle award for excellence in the National Scottish Tourism Oscars.
Energy Saving Trust - FuelGood fuel efficient driver training
We have recently put 44 of our drivers through FuelGood fuel efficient driver training. FuelGood Eco driving training is run by Transport Scotland and delivered by Energy Saving Trust. Our drivers clock up over 2.5 million kilometres a year between them. Based on these results we aim to cut our carbon emissions by 121.25 tonnes by continuing to use FuelGood techniques.
2013 VIBES Management Award
Rabbie's Small Group Tours in Edinburgh won the Management (SME) Award at this year’s VIBES Awards ceremony which was held at The Hub in Edinburgh. For 14 years, the Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland Awards (VIBES) has recognised the commitment, actions and achievements of Scottish companies in reducing their impact on the environment.
"Big Tick" Rural Action Award 2013 - UK Business in the Community
These are the in UK’s longest-running and most respected, responsible business awards and we won the Dairy Crest Rural Action Award for our approach to sustainable development in the rural communities we visit on tour.
"Goldstars" Award 2013 - UK Tour Operator of the Year
Now in their third year these annual awards aim to honour those businesses and organisations that have done the most to promote sustainability within the industry by implementing cost-saving practices that help the environment, improve customer services and benefit the bottom line.
Scottish Business in the Community - 2012 SME of the Year
Rabbie's were presented with Scottish Business in the Community's highly prized 2012 Award for Small to Medium Size Enterprise of the Year by Prince Charles. We were honoured to receive this award for the second time at the 30th Anniversary Scottish Business in the Community (SBC) Awards for Excellence Dinner, which took place at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh on Wednesday 9 May 2012. Click here for more info...
Scottish Thistle Awards Winner 2012 - Entrepeneur of the Year SE Region
Once again Rabbie's has been awarded a VisitScotland Thistle award for excellence in the South East of Scotland Regional Finals of the Scottish Tourism Oscars. The 4 Scotland regional finalists will find out who is the national winner in November 2012. Fingers crossed.
"Big Tick" Climate Change Award 2012 - UK Business in the Community
Rabbie's secured reaccredition in the UK wide award for Buisness Excellence for our programme to tackle Climate Change. Recognised as an exemplar company in this field we are proud to be recognised for work in reducing our customers' carbon footprint.
Outstanding example of Sustainable and Responsible Tour Operator
Specialist operator of small group tours and experiences, Rabbie’s Trail Burners has received Europeanwide recognition, named an ‘Outstanding Example’ of a Sustainable and Responsible Tour Operator‘, in the internationally respected VESTAS (Vision European Sustainable Tourism Awards). Promoting good practice throughout the industry, the VESTA judges distinguished Rabbie’s Trail Burners as the only tour operator in the final stages of the award process to receive the ‘Outstanding Example’ accolade, awarded to the top 12 ‘best of the best’ of the original 95 nominations.
2011 Vibes Award for Changing Behaviour
These prestigious Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland awards recognise the commitment, action and achievement of Scottish companies in reducing their impact on the environment. Rabbie's were honoured to be recognised for their achievements in achieving change in behaviours in both our people and influencing our customers. Click here for more info...
Best Tour Operator Employer Scotland
Organised by hospitality recruitment specialist Caterer.com, the Best Employers in Hospitality Awards Scotland aim to promote excellence in Scottish hospitality and recognise employers committed to providing an environment where talent can flourish and develop. All nominees were voted for exclusively by over 1,000 employees working in the Scottish hospitality sector, resulting in a ranking of the top 25 employers in Scotland.
Climate Change Award - Business in the Community
Rabbie's Trail Burners are proud recipients of the "Big Tick" Bank of America Merrill Lynch Climate Change Award for developing a KPI to drive both carbon reduction and business profitability, recognising best practice from companies around the world.
Scottish Business in the Community
Rabbie's Trail Burners were presented with Scottish Business in the Community's Award for SME of the year by Prince Charles. Scottish Business in the Community is one of the Prince's Charities in Scotland, supporting and challenging private sector members to improve their impacts in the workplace, marketplace, community and environment.
Scottish Thistle Awards Winner 2010 - Innovation
Rabbie's Trail Burners were proud to receive the 2010 Thistle Award for Innovation, presented for their new Holiday Combination Programme.
Scottish Thistle Awards Winner 2009 - Extra Mile Award for Customer Care
We were very proud to receive 2 Thistles this year and the judges said "Everyone at Rabbie’s Trail Burners is a passionate ambassador for Scotland, and the team is so confident in the visitor experience offered by the company that in 2009 a no-quibble guarantee was introduced."
Scottish Business in the Community Special Judges Award
For tackling climate change in a highly appropriate way for their core businesses, for being innovative and thorough, and generous in sharing their learning, for being an inspiration to SMEs.
Scottish Thistle Awards Winner 2009 - Operator Programme of the Year
Our second award recognised that "Travelling in small groups with committed and passionate driver/guides ensures a unique experience of Scotland, which can now also encompass many of Scotland’s beautiful islands thanks to this exciting new programme."
Scottish Vibes Awards Winner 2009
Rabbie's Trail Burners were presented with the Vibes Award in recognition of their commitment to helping the environment and for being among the most environmentally friendly businesses in Scotland.
Scottish Thistle Awards Winner 2008 - People Development
We were honoured with another great award in the large tourism business category. The judges said "The Rabbie’s Promise to customers is to deliver a unique and memorable experience of Scotland. The promise is consolidated through the company’s passion for its staff and their development..."
Scottish Thistle Awards Winner 2007- Sustainable Tourism
We were announced Scottish Thistle winners of the inaugural Sustainable Tourism award at a glittering gala dinner on 26th October 2007 held at Edinburgh's International Conference Centre in front of 850 people.
Keep Edinburgh Clean Award
Another environmental excellence award this time awarded for what we do in and around our Edinburgh headquarters. For example in May 2007 all the staff got together to clear out debris from a stretch of the local river - the Water of Leith - leaving it better for the residents of the city.




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