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1. What does Rabbie's mean?

Well - we've been called "Rabies" and "Rabbis" in our time, but Rabbie was the favoured first name of Scotland's best loved poet Robert "Rabbie" Burns, and like him we aim to introduce you to the wonders of Scotland as well as the best of the rest of the British Isles and South West Ireland. Want to know more?

2. Where do the tours leave from?

All our scheduled tours from Edinburgh depart from Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, EH1 3EG at the East end of Princes Street (beside Balmoral Hotel).

Please check in at least 15 minutes before your tour departs, please note that our tours have to leave on time and due to waiting restrictions we cannot wait for delayed passengers. The Rabbie's cafe opens from 7.30am and serves 100% Arabica coffee, a selection of fine teas, delicious breakfasts, sandwiches, soups, cakes and a range of local produce - we look forward to seeing you there!

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.
Please note - tours return to Waverley Bridge, close to the train station, taxis and local buses.

All our scheduled tours departing from Glasgow leave from outside Parish Hall, 266 George Street (next to the City Chambers, between North Frederick Street and John Street), Glasgow, Scotland. Please note: this is a pick-up point, we do not have a booking office at this location. To book this tour in person please visit the Tourism Information Centre in Glasgow City Centre. The local bus service is excellent with frequent buses to the centre of town. Information on routes and timetables can be found at First Group the local bus operator.

All our tours depart from outside the Kilkenny Shop, 6 Nassau St, Dublin 2.

ll our London departures leave from Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, SW1W 9SH. If coming on foot access is through the building at 4 Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SH.

3. Do you pick up from hotels?

No we don't. Many of the UK and Ireland’s historic city centres were not designed for quick road journeys! So to speed up your departure from the city we have central meeting points (detailed above). Our approach to this also reduces pollution and the carbon footprint of the tours that we offer.

4. What should we wear?

Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks, we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear (flat shoes) for your tour. The UK and Ireland can be a wet place!!

5. Your luggage

Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person. Luggage is carried free of charge but at the passenger's own risk.

6. What will the weather be like?

Typically British. You should expect 4 seasons in one day, but the weather isn't as bad as sometimes imagined - the Atlantic Gulf stream from Mexico makes the climate very temperate. Please click on the BBC website to see the latest observations.

7. What is the best tour?

The tours are designed to appeal to different tastes so please read the itineraries carefully, but 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.

8. Do you have tours in winter?

We run tours all year round and of course travelling in winter can be the most spectacular time to visit with clear blue skies and the odd bit of rain! In Scotland we can even show you beautiful snow capped mountains!

9. What language are the tours in?

Clear spoken English - of course the Scots speak the clearest English in the world! We also have detailed tour itineraries and a short piece of local history translated into Spanish, French, German and Italian available on request.

10. What is the age range on your tours?

From 5 yrs to 80 years young! The majority are 25 to 65.

11. Do you take children on your tours?

Children over 5 are welcome on all our tours. We don't take under fives on our overnight or longer day tours - this is for the sake of the child as much as everyone else. We do carry 3-5 year olds on request only on our short 1 day tours. Please enquire about the tours we recommend for young children so that we can provide them with a booster seat.

12. Are there stops on the tour?

We want you to enjoy the best of Britain and Ireland as much as possible, and we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the bus as often as we can. We ensure this with a mixture of photo stops, comfort stops and some walking.

13. Are there plenty of walks?

Yes and we pride ourselves on giving you opportunities to really experience the fresh air and the beautiful scenery from outside the bus. These walks are optional and good footwear is advisable. 

14. Do we need to bring our own lunch?

It's not necessary, however, you can if you wish. We will either stop in small towns or villages, where you can choose where you eat, or rural 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 fabulous hospitality. 

15. How much do the optional attractions/ entry fees and the meals on the tours cost?

Edinburgh Departures

St Andrews and the Fishing Villages of Fife
Falkland Palace(March –November) - £5 for Rabbie’s passengers (2015 rate)
St Andrews Cathedral - £4.50, Concession £3.60, Child £2.70
St Andrews Castle - £5.50, Concession £4.40, Child £3.30

Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle - £14.50 (our costumers get a 10% discount), £11.60 senior, £8.70 child. If visiting Edinburgh and Stirling Castle please enquire about our Historic Scotland Explorer Passes which could save you money.

Highland Lochs Glens and Whisky
Dewars World of Whisky - £6.00 for Rabbie's passengers

Rosslyn Chapel and the Scottish Borders
Melrose Abbey - £5.50 adult, £4.40 senior/student, £3.30 child
Rosslyn Chapel - £9.00 adult, £7.00 concession and child free with a paying adult (2015 rate)

West Highland Lochs and Castles
Doune Castle - £5.50 adult, £4.40 students/senior, £3.30 child
Kilchurn Castle - free entry
Inveraray Castle - (April 1st - October 31st) - £10 adult, £8.50 students/senior, £6.50 child

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands
Loch Ness Boat Cruise - £13.50, £12.50 concession and £8.00 child

Hadrians Wall Roman Britain and Scottish Borders
Birdoswald Fort - £5.60, £5.00 concession and £3.40 child

Discovery Malt Whisky
Glengoyne - £7.50
Deanston - £10.00

Alnwick Castle, Berwick and the Borders
Alnwick Castle - £10.50 Adult, £10.50 Concession, Children £5.30 (2015 rates)
Alnwick Castle and Gardens - £18 Adult, £18 Concession, Children £8.45 (2015 rates)
Melrose Abbey - £5.50 adult, £4.40 senior/student, £3.30 child

Loch Ness and Inverness 2 Day Tour
Loch Ness Boat Cruise - £13.50, £12.50 concession and £8.00 child

Isle of Skye 3 Day Tour
Eilean Donan Castle - £7 adult, £6 concessions and £3.50 child
Loch Ness Boat Cruise - £13.50

Lake District and Hadrian’s Wall 3 Day Tour
Dove Cottage £7.50 Adult, £4.25 Child
Lake Windermere Cruise £8.00 and £3.80 child

Arran Adventure 3 Day Tour
Culzean Castle £11
Alloway Visitor Centre £5
Brodick Castle £8.50
Inveraray Castle £8.00, £7.20 concession and student

Speyside Whisky Trail 3 Day Tour
Dalwhinnie £7
Benromach Distillery £10
Speyside Cooperage £2.50
Cardhu Distillery £5.00
Glenlivet Distillery - free entry

Islay and Whisky Coast 4 Day Tour
Kilmartin House Museum - £5, Concessions £4, Children £2
Kilchoman Distillery - £6 (2015 rate)
Ardbeg Distillery – £12
Laphroaig Distillery – £6 (2015 rate)
Bowmore Distillery – free
Bruichladdich Distillery – £5.00
Oban Distillery – £8.00 adult

Mull, Iona and West Highlands 4 Day Tour
Iona Abbey £7.10 adult, £5.70 concession and £4.30 child
Staffa Boat trip £30.00 and £15.00 child

Skye and the Far North 5 Day Tour
Eilean Donan Castle - £7 adult, £6 concession and £3.50 child
Cruise Loch Ness - £13.50 adult, £12.50 concession and £8.00 child

Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye 5 Day Tour
Eilean Donan Castle - £7 adult, £6 concession and £3.50
Cruise Loch Ness - £13.50 adul, £12.50 concession and £8.00 child
Iona Abbey - £7.50 adult, £5.70 senior/student, £4.30 child (2015 rates)
Staffa Boat Trip - £30 and £15 child

Orkney and the Far North 5 Day Tour
Culloden - £6.00
Skara Brae - £7.10 adult, £5.70 senior/student and £4.30 child
Tomb of Eagles - £7 adult, £6 senior/student and £3.50 child
Maes Howe - £5.50 adult, £4.40 senior/student, £3.30 child

Yorkshire and Lake District 5 Day Tour
Dove Cottage £7.50 Adult, £4.25 child
Lake Windermere Cruise £8.00 and £3.80 child
Alnwick Castle £10.50 adult and £3.50 child
Alnwick Castle and Gardens £18.00 adult and £8.45 child

Outer Hebrides and Skye Adventure 6 Day Tour

Eilean Donan Castle - £7.00 adult, £6.00 senior/student and £3.50 child
Arnol Blackhouse - £4.50 adult, £3.60 senior/student and £2.70 child
Gearrannan - £2.70
Callanish Visitor Centre - donation

Complete Hebridean 6 Day Experience
Inveraray Castle - £8.00 adult, £7.20 senior/student
Gearrannan - £2.70
Highland Folk Museum - free
Rodel Church - free
Callanish Visitor Centre - donation
Dun Carloway - free

Glasgow Departures

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands
Loch Ness Boat Cruise - 11.00 adult/student/senior, 10.00 child

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond National Park & Whisky Tour
Stirling Castle - 14.50 adult, 11.60 senior/student and 8.70 child (our customers get a 10% discount). If visiting Edinburgh and Stirling Castle please enquire about our Historic Scotland Explorer Passes which could save you money.
Glengoyne Distillery - 7.50 (including one taste), £9.50 (including two tastes).

Oban Glencoe and the West Highlands
Inveraray Castle - £18.00 adult and £7.20 senior/student

Culzean Castle, Burns Country and Ayrshire Coast
Culzean Castle - £11.00
Alloway Visitor Centre - £5.00
Whitelee Windfarm - free

Loch Ness and Inverness 2 day tour
Loch Ness Boat Cruise - £11.00 and £10.00 child

Isle of Skye 3 day tour
Eilean Donan Castle - £7.00 adult, £6.00 senior/student and £3.50 child
Cruise Loch Ness- £13.50 adult, £12.50 senior/student and £8.00 child

You may want to consider purchasing an Historic Scotland Explorer Pass. This grants you entry to any Historic Scotland managed attraction. Further details can be found on the Historic Scotland website.

Dublin Departures

West Coast Explorer 3 Day Tour
Locke's Distillery - €8.00
Clonmacnoise - €6.00 adult, €4.00 senior and €2.00 student/child
Cong Abbey - free
Kylemore Abbey - €11.70 adult, €9.00 senior and €8.10 student/child
Cliffs of Moher Exhibition - €6.00 adult, €4.00 senior/student and child for free

Kilkenny, West Cork and Kinsale, South East Coast 3 Day Tour
Blarney Castle - €13.00 adult, €11.00 senior/student and €5.00 child
Kilkenny Castle - €7.00 adult, €5.00 senior and €3.00 student/child
Glendalough Visitor Centre - €3.00 adult, €2.00 senior/student and €1 child

Escape to the West 5 Day Tour
Locke's Distillery - €8.00
Clonmacnoise - €6.00 adult, €4.00 senior and €2.00 student/child
Cliffs of Moher Exhibition - €6.00 adult, €4.00 senior/student and child for free
Skellig Experience - €5.00 adult, €4.00 senior/student and €3.00 child
Derrynane House - €4.00 adult, €3.00 senior and €2.00 student/child
Blarney Castle - €13.00 adult, €11.00 senior/student and €5.00 child
Kilkenny Castle - €7.00 adult, €5.00 senior and €3.00 student/child

Northern Ireland, Atlantic Coast 5 Day Tour
Titanic Museum - £15.50 adult, £11.00 (Mon - Fri) and £10.00 (Sat - Sun) senior, £10.00 (Mon - Fri) and £11.00 (Sat - Sun) students and £7.25 child
Kylemore Abbey - €11.70 adult, €9.00 senior, €8.10 student
Cong Abbey - free
Locke's Distillery - €8.00

London Departures

Traditional England, Windsor, Real Ales, Cream Teas & Riverside Walks
Windsor Castle - £19.20 adult, £17.50 senior/student and £11.50 child

The Cotswolds, Bath and Oxford 2 Day Tour
Avebury Stone Circles - free
Avebury Manor and Garden - £10.00 and £5.00 child

Kent Castles, Gardens and Coastline 3 Day Tour
Leeds Castle - £24.00 adult, £21.00 senior/student and £16.00 child (4 - 15 years old)
Deal Castle - £5.20 adult, £4.70 senior/student and £3.10 child
Walmer Castle - £7.90 adult, £7.10 senior/student and £4.70 child
Biddenden Vineyards - free
Sissinghurst Castle - £12.90 and £6.25 child

Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Bath and the south west coast 3 Day Tour
Stonehenge - £13.90 adult, £12.50 senior/student and £8.30 child
Glastonbury Tor - free
Bath Abbey - free (donations welcome)

Shakespeare's England, Wales and Cambridge 4 Day Tour
Conwy Castle - £6.75 adult and £5.10 senior/student/child
Chester Cathedral - free (donation of £3.00 suggested)
Chatsworth House - £22.00 adult, £20.00 senior/student and £16.00 child
Lincoln Cathedral - free

Heart of England Wales and Yorkshire 5 Day Tour
Conwy Castle - £6.75 adult, £5.10 senior/student/child
Chatsworth House - £22.00 adult, £20.00 senior/student and £16.00 child

Devon and Cornwall 5 Day Tour
Exeter Cathedral - £6.00 adult, £4.00 senior/student and child for free
Royal Albert Memorial Museum - free
Tintagel Castle - £6.80 adult, £6.10 senior/student and £4.10 child
Stonehenge - £13.90 adult, £12.50 senior/student and £8.30

Meals on Tour

The cost of meals is not included in the ticket price on any of our tours. This is because we believe in giving you the freedom to choose where and what you eat. During our excursions, we stop in small, quaint towns and villages where you can choose between cafes, pubs, bakeries or restaurants; there is something to suit every budget. Alternatively feel free to bring your own packed lunch for day tours.

16. How far in advance should we book?

We accept reservations right up to the day of departure, but to avoid disappointment, it is always best to book as far in advance as possible.

17. What is your cancellation policy?

Refunds are at Rabbie’s discretion for cancellations outwith our standard notice periods - 3 days for any 1 day tours and 21 days for any longer tours. We’ll always consider your circumstances though, as we understand that these things aren’t always within your control. So speak to us, we’re here to help! If we can resell your seat we will give you a refund less a 10% admin charge. Outside these times we will refund less a 10% admin charge. Click here to view full terms and conditions.

18. How can I pay?

Payment can be made by either Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, Cirrus, American Express, Solo, cash, cheque or bank transfer. Please note that with credit card transactions there is a 2% bank charge on all purchases.

19. What is included in the price?

The tour, all taxes, ferries and the services of one of our passionate driver/guides, who pride themselves on being ambassadors for their country.

20. Are all taxes included in the prices?

Yes - there are no hidden extras.

21.Should we tip the driver/guide - and how much?

What can we say - they love it! The amount is entirely at your discretion.

22. Should we take out travel insurance?

We highly recommend you take out travel insurance - click below for great rates...
RABS Travel Ins 1

23. Where can we park our own car in close to the departure point?

We would not recommend bringing your car into the City Centre of any of the Cities that we depart from. Edinburgh and Glasgow have excellent bus services with Lothian Buses and First Bus Glasgow running frequent buses around the respective Cities. In Dublin you can travel around via Dublin Bus or the LUAS which is Dublin’s efficient Tram system. For getting around London the Transport for London website will be extremely useful. 

24. Do you have somewhere I can share my thoughts and photographs of my tour?

You can leave any experiences and memories of your tour that you want to share with us at the Rabbie's Forum.

Where do you stay on tours?

At the time of booking we ask what type of accommodation you would like whilst on tour. The choices are as follows: Hostel, B&B standard, B&B en/suite and Hotel (3 or 4 star). Accommodation is dispersed around various towns and villages, rarely more than a 10-15 minute walk from the centre, although on occasions this can be 20-30 minutes. Taxis are available for a small fee if necessary. If you have access needs or specific requirements please let us know when booking. Late bookings and/or peak season may limit the choice and location of available accommodation.

How does that work?

When you go on tour your driver/guide will drop you off at your booked accommodation and pick you up in the morning so you have no need to worry about shifting luggage or getting lost on tour. It’s a small group tour so we won’t let you get lost in the crowd.
After you’ve stayed at your accommodation you pay for it directly to your host. Cash is preferred amongst smaller B&Bs but don’t worry if you run out. There are plenty of Automatic Cash machines in the places you stay overnight.
We’ve found that this way of touring means you can really get in touch with the locals and your choices can be looked after far more effectively and you can stay in the best and most affordable places.

What does the accommodation cost?

The accommodation prices below are for guidance only and we cannot be held responsible for any variation in the cost of accommodation, but we always do our very best to satisfy your personal requirements and have an amazing track record of providing our customers the best value and quality accommodation available. We do advise that single supplements usually apply and at times in peak season double room rates are charged for single occupancy.

What you can expect from a B&B

Standard and en/suite, also known as a Guest House
A B&B is usually a traditional family home that has been converted. The most common types of rooms available in B&B’s are doubles or twins. Family rooms – one double bed and one single bed (suitable for 3 adults) are also available in many B&B’s and there are single rooms, however, single rooms often come at a supplement. You will find a hospitality tray with tea and coffee making facilities and a TV in the room. All bed linen and towels are provided. Breakfast is provided in the morning and is included in the price. Vegetarian options are available on request.

B&B Standard (only a few rooms of this type)
The toilet and showering facilities are outside the room, normally close to the bedroom and are often shared with 1 or 2 other rooms in the house.
The cost of a B&B standard is between £27.50 – £35 per person per night.

B&B En/suite (most common type of accommodation)
The showering and toilet facilities are within the bedroom for your own private use. The cost of a B&B en/suite is between £35 – £45 per person per night.
Please note: Due to a shortage of single rooms, there may be a supplement – often we have to book double rooms for single occupancy. A Single room typically costs between £45 - £60 per night. If however, you plan to travel during an exceptionally busy period you can pay up to £75 - £80 per night.
Rooms in Oban, Portree and Inverness which have a superior views may be more expensive
In Ireland B&B's will be around €45 - €55 per person per night. .

What you can expect from a Hotel

A Hotel is a larger property, offering the same room types as B&B en/suite. Some hotels have a bar or restaurant for the use of their guests and normally provide evening meals. All bedding and linen are provided. Breakfast is provided in the morning and is included in the price.
The cost of Hotel 3* is between £55 – £75 per person per night. Hotel 4* is £70 - £100 per person per night.
In Ireland Hotel’s will be around €55 - €65 per person per night.
Please remember there is often a single supplement which will result in the price of a room being slightly higher than quoted above.

Room types available in B&B’s or Hotels

Double room – 1 double bed = sleeps 2 people
Twin room – 2 single beds = sleeps 2 people
Single room – 1 single bed = sleeps 1 person
Family room – 1 double bed and 1 single bed = sleeps 3 people

Price is dependent on availability and time of year. The further in advance you book your tour the more likely you are to get your first choice of accommodation. If you have any dietary requirements or allergies that might affect you on tour, please let us know at the time of booking.

What you can expect from a Hostel

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms (bedrooms) normally between 4 to 8 beds in each dorm, but can be up to 12 or 16 beds in the bigger hostels. The beds are typically bunk beds and all the bedding is provided by the hostel. Towels are not provided, however you can hire towels from the hostel for a small charge. The bathroom and showering facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are available for all guests, which are well equipped for making your own meals. Shops are close by so you can purchase food. This type of accommodation is ideal for those on a budget. You do not have to be a member to stay in the hostels as many of them are independent. The cost of a hostel is between £11 - £18 per night. Breakfast is NOT included or provided.

Room types in Hostels

There is the option to be in a mixed dorm (males and females in one room) or a single sex dorm (men only or women only); if you have a preference please let us know at the time of booking.

Do you have any discount?

You can obtain disconts off shops and attractions with Rabbie's Discount Card.

What are your terms and conditions?

The small print

Rabbie's Trail Burners Ltd ("the Company") accepts your ("the Customer") booking under the following terms and conditions.


Reservations will only be confirmed on receipt of full payment.

Cancellations and Refunds
The Company will only cancel tours due to circumstances outwith our control.

Where the Customer cancels the tour reservation then the effective date of cancellation will be the date the Company receives written notification. In the event of cancellation a charge, as detailed below, shall be payable by the Customer.

If cancellation for extended tours is made less than 3 weeks before the tour commences, refunds are at our discretion. Please also note that customers may be liable for 1 nights accommodation surcharge in this instance. If cancellations are made less than 72 hours before the tour commences, please be advised that customers may be liable for all accommodation costs.  

For All Tours, City Breaks and holidays of more than 1 day 
a) Cancellation more than 21 days before the tour date 10%  
b) Cancellation less than 21 days before the start of the tour entirely at our discretion. 

For 1 Day Sightseeing Tours 
a) Cancellation more than 72 hours before tour departure 10% 
b) Cancellation less than 72 hours before the tour departure entirely at our discretion.

While the Company shall do everything reasonably possible to provide your tour itinerary and details as planned, the Company reserves the right to alter itineraries, transport or accommodation for whatever reason. In the case of hotel accommodation a similar standard of alternative accommodation will be obtained wherever possible.
The Company reserves the right to refuse to carry any person whose conduct or manner is likely to cause offence or upset to other passengers. In such cases full cancellation charges apply and the Company shall have no further liability to that passenger.

Other operators/carriers  
The Company will not accept or have any liability for any acts or omissions whether negligent or otherwise of any supplier or person providing services in connection with any tour unless such a person is employed by or under the direct control of the Company. Tickets for travel on other carriers are subject to the normal conditions of carriage of the individual carrier.

Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag and one carry-on bag per person. Luggage is carried free of charge but at the passenger's own risk.

We regret we do not carry children under the age of 5.

The Company strongly recommends that passengers arrange suitable travel, medical and cancellation insurance.

Smoking is not permitted on coaches but there are frequent stops en route for passengers who wish to smoke.

Financial Protection
In accordance with the EC Directive on Package Travel all customers monies are held in trust until such time as the tour has been completed.

Force Majeure 
The Company does not accept any liability for any loss, inconvenience or damage caused by war, threat of war, riot or civil commotion, terrorist or criminal activity, industrial disputes, natural disasters, fires, sickness, weather conditions, road or traffic conditions, temporary technical, mechanical or electrical breakdown within booked accommodation, explosion of, or radioactive contamination from, any nuclear facility or other events beyond the control of the Company.

These conditions shall be construed and interpreted in accordance within the Law of Scotland and the Parties each submit to the jurisdiction of the Scottish Courts.

Rabbie's Trail Burners Ltd. 
Company Registered in Scotland Number SC164516. 
Registered Office: 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, Scotland.



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