Alber Family’s Tour of Scotland

We welcomed Leo, Melissa, Jessica, Patrick & Barbara Alber from Canada on their first visit to Scotland for a four day private tour.

Alber Family at South QueensferryLeaving Edinburgh our first stop was South Queensferry to view the bridges. Travelling through Fife we arrived in St. Andrews where we explored town’s Cathedral, Castle, University Museum and Old Golf Course. As connoisseurs of ice cream everyone enjoyed their visit to Jannetta’s Gelateria. Following lunch we headed north to Leault Farm near Kingussie for a sheepdog demonstration, a highlight was the opportunity to feed the pet lambs and meeting the cuddly collie pups. The first night was spent in Inverness.


Eilean Donan CastleDay two began with a visit to Culloden Battlefield & Visitor Centre. Driving north we visited Glen Ord Distillery and enjoyed learning about the whisky distilling process. After lunch in Beauly we travelled to Loch Ness and visited Urquhart Castle. En-route to Skye we visited Clachan Duich Church and burial ground of the Clan Macrae followed by Eilean Donan Castle. Night two was spent at Broadford.

Day three was spent on Skye where we took a boat trip with Misty Isle Boat Trips from Elgol to Loch Coruisk. Leaving Elgol in glorious sunshine, we arrived at Loch Coruisk in torrential rain. Despite the weather we had a wonderful time hiking around the Loch Coruisk in the Black Cuillins. We left Skye at Armadale by ferry and travelled to Kyle of Lochalsh in glorious sunshine. En-route to Fort William we visited Glenfinnan, Caledonian Canal and Neptune’s Staircase. Night three was spent in Fort William.

Misty Isle Boat TripsDay four began with a visit to the MacDonald Massacre Memorial at Glencoe then onto the Glencoe Visitor Centre. Leaving Glencoe we visited Etive Mor where Skyfall was filmed. Travelling through stunning scenery we visited Loch Lomond and had a lovely lunch in Luss.

It was an absolute pleasure to share the beauty, history and culture of Scotland with our new friends, the Alber family. We wish everyone a safe journey home to Canada and keep in touch.


More photographs of the Alber Family’s Tour of Scotland can be found on Borders Journeys’ Facebook – Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four.

Following their tour the family wrote to thank Borders Journeys for their tour:

Alber family would like to say “hiya” Ian and thanks for being such an integral part of our Scotland travels. Many miles and many sights and many interesting conversations. We could not have enjoyed or learned so much, and we are like sponges with historic info. Sending kudos for your adventures on the wet hike over the rocks at Skye. Borders Journeys is now the talk of our friend Catriona’s Bridge Club (in Edinburgh). You have contributed to memories that will last a lifetime. Patrick Alber

Ian Walker was an integral part of a very successful vacation for our family of five adults. He is very patient and intuitive about sussing out details and personalities in order to make a tour successful. We could have seen much of the countryside on our own, but we would not have enjoyed the history, and we so enjoy our history, as much without Ian. We would have missed a lot of local lee too. A relaxed and confident traveller is a happy one, and we were, all five of us. A good mixture of events and places and keep the conversation going. Ian has become part of some very cherished family memories for years to come. I hope to come back for more in the future, maybe do the lineage this time. Alber Family

If you would like us to create a private tour for you, we will be happy to offer you our advice and plan the tour around your requirements so that we can build the perfect tour for you. We recognise that for many of you this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity and our emphasis is upon making your time in Scotland an experience you’ll always remember.

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