All tours are guided by a professional Blue Badge qualified tourist guide.
PART DAY (max 2 hours)
South Ayrshire offers many opportunities for local walks around local villages & countryside. Explore the beautiful villages and countryside of south west Scotland and discover their history and background from your knowledgeable and entertaining guide, Noreen Lyon.
Even the smallest of Scottish villages will have its very own rich, tapestry of history which Noreen can explain and bring to life.
Villages included at present are Kirkmichael, Straiton, Maidens, Dunure, Turnberry, Kirkoswald and Ballantrae.
HALF DAY TOURS (4 hours)
These tours are by car or coach and provide the opportunity to travel further afield across southwest Scotland and visit more locations.
Your experienced STGA qualified tour guide will help you to understand the rich history behind the places you visit and also to the towns, villages and countryside you travel through on your tour. With a wealth of Scottish knowledge, Noreen will entertain and inform you about the historical events of the past – often highlighting places which many visitors drive past without even knowing they have a rich story to tell!
- Burns Heritage Centre – cottage, monument, gardens, kirk, poet’s path & museum – Alloway. A must for the Robert Burns fan this tour includes all the main locations connected to the poet’s life, providing an insight into his life and the poetry he produced.
- Bruce & Burns – Turnberry castle, Kirkoswald, Alloway – combining locations important to Robert Burns and Robert the Bruce this tour visits locations important to 2 of the best known figures from Scotland’s rich history.
- Dumfries house (East Ayrshire) – house & gardens. A stunning 18th century house with 2,000 acres of garden and a world leading collection of Chippendale furniture makes this an unmissable tour!
- Culzean Castle – Perched on the cliffs overlooking the Clyde Estuary this 18th century house offers a stunning country park, walled gardens and a magnificent castle all within the same estate.
Tae a’ mouse, Poet’s Path, Alloway
Culzean - Willow Sculptures
Full Day tours
By coach or private vehicle, we can explore a variety of Historic Sites, Scotland’s Landscape, or our country’s Heritage. Day tours last approximately 8 hours and can start from cities, hotels, airports.
Day tours may include some walking, especially in Glasgow and other cities.
Our full day tours are tailored around where you want to visit and what you want to see and do and can include:
Ayrshire – Coast, Castles, Burns. This is my home area & my favourite of course!
Glasgow – Cathedral, George Square, University, Kelvingrove, Glasgow Green, People’s Palace.
Glasgow is the largest city of Scotland with a friendly atmosphere with many attractions listed above. You can also visit many sporting venues, theatres, pubs & restaurants!!
South west Scotland – this tour goes southwards to Dumfries & Galloway – Portpatrick, Whithorn, Wigtown. A quieter but beautiful part of Scotland.
Panoramic Lochs & Glens – beautiful landscape of Loch Lomond, ‘The Cobbler’, Dunoon, Firth of Clyde
As a fully qualified Blue Badge Tourist Guide, I am qualified to guide throughout Scotland.
Extended tours can last up to 10 days or more and allow you to travel more extensively across Scotland. These cover many parts of Scotland from Stranraer in South west to Skye or the Shetland Islands.
I have been very lucky to take tours recently by Irish tourism which has mostly American clients. Photographic tours have taken me to Glencoe, Mull or the Cairngorms.
The starting point can be from hotels, main cities (e.g. Glasgow or Edinburgh), stations or airports.