P. and D. Andrae, Wisconsin, USA
Darryl, we cannot say enough about your guidance and assistance in planning our trip to Scotland. We appreciated you so much that when we encountered problems in our Ireland stay, we said to each other, “Where’s Darryl? He would have taken care of this!”
My comments follow:
In the months prior to our trip, Darryl answered our every question. He made suggestions to our planned route, making it more driver-friendly, with shorter driving days. He promptly helped us with phone/SIM card questions, money questions, driving questions, insurance questions. The suggestion to use Brigadoon Tours was a good one. George, our captain, found a seal, dolphins, and sea eagles for us to see. All the material was useful, especially the map, the info on Loch Ness boat tours, the pamphlets on the Isle of Skye. The vouchers of course were necessary but we appreciated the sheet with the driving directions to each hotel/B&B. The Tips were also helpful, re: money, road signs, etc. The car rental area at Edinburgh is far away (a long walk) from the main airport but that’s not adeo’s fault. Some of the arrangements with the cashier (additional driver, extra insurance) seemed to be difficult but maybe we were just overtired. The car was larger than we expected. While we appreciated the extra space, the car (a VW Sharan) proved difficult to maneuver.
The Stirling Highlands Hotel was well-situated in the town centre. A full breakfast served buffet style. Service was good. Elevator to the upper floors. Rooms clean and attractive.
Stronchreggan View Guest House had a great view over Loch Linnhe — we saw a full rainbow from the breakfast room in the morning. However, Dan and I were given a tiny, tiny first-floor room with the bathroom facilities on the second floor. There was a Fell Race up Ben Nevis the next day and three runners were also lodging at Stronchreggan. We figure she gave our en-suite room to them.
Dunorin House Hotel was our favorite, I think I can say without hesitation. Situated outside Dunvegan in a rural setting, the rooms were nicely furnished, the breakfast room was sunny (I know this doesn’t always happen on the Isle of Skye!) Amanda was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable. Each morning we were given a menu to order from. We’d definitely recommend this one!
Strome Lodge in Inverness was an older B&B. Both our rooms were on the second floor which meant lugging our belongings upstairs. The rooms were clean and well-appointed but a little small. Marion and Sean, our hosts, were helpful and the breakfasts were good. The stone front yard proved too small for our vehicle so we had to park on the street. The town centre was walking distance across the River Ness, with many restaurants.
The Edinburgh B&B, in a refurbished elegant town house, was nicely appointed with ultra modern furniture. The breakfast room was large; service and food were good. We walked to the Edinburgh Castle (it was a fairly long walk). We had a mixup here as well, with one of the rooms being small and low-ceilinged; a new room was assigned on request. The elevator was the smallest I’ve ever seen, but it was handy to get our luggage to the 4th floor!
The complimentary Edinburgh Tour tickets were a super nice surprise! After touring the castle and strolling the Royal Mile, we caught the bus and stayed on for the whole route, learning a lot about what we were seeing. We planned to go again the next morning, but it was rainy and we had to get to the airport.
We would definitely give adeo Travel five stars! Feel free to use our comments on your website. Thank you so much. And we really appreciated your “sun dance”! It worked for awhile!