Is it possible to meet and travel in close company with a stranger for twelve days and at the end of that period of time be able still to maintain cordiality? When traveling with Lord Gray the answer MUST be resounding in the affirmative!
Ours was an extended personal, tailored tour in the Scottish Highlands specific to our interests, and we have Andrew’s diligent devotion to credit for the experience of such a rewarding and enjoyable first visit to the Highlands.
From our first day traveling with Andrew in his Mercedes vehicle to the last day of delivery to the airport, Andrew’s conduct can only be described as most gentlemanly, thoughtful, and accommodating. Though always professional, a sincere friendliness and warmth emanated during our relaxed conversations. Andrew might easily have been an historian, or educator as his depth of knowledge of Scottish history is broad and expansive and, importantly, delivered in the most amicable manner.
We appreciated Andrew’s patience and advice communicating via many e-mails to iron out an itinerary specific to our wishes, incorporating knowledgeable suggestions, all accomplished weeks before our arrival in Edinburgh.His recommendations were splendid and his intuitions for our needs and requirements were invaluable to our experience.
It was very important to our days to include explorations of locations particular to our Clan affiliations, sites of military and historical significance, and exposure to the culture beyond that only presented for the consumption of tourists. Andrew fulfilled all our requests and introduced us to features of the landscape and culture that we never would have discovered on our own.
On day one we met as strangers. On day twelve we parted as very good friends.
From The Scottish Highlands we traveled on to Ireland and further to Iceland. Our only wish was that we would have had Andrew with us during those experiences as well!
David & Ann McIntire
Well, that last day was a lot of driving for you – thank you for all your assistance.It was an enjoyable few days. The waterfall at Loch Arkaig, the steam locomotive at Aviemore (and even meeting Digger The Clydesdale up at Aboyne !) were the highlights.
Every good wish to you & Lucy
October 6th 2016
Many thanks for looking after us so well during our week touring with you. Certainly for John, the Library at Innerpeffray was the stand-out memory. We loved the scenery, especially on Skye.
If you ever come to the States, please visit us on our beautiful Mackinac Island – yes it rains here too !
We will certainly recommend you to our travel agent, Clare.
Fond good wishes
Mrs Mac & Mary K
We were in Oban for only one day as a cruise day in port. We were interested in seeing the Cruachan Power Station (why not visit a power station when you are are in the West Highlands??). We no public transport the Power Station folks suggestion Lord Gray. I am so glad they did. We spent 10 hours with Andrew. and it was a highlight of our cruise. We had emailed prior to our arrival so he had a tentative itinerary in mind but of course was very agreeable about making changes as we went. He met us as planned at the pier. Not only did we get a good overview of the area,the scenery, a stop at a great tea shop for scones, sports of historic significance, neolithic monuments, and many off the beaten path sights. We also visited Inverary Castle and as Lord Gray knows the Duke of Argyll he was able to explain about the house, the portraits and other items in the house. We have been to many castles and weren’t quite sure about spending time doing another one, but this tour gave us real insights into the castle. Andrew is very agreeable, easy-going and knowledgeable. The 10 hours flew by and we felt it was the best shore excursion of our cruise. We highly recommend his services.
Janet W, Santa Rosa, California
Visited July 2015
Thanks to your expert knowledge and indeed your capable driving on some of those winding roads in the Highlands, we had a really memorable trip to Scotland.
Very Best wishes
Jack Zager & family
Tennessee, June 2015
“Me, my two young daughters, my mom and my mother in law spent one wonderful week in Edinburgh and the Highlands. Andrew was great, helped us in every way he could and made our trip unforgettable.”
Anna Juila Jorge, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, August 2012
“Dear Lord Gray, Having returned to the U.S. after a very moving “Titanic Memorial Cruise”, I want to say thank you again for your expertise on the 2 day tour of the area around Oban. All the best to you and yours.”
Mike Hill, Nashville, TN, USA, April 2012
“The weather was on our side and meeting the Clan Chief at Duart was a real bonus. Wonderful to finally see Mull after knowing our favourite film (I Know Where I’m Going – 1945) with our heroine Wendy Hiller for nearly 40 years! Thank you!!”
Phyllis Isaacson, Florida, July 2013
“The Ardanaiseig Hotel … this beautiful building was designed by William Burn and built in 1834. The hotel works closely with Lord Andrew Gray of www.tailoredtoursonline.co.uk to escort guests in great comfort around Agyll, wth tailored itineraries that can include Highland Games and Clan Gatherings, Argyll’s Glorious Gardens, the local distilleries and breweries, and historic sites such as Inveraray Castle.”
Feature on Visiting Argyll – Weekend Scotsman, 5 February 2011
“Guests seem to love being chauffeur-driven by a real live Lord – but then who wouldn’t! Lord Gray who lives nearby,organises tours of the area, visiting ruined castles, beautiful gardens and showing guests the stunning scenery that this part of the world has to offer.”
Feature on Taychreggan Hotel, Argyll – Weekend Herald Magazine February 2011
“Dear Andrew – Many thanks for the excellent tour you provided for us on Friday. It was very much appreciated and the weather and guide were just wonderful!! Jim has been telling one and all about our grand day out.”
Mary & Jim McIntyre, June 2011
“Glasgow to Eriska – the most enjoyable journey we have had.”
Mr. Baynes, Hove, Sussex, July 2010
“Dear Andrew, we arrived safely back at Zeebrugge this morning. We want to thank you once more for the beautiful journeys in the Highlands, the marvellous trips we made with you, especially our day at the Highland Games in Oban and meeting the Clan Chief. Our best regards to you, Lucy and to the children.”
Roger & Jenny Hendrickx, August 2013
“We had a wonderful day out on your tour taking in Glencoe; It was a treat to find the Kinlochleven Seafood Cafe for our lunch stop – a real hidden gem. We had lots to tell the family about the tours, hoping to return next summer…”
David & Joanna, Hampshire (on annivesary trip) May 2014
World Gathering of MacIntyres, Taynuilt – July 2008
“Andrew – I couldn’t have done it without you, you were so professional, calm and considerate to everyone. Beyond that, you brought us into your community of friends and when asked on short notice, you also did your duty in fine fashion at the banquet.”
Martin MacIntyre, San Francisco, Convener of the Gathering