We customise our tours to provide you with the highest quality experience

Thistle Tour Guides drive individuals, small groups and families, from one to six passengers, on bespoke guided tours throughout Scotland providing a distinctly personal and flexible experience. From single to multi day excursions, every tour is tailor made to ensure that you will see and do what interests you. 


Mainland Scotland has approximately 6,160 miles of coastline.  At its narrowest, it is only 25 miles wide, from the estuaries of the rivers Forth and Clyde.  At its longest, it is 345 miles from John O'Groats to Lockerbie.

For our American clients, Scotland is similar in size to South Carolina!

We are really spoiled for choice with options for unforgettable days out.


Scotland's Highland region contains much of the country's most spectacular scenery. From the sea lochs and mountains of the west coast to some of the most unspoiled landscapes of Europe, there is much to do and see here.


From Shetland in the north to the Hebrides in the west, Scotland has hundreds of islands to explore. Opportunites for travel and adventure are endless, from scrambling in the mountains of Skye to exploring the Iron Age settlements  in Orkney, 


The seven cities of Scotland are all completely different. From Edinburgh's castle and New Town, to Glasgow's shipyards to Dundee's journalism, jute and jam, none of the seven cities of Scotland are alike. 


Wherever you are in Scotland, a castle is never far away.  Some were, and still are, the homes

of kings and queens.  Some are the ancestrals home of clan 

chiefs but all have their own

family stories to tell. 


Scotland has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The islands in the west, scattered with beaches of fine white sand, to the Moray coast's sea-smoothed pebbles. In fact, there is a beach in the heart of the Cairngorms, some 40km from the sea. 


A journey through Scotland provides opportunities to witness nature at its best.  Scotland has large areas of wilderness where rare animals and plants thrive.

It's always a good idea to pack

binoculars as there's so much

to see.


Overwhelmed? Don't worry if you're not sure exactly what you want to see and do during your time in Scotland. We have over 40 years of experience of exploring and learning about our amazing country, so we are confident that by touring with us you will appreciate it as much as we do. 

The Water of Life

Visit the ancestral homes of Clan Chiefs and romantic figures or perhaps take time to discover your own ancestral heritage. 


Outlander Odyssey

Take a trip back in time to visit the romantic and picturesque villages, towns and lochs featured in the popular "Outlander" TV series. 


Castles & Clans

Visit the ancestral homes of clan chiefs and romantic figures or perhaps take time to discover your own ancestral heritage. 

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