I was kept informed of when to make payments. It was reassuring to have information about Covid as this year being different and quite clear when to do lateral flow tests. The download of the trip was very clear and good.
Because of the changeable weather, our guide, with advice from the boat people, decided we couldn’t risk going to Jura. Initially a bit disappointed, however, going to Lismore, was an excellent choice and we had a lovely walk - and the only cafe on the island served the best coffee! Another was going to the Beaver centre with ‘Peter’, who was so knowledgeable and made learning about beavers very interesting! The day we went to the Mull of Oh, changed dates because of the weather was wonderful and so enjoyed the whole day. Our guide, Edd, was so encouraging and helpful leading the way. Each day brought their own special points and we all got on so well.
Accommodation & Food
Our first hotel, Loch Melfort hotel was delightful! Very good rooms, comfy and well equipped in such a lovely position overlooking the loch. The food was very good and some of it slightly unusual- we all enjoyed the ‘palate cleanser’ of different sorbets between the courses. The staff were efficient and quick and good packed lunches. The second on Islay, The Machir, was being a golf club was equally as comfortable and lovely rooms and well equipped. The food was mostly delicious, but they ran out of certain items which probably was due to the current delivery problems. The service was a bit slow at times and the packed lunches not quite so good, but seeing as this year is different, it mayn’t have been their fault.
Our guide, Edd Hamilton, was excellent! We gather that it’s his first year with you, which you wouldn’t have known! He was very helpful, always willing to answer any queries ( not many), but also must have learnt up on the relevant historical facts for all the places we went to and never referred to notes and made that interesting too! His driving was very considerate and some roads were bumpy, but we all felt comfy and safe. He was very relaxed with us and always on time. We all very much enjoyed being led by him!
The Bottom Line
Very good trip, very well organised and a relaxed, but safe holiday. I’ve been before with you, so definitely must enjoy them and would always recommend them!