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Wayfaring Kiwi’s Scotland Recommendations and Travel Discounts

Wayfaring Kiwi’s Scotland Recommendations and Travel Discounts

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Are you in need of some recommendations to make your Scotland trip unforgettable? I have compiled a list of locally owned businesses in Scotland that I think offer incredible experiences and go above and beyond for travellers. Some of these businesses have kindly offered my readers a discount! Think of it as my own little ‘Best in Scotland’ list. Be sure to bookmark this page and keep checking back, as I will be adding new recommendations and discount codes regularly.

I’ve explored the width and breath of Scotland, and met many amazing locals who go above and beyond to offer travellers unforgettable experiences. The majority of businesses on this list are locally owned and operated. Occasionally larger businesses will make this list, but only if they offer an outstanding experience/service.

Some of these businesses have kindly offered a discount to my Scotland Travel Tips Facebook group members and readers- discount codes will be included below. Please mention Yvette from Wayfaring Kiwi when booking 🙂

I will keep adding businesses to this list that I discover on my travels around Scotland, and please share this list with your fellow travellers.

Disclosure: Each business has been personally vetted and approved by me. I have worked with some of these businesses before, while other experiences I have paid for- the one thing all these businesses have in common is that they go above and beyond for their customers. I may earn affiliate commission from some referrals. 

Are you a Scottish tourism business that has an amazing experience to travellers?

If you would like to be added to this list, please email yvette@wayfaringkiwi.com with the subject line ”Working together: Your business name” and I’ll be in touch! Please note that I am very picky when it comes to selecting businesses for this list, and not everyone will make the cut. I want to recommend the best local businesses and services to my readers and members of Scotland Travel Tips, so please include some information on you, your business, and why it’s amazing. But do get in touch and we can see if you’re a good fit!

💜 Yvette

Car hire

Celtic Legend

Locations: Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, London Heathrow, Manchester, Prestwick Airport, Southampton Airport.

Website: https://www.celticlegend.co.uk/car-rental/

Description: Our official recommendation for car hire in Scotland!

Discount: Save 10% when you mention the code WAYFARINGKIWI at time of quotation. Please type the referral code into the form on their website to receive the discount. Discounts cannot be applied on existing bookings.

Private Tour Guides and Driving Tours

The following list is of tour guides we recommend in Scotland. I have included the locations of where each guide is based, but many offer tours all over Scotland, so please check out their website for details!

Kiwi and Haggis Tours 

Location: Edinburgh
Website: https://kiwiandhaggistours.com/
Description: This is our tour company and we offer private driving tours from Edinburgh, and multi-day tours. We take up to 7 passengers.

Gallus Tours Scotland and Photowalk Scotland 

Location: Edinburgh/Scottish Borders
Website: https://gallustoursscotland.com/ 
Description: Tom provides tours all over Scotland and can take larger groups. He also offers photography tours. 

Please quote WAYFARINGKIWI at time of booking

Anderson Scottish Tours

Location: Glasgow
Website: https://www.andersonscottishtours.com/ 
Description: Callum provides private tours throughout Scotland starting from Glasgow and Edinburgh. He also specialises in shore excursions in Glasgow and Edinburgh. He can take a maximum of 7 passengers.

Discount: Save 5% using the code AST5

Macleod Heilan Tours

Location: Glasgow/Edinburgh/Isle of Skye
Website: https://www.macleodheilantours.com/ 
Description: John is from the Isle of Skye but lives near Glasgow, and offers private driving tours throughout Scotland starting from Glasgow and Edinburgh. He is my recommended Isle of Skye tour guide.

Discount code: Use the code STT5OFF to save 5% on your tour!

Mary’s Meanders

Location: Edinburgh/Linlithgow
Website: https://www.marysmeanders.co.uk/ 
Description: Emma and Anne specialise in Outlander tours, and offer a variety of tours throughout Scotland. 

Please quote WAYFARINGKIWI at time of booking

Cath’s Inverness Tours 

Location: Inverness
Website: https://cathsinvernesstours.com/ 
Description: Cath offers walking and private driving tours starting from Inverness. 

Please quote WAYFARINGKIWI at time of booking

Orkney Uncovered

Location: Orkney
Website: https://orkneyuncovered.co.uk/
Description: Private tour guide based on the Orkney Islands

Group tours

Rabbies

Location: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, and England
Description: Rabbies offer affordable group tours all around Scotland and they are my go-to for group tours.

Please use my referral link and click here to book your tour 

Food and Drink Experiences

Swirl Sip Socialise

Location: Edinburgh
Website: https://swirlsipsocialise.com/ 
Description: Private and small group food, wine and whisky tasting tours and experiences led by a local guide. Explore Edinburgh and enjoy the best artisan Scottish foods perfectly paired with wine and whisky.

Discount: Save 5% with code STTKIWI

Hampers and Champers 

Location: Inverness 
Website: https://www.hampersandchampersinverness.com/ 
Description: Graze boxes, packed lunches.

Downright Gabbler 

Location: Beauly near Inverness
Website: https://downrightgabbler.co.uk/ 
Description: Food and drink storytelling experiences.

The Restaurant at Mingarry Park Hotel 

Location: Ardnamurchan
Website: https://www.mingarryparkhouse.co.uk/ 

Bloom and Graze 

Location: Mallaig
Website: https://www.facebook.com/bloomandgraze 
Description: Graze boxes and a horse box cafe in Mallaig.

Experiences and Activities

Islay Sea Adventures

Location: Islay
Website: https://islay-sea-adventures.co.uk/
Description: Wildlife cruises, fishing trips, and seafood excursions.

Kitchen Coos and Ewes 

Location: South West Scotland
Website: https://www.kitchencoosandewes.com/ 
Description: Go on a tour of a highland cow farm and meet this beautiful herd of highland cows

Accommodation

Menstrie Castle

Location: Near Stirling 
Website: https://www.menstriecastlestay.co.uk/ 
Description: Self-catering apartments, sleeps 1-6

Discount: Save 5% with the code HAGGIS5 at checkout

Mingarry Park Hotel and Restaurant 

Location: Acharacle. Ardnamurchan
Website: https://www.mingarryparkhouse.co.uk/ 
Description: Hotel in rural area, some suites have hot tubs

Discount: Save 10% using the code KIWI10 (excludes Saturdays)

Ceol Mara 

Location: Isle of Gigha
Website: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/828885842481134262 
Description: House, three bedrooms, Sleeps up to 6.

Willow Cottage 

Location: Spean Bridge/Fort William
Website: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/704182844208491000 

The Bothie 

Location: Cairngorms National Park
Website: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/590229935553512943 

Grantonville Bungalow 

Location: Inverness
Website: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/31034047 

North Shore 

Location: Isle of Lewis
Website: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/32433588 

Hostel accommodation

Castle Rock Hostel 

Location: Edinburgh
Website: https://www.castlerockedinburgh.com/ 

Hostelling Scotland 

Location: Properties throughout Scotland
Website: https://www.hostellingscotland.org.uk/ 

Are you a Scottish tourism business that has an amazing experience to travellers?

If you would like to be added to this list, please email yvette@wayfaringkiwi.com with the subject line ”Working together: Your business name” and I’ll be in touch! Please note that I won’t accept everyone for this list- this list is reserved for locally-owned businesses that offer amazing service to their guests. But do get in touch and we can see if you’re a good fit!

💜 Yvette

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