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The Hairy Coo - Free Scottish Highlands Tour

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Address: Lawnmarket | Deacon’s House Cafe, Edinburgh EH1 2PS, Scotland
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 20:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Free Day Tour of the Scottish Highlands. We believe everyone should be able...

Free Day Tour of the Scottish Highlands. We believe everyone should be able to discover the real Scotland, that’s why we pioneered the only Free tour of this beautiful wilderness; through the eyes of a passionate and knowledgeable, local tour guide. We pride ourselves on exceeding the expectations of our guests; maintaining a professional but relaxed approach, and ensuring every tour is entertaining, informative and utterly unique.

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Wonderful Free Tour

I recently went on a Hairy Coo free Highlands tour (July 24) and have to admit that I was slightly skeptical of a free tour. I did not know what kind of quality to expect, but a... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2012
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Bradford, United Kingdom

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Bradford, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 18 August 2012

I recently went on a Hairy Coo free Highlands tour (July 24) and have to admit that I was slightly skeptical of a free tour. I did not know what kind of quality to expect, but a friend and I decided to go ahead and do it, and it was a truly wonderful experience, and I am so happy that... More 

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TheDonEdinburgh, Owner at The Hairy Coo - Free Scottish Highlands Tour, responded to this review

Hiya Morgan D, It is really good to hear from you again, Jonathan will be really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour so much. Thank you for choosing to tour with us and for posting your review. Best wishes, Donald, The Hairy Coo More 

Chicago, Illinois, United States
1 review
Reviewed 18 August 2012

We loved our free Scottish Highland Hairy Coo Tour. It was an amazing way to see some beautiful scenery, lots of interesting sites and of course, the Hairy Coos. We were fascinated by all the stories told by Nic, our wondeful tour guide and loved every minute of it. We have gone on a lot of tours around the world... More 

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TheDonEdinburgh, Owner at The Hairy Coo - Free Scottish Highlands Tour, responded to this review

Hiya Madeleine777, Thank you for posting such a charming review of your Hairy Coo tour. Nic will be really pleased to hear that you all had such a grand day out. Best wishes, Donald, The Hairy Coo More 

Bradford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

My partner and I are both in full time education, which means that we don’t often have time to get away for a week or so. My partner is a foreign national, who has always dreamt of seeing the land of her forebears; therefore I decided to surprise her by organising a trip for us, up to Scotland for a... More 

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TheDonEdinburgh, Owner at The Hairy Coo - Free Scottish Highlands Tour, responded to this review

Hello The RaveReviewer, Thank you for taking the time to post such a thoughtful and descriptive review of your Hairy Coo tour with Jonathan. He will be delighted to hear that you and your partner enjoyed your day out so much. We sincerely appreciate both your custom and your support. Kindest regards, Donald, The Hairy Coo More 

Malta
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

I'd like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Nic and Donald for the great tours! They're lovely and realllly friendly people! They gave us a lot of information about Scotland, it was really interesting to hear! I really enjoyed it. It was really entertaining. Thank you so much! Money well spent and deserved :D! I highly recommend it to... More 

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TheDonEdinburgh, Owner at The Hairy Coo - Free Scottish Highlands Tour, responded to this review

Hiya takingbacksteph, It is really good to hear from you again, and we would like to thank you (and all our guests) for choosing to tour with us and allowing The Hairy Coo to prosper. Your recommendation is sincerely appreciated. Best wishes, Donald, The Hairy Coo More 

Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

I went on the free Scottish Highland tour on 29 November 2011 with Russell, who was such an incredibly friendly Scot! It was my fault but I was running a little tight on schedule, but Russell was smiling when I arrived and making sure everyone was buckled in before we moved off. When we were on the road, he was... More 

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TheDonEdinburgh, Owner at The Hairy Coo - Free Scottish Highlands Tour, responded to this review

Hello Ryvyan, Thank you, as you have clearly taken some time to write such a charming and thoughtful review of your Hairy Coo tour with Russell. He will be really pleased to know that you enjoyed your tour so much. Your support is greatly appreciated by all involved with The Hairy Coo. Kindest regards, Donald, The Hairy Coo More 

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Reviewed 12 August 2012

We had a relaxed entertaining day on board Dolly. Jonathan was an entertaining and informative guide. We had a mixed tour group and every one seemed to have a good time. The teenagers loved the hairy coos and the coconuts but wondered who was Monty Python. The weather was good. For a day trip out of Edinburgh you can't go... More 

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TheDonEdinburgh, Owner at The Hairy Coo - Free Scottish Highlands Tour, responded to this review

Hello kirkandjc, We appreciate you taking the time to post such a succinct review of your Hairy Coo tour with Jonathan. Thank you for choosing to tour with us. Kindest regards, Donald, The Hairy Coo More 

Hopwas, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

The Hairy Coo tour was one of our highlights of our holiday. Despite torrential downpours to begin with , our guide Nic didn't let it put the dampeners on our experience! She was excellent : highly professional, humorous and informative.Our two teenage kids loved it too which was an added bonus for us. It enabled us to see parts of... More 

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TheDonEdinburgh, Owner at The Hairy Coo - Free Scottish Highlands Tour, responded to this review

TelfordUKCaz, Thank you for taking the time to post your review, Nic will be really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour so much. We really appreciate your support. Kindest regards, Donald, The Hairy Coo More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 10 August 2012

My friend and I had an amazing day on the Hairy Coo Tour with Donald. The route was well chosen, the commentary was extremely interesting and very well researched, and most important of all, funny! I can't recommend this day highly enough. The 'honesty clause' - i.e. give what you felt the tour was worth - is an interesting idea;... More 

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TheDonEdinburgh, Owner at The Hairy Coo - Free Scottish Highlands Tour, responded to this review

Hiya Deborahjh_12, It is really good to hear from you again. Thank you for taking the time to post your review, your recommendation is sincerely appreciated. Best wishes, Donald, The Hairy Coo More 

Chicago, Illinois
1 review
Reviewed 9 August 2012

My wife and I traveled to Scotland from Chicago in May, and our first excursion out of Edinborough was the Hairy Coo. I have to say that we were highly entertained the entire journey, both with Nic's immense knowledge of the region's history and also of her natural ability to be upbeat and funny. We got some great pictures during... More 

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TheDonEdinburgh, Owner at The Hairy Coo - Free Scottish Highlands Tour, responded to this review

Hello morelandgr, It is really good to hear that you and your wife enjoyed your Hairy Coo tour so much, Nic will be delighted. Thank you for posting your review and photos. Kindest regards, Donald, The Hairy Coo More 

Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

My husband, myself and our 15 year old son were in Edinburgh for a week mid July and had booked the Hairy Coo free Highland Tour in advance on line because it sounded a little different – no large buses, smaller size groups, with more personality; plus they are confident enough in their ability to entertain you to let you... More 

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TheDonEdinburgh, Owner at The Hairy Coo - Free Scottish Highlands Tour, responded to this review

Hello ceedee3, You have clearly taken some time and effort to post your charming review of your Hairy Coo tour with Nic, and we sincerely appreciate the gesture. The Hairy Coo only prospers thanks to the support and generosity of guests like you and your family and it gives us great encouragement to hear that you enjoyed the experience so... More 

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