England Scotland and Wales - August 3
Hi. I'm interested in making dinner reservations at Sotto Sotto in Bath and thought it would be great if a group of us were involved. Are there others on the Aug 3 trip who are also interested? Still trying to figure out a way to visit St Andrews Golf Course from Edinburgh. I'll be in town the day before the tour starts. Any ideas? If several of us wanted to go, we could arrange private transportation on Sun. The tours get back too late. Will check back later. Don't know why the posting won't accept the name of the golf course. CWH
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In addition to being able to walk around the course, he will stop on the way at some small towns and fishing villages. He stopped at the village he was born and raised in and we had a great lunch. You will have him from whatever time you want him (we chose 0730-1700, since we had a dinner in the evening for Tauck). We had arrived a day before and this helped get through the next day. I wish I had made a tee time to be able to play the course.
If you don't play, you can walk from the 18th green to the Swilcan Bridge and then follow the Road Hole and walk around the course it you wish.
Best wishes. Please tell Frank a former customer recommended him and that we send our best.
Oh yea, take ear plugs to the dinner--the bag pipes are LOUD!!!
CWH if you search back in the forum archives there was a discussion about things to do in Edinburgh last year. In addition to visiting St An drews and towns like Fife along the way, you can take a tour via bus or car and driver to a distillery (forgot the name).
In town you can tour the (retired) Royal Yacht Britannia, Craigmillar Castle (well preserved ruin) featured on the TV show "Amazing Race," and Rosslyn Chapel made famous in the Davinci Code (book and movie), now totally restored with scaffolds removed. We visited the royal yacht, Craigmillar, and Rosslyn Chapel (which I consider a "must see") before our E,S,W tour last summer. We used the local "Lothian" buses which were quick, easy, and inexpensive- the routes and schedules are online so I had it all planned before we left the US. Other places like Hopetoun House (grand, historical estate) and Linlithgow Palace (another historical and well preserved ruin) to the west, can be easily reached by train. We didn't have enough time to see those two and discovered later we missed seeing a jousting tournament at Linlithgow that day.
Google is your friend, as is the Concierge at the Sheraton.
FYI, before leaving the US last summer we upgraded our room at the Sheraton to a "castle view" (coordinated by the concierge). In addition to having a fantastic view of Edinburgh Castle, we were able to watch Andy Murray win Wimbledon to the raucous cheers of the large Scottish crowd watching the jumbotron in the plaza directly in front of the Sheraton and our room. What a thrill!
We had a truly fantastic time. I don't know who you will get, but I know Ra chel and R o n are fantastic Tauck guides!
Haggis? It was ok. Not something I would normally order, but it was nice to try it and it wasn't as bad as some folks expected.
Enjoy the trip...it is a good one. We had Co ri as our tour director and she was fantastic. I really don't think Tauck has any tour directors that are bad. At least not on my experience.
I had an issue with a hotel and the hotel wouldn't do anything. After three conversations with an assistant manager, I told them my next conversation would be with Peter Tauck. (I couldn't get in touch with the tour director, or I am sure that would have been the end of it.) Before I could get out of the lobby, the manager came running up to me and asked me to go on my morning tour and that she'd have the issue resolved by the time I came back and if she didn't then I could come into her office and we'd both call Tauck. It was taken care of when I returned. Tauck's vendors know that the focus of the company is on the customer and they also know if a problem gets so bad that a traveler calls the front office that they may lose Tauck's business. Most of the time, just letting the tour director know of a problem is all you have to do and the problem will be solved.
I hope they took care of your problem.