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Justine Stewart

Hello! I am Justine and come from Sydney, Australia where I grew up surfing on the world-famous Manly Beach. After finishing university I travelled the world and ended up in North Canada where I developed my love of the mountains. After 3-years in North America splitting my time between the mountains of Canada and the beaches of Hawaii, I moved to Chamonix, France where my time is spent hiking, climbing and skiing in the stunning Mont Blanc Massif. Ten years on, I now share my time between Chamonix and the UK where I love exploring the beautiful West Country of England, the Scottish Highlands and the stunning West Coast of Ireland.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"My two great loves are the French Alps and the UK and I adore helping people experience the best of both of these parts of the world! Whether you are looking for a mountain adventure, a history and food-filled ramble through the countryside or a luxurious castle stay, I'm here to help you create your perfect journey using my local knowledge. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"My parents are great travellers and I have always roamed around the world with them - we even lived in Bali for a year when I was 3 years old! My gap year was spent backpacking the world and since then travel has remained a very important part of my life. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Fresh out of high school and on my gap year before I started university I spent a year travelling around Europe with my best friend. On our way to the beautiful Isle of Skye in the Scottish Highlands, we stopped at Elieen Donan castle to take some photos. The locals were having a big ceilidh in the castle and invited us to join! We spent the whole evening being twirled around the castle to the tune of bagpipes followed by an amazing meal. Highlander hospitality at its finest!"

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Favorite experiences

Hike to Lac Blanc in the French Alps

Enjoy a full day trekking in beautiful Chamonix, hiking to the one-and-only Lac Blanc (Lake Blanc) set at 7760 feet (over 2300 m). This route is set in the Chamonix Valley, offering panoramic views of Mont Blanc, the most famous peak in the French Alps.  You can start in the village of Les Praz,...

Recent trip reviews for Justine

We will press repeat in capital letters.
Scotland | May 13 - May 27, 2024

Donna
Donna K.
Canada | Reviewed on May 28, 2024
We will press repeat in capital letters Every guide and every place was amazing. The trip was so well organized that it felt stress free. It felt like a trip of a lifetime. We already have given several friends, family and even complete strangers your name and recommended you highly.. Read more

We will press repeat in capital letters

Every guide and every place was amazing. The trip was so well organized that it felt stress free. It felt like a trip of a lifetime. We already have given several friends, family and even complete strangers your name and recommended you highly..

Hotel Reviews
24 Royal Terrace
Edinburgh

Very clean and unique.

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The Stirling Highland Hotel
Stirling

Clean, comfortable.

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The Garrison
Fort William

Clean, with everything we needed very handy and accessible.

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Bluebell House B&B
Inverness

Ken was friendly, organized and a great cook. Too bad he got sick the next morning and we missed breakfast but the place was pristine.

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Coolin View
Portree

Loived everything.

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Oban Bay Hotel
Oban

Clean, beautiful views, friendly and accommodating staff.

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Tigh Grianach Bed and Breakfast
Barra

This definitely earns the title of 5-star. Spotless, comfortable. Jackie is an amazing cook, gifted hostess and kind and friendly. Rob our tour guide was over the top. He was very knowledgeable, personable and accommodating. He took interest in researching information about Donna’s family even after the tour was over. When he finds info he emails me and we will keep in touch. Wow.

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Activity Reviews
One way to Mallaig on the Jacobite Train (of Harry Potter fame)
One way to Mallaig on the Jacobite Train (of Harry Potter fame)
Scotland

Was extremely hot.

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The tour guide was great. Told us about sites along the way in time to take pictures.
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Edinburgh Castle Tickets
Edinburgh Castle Tickets
Edinburgh

Good- informative. But short. Didn’t take us in to anything. Was just an introduction.

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Local specialist: Justine Stewart
Justine
Justine Stewart
Local specialist in England/France | Replied on Jun 17, 2024

Hello Donna!

Thank you so very much for your review. I'm so very happy that you had a lovely time :) I am particularly chuffed with your experiences on the Isle of Barra! Rob is such a friendly, passionate guide and he loves sharing his home with people so it is wonderful that you got to experience Barra with him! Jackie is the ultimate host and I'm glad you loved your stay with her too.

Thank you so very much for your wonderful words and for trusting us to plan this trip for you!

Justine & the High Point Holidays Team

Amazing Trip to Ireland
Ireland | Apr 13 - Apr 27, 2024

Eric
Eric D.
Florence-Graham, CA | Reviewed on May 13, 2024
The trip was fantastic. Justine did a wonderful job with the itinerary including all the necessary details. We enjoyed the cities of Dublin, Cork, and Galway and the towns of Kinsale, Dingle, Doolin and Killarney. Too many highlights to mention them all but a few of them are The Guinness Storehouse, the Middleton Distillery tour and premium tasting, Kinsale, the Perryville House and Don and Barry‘s walking tour, Inasheer Island and Ollies Tours with Phil, the Pax Guest House in Dingle, the... Read more

The trip was fantastic. Justine did a wonderful job with the itinerary including all the necessary details. We enjoyed the cities of Dublin, Cork, and Galway and the towns of Kinsale, Dingle, Doolin and Killarney. Too many highlights to mention them all but a few of them are The Guinness Storehouse, the Middleton Distillery tour and premium tasting, Kinsale, the Perryville House and Don and Barry‘s walking tour, Inasheer Island and Ollies Tours with Phil, the Pax Guest House in Dingle, the music at Sin E bar in Cork, the Irish dancing in the Dingle Bar, the Galway Food Tour, the Cliffs of Kerry and our final night at Ballyfin.
Also, the people in Ireland were so nice and accommodating.

Local specialist: Justine Stewart
Justine
Justine Stewart
Local specialist in England/France | Replied on May 15, 2024

Eric!
Thank you so very much for your wonderful review. You, Russ, Heidi & Janis were ever so much fun to work with and I am so happy that I got to share some of my favourite places with you all.
We have some wonderful guides we love to work with and I think its just great that you loved them as much as we do (Ollies Tours we are looking at you!)...and of course incredible hotel experiences too (John at PAX can do no wrong!). It was lovely working with you all!
Justine & The High Point Holidays Team

15 days in the Republic of Ireland!
Ireland | Apr 13 - Apr 27, 2024

Russ
Russ K.
Santa Ana, CA | Reviewed on Apr 28, 2024
We did a 15 day tour of the Republic of Ireland, and our local specialist Justine was amazing! From the very beginning, she listened to where and how we wanted to travel, and took into consideration all of our needs. Her communication was fabulous throughout the process, including video explanations, texts, app and even a video conference before we left. The places she set up for us were spot on and stunning, all with great service. The flow of the trip was set up perfectly as well. We would... Read more

We did a 15 day tour of the Republic of Ireland, and our local specialist Justine was amazing! From the very beginning, she listened to where and how we wanted to travel, and took into consideration all of our needs. Her communication was fabulous throughout the process, including video explanations, texts, app and even a video conference before we left. The places she set up for us were spot on and stunning, all with great service. The flow of the trip was set up perfectly as well. We would not hesitate to recommend kimkim, and specifically Justine, to anyone venturing to Ireland or any other of her specialty areas!

Hotel Reviews
Wilder Townhouse
Dublin

Clean, great service, small boutique hotel. Food is great too!

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Walking distance to a great shopping and dining street with great pubs.
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Dromhall Hotel
Killarney
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A bit of a walk to the town center.
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The Imperial Hotel
Cork

Older hotel with great character. Location is perfect.

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Perryville House
County Cork

Love this place! Right in the heart of Kinsale. Beautiful place and beautiful people.

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Pax Guest House
Dingle

Best place we have stayed ever! The owner, John, and his staff are beyond great. The House is amazing, and the views...oh my! Do not miss staying here!

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The view from the top of the hill says it all.
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Nicest people on the planet and they will go out of their way to help.
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The Hardiman Hotel
Galway

A little beat up, but clean and in a good location.

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West Haven House

Clean and new. Pretty basic B&B.

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Ballyfin Demesne

This stay was amazing. the entire experience was over the top. From the first glimpse of the place when you drive up, gives you the feeling of staying at Downton Abbey!

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Activity Reviews
Cork City History Tour
Cork City History Tour
Cork
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Aran Island Tour - Day Trip to Inisheer from Doolin
Aran Island Tour - Day Trip to Inisheer from Doolin
Ireland

Amazing tour with Phil, our guide. He made the trip!

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Don & Barry's Kinsale Historic Stroll Walking tour
Don & Barry's Kinsale Historic Stroll Walking tour
Kinsale

Barry is amazing! Ask him anything and he'll know the answer. Must do tour in Kinsale!

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Dublin Food and Drink tour
Dublin Food and Drink tour
Dublin

A great way to get oriented to the city. Really good choices for varied food stops.

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Private transfer
Dublin

Lucas was great! On time, friendly, knowledgeable...all good!

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Kinsale Walking Group Food Tour
Kinsale Walking Group Food Tour
Kinsale

Not impressed with the food choices...especially for the self-proclaimed foodie capital of Ireland.

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Jameson Distillery Tour and Premium Whiskey Tasting in  Midleton ( Cork Co.)
Jameson Distillery Tour and Premium Whiskey Tasting in Midleton ( Cork Co.)
Ireland
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Dingle Distillery Tasting in a Local Dingle Pub
Dingle Distillery Tasting in a Local Dingle Pub
Ireland
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Storytelling experience in Doolin/Lisdoonvarna
Storytelling experience in Doolin/Lisdoonvarna
Ireland

So this was not what we expected! It wasn't as much a storytelling experience as it was a conversation with Peter Curtin, but it was so fun! Peter is a character, and so fun to interact with!

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Galway Evening Food Tour
Galway Evening Food Tour
Galway

Really good food tour! Food choices, quality and quantity were all perfect! Paired drinks with each stop. Michelle, our guide, was knowledgeable and super friendly!

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Self-Guided Guinness Storehouse Experience
Self-Guided Guinness Storehouse Experience
Dublin

A must do in Dublin...as indicated by the crowd!

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Guided Killarney National Park Walking Tour
Guided Killarney National Park Walking Tour
Killarney

Richard, the guide, was great. The walking tour wasn't much of a tour, but a really nice walk through the park, which we could have done ourselves. But it was fun talking to Richard!

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Discover the essential of Connemara
Discover the essential of Connemara
Galway

Long day on a bus. the two stops we made were great though!

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A Stay at Ballyfin Demesne
A Stay at Ballyfin Demesne
Ballyfin

Over the top luxury experience! If you can work this in, and afford it, do it! This place is amazing!

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Local specialist: Justine Stewart
Justine
Justine Stewart
Local specialist in England/France | Replied on May 07, 2024

Hello Russ!
Thank you so much for taking the time to share so much about your Irish Adventure - I'm really glad you guys had such a fab time :) It was so lovely to work with you all to create it and I absolutely loved receiving the photos of you all enjoying some of my favourite places too...though we may have to keep PAX on the downlow....everyone is going to want to go there now!
Once again thank you so much and all the best,
Justine and the High Point Holidays Team

We had the most wonderful and magical time in...
Ireland | Apr 4 - Apr 15, 2024

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Barbara K.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on Apr 18, 2024
We had the most wonderful and magical time in Ireland. The trip was organized in an appropriate and flexible way for us.
Justine did a creative and spectacular job in arranging beautiful and comfortable hotels, and all the employees there were professional, friendly, and easy to connect with. A special thank you to Justine and Eva for responding quickly to our questions regarding schedules and transfers from airports and hotels.
Maeve, our tour guide, was most informative, friendly,...
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We had the most wonderful and magical time in Ireland. The trip was organized in an appropriate and flexible way for us.
Justine did a creative and spectacular job in arranging beautiful and comfortable hotels, and all the employees there were professional, friendly, and easy to connect with. A special thank you to Justine and Eva for responding quickly to our questions regarding schedules and transfers from airports and hotels.
Maeve, our tour guide, was most informative, friendly, supportive, and just a gift to spend time with. We enjoyed every moment of each of the attractions and sites.

Thank you to KimKim for creating such a beautiful experience for us.

Barbara and Bill Killeen

Local specialist: Justine Stewart
Justine
Justine Stewart
Local specialist in England/France | Replied on Apr 22, 2024
Hello Barb & Bill!
I loved creating this trip with you and am so glad you both had a wonderful time :)
The hotels you stayed in are some of my favourite so I am chuffed that you loved them as much as I do! The most important part of your trip was your driver guide, Maeve, and hearing you say that she was "a gift to spend time with" has made my day!
I know it was your second time in Ireland, so the fact we were able to give you some incredible and memorable new experiences there is the best...
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Hello Barb & Bill!
I loved creating this trip with you and am so glad you both had a wonderful time :)
The hotels you stayed in are some of my favourite so I am chuffed that you loved them as much as I do! The most important part of your trip was your driver guide, Maeve, and hearing you say that she was "a gift to spend time with" has made my day!
I know it was your second time in Ireland, so the fact we were able to give you some incredible and memorable new experiences there is the best feedback ever.
I'm so happy you enjoyed your Irish Adventure and I thank you so much for your wonderful review :)
All the best,
Justine

Justine was great. Entire trip was seamless ...
United Kingdom | Mar 15 - Mar 19, 2024

Todd
Todd S.
Canada | Reviewed on Mar 22, 2024
Justine was great. Entire trip was seamless and exceeded expectations. Hotels were excellent and tours were excellent. The weather allowed us extensive walking in each city. Very happy and would definitely use the Kim Kim team again.
toby
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Justine was great. Entire trip was seamless and exceeded expectations. Hotels were excellent and tours were excellent. The weather allowed us extensive walking in each city. Very happy and would definitely use the Kim Kim team again.
toby

Hotel Reviews
The Yard in Bath
Bath

Great setting with great showers.

Authenticity & Character
cute as
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just enough away from the centre to be quiet
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knowledgeable and helpful with directions
Cleanliness & Comfort
great bath towels
The Grand, York
North Yorkshire

Get the breakfast buffet, amazing. Spa was great.

Authenticity & Character
historic and feels like the lux hotel it is
Location
Quiet and close to train station
Staff
proper
Cleanliness & Comfort
robes and slippers
Activity Reviews
 Bath: Guided Ghost Tour
Bath: Guided Ghost Tour
Bath

great guide

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guide
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animated
Walking Tour of Bath with a Blue Badge Tourist Guide
Walking Tour of Bath with a Blue Badge Tourist Guide
Bath

great guide, funny. Bob

Local specialist: Justine Stewart
Justine
Justine Stewart
Local specialist in England/France | Replied on Mar 27, 2024

Toby!
Thank you so much for your incredible feedback. You gave me quite a bit of free reign to plan a holiday I thought would be great for you all and I'm so thrilled that you all had a wonderful time! It's always great when we share our favourite hotels and guides with people who really appreciate them too...I'm super happy that you loved The Yard in Bath (a personal favourite!) and that your experience with Bob in Bath was a good one!
Thanks so much for all your trust!
Justine & The High Point Holidays Team

Seamless!!
United Kingdom | Mar 15 - Mar 19, 2024

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Robin T.
Canada | Reviewed on Mar 22, 2024
we had an amazing family trip to the UK and the pre trip experience was great too! the itinerary was excellent with the hotel selections and the guided tours. Read more

we had an amazing family trip to the UK and the pre trip experience was great too! the itinerary was excellent with the hotel selections and the guided tours.

Hotel Reviews
The Grand, York
North Yorkshire

2 minute walk from the train station and a short walk into the center of town so a perfect location for exploring and a beautiful hotel. we arrived at 7:30pm and had a delicious dinner in the restaurant which was so perfect after travelling all afternoon and i highly recommend the breakfast buffet. spa area was fine. our rooms were large, spotless and very comfortable. staff was very friendly and helpful. this might have been my favourite hotel of our week.

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The Yard in Bath
Bath

cute, well appointed, great location, friendly staff. we sat in the lounge after dinner the first night playing games, i also enjoyed sitting in the foyer with all the windows with my tea in the morning and a glass of wine at night.

Authenticity & Character
clean and nice simple design choices. lots of greenery in the foyer made for a beautiful entrance
Location
easy walk to the center of town
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friendly, accommodating
Cleanliness & Comfort
rooms are small but the bathrooms are a good size - we had a huge shower with great water pressure and nice lotions/shampoo etc.
Activity Reviews
The Best of York on Foot
The Best of York on Foot
York

our guide Sarah was amazing. we loved this walking tour. small group size is nice and sarah is so knowledgeable, well travelled and well spoken.

Quality of Experience
great to do on our first day to get our bearings and learn so much history - nice to start at 10:30 as the kids were happy to sleep in!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
sarah was amazing
 Bath: Guided Ghost Tour
Bath: Guided Ghost Tour
Bath

our guide was fun and very knowledgeable. a fun activity to do after dinner.

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Visit to York Minster
Visit to York Minster
York

self guided tour. was nice to have tickets pre booked and to get in early before the crowds

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Chocolate Bar Making at York Cocoa Works
Chocolate Bar Making at York Cocoa Works
York

chocolate bar making was a fun activity and the space was great. We preferred the authentic and smaller feel of the venue we visited. Overall, it was a great activity for the family.

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right in town - walked there
Walking Tour of Bath with a Blue Badge Tourist Guide
Walking Tour of Bath with a Blue Badge Tourist Guide
Bath

The walking tour of Bath with a Blue Badge Tourist Guide was a great way to get to know the city. The guide was informative and entertaining, and we got to see all the major sights. The group tour format allowed us to meet other travelers and share the experience. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Bath.

Local specialist: Justine Stewart
Justine
Justine Stewart
Local specialist in England/France | Replied on Mar 27, 2024

Robin!
Thank you so much for you epic words :)
I'm so chuffed you all had such a great time on your mini-English adventure. It's always a real treat when we can help families enjoy their holidays together and I'm glad you loved the guides and hotels too - it's wonderful to know that we have chosen things that the whole family have loved!
Thank you so much for your great feedback and we are always here to help when you are ready to explore the rest of the UK too :)
Justine & The High Point Holidays Team

Our Amazing Ireland and Scotland Christmas Adventure
Scotland | Dec 17 - Dec 30, 2023

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Stephanie M.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Jan 08, 2024
KimKim matched us with Justine Stewart: We are a mother (62 yo) and daughter (31 yo) who contacted several Travel Services before embarking on our Christmas Adventure to Ireland and Scotland. We chose KimKim because they matched us with Justine Stewart. Justine is the only person (out of five different agencies) who read our initial email and what we envisioned for our trip and truly captured what we imagined from day one. She was a delight to work with throughout the entire planning... Read more

KimKim matched us with Justine Stewart:

We are a mother (62 yo) and daughter (31 yo) who contacted several Travel Services before embarking on our Christmas Adventure to Ireland and Scotland. We chose KimKim because they matched us with Justine Stewart. Justine is the only person (out of five different agencies) who read our initial email and what we envisioned for our trip and truly captured what we imagined from day one. She was a delight to work with throughout the entire planning phase. Justine came up with wonderful suggestions for us. She was informative, responsive, and fun to work with. I was excited every time I received a chat message from Justine. She was effusive, warm, engaging, and down to earth. Her excitement in the planning stages made the trip fun to plan and then amazing to experience. Early in the planning phase, when we realized we needed to change the airport/city we were flying into, which affected our initial itinerary, Justine handled the adjustments smoothly. She was also helpful with my questions about travel insurance and gave me good advice and tips in that area. We traveled during the weeks surrounding Christmas, and although Justine was on holiday herself for part of that time, she still took the time to check in with us to make sure all was well. We feel like we made a new friend in Justine.

Claire and Eva
We were also well taken care of by Claire and Eva at KimKim, who helped us out over the two days we needed assistance due to a snowstorm.

Hotels in Ireland:

Cashel Palace – We pulled in at night to an amazing view of this grand accommodation. We drove down a long driveway and saw the beautiful red brick lit with lights. Once we arrived, we were given a tour and were delighted and amazed at the beauty of this hotel. They have a lovely Drawing Room, a cozy bar, and several wood-burning fireplaces. We took advantage and enjoyed them all. Our room was elegant, and we even had a Christmas tree!

Adare Manor – We felt like we were walking back in time when we entered this amazing hotel. From being greeted by friendly porters in the driveway to seeing the enormous Christmas tree in the reception area to the helpful tips and tour provided by the lovely Anne – we were swept up in excitement from our first moments there. We had a delicious lunch in the gorgeous Drawing Room while sitting next to another beautiful Christmas tree. We enjoyed a fun walk from the hotel into Adare Village, visited charming little shops, and saw the amazing thatched-roof buildings. Our dinner in The Carriage House was outstanding.

Glenlo Abbey – The front desk staff was very friendly. They informed us that they had upgraded our room – and it was spacious and lovely. The grounds around this hotel afforded us a beautiful walk.

Waterloo Townhouse – We had a cute room painted in soft pink overlooking a little backyard.

Hotels in Scotland:

Ness Walk - This is a lovely hotel. We were greeted with a glass of champagne and treated well during our stay. The hotel is elegant and situated on a beautiful river walk along the Ness River. We ventured out and walked down the river and across a bridge into a delightful area of Inverness. We discovered a most incredible place – Leakey's Bookshop.

The Fife Arms is our favorite place we've ever visited. We fell in LOVE with The Fife Arms. They covered the outside of the hotel in twinkly lights, and there was a brightly lit Christmas tree across the street. Every restaurant (The Clunie Dining Room, The Flying Stag) and every room (the Drawing Room, Elsa's Bar, The Tea Room, the Reception area) was an absolute joy to experience. I wished for a wood-burning fireplace on this trip, and this hotel had three amazing fireplaces that were burning and crackling at every moment. The entire experience, the amazing hotel, the afternoon tea, the reindeer parade, the amazing meals, the Christmas stocking on our door in the morning – was all magical. We arrived to find a bottle of champagne chilling in our room and complimentary tastes of whisky and gin with drink biscuits if we desired. The Fife Arms' incredible staff made our Christmas trip truly unforgettable. We greatly appreciated Rachael Henley (General Manager) while dealing with stress and uncertainty due to our car transfer service. She gave us such reassurance that all would be well. We felt safe and taken care of as she reached out to the car transfer service on our behalf and had her team assist with information on weather conditions and snow gates. She and her team assured us we would figure it out. They were able to offer us accommodations for an extra night. All of their hospitality and kindness during our trip went above and beyond.

Hotel Du Vin & Bistro - This was an ideal location for us as we wanted to explore Old Town Edinburgh, which was mere steps away. The Night Manager, Paul, went above and beyond for us. On one occasion, a glass bottle shattered inside my nylon carry-on luggage bag. Paul cleaned and repaired it. On another, we had an airport pickup at the hotel at 5:45 am. Paul had takeaway coffees and croissants waiting for us, along with updated flight details and gate information, making our journey home smoother.

Outstanding Hotel employees:

Adare Manor - Anne
The Fife Arms - Rachael (GM), Sam, Josh, Alex
Hotel du Vin & Bistro - Paul

Great Drivers:

Dermott Coffey – to Cashel Palace – He was fantastic, warm, engaging, and fun!
Tony – to Adare Manor – Tony was great! He had quite a sense of humor.
Frank – Galway Taxis – to Dublin - Frank was professional and provided a quiet ride to Dublin.
Dave – Elite Transfers Dublin – to Dublin airport – Dave was warm, friendly, and funny!
Ahmed – Inverness Taxis - airport to Ness Walk and then to Braemar. He was professional.
David – VChauffeur.com – Braemar to Aberdeen - He was fantastic! David was professional, kind, funny, and compassionate. David's service was unparalleled.
Adrian – Edinburgh Executive Travel – to Edinburgh airport – professional, sense of humor, nice service

Wonderful Tours:

Galway Food Tours - Gina (Regina)
Gina was a delight on our Walking Food Tour in Galway. She was punctual, friendly, informative, and fun. Gina had an easy demeanor and kept the conversation flowing throughout our 2.5-hour tour. We fell in love with Galway, and Gina was a huge contributing factor as she wound us in and around Shop Street, the pedestrianized thoroughfare in Galway.
• We started our morning with a taste of delicious coffee at Little Lane Coffee Company, which showcases Irish Specialty Coffee Roasters.
• Then we stopped in at an amazing French Chocolaterie called Truffle. We enjoyed a raspberry-filled croissant and some divine chocolates. There was an actual wall of running chocolate that was amazing!
• We popped into Ean for wine and two delicious small plates.
• Next on our tour was Tigh Neachtain, a pub that opened in 1894, which we learned was the former home of Richard Martin, an animal rights activist and abolitionist. We enjoyed learning about the colorful history and sat in one of the small, cozy booths known as a "snug." We tasted oysters, mussels, meatballs, soda bread and beer.
• Next was a visit to the upstairs of a fine foods shop called McCambridge's, where we tasted three spirits – Irish Whiskey, Irish Poitin, and Irish Apple Brandy.
• We finished the tour with delicious Murphy's Irish Ice Cream.
During our tour, Gina also recommended three other locations – and we managed to make our way over to all three after the tour. We stopped in and bought some books at Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, which was enchanting. We visited the King's Head, another historical pub, for a pint of Guinness. After a lovely walk to the fishing village in Galway, where we captured wonderful photographs, we went to Gina's final recommendation, Sheridan's Wine Bar. It was cozy and charming!

Dublin Tour Guide - John Caffrey
We felt immediately at ease when John greeted us at our hotel. He was such a warm, friendly, and engaging person. His wealth of knowledge, facts, and fun stories made the day fly by much too quickly. We visited a museum, the National Art Gallery, and Dublin Castle, as well as interesting statues and monuments to Patrick Kavanagh, Oscar Wilde, and George Handel. We passed by impressive government buildings and a war memorial and walked around the Trinity College campus. John treated us to coffee, biscuits, ice cream, and an Irish coffee along the tour! We felt so comfortable with John that we ate dinner with him at a nice pub where we enjoyed Irish stew and Guinness to complete our experience. We saw so much in Dublin in one day and would have missed so much on our own. John created a truly memorable experience.

Inverness Tours – Edinburgh Tour Guide - Scott Guthrie
We originally planned to do a full-day Outlander tour with Scott Guthrie. After the delay in our trip, we decided to cancel the tour since we ended up with only one day in Edinburgh instead of three. Ian, the owner of Inverness Tours, suggested the alternate plan of a walking tour in Edinburgh with the same guide, Scott Guthrie, who could show us some Outlander locations in Edinburgh. We agreed to a 2-hour tour. Scott Guthrie arrived wearing a kilt and a smile. He made our shortened visit to Edinburgh magical, intriguing, captivating, and memorable. We were thrilled to spend this time with him. He was a gentleman and a gem. He took us on an amazing tour that included some of the history and politics of Edinburgh, intriguing sites connected to the Harry Potter books and movies, and a couple of amazing Outlander filming locations. Scott was warm, friendly, entertaining, and fun. We ended up spending almost 4 hours with him and loved every minute. We continued exploring Edinburgh on foot for the rest of the day with a greater appreciation for the city and its fascinating history. We logged 37,351 steps on our walking app!

Restaurants in Ireland:

• Mikey Ryan's Bar & Kitchen – an amazing dinner! Classy and cozy environment.
• Cashel Palace – really nice breakfast
• Adare Manor
o The Drawing Room – fabulous lunch served in a beautiful room next to a Christmas tree
o The Carriage House – elegant and delicious dinner, amazing service!!
o The Gallery – gorgeous, high-ceiling room for breakfast
• Kai – We had an outstanding meal in a cozy environment!
• Glenlo Abbey breakfast room - a beautiful room and great breakfast service
• Aniar – 23 unique tastings! We were amazed as the dishes just kept coming. The Manager and Waiter who served us were beyond attentive and fun!
• The Winding Stair – This was a cozy, warm, welcoming place for dinner. We had a window seat and enjoyed the most delectable food!

Restaurants in Scotland:
• Kitchen Brasserie – We enjoyed a window seat and a delicious meal at this delightful restaurant.
• The Fife Arms
o The Clunie Dining Room – The staff is amazing and attentive. The food is excellent.
o The Flying Stag – It has a fun and funky décor; the food was outstanding!
o Afternoon Tea – They served an amazing assortment of sandwiches and sweets with coffee, mulled wine, and juice in a lovely, multi-windowed room with comfortable chairs and a wood-burning fireplace.
• Scran & Scallie – twinkly lights outside ushering us into a festive, charming restaurant with excellent food!
• A Wee Taste – charming, met the owner, delicious meat and cheese charcuterie board, lovely wine!

We will absolutely use KimKim's services again. They matched us up with an incredible travel agent – Justine Stewart! We were assisted before, during, and after the trip with all questions and concerns. THANK YOU!

Hotel Reviews
Cashel Palace Hotel

We pulled in at night to an amazing view of this grand accommodation. We drove down a long driveway and saw the beautiful red brick lit with lights. Once we arrived, we were given a tour and were delighted and amazed at the beauty of this hotel. They have a lovely Drawing Room, a cozy bar, and several wood-burning fireplaces. We took advantage and enjoyed them all. Our room was elegant, and we even had a Christmas tree!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
We were greeted by wonderful staff and given a warm welcome and a tour.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The beds were so comfortable!
Adare Manor
Adare

We felt like we were walking back in time when we entered this amazing hotel. From being greeted by friendly porters in the driveway to seeing the enormous Christmas tree in the reception area to the helpful tips and tour provided by the lovely Anne – we were swept up in excitement from our first moments there. We had a delicious lunch in the gorgeous Drawing Room while sitting next to another beautiful Christmas tree. We enjoyed a fun walk from the hotel into Adare Village, visited charming little shops, and saw the amazing thatched-roof buildings. Our dinner in The Carriage House was outstanding.

Authenticity & Character
Every room and space in the hotel was amazing - The Reception area with a fireplace and enormous Christmas tree, the Drawing Room, which serves food, has a bar and looks out over the back of the property, the amazing high-ceilinged Gallery where they serve breakfast and afternoon tea, The Tack Room - a classy bar and lounge.
Location
The hotel sits on a beautiful and spacious property. It is lovely for walks or a horse and carriage ride. It is within walking distance of Adare Village.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Glenlo Abbey

The front desk staff was very friendly. They informed us that they had upgraded our room – and it was spacious and lovely. The grounds around this hotel afforded us a beautiful walk.

Authenticity & Character
Location
It is a short taxi ride away from the amazing city of Galway.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Fife Arms
Braemar

The Fife Arms is our favorite place we've ever visited. We fell in LOVE with The Fife Arms. They covered the outside of the hotel in twinkly lights, and there was a brightly lit Christmas tree across the street. Every restaurant (The Clunie Dining Room, The Flying Stag) and every room (the Drawing Room, Elsa's Bar, The Tea Room, the Reception area) was an absolute joy to experience. I wished for a wood-burning fireplace on this trip, and this hotel had three amazing fireplaces that were burning and crackling at every moment. The entire experience, the amazing hotel, the afternoon tea, the reindeer parade, the amazing meals, the Christmas stocking on our door in the morning – was all magical. We arrived to find a bottle of champagne chilling in our room and complimentary tastes of whisky and gin with drink biscuits if we desired. The Fife Arms' incredible staff made our Christmas trip truly unforgettable. We greatly appreciated Rachael Henley (General Manager) while dealing with stress and uncertainty due to our car transfer service. She gave us such reassurance that all would be well. We felt safe and taken care of as she reached out to the car transfer service on our behalf and had her team assist with information on weather conditions and snow gates. She and her team assured us we would figure it out. They were able to offer us accommodations for an extra night. All of their hospitality and kindness during our trip went above and beyond.

Authenticity & Character
Elegant and classy, combined with such amazing charm!
Location
It is situated in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. Breathtaking scenery! It is an ideal area for walks.
Staff
Sam provided fun, friendly, engaging service in the Clunie Dining Room. Josh was helpful in keeping guests and their car transfer services apprised of the snow conditions and snow gates. Alex helped us with booking an extra night when the snow conditions and our car service kept us from departing. Rachael is an amazing general manager who got personally involved in solving our travel issues.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The rooms were clean, comfortable, and beautiful. The beds were so comfortable.
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Edinburgh
Edinburgh

This was an ideal location for us as we wanted to explore Old Town Edinburgh, which was mere steps away. The Night Manager, Paul, went above and beyond for us. On one occasion, a glass bottle shattered inside my nylon carry-on luggage bag. Paul cleaned and repaired it. On another, we had an airport pickup at the hotel at 5:45 am. Paul had takeaway coffees and croissants waiting for us, along with updated flight details and gate information, making our journey home smoother.

Authenticity & Character
Nice, casual hotel in the heart of Old Town Edinburgh. Definitely has charm and character.
Location
Steps away from the Royal Mile and Old Town Edinburgh. It was SO convenient for us.
Staff
The Night Manager, Paul, went above and beyond for us. On one occasion, a glass bottle shattered inside my nylon carry-on luggage bag. Paul cleaned and repaired it. On another, we had an airport pickup at the hotel at 5:45 am. Paul had takeaway coffees and croissants waiting for us, along with updated flight details and gate information, making our journey home smoother.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Ness Walk
Inverness

This is a lovely hotel. We were greeted with a glass of champagne and treated well during our stay. The hotel is elegant and situated on a beautiful river walk along the Ness River. We ventured out and walked down the river and across a bridge into a delightful area of Inverness. We discovered a most incredible place – Leakey's Bookshop.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Private Galway Food Tour
Private Galway Food Tour
Galway

Gina was a delight on our Walking Food Tour in Galway. She was punctual, friendly, informative, and fun. Gina had an easy demeanor and kept the conversation flowing throughout our 2.5-hour tour. We fell in love with Galway, and Gina was a huge contributing factor as she wound us in and around Shop Street, the pedestrianized thoroughfare in Galway. • We started our morning with a taste of delicious coffee at Little Lane Coffee Company, which showcases Irish Specialty Coffee Roasters. • Then we stopped in at an amazing French Chocolaterie called Truffle. We enjoyed a raspberry-filled croissant and some divine chocolates. There was an actual wall of running chocolate that was amazing! • We popped into Ean for wine and two delicious small plates. • Next on our tour was Tigh Neachtain, a pub that opened in 1894, which we learned was the former home of Richard Martin, an animal rights activist and abolitionist. We enjoyed learning about the colorful history and sat in one of the small, cozy booths known as a “snug.” We tasted oysters, mussels, meatballs, soda bread and beer. • Next was a visit to the upstairs of a fine foods shop called McCambridge’s, where we tasted three spirits – Irish Whiskey, Irish Poitin, and Irish Apple Brandy. • We finished the tour with delicious Murphy’s Irish Ice Cream. During our tour, Gina also recommended three other locations – and we managed to make our way over to all three after the tour. We stopped in and bought some books at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, which was enchanting. We visited the King’s Head, another historical pub, for a pint of Guinness. After a lovely walk to the fishing village in Galway, where we captured wonderful photographs, we went to Gina’s final recommendation, Sheridan’s Wine Bar. It was cozy and charming! Gina helped us to engage with the charming city of Galway. Thank you!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The Ultimate Day in Dublin - Private Guided Tour
The Ultimate Day in Dublin - Private Guided Tour
Dublin

We felt immediately at ease when John greeted us at our hotel. He was such a warm, friendly, and engaging person. His wealth of knowledge, facts, and fun stories made the day fly by much too quickly. We visited a museum, the National Art Gallery, and Dublin Castle, as well as interesting statues and monuments to Patrick Kavanagh, Oscar Wilde, and George Handel. We passed by impressive government buildings and a war memorial and walked around the Trinity College campus. John treated us to coffee, biscuits, ice cream, and an Irish coffee along the tour! We felt so comfortable with John that we ate dinner with him at a nice pub where we enjoyed Irish stew and Guinness to complete our experience. We saw so much in Dublin in one day and would have missed so much on our own. John created a truly memorable experience.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Christmas at the Fife Arms
Christmas at the Fife Arms
Scotland

The Fife Arms is our favorite place we've ever visited. We fell in LOVE with The Fife Arms. They covered the outside of the hotel in twinkly lights, and there was a brightly lit Christmas tree across the street. We arrived to find a bottle of champagne chilling in our room and complimentary tastes of whisky and gin with drink biscuits if we desired. I wished for a wood-burning fireplace on this trip, and this hotel had three amazing fireplaces that were burning and crackling at every moment. On the first day, we enjoyed their afternoon tea, the reindeer parade, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, a drink in Elsa's bar, and a delicious dinner in The Flying Stag. On Christmas morning, we awoke to a Christmas stocking on our door. We enjoyed a lovely Christmas Brunch, which they staggered for guests at different times. We went on a couple of walks around the charming town of Braemar. Every restaurant (The Clunie Dining Room, The Flying Stag) and every room (the Drawing Room, Elsa's Bar, The Tea Room, the Reception area) was an absolute joy to experience. This trip was magical!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Outlander tour from Edinburgh
Outlander tour from Edinburgh
Edinburgh

We originally planned to do a full-day Outlander tour with Scott Guthrie. After the delay in our trip, we decided to cancel the tour since we ended up with only one day in Edinburgh instead of three. Ian, the owner of Inverness Tours, suggested the alternate plan of a walking tour in Edinburgh with the same guide, Scott Guthrie, who could show us some Outlander locations in Edinburgh. We agreed to a 2-hour tour. Scott Guthrie arrived wearing a kilt and a smile. He made our shortened visit to Edinburgh magical, intriguing, captivating, and memorable. We were thrilled to spend this time with him. He was a gentleman and a gem. He took us on an amazing tour that included some of the history and politics of Edinburgh, intriguing sites connected to the Harry Potter books and movies, and a couple of amazing Outlander filming locations. Scott was warm, friendly, entertaining, and fun. We ended up spending almost 4 hours with him and loved every minute. We continued exploring Edinburgh on foot for the rest of the day with a greater appreciation for the city and its fascinating history. We logged 37,351 steps on our walking app!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Private transfer to or from the airport
Dublin

Dave with Elite Transfers Dublin picked us up early in the morning to take us to Dublin airport. We were leaving Ireland and flying to our next destination, Scotland. Dave was warm, friendly, and funny! He had some helpful tips for the next leg of our adventure, and he had us laughing on the way to the airport as well.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Justine Stewart
Justine
Justine Stewart
Local specialist in England/France | Replied on Jan 09, 2024

Lovely Stephanie!

Thank you so very much for your amazing review :) I feel so lucky to have been a part of this adventure with you and Heather! Working together to plan this trip has been nothing short of wonderful. I am so thrilled to have shared some of my favourite places with you...and have you love them too! Your trust and enthusiasm in my recommendations has been next-level and added so much joy to the planning process. Getting to know you over the past few months has been an absolute delight...Safe travels until our paths cross again!

Justine & The High Point Holidays Team

A 13 day trip around Scotland means one thing...
Scotland | Oct 7 - Oct 19, 2023

David
David L.
Athens, AL | Reviewed on Oct 20, 2023

A 13 day trip around Scotland means one thing, we've got to go back for more. AMAZING. Oou guide around the Isle of Sky, Donald, was amazing, funny, and kind. I can't say enough good things about JUSTINE. She looked after us our whole trip. Checking on us, making changes due to our health problems. My only regret is not being able to give her a hug and say Thank You.

Local specialist: Justine Stewart
Justine
Justine Stewart
Local specialist in England/France | Replied on Oct 27, 2023

David & Kathy,
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It was such a treat to get to know you and help plan your trip. It was a genuine joy to work with the both of you :)
Best,
Justine