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Neil West

Hello everyone! I'm Neil, a proud Scotsman splitting my time between Fife & Glasgow. When I'm not busy planning my next trip I'll likely be following sports - football, rugby & ice hockey to name but a few - or I'll be listening to music or playing one of my beloved guitars.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in the UK, with a focus on Scotland - my home nation. Having lived in both Edinburgh and Glasgow I have a real interest in the hustle and bustle of cities as well as the stunning landscapes of the Highlands, Islands and wider UK countryside."

How did you get involved in travel?

"My father was brought up in Chile and Peru as my grandfather was a mining engineer in South America at that time. My mother, she lived and worked as a nurse in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Their passion for people, culture and language had me hooked on travel from a young age!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Taking a 3 week trip to India, Hong Kong and China in 2010. Travelling with good friends, visiting others already there and topping it off with an impromptu concert for a major car company at a 5* hotel in Kunming - incredible memories."

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Recent trip reviews for Neil

Overall, happy with service. Would have lik...
Scotland | May 3 - May 11, 2024

Jishnu
Jishnu G.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on May 13, 2024

Overall, happy with service.

Would have liked faster responsiveness to last minute inquiries or issue identifications.

Appreciate that response times depend on staff availability and local public holiday schedules. Suggest retaining backup coverage for these types of “real time” issues.

Best,

Local specialist: Neil West
Neil
Neil West
Local specialist in Glasgow & Fife | Replied on May 20, 2024

Hi Jishnu,

Once again, many thanks for your review. We really appreciate your feedback & will endevour to take this on board as we move forward.

It was great to meet you and Indranil in Edinburgh and I hope your trip to Scotland was everything you had hoped for. Did someone get to take home the whisky - that is the question!

All the very best,
Neil

Summer trip to Scotland.
Scotland | Jul 8 - Jul 16, 2023

Jay
Jay B.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Nov 19, 2023

We had a really enjoyable time. All of our expectations were exceeded, and we would be happy to use the service again. We didn't require a lot of help, but when we had a problem with a reservation, they were able to sort it out quickly and we fealt very well taken care of.

Local specialist: Neil West
Neil
Neil West
Local specialist in Glasgow & Fife | Replied on Nov 20, 2023

Hi Jay,

I really appreciate your thoughtful review & I'm thrilled to hear that you had a great time in Scotland. It's always a pleasure to be part of creating memorable experiences, and I'm glad I could contribute to yours!

Best regards,
Neil

My trip to Scotland was absolutely incredible...
Scotland | Sep 15 - Sep 22, 2023

Charlottesville
Charlottesville R.
Arvada, CO | Reviewed on Nov 16, 2023

My trip to Scotland was absolutely incredible. I just showed up, and everything was planned, including my train transportation.

Local specialist: Neil West
Neil
Neil West
Local specialist in Glasgow & Fife | Replied on Nov 17, 2023

Hello!
Thank you so much for the kind review. It was a lot of fun working on this trip & I'm so happy that you had an incredible time in Scotland.
All the very best,
Neil

Wonderful trip to scotland
Scotland | Aug 22 - Aug 27, 2023

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Patrick K.
Bethesda, MD | Reviewed on Sep 06, 2023
I had an general idea of where I wanted to go but Neil ( our Kimkim guide) added a lot more depth and culture to the trip. he organized a guide for one of our trip suggested and brought tickets for a number of other stops that we would not have found on our own. The hotels were all nice and conveniently located. Two pieces of advise I would give to travelors - 1) be prepared for how long it takes to get anywhere by car ( Narrow roads and lots of campers means google is always wrong on... Read more

I had an general idea of where I wanted to go but Neil ( our Kimkim guide) added a lot more depth and culture to the trip. he organized a guide for one of our trip suggested and brought tickets for a number of other stops that we would not have found on our own. The hotels were all nice and conveniently located. Two pieces of advise I would give to travelors - 1) be prepared for how long it takes to get anywhere by car ( Narrow roads and lots of campers means google is always wrong on ETAs). Also most places to eat close their kitchen at 8, even in the big cities so be prepared.

Great overall trip.

Hotel Reviews
Cruachan Hotel
Fort William
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Balmacara Hotel
Ross-Shire
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Kingsmills Hotel
Inverness
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Edinburgh Castle Tickets
Edinburgh Castle Tickets
Edinburgh
Stirling Castle Tickets
Stirling Castle Tickets
Stirling
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
did the audio tour and it was a big hard to follow the order after the chapel.
1 Hour Cruise on the Loch Ness from Fort Augustus
1 Hour Cruise on the Loch Ness from Fort Augustus
Scotland
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cairngorms National Park Wildlife Tour with a Specialist
Cairngorms National Park Wildlife Tour with a Specialist
Scotland
Local specialist: Neil West
Neil
Neil West
Local specialist in Glasgow & Fife | Replied on Sep 06, 2023

Hi Patrick,

A massive thank you for the review & feedback you have left for us.

It was an absolute pleasure working with you on this trip and really I'm glad that you enjoyed the activities we found for you!

Wishing you all the best & we hope to see you again in future.

Neil