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Stephen Molloy

Urbanist by training, he spent most of his twenties traveling and living overseas. Bitten by the bug, he lived in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, California, Australia, DRC, Kenya, Pakistan...and then Europe. Lover of all things two wheeled,
His last big trip: Exploring France on a bike with my kids in a bike trailer.
Favorite European destinations: Lake district, Scottish Highlands, Corsica, Stockholm

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in the UK and France. The activities I focus on are a high-end selection of private guides and lodgings. I adore sharing activities and experiences that "

How did you get involved in travel?

"My parents were big travelers, and my dad writes motorcycle travel books. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Travelling with my dad by motorbike through the Gobi desert. The motorbikes were from the 1950s and 1960s and we had breakdowns and snow and visits to the hospital. All the while we were hosted warmly and looked after incredibly well. Each day we awoke to incredible views and new adventures."

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Recent trip reviews for Stephen

The trip we wanted
Scotland | Aug 19 - Aug 28, 2023

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Cat H.
San Leandro, CA | Reviewed on Sep 04, 2023

Stephen prepared a great trip for us, taking all of our feedback and crazy ideas. Everything was laid out, easy to understand, follow and share. Got a few pro-tips for the cities we were visiting which helped a lot. read more

Stephen prepared a great trip for us, taking all of our feedback and crazy ideas. Everything was laid out, easy to understand, follow and share. Got a few pro-tips for the cities we were visiting which helped a lot.

Activity Reviews
Afternoon Tea at the Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh

We loved this. A highlight. Helped us stay awake after arriving.

Private Excursion from Edinburgh - Highlands, Whisky & Castles - V2
Edinburgh

The tour was wonderful and the driver was a character with a big personality. There was a minor miscommunication where he thought we were golfers but it turned into a funny moment. The whiskey tour was particularly enjoyable, and the guides made it fun and informative for everyone, even the non-drinkers in our group.

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Glasgow Beer Tour
Glasgow

The beer tour was a fun experience for our group. The guides were accommodating and understanding about the non-drinkers in our group, offering them alternatives and still making the tour informative for them as well. The whole experience was enjoyable and well put together.

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Day tour to the Giants Causeway
Belfast

The tour to the Giants Causeway was absolutely incredible. Our driver was wonderful and the scenery was breathtaking. It was a fantastic way to spend our day and we couldn't have been happier with the experience.

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Irish Dancing - The Irish House Party
Dublin

The Irish House Party - one of the highlights of our trip. Initially, we were hesitant to attend due to its location and our fatigue. However, it turned out to be a blast! Although the food before the show was average, the music and dancing were amazing. We left feeling very happy and glad that we went there.

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Free time in Dublin
Dublin

We really appreciated the downtime in our schedule. Our group made the most of it and explored attractions that weren't initially on our itinerary. It provided us with the flexibility we desired and allowed us to experience the city at our own pace.

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Cliff of Moher tour from Dublin
Dublin

The tour to the Cliffs of Moher was a great experience. Our driver was fantastic and the views were stunning. Initially, we were unsure if it would take too much time away from exploring Dublin, but it was well worth it. The only drawback was the large tour group, which we weren't expecting, but everyone was fun and we enjoyed the company.

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Local specialist: Stephen Molloy

Fantastic Trip
Scotland | Aug 19 - Aug 28, 2023

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Mary Beth S.
Bethlehem, PA | Reviewed on Sep 04, 2023

The entire trip was fantastic. The attention to detail was on point for the entire trip. Considering we were in 4 different cities with multiple guides and side trips through Scotland and Ireland, all went smoothly.

Our guide, JP, in Belfast was fantastic. He took us through the Highlands on a private tour. All our guides were good and each one made the event/side trip worthwhile. read more

The entire trip was fantastic. The attention to detail was on point for the entire trip. Considering we were in 4 different cities with multiple guides and side trips through Scotland and Ireland, all went smoothly.

Our guide, JP, in Belfast was fantastic. He took us through the Highlands on a private tour. All our guides were good and each one made the event/side trip worthwhile.

Activity Review
Irish Dancing - The Irish House Party
Dublin

The dinner was good and the event was fantastic. This is a must to do!

Quality of Experience
Food
Local specialist: Stephen Molloy

Stephen was great to work with as he adjusted...
Scotland | Aug 20 - Aug 28, 2023

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Bob J.
Minneapolis, MN | Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

Stephen was great to work with as he adjusted our trip to meet our interests. all the connections and events went smoothly with no hitches. Scotland was wonderful, each stop was unique and every guide or tour was outstanding read more

Stephen was great to work with as he adjusted our trip to meet our interests. all the connections and events went smoothly with no hitches. Scotland was wonderful, each stop was unique and every guide or tour was outstanding

Hotel Reviews
Motel One Glasgow
Glasgow

convenient to our walking tour and the train station. Rooms were great. The staff was helpful in selecting restaurants and directions

Authenticity & Character
Location
close to train station and town senter
Staff
very helpful as it was our first time in Scotland
Cleanliness & Comfort
Perle
Oban

Across from the train station and ferry terminal, an easy walk to the town center and distillery. Staff was very helpful

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful old hotel with great view of the harbor
Location
across from train station and ferry terminal
Staff
Very helpful in assiting us with our needs
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Garrison
Fort William

used by the hikers in the area. The location was convenient near the waterfront and easy walking distance to the town center. There was no lift and our rooms were on the top floor, so a bit inconvenient for us, but not for the hikers

Authenticity & Character
Location
location was great for our water tour and walking to the local restaurants and town center
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Blackfriars Hotel
Inverness

a classic old pub with rooms overhead. food in the pub was great and the service even better. Old stairs to get to our rooms as there was no lift, but very manageable

Authenticity & Character
Location
walking distance to bus station.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Small Group tour of Glasgow
Glasgow

our guide was very knowledgeable and kept it funny with the history of Glasgow.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
our guide was outstanding, very funny
Transport
our transport from Edinburg went smoothly
Cruise of Mull, Iona and Staffa Islands
Scotland

One of the highlights of our trip. Everything was well coordinated, the boat shuttle to Staffa was wild as the ocean was a bit rough. Staffa and it's caves and rock formations were unique. Iona was totally different as we spent our time at the Abbey (founded around 600 AD)

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Oban Distillery Tour
Oban

Fun and informative

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
walking distance from our hotel
Evening cruise on Loch Linnhe
Fort William

weather was a wee bit rough but enjoyable trip. We went by a muscle farm and salmon farming. also saw a group of dolphins and some seals

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Two hour cruise on the Canal and Loch - Loch Ness
Inverness

this was fun as they described the history of the Loch Ness Monster legend plus the history of the area

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Culloden Battlefield private tour
Inverness

we had a private tour with a guide that used to have a home in the area of the battlefield before it became a memorial. She was very knowledgeable and adaptable to our schedule as our previous event ran a bit long

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Private day with a driver/guide from Inverness
Inverness

our guide was friendly and helpful. Very knowledgeable

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Sheep dog demonstration
Scotland

this was better than expected. The Sheppard and his dogs were fun to watch

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Private walking tour of Edinburgh with a top local guide
Edinburgh

It was a private tour and he adapted it based on what we had already seen. Very knowledgeable and friendly

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Local specialist: Stephen Molloy

KimKim did a wonderful job
Scotland | Aug 10 - Aug 24, 2023

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Marie G.
Richmond, VA | Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

Both guides we had in Thurso (Don and Angela from the company Above and Beyond) were terrific. We felt so at home at the Manor House with hosts Leo and Mary Ellen. They are so welcoming. I loved Thurso!
Also our guide for Glasgow: Andrew. He was so knowledgeable and had gone out of his way to find a historian of the church we were seeking.
The Skye in a Day Tour was excellent. The driver/guide, Bill, was a great storyteller and had a wonderful calming voice.
The private tour of the... read more

Both guides we had in Thurso (Don and Angela from the company Above and Beyond) were terrific. We felt so at home at the Manor House with hosts Leo and Mary Ellen. They are so welcoming. I loved Thurso!
Also our guide for Glasgow: Andrew. He was so knowledgeable and had gone out of his way to find a historian of the church we were seeking.
The Skye in a Day Tour was excellent. The driver/guide, Bill, was a great storyteller and had a wonderful calming voice.
The private tour of the Culloden battlefield was very interesting.
The driver from Mailig to the ferry to Tobermory was outstanding. So kind, so knowledgeable, so proud of his area.
So much more--wonderful people, the scenery was gorgeous.

Hotel Reviews
Grasshoppers
GLASGOW

Such a delightful experience. I loved the coffee/tea/wine room that we often met in to discuss our day and plan the next. The staff could not have been more welcoming and helpful. The rooms are smaller but bathroom was great. We had delicious breakfasts. But we overwhelmed by the cupcakes/cookies/ice cream available! What a SWEET place. The location was fabulous.

Authenticity & Character
The staff and the fresh sweets and a hotel that is only on one floor above the train station.
Location
Center City, close to so many great places to eat
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Manor House
Thurso

I loved this hotel. It had so much character, especially in the Irish owners and their children who helped with breakfast and bussed tables at night. They were all so kind to us and willing to help us out with any questions or needs we had. We wanted something other than a generic hotel and this was great for that. We ate there both nights. The food was excellent.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Leo and Mary Ellen, the owners who are so kind.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Pennygate Lodge
Craignure

This hotel was such a wonderful place to stay. Lovely rooms, great baths, incredible garden with a view of the water. It was luxuriously comfortable. And Tony, the owner, could not have been more accommodating and helpful. This was the best hotel of our whole stay in Scotland. The food was outstanding as was the service in the beautiful dining room.

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Cleanliness & Comfort
Blackfriars Hotel
Inverness

This was a good place to stay. We had to ask for help to get our bags up the stairs (we were on 3rd floor). It was a bit cramped but once again, the people at the bar/restaurant who deal with the hotel were welcoming and helpful.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Not far from the train station.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Royal Hotel Portree
Portree

We had great rooms with a wonderful view of the harbor. But the staff seemed cold and perhaps a bit overwhelmed. A cruise ship was in and the whole town seemed overwhelmed by the number of people crowding the streets and restaurants and other shops. It's important for people to know they must make reservations for dinner.

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Activity Review
Bespoke tour of Glasgow
Glasgow

Andrew was so nice and so ready for us. He went out of his way to find a person for us to talk to about the church our grandmother came from. He worked hard to find our grandmother's street. And his recommendation that we go to the People's Palace to see the housing exhibit about the 19th century was perfect. We also enjoyed seeing the University of Glasgow. He made the day very convenient in our walking certain parts and having his car at other parts. Andy is charming and fun to be with.

Local specialist: Stephen Molloy

A perfectly crafted holiday with attention personal preferences
Scotland | Aug 10 - Aug 24, 2023

Kate
Kate B.
Tuckahoe, VA | Reviewed on Aug 25, 2023

Stephen and Jane created an itinerary that perfectly fit our goals for a sisters trip to Scotland: To visit places where are ancestors lived and to get a genuine Scottish experience while visiting precise areas of the country. The itinerary that we developed was highly personal. This was enriched by the Kimkim team’s choice of tour guides. Each guide was local and well versed in the area and its history and culture. Andy— Tours by Locals in Glasgow was excellent. He went out of his way to... read more

Stephen and Jane created an itinerary that perfectly fit our goals for a sisters trip to Scotland: To visit places where are ancestors lived and to get a genuine Scottish experience while visiting precise areas of the country. The itinerary that we developed was highly personal. This was enriched by the Kimkim team’s choice of tour guides. Each guide was local and well versed in the area and its history and culture. Andy— Tours by Locals in Glasgow was excellent. He went out of his way to find a parish historian in our grandmother’s childhood church. While in the church, Geraldine Bird took the lead, giving us important specifics about the parish and the socio-economic conditions that led to its creation. She is in the process of writing a book on the history of the church. She shared parts pertinent to our family’s experience while peppering her comments with lots of humor. We found both Andy and Geraldine so informative and entertaining that we wished they could accompany us for the rest of the trip. It is not often that you can have an experience that is educational, poignant, and fun. What a great way to spend our first full day in Glasgow!

We enjoyed the People’s Palace, which was devoted to an examination of life in Glasgow in the 19th century — just when our grandmother lived there.

We rode on the train from Glasgow to Rutherglen to get a close up view of where our grandmother lived. Not surprisingly, the address from census data is no longer in existence, but Andy gave us a good sense of the area. He also drive us to areas where our great grandparents had lived. We enjoyed the Green in Glasgow and enjoyed stories about why the green was initially created. Because Andy is a life-long Glaswegian, he was able to answer almost every question we had about Glasgow.

There are signs around Glasgow that say: “People make Glasgow.” We certainly found this to be true with every interaction we had in the city. People were exceptionally warm, friendly, and quick to laugh. Our guides Andy and Geraldine certainly gave us a positive feeling about a working city that many travelers reject in favor of seeing the capital city.

Kim Kim’s choice of hotel in Glasgow — The Hotel Grasshoppers was a treat. It was in a walkable center city location with lovely simple interior design and spotless rooms. Staff was attentive and eager to please. Breakfast was warm and delicious. AND everyday there were freshly baked desserts and homemade ice cream available for the taking with no fee. The whole hotel is the 6th floor of a nondescript building. I have a feeling it is one of Glasgow’s best kept secrets, but Stephen and Jane were in the know. From the beginning of the trip planning, I explained that I wanted charming lodging that felt Scottish and not a generic chain hotel room that could be in any country. Stephen and Jane deserve extra credit for this find!

We were 3 travelers ages 73-80, and we did not want to drive on the left side of the road. Stephen and Jane did a brilliant job of arranging private drivers, trains and ferries to get to every location. There was never a problem with connections. However, in Thurso, my sister got sick, and she felt that a 4 hour train ride from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh would be too much for her. I contacted Jane immediately to explain our unforeseen problem. Jane instantly solved the problem over the phone, and within minutes she scheduled a private driver to take us to Kyle of Lochalsh the next morning, cutting the transportation time in half and facilitating an easier connection for us. We would have been in a bad place without Jane’s efficient and gracious problem solving. In her usual practice, Jane checked in with us to make sure that the transportation worked and to see if we needed anything else. This is why I love using Kimkim. You have lots of freedom not being part of a big tour, but you never feel alone and stranded!

Stephen and Jane arranged a private tour of Culloden. Our tour guide was a true professional, very knowledgeable about the Jacobite Rebellion, dispelling myths, and making history come to life.

Stephen and Jane facilitated travel to the Isles of Skye, Mull, and Iona. In Portree, Skye, we joined a local van tour of 15 people. Bill, our tour guide was extraordinary. We spent the entire day with him while he pointed out the highlights of Skye scenery, stopping to enable us to walk and climb to experience the fairy pools, fairy glens, etc. Bill’s voice was made for radio broadcasting and his narration through the day was grand— interesting and entertaining. He knew just when to be quiet to let the majesty of nature sink in and when to play traditional Scottish music to enhance the visual wonder. His dramatic story telling skills are without equal. As if this wasn’t enough, he took us to a lovely cafe with excellent lunches, baked goods, and drinks.

Looking at a tentative itinerary, I was not pleased with a trip from Skye to Fort William and then on to Mull. The KimKim team solved this by finding a delightful driver who functioned as a private tour guide. He picked us up on Malig on the west coast mainland and entertained us with the history and culture of this beautiful countryside often overlooked by travelers. He, like all the private guides Kimkim hired, was able to give us an insiders view of the history and life style of the area. We stayed with him until we boarded the ferry to Mull. Because the sea was choppy, our driver stayed in the parking lot until the ferry departed. You couldn’t beat this kindness and attentiveness which I have found to be the hallmark of Kimkim chosen travel guides.

Once on Mull, we stayed in a beautiful home that has been completely refurbished. It was originally the local manse. The large front garden overlooked the sea, and interior was impeccable. In addition to attention of a warm and efficient host, we enjoyed the couple who run the praiseworthy restaurant within the Pennygate Lodge. Breakfasts were prepared as ordered each morning and served in the dining room. Dinners were absolutely the best of our entire trip— especially fresh, delicious and beautifully presented by the restaurant’s co-owner.

The co- owner and host at Pennygate Lodge graciously drove us to Castle Duart and to the ferry - certainly going above and beyond our expectations as travelers without a rental car. These extra benefits were planned by the kimkim team — once again Kimkim delighted and exceeded our expectations.

You guessed it, our next international trip will definitely be planned through Kimkim!

Hotel Reviews
Grasshoppers
GLASGOW

This could not be further away from Hilton or a major hotel chain. This hotel is on the 6th floor of a building in center city. It is not appealing from the street, but inside it is extraordinary. It is immaculately clean with a simple, tasteful decorations. The staff is lovely and friendly, and the big surprise is a daily supply of freshly on-site baked goods and homemade ice cream. Breakfast is served in a cozy breakfast room with staff cooking in the visible kitchen. The entire experience provides a sense that you are visiting an older relative who is delighted you are there and she would do anything to make you feel welcome and at home. I would definitely return. It was the best first impression of Glasgow.

Authenticity & Character
Read above. Like no other lodging arrangements I have ever experienced.
Location
5 ***** Walkable to restaurants , train, and buses.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Incredibly clean. Eat off the floor clean. Rooms were small but well lit. High ceilings. Large windows. Ceiling fan over bed. Clean lines on simple wood furniture. Bed was a twin in my single room. Bed was comfortable. Floors were light wood and beautiful.
Blackfriars Hotel
Inverness

3.5. My sisters and I stayed on the top floor in a “family suite.”It consisted of one room with a king bed and a twin bed. Next door was a small room with a bunk bed. Both rooms were separated from the hallway by another door. There was one en-suite bath for us to share. There were three big negatives to this arrangement: Three guests sharing one bathroom. Poor air circulation NO LIFT… and the hotel staff was actually the wait staff in the pub on the first floor. The rooms were clean, and the location was good. The food in the bar downstairs was satisfactory , but not great. The wait staff was very friendly. We did ask for assistance with carrying heavy luggage up the stairs. Our ages range from 73-80 so this was a challenge. The pub staff helped, but they were not available when we had to depart on a train before 7:00 am . I liked the concept of rooms over the pub , but the poor air circulation and the luggage on stairs made this an Inn I would not rebook. Inverness is a town with many tourists. I imagine other hotels may be more comfortable.

Authenticity & Character
I did not want a chain hotel, and i definitely did not get that. Good character in theory, but the execution presented problems, especially poor air circulation and stairs with no lift for managing luggage
Location
Close to train station. Some other restaurants around. We had trouble getting in due to need for a reservation. We tried the Thai restaurant next store, but a reservation was necessary the Hootananny with traditional local music is within walking distance c
Staff
All restaurant staff so we felt a bit like an imposition. Carried luggage up stairs at our request. No help early in morning. Also no plans for early breakfast. Shortbread and treats in room were appreciated.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Air circulation.
Manor House
Thurso

We loved staying at the Manor House. The rooms were clean and more spacious than some we experienced in Scotland. The check in process is through the bar. One of the co owners checked us in. The owners, a husband and wife team, were eager to please and fn to talk with. Mary Ellen graciously offered to wash dry and fold our laundry for 5 £ each. I originally asked about sending it out to a laundry service. This is the kind of place Manor House is. They do everything that can to please their guests. Leo, Mary Ellen’s husband is a co-owner and an entertaining and charming bar tender. Their sweet children perform Hotel duties, including wait staff and trouble shooting. Sally, their sweet black dog lives attention and is a balm for guests who have left their pet at home.

Authenticity & Character
It has a long history in Thurso. Perhaps the best part of this Inn is the family that operates it. We ended up not wanting to leave them.
Location
Great location for walking throughout Thurso.
Staff
Fabulous family who go out of their way to make guests comfortable. Leo, a couple- owner with his wife even offered to drive ilus to Inverness.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Royal Hotel Portree
Portree

This was the only lodging during our trip where the staff seemed overwhelmed and not very friendly. I almost forgot I was in Scotland. No one tried to engage us in conversation or inquired about our needs. No lift. No offers to bring luggage upstairs in spite of our obvious advanced age. The toilets in the lobby had signs saying they were only for residents’ use. Even as a guest, I had to get a key from the reception desk. The bathrooms were tiny and hard to use. The best part of this hotel was the location. It was easy to walk throughout Portee., and the view over the water was gorgeous. We never went into the restaurant for dinner. It was unappealing. No customers. Uninviting smell. The room itself was not inviting. The bed was comfortable, but one window did not open , making it hit and uncomfortable.

Authenticity & Character
This is the only lodging that did not offer the kindness and friendliness that we had come to expect in SCOTLAND.
Location
Location was excellent. Great views. Close to restaurants and shops.
Staff
Attention to guests. Friendliness. The person on duty at reception sat behind a glass or plexiglass partition. This gave the message that they did not want to be bothered.
Cleanliness & Comfort
A lift fir carrying luggage upstairs. Renovation to the entire hotel
Pennygate Lodge
Craignure

Pennygate Lodge is fantastic. Beautiful setting. Beautiful interior. Immaculately clean and tastefully decorated. Large guest rooms and bathrooms. Comfortable beds. Excellent linens. So appreciated a top sheet! Lovely Highland Soap toiletries. Fabulous shower. Tasty local cookies in the room. Glass bottles of water and milk in a hall refrigerator. Impressive attention to the environment. The owners and hosts are a couple who renovated this old manse to create a graceful and welcoming home to travelers. Fiona was out of town during our stay, but her husband Tony was an outstanding host, going out of his way to provide transportation to the ferry and Castle Duart. He was clearly invested in our enjoying our holiday. In addition to the lovely guest rooms and a comfortable lounge/ sitting room, Pennygate Lodge has an excellent restaurant on site owned and run by a husband and wife team. They serve an order- from-the-menu breakfast every morning that far exceeds the customary hotel breakfast fare. Dinner, which requires reservations, is a night out — without leaving your your guest house. The atmosphere is simple yet elegant. The co-owner and chef’s wife is the sole wait staff, who is obviously devoted to impeccable service. The meal begins with a complimentary creative starter. We ate there two nights. We would have made it three nights, but they do not open for dinner on Sundays. Each night, all three of us were delighted with every course. The website says there is a fixed price for 3 courses. This is not current. Diners can order just a starter or as many courses as they chose. This is fine cusine. Mull is not a bit fancy nor highly populated, but this restaurant would be successful in an foodie city.

Authenticity & Character
The location and the staff’s attention to detail and desire to please guests seems consistent with Scottish hospitality. The setting could only be Mull
Location
It depends. This is a gorgeous setting on a lovely island with a lot of charm. The lounge and some guest rooms offer a beautiful view. It is not conducive to finding optional restaurants or shops.
Staff
Fantastic. Owners are on site and dedicated to creating an excellent guest experience. Tony did everything he could to make us happy. The restaurant server/owner was efficient and warm — quite a combination. We never met her husband the chef/co-owner, but his creations were works of art.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Everything was perfectly clean, inviting and environmentally friendly.
Hotel Indigo Glasgow, an IHG Hotel
Glasgow

There was nothing wrong with this hotel except it was highly generic. One exception: the interior decor was positively ugly. It had the feeling of any chain hotel in the US. It is owned by the same company that brought us generic middle of the road Holiday Inn

Authenticity & Character
Generic and unattractive inside.
Location
It was walkable.
Staff
Satisfactory, but less friendly than we have come to expect in Glasgow c
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean. Comfortable. Only instant coffee in the room.
Activity Reviews
Bespoke tour of Glasgow
Glasgow

Andy was well informed, friendly and fun to be with. His most amazing feat was finding Geraldine Bird, a parish historian at the church my grandmother and her family attended in Rutherglen. He did not seem to do any preliminary work to check out the address where my grandmother and her family lived in Rutherglen. I did not expect to see the flat where they lived, but I did expect him to do his homework. With us, he used his GPS seemingly for the first time to find the location. He drove us through Govan and Gorbals with some history of the area. His own experience as a Glaswegian was a real bonus. Honestly, his personal charm and general personality was very appealing to us on our first full day in Glasgow. His personality gave us an excellent impression of Glasgow and its residents.

Quality of Experience
Andy finding Geraldine to shed specific historical light on a church that was important to my grandmother’s family of origin.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
It was all Andy and his research to find Geraldine Bird. There were no other drivers or guides.
Transport
Andy drove all the time except when we took the train Glasgow- Rutherglen which was a smart move.
Private transfer in town
Scotland

No problem other than the cycling race in Glasgow which blocked the street in front of our hotel. No way to avoid this — except the company could have texted us in advance.

Quality of Experience
Nice comment
Guides, Drivers and Staff
No comment
Transport
No comment
Thurso Walking Tour
Thurso

Excellent walking tour guide. Very well informed. A good mix of straight history and local tales. Good sense of humor. Flexible. Willing to stop when we were hungry. Found a good place to eat. Passionate love for Caithness, which was contagious.

Quality of Experience
Knowledgeable guide with a genuine love for Caithness
Highlights of Caithness with Distillery Tour
Thurso

Angela was an excellent guide. She was so personable that we felt as if we had known her for a long time. Her love of Caithness was palpable. Having her respond to people who spoke to her as we toured made the experience feel so genuine. Angela was extremely tuned in to showing us what we wanted to see. I told Stephen I wanted to see Highland Cattle and she took us to her neighbors’ land where we could see them up close without crowds. She herself is a “wild swimmer” — meaning she swims in the cold sea by her home. She has relatives who surf near her home. It all felt so genuine. It’s hard to get this level of insight on vacation.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Culloden Battlefield private tour
Inverness

Excellent. Very informative guide with a deep knowledge of the Jacobite rebellion. She clearly separated myths from history for those of us who had some background information upon arrival. She was very pleasant and easy to listen to and follow. Seeing this site and realizing the impact of this battle that lasted less than an hour Had quite an impact on us.

Quality of Experience
Great guide.
Skye In A Day From Portree Visiting The Most Scenic Spots
Scotland

Fabulous experience. The guide is amazing. I could have listened to him for a week. He had a beautiful speaking voice and perfect delivery of history and tales. He also read his audience well. Gods use of traditional Scottish music to enhance the tour. Great opportunities to get out, walk, and experience Skye. Lovely lunch in a cafe in route. Bull, our guide was a consummate professional. I would recommend him without reservation.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Full day guided on Mull and Iona with Duart Castle Included
Scotland

The tour of Mull given by a former Mull high school teacher was good. It did not have the same thrill or love of the area that other tours had. The Mull tour did not include Castle Duart, which we did the day before in our own. Our host at Pennygate Lodge drive us there at no cost to us. As MacLean descendants, we lived the castle and we were thrilled to meet the current clan chief, Sir Lachlan MacLean. He was such a kind gentleman and interesting to talk with. The gift shop on site was the only place where I made purchases. Both my daughter and granddaughter have McLean as their middle names so this was especially interesting to me. We had a driver who drove us to the ferry to get to Iona. He was my least favorite driver. He was less informative, and his driving was too aggressive and made all 3 of us nervous.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Driver could have shared more local info. Driver could have been slower and less aggressive. Perhaps a guide on Iona Seoul’s have enhanced the experience.
Transport
More careful driving.
Local specialist: Stephen Molloy

Enjoyed a memorable trip!
Scotland | Aug 9 - Aug 20, 2023

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Janelle R.
College Station, TX | Reviewed on Aug 24, 2023

Planning the trip was smooth and The KimKim team responded to questions and a few glitches during our trip very quickly.
Gareth, our walking tour guide in Edinburgh was amazing—very knowledgeable, provided a lot of history and great info.
Steve Reddick, our safari guide in the Cairngorms National Park was wonderful. He took us to all of the habitats and we saw many birds and animals; we especially enjoyed Murdo, the Scottish cow. Steve was passionate about being a guide and protecting the... read more

Planning the trip was smooth and The KimKim team responded to questions and a few glitches during our trip very quickly.
Gareth, our walking tour guide in Edinburgh was amazing—very knowledgeable, provided a lot of history and great info.
Steve Reddick, our safari guide in the Cairngorms National Park was wonderful. He took us to all of the habitats and we saw many birds and animals; we especially enjoyed Murdo, the Scottish cow. Steve was passionate about being a guide and protecting the environment and even provided us with tea/coffee and delicious Scottish butter cookies.
Overall, it was a memorable trip and we enjoyed the various experiences and the majestic scenery of the Highlands.

Hotel Reviews
Destiny Scotland - Q Residence appartments
Edinburgh

Comfortable, spacious 2 bedroom apartment. An elevator would have been nice since our apartment was on the third floor, but we managed.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Close to the Royal Mile.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Atholl Villa Guest House
Pitlochry

A quaint Villa in the heart of Pitlochry.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Royal Hotel Portree
Portree

Please don’t advertise “free parking”. There was only 8 “free” parking spaces. Difficult to find any parking.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Receptionist was not very friendly when we arrived.
Cleanliness & Comfort
It was warm and there was no A/C and no fan.
The Glencoe Inn
Ballachulish

A quaint Inn with comfortable rooms. It was warm and the staff provided a fan to help us sleep comfortably. The staff were friendly and very service oriented!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
The staff were friendly and went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Motel One Glasgow
Glasgow
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Eden Locke
Edinburgh
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
The staff were friendly and very accommodating.
Cleanliness & Comfort
GreyFriars Hotel Inn
St Andrews
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Private transfer in town
Scotland
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private walking tour of Edinburgh with a top local guide
Edinburgh

Gareth was amazing. He was very knowledgeable, provided a lot of history and great info.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Afternoon Tea at the Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh
Quality of Experience
Private transfer from Hotel To Train station
Scotland

The driver was very helpful and patient. It took awhile to get the car that we needed and he waited with us until everything was finalized.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
St Andrews walking tour of the famous Old Golf course
Scotland
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Play Golf in St Andrews at either the Jubliee, Castle, Eden, New or Strathyrum courses
St Andrews

We played the castle course which was the hardest of all the St. Andrew’s courses. It took 5 hours to play and we had to use a push cart. It was a beautiful course! Recommend reserving a cart, but not sure if any are available on this course.

Quality of Experience
Play at the Kittocks Course
St Andrews
Quality of Experience
Blair Atholl Tour at Blair Atholl Distillery
Pitlochry

Great guide and tasting at the end of the tour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Cairngorms National Park Wildlife tour with a specialist
Scotland

Our guide, Steve Reddick, was amazing. Very knowledgeable and passionate. He took us to all of the habitats and we saw many birds and animals. He was a joy!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Steve Reddick was the best guide we had during our entire trip. His enthusiasm of the beautiful area was contagious and he loved showing us each of the habitats.
Transport
Very nice, comfortable and clean car.
Private guided tour with driver/guide in Skye
Scotland

Our guide was really just a taxi driver. He was very polite and courteous but he did not tell us about the area or provide insight or history.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Provide a true guide, not just a driver.
Transport
Isle of Skye Whisky immersion at Torabhaig
Scotland
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Mallaig Wildlife Boat Trips
Mallaig

I expected the trip to be longer and see more. It basically was a quick trip to an area where we saw a few porpoises and supposedly a whale or two. The entire trip took less than 1 hour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private guided walk in Glencoe
Scotland
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide didn’t provide much info about the area.
Transport
Car was filthy, literally had to brush off crumbs and trash from the seats before we could get in.
Falkirk Wheel Boat Ride
Falkirk
Quality of Experience
Visit the Kelpies
Scotland
Quality of Experience
Phd level guided tour of Bannockburn
Stirling

Our guide was knowledgeable but he wasn’t the individual who I believe was originally booked (he said he was asked to step in because the original person was not available). The tour lasted about an hour, much less than what was listed in the itinerary.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Stirling Castle Tickets
Stirling
Quality of Experience
Local specialist: Stephen Molloy

We had an amazing time in England and Scotlan...
England | May 1 - May 15, 2023

Jamey
Jamey N.
Park City, UT | Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023

We had an amazing time in England and Scotland!! Thank You Stephen and your team for working with us with adding people to our trip last minute. We appreciate all your hard work, and we were able to have a memorable experience we will remember forever! The locations and hotels you picked were so fun and we feel we would have missed out on seeing so much of it weren’t for your recommendations. We have already recommended KimKim to friends and family based on our experience and we will continue to use you for future travels. Thanks Again,
Zane and Jamey Norris

Local specialist: Stephen Molloy

Fantastic family vacation
England | Aug 12 - Aug 21, 2023

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Susan S.
Secaucus, NJ | Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023

Working with Gabrielle, Stephen & Marianna was great. They were responsive, listened & worked with me on activities, pricing & recommendations. They followed through on everything I asked of them. Our trip was fantastic and everything went perfectly. I seriously could not have asked for more. Thank you to all - you helped us make some special family memories!

Local specialist: Stephen Molloy

Listen
United Kingdom | Aug 9 - Aug 19, 2023

Gary
Gary M.
Gilbert, AZ | Reviewed on Aug 21, 2023

Due to our local specialists' screw up, the initial hotel planned on for Edinburgh (close in and walk-able to most everything) was replaced by a country club far from the city center. As a result, we ended up spending time and money on taxis.

Edinburgh Castle was interesting and the Afternoon Tea was an amazing experience.

The Highlands bus tour was long. There were mechanical difficulties on the bus so we got canned dialog - we missed out on information/explanation the driver could have... read more

Due to our local specialists' screw up, the initial hotel planned on for Edinburgh (close in and walk-able to most everything) was replaced by a country club far from the city center. As a result, we ended up spending time and money on taxis.

Edinburgh Castle was interesting and the Afternoon Tea was an amazing experience.

The Highlands bus tour was long. There were mechanical difficulties on the bus so we got canned dialog - we missed out on information/explanation the driver could have given us. The short Loch Ness cruise was informative and fun.

We specifically asked not to include walking tours due to my wife's inability to walk long distances. The only event booked in Glasgow - a walking tour.

We feel like consideration was not given to drive times. We had no time to explore Ambleside or Morton-in-Marsh. We spent the days driving and arrived in Ambleside and Morton-in-Marsh after everything closed, and had to take off early in the morning without seeing anything. Both hotels were lovely.

The London hotel was pretty far away from anything. We did not like this hotel but it served its purpose. Again, the changing of the guard was a 2 hour walking tour - we ended up bowing out of that event.

tl;dr It took 5 iterations to put together our itinerary and still we were not listened to. Would we use kimkim again? Probably not but we did appreciate the overall structure of the planning process.

It would have been nice to have received a text from kimkim during the trip asking how we were doing.

Hotel Review
The White Hart Royal Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire

Amazing ambiance and character. Great service and food. Their mattress left a little to be desired.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Afternoon Tea at the Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Day trip from Edinburgh to the Loch Ness & A Taste of the Highlands
Edinburgh

Driver had no mic to communicate.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Stephen Molloy

Stephen our travel agent was fantastic. I am ...
England | Jul 20 - Aug 2, 2023

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Lona R.
Bismarck, ND | Reviewed on Aug 07, 2023

Stephen our travel agent was fantastic. I am recommending him to some friends traveling there next year. All the tours were excellent except the wildlife tour on the boat. They told us to review the safety notice ourselves. They mentioned 2 islands and that was all they said. We saw seal on an island and they said nothing about them. When the porpoises appeared in the water, she rushed out on to the deck and whispered there they are.

All the other's were fantastic. They were so... read more

Stephen our travel agent was fantastic. I am recommending him to some friends traveling there next year. All the tours were excellent except the wildlife tour on the boat. They told us to review the safety notice ourselves. They mentioned 2 islands and that was all they said. We saw seal on an island and they said nothing about them. When the porpoises appeared in the water, she rushed out on to the deck and whispered there they are.

All the other's were fantastic. They were so knowledgeable and made it fun. Can't say enough about them.

The rooms were nice. Especially liked the Tiger Lilly and the Eden Locke. The place in Pitlochry was neat up on the hill. Very nice and quiet to sit outside. The Georgian in London was tight but nice. The Garrison was ehh...really tight, our door didn't lock at one point, parking was poor, but there breakfast was nice. The Perle was good breakfast, room was big, parking was poor-we had to walk several blocks in the rain. (but I guess that is Scotland, LOL) We had the best fresh mussels there right on the shore.

Our feet were definitely sore but we knew that was part of it. We figured we walked about 10 miles per day, so close to 100 miles the whole trip. The car was fun, it ran well, no problems. Hamilton was fantastic.

Over all...very very satisfied. Thank you for making out mother/daughter trip a huge success.

Hotel Reviews
Tigerlily
Edinburgh

Loved the size of the rooms. Thank you for having wash cloths.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Eden Locke
Edinburgh

Cute little flat with all you could need. No breakfast.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
High tea at the Savoy Hotel
London

Pretty fancy. Food was good. Great experience though.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Private transfer to your accommodation. Then check-in or bag-drop
London

Driver, Garreth was great. Very knowledgeable and easy to talk with.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Changing of the Guard guided tour
London

Tour guide was great. He had good suggestions for us to see the most we could. Very knowledgeable. The King was in residence but did not catch a glimpse.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Hop-on, Hop-off Bus
London

Loved it.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Tower of London Early Access Tour with Beefeater
London

Natalie was great for only living in London for 15 years. Then Gerry was great as well. Very down to earth.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Tickets to the evening show of Hamilton (or another Westend show)
London

Fabulous. Great actor's

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Private walking tour of Edinburgh with a top local guide
Edinburgh

Very well done and interesting. Guide was excellent.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Cairngorms National Park Wildlife tour with a specialist
Scotland

He new his stuff and was very personable

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Two hour cruise on the Canal and Loch - Loch Ness
Inverness

Very informative

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Mallaig Wildlife Boat Trips
Mallaig

No information, no safety rules given, told to read the sign about it. No conversation from crew except about 2 islands to our left.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Sir Walter Scott Steamship tour on Loch Katrine
Scotland

Very nice area, enjoyed a walk on the path before our cruise. guide was excellent with knowledge.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Stephen Molloy

Great company to work with!
England | Jul 20 - Aug 2, 2023

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Katie R.
Bismarck, ND | Reviewed on Aug 07, 2023

When looking for a company to work with, I read reviews and decided to go with KimKim, I am so happy I did. The process of planning the trip was made SO easy by Stephen. He listened to things I knew we wanted to do, but also did an amazing job adding in additional things that I never would have known to do. Our mother/daughter trip was wonderful! read more

When looking for a company to work with, I read reviews and decided to go with KimKim, I am so happy I did. The process of planning the trip was made SO easy by Stephen. He listened to things I knew we wanted to do, but also did an amazing job adding in additional things that I never would have known to do. Our mother/daughter trip was wonderful!

Hotel Review
Tigerlily
Edinburgh

So unique and beautiful. I never would have thought of staying here, but our travel guide selected it and I am so thankful. It is in a great location and easy to get to.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Private transfer to your accommodation. Then check-in or bag-drop
London

Our driver Matt was so nice and helpful. It was great having an easy start to our trip, instead of trying to figure out public transportation with our luggage after such a long flight.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Changing of the Guard guided tour
London

Joe, our guide, was exceptional. He had great information and we had so much fun with him!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Tickets to the evening show of Hamilton (or another Westend show)
London

Highlight of the trip for me!

Small Group Tour to Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge
London

Alan, our guide, was great. Funny, informative, and nice. Really enjoyed his anecdotes and stories as we drove to each place. It was a long day, but worth it!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private walking tour of Edinburgh with a top local guide
Edinburgh

Gareth, was our guide and he was awesome. He had so much information to share, I’m sure we could have spent all day walking around with him. The best part of the experience was that it was just the three of us, which really allowed us to be engaged.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Cairngorms National Park Wildlife tour with a specialist
Scotland

I was not so sure about this experience when we saw it, but trusting everything else Stephen planned for us, we went with it and I am SO happy we did. Our guide Ruari was phenomenal. He was extremely knowledgeable and great to talk to and learn from. It was truly a highlight of the trip!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Two hour cruise on the Canal and Loch - Loch Ness
Inverness

Beautiful views and fun history.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Mallaig Wildlife Boat Trips
Mallaig

What we did see was fun, but I would have liked more commentary as to what we were looking at and where we were.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Stephen Molloy

We had the most amazing trip and hike of the ...
France | Jul 11 - Jul 21, 2023

Marlo
Marlo H.
Allentown, PA | Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

We had the most amazing trip and hike of the Tour Du Mont Blanc. Everything was expertly planned by Stephen Molloy. We started planning this trip of a lifetime almost a year before. We knew we needed experts to help us plan our hike, book our refuges and help us to transfer our bags. We were in touch with several organizations and realized quickly, Kimkim and Stephen were the right fit to help us plan and execute the perfect vacation. Stephen was most responsive and attentive and helped us... read more

We had the most amazing trip and hike of the Tour Du Mont Blanc. Everything was expertly planned by Stephen Molloy. We started planning this trip of a lifetime almost a year before. We knew we needed experts to help us plan our hike, book our refuges and help us to transfer our bags. We were in touch with several organizations and realized quickly, Kimkim and Stephen were the right fit to help us plan and execute the perfect vacation. Stephen was most responsive and attentive and helped us with all the details of an over seas trip. He also planned the perfect day in Chamonix for us at the start of our hike and the perfect day in Annecy at the end of our hike. All of our accommodations were great. We highly recommend using Kimkim and we are already planning our vacation for next year and will definitely use Kimkim and Stephen Molloy at High Point Holidays to make it happen.

Hotel Review
Boutik Hotel 3*
Annecy

Excellent accommodations! Clean and vintage fun decor. Friendly staff too. Loved our stay!

Authenticity & Character
Cool vintage decor!
Location
Close to everything
Staff
So friendly and helpful!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Super clean and comfortable!
Activity Review
Day 4: Hike from the Chapieux to Val Veny
France

Wow is all we can say!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Stephen Molloy

Family trip to London and Scotland
Scotland | Jun 18 - Jun 29, 2023

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Susan M.
Richmond, CA | Reviewed on Jul 20, 2023

Wonderful trip to London and Scotland. Stephen and I worked together to plan 3 days in London and 8 days in Scotland. He was very helpful in planning out a route for us that would cover highlights in Scotland, with a mix of city time and outdoor activities. He set up hikes and tours with several really great guides who helped us see places we would never have found on our own.

There were a couple of communication glitches and overall I felt that the itinerary format was not the easiest to... read more

Wonderful trip to London and Scotland. Stephen and I worked together to plan 3 days in London and 8 days in Scotland. He was very helpful in planning out a route for us that would cover highlights in Scotland, with a mix of city time and outdoor activities. He set up hikes and tours with several really great guides who helped us see places we would never have found on our own.

There were a couple of communication glitches and overall I felt that the itinerary format was not the easiest to work with. It left a couple of uncertainties although they were resolved and we ended up with all of the tickets and other information we needed.

Great trip that we could not have planned ourselves so we are grateful for all of Stephen's hard work!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel The Melita
London

We were in London during a heatwave and we knew there would not be air conditioning. The staff kindly provided us with a second fan, which was much appreciated. The room was quite small but we knew to expect that in such an expensive city. Very clean room and tasty breakfast pastries.

The Frederick House Hotel
Edinburgh

Beautiful spacious room and great location in New Town. Easy to walk to Old Town. The included breakfast at the restaurant across the street was fantastic- best of the trip. Very accommodating staff who helped us send our laundry out.

Atholl Villa Guest House
Pitlochry

Lovely room that looked up at Ben Vrackie. Very clean and comfortable and friendly owners. Loved the location; we could walk to dinner on the main street but not noisy at all.

The Royal Hotel Portree
Portree

Comfortable room that looked out toward the harbor. Restaurants in town book up very quickly so we ate at the hotel one night and it was delicious. Much better than expected, especially for a hotel restaurant. There's a parking lot but you have to find out the details from the front desk; it's not obvious at all when you arrive. Excellent full breakfast included too.

The Stirling Highland Hotel
Stirling

Nightmare-- the room smelled strongly of cat urine or mold. The hotel said they were unable to move us due to being sold out; in addition, our room opened onto the car park where a car show was going on, meaning that we couldn't open the window to air out the room. I did write to the hotel when we got home and they said they would refund us, but haven't seen it yet.

Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Private transfer to your accommodation. Then check-in or bag-drop
London

Eamon met us at baggage claim without any problem and gave us a great introduction to London. It was delightful to ride with him.

Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Hop-on, Hop-off Bus
London

We thought that this would be a good way to get an overview of London but our bus was stuck in traffic more than it was able to take us from site to site. Would skip it next time.

Private guided walk in Glencoe
Scotland

Great hike back into the Hidden Valley. The hike in was a bit of a steep scramble in parts (more than I expected) but the route back was less difficult. Lots of beautiful scenery along the way.

Tower of London timed entry tickets
London

Even though we had timed tickets for 10 am, we still had to wait about 30 minutes in line to enter. The line looked like it was getting even longer behind us so I would recommend tickets as early in the day as possible--very glad that Stephen got us morning tickets.

Old Town History and Tales Walking Tour
Edinburgh

Fascinating walking tour. I didn't catch the guide's name but she was great. Very knowledgable and informative with just the right level of history and other facts.

Dunnottar Castle Tickets
Stonehaven

An unexpected highlight! Beautiful and relatively uncrowded castle on the edge of the ocean. Well worth the drive.

Cairngorms National Park Wildlife tour with a specialist
Scotland

Wonderful tour with Safari Steve. He drove us in a very comfortable Land Rover to several habitats within the park. At each one, we saw birds and other animals that we never would have spotted on our own. Even though we are not "birders," it was delightful for all of us (including 2 teenage boys). One of our most enjoyable days.

Local specialist: Stephen Molloy

SW England Road Trip
England | Jun 20 - Jul 6, 2023

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Ras G.
Canada | Reviewed on Jul 20, 2023

We recently completed our SW England road trip and it was fantastic! This is our second trip organized through KimKim and we really find the level of assistance, coordination and guidance a boon to trip planning. In fact, Stephen, who prepared our itinerary was able to take a lot of the planning for us, out of the equation. There were great activities suggested throughout the trip. This was personalized for us; a small family of three with a 9 year old daughter. She had some great... read more

We recently completed our SW England road trip and it was fantastic! This is our second trip organized through KimKim and we really find the level of assistance, coordination and guidance a boon to trip planning. In fact, Stephen, who prepared our itinerary was able to take a lot of the planning for us, out of the equation. There were great activities suggested throughout the trip. This was personalized for us; a small family of three with a 9 year old daughter. She had some great experiences as did my wife and I! We are grateful to Stephen for being available throughout the planning process and things couldn't have been easier.

The trip plan dossier was organized well and served as a quick daily reference for what the next days adventures will bring! Having many activities pre-booked with booking references available prior to departing was very efficient and made things easy.

This is a great way to generate ideas about an area you want to visit by getting local insight from people who know the area and can suggest activites that may not always be 'main stream' but also ensure a rich, full experience of the area.

We are extremely pleased with KimKim and feel that this is the only way we will plan future trips!!

Thank you Stephen!!!

Hotel Reviews
The Bloomsbury
London

Excellent service. The staff were very friendly and we enjoyed our stay here. If (when!) I am back in London - I will be coming to Bloomsbury!!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Very friendly and personable!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very comfortable bed (this is key!!)
The Pines Hotel
Swanage, Dorset

Overall, this was a great stay. The evening views at dinner time looking at the ocean cannot be beat. The staff very very friendly and accomodating.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The room layout was good --- the mattresses unfortunately, were not comfortable
Bayards Cove Inn
Dartmouth

This is very, very, very nice inn. An old building with character. The staff are super friendly. We had a great time. My daughter LOVED the room we stayed inn -- it really brought out nautical and pirate themes to our dreams! The bathroom was quite newly renovated and nice. The staff was great and extremely friendly. This was a very memorable stay and I will say that I see myself coming to Dartmouth again in my life and I will stay at Bayards Cove Inn!!!

Authenticity & Character
Very charming building and the room we stayed in was unique!
Location
Staff
Great staff. Always smiling!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Bathroom was excellent
The Stag and Huntsman at Hambleden
Hambleden Village, Henley-on-Thames

We loved this cottage stay - unfortunately for us it was only for one night. It truly has motivated us to come back here for a longer stay. The cottage was exceptionally clean and spacious. The restaurant had excellent food and the village is charming!

Authenticity & Character
The village was small, quaint and beautifulF!
Location
Staff
Very nice staff. I thought they all were very friendly and provided wonderful service when we dined at the restaurant
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean cottage and very well equiped.
Activity Reviews
British Museum Tour: Crash Course
London

After having this guided tour I feel this is the only way to visit a museum!! We met with Alan who is a PhD and has a keen interest and knowledge in early civilizations. The pace was good and we were all engaged the whole time. My 9-year old daughter had a great time and really felt that seeing and hearing the things she did complimented some of the things she has learnt about early civilizations. Truly a great experience!!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Entry to St Michael's Mount
England

It was a nice sunny day when we visited. The gardens are beautiful. The views are inspiring and the time we spent on St. Michael's mount was great!

Quality of Experience
Local specialist: Stephen Molloy

Summer highlights for the family
Scotland | Jun 4 - Jun 17, 2023

Alicia
Alicia T.
Singapore | Reviewed on Jul 03, 2023

Thanks to Stephen for your support, as we planned our family trip to London and Scotland this June, and incorporating our special requests where possible, including detours to Anfield Liverpool and Silverstone!

Stephen and the Kimkim team supported us before and throughout the trip, in particular our further enquiries on local transport options for activities where we had to make our own way. With this, we MUST mention the Kimkim hotline - which came in really handy when we're faced with... read more

Thanks to Stephen for your support, as we planned our family trip to London and Scotland this June, and incorporating our special requests where possible, including detours to Anfield Liverpool and Silverstone!

Stephen and the Kimkim team supported us before and throughout the trip, in particular our further enquiries on local transport options for activities where we had to make our own way. With this, we MUST mention the Kimkim hotline - which came in really handy when we're faced with issues during the trip, especially when the taxi sent to pick us up from the train station to Silverstone was too small to fit our family of 6 + luggage - It was a relief to hear Clement on the line, who got our issue resolved promptly with a replacement vehicle with minimal disruption to the planned itinerary.

The overall itinerary planned worked well for us, with perhaps the exception of The Highlands days - which were a bit rushed as there was quite a driving distance between destinations - so we may not have completed all activities as planned (rather back to back e.g. 3-4 hours morning hike at Ben Vrackie, followed by Dunnother Castle at 1.30pm). Nevertheless, the Highlands is beautiful and a must-see, where you can and fit!

Once again, thanks for the precious memories made for our family this Summer! Special highlights for us goes to the Edinburgh boathouse, Cairngorms with Safari Steve, Culag woods near Inver Loch, Lost valley hike in Glencoe and Caledonian sleeper!

Hotel Reviews
Boathotel 4 Sisters
Edinburgh, Lothian,

Love The Camillia we called home in Edinburgh - The boat was really a very special experience with lotsa comfort and space for everyone in the family (2 adults + 4 teenagers). Centrally located and convenient - Boat was easy to find within a 10 min bus ride from Waverley Station and just a minute walk from bus stop. Tesco express round the corner (2mins), walking distance to Edinburgh old town and nearby eateries. We'd recommend this unique experience

Authenticity & Character
Unique experience to live on a boathouse!
Location
Centrally located and convenient - Boat was easy to find within a 10 min bus ride from Waverley Station and just a minute walk from bus stop. Tesco express round the corner (2mins), walking distance to Edinburgh old town and nearby eateries.
Staff
Skipper Natalie was very helpful getting us settled down and shared the surrounding amenities, f&b too
Cleanliness & Comfort
Caledonian Sleeper Train Cabin
Edinburgh

Cabin is compact with all we needed in a airconditioned cabin, including the inroom shower up to breakfast before checking out.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Kingshouse Hotel
Gelncoe

Beautiful hotel, with great restaurant. Room was very hot and uncomfortable during our stay this summer - Very warm and stuffy inside the room with only 1 fan, and we're unable to open the windows for cooler air (as we noted summer midges from hotel signages). While this was largely due to weather conditions, we'd suggest the hotel to anticipate and provide support for added comfort during such times. Otherwise, it'd definitely dampen the overall holiday vibes and mood at the Scottish highlands.

Cleanliness & Comfort
Room was very hot and uncomfortable during our stay this summer - Very warm and stuffy inside the room with only 1 fan, and we're unable to open the windows for cooler air (as we noted summer midges from hotel signages). While this was largely due to weather conditions, we'd suggest the hotel to anticipate and provide support for added comfort during such times. Otherwise, it'd definitely dampen the overall holiday vibes and mood at the Scottish highlands.
Blackhouse 1 or Blackhouse 2
Sligachan

Beautiful and cosy house - a very pleasant surprise as we arrived, with all that we needed in a home away from home - Clean, spacious, cosy deco for chilling out together, beautiful views with fireplace, fully functional kitchen etc - Would really be perfect for the Winter we believe! BUT, it turned out really uncomfortable during our stay this summer - Very warm and stuffy inside the house with only 1 fan, and we're unable to open the windows for cooler air. Some summer midges made their way into the house too, so it was not pleasant and couldn't sleep well. While weather conditions are not within control, it'd definitely help if there was more fans, portable airconditioner made available. Equally important would be messages for guests on midges precautions. Otherwise, it'd really dampen the overall holiday vibes and mood at the Scottish highlands.

Atholl Villa Guest House
Pitlochry

Very cosy stay, with family B&B feel and breakfast!

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Inver Lodge
Scotland

Beautiful lodge in a quaint little town. Comfortable stay with beautiful lake view.

The Anfield Hotel
Liverpool

Hotel looks recently renovated with functional room - good enough if you're here to catch at match at Anfield Stadium (5 mins walk away). Surroundings look quiet with very few people around and not many shops opened when we were there.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Residence Inn by Marriott London Tower Bridge
London

2br apartment functional for our family.

Activity Reviews
Visit Silverstone
Towcester

A detour from the regular tour itinerary but well worth it for the F1 fans.

Two hour cruise on the Canal and Loch - Loch Ness
Inverness

Not too eventful other than some random snaps of Loch Ness. Explanation of Lochness/ Monster on board was muffled too...

Dunnottar Castle Tickets
Stonehaven

Beautiful castle

Visit Anfield Football Stadium in Liverpool
Liverpool

Bucket list ticked for the Liverpool fans! Truly amazing experience at Anfield! YNWA!!

Quality of Experience
Falkirk Wheel Boat Ride
Falkirk

Beautiful engineering piece. Loved the lighted tunnel at the top!

Cairngorms National Park Wildlife tour with a specialist
Scotland

Wildlife watching with Safari Steve was great experience, through his lenses, passion, sights and sounds. Something special for city folks like us!

The Caledonian Sleeper (Scotland Version)
Scotland

Cabin is compact with all we needed in a airconditioned cabin, including the inroom shower up to breakfast before checking out.

Quality of Experience
Private guided walk in Glencoe
Scotland

9.5km hike in the lost valley, glad for the clear blue skies and cool morning breeze

Private tour of the Cotswolds, Bath and Stonehenge from London
London

Checked out the mysterious stonehenge with Wills, our very knowledgeable and insightful guide!

Local specialist: Stephen Molloy

Professional Service
England | May 25 - Jun 30, 2023

Holmwood
Holmwood G.
Australia | Reviewed on Jul 01, 2023

Very efficiently done and the team checked in with us throughout the holiday to make sure everything was going ok read more

Very efficiently done and the team checked in with us throughout the holiday to make sure everything was going ok

Hotel Reviews
ibis Styles London Southwark – near Borough Market
London

Quirky hotel, well located near the Thames and Borough Market and an easy walk into central London

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Bell Inn
Moreton-in-Marsh

Great roomy accommodation attached to pub. Located in the centre of this small village. Loved it but two downsides - noisy patrons in the beer garden and only access via external timber staircase. Hard with luggage.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Churchill Hotel
YORK

A beautiful hotel. Very gracious with nice restaurant. Rooms while quite small, very comfortable. The decor and references to Churchill were a nice touch. On-site parking a big plus.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Nice 5 minute walk into walled city of York
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Atholl Villa Guest House
Pitlochry
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Stephen Molloy

Superb & Scenic Scotland!
Scotland | Jun 3 - Jun 10, 2023

Jessica
Jessica S.
Germany | Reviewed on Jun 25, 2023

Thanks to Kimkim we were able to experience yet another amazing vacation! Taking us through the breathtaking Highlands of Scotland, this trip left nothing to be desired! We were able to enjoy every minute of it and are already reminiscing of our great hiking trip on the West Highland Way.

We booked a roundtrip through the Scottish Highlands and were assigned Stephen as our local travel specialist from the High Point Holiday Team. He customized our trip and included all our special requests... read more

Thanks to Kimkim we were able to experience yet another amazing vacation! Taking us through the breathtaking Highlands of Scotland, this trip left nothing to be desired! We were able to enjoy every minute of it and are already reminiscing of our great hiking trip on the West Highland Way.

We booked a roundtrip through the Scottish Highlands and were assigned Stephen as our local travel specialist from the High Point Holiday Team. He customized our trip and included all our special requests such as visting the Isle of Skye, taking the Jacobite train and including some cultural activities (e.g. visit Culloden battlefield).

Hiking the West Highland Way was our highlight and gave us the long desired opportunity to really experience the Scottish wilderness and raw beauty.

The accomodations along our journey were very well chosen and also included a brand new hotel, with cute little eco pods, spa facilities and delicious dining options (The Bracken Hide)!

The local travel agency "High Point Holidays" was very responsive and helpful, especially in assisting us in altering some of our travel plans due to a missed flight connection. Here, the emergency number they provided us with turned out to be of crucial help more than once! Moreover, they definitely managed to sweeten our journey along the West Highland Way by providing a great roadbook, a personal hand-written message and a little customized gift. A thoughtful gesture that made us feel very welcome in Scotland.

The Isle of Skye day tour seemed a bit rushed and touristy, leaving us almost little to no time to explore certain places (e.g. 20 minutes at Dunvegan Castle, only a quick pit stop at the Talisker distillery). Thus, we got to see plenty of nice spots, yet, we personally would have prefered to visit less places in order to be able to walk around and have more time to take it all in. The tour advertised whisky tasting and local hikes, but gave us no chance to actually do these activities. Nonetheless, the Isle of Skye was a beautiful place and definitely an absolute must-see!

Our specialist Stephen was very helpful in organizing this amazing trip and always showed interest in our well-being by checking in with us multiple times throughout our journey. A minor point of critizism would be the slight lack of responsiveness to the questions we asked prior to our travel departure. We did make use of the KIMKIM platform by commenting on specific details of the trip plan and posting some questions below the descriptions but often did not receive any answers to those questions. Stephen did, however, initiate a final call to ensure that we were sufficiently prepared for our journey. Worth mentioning is also that all members of the travel team seemed to really care about the successful conclusion of our trip. We very much appreciated this personal touch to our journey and would like to thank Stephen and the team once again for making it such a memorable trip!

All in all this is a travel itinerary that we can highly recommend.
Warmest Regards,

Marc, Nelly & Jessy

Hotel Reviews
Bridge of Orchy Hotel
Bridge of Orchy
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Very helpful and responsive. Ramona deserves a special thanks for helping us with some special requests made due to our late arrival (after midnight)
Cleanliness & Comfort
Kings House Way Inn
Glencoe

Definitely book way in advance to secure a spot in the hotel. The bunkhouse is very rustique and does not offer the same level of comfort some may seek after a long day on the WHW.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Bunkhouse was quite hot & smelly. No one told us that we could borrow some towels. The quality of breakfast was not very good and badly organized: Coffee machine needed to be fixed in the morning. Toaster was only brought after asking for it for several times. Only jam was offered but no cheese, no yoghurt, no scrambled eggs or fruit - so no healthy options. The crew was friendly but incredibly slow.
MacDonald Hotel and Cabins
Kinlochleven

The manager was really friendly and helpful! Breakfast was also really good. Might be good to have some additional healthy options, like fruit. Facilities were nice and clean.

Authenticity & Character
The Bothy Bar is a truely iconic place.....
Location
Very close to the WHW; Nice view from the restaurant!
Staff
They failed to consider dietary requirements for the lunch package. The sandwiches were soggy and inedible
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Garrison
Fort William
Authenticity & Character
Location
Close to the Loch. Plenty of shops and restaurant nearby
Staff
Didn't feel very welcome here. The woman at the reception barely noticed us. During breakfast the crew wasn't very helpful either (e.g. did not notice us or offered us a seat)
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Bracken Hide
Portree

Some ongoing constructions. Tools and nails on the floors of the spa area. Pretty dangerous and also unprofessional

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Restaurant is overpriced and the staff is really young and inexperienced.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Blackfriars Hotel
Inverness
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Culloden Battlefield private tour
Inverness

The privat tour with our very experienced guide Rhona was a special highlight for us. She really was able to vividly describe the battle of Culloden and patiently answered the many questions we had. She definitely knew all the true and untrue tales and stories about what had happened on this historic field and impressed us with her knowledge of the gaelic language. We highly recommend this tour and especially Rhona as a guide.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Experience the best of Isle of Skye from Portree - day tour
Portree

The tour was an overall nice experience and offered many beautiful sights such as Neist Point, the Fairy Pools, Fairy Glenn and particularly the Quiraing-formation as well as the notorious Old man of Storr. However, the driver Martin seemed quite rushed and on a very thight schedule, which led to interesting driving manoevers as well as some hasty visits without the necessary time to really appreciate places. The "visit" at Dunvegan Castle for example was meant to be a lunch-break or gift-shop-consumption-stop instead of an opportunity to explore the castle - which we actually did not see at all! The tour was advertised as a "guided tour" which was somewhat misleading, as the guidance offered was merely the drive-around! Martin was friendly and did his best in offering some explanation, but those turned out to be more anecdotal. Personally, we would choose quality over quantity.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Less "Need for speed", more time at scenic places such as Neist point
Local specialist: Stephen Molloy
Stephen
Stephen Molloy
Local specialist in Dorset and Lyon | Replied on Jun 26, 2023

Thanks so much Jessica for your review of this high-end hike in Scotland. It was a pleasure looking after you!

An unforgettable 12 days in Scotland
Scotland | May 22 - Jun 2, 2023

Susan
Susan Y.
Boston, MA | Reviewed on Jun 11, 2023

Stephen helped us plan a romantic 12-day trip to Scotland to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. I have wanted to go to Scotland forever, but there are so many things to do and see that I was very overwhelmed with the planning. Stephen and I went back and forth a few times to get the details just right, but in the end, we wouldn't have changed a thing. Stand out experiences from the trip were our walking tour of Edinburg with Gareth as our guide--wear good walking shoes. The wildlife... read more

Stephen helped us plan a romantic 12-day trip to Scotland to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. I have wanted to go to Scotland forever, but there are so many things to do and see that I was very overwhelmed with the planning. Stephen and I went back and forth a few times to get the details just right, but in the end, we wouldn't have changed a thing. Stand out experiences from the trip were our walking tour of Edinburg with Gareth as our guide--wear good walking shoes. The wildlife safari in the Cairngorms National Forest with Steve--make a plan for breakfast because the tour starts before most places are serving; Steve provided tea, coffee and snacks. Our trip to the Fairy Pools on Skye was wonderful--I've never seen clearer water and the views are spectacular, but wear supportive shoes or hiking boots and if you're at all unsteady consider hiking poles. The three-island tour of Mull, Staffa, and Iona leaving from Oban harbor was also wonderful--pack a picnic and plan to eat it on Staffa. The views are amazing! There's a coffee shop near the ferry terminal where you can buy pre-made sandwiches. We went to 5 castles -- Edinburgh, Glamis, Urquhart, Dunvegan, and Stirling. All had their pros and cons but we loved them all. Urquhart on the banks of Loch Ness was my favorite; my husband's favorite was Stirling Castle. We also toured Culloden and Bannockburn battlefields. I was more interested in Culloden, but my husband enjoyed the story of Bannockburn -- the thing at Bannockburn is that you need to travel to various locations to get a sense of the battle, and not all the locations are marked. Our guide Murray did a good job explaining everything, but there's not much to look at. We didn't go into the educational center at the actual memorial--but I'd investigate it if you're interested in learning about this piece of Scottish history or maybe read an article or book. For me, I think this would have helped ground me in an understanding before visiting the battlefield sites. On our last day in Edinburg we had high tea at the Signet Library. They are one of the few places that offer a gluten free tea and it was an exceptional experience. As someone who needs to eat GF, you can often feel like you are compromising -- not here. One of the finest dining experiences of my life in a beautiful setting. Dinner at the Heathmont Hotel in Inverness was also exceptional. Also, I will say that I was worried about being able to accommodate my food allergies outside the major cities. I'm happy to report that while it was hard to find GF food outside of health food stores, the restaurants were able to accommodate me everywhere we went.

Hotel Reviews
Angel's Share Hotel
New Town, Edinburgh

Nice hotel, great staff.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
They were great about storing our luggage, helping us order taxis and giving us tips on places to eat.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Comfortable bed, small but modern bathroom
Heathmount Hotel
Inverness

Beautiful, historic hotel in a quiet setting.

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Perle
Oban

Loved this hotel -- it was one of the most beautiful we stayed in. Very modern decor. Our room had an amazing view of the harbor and was very well located. The hotel restaurant, Baab was also exceptional.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Beautifully decorated rooms, lovely view of the harbor, clean modern bathrooms
The Stirling Highland Hotel
Stirling

This was my least favorite of all the hotels we stayed it. The buildings were formerly a school and the guest rooms in particular feel very institutional. The hotel was fully booked the night we stayed and the staff seemed very overwhelmed. That said, it has a great location that's an easy walk to Stirling Castle.

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Eden Locke
Edinburgh

This was a great location in the in New Town. An easy walk to shopping, restaurants and attractions. The staff was exceptionally friendly and I would have appreciated having the kitchenette if we'd stayed longer in Edinburgh. This was also one of the most spacious rooms we stayed in.

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Activity Reviews
Private walking tour of Edinburgh with a top local guide
Edinburgh

Gareth met us at our hotel and took us on a wonderful walk around Edinburg's new and old town, teaching us about the history and showing us the sites. It was a great way to orient ourselves to the city.

Quality of Experience
Gareth, our guide, was both personable and knowledgable
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Gardens & Grounds Admission tickets & Tour at Glamis castle
forfar

Glamis is a beautiful castle -- exactly what you expect a castle to look like! There are only a few rooms to see and you get to learn a bit of history about the castle and the family. I enjoyed it, but it was not one of my favorite experiences in the end.

Cairngorms National Park Wildlife tour with a specialist
Scotland

I don't consider myself much of a nature person -- not a hiker or a camper and definitely not a bird watcher. That said, this was an amazing experience -- one of my favorites of the trip. Steve our guide was exceptional -- he took us to 4 different habitats in the Cairngorms and taught us all along the way. This is a 5-hour tour, but I could have spent 5 more hours learning from Steve.

Quality of Experience
The scenery is just amazing and Steve allows you to see a lot in a relatively short amount of time.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Steve was so knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna and a very nice person to spend time with.
Transport
Steve has a lovely Range Rover. Very comfortable.
Culloden Battlefield private tour
Inverness

Our guide, Rhona, was very knowledgable about the battle and the history. She spent time setting the context and the background of the political situation and really helped us envision the full picture. We asked tons of questions and Rhona was very patient with us.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Visit to Urquhart Castle
Scotland

Right on the banks of Loch Ness, this was my favorite of the 5 castles we visited. The setting was especially lovely.

Quality of Experience
Edinburgh Castle Tickets
Edinburgh
Afternoon tea at the Signet Library (Gluten Free also available!)
Edinburgh

I am gluten intolerant, but I really wanted a high tea experience on our trip. When you eat gluten free, you just assume that your experience is going to be a compromise vs. that of anyone you're with. That was not the case here. Our table was tucked away in a little alcove, which gave a very private feeling. We were invited to select a personal pot of tea from an extensive list -- wine and champagne are available for an extra fee. This was followed by a several courses including a 3 tier platter of savory bites and a second one of sweets. Everything was 1-2 bites of meticulously prepared food.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The staff we discreet and attentive. The tea was well-paced -- we never felt rushed.
Local specialist: Stephen Molloy
Stephen
Stephen Molloy
Local specialist in Dorset and Lyon | Replied on Jun 26, 2023

Thank you for taking the time to collate this detailed feedback message Susan. We appreciate your honesty and detailed remarks. Thank you again for choosing us for this Highland adventure!

Scotland Trip to Celebrate 35th Anniversary
Scotland | May 24 - Jun 4, 2023

John
John K.
Canada | Reviewed on Jun 10, 2023

We planned our trip to Scotland May 23-June 4 2023 to celebrate our 35th Wedding Anniversary using KimKim for the first time. We were unsure of the process initially, but we were connected with Stephen who was very knowledgable and helpful. After several variations we landed on the perfect vacation! At this point partial payment is due, to confirm the vacation, with the final payment due approx one month prior to your trip. About 2-3 weeks before you leave you will receive your detailed... read more

We planned our trip to Scotland May 23-June 4 2023 to celebrate our 35th Wedding Anniversary using KimKim for the first time. We were unsure of the process initially, but we were connected with Stephen who was very knowledgable and helpful. After several variations we landed on the perfect vacation! At this point partial payment is due, to confirm the vacation, with the final payment due approx one month prior to your trip. About 2-3 weeks before you leave you will receive your detailed itinerary including tickets and reservations for things like your accommodations, car rental, tickets to sites, private tours, etc. The package you will receive, via KimKim as a pdf, is very detailed and helpful. One thing we found is that the complete addresses for most locations was not included in the package, which made it a bit difficult when using the GPS in the rental car. Using our cellphone we would look up the location and input the post code to the GPS. (You may want to get the complete addresses before your trip, incase you are unable to use your cellphone.) All the bookings for accommodations, events, etc was perfect. Stephen and Celina from KimKim were even in touch with us a few times throughout the trip to make sure all was ok and that we knew how to contact them if needed.
Overall our special vacation was amazing... everything went as planned and the weather was better than we had expected. Having sunshine, warm temperatures and NO RAIN for our entire trip. We did a lot of walking, used the bus system (which was terrific) and experienced the welcoming and helpful people of Scotland. We travelled through much of Scotland, spending just enough time in each location and enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way. Since we are from Canada and not used to driving on the left, this took a bit of getting used to, but was fine. There are many roundabouts, which also takes a bit of getting used to. Road rules and signs were unfamiliar and different, so may be worth looking into ahead of time.
All of our accommodations were great, each being just a bit different from the last. Check in times were usually around 3 or 4pm so keep that in mind, as we arrived early for many of ours. (especially on the first day after travelling overnight). All the tickets for our excursions worked perfectly and we had no issues. Everything was booked and on time as planned. We wanted to immerse ourselves in the culture, and experienced the local food (haggis, big Scottish breakfasts, scotch and fish and chips), music,(bagpipes) pubs, etc. and we had a lot of fun doing it. Our private guided tours were great and highly recommended. The castles are incredible, the landscape was impressive and sometimes a bit scary driving in the highlands.
Lastly, just an FYI, since we are from Canada and due to our exchange rate our trip was expensive. The cost of the trip through KimKim was charged in US dollars and while in Scotland we felt the exchange again being charged in pounds. But, overall this was a trip of a lifetime and was perfect!

Hotel Reviews
B+B Edinburgh
Edinburgh

Amazing hotel and staff. Unfortunately, when we were there they had issues with the WiFi and the elevator wasn't working. ( we were on the 4th floor). Great location, great breakfast, and the staff were so welcoming and helpful. Liam especially went out of his way to help us out.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Heathmount Hotel
Inverness

The exterior of this hotel may leave you feeling that the inside will be the same, but that is not the case. The rooms are modern, clean and well equipped. There is a restaurant/bar located in this hotel which was also had an amazing atmosphere. Food was excellent and the staff were all very helpful and friendly. The only issue is that there wasn't any parking in their small lot as it was full of the restaurant patrons. They did have overflow parking available in a small lot across the street.

Authenticity & Character
Location
We arrived on a Saturday night and didn't spend much time there on Sunday.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Canowindra Bed and Breakfast
Portree

Georgie and Rick were both friendly and very welcoming. This is a beautiful B&B and our room was spacious and well equipped. Modern and clean with a wonderful breakfast. Very relaxing. Georgie recommended Gasta Pizzeria and bar for dinner and it didn't disappoint. It was close by and had great pizza.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Initially this was a bit hard to find, but they have lots of signage to help you.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Ardrhu House Fort William
Fort William

Ardrhu House is in a secluded bay with beautiful views and beautiful grounds. The exterior is well maintained and the castle like building is lovely. It has many positive features, the spa, hot tub, outside sitting areas and sun room. The bedroom was a bit small but comfortable. It had an authentic feel. The staff were friendly and helpful. Food was great and the dining was enjoyable.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Not good signage and not easy to find.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Room was small and bathroom just had a tub. (no shower)
Perle
Oban

This is a lovely hotel and very modern and spacious. We had a lovely view of the harbour. Perfect location, but no parking. We had to park in the railway parking lot across the street which was £3 per day. Restaurant for breakfast was spacious, but understaffed. Staff were friendly and helpful. Great little town for walking.

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Courtyard by Marriott SEC
Glasgow

Hotel was very close to airport (6 min walk to airport) , but approx 20 min from central Glasgow. We had an extra day here before our flight left, so we took the airport bus to the town center which worked perfectly and we spent the day touring around Glasgow. This is your typical Courtyard by Marriott hotel and did the trick.

Authenticity & Character
Location
close to airport, but not close to downtown
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Edinburgh Castle Tickets
Edinburgh

Excellent, worth the visit. This is a must.

Quality of Experience
Afternoon Tea at the Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh

A bit disappointing. Food was great, but the experience didn't seem as authentic as we were expecting.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
staff weren't very attentive
Private walking tour of Edinburgh with a top local guide
Edinburgh

Kate was amazing, so knowledgable and friendly. Loved this tour. Meeting up with Kate at the start was difficult. We didn't really know what to expect and how to locate her.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Culloden Battlefield private tour
Inverness

Our guide was knowledgable and friendly. Again hard to locate her at the start of our tour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Two hour cruise on the Canal and Loch - Loch Ness
Inverness

Boat trip was great and well narrated. Urquhart castle was a pleasant surprise and definatley worth seeing.

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Transport
Isle of Skye Whisky immersion at Torabhaig
Scotland

This was a beautiful distillery and our tour was great. Our tour was booked for 3pm but we arrived at 1:45pm and they were able to accommodate us at the 2pm tour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Day out on the Jacobite Train (of Harry Potter fame)
Scotland

This was so fun. The stopover in the town of Mallaig was nice, and just enough time to grab a quick lunch.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Boat tour from Oban - see the coast of Mull
Oban

We had the perfect weather for this. Staff were awesome, very knowledgable and friendly. We had our tour booked for 3pm but asked if we could change to 10am, and were accommodated. Excellent narration.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Stirling Castle Tickets
Stirling

Beautiful castle and surrounding area. Very high up and amazing. Parking lot was full so we had to park in a public lot and walk to the castle.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Stephen Molloy
Stephen
Stephen Molloy
Local specialist in Dorset and Lyon | Replied on Jun 26, 2023

Thanks John for your Stirling review!

I appreciate that you chose us, and also that you added 99 photos of your fabulous trip.

How to arrange a seemingly impossible vacatio...
England | May 29 - Jun 4, 2023

Sally
Sally F.
Huntingdon, PA | Reviewed on Jun 07, 2023

How to arrange a seemingly impossible vacation with grandchildren?? Contact Kimkim to be sure. We wanted to travel to
The United Kingdom with a 12 and 15 year old , but were unsure how to make these arrangements. Stephen made the trip happen seamlessly. From pickup at the airport into our hotel in London, to travel from Bath to Oxford and return to Heathrow we had knowledgeable and most importantly, reliable guides. Stephen worked with us for several months to fine tune the overall trip ... read more

How to arrange a seemingly impossible vacation with grandchildren?? Contact Kimkim to be sure. We wanted to travel to
The United Kingdom with a 12 and 15 year old , but were unsure how to make these arrangements. Stephen made the trip happen seamlessly. From pickup at the airport into our hotel in London, to travel from Bath to Oxford and return to Heathrow we had knowledgeable and most importantly, reliable guides. Stephen worked with us for several months to fine tune the overall trip to our particular interests, and kept in contact during our stay. Thanks so much.

Hotel Reviews
Cleveland Hotel
London

Within easy walking distance of several underground stations. No breakfast, but many convenience stores nearby also. Kitchenette provided all necessities. Wonderfully divided room for adults with children.

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Cleanliness & Comfort
No.15 by GuestHouse, Bath
Bath

Great location within easy walking distance of central Bath. Wonderful amenities.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Courtyard by Marriott Oxford City Centre
Oxford

Easy walk to central business district. Great breakfast.

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Activity Reviews
Private transfer to your accommodation. Then check-in or bag-drop
London

Let us know of his arrival by text.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Entry tickets to The Churchill War Rooms
London

We loved this experience

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Tower of London Early Access Tour with Beefeater
London

Tour was listed for 8:30, but due to an underground closure we missed by 10 minutes. We also were perplexed trying to find the meeting point. Allow lots of extra time for travel in the city. Our guide never contacted us.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Hop-on, Hop-off Bus
London

Don't do it. We were stuck in traffic and the audio for the bus was worse than terrible. They played irritating music between narration which was in our case 90 5 of the time.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very crowded and impersonal
Transport
Better audio
London Eye timed entry tickets
London

Able to board quickly and individual cars were roomy

Quality of Experience
Guided tour of V & A museum
London

Wonderful guide Luciana took us through the museum pointing out many interesting things that we surely would have missed.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Luciana made this a great experience
Bath - A Hawk Walk you say?
Bath

The grandkids were able to have a hawk land and feed about 30 times. Wonderful energetic guide, Alice.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cab driver was very prompt when summoned
Historical Walking Tour of downtown Bath (not much distance covered!)
Bath

Our guide, Andy took us for a wonderful 2 hour stroll through the town. He is an excellent guide.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Audio guides allowed us to take our time and enjoy.
Tour of Stonehenge from Bath
Bath

It is surely a must do when in the UK

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private driver/guide
England

Mike Rowland was a wonderful guide stopping at a tiny Cotswold village and providing lots of history and information.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Oxford: Harry Potter Tour with Divinity School Entry
Oxford

Our guide's accent was so strong that we could hardly understand what she said. She did call to say she was running late, which was good, but then she was another 15 minutes late for our appointed time. We had trouble keeping up when she walked and the things she showed us did not impress. Stood beside the ice cream stand rather than strolling the courtyard. We ended the tour in a market looking at Alice in Wonderland balloons!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Walking was entirely too fast.
Punting, and a Picnic in Oxford
Oxford

This was a wonderfully relaxing way to end our whirlwind visit to England. Wonderful boxed lunch was included with our tour so it was even better.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Comfortable cushions in the boats
Local specialist: Stephen Molloy
Stephen
Stephen Molloy
Local specialist in Dorset and Lyon | Replied on Jun 26, 2023

Hi Sally

Well, thank you so much for this lovely review and the superb photos. We love seeing families travel in the UK. It seems like you had alot of high points in your vacation. Happy to hear you enjoyed Mike as a guide as well!