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Tom and Ingrid Carpenter said at 9:13 on Thursday 19th of April 2012:

I am just writing to say THANK YOU !!! so much for the incredible job that you did of putting our holiday together - we had an absolutely wonderful Scottish experience !! The map that you had prepared was a huge help - and the extra info that you had put on it was a great help in deciding what to see and do ! The B and B's were excellent - and the castle experience in Oban was outstanding !! - there was a small restaurant that had just opened near the castle and we had the best meal of our entire holiday - better than the lunch at the Ritz in Paris !! The B&B just outside Glasgow with the boys was also wonderful - each and every one was great -- I do have to say the accommodation in Perth wasn't up to the standard of the others but the owner went out of his way to help us with his maps to find the farms and homes of the relatives that we needed to visit - in fact without his help and his maps I doubt we would have found them !! So thank you SO much again for helping to make our Scottish holiday memorable and enjoyable !! with thanks Ingrid and Tom Carpenter (Australia)

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Merdene Hess said at 20:18 on Friday 13th of April 2012:

We just arrived at the Apex Waterloo hotel and promptly went to the vodafone store and got a mobile telephone. The map looks great! We are looking forward to a fun vacation after we get a good nights sleep. Thank you! Lew &Merdene

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Tim Markley and Paul Lilley said at 14:39 on Friday 13th of April 2012:

We returned home on Sunday after an amazing trip through Scotland! Everything went smooth and without any hitches - even the weather cooperated with us! In Aviemore we even had 6 inches of snow, which we loved! We were a bit concerned with the threat of the fuel strike, but even that didn't affect us any. We did about 3500 miles during our time, and loved every minute of the trip. This was not an easy itinerary I'm sure, we crammed a lot in over a short period - but it was perfectly designed for us - to our tastes - and that is what we wanted. Well done! Thank you again for you help - it wouldn't have been the same without your input and assistance. Your company will be highly reccomended by us to everyone. Our castle was the highlight - it was FANTASTIC! We also made our own paperweights in Crief at the Caithness Visitors Center - a particularly high point as I collect paperweights. You were spot on in many of the areas, giving us the remote locations and stunning sceneray. Your notes on the map were a great help. We only took 800 photos! I will be putting them online this week and would be happy to share the link with you if you are interested in seeing them. Again, thank you for everything. I'm sure we will be dealing with you again in the future. This was my 3rd trip, and Paul's first - he has fallen in love with Scotland as I did. We have been talking about retiring to the north of Scotland - and this trip convinced him. Regards, Tim & Paul (Dulles VA) Please, feel free to use us as a reference - we would gladly reccomend you.

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Dr Chris and Jimmie Pratt said at 16:31 on Friday 6th of January 2012:

Hi Marie - just to let you know that our comments below we have put on Chris' Facebook page!

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Dr Christopher and Jimmie Pratt, North Carolina said at 11:01 on Tuesday 3rd of January 2012:

Scotland Made Easy, Ireland Made Easy and France Made Easy owned and operated by Marie Cruickshank in Nairn is the finest provider of services to anyone who wants to visit Scotland, Ireland or France. Delighted to give them our very best recommendation, EXCELLENT. http://www.scotlandmadeeasy.co.uk/ Pass it on, cheers!!!

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Paul Jeselsohn and Francis Dubois said at 3:51 on Wednesday 9th of November 2011:

Dear Marie, Francis and I have been remiss in not recording our delight in the trip you planned and reserved for us, but you may have noticed a burning in your ears, since we praised your service to anyone to whom we described our trip. Your selections of Bed and Breakfasts and their rooms and our Castle were wonderful. We found your notated map very useful and helpful and even ventured onto those somewhat daunting alternate Scottish one-way roads without any mishap: the Scots are very disciplined about letting you pass on the one lane roads and the foreigners managed not to do us any damage. And thanks again for getting the Braemar Highland Games tickets for us Francis tells everyone that we were right next to the Queen... (he is very imaginative...) We found some of your hosts and hostesses to be exceptionally charming, hospitable and welcoming, but everyone was accommodating, even if we arrived a little earlier than expected. The accommodations were comfortable, interesting and some were very unusual (such as the converted railway car or the converted church). The view from the bed and breakfast in Ullapool was stunning. I note for any visitors to your site that only one of the B & Bs were listed in a B & B guide, and I asked every single host if they had met you. They all said that you had vetted their accommodations (and obviously gave your seal of approval!) We note that you specifically requested the best room available and were familiar with the exact room which you requested. Arriving at a different accommodation became part of the entire adventure, as well as the varied breakfast offerings. One of us is a professional, and the other has come to value and appreciate the service that professionals provide (and that you have to pay for it.) We are grateful that we found your site and appreciate the personal service and thoughtfulness you gave to tailoring our trip to our interests. We could never have done this on our own. Every day was lovely. Your planning permitted us to appreciate the great beauty of Scotland, its culture and its history, its hospitable people, and their wit, spirit and intelligence. We were never distracted by accommodations which were less than comfortable, interesting, or pleasant. And of course we enjoyed meeting your husband and you, and should you find yourself in New York City, we will be happy to try to find accommodations for you as nice as what you found for us, but I am sure you realize they will be very different! Please do not hesitate to call on us for any other recommendations or ask us to post recommendation on another site. We would be glad to. Warmly, Francis Dubois and Paul Jeselsohn

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Mike and Joyce Tarman said at 19:53 on Wednesday 26th of October 2011:

Marie and Elspeth: Joyce and I made it home Thursday evening after a great vacation. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Scotland thanks in large part to your efforts. The map reflecting our nightly stops with a suggested route to the next location was most helpful. All our accommodations were lovely and the hosts/hostesses most gracious. While we enjoyed everywhere we stayed, I think you would appreciate some feedback. Aboyne - We arrived about 6:00 PM and were greeted by a nice young man who helped us get settled into our room. The room was rather small and we were not advised if there was a sitting room for guest elsewhere in the house. A negative from our perspective was the lack of a shower in the bath. We had an excellent dinner at the Boat Inn. http://theboatinnaboyne.co.uk/ You may want to include it in your recommended places to eat. Our night at the Castle was the highlight of our trip. Our hostess greeted us and gave us a personal tour of the Castle. The Maclachlan Suite and our dinner meal were magnificent. We will recommend to all our friends that a stop at Castle Stuart is a must for any Scotish adventure. Isle of Skye -Alan and Barbara met us at the door. Very pleasant accomodations. Only drawback was the location. We were 2 miles out of Broadford. Oban -Nice accomodations and the sea-view from our room made for a pleasant stay. Because of the weather, we had cancelled some of our planned activities and arrived a little early. Carol was most gracious and helped us get settled into a very comfortable room. Edinburgh - Dovecot House: 2 very enjoyable nights. Because of a time constraint caused by the turn in time for our rental car, I called Maggie the day before our arrival to see if it would be possible to drop off our bags early. She was more than willing to assist us. Then, on the day of check out, she went out of her way and drove us and our bags to the bus stop for our trip to Glasgow. Glasgow Airport - Holiday Inn: Location and accomodations were "spot on" for our last night in Scotland. The complimentary bottle of red wine was a nice touch. Made it easy to catch our 6:00 AM flight out of Scotland. Thank you so much for the Historic Scotland Explorer Passes gift. Suggest you consider placing a link to their website, http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/explorer , in the advance information you send to your clients. It would have been helpful prior to arriving in Scotland to see the pdf map on their website that shows the locations of the sites. Bottomline - we had a great trip! Thank you. We will definitely recommend Scotland Made Easy to our friends. Mike and Joyce (Salem, Oconee, USA)

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Carol Ostiguy said at 11:33 on Wednesday 26th of October 2011:

Dear Elspeth and Marie, Although I've been home from Scotland for over 2 months, not a day goes by that I don't think of the wonderful 8 days I spent in the Highlands and the Hebrides. I took your advise and rented an automatic transmission car (it was huge)--great advise. The first accommodation in Aviemore, was fantastic and the breakfasts--wow! Kate was able to get me a tee time at Boat on Garten (your recommendation)--what a wonderful course--I rented clubs and bought balls & rented a pull cart. I had dinner both nights at the Old Bridge Inn--part pub & restaurant--great food. The ferry ride to Stornoway was smooth. Sunday on Lewis/Harris was quiet and nearly everything was closed but I had a great drive of the island. Wonderful dinner Sun & Mon at a restaurant downtown with delicious seafood chowder. The Callanish standing stones were worth the trip as well as the Harris Tweed shop. Ferry to Skye and the Lodge. The food was beyond expectation and I felt like I was staying in a place right out of Masterpiece Theatre--the service was impeccable! I played golf at the Isle of Skye Golf Club--very pretty setting, although the clubs I rented were old enough to have been used by old Tom Morris. But it didn't interfere with my fun. My last accommocation, on the private island, was lovely. It had rained so I was unable to play golf--I walked the course--the last 3 holes are unplayable. Great dinner with a wonderful cheese trolley. Easily drove back to Edinburgh for my flight. Elspeth, Marie--thank you for arranging a memorable holiday for me. Hopefully, I can return soon, as I want to visit the Shetland and Orkney Islands and play more local golf courses. Carol Ostiguy, Walnut Creek, CA

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Matthias Meier and Family said at 10:48 on Thursday 1st of September 2011:

Dear Marie, we are back home healthy and safe and so I will give you a little reflection because I think, thats good for your job. Our first trip to scotland was wunderful. The locations were selected with effort and "love" and there is nothing we could talk bad about. Our Edinburgh B&B was very beautiful and Maggie was very kind and helpful. The little hotel in Spean Bridge was lovely, the food was like 5 stars, and the host was very kind. Eilean Iarmain Hotel was very nice too, the suites are very large and great located, food and pub wre excellent. Donoch castle was a good hotel. My wife expected a castle in original circumstances, but I think, thats my failure. I discribed it not exact enough. The little village was very nice. Our little hotel in Nairn was very nice too, Food, Rooms, Location, Wine: everything was perfect. The very best was to meet you at person. Our holidays took a long time of preparation and so it is everytime nice to meet the people, wich has wrote so many Mails. The landscapes were breathtaking. And the scottish People were "the hit". All People we met were very kind, interested and helpful. Every scotsman and woman tried to help us with our problems (We had some little in the second week with our rented cars). Because of the great time we had, this would be not our last trip to scotland and than we will contact you again. You did a great job. Thank you very much for your effort and assistance. If you are in Germany sometimes please contact us. It would be a pleasure to us. Very warm and special regards Matthias Meier (and family) 46325 Borken Germany

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Bernie and Leigh McCabe said at 14:01 on Friday 26th of August 2011:

Hi Marie & Elspeth, Just a note to say thanks for a brilliant holiday we had a fantastic time and your choice of accommodation and route planning was very good, we would certainly not have a problem in recommending Scotland Made Easy. For you Marie to take the time to visit us in Nairn was we thought, excellent service! I problem however was with the hotel in Pitlochry, the location was fine, extremely close to the town but this hotel did not in our opinion match the standard of all of the other 4 star accommodation that we stayed in. The best accommodation, again only in our opinion, was The Willowbeck......superb location, room and food and the Cuillins on Sky, wonderful location, fantastic room and amenities plus good food, the Thurso Guest House was also very good. The two managers at the Barcaldine were both excellent making us feel very welcome, the room and service here was outstanding. Thanks again for a wonderful holiday. Kind Regards Bernie. (London)

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