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Heather and Mark Hart (Telford Pennysylvania) said at 12:37 on Thursday 2nd of August 2012:

Thank-you to all who helped make our Holiday enjoyable! The outer Hebrides were peaceful, beautiful and full of sheep. Cameron, our 13 year old, was able to participate in the North Uist Highland Games, we had wonderful hosts at the B&Bs and Mark acclimated to driving on the left side of the road, while on the right side of the car, trying to shift gears with his left hand! The B&Bs that stood out the most were te one near Forres and the other near the Speyside whisky trail. Hilda, first B&B was very welcoming, she set a fantastic breakfast table and was so helpful with suggestions for driving tours and castles. The rooms were bright, clean and cozy. Dian and Ian Ferguson at the next presented a B&B that went above and beyond all expectations! They provided tea and scones for us upon arrival, have decorated the home with a wonderful combination of antique and modern decor and they thought enough to included little touches to make the rooms complete-like water bottles by the bed, robes in the bath and lotions in the room. What makes a B&B 4 vs 5 star? Thank-you again for helping to plan a lovely holiday. Heather Hart

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Anna and Krzysztof Hagemejer said at 13:27 on Wednesday 1st of August 2012:

Dear Trip Made Easy team, We would thank you very much for helping us to have wonderful holidays in Scotland. This was great two weeks and one of the most memorable holidays we ever had. All the places we stayed were nice and full of hospitality and Scotalnd is so beautiful, even in the rain. Many, many thanks indeed. Best regards Anna and Krzysztof Hagemejer (Ain, France)

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Arnold and Paula Brown said at 10:23 on Saturday 30th of June 2012:

Hello Marie and staff: So much time has passed since our recent trip around Scotland and I apologize for not writing earlier. Every aspect of our trip went wonderfully. The itinerary worked out perfectly, the accommodations chosen for us were great and diverse and all of impeccable standards. We had magnificent weather and I took SO many pictures. I would gladly send some of them to you but I doubt there are places I saw that you have not seen yourself or in the pictures of others. Our vacation was everything we could have hoped for and more. Thanks again for being a very big part of a wonderful vacation. Kind regards; Arnold and Paula Brown(New Brunswick, Canada)

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Deb Mukherji said at 11:33 on Wednesday 27th of June 2012:

Marie - we came back home last week end to Singapore. It was a wonderful trip and thanks for arranging the Scotland trip. We are really happy for the arrangements you had made for us. All the accommodations were really nice and locations were just exotic. I am happy to have used your service for arranging our Scotland trip and would be happy to refer you to our friends in future. Regards Deb (Singapore)

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Carol Ostiguy said at 14:24 on Thursday 14th of June 2012:

Marie - Returned home a week ago, having had a terrific holiday -my second vacation through you at Scotland Made Easy! Now for France. I took the TGV from Paris to Biarritz to the lovely Chateau --my favorite accommodation of the five. Not only was the room lovely, the breakfast very good but Isabelle was a treasure. She had all kinds of maps, information, suggestions for my drive thru the Pyrenees. I visited Bayonne and enjoyed Bayonne more than Biarritz or the other coastal towns. I even bought a beret from a place specializing in berets--in honor of my French Basque ancestors. Pau--got lost several times before finding the Villa Navarre--found with the help of people in a bar and a nun walking by who spoke English. It was quite a scene--pointing, conferring, etc. These are the things I especially remember from trips-interesting "conversations" with the locals. The Villa Navarre-a lovely spot, great breakfast,good location. On Sunday, I headed out for RT 918 across the Pyrenees, the route of the Tour de France. I decided I should fill up the gas tank (a very cute Fiat 500). BUT, I discovered that most petrol stations do not have a person on duty and that both of my credit cards were rejected by the petrol machine. I was able to persuade a Frenchman, who spoke no English, and me using sign language, to use his credit card and I would give him euros. Disaster averted--another priceless adventure. Rt 918 is a must route--many hairpin turns, serious elevation, horses roaming free, still some snow, fog and magnificent scenery. I finished that drive with a visit to Lourdes--what a commercial nightmare. But I finally got to the Basilica for a lovely service. Carcassonne--even with a map, I spent over one hour trying to find Les 3 Couronnes. After getting conflicting directions from 5 different groups of people, none speaking any English, I finally found a woman who spoke perfect English who took pity on me and said, "Follow me". The Les 3 Couronnes was nice with a perfect view of the walled city. Adequate breakfast. I headed out on the route of the Cathars--fascinating stuff. I bought a book. I climbed up to the ruins of the Castle of Puilaurens, built in the13th century. The rocky path was also that old--very treacherous footing but worth of climb and view. I stopped of Foix and Mirapoix and found a wonderful green market to buy bread, cheese, and sausages. Toulousse--a total disaster in terms of getting to the hotel --even with a map. Too many narrow, one-way streets and too much construction. I got to within 1/2 block but couldn't go left because of the one-way. After one hour of real frustration, I headed to the railway station, turned in the car and took a taxi to the Grand Hotel. What a lovely accommodation, although I didn't need an accommodation with a downstairs sitting room and an upstairs bedroom. The location (apre Fiat) was terrific. I love those little cobbled, twisting streets with the cute shops and Salons de Tea. Paris--after the TGV back to Paris, I tried to use the subway to get to Les Halles--some problem with an accident and I had arrived at commuter time. I took a taxi and was met by Mickael. He fell all over himself accommodating me--the others at the desk were also terrific. The breakfast was adequate but the location of the hotel was perfect. If I got turned around, I just looked for the giant cranes remodeling Les Halles. And the Top Tour bus pass was great--first time I've done that in Paris. As a result, I didn't need to use the Metro--just the Top Tour and walked, walked, walked. I tried one of your restaurant recommendations--Le Restaurant de Comptoir--fantastic tartare de boeuf. Talked with two French ladies about eating and how slim French women are--very interesting. I also tried a recommended spot in the Marais--good salade nicoise. I have a recommendation for you--L'Epicerie on Montorgueil (one of my favorite streets)--English menu and again a terrific tartare de boefu which you can order so that you mix the ingredients yourself. It was a memorable trip--loved every minute, except the being lost. My next trip, I will get GPS in my car. Thanks for booking a wonderful holiday and I'll keep you in mind when I get ready to do more of the Highlands and the Orkney & Shetland Islands. Carol Ostiguy (USA)

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Andrew Farrow said at 14:09 on Thursday 14th of June 2012:

Hi Marie, I feel really bad, I have been meaning to write to you and thank you for the great holiday you planned for me but my computer decided to die and I have just got it back from the service centre today. My time in Scotland was fantastic, the weather was ridiculously warm and even got as high as 27"C when I was in Ullapool. I covered around 1500 miles around Scotland in the hire car and really enjoyed each and every place that I stayed. I especially liked Pitlochry and have decided that it would be a great place to retire when the time comes! I'm now hoping to take some time off next year after I attend a trade-show in Amsterdam and see some of France. I will obviously contact you once I have some dates in mind! Regards Andrew(Howrath, Tasmania)

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Cory Whittier said at 9:53 on Tuesday 22nd of May 2012:

I want to let you know how the trip is going - it\'s lovely. We are very pleased with all the accommodations you have arranged for us.  Your ears should be ringing with all the nice things we\'ve been saying about your service and your aesthetic. We got to St. Andrews rather later than we\'d thought - close to 4 - because our flight from Paris had been cancelled and we had to be rerouted through Amsterdam and then on to Edinburgh.  It was cold and rainy and the airline lost my husband\'s luggage. One suitcase found him in Nairn and the second came here to the Eriska.   Because we were so late coming into Edinburgh, the car we arranged was not held for us at the airport so we had to settle on a much smaller car.  We\'re happy for the little Ford because the roads are so narrow (the person sitting in the passenger seat is always yelling at the driver to \"watch the left, watch the left\"!) but it\'s making it tough to pack our luggage which includes all our daughter\'s things from college.  But we\'ll make it do. Everything has been nice - the railroad car was adorable and the people there lovely.  I enjoyed an invigorating walk into town so it\'s not too far away - it\'s actually just right and on top of a hill so the vista is breathtaking.  Then Nairn was so pleasant and a perfect next stop.  The food there was delicious - we ate there both nights - and everyone was charming.  Our adventure for that stay was to go to Brodie Castle.  Then we drove to Cawdor Castle which we loved (we prefer the self tour) and on to the battlefields where we spent quite a bit of time trying to get the history right.  The drive down to the Isle of Eriska, however, was the highpoint - worth the trip.  We had no idea this country was so dramatically spectacular. Now we\'re at the Eriska which is very relaxing - a world unto itself. Very luxurious.  We had a fantastic dinner last night - we each got something different so we basically sampled everything on the menu - and then enjoyed our coffee in the lobby.  I went for a walk after dinner which I like to do but when I got back at about 11:30 to the hotel it was all locked up.  They had told us it was 24 hours and no one mentioned locking the doors at any time.  I rang the bell but no one came.  I knocked on the door. For 30 minutes, I rang and knocked and circled the building trying doors and windows.  I was thinking I\'d have to sleep in the car but I didn\'t have the keys - the valet did - so I was getting panicked.  Finally, I remembered that my daughter\'s room was on the ground floor so I figured out which one it was and threw stones at her window until she peeked through her blinds.  That was scary and a lesson learned to me to make sure I always have a key or a way back in.  {Of course when I asked for a key for myself, they didn\'t have one so I\'ll just have to pass up the after dinner wanderings.) So that\'s our report.  We\'re very pleased and want to recommend your services to everyone and we\'re already talking about other trips we might go on.   I\'ll report back again. Thanks for making everything so nice - Cory

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Dr Dennis So Yung Pak said at 8:45 on Tuesday 22nd of May 2012:

Thank you very much for all the arrangement during our 2nd Scotland Trip with you, it has been well taken care of and everything go the right way. It is an enjoyable and memorable trip for us with our little kid!  Dennis So Yung Pak (Singapore)

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Staci Smith and Mom said at 17:30 on Thursday 10th of May 2012:

From: Staci Smith [mailto:stacikaysmith@gmail.com] Sent: 10 May 2012 14:22 To: Trip Made Easy Subject: Re: relief!! - Staci Smith   Wanted to thank you all again for all your work. We are back home now after a truly wonderful and beautiful holiday. I am so impressed with your country and proud that my heritage is Scottish. Everything was perfect. The map was a wonderful addition. I only was lost twice and that's saying a lot for me. I will recommend you to everyone I know planning a vacation to the UK. Thanks again! Staci Smith. USA.

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Helen and Doug Bryce said at 9:14 on Monday 7th of May 2012:

Hello Elspeth and Marie, We are just finishing up our trip in London and already missing Scotland.  We wanted to thank you for the excellent service, bookings and information you provided us with.  Our trip was fantastic overall and we only wish we had more time to enjoy your spectacular scenary and people. The two best experiences in terms of accommodations AND food were without question Glendavan House with Rebecca and her wonderful father. What a beautiful suite we had with a charcoal fire laid and lit as we arrived in our very own elegant sitting room.  Their breakfast was among the best we had the entire trip.  Rebecca spent time with us in the morning going over our choices and giving us wonderful travel advice as we pondered which route to take leaving her house from the choices you gave us.  Without reservation, I would highly recommend Glendavan House.  The only downside was the lack of a high quality restaurant nearby.  We were sent to a place in Dinnit but the waiter/owner was a nervous wreak and the food was only okay. The other fantastic experience was the Black Castle just north of Oban.  We were warmly greeted by Ronnie and Liz.  Ronnie sat us down to give us the castle history and we were enthralled by the fact that the Chief of the MacDonald Clan had actually slept in the castle we were about to sleep in ourselves on his way to the tragic events at Glencoe. There is a relatively new restaurant called the Hawthorne that is very close by the castle that had apparently just opened only a few weeks ago.  We had the best meal there the entire Scotland trip.  It doesn't look like much from the road and has a caravan park across the street from it (so we didn't even consider it until Ronnie suggested it) but were we ever pleased with all aspects of this little place.  Clean, tastefully modest yet sophisticated decor and truly great menu and food.  Breakfast at the castle ranked as one of the best, too.  Again, highly recommended as far as we were concerned. The other B and Bs were all fine.  Relatively good rooms, homes and nice hosts.  Special mention goes to Elmview in Ediburgh.  Robin is quite a witty character and their set-up is perfect for a B and B because we had a separate entrance so didn't feel like we were intruding in their home at all.  Niki's breakfast was excellent, too! One we would never recommend was Strathgorm, on the Isle of Skye.  Alison was really lovely but it was not nearly up to standard and we were glad we were only there one night. I would recommend the restaurant, "Red Skye" in Skye. Thanks so much to Elspeth, who answered all our constant questions and "Scotland Made Easy" for your excellent services, bookings and travel maps and information.  Our Scotland trip was the highlight of our 2-week stay in the UK without question and we will recommend you highly to our friends. Cheers, Helen and Doug (Toronto, Ontario) Sent from my iPad

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