*What IS a ‘Hairy Coo’?

‘Hairy Coo’ is the Scots’ phrase for the native cattle of the Highlands; the wonderful, humble, ‘Highland Cows’. You can find out more about them by Clicking Here and watching the ‘Hairy Coo’ YouTube video.

*My preferred tour date is full (OR there aren’t enough seats available for my group), what should I do?

We often get late cancellations (so keep checking online), and people who’ve booked and don’t show up. If you haven’t managed to book on, you can turn up at the departure point from 8.30 a.m., where any spare seats will be allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served basis’.

*Why don’t you carry children under 7 years of age on your day tours?

Due to safety regulations, we have to make sure that the seat belts on all of our coaches fit all passengers properly, We operate this minimum age requirement for all tours, and you may be asked to produce government-approved photographic ID for your children in order that we can verify their age.

*Does the ‘Free Scottish Highlands Tour’ visit Loch Ness?

No! If you want to visit Loch Ness, see our ‘Loch Ness, Glencoe & Whisky Distillery‘ Day Tour by Clicking HERE.

*Where can I park my car close to the Edinburgh tour departure point?

We don’t recommend you bring your car into Edinburgh city centre, if at all possible. Edinburgh parking attendants are notoriously stringent in enforcing the rules, and fines/tickets are hefty. If you can, take public transport to near the ‘Lawnmarket’, or just the ‘Royal Mile’. If you really must bring the car, the nearest fairly cheap, secure parking is in Viewcraig Gardens @ St. Johns Road 24 hour multi-storey car park. It’s approximately 10 minutes walk away from the tour departure point at the Lawnmarket, so aim to get parked upno later than 8.15am for our Free Highlands tour, or 7.30am for our Loch Ness Tour. The postcode for your Sat Nav is EH8 9UQ . Parking will cost approximately £15 for the duration of a day tour with us. You can find more information by Clicking Here.

*Where DO we go on the Free Highland Tour?

There’s a full itinerary on our ‘Free Highland Tour‘ page. The guide may change this on the day; depending on road/weather conditions, and other circumstances outwith our control. One thing’s for sure, we promise to give you the BEST day out possible.

*When does the tour leave/return, and where does it leave from?

The Free Scottish Highlands tour leaves promptly at 8.45 a.m. from ‘Deacon’s House Cafe’ @ the Lawnmarket on the Royal Mile. Check-In for the tour opens at 8.30 a.m, and closes at 8.45 a.m. Anyone arriving after this time will have their booking fulfilled entirely at our discretion. The tour returns to the departure point at between 5.30pm – 6.30pm, depending on the season.

The Loch Ness, Glencoe and Whisky Tour has a choice of 4 city-centre departure points, and departs Edinburgh at 8:00am. The tour returns at 8-8.30pm.

*What should I bring with me?

Please make sure you wear a sensible pair of FLAT shoes, and bring a waterproof jacket or umbrella, in case of adverse weather, it is Scotland after all! Where appropriate, we will cater the tour to the weather conditions. Lunch options will be available on all of our tours in the towns and villages in which we stop. There’s normally options to suit every taste and budget, including vegetarians/vegans. You’re welcome to bring a packed lunch with you if you so wish.

*Is the Free Highland tour REALLY free?!

YES, it really is! Just check our feedback on the world’s largest travel review site, ‘Tripadvisor‘! We’ve been winning multiple 5-star reviews from you guys due to our innovative business model, which relies entirely on your generosity. At the end of your tour, you are entitled to tip your driver/tour guide however much you think it’s been worth. This has two benefits; 1. You; the customer, call the shots. 2. Your tour guide works harder to make sure you have a great day out, otherwise he/she won’t get paid! It’s not high pressure; they don’t talk about it all the time, nor take you anywhere to try and sell you stuff, or give you a sob story to make you feel guilty. Our Tour Guides simply try to give you a great day out, no strings attached.

*Is the tour only in English, or do you present it in other languages?

The tour is only available in English, and the stories/history are delivered verbally. One of our guides does speak Spanish and French fluently, but there is no guarantee that he will be available on any particular tour.

*Do you do Private Group Tours, or multi-day tours?

We don’t do extended multi-day trips for individuals, yet, but we can do this by request for private groups; from just one day, leaving from Edinburgh or Glasgow/Stirling, all the way up to 9 days long. Please email us at:contact@thehairycoo.com with your requirements, and we’ll get back to you with a quote ASAP. You can find out more about our buses; and the exclusive hire of them, by Clicking Here.

Do you have any questions not addressed above? Please email us at: contact@thehairycoo.com , and we’ll strive to reply to you, as soon as possible.