About Us
McDonald family crest, Isle of Skye Scotland
I have long been proud of my Scottish, Irish and Welsh ancestry and even though I was born in the States, I had no idea how
truly Scottish we were raised until I started spending so much time in Scotland. My grandfather's name was Angus McDonald
and what I thought was always a peculiarity about my grandfather proved to be his many Scottish habits, customs and way of
speaking. After spending so much time in Scotland, Ireland and Wales it only seemed natural to eventually start offering
tours to our homeland. People often ask me about the nature of tea and tearooms within our tours. We enjoyed afternoon tea
each day when we returned home from school and this love eventually resulted in us owning and operating a Wee Scottish
Tearoom for several years. As tea is so much a part of life in Scotland is was only logical to include it as part of our meals with
our tours.
Now in my 13th season as a tour operator I am proud to offer only our own hand crafted tour itineraries to our clients. We
truly love showing off Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England to others in hopes that they will love our favorite places as much
as we do. We have worked hard to make sure that we continue to offer the same small group sizes that we started with. Our
plan is to continue to offer small group tours with our own itineraries and led by ourselves personally for as long as we
continue to do business. We can't think of a better way to visit the places that we love so much and enjoy going back to again
and again. By designing, arranging and conducting each tour personally we know that you are going to get the best experience
available.
The McDonald family hails from the Isle of Skye and my father's family, The Tates, came from the little burgh of Kelso in the
Scottish Borders. My great grandmother Mary Mahoney was born and raised in County Cork, Ireland and our Jones heritage
comes from North Wales. There are many parts of England that we have come to love as well and we offer these places in
tours as we are able. We are so excited to be able to share our love of these countries with others as they were meant to be
seen. In a small group with lots of time to explore and staying in small cozy accommodations and partaking of meals in lovely
little eateries. Having added the expertise of Mario Torres to our tours has allowed us to diversify in being able to offer
Spanish speaking tours. This is Mario's 9th season of touring.
I have covered several thousands of miles across the British Isles and Ireland and can think of no better way to make a living
than to share my love of these countries with others. Our scheduled tours are small intimate tours limited to 8 -12 people in
order to provide a more personal experience. Keeping the number lower allows us to take advantage of many
accommodations, eateries and sightseeing venues that would not be available to larger groups. It also allows us to veer off of
the beaten path and get a true feel of the country and its inhabitants.
We also specialize in designing tours for groups of 2 - 50 and individual holiday planning to Scotland, Ireland, Wales and
England. From accommodation to transportation and sightseeing we will handle all the arrangements leaving you with
nothing to do except enjoy the finest that the United Kingdom and Ireland has to offer.
As a
British Tourist Authority Destination Specialist, I can help you make the most of your United Kingdom
adventure no matter the location. Our connection with
The National Tourist Office for Scotland as a Preferred
ScotsMaster and ScotsAgents
gives us the insight to help you have the best Scottish holiday possible. We are also
members of
The Shamrock Club as Preferred Agent Ireland Specialists through Tourism Ireland and Wales
Destination Specialists
through the Wales Tourist Board. We are also members of the Specialty Travel Agents
Association.


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