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Short day tour

for your private, flexible tailor-made small group

sample itinerary SD#1

Around the Ochils – Sheriffmuir, Gleneagles,(optional Drummond Castle & Gardens), Glen Devon, Rumbling Bridge, Castle Campbell/Dollar and the Ochil hillfoots villages,etc.

We would be delighted to run this tour as a private, small group tour  (up to 8 people) 

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Sheriffmuir country road with spectacular view over to the munros of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs nationalpark, the Campsies and Perthshire hills past the site of the Battle of Sheriffmuir

which was one of the key battles during the Jacobite civil wars.

Gleneagles, past Scotland’s top golf-courses and hotels

optional stop at the Drummond Castle & Gardens

 

and/or historic Dunblane, its cathedral, charming village atmosphere & River Allan & Darn walks or on request the historic Leighton & Innerpeffray libraries.

Stunning at any time, but especially during the spring-blossom

through picturesque Glendevon

We go for a nature walk into the  Rumbling bridge 

gorge.

Discover Clackmannanshire

Clackmannanshire in the autumn

View of the Ochils from the Clacks bridge + Castle Campbell

Through beautiful Dollar we make our way up the glen.

There are great walks and river falls walks up with superb view at Castle Campbell

the lowland home of the Duke of Argyll, the Clan chief of the Campbell’s Scotland’s second most important Clans after their “traditional enemies” the MacDonalds.

The Hillfoots villages at the foothills of the Ochils – Yetts of Muckhart, Dollar, Tillicoultry, Alva, Menstrie, Blairlogie, Logiekirk – all offer great walks through the glens and along stunning waterfalls – plus there is Gartmorn dam & the Cambus pools nature reserve

and are literally only minutes away from Stirling & the Uni.

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Prices for a short day tour

The price of a short day tour depends on how short/long many hours and during which season you wish to run the tour for.,

for example it could be a 5 hours short day tour = 1/2 a day tour – so the cost is:

  • Low season/half day tour = £120 for a group of max. 8 passengers
  • Mid season/half day tour = £150 for a group of max. 8 passengers
  • High season/half day tour = £180 for a group of max. 8 passengers

 

for example it could be a 7 hours short day tour  = 2/3 a day tour – so the cost is:

  • Low season – 2/3 a day tour = £160 for a group of max. 8 passengers
  • Mid season – 2/3 a day tour = £2000 for a group of max. 8 passengers
  • High season – 2/3 a day tour = £240 for a group of max. 8 passengers

 

for example it could be a 3.5 hours short day tour  = 1/3 a day tour – so the cost is:

  • Low season – 1/3 a day tour = £80 for a group of max. 8 passengers
  • Mid season – 1/3 a day tour = £100 for a group of max. 8 passengers
  • High season – 1/3 a day tour = £120 for a group of max. 8 passengers

 

SEASONS: LOW =  November to 15 March MID = 16 March to 30 April + October PEAK = May to September
Tour (=driver/guide+vehicle) Cost per day 10 hours (or longer – no extra)
Tour price per person/passenger numbers  for your private small group tour: Low- Mid- Peak-season
8 tour passengers £30 (£20*) £37 £45
7 tour passengers £34 (£22*) £42 £51
6 tour passengers £40 (£26*) £50 £60
5 tour passengers £48 (£32*) £60 £72
4 tour passengers £60 (£40*) £75 £90
3 tour passengers £80 (£53*) £100 £120
2 tour passengers £120 (£80*) £150 £180
1 tour passengers £240 (£160*) £300 £360

Low season full day private small group tour = £240 per day

Mid season full day private small group tour = £300 per day

Peak season full day private small group tour = £360 per day

The price of a short day tour depends on how short/long many hours and during which season you wish to run the tour for.
*=Short (2/3) day 7 hour low season or winter short daylight hours tour = £160 per day
Included: Fully guided tour Driver/guide & vehicle Scheduled ferries to any Scottish islands included on 2 days & longer tours (Outer Hebrides minimum of 3 days & Shetland minimum of 4 days tour)
Excluded: Entrance fees Castles, museums, attractions, food/drinks & overnight accommodation – we recommend/assist – but you choose your price category, i.e. hostel, B&B or hotel
  DISCOUNTS    
Discount # 1

(applies all year round)

Based on

(1 hour

 

Half day tour

1/3 day tour

standard

represents

 

= 5 hours

= 3.5 hours

10 hours = 1 day rates

10%)

 

= 50% off

= 2/3 off

Discount # 2

(applies all year round)

2 day tour

3 day tour

4 day tours

5 day tours

6 day tours

7 days & longer tours

save 5%

save 10%

save 15%

save 20%

save 25%

save 30%

Discount 2

does neither apply

if Loch Ness

nor if Skye is included

(other than a brief pass through photo-stop)

  Discounts 3,  4  & 5

only apply

from October to April: (i.e. don’t apply May to September)
Discount # 3 Early booking/

paying discount

1 month =

2 months & earlier =

10 % off

20% off

Discount # 4 3 people or more booking/paying together

at the same time,

 students

or

the tour is designated as a multi-day walking tour

20 % off
Multiple discounts are not available for discounts # 2, 3 & 4 but ok  incl. discount #1 & 5

 

Discount # 5 = just charging for the driving time:

Concerning same day VISITS (i.e. no scenic touring & multi-stopping involved), A to B journeys & day WALKS (from October to April)

 

 

Example only for a same day VISIT, A to B journey or day WALK:

 

  • Pick you up from A (i.e. where you live or stay)

 

  • Drive for 2.5 hours (in this example) from A to B

 

  • At B you have free time or a VISIT (a town, castle, whisky distillery, museum, attraction, event or similar at your own expense) or go for a WALK

 

  • After a few hours at the end of your VISIT Unicorn Tours picks you up again from B or meets you at the other end of your WALK ( & often I meet you half way into the walk, as I am parked at the far side of the trail, where your walking path ends. On a circular walk I might join you – please note there is no extras payable for those semi-guided same day walks.)

 

  • From B we drive back for 2.5 hours (in this example) to A and drop you off there or anywhere else you choose/pre-arranged

 

We only charge for the driving time in this example = 2.5 hours from A to B + 2.5 hours from B back to A = 5 hours

5 hours in this example = half of the 10 hour standard daily rate

 

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Please note that there is a different rate for fully guided CITY (walking) tours, for example a whole day fully guided tour of Edinburgh, subject to duration, season, itinerary & group size.

 

Special interests, hobbies, activities & themes

Scotland has a lot more to offer and something for everyone should you have a special interest, hobby, activity, which you would like to experience on your tour with us throughout Scotland, please mention it to us and if at all possible, we will attempt to include it in your itinerary.


Private, personalised small group tours (maximum 8 passengers)

best suited for groups of friends of 5 to 8 people as the price is set during each season and you pay per vehicle/driver/guide day and share the cost among yourselves in your private group

– individuals, couples and friends – for example 1 – 4 people are still welcome to book their own private tour, but the cost per person will be higher

3 day tours

1 day tours (short)

1 day tours

4 day tours

2 day tours

5 day tours


Destinations

best suited for groups of friends of 5 to 8 people as the price is set during each season and you pay per vehicle/driver/guide day and share the cost among yourselves in your private group.

Regions

  • Edinburgh and the Lothians
  • Southern Scotland
  • Glasgow and the Clyde
  • Central Scotland
  • Argyll
  • Northeast Scotland
  • The Highland region 
  • Skye and the Western Isles
  • Orkney and Shetland