About Us

Christine MacIntyre, Tour Guide

Location: Argyll  specifically  but can go take you anywhere in Scotland.

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Tours   Half day tours. All day tours. Personalised weekend or week long tours. Columba’s Trail is a small flexible company able to cater for your own time requirements.

Suggestions  Castles, lochs, archeology, Gaelic culture. Pilgrimage routes. Best photo stops. Tours for amateur photographers just wishing to visit beautiful spots in Argyll. Off the beaten track. Old deserted Argyll villages. Gardens. Local artist visits.

Unique features:  Tours limited to max of 4 persons. Tours in a small camper van which allows for higher viewing position and plenty of space to spread out in. Stops in beautiful locations to have a picnic of the best local produce Argyll/Scotland  has on offer. Fluent Gaelic  speaker. Has a good sense of humour. Knows plenty about Scottish Traditional music & gaelic songs.

Experience: over 20 years experience. Guided in the beautiful Hebrides for many years and now relocated to  Argyll – Scotland’s best kept secret!  Full Insurance cover. Did the Scottish Tour Guide training while living in the Hebrides but have my own unique slant to guiding. I have an Honours degree in Scottish history but won’t give  stuffy over informed boring too many facts narrations. An excellent choice for  ladies  travelling on their own.

Have shown   TV companies where to get the best information e.g. organised a schedule for the American program Chronicle for the then journalist Peter Mahegan WCVB-TV, (which, by the early 1980s, was considered by the New York Times to be “the best TV station in the country”).

 

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  1. Hi we are a family [all adults] flying into Glasgow on the morning [8:30 arrival] of Sept. 13th. We are renting a car and then headed straight away toward Kilmartin. I am interested in a tour of of Kilmartin area before we head to Oban the night of the 13th to our lodging. We will probably make a stop in Inverrary first. Do you have availability of a tour of Kilmartin?

    1. Hi. Sorry for the delay in replying, our local server went down. How many will be in your family? You probably won’t make Inverary until lunch time at the earliest. Then you have a forty five minute drive to Kilmartin Assuming you have lunch at Inveraray, you won’t be in Kilmartin much before three in the afternoon. I can show you round the stones and cairns of Kilmartin. You will then have to drive the back road to Oban so you would likely be getting into Oban 8pm(ish.) Doable if you have driven our Argyll roads before but you will be whacked. I can do a tour certainly but you will be whacked! Whats your schedule & itinerary when you reach Oban. Regards Christine

      1. Thanks for the info. I will see if we can leave Dublin on Saturday to
        arrive and maybe take the train from Glasgow to Oban. Perhaps we could
        rent a car in Oban and then drive to Kilmartin on Sunday. I would need to
        find a car rental that would allow me a rental to drop off in Inverness
        as that is where we fly out of. This will be my first time driving in
        Scotland so I would prefer not to drive at dark. On Monday we are
        touring Iona and Staffa and them headed off toward Isle of Skye on the
        morning of the 15th. There are 4 of us. Me, my daughter and her
        husband [who live in Dublin] and my niece. They are all in their 30’s and
        I am 58. I just don’t seem to be able to figure out a bus schedule that
        would allow a stop in Kilmartin on Sunday and then one later to Oban.

        I wish I could just hire a driver!

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