Mary Wolcott

Atlanta, GA

Mary and her two daughters just got back from an amazing Self-Drive Tour of Scotland! Learn more about their girls trip below!


What made you want to travel to Scotland?:
“In the 90’s, I did some bicycle touring in Scotland and have wonderful memories of the beautiful landscape and warm people. I wanted to share this with my daughters. Both daughters have growing families, I retired a couple years ago. We live in different states and rarely have “girl time” together; but dads stayed with kids, kids went to camp, and the girls went to Scotland!”

Where were the top 3 places to visit on your wish list?:
“Edinburgh, the highlands, and Isle of Skye. All superb in their own way. Edinburgh for the architecture, history, activity, walking, and pubs; the highlands for awe-inspiring beauty, and Skye for its peacefulness and ability to strip away the outside world.”

What was the best part about your vacation?:
“Seeing that Scotland hadn’t changed since I was there 20 years ago. Except for wi-fi in the B&Bs and pubs, it was exactly as I remember.”

What made you want to book your vacation with Tenon Tours?:
“I found Tenon on Pinterest, looked at their website, and got in touch. After hearing what we had in mind, they suggested a self-driving tour. They reserved the car (red Ford Focus with built in navigation, automatic), set an itinerary to suit our needs, and made lodging reservations. It was perfect and so easy.”

How was your experience with your Personal Sales Representatives?:
“Samantha and Barbara are both very personable and capable and a pleasure to work with. Emails and calls were always returned promptly. The tour they put together just for us couldn’t have been better!”

Do you wish you prepared better for any specific part of the trip?:
“Weather was warmer than expected in Edinburgh, so I wish I’d had some cooler clothes. B&Bs have no A/C but temps are cool at night, they have radiator heat. The weather changes constantly. Plan for everything. Have a good Gore-Tex type jacket with a hood for rain, wind, and cold. Waterproof shoes/hiking boots and wool socks will keep feet warm and dry. I didn’t take an umbrella and didn’t miss it.”

Did travel insurance come in handy for you?:
“We purchased the insurance since we booked months in advance. Didn’t have to use it, but glad for the peace of mind.”

Tell us about any new friends you may have met along the way:
“Met lots of friendly, interesting people–different nationalities and languages. The biker boys were so eager to be photographed!”

What are your favorite souvenirs you brought home?:

“A Highland Stoneware mug to go with one I bought 20 years ago. Glad to know they are still in business. Love my photos and memories. And journal!”

Were there any unplanned parts of your trip that wound up turning into one of your favorite travel stories?:

“We pulled over to watch a huge flock of sheep grazing on a hilly green pasture. They all started running at once in the same direction, loudly bleating. Then we saw a black and white border collie herding them to another pasture. He did such a fine job, what fun to see!”

How did you feel about driving on the “wrong” side of the road?:

“Very awkward. Some roads in remote and rural areas are single-track with little pull outs for passing. Some are 4-lane highways. I found it hard to judge turning radius steering from the other side of the car.”

What tips do you have for others planning a self-drive tour?:
“Find instructional videos ahead of time, watch how traffic flows in round-abouts–they are the trickiest part. Check maps so the route is in your mind, and have a good navigator. The nav system in our car helped a lot.”

How did you go about planning your itinerary, picking sights, arranging them and figuring out how long to stay?:
“We had a week. Had to see Edinburgh, the highlands, and Isle of Skye and include castles, a distillery, Loch Ness, the beautiful glens, and hiking. Tenon developed our itinerary–two nights in Edinburgh (two castles, Mary King’s Close, St. Giles Cathedral, city life), then drive to Inverness (Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness), Isle of Skye (hiking, gorgeous scenery), Fort William (more gorgeous scenery, the Harry Potter train and trestle), Stirling (another castle), Edinburgh airport.”

Have any advice to offer up about the weather?
“We were there in mid June. The sun rose early and didn’t set until about 1030 pm. The evening light lingered long, wonderful for photos and after dinner walks!”

What destination is next on your list?:


Thank you Mary!! We hope to assist you with your Italian adventure šŸ™‚

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