Scotland Bus Tour Recommendation?

Apr 22nd, 2015, 01:21 AM
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IME it's always been a bit of a tradition to tip the driver/guide on a coach tour in the UK. For a day trip then a pound or two, longer maybe a fiver or so, depending on how good/helpful they were.
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Apr 22nd, 2015, 04:04 AM
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We have always tipped the guide/driver indiscreetly. I just would give Edinburgh enough time, use as a base and do a couple of day trips. There is so much to see there.
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Apr 22nd, 2015, 04:10 AM
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Seems as those various folks have very different experiences regarding tipping the guide/driver - some like janis say no it never ever happens others say it is routine.

What to think - the latter it seems.
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Apr 22nd, 2015, 04:56 AM
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Since you've never been on one and probably never will why are you commenting one way or the other? I know you just live to debate the 'issue' but give it a rest. (A £1 or £2 thank you is hardly the 15% or 20% most Americans would consider a tip)


Or maybe take one and then comment on YOUR experience?
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Apr 22nd, 2015, 06:04 AM
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OK - janis is finally admitting folks do routinely give tips from her former stance no one did. Point taken - tip if you want to throw you money away as janis and others say the guide/driver is already well paid and there is no need to tip while I doubt that - knowing that the tour business often pays a minimum wage because the guide/driver will get tips - much like our restaurants and wait people.

Finally - tip if you want but absolutely no reason to.

Thanks for clairfying that jan!

Cheers!
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Apr 22nd, 2015, 06:23 AM
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If you are so worried about driving people off the site, maybe stop posting numerous off-topic posts that don't address the OP's question.
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Apr 22nd, 2015, 06:33 AM
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Just to clarify; no-one here in the UK would tip at US levels unless they were a Premier League footballer. Tips have always been voluntary in the UK and some people do, some don't.

Whatever the % tipped, it's still a tip but the US % is ridiculous and out of proportion.
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Apr 22nd, 2015, 06:42 AM
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If you are so worried about driving people off the site, maybe stop posting numerous off-topic posts that don't address the OP's question.>

Well it is very relevant to the OP who may take such trips - he/she should realize that there is no need to tip nor is it expected.

Can't see why you do not think it relevant.
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Apr 22nd, 2015, 07:09 AM
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I'm sure the lack of first-hand knowledge is relevant to a non-asked question, and has nothing to do with some odd vendetta.
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Apr 22nd, 2015, 07:37 AM
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Wendy, I took a timberbush tour and was a very long day in a small bus. Just check the amount of time in the bus riding. We did a lot of motorways and not that scenic.
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Apr 23rd, 2015, 12:17 PM
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Thank you all for your advice and input. My take-away is to check out Rabbies and Timberbush, with Rabbies being a favourite among most people.
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Apr 23rd, 2015, 12:36 PM
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The folks who recommend Rabbies here are some of the most respected knowledgeable folks on Fodor's at least regards the U.K. - take their advice with a lot of credence.
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