August 2016 Tours Q&A: Rabbie’s Small Group Tours
It’s no surprise that Calum Mcnee is director of experience at Rabbie’s Small Group Tours – he certainly knows his stuff when it comes to travelling the big, wide open roads! Calum gives Backpax a wee moment of his time to tell us more…
1. When did Rabbie’s start up?
Rabbie’s Small Group Tours was set up in February, 1993.
2. What inspired the founder to set it up?
A belief in the power of travel to bring together people from different countries and cultures.
3. Why Scotland?
It was home! And a great place for small group tours. Nothing beats exploring the narrow single track roads of the Highlands and staying in local accommodation in smaller towns and villages.
4. What three words would you use to describe your tours?
Fun, friendly and memorable.
5. What are your most popular tours?
Depends how you measure it – tours which include Loch Ness and Skye are always in demand, but the tours which get the highest ratings in our feedback are our 4 day tour to the Isle of Mull, and our 3 Day Speyside Whisky tour.
6. What type of people come on your tours?
All sorts – we attract independent travellers of all ages and from all over the world. One thing they have in common is a desire to explore and discover more about the country they are visiting.
7. What backpacking experiences have you had?
Two round the world trips when I was younger, a four month stint in Patagonia and as many short trips as I can manage to fit in with work.
8. What is your favourite overseas travel destination?
Too hard to choose – Bagan in Burma for culture, Torres del Paine in Chile for trekking, Namibia for the wildlife.
9. What’s your favourite travel memory?
Again too many to choose from! Walking up to the edge of the Grand Canyon for the first time and just being totally blown away by the scale of it. Sea kayaking round Lopud island in Croatia in the most perfect conditions. And the first time I ever went snorkelling – it was on the Great Barrier Reef and it was so amazing I forgot to put any sunblock on and got the worst sunburn ever.
10. Finally, what’s your favourite tipple?
Any Islay Single Malt Whisky.