Who Are We?
Hop and Thistle Tours is based in Glasgow, Scotland and is run and managed by Glasgow-born Tom Wiseman.
Tom’s aim is to run high quality, small scale, personally guided, walking vacations. He has a passion for Scotland and has spent many years organising tours of his homeland for different sizes, ages and abilities of group. Starting out in the tour business in 1996, he has come to view many of his past customers as friends, whilst always striving to provide a professional service. Tom is an avid walker who walks some 4,000km each year. He knows every inch of the routes he uses and has the first-hand experience and local knowledge to ensure that his tours offer a once in a lifetime experience.
In his own words Tom describes the 2019 tour he has devised:
"This vacation is centred around the South Loch Ness Trail, which officially opened in Summer 2018. I have spent over a year putting this tour together, working in the area to find the best accommodation, restaurants and places to visit, arranging the whisky tours and entertainment for us all to enjoy, and walking the trial many times."
"All the tours - from start to finish - I personally guide, unless a larger group is requested, when a second guide will accompany us."
Tours are for small groups, usually of 6-8 persons. Larger groups by arrangement.
Accommodation is provided in well appointed, carefully selected lodges. The tour price is based on two people sharing a room and includes breakfast and a gourmet three course dinner and drinks at the lodge, unless otherwise stated in the itinerary. Lunch will be taken at several hand-picked restaurants over the course of the tour and comprise 2 or 3 courses and a drink.
Over the 7 days there will be 5 days of walking - on average 15 km (between 3 or 4 hours) per day, mostly on paths or tracks. This is Scotland, so paths may be wet and/or rough in places. Do come prepared with adequate clothing and footwear for all weathers.
An attractive program of visits is included to places of interest to complement the walks.
All transportation from the start to the end of the tour - via mini-bus, bus or taxi.
All entry fees to places of interest.
Cost of whisky tours.
Nightly gathering at the lodge, including entertainment.
And last, but not least, the services of Tom Wiseman throughout - your well-qualified, well informed and welcoming host and guide.