We are based in Edinburgh, Scotland and we design Custom Private Tours of Scotland, Ireland, England And Wales. We are an environmentally friendly tourism business and all our tours are designed to benefit local businesses. Our itineraries are designed to include hidden gems and we visit local communities which are off the beaten tourist path. We specialise in once-in-a-lifetime and boutique travel experiences. We design custom tours for travellers who have that spirit of adventure to go beyond the usual tourist sights. On our tours you will discover history, culture and scenic beauty. We take you to the best local food and drink places and most of the accommodation we use are accredited with the Green Tourism Scheme.
100% of our clients rate us with 5 stars. You will find this on review sites, social media and here, on our website. Since our first tour in May of 2005, we have consistently had fabulous feedback and we have made many friends along the way. Our attitude to travel is to create lasting memories and make new friends. When you book a tour with us, we see it as a privilege to take you to some of the most wonderfully scenic places in the world!
All our tours are privately guided by James, local experts and other knowledgeable and friendly guides. We have a range of luxury, spacious, air-conditioned vehicles (up to 8 seats), which are equipped with Wifi.
Our story so far…
James Campbell Tours provided its first tour of Scotland in May 2005 for Mr & Mrs Shell of Arkansas, USA. They were staying at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland and we are proud to say we still provide private tours of Scotland for The Balmoral Hotel.
However, the love of travel for the Campbells started much earlier than this! In 1956, my father Mr James Campbell senior travelled on one of the many emigrant ships from Greenock, Scotland bound for New York, USA. The ship then travelled on to Canada where he set up home in Montreal. A couple of months later my mother Mrs Janet Campbell made the same journey from Greenock to Nova Scotia and on to Montreal to be reunited with her husband. They spent two and half years in Canada but then made the decision to return to Scotland their homeland. Their stories of travel to the new world always fascinated us when we were growing up and we are proud to say we continue to explore - finding a spirit of adventure, in their memory.
I set up James Campbell Tours in 2005 and since then, I have had the pleasure of touring with couples, families and small private groups from all over the world. I have also provided touring services for Amazon Ltd (European event) and Creative Content Group for Walt Disney Studios. I also provide tours and itineraries for travel agencies.
I started touring Scotland with my parents at the age of 8 and have had an interest in travel and history ever since. My love of the great outdoors continued through my teenage years where I was the designated planner of camping expeditions to the Scottish Highlands and coast. After studying Tourism I travelled in Europe and the USA and then settled back in Edinburgh to work in the Travel Industry. I was lucky enough to work for a well respected independent travel agency in Edinburgh in 1998, and was in charge of designing and booking specialist tours until 2005.
I am a musician and have played with many different music groups across Scotland. I have a keen interest in local history, photography and walking in remote areas.
I continue to travel for leisure and business purposes and love finding new places and creating itineraries for our customers to enjoy.
I was brought up in a village called Longniddry in East Lothian, outside of Edinburgh, until I was 12 years old. We then moved into Edinburgh and my love for the city began. Every childhood holiday was spent camping round Scotland, where we took in the local historical sites and climbed the odd mountain. All the while my mother had the joy of feeding a family of four for two weeks using only a 2 ring gas stove! At 18 my love of European travelling began when I went inter railing spending the majority of my time in Italy. After 3 years, studying Theatre Studies, at University in Northern Ireland I moved to London after I graduated. I spent 10 years in London working in a variety of different industries; television documentaries, holistic therapies and the philanthropic department of a large corporate company. I loved every minute of it and still feel that London is my second home however I always felt that Scotland was the place I was truly meant to be. I returned home in 2001 met James and the rest, as they say, is history.
Andrew Laidlaw. Evie Campbell's Dad and a Glasgow man, he introduced us to long distance walking and camping in Scotland!
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