ONE BUS, TWO MEN AND A LOT OF HIGHLAND CATTLE
The Hairy Coo was established in 2010 by two well versed and enthusiastic Scottish tour guides who had a passion of showcasing their home to the rest of the world and proving that Scotland truly is the greatest wee country on Earth. They believed Scotland was much more than tartan and shortbread and wanted to share the culture, the personality and the brilliant sense of humour they grew up surrounded by.
Despite years of experience in taking guests to breathtaking natural landscapes and world-class man-made sites across the country, along with sharing our extensive and fascinating history, it was evident that there was one certain animal that was stealing the attention of everyone on board – Highland Cattle. Taking the lead from their soon to be customers, the company was named ‘The Hairy Coo’ – We guess you could say we loved these ginger coos before they were cool!
After purchasing a bright orange bus, the pair set off on the road with the intention of bringing as many people on board with them as possible, no matter their financial situation. They pioneered the first Free Highland Coach Tour in the world and for years maintained the company by contributing all tips and donations toward running the tour the following day, and the day after, and the day after that. After realising they had the full support of returning visitors, they took the leap to fully invest in the company and began their first paid tour to Loch Ness.
Since then, we have welcomed over 200,000 adventurers and have grown to add tours that visit all corners of the country, spanning 1-5 days. We’re one of the highest-rated tour companies departing from Edinburgh and, as we continue to grow, our main priority will always be to show everyone the best of Scotland.
To this day, The Hairy Coo continues to be an independently owned and run Scottish business.
Everyone working for the company does so because they believe in the values of why it was first started.
Our team is what is most important to us as they keep the wheels turning every day, all playing a vital part in what we think is a big dysfunctional family – or ‘herd’!
We take care of our coaches like they are part of the Hairy Coo family…because they are!
Our midi sized coaches are the perfect size for a friendly group experience, allowing you to feel like you’re part of a team of adventurers. Each bus has it’s own name and personality just like the coos you meet out on tour.
Our buses are upgraded regularly and are well looked after. They’re guaranteed to be comfortable, air-conditioned, big and bright to ensure the locals don’t miss you as you drive into each location.
WORK WITH WHO WE TRUST
We only create partnerships with suppliers that we know well – be it attractions, third-party sellers or accommodation providers
MAINTAIN A QUALITY STANDARD
This covers all aspects of our business – our customer service, our coach fleet, our employee training and our level of respect for the areas we visit regularly.
HELP WHERE WE CAN
Striving to donate, participate and spread the word about important Scottish and Worldwide causes.
Fun-filled day, fantastic driver & guide Colin with great knowledge and sense of humour, some amazing spots and views -... read more
Loch ness tour Great tour of the scotish highlands
Driver was excellent and brought us to taste some local treats on way back... read more
5 Day Life Changing Tour of Scotland Back in late September I had the pleasure of doing a Hairy Coo tour for 5 days. I didnt know... read more
A brilliant adventure with the Hairy Coo What an excellent adventure with our friendly, energetic and caring guide Brian Smith. He welcomed us aboard the hairy coo... read more
Excellent Orchestrated Tour This Tour is an excellent all day introductory tour to Scottish History. Alistair did an amazing job of mixing Scottish... read more