Many thanks for visiting my Travel Counsellor page!
My name is Dave Pryde and I am your personal independent Travel Counsellor based in St Fillans in Perthshire. Not only am I lucky enough to live in one of the most picturesque parts of Scotland, I am also privileged to be able to spend my working days indulging in my greatest passion - travel!
Throughout my working life, I've travelled extensively for business purposes. In addition, I have spent holidays in a number of fantastic locations across the globe; Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Corsica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Fuerteventura, The Gambia, Gibraltar, Gozo, Gran Canaria, Greece, (13 different islands and locations) Italy, La Gomera, Lapland, Majorca, Malta, Menorca, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, mainland Spain, Sweden, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Zambia, as well as a number of places across the United States of America, including Houston, Las Vegas, New York, Phoenix, Sedona, San Antonio and San Francisco.
I spent many happy hours researching, planning and organising these trips as well as many more for family and friends to all sorts of destinations, both domestic and international.
My extensive experience in all of this means I know just how important it is that, for a trip to be successful, everything has to be thoroughly planned and properly organised. I fully appreciate that you are spending your hard-earned money and I can promise you the highest standard of personal service at all times and when it’s most convenient for you. You are guaranteed my commitment whether it’s a UK mini-break or a holiday of a lifetime.
Your time is precious and if you’ve booked your own trips in the past, you’ll know how long it can take to trawl through pages and pages of offers and alternatives and still not be sure at the end of it all that you’ve got what you wanted!
So, if you’re looking for a first-hand reference on pearling or triking in Oz, a ‘Big 5’ safari or diving with great white sharks in South Africa, a trip to meet the real Santa Claus or maybe a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon or Victoria Falls, why not give me a call and save yourself some time and energy? Rest assured, I will treat your enquiry just as if it were my own.
I look forward to helping you make your travel dreams come true!
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so simply give me a call or send me an email with your contact details on and I can get things started for you:-
I absolutely live and breathe travel and I love to write about my experiences! Please take a look through my posts - you might find your own holiday inspiration.
07 May 2015
After a very red-eye Flybe trip down to Southampton and a quick transfer to the City Centre from Parkway Station, the taxi driver who took me to the port asked if I’d been on Eclipse before. Not only had I never been on the ship, I have to admit to never even having seen one of such gigantic proportions up close and personal, Eclipse was even bigger than I could have imagined! Check-in was smooth – predominantly because I’d arrived very early. Those who came later did not enjoy such a smooth transition through security! On board, the scale, grandeur and...
09 August 2013
I first went to Lewis and Harris back in 1985 and have been promising my wife, Lynda, that I would take her to see these wonderful islands ever since. We both recently read the fantastic Peter May trilogy about a Scottish policeman, Fin McLeod, who returns to his native Lewis after a personal tragedy. Inspired by May’s powerful and poignant descriptions of the people and life on the islands, we were genuinely excited about our 5 day tour which I put together! We travelled to Uig on Skye to board our ferry and less than two hours later docked in Tarbert, the...
Sent in by Karen McShane
Edinburgh, 22 May 2020
I was previously let down on our once in a lifetime family holiday to Florida by the collapse of Thomas Cook. Trying to rebook the same holiday was proving to be difficult as i was unable to get new flights that suited and dates that matched the hotel we wanted to stay at. I contacted Dave from travel counsellors looking to re book everything from flight, 2 bedroom suite, atttaction tickets to transfers. Dave was very helpful and understanding all our needs. He managed to find everything i asked for at a great price. He definitely went over and above any other travel agent i had tried. He helped with everything right down to the last minute. Making sure i had printed everything off and where i would need to go when we changed flights to booking our seats on all the flights so i didnt need to worry. While we were away on holiday one of our flights home, the company went in to administration. Dave was at the time away on his family holiday but took the time out to find us new flights, reschedule our transfers and call me to advise what had happened. I was so greatful for him helping us at that time. He also kept me updated on issues with Covid19 ( we were there beginning of March, left 2 days before the borders were closed) as things were rapidly changing back home and we were in th US. He made sure that each flight was still leaving on time and updated me with changes to gates etc. I cannot thank him enough for everything he done to make sure our holiday went as smoothly as it could. Thank you so much Dave
Sent in by Ros Cruickshank
Edinburgh, 03 November 2016
Dave listens to what you actually want and then finds it! Friendly, helpful and efficient I would not hesitate to recommend him to others .
Sent in by Tony Dix
Bristol, 24 July 2013
My plan was to find a romantic destination and ask my girlfriend to marry me! Dave could not have done more to make my trip one of the most memorable of my life. His attention to detail and outstanding communication meant I felt confident that the trip was going to exceed my expectations. And Dave did not disappoint. He arranged a 1 week holiday in Santorini, Greece. The location and hotel was stunning. Dave had been in touch with the hotel on numerous occasions to ensure all my requirements were met. We were upgraded on arrival and the hotel staff could not have done more to ensure we had a magical stay. Dave liaised with the hotel to plan my marriage proposal which went seamlessly…and she said yes! Dave is the best Travel Counsellor I have ever used and I will use him to arrange all my future travel requirements.
Sent in by Colin Cotter
Penicuik, 17 June 2013
Absolutely excellent service from specifying my requirements to making the booking and receiving the documentation. I was kept informed at all stages and given options where necessary. Without a doubt all future holiday requirements will be fed through Dave Pryde at Travel Counsellors!
From the pristine white-sand beaches of Thailand’s idyllic islands to the sprawling wide-open roads of the USA; the historic and breathtakingly beautiful architecture of India to the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Maldives – there’s a world of wonder out there and it’s just waiting to be explored.
Contact me on 01764 784990