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Videos and customer feedback

 

Here are some customer videos that are on YouTube:

Flight from Broomlee, West Linton

Drifting through Dunsyre near West Linton

Flight over Midlothian from Easter Howgate

Peeblesshire slideshow promo video

Launching from Broomlee, West Linton

Launching from Bridge of Earn near Perth

Launching from Bush House near Edinburgh

 

The following are just some of the many written comments, in letters and emails, that customers have been kind enough to make the effort to tell us.

 

We would like to say that it was a magical experience and we were very Impressed by Pete's precision landing through two trees! We flew over the beautiful countryside of Peebleshire. Second time on flight for Jackie who has been lucky on both occasions to be up in the air first time. We will definitely be recommending it to all our friends. Thanks again.Jackie & Helen

 

Just wanted to thank you for a brilliant time on our flight last night over the Ochils it was well worth the wait for the perfect conditions Norma & Fred

 

Many thanks for the photo and the amazing balloon ride on Friday evening. We both certainly will never forget it! What a great way to propose - overlooking such great scenery.We loved every minute. Louise & Seamus

 

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Balloon Flight. It was a wonderful experience. The weather was great and so clear and your patience in explaining things made me feal relaxed about the flight. Seeing someone propose marriage in mid air was a real romantic bonus of course. Will definitely think about flying again with you. Thanks again. Carol Woodward

 

Just wanted to say thanks so much for a wonderful flight last Sunday over Fife and Kinrosshire. We have received the photo and will always remember our experience when we look at it. Your personal touch made the flight all the more enjoyable and we will certainly recommend your company to anyone we know thinking about a balloon flight. xxxxxx could never compete with the service you give! Thanks again and all the best for the future. Gary & Jill Livingston

 

Mind-blowing/exhilarating/spectacular/overwhelming/memorable...... Words fail me (family and friends normally would not believe this!) in trying to describe how wonderful last night's flight from Peebles was for me and, I'm sure, for all of the motley band who shared the experience. I will certainly be recommending this to all my friends and will no doubt bore them to death with all the photos.
Yvonne Yule

 

Just a wee note to say a huge thank you for the fantastic flight you gave my father. Launching from his home town of Peebles was a dream come true and an evening he will treasure for years to come. I would also like to say thank you to the crew on the ground for the way he kept us all informed and his kindness to all my dad's grandchildren. Each and everyone of us felt we were included in every part of dad's flight giving us some happy memories to share with each other. Thank you once again. Wilma Thomson

 

Wanted to thank you again for what was a fantastic experience. Helen was a bit trepidatious to begin with but soon got over that and really enjoyed it; so much so that she's now looking at other flights around Britain. Not only was the flight great, but your on going commentary and pointing out landmarks added a special touch which we both appreciated. Please pass on our thanks on to your team as well for their support. John and Helen Thompson

 

Just a quick thank you for a most enjoyable experience. My husband and I had a great trip, enhanced by flying from our home town. Judith and Keith Walter

 

Thank you for a great flight last Saturday morning. I had been excited at the prospects of the flight and it more than lived up to my expectations. The weather and clarity of the day made it spectacular. Bruce Faid

 

Just a note to say thanks for flight which I was on last night. It was most enjoyable and well worth waiting for. I will definitely recommend it to all my friends and relatives. I was particularly impressed with your "skills" when it came to the landing. David Lacey

 

Just wanted to say thank you for the most amazing experience of my life. I enjoyed every minute of last Saturday's flight from Peebles - and have since recommended it to all my chums. Fiona Grandison

 

Just a short note to say how much we enjoyed our balloon flight with you. It was certainly one of the high points of our honeymoon. Nick Haywood

 

It was everything I dreamed of, if not better. Katie Johnston (age 13)

 

Thrill factor before the landing: 4/5; thrill factor after the landing: 5/5!
Reporter, The List

 

Thanks for an excellent flight and landing, we both enjoyed ourselves and found it all very interesting.  Thanks for arranging the weather so we could fly at the first attempt. I wish you all the best in the future. Alistair Mackenzie

 

I would just like to thank you for a wonderful Sunday morning that we spent with you a few weeks ago. As I am petrified of heights I was some what concerned about the flight but my fears totally vanished once we took off! When can we come flying again? Well hopefully the winter is short and you can get up in the air soon because I can't wait to go ballooning again. Once again thanks for the most amazing experience. Lisa McCaig & Martin Doyle

 

Just to thank you again for lovely flight on Saturday . I will be contacting you soon to get flight for my husband. Irene Twin

 

Just a note to say thanks for the flight last night. It more than lived up to expectations and I really enjoyed it. Alan Park

 

Slightly belated, but a big thank you for the ballooning experience on Sunday! I think all the "extras" - the delay over uncertainty of the weather, "losing" the Land Rover, and then being stuck in the mud for a while before being towed out by the tractor - only served to enhance the memory of the evening, and the flight itself was quite incredible. Just floating, in silence, above the countryside is quite mystical, and I enjoyed myself enormously. Long may you succeed and prosper with Alba Ballooning.  Thank you once more. Alan Bowie

 

We had a fantastic flight - thank you so much. Lorna Brain

 

Well it was well worth waiting for and the picture is brilliant! Thank you on behalf of the group- it was a magical flight and thanks to both you and Brian for looking after us so well. We will save up our pennies and come flying again - without any fears!Liz Urquhart

 

Thank you for such a wonderful trip over Mid and East Lothian last evening. We thoroughly enjoyed it and will encourage our friends to follow our example of how to chill out and relax for an evening. John Denahy

 

Thank you so much for what was an interesting, exciting and wonderful flight.
Jim Valentine

 

Many thanks for a wonderful flight this morning. I was a bit apprehensive but your quiet confidence was infectious and Landel and I will remember our first balloon flight with much pleasure. We also enjoyed helping to set the flight up. It made us feel we were really taking an active part in the proceedings. Sheena

 

May I just say what a great evening we had - a most enjoyable experience; you have a convert to ballooning in Julie - not bad considering her strong opposition to the idea initially!! Pete Wiseman

 

Thanks for a great experience, we are looking forward to seeing you next year when we are doing it again hopefully. Gina and Harald

 

We thoroughly enjoyed our flight. The whole experience was excellent, especially since we were successful first time! Margaret Torrance

 

First of all, a huge thank you for creating a fantastic experience for Lesley & Rosalind – even watching from the ground was a thrill, and they were just ecstatic when they came home !! Once again, it was just an amazing evening – you are to be congratulated on the way in which you arrange matters. We will fly again with you – perhaps with different family members – but whether you can organise the weather again to be so beautiful is a little out of your control!! Douglas Mundie

 

Jayne and I would like to thank you for the most fantastic experience. I can't tell you how much we enjoyed it, we're still grinning! The flight was better than I ever imagined, and as for the landing, now that was impressive! Charlie Saywell

 

Mike and I would just like to thank you for a fantastic time last night, the views were spectacular and the farmer whose field we landed in was also very nice... I have recommended you to all my work colleagues, family and friends.
Nicola Palmer and Mike Edwards

 

Myself and Mhairi really enjoyed our trip and will remember it for a long time. We hope to see you again with our children next for the next trip. Peter Gibson

 

What an experience, far exceeded my expectations and well worth the wait. Couldn't have picked a better evening or a better pilot. Thank you. Please pass on my regards to your ground crew. Matt Crawford

 

Just a quick note to say thanks very much for a great experience we both had on Sunday evening. It was the perfect end to our weekend away for our anniversary.
Karen and Martin Terris

 

We had a great time on the flight (the free barbecue afterwards was nice too!) and we have happy memories of it. We were also impressed by the piloting - particularly when you brought the balloon down just low enough to brush the tops of the corn stalks before ascending again; we knew we were in the hands of an expert! Many thanks for a very memorable experience. Steve Morley

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and setting up and taking down was absolutely fascinating. Getting in and out the basket for an old codger like me was a bit difficult but it all made the adventure a little bit more interesting. Alan Ross

 

Just a note to say how much Rosie and I enjoyed the flight. It was super evening and we enjoyed every minute of it, from the time we were picked up, the preparations, the flight, the packing up, and the glass of champagne, to getting dropped off again. A most enjoyable experience. The flight itself was so smooth and of course so expertly handled and commented on by yourself! Well worth waiting for and a truly memorable birthday treat. We'll be recommending it to our friends. Once again thank you for the experience. Ian Booth

 

Thanks for a great flight yesterday, Maggie and I really enjoyed it, a great experience! The photo looks good also! Chris Wood

 

Firstly can I just say how much I enjoyed the flight last summer, words fail to describe the experience, keep up the good work. It's an experience I'll never forget. Brian J Hogg

 

Birthday worth remembering. I thought Paris and the Moulin Rouge on the actual birthday were fantastic, but flying over the Lothian’s early morning beat that hands down. Thank you very much for a fantastic experience – even the bouncy landing complete with cow pats and many cows was brilliant! Hope to repeat it again another day. Helen Cruse

 

Thanks for an excellent evening last Tuesday - really was the experience of a lifetime!Cathie Sudlow

 

Thank you for a lovely evening. Dad and I waited awhile but it was most certainly worth it. It's an experience I would highly recommend and would want to do again soon. Michelle & Ian Lawrie

 

Thank you for my wonderful balloon flight, it lived up to all my expectations, and the Granddaughter and I are saving for our next one with you. George Donnachie

 

Just thought I'd tell you how much we both enjoyed last night's balloon ride, an amazing experience, it was worth the 380 mile round trip. WOW factor of 10.
Rae Gregory

 

My wife joins me in thanking you and your colleague Stewart for making the balloon flight to Scone on Wednesday last such a memorable occasion for us both. We enjoyed it immensely. The almost inexpressible delight of ballooning on a beautiful evening was made even more memorable by all the work and effort that you and Stewart put into making your passengers feel at ease and so derive the maximum pleasure from a truly wonderful experience. We very much appreciate all that you did and offer our sincere best wishes for your future success.
Stewart Fleming

 

A quick email to thank you for the superb experience we had on our evening flight. The scenery was spectacular and the whole evening was a great buzz from start to finish. Karen Osborne

 

Many thanks for the flight last night it exceeded all my expectations and I hope I get another voucher and be able to fly again. Thanks for all your patience with my over the past two years. Helen Smith

 

Thanks guys for a fabulous flight last night. It was a beautiful evening, just as I had hoped it would be. The experience of inflating the balloon was almost as exciting as the flight over the Ochil Hills. My two grandsons thoroughly enjoyed following the recovery vehicle and tracking us as we flew along. They think grandma is very brave!! I found the whole experience to be really exhilarating and I am still on a high today. Maureen McInnes

 

Thanks again for a superb trip. I'm still on a high. I was glad to see I was not the only one with a permanent grin on their face in the run up to the flight. I've already had some friends asking for your webpage. Glen Grant

 

Just a note to say how much we enjoyed our balloon trip last Sunday morning. I think we must have had the best day of the year so far and it was certainly worth waiting for! Kathy Greenwood

 

Just thought I would write to say what a wonderful time I had on Saturday. The whole afternoon was an experience but the actual flight was something I do not think I will forget for a very long time, when we were actually in the air I did not want to come down, when we did land, I really did wish we could have remained in the air forever. Margaret Graham

 

Thank you so much for the most fantastic experience. Something we always wanted to do and were glad to have flown with you. The 'setting-up' and 'packing away' all added to the fun and excitement as did the champagne and certificate at the end. Wonderful. Thanks also for sending our photo. It will be a constant reminder of the best experience ever. Norman & Evelyn Gillanders

 

I'd just like to thank you once again for a fabulous experience. It was indeed well worth the wait. Fiona Jeffrey

 

Just had to write to thank you for a wonderful flight on Saturday morning. We were celebrating our first wedding anniversary and can't think of a better way of doing it. Fantastic experience and your navigational skills between fences, trees and posts in the middle of nowhere, were first class. Alistair and Sandra Lowe

 

John and I would just like to say how we enjoyed the hot-air balloon experience last week! Thank you so much for being so patient and keeping us on your books since 2003! It was well worth the wait for us in the end. Mariella

 

Just to say thanks, absolutely superb ! Well worth the 12 month and two week wait. We both had a great time and our photos all came out great.
Allan Fisher and Pam Miller

 

Many thanks from my wife Janice and myself for a fantastic Friday evening. Janice thought it was the experience of a lifetime and thoroughly enjoyed every moment, although she confessed to being a wee bit nervous when the balloon first started to ascend! Although I didn’t fly, I enjoyed the experience of watching the preparations and following the balloon to the landing site near West Linton. Gordon Bell

 

Just a note to say how much we enjoyed the trip – we might see you again next year !! Thanks. Petra & Steve

 

Darren and I had a fantastic balloon ride! I am over my fear of heights!! Thanks again!! Laura

 

Thank you for a wonderful flight on Saturday evening. It far surpassed my expectations. I enjoyed every aspect of the evening from preparation to the glass of bubbly when everything had been packed away. Julie Cole

 

We had a fabulous morning, thank you very much, it was all much smoother and more comfortable than I thought it would be. Everything has been very well organised, you have a very neat business happening there and we wish you a very good season and success in the future. Sue and Derek Graham

 

Just a quick email to say thank you very much for a fantastic evening. My sister and I had the trip of a lifetime and the challenge of getting the balloon actually up, made it more exciting and memorable! Your company and running commentary made it a very entertaining evening. A great birthday treat for the pair of us. I will definitely do this again and will tell of my friends about your work. Many thanks once again. Jackie Carswell

 

It was well worth waiting for!! We are full of admiration for your skill and enthusiasm. Many many thanks for a most enjoyable and memorable few hours.
Anne & Peter Harborow

 

Many thanks for a long awaited flight. We both thoroughly enjoyed it. It was good to be hands on and be involved in the preparation. Claire and Irene Gardner

 

I just thought I'd drop you an email to say a huge thank you for the flight yesterday! It was a truly amazing experience and to be honest I don't think I've been that quiet for ages. I haven't stopped telling people about it and now my mum and step dad are both really keen to fly as well as a few participants from my aerobics class - one girl in particular who should be contacting you shortly to find out more. She had a bad experience with another company and ended up not flying and losing her voucher but it’s still her dream to fly so I've given a very strong recommendation of Alba to her. Avril Spray

 

Thanks very much for the balloon trip on Wednesday. It was fantastic and worth the wait - the landing only added to the whole experience! We'll definitely be back for another go some time. Thanks again. Estelle Quick

 

I had the best time ever, it was made better as we had the side landing. Very enjoyable experience and would recommend it to anyone. Charmaine Smith

 

Thank you once again a most wonderful evening - I shall never forget it !!
Patricia Betton

 

We had the most wonderful time thank you so very much. Such a shame the tranquillity couldn't last forever. Delighted. Ruby & Dave McCafferty

 

Just a brief email from Alison, Claire, Liza and myself to thank you for the wonderful flight in your balloon. We all really enjoyed the whole experience including helping to launch the balloon and tidy up afterwards. We will recommend it to our friends. Peter Freeland