Compare Haggis Adventures vs. MacBackpackers

Group size, age requirements and travel styles

Both Haggis and MacBackpackers offer similar group and travel styles for over 18 year olds, the main difference is that MacBackpackers does have an upper age limit. 
 
MacBackpackers offers tours for travellers between the ages of 18 to 40. Their average group size isn’t determined, however they do have a maximum of 27 travellers on a tour at once. In terms of travel style, MacBackpackers is adventurous while still focusing on the historical and cultural side of the country. They also offer tours that allow travellers to experience popular festivals and events. 
 
Haggis Adventures also has a minimum age of 18 for travellers. However, the difference here is that there is no upper age limit. The tours are designed for young travellers, but everybody who is young at heart is welcome to join. The average group size on these tours is 25. Haggis Adventures has a laid-back travel style, focusing on off the beaten path destinations as well as culture and history of the country. They also offer special tours to that take in local festivals and events around the country, including Up Helly Aa Viking Fire Festival on the remote Shetland Island.  
 

Physical Requirements

Both MacBackpackers and Haggis Adventurestours don’t have a strong physical demand as they are both culturally focused tour operators using coach buses for transportation. There is no specific physical requirement for any of their tours. However, if you’re hopping on one of either tour operator’s festival tours, you may want to make sure you’re dancing skills are ready to go!  
 

Accommodation

Standards of accommodation are fairly similar with both tour operators. They both use hostel style accommodation however, there are a couple small differences. 
 
Haggis Adventures uses independent and Youth Hostel Association hostels for their tours and ensures they are rated 3 or 4 star accommodations with dorms housing between 4-10 travellers. ​Haggis Adventures also has private twin rooms available.  MacBackpackers also uses hostel style as accommodation with dorms housing between 6 - 12 travellers. 
 

Transportation

Both operators use coach/bus tours for tour transportation, with heating, air conditioning, and reclining seats on all the buses. 
 

Destinations

Both MacBackpackers and Haggis Adventures offer tours around Scotland. The operators head to popular sites as well as off the beaten path destinations all while focusing on culture and history to ensure you get the best overall Scottish experience. 
 

Cost

Both Haggis Adventures and MacBackpackers operators have similar costs, but Haggis Adventures has a wider selection of attractions you can add at the time of booking or locally, which is why it is at times a bit more expensive than MacBackpackers. Another thing to note is that Haggis Adventures does offer a student discount on their tours to encourage travel in that age group. 
 
Disclaimer: We here at TourRadar have taken a look the tours offered by both operators to find the benefits of each operator’s product selection. The above are generalizations and interested travellers should compare the operator’s individual trips as costs may vary per region and style.

Reviews

Overall average rating

Overall average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
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Most popular reviews

Most popular reviews

9 hours ago
Great story telling, including tips and made the whole experience very worthwhileRead more
22 hours ago
I loved every aspect of this tour. It was just fantastic. I wish it never endedRead more
1 day ago
Had a great time seeing the Scottish Highlands! Kirsty was also super accommodating i...Read more
1 day ago
One of the best trips I've been on! Everything was carefully planned out and organi...Read more
1 day ago
Neil was an excellent storyteller and very knowledgeable and passionate about Scotlan...Read more
2 days ago
I was recommended by a friend to go on the 3 days Isle of Skye tour, and it has been ...Read more
4 days ago
Honestly the Isle of Skye is something that you need to experience to believe, it’s t...Read more
5 days ago
I mean... one of the best experiences of my life. It was such an incredible journey f...Read more

Guide average rating

Guide average rating

5.0 out of 5 stars
Caitlin Burnett(183 reviews)
Yvonne Richmond(93 reviews)
Rich Lawrence(69 reviews)
Kirsty worden(54 reviews)
Lee Duncan(40 reviews)
Mahri Stewart(35 reviews)
Jemma Galbraith(32 reviews)
Fiona Valentine(26 reviews)
Calum Christie(21 reviews)
Iain Clunas(21 reviews)
5.0 out of 5 stars
Richard Galloway(486 reviews)
David Watson(323 reviews)
Neil mclennan(277 reviews)
Mark Doggett(162 reviews)
Stewart McCulloch(44 reviews)
Tim Blott(43 reviews)

Transportation average rating

Transportation average rating

5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars

Accommodation average rating

Accommodation average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

Meals average rating

Meals average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

Value for money average rating

Value for money average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
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About the operator

Number of Tours

Number of Tours

through 2 different countries
through 2 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

Cultural
Activities
Cultural
Festival & Events

Average rating

Average rating

4.5/5 from 1129 reviews
5.0/5 from 1762 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

18-70
18-40

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

74
travellers met through Haggis Adventures tours
249
travellers met through MacBackpackers tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

$33
$48

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

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Average tour length

Average tour length

4
days
5
days

Average Response Rate

Average Response Rate

100%
100%

Average Response Time

Average Response Time

Instantly
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Destinations

Europe

Europe

Asia

Asia

Australia/Oceania

Australia/Oceania

Africa

Africa

North America

North America

Latin America

Latin America

Most visited destinations

Most visited destinations

Travel styles

Cultural

Cultural

Festival & Events

Festival & Events

Activities

Activities

Most Common Types

Most Common Types

Policies

Average Group Age

Average Group Age

The average age for Haggis Adventures tours is between 18 and 70. The age might vary for specific tours, so please check individual tours for details.
The average age for MacBackpackers tours is between 18 and 40. The age might vary for specific tours, so please check individual tours for details.

Hold my seat

Hold my seat

TourRadar can request Haggis Adventures to hold seats for you for up to hours without any credit card details.
Holds are not possible for MacBackpackers.

Deposit

Deposit

TourRadar only requires a deposit of $170 to confirm a Haggis Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 50 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 13 March 2019 the full payment is necessary.
TourRadar only requires a deposit of 25% to confirm a MacBackpackers booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 23 March 2019 the full payment is necessary.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy

No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 50 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of the tour, but the deposit of $170 is non-refundable.
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of the tour, but the deposit of 25% is non-refundable.If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.

Credit Cards

Credit Cards

The following cards are accepted for Haggis Adventures:Visa- Master Card- American Express
The following cards are accepted for MacBackpackers:Visa- Master Card- American Express
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