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
5.0 out of 5 stars

Most popular reviews

Most popular reviews

3 days ago
I had such a good time on the tour and Jemma is an impressive guide. She was really g...Read more
4 days ago
It was the best! Gill was amazing. She had so much knowledge and kept it fun and ligh...Read more
6 days ago
GILL IS THE BEST TOUR GUIDE IN THIS UNIVERSE!!!! She is incredibly knowledgeable, fun...Read more
6th November 2018
WOW! What an amazing adventure. This trip couldn’t have been as amazing as it was tho...Read more
6th November 2018
Amazing tour though the highlands, got to go to places we never would have seen if tr...Read more
6th November 2018
It was an amazing tour! I loved everything. Neil was a Great tour guide and very know...Read more
6th November 2018
Fantastic tour led by Stewart, he was very knowledgeable, heard so many facts and sto...Read more
6th November 2018
This tour was absolutely amazing. Neil was a great guide and took us to places I woul...Read more

Guide average rating

Guide average rating

5.0 out of 5 stars
Caitlin Burnett(179 reviews)
Gill Renilson(73 reviews)
Yvonne Richmond(72 reviews)
Rich Lawrence(55 reviews)
Kirsty worden(45 reviews)
Mahri Stewart(35 reviews)
Lee Duncan(34 reviews)
Jemma Galbraith(31 reviews)
Iain Clunas(19 reviews)
Steve Syme(16 reviews)
5.0 out of 5 stars
Richard Galloway(476 reviews)
David Watson(323 reviews)
Neil mclennan(255 reviews)
Mark Doggett(151 reviews)
Tim Blott(42 reviews)
Stewart McCulloch(27 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

4.0 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
5.0 out of 5 stars

About the operator

Number of Tours

Number of Tours

through 2 different countries
through 2 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

Cultural
Festival & Events
Nature & Adventure
Activities
Cultural
Festival & Events
Nature & Adventure

Average rating

Average rating

4.5/5 from 1032 reviews
5.0/5 from 1692 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

$78
$71

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

n/a
n/a

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
2 hours

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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

Nature & Adventure

Nature & Adventure

Cultural

Cultural

Festival & Events

Festival & Events

Activities

Activities

Most Common Types

Most Common Types

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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 5 January 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 15 January 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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  • N. America
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