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5 Day Skye & Highland Fling - MacBackpackers

5 Day Skye & Highland Fling

5 days
4.8
(772)
Start and end in Edinburgh
Tour Operator:
MacBackpackers
Max group size:
27
Age range:
18 to 39
Operated in:
English
Tour id:
255
From
US $412
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Highlights

  • Hunt for Nessie and get your first glance of Highland life
  • Head to Isle of Skye and hike to amazing rock formations
  • Learn all about the fight for independence
  • Admire the scenic beauty of remarkable Glen Coe

Itinerary

Start and end in Edinburgh! With the Explorer tour 5 Day Skye & Highland Fling, you have a 5 days tour package taking you through Edinburgh, Scotland and 14 other destinations in Scotland. 5 Day Skye & Highland Fling includes an expert guide, transport.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1
  2. Day 2
  3. Day 3
  4. Day 4
  5. Day 5
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What's Included

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  • Guide
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Where You'll Stay

Hostel
4 nights

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Operated by MacBackpackers

4.8
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MacBackpackers has been running fun filled, fully guided adventures around Scotland for almost 20 years. Created for young travellers and backpackers aged between 18 and 39, our tours give an entertaining, informative and utterly unique view of Scotland. Our guides, patriotic and passionate, will open up our amazing country to you, weaving together the rich fabric of Scottish history and culture as we travel along some of the most picturesque routes in Scotland. We are an energetic bunch and always aim to spend as much time off the bus as possible. Whether it’s exploring a castle, climbing to the top of a mountain or swimming in legendary Loch Ness, we like to get up close and personal with our country. We take you to all the hidden gems that you won’t find in the guidebooks to give you a feel of the real Scotland. In the evenings, we'll welcome you to our award-winning hostels, giving you the opportunity to socialise and make friends with fellow travellers over a meal or a pint at the local pub. Unlike many of our competitors, we are 100% Scottish and independent - so you can be sure you'll have an authentically Scottish and genuinely unforgettable experience with us. Please note: During the Winter months all of our tours depart at 8am.

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2016 Tour of the Year Winner
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    Excellent
    4.8
  • Itinerary
    Excellent
    4.9
  • Guide
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Transport
    Excellent
    4.9
  • Accommodation
    Excellent
    4.4
  • Food
    Excellent
    4.4
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  • 5 Day Skye & Highland Fling reviewer 1
    · January 16th, 2023
    Words cannot explain what a phenomenal trip this was. I'd been dreaming of visiting Scotland and the Isle of Skye in particular since I was about 6 years old and to finally have got there was surreal. Unreal locations, stunning scenery, all made... Show more
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hi Teesta! Thank you so much for the absolutely lovely review, we're so glad you enjoyed your trip so much. Neil is absolutely brilliant and we love him to bits. We'll be sure to pass your comments on to him! We hope to see you around these parts... Show more
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    Trip date: July 2022
  • 5 Day Skye & Highland Fling reviewer 2
    · November 7th, 2022
    Mark was an excellent tour guide and the tour itself was amazing. Highly recommend the 5 day tour to get a great overview of the Highlands and Scottish history.
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Thank you for the review Shannon! We're so glad you enjoyed your tour and that we were able to be a part of your Scottish Adventure!
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    Trip date: October 2022
  • GR
    · October 14th, 2022
    If you're looking to have the time of your life in Scotland THIS IS THE TOUR!!! I will be highly recommending Macbackpackers to anyone and everyone that ever wants to visit Scotland. Neil was an absolutely incredible tour guide who truly treated us like... Show more
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Thank you so much Grace! We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour so much! Reviews like this are really why we're in the business. We hope to see you in Bonnie Scotland again one day!
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    Trip date: October 2022
  • R
    · October 14th, 2022
    I had the most amazing 5 days on this tour! Our guide Mark was amazing - he had the best stories and was super kind and flexible. All of the places you stop are amazing and we even squeezed in a couple of great hikes.
    Trip date: August 2022
  • RM
    · October 12th, 2022
    Better than my wildest dreams
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Thank you Roxane! We're so happy you enjoyed your trip so much!
    Trip date: August 2022
  • 5 Day Skye & Highland Fling reviewer 6
    · October 10th, 2022
    The best decision that we made was to travel with you guys. It was an amazing experience. I feel I missed booking with you for 5 days never the less will be back soon : )
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Thank you so so much Hema! It was a pleasure having you on the bus and we hope to see you again someday!
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    Trip date: September 2022
  • 5 Day Skye & Highland Fling reviewer 7
    · October 4th, 2022
    Do it, it's a bit short and rushed but still worth it!
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Thank you for the review Linda!
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    Trip date: September 2022
  • CM
    · October 3rd, 2022
    This tour was amazing! Neil is an amazing guide, with great character and personality. He finds a way to weave fact with folk-lore, telling a story along the journey. I felt very well-looked after in all the hostels with good facilities, hot showers... Show more
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Thank you so much for the review Chani! We're so glad you enjoyed your tour with us and that we could be a part of your big trip! We'd love to see you again someday
    Trip date: September 2022
  • ED
    · October 2nd, 2022
    I had an amazing time. Scotland is incredibly beautiful with a rich and interesting history. Our tour guide Neil was fantastic and a brilliant storyteller. I would definitely recommend this trip.
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Thank you for the great review Ella! We'll pass on your comments to Neil :)
    Trip date: September 2022
  • J
    · October 1st, 2022
    Fantastic tour! Had such a great time, I didn't want it to end! Was a great way to get a taste of the Highlands and have fun with a bunch of strangers, soon to be friends. Our guide was Neil and he was top-notch. Friendly, hilarious, and a wonderful... Show more
    Trip date: September 2022

Dates & Availability

5 days
5 Day Skye & Highland Fling
From Edinburgh to Edinburgh
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Frequently Asked Questions

    • Do you arrange airport transfers?

      Airport transfers are not available on this tour, which means that you will have to make your own way to and from the airport.

    • What are the optional excursions?

      The tour operator has advised that there are no optional excursions available for this tour.

    • Do I need a visa?

      As a tour booking website, TourRadar cannot organise visas for you on your behalf as the visa requirements are regularly being updated and vary for the nationality of one traveller to the next. It is for this reason that we recommend checking with your local embassy or consulate website for the latest up to date information.

    • Is there a hotel list available?

      The price of this tour does not include accommodation. Instead, the tour operator reserves dorm beds in their Highland hostels for everybody whilst on tour. The dormitories are between 4 and 10 beds and can be mixed gender or - on request - single-sex only. The bathrooms are all shared. They always try to keep the tours to themselves but it can happen that you will share with other people as well.

      Your accommodation in dorm style rooms is guaranteed and you just pay either with cash or by credit card on arrival. Prices range from £18 to £24 per night.

      Usually, accommodations are subject to change until 4-6 weeks before the departure date, however, this is a list of accommodations that they typically stay at:

      Skye Backpackers
      Inverness Student Hotel
      The Oban Backpackers

      Hopefully, this list will give you a better idea of what kind of accommodation you can expect while on tour.

    • What does the tour price include?

      The tour price includes a Scottish tour guide and the bus transport as per the itinerary.

      Unless otherwise stated, accommodation is not included in the price of the tour but a room is guaranteed for you whilst on tour, MacBackpackers reserve a bed for you in each backpacker hostel they stay at. You will therefore be asked to pay on arrival at the hostels.You can pay for your accommodation with either cash or credit/debit card.

      The price of the tour doesn’t include food. However, you will make supermarket stops every day and each of the hostels has a well-equipped kitchen for al guests to use. There will also be pubs and restaurants near each hostel if you feel like eating out in the evening.

    • What is the age range?

      This trip is designed for 18 to 40-year-olds. People on this tour are usually travelling on their own and are looking to meet new people and have fun. Children and young people under the age of 18 and over the age of 40 are not eligible to participate in this tour.

    • Are the flights included?

      Flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price. You will be responsible for booking your flights to meet with the group at the starting city. We do not recommend booking airfare before confirming your tour.

    • Is there any available luggage stores with this tour?

      If you are staying at one of MacBackpacker's Edinburgh hostels you can ask the staff if you can leave your things in the luggage store but If you are not staying in one of those hostels then please arrive slightly earlier for your tour and ask the staff in the hostel you are staying in if you can keep your things on the luggage store.

    • What can I expect from the coaches?

      The fleet of Mercedes Benz 16-27 seat mini-coaches have everything you would expect; heating, air conditioning, reclining seats, seat belts and plenty of Scottish music! They are safe and modern and are low emission Euro 5 compliant.

    • Do you have guaranteed departures?

      As the tour is popular generally all the tours usually always go out all year round however for more specific information about a departure please contact us.

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      As a traveller from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa you will need an adaptor for type G.

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    • Visa
      • Unfortunately we cannot offer you a visa application service. Whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and where you wish to travel. Assuming your home country does not have a visa agreement with the country you're planning to visit, you will need to apply for a visa in advance of your scheduled departure.
      • Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.
    • Payment information
      • For any tour departing before April 7th, 2023 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after April 7th, 2023, a minimum payment of 25% is required to confirm your booking with MacBackpackers. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 60 days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
      • Some departure dates and prices may vary and MacBackpackers will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
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      Some tours are not suitable for mobility-restricted traveller, however, some operators may be able to accommodate special requests. For any enquiries, you can contact our customer support team, who are ready and waiting to help you.

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