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136 reviews
7 Day Best of the West - MacBackpackers
7 days

7 Day Best of the West

From Edinburgh to Edinburgh
Tour Operator:
MacBackpackers
Max group size:
16
Physical rating:
Active
Age range:
18 to 39
Operated in:
English
Tour id:
77575
From
US $453
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Highlights

  • Visit Scotland’s ancient battle sites
  • Explore beaches, brochs and mountains
  • Hike majestic hills of Trotternish Ridge
  • Bask in the beauty of the Isle of Skye

Itinerary

Start and end in Edinburgh! With the in-depth cultural tour 7 Day Best of the West, you have a 7 day tour package taking you through Edinburgh, Scotland and 18 other destinations in Scotland. 7 Day Best of the West includes an expert guide, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1
    Start point Check-in at reception., Castle Rock Hostel, 15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2PR, United Kingdom
  2. Day 2
  3. Day 3
  4. Day 4
  5. Day 5
  6. Day 6
  7. Day 7
    End point Outside., Castle Rock Hostel, 15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2PR, United Kingdom
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What's Included

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  • Guide
  • Transport
  • Additional Services
  • Accommodation
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Meals
  • Optional
  • Additional Services

Where You'll Stay

Hostel
Berth / Cabin
Guesthouse
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Customer Reviews

  • Overall Rating
    Excellent
    4.9
  • Itinerary
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Guide
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Transport
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Accommodation
    Excellent
    4.8
  • Food
    Excellent
    4.8
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  • K
    · January 06, 2020
    Stuart is one of the worst humans I have ever had the misfortune to meet. He is a misogynistic caveman with absolutely no respect for women. I did not feel safe on the tour in his company. I've complained, but he is still allowed to work for Mac... Show more
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hi Kat, Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate all the feedback and are very sorry to hear that you felt that Stewart’s commentary was inappropriate. As I previously stated, when you sent a more detailed complaint to us via email in June 2019, we... Show more
    Trip date: May 2019
  • 7 Day Best of the West reviewer 2
    · October 31, 2019
    Stu was a bloody legend! This was such an epic week away visiting some of the most beautiful places on earth, and it was made all the more special by having such a knowledgeable and fun tour guide and a really solid crew. Thanks again for one of the... Show more
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hi Rachel, Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We're happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour with Stewart. Come back soon! Cheers, Jaz / MacBackpackers
    Trip date: September 2019
  • 7 Day Best of the West reviewer 3
    · October 15, 2019
    This tour was so amazing and at a really great price! I saw so much beautiful stuff that I definitely would not have seen on my own. I definitely recommend doing this tour! I fell so in love with Scotland on this tour. our tour guide had so much... Show more
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hey Gema, Thanks so much for the fantastic photos and review. We're delighted to hear that you had a wonderful time on the 7 Day Best of the West. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers, Jaz / MacBackpackers
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    Trip date: June 2019
  • S
    · September 11, 2019
    Snatch this tour up if you have the possibility to do so! The places you'll visit are of stunning beauty and, although the bus trips might appear a bit boring or long as a concept, the wonderful music selection and the expert explanations of the guide... Show more
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hey Sofia, Thanks for the lovely review. We're delighted to hear that you had a brilliant tour with Stewart. Oh a wee tour doggo would be great! Hope you come back soon! Cheers, Jaz / MacBackpackers
    Trip date: September 2019
  • MG
    · September 10, 2019
    Fantastic tour guide - fantastic trip. If you're considering it, just book it. I had a great time with some rad people in absolutely beautiful locations.
    Trip date: July 2019
  • S
    · September 09, 2019
    Amazing experience I would sure go back next year for another tour :) Tim exceeded all expectations with his Scottish humor and attitude
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hi Selvi, Thanks so much for rating us. We're happy to hear that you had a fantastic tour with Tim. Come back soon! Cheers, Jaz / MacBackpackers
    Trip date: August 2019
  • 7 Day Best of the West reviewer 7
    · September 09, 2019
    This tour is perfect for someone really wanting to experience Scotland's natural beauty and the rugged west coastline. Be prepared with hiking boots and woollen socks to make the most out of the adventures on offer.
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hi Genevieve, Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed our 7 Day Best of the West. We hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Jaz / MacBackpackers
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    Trip date: September 2019
  • K
    · September 08, 2019
    This was an amazing tour that crammed a lot in to a few days whilst still feeling a bit more relaxed and unrushed. The scenery was beautiful and ever changing and it was wonderful to be able to make it out to the outer islands. Stewart, our guide was... Show more
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hi Kim, Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We're happy to hear that you had a great time on 7 Day Best of the West with Stewart. Come back soon! Cheers, Jaz / MacBackpackers
    Trip date: September 2019
  • L
    · September 08, 2019
    I had an absolutely incredible week with MacBackpackers, exploring Scotland! The group size was perfect. Small enough that you were really able to get to know people on the tour. The locations that we visited were amazing, and by going through the... Show more
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hi Leisa, Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We're delighted to hear that you had a fantastic tour with Stewart. We agree about the doggo too! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers, Jaz / MacBackpackers
    Trip date: September 2019
  • A
    · September 08, 2019
    The tour was amazing, as was our tour guide Stewart! I loved the trip, it was a really fun way to learn about Scotland’s history and see the gorgeous scenery. We were lucky and were with a great group of people. I cannot recommend this tour enough, I... Show more
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hi Amber, Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We're delighted to hear that you had a brilliant tour with Stewart. Come back soon! Cheers, Jaz / MacBackpackers
    Trip date: September 2019

Dates & Availability

7 days
7 Day Best of the West
From Edinburgh to Edinburgh
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FAQs

    • Where and when does the tour start?

      In the summer season, all our tours depart at 9 am from Castlerock Hostel, 15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2PW. Check-in time for the tours is at least 15 minutes before departure time.

    • Are the meals included?

      Meals are not included in the tour price, but there is a kitchen at each hostel for you to whip up some tasty meals, or you can head down to the local pub.

    • What kind of climate should I expect?

      July and August are normally the warmest months in Scotland, with temperatures at an average 19 °C (66 °F). Scotland has four seasons; spring, summer, autumn, and winter. However, the changeable nature of the climate means it's not uncommon to experience all four seasons in one day!

    • Can I join the tour later and leave the tour earlier?

      You can join the tour later and leave earlier if you wish, however the tour price will not change.

    • Are hotels included?

      The accommodation is not included in the tour price. Your accommodation in dorm style rooms is guaranteed and you just pay on arrival.

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      • For any tour departing before 2 June 2020 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 2 June 2020, 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 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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    Richard on top of a Blustery Old Man of Storr