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7 Day Best of the West

7 Day Best of the West - MacBackpackers
7 Day Best of the West - MacBackpackers
Lisa "What an excellent tour this was. I lucked out and got the most incredible guide and travel group. There were only fourteen of us but we felt like best of friends by the last day. Richard made sure we were able to see everything we wanted to, and if we couldn't, he told us why. I appreciated the honesty, and the encouragement during our incredibly muddy hikes! I also really appreciated all the hist..."
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92 reviews
Starts
Edinburgh
Destinations
+19
Ends
Edinburgh
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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
Age range
18 to 40 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Physical Rating
Active
Travel style
In-depth Cultural, Coach / Bus
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 19 other destinations in Scotland. 7 Day Best of the West is a small group tour that includes an expert guide, transport and more.

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  • 7 Day Best of the West reviewer 1
    Written on November 30, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    7 day best of the west was truly a life changing experience! This was my first trip abroad and enjoyed every second of it. The hikes were surreal, the scenery breathtaking, and narration by Richard priceless. I didn't expect to find learning about the... Read more

    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hi Lauren, Thanks so much for taking the time to review us and share all the lovely photos. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed our 7 Day Best of the West with Richard. We hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Jaz
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  • 7 Day Best of the West reviewer 2
    Written on November 5, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Neil was amazing full of knowledge and passion. Did the 5 day Highland fling. He let us stop for some quick happy snaps along the way, have ample time at places and made me laugh with his stories. I WOULD definalty recommend this company and tour and I... Read more

    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hey Bernadette, Thanks so much for taking the time to review us and share these lovely pics. We're delighted to hear that you had a fantastic tour with Neil. Hopefully, we'll see you soon again! Cheers, Jaz
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  • 7 Day Best of the West reviewer 3
    Written on September 24, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    The tour was amazing! We managed to go to a lot of places within 7 days but it didn't feel rushed. None of the journeys were really long and they'd be filled with Richard telling interesting Scottish stories and playing Scottish music so they were never... Read more

    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hey David, Many thanks for taking the time to review us. We're happy to hear that you had a fantastic tour with Richard. Hopefully, we'll see you again soon! Cheers, Jaz
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  • 7 Day Best of the West reviewer 4
    Written on September 16, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    It was a dreams for me to visit Scotland. Seriously, this tour is a 7 days of paradise, hapiness, friendship and a little bit of scotch whisky. :) Swimming in the lochness, emerald isle, black house, rain forest, castles and seafood, all that with a... Read more

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  • 7 Day Best of the West reviewer 5
    Written on September 16, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    IT was a marvelous 7 days with wonderful people. Our guide Richard was able to make the trip fun from his stories, he was pasionate. And what about Blacks houses.... amazing.

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  • K
    Written on September 14, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    I had an amazing time with Macbackpackers. Everywhere we went was just stunning, and it was fantastic to be able to tailor our itinerary to things the group were most interested in. I saw some amazing things, learnt loads about Scottish history, and laughed... Read more

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  • SR
    Written on September 10, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    This is the first time I do a long tour like this one while traveling solo, and it was awesome. The scenery, the castles, the guide...everything. You do spend a lot of time moving from one place to the other but you see sooo many things is only natural,... Read more

    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hello Sergio, Thanks so much for the lovely feedback. We're delighted to hear that you had a fantastic tour with Richard. Hopefully, we'll see you again soon! Cheers, Jaz
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  • 7 Day Best of the West reviewer 8
    Written on September 6, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    What an experience! Let's be honest, in the 24 hours before our tour left I was thinking "maybe we should have done the 5 day tour...what if it's awful and we're stuck for 7 days...7 days can be a.long.time." Thankfully, within the first couple of hours of... Read more

    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hi Raimie, Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We're delighted to hear that you had a fantastic tour with Mark and everyone else on tour. Hopefully, we'll see you again soon. Cheers, Jaz
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  • 7 Day Best of the West reviewer 9
    Written on September 5, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    We took this tour right after the 6-day Orkney Stravaig (with Graeme, and also excellent). Richard was our guide on this tour and he was amazing. We went on some amazing hikes (despite the changeable weather) and he took us to some out-of-the way places. If... Read more

    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hi Natalie, Thanks so much for taking the time to rate us and share these lovely pics. We're delighted to hear that you had a fab time on tour with Graeme. Hopefully, we'll see you again soon! Cheers, Jaz
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  • 7 Day Best of the West reviewer 10
    Written on September 3, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    What an excellent tour this was. I lucked out and got the most incredible guide and travel group. There were only fourteen of us but we felt like best of friends by the last day. Richard made sure we were able to see everything we wanted to, and if we... Read more

    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hey Lisa, Thanks so much for taking the time to review us and sharing the wonderful pictures. We're delighted to hear that you had a great tour with Richard. We hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Jaz
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Itinerary

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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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  • Guide

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  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
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  • Accommodation

  • Meals

Videos

  • Richard on top of a Blustery Old Man of Storr
  • Neil Sight Spotting from Wester Ross
  • Relaxing Clouds overlooking the Old Man of Storr
  • What happens when you set the guides free at the beach...
  • Sunset Timelapse over Loch Ness - Taken from Lochside Hostel
  • Who are MacBackpackers?
  • Neil showing off the Old Man of Storr
  • Jacobite Steam Train
  • Western Europe Travel Guide
Richard on top of a Blustery Old Man of Storr

Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • 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!

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    Start and end in Edinburgh.
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    TourRadar only requires a deposit of 25% to confirm this MacBackpackers booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 16 February 2019 the full payment of $439 is necessary.
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    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 $439 for 7 Day Best of the West, but the deposit of 25% is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
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    Some departure dates and prices may vary and MacBackpackers will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 845 km.
    • Edinburgh (Scotland)
    • 95 km
    • Killiecrankie (Scotland)
    • 86 km
    • Culloden (Scotland)
    • 31 km
    • Loch Ness (Scotland)
    • 27 km
    • Inverness (Scotland)
    • 73 km
    • Ullapool (Scotland)
    • 97 km
    • Isle of Lewis (Scotland)
    • 31 km
    • Isle of Harris (Scotland)
    • 58 km
    • Uig (Scotland)
    • 22 km
    • Portree (Scotland)
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