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7 Day Best of the West

7 Day Best of the West - MacBackpackers
7 Day Best of the West - MacBackpackers
Jeniffer "This tour was beyond AMAZING!! I am a bit late as I went on this tour starting July 23rd. However, I have not been able to stop thinking about what a fantastic time I had. Granted, the people on the tour were pretty cool so it was easy to have fun but our tour guide (Mark B) was superb. SO many interesting stories and funny tales. We saw some spectacular sights and I learned so much about Scotland..."
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88 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 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 boring. Would highly recommend and would use again!
    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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  • 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 pretty much non stop. Our guide, Richard, was fab from start to finish, and I was so sad to leave everyone behind when the tour ended. Couldn't recommend these guys 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, also the tour is very flexible and if you feel like seeing something on the way or having a longer hike you just have to speak with the guide and the group. The guide, Richard, filled the trip with stories about Scotland's history, music and jokes that made the time at the bus very enjoyable; follow his food recommendations!! he knows where are the best restaurants and the best black pudding I've eaten. So, if you go to Scotland for a week, this is the thing you need to do.
    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 4
    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 getting on our bus, meeting our group/awesome guide Mark, and crossing into the beautiful Highlands, those thoughts totally disappeared! We covered a lot of ground in one week, and I can't imagine having gone for any less! We had a fairly small group of 10, which was conducive to really experiencing things together rather than individually. The landscape and history of Scotland is impossible not to enjoy and fall in love with, and I always felt safe (in transport, accommodations, on some very windy "wee" hill climbs, etc...). I also appreciated that we had freedom to choose quite a few of our activities and tailor the week to really get the most out of it. I would go back in a second! Lastly, our guide Mark was a huge part of what made our week a great one- his humor, knowledge, and reverence for the places/people we were encountering were a gift. Thanks Macbackpackers for some incredible memories!
    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 5
    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 you're thinking of taking this tour, do it! You will not regret it.
    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 6
    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 couldn't, he told us why. I appreciated the honesty, and the encouragement during our incredibly muddy hikes! I also really appreciated all the history and stories Richard told, he is a truly enthusiastic ambassador to his country. I felt like I saw real, authentic Scotland through that bus window! The blackhouse village was the most impressive place to stay - you have to see it! I'm already planning my next trip back to Lewis, Harris and Skye and I can't thank you enough for showing it to me.
    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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  • 7 Day Best of the West reviewer 7
    Written on August 31, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    The week I spent in Scotland was easily one of the most memorable moments of my life. The tour took us across the highlands and all the way out to the outer hebrides, which was the main reason I chose this since few tours go that far out. Our guide/driver/part-time historian Richard made the whole trip incredibly entertaining and unlike any group tours that I've done before (in the best ways possible). Our group got to know each other fairly well, and there were plenty of opportunities to meet interesting folks along the way. For me, the most outstanding part of the trip was when we trekked off the beaten path and ended up in places with no one else around. The hikes are not too challenging, but you'll likely want to put in a bit of extra effort to get the best views (and definitely bring a rain jacket). It's difficult to capture all the amazing moments in one review, but all I can say is I definitely want to go back and do another tour with Macbackpackers.
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hey Zack, Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We're delighted to hear that you had a fab tour with Richard. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers, Jaz
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  • K
    Written on August 26, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Richard is Amazing! He is so knowledgeable and passionate! He is the best guide I have ever had and I travel about 6 months a year to about 15-20 countries each year! I love the Macbackpackers tours and can’t wait to come back and go on another one soon!
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hey Kai, Thanks so much for taking the time to rate us and share the lovely pictures. We're delighted to hear that you had a fantastic tour with Richard. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon! Cheers, Jaz
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  • JM
    Written on August 21, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    This tour was beyond AMAZING!! I am a bit late as I went on this tour starting July 23rd. However, I have not been able to stop thinking about what a fantastic time I had. Granted, the people on the tour were pretty cool so it was easy to have fun but our tour guide (Mark B) was superb. SO many interesting stories and funny tales. We saw some spectacular sights and I learned so much about Scotland. While we did have an itinerary, not once did I feel rushed or like I missed out on anything. There was ample time to see everything listed and then other gems Mark knew about. I am beyond impressed by the whole experience and I must say that Mark set the bar extremely high for the next tour guide I get when I take another MacBackpacker tour!!
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  • 7 Day Best of the West reviewer 10
    Written on August 20, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Excellent tour, all the 5 star reviews are true! Richard was a welcoming and engaging guide with excellent local knowledge and story telling skills! Cannot recommend highly enough, I’ll definitely be using MacBackpackers again. My only complaint is that it wasn’t long enough!
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hi Ellinor, Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We're delighted to hear that you had a great time on tour with Richard. Hopefully, we'll see you again soon! Cheers, Jaz
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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

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    • 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 December 2018 the full payment of $459 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 $459 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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    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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