The price covers all transport in our famous yellow bus and legendary local Guide to lead the way, hostel multi-share accommodation and a whisky distillery visit.
We know you’re travelling on a budget so you should spend your cash how you want to. We’ve included a handful of our favourite highlights but with others, you’re free to include them or not.
Meals are not included allowing you to keep your options open and eat according to your budget.
Check out our Accommodation page for more information.
We always take full payment before the day of departure. This is because we need to secure your place so other passengers are not turned away! Depending on availability, we can reserve a place until a few weeks before departure so you can check with mates or organise connecting travel.
We keep extra costs to a minimum – there may be a couple of entry fees into various attractions, but these are usually £5- £10 and are optional. On some of our trips we have chucked in a few freebies that we feel you absolutely must-see. You can choose to pay in advance to keep things as easy as possible or pay locally. Please note that the Jacobite Steam Train, Gearrannan Blackhouse and Tomb of the Eagles need to be added as an extra at the time of booking. You can not pay locally. Advance booking is required to secure your spot.
Ideally, you should budget approximately £25 per day for meals and optional activities. There are always the fabulous Scottish pubs to tempt you in for a pint or two after a day on the road! A pint of beer costs around £5.00, a wee dram of malt whisky in Scotland would be about £4.
We only use top quality independent and Youth Hostel Association hostels mostly rated 3 and 4 stars. We guarantee dorm bed accommodation on all our trips. Most hostels have mixed dorms with females and males sharing a room. If you would prefer to stay in a single sex dorm please get in touch with us before your tour and we can request this from the hostels. Single sex dorms cannot be guaranteed and are subject to hostel availability. All hostels have great facilities, provide free linen, (you don't need a sleeping bag), and have top quality self-catering kitchens, security, laundry facilities and comply with stringent safety regulations.
We don't include meals but food can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. Most of the hostels have self-catering kitchens and some offer excellent meals for £7 - £12. There's also plenty of opportunities to eat at local pubs, cafes and restaurants.
Some of the hostels we use have the option of a private twin room but availability is limited. We do not offer private room upgrades on the Highland Weekender and Coast to Coast tours. Where a Private Room Upgrade is available it can be selected at the time of booking.
The majority of private rooms are of the same standard as the hostel dorms, generally, do not have ensuite bathrooms and are accommodated within the same building as the rest of the group. Where this is not possible, you may be required to make your own way to your accommodation located a short walk away from the main drop off point. All private rooms are twin rooms and must be reserved for two passengers.
A sleeping bag is not required. All hostels provide linen but it is a good idea to bring a towel.
We book all on tour accommodation for you, but you will need to decide whether to pay locally when you get to the hostel or select the "Tour + Hostel Multi-share + Free Time activity" option at the time of booking. Please contact our reservations team email@example.com for recommendations on where to stay pre and post tour.
Edinburgh: our shop opens at 7.45am. Please check individual tour pages for departure and return times. Return times are approximate and depend on road conditions and weather so if you're leaving that night, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to make your connection. (we recommend at least 3 hours after the scheduled return time)
To make sure we make the most of our day we only pick up and return to the HAGGiS office to ensure your day is not compromised by running around the city. Most of the Edinburgh hostels are walking distance to the office. Likewise, the bus and train station are a few minutes walk and the airport has frequent and cheap transport from the city centre. For more information on public transport in Edinburgh, check out Lothian Buses.
The minimum age on all tours is 18. There is no maximum age. As long as you are reasonably fit and have a good sense of fun, we are sure you will have a fantastic time! The majority of our customer are in the 18 to 35 age bracket and our style of travel reflects this.
Our tours are all getting off the beaten track and exploring Scotland so a reasonable level of fitness is required.
As much time as possible! Our aim is to get you out and about and to actually experience the country you’re in. We'll take you for walks, explore castles, recount local myths and legends and tell you about our often turbulent history.
Whilst we regularly get couples and friends travelling together, we also get a good number of solo travellers and down to our style of travel, you'll get to know everyone soon enough! We're all about meeting new people and making new connections.
Occasionally we do have more than one departure each day so it is not guaranteed that you will be on the same bus if bookings are made separately. This can be easily be arranged by contacting us prior to your departure date. Just call or email us with everyone's names, booking references and the tour they are on – we’ll do the rest.
Each customer can bring one standard piece of baggage up to a maximum weight of 15kg. This weight should cover a standard 60 litre backpack or a medium holdall or suitcase. Unfortunately if your baggage is in excess of this allowance you may be asked to leave it behind in secure storage. In addition, a standard daypack may be carried on the coach provided it can fit in the luggage rack or under your seat.
No - sorry! We do not have luggage storage facilities but these may be available at your hostel. Edinburgh Waverley and London Victoria train stations also have secure storage facilities.
Tipping is not compulsory. If you'd like to recognise great service then please feel free to do so. 100% of tips are retained by our team - not the company. We are often asked 'How much?' and around £1 per day on average is fine but feel free to tip as little, as much or not at all, as you feel appropriate. You can also show appreciation by leaving a Trip Advisor and Tour Radar review and naming your Guide.
We offer Student discounts if you hold a ISIC or ISE card. Make sure you let us know at the time of booking and the discount will be applied. You will need to show this card when you check-in. If you do not produce this you will be charged the difference between the normal brochure price and the discounted price in addition to an administration fee of £25.
Get Active Outdoor Trips FAQ's
The Scottish weather is famous (or should that be infamous?) for its changeability!
- Warm clothes – 3 sets (Fleece is good)
- Pair of trainers (that you don't mind getting wet/dirty)
- Walking boots (and gaiters if you have them)
- Sleeping Bag (3 seasons) - you can add to your booking if your travelling without one
- Drinks Bottle
- Head Torch
- Sunglasses and sun cream - we may be lucky!
- Midge repellent (vital, Avon 'Skin So Soft' works well)!
- Mosquito head net
- Toiletries – The most basic essentials only
- Personal medication
- All technical equipment including canoes and bikes
- Dry bags or Containers
- Stoves & fuel
- Cooking sets including pots, plates and cutlery
- Camping sleep mats
- Food Packs (purchased from the Group kitty)
This can vary depending on the distance traveled each day. We plan a mix between hostels and camping although full facilities are usually available. If you require a wee bit more comfort you can request an upgrade to B&B / Hotel at time of booking, subject to availability.
You will be travelling under your own steam from roughly 9am until about 4pm every day. A typical day would involve walking 15 miles, cycling around 30 miles or kayaking 10 miles although this will vary depending on the group and weather conditions.
At the start of the trip you’ll be met by your instructor who will explain all the ‘ins and outs’ of each day. They’ll be with you for the whole trip to show you how to use all the equipment safely
Instructors are with you the whole time and the trip is supported by minibus so you don’t have to worry about carrying all your gear.
Getting active doesn’t just involve being active during the day, everyone mucks in! The tour requires everyone to get involved and cooking and cleaning up / washing up after meals may be required.
We always strongly recommend travel insurance (and please ensure you are covered for the activities on this trip).
We require some information from you to ensure you’re properly kitted out and this is usually collected at the time of booking. If you can't provide this at the time of booking email us with your Booking Reference number, UK or EUR shoe size, height and weight before departure.