Practical Information

We hope that this guide will give enough information for you to book your MacBacpackers tour and accommodation, sort your travel to Edinburgh and pack your backpack. If you have any other questions please dont hesitate to contact us.

You should bring with you:

You dont need to bring:

How to Book Your Tour:

Once you have decided which tour you want to take, booking couldnt be simpler; just contact MacBackpackers:

To make the booking we will need to know:

Payment is required either by credit card (we accept most major forms of credit and debit cards) or by cheque / money order (in UK Pounds) to confirm your booking.

How to Get to Edinburgh

There are excellent transport links between Edinburgh and London, and from the rest of the UK the main details are listed below. Fares get more expensive the closer you are to the time of departure so it pays to book ahead.

By Rail (around 4½ hours travel; from £35 return, £21 single - but usually more expensive unless you book well in advance).
National Rail Enquiry Service 0345 48 49 50
Railtrack rail timetable & route planner  
GNER east coast route 0345 225 225
Virgin Trains west coast route 0345 222 333
Cross Country Trains cross country route 0990 44 33 66
Scotrail London sleeper & trains within Scotland 0345 55 00 33
By Coach (around 8 hours; from £26 return, £19 single)
National Express intercity coaches 0990 80 80 80
Silver Choice London - Scotland 0171 930 6885
Stray Travel Network budget backpackers bus 0171 373 7737
By Air (around 1½ hours; from £60 return, £30 single)
British Airways   0345 222 111
British Midland   0345 55 45 54
KLM UK   0990 074 074
easyJet   0870 6000000
GO   0845 605 4321

Where to Stay:

When booking your tour, why not book your hostel accommodation too? We can pre-book accommodation for before, during and after your tour at the highly recommended Scotlands Top Hostels chain.

Once on tour - if it is a set tour - your accommodation will be automatically booked for you. If it's the Jump-On Jump-Off tour that you are on - just let your hostel Reception know where you wish to stay on the following night and they will reserve it for you.

The hostels offer a warm & cosy atmosphere and some fantastic locations as well as all the necessities such as self-catering kitchens, excellent showers, comfortable lounges, fresh bed-linen, long opening hours, friendly staff and safety (all premises are issued with a Fire Certificate). Each hostel is situated close to nightlife, shops and pubs! Prices range from £9.00 to £12.00.

The Small Print:

We will endeavour to offer you the tour as planned, but reserve the right to alter itineraries or accommodation if necessary due to weather, roadworks and acts of God, etc. Prices, unless stated otherwise, do not include accommodation. Our tours are ideally suited for people aged 17-35. Full Terms & Conditions available upon request.