The Scottish Highlands

Inverness, Verenigd Koninkrijk

LK
1 review
Duration: 8 days
Group size: 4 - 9
The Scottish Highlands
Inverness, Verenigd Koninkrijk

1 review

€NaN
Duration: 8 days
Group size: 4 - 9

About this trip

 A unique road trip through the mesmerizing Scottish Highlands.

 

Join us on this epic road trip through the Scottish Highlands. Imagine yourself looking out the window in our unique old timer double decker bus. Some nice tunes coming from the speakers, making new friends and cruising through the mountains and passing the most beautiful sights.  We won't be in the bus all the time; we will explore the area by doing outdoor activities such as kayaking, mountain-biking and hiking. Of course we will try the famous Scottish Whisky as well!  We will roadtrip, eat and sleep in the bus. 

 

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All inclusive:

 - 8 full days, 7x accommodation in the bus 

- (almost) all activities included 

- All meals included (minus 1 night)

- Small groups (max 7)

- Unique way to travel

 

On this trip we will discover the beautiful Scottish Highlands in between Edinburgh an Inverness as we explore the west. We will make a cultural visit to the 11th century Stirling Castle, Mountain bike through Trossachs National Park, road trip across the amazing A82 road, famous for it's stunning mountain views. We will Hike the Devil's Staircase as a part of the West Highlands Highway hiking trail. In the outdoor capital of Scotland, Fort William, you can go canyoning at Inchree Falls (Optional activity) or explore the outdoors on your own. 

 

For all you potter heads or just nature lovers, you can take the Jacobite Steam train. Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain's most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis!

 

Of course we will not go home before passing the famous Loch Ness, and while Kayaking nearby we might find him! 

 

At night we'll set up camp in a different location everyday. We'll of course take the time to relax & build bonfires as well! We will eat and sleep in the bus. 


SEE THE ENTIRE ITINERARY BELOW.

The Bus

Aside from the most unique form of transportation, the bus is also your accommodation on wheels! It will be your home away from home for the next 8 days. Fully equipped with a big lounge, kitchen, 9 comfy beds, heating, bathroom,  and of course.. a fire pit!


Of course part of the fun is to be driving around in our ancient bus, transformed from an old public transportation bus into a comfortable hostel on the move. We’ll be on a road trip together to discover the beautiful Norway. Sitting upstairs you'll almost have a 360-degrees view!


You’ll have your own bed, with curtains to provide some privacy and your own little reading light. Upstairs you’ll also find the lounge with a view, while downstairs is the living area, with kitchen, bathroom and dining area. 


Both areas have what we call in Dutch ‘ARKO’ (Alle Ramen Kunnen Open’) and a heating system for the colder nights.  

Practical Information

Trip 1: Edinburgh -> Inverness

Dates 14th -21st of September 2023  

Hop on: Edinburgh 10.00 

Drop off: Inverness 12.00

 
Trip 2: Inverness -> Edinburgh

Dates 23rd -30th of September 2023  

Hop on: Inverness 10.00 

Drop off: Edinburgh 12.00

 

Please note:  We are traveling in an old-timer bus - delays can be part of the adventure. We recommend you to not book your return journey too close to the planned time of us getting back. It's better to give it at least 4 hour in between, just to be sure (and to explore some more!?)

 

We will provide you with the detailed information about the pick up and drop off after booking. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail. Happy to help! 

 

We offer different optional activities for this trip that are not included due to it's character. Mostly they are a bit more adventurous and can be added to spice things up a little! You can add these activities as an add-on. Please note: due to availability there might be a deadline for this. The add-on activities are:

 

- Canyoning in Fort William

- The Jacobite Train ride between Fort William and Mallaig

- Visit to Eilean Donan Castle. We will stop here because of the view, you can enter if you like. 

 

For all our transactions we use SEPA Direct Debit or Credit card. SEPA is a one-time authorization that ensures an easy and safe (inter)national transaction. More info on SEPA click here. 

 

Upon booking, you agree to our Terms and Conditions

 

Ready to book and save your seat? Click on the green select button in the top right corner!

How to get there

There are several ways to get to Edinburgh and Inverness. 


Ferry

Since last year there's a direct ferry leaving from Ijmuiden (Netherlands) to New Castle, from there you can take a train to our pick up location in Edinburgh. Ideal for the Dutchies amongst us! For more information on their schedule and bookings, check out their website.


From there you can take the train to Edinburgh (1h30) or Inverness (5h)


Train

Would you like to feel on a holiday as soon as you leave your doorstep? Then consider the train! There's a good connection between Amsterdam and London, which will take you there in 4 hours. For tickets and the schedule, check the Eurostar website.


From London you can take the train to Edinburgh or Inverness.


If you're coming from abroad, then this website might be useful when planning your trip.


Flight

There are many flights taking off and arriving in both Edinburgh and Inverness airport daily. This is definitely the fastest way to travel. EasyJet flies from Amsterdam to Edinburgh every day. With a transfer in London you will also make your way to inverness easily. 


Coming from somewhere else? We like these websites: Google Flights or Skyscanner.

Cancelation Policy

We would recommend you to just join. ;)


But if inevitable, and you do really have to cancel your trip:

 - within 48 hours after booking, you will get a 100% refund 

- More than 8 weeks before departure, we charge 15% of the travel fee

- 5-8 weeks before departure , we charge 30% of the travel fee 

- 3-4 weeks before departure, we charge  50% of the travel fee 

- 2 weeks before departure, we charge  80% of the travel fee 

- 1 week before departure: we charge 100% of the travel fee 

What’s included

  • Transportation
    The entire road trip will be done in our oldtimer bus! Especially when sitting upstairs you'll have an amazing view over the surroundings!
  • Accomodation
    We'll sleep in our bus at beautiful camp spots. We have 9 beds and they all have a curtain, locker and a reading light.
  • Two hosts
    Two of us are joining as a host, driver, cook, mechanic, firestarter or whatever you want us to be!
  • Food
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Except for when we go out for dinner in town.
  • Coffee, tea and snacks
  • Activities
    Most activities are included, though some activities may be optional due to its character or cost. See details on this below.
  • Kayaking
    Kayak on Loch Oich
  • Saddle Hike
    Beatiful hike over the mountainpeaks
  • Eilean Donan Castle
    Optional to go inside
  • Old Man of Storr Hike
    Isle of skye
  • Whisky distillery
    Tasting + distillery tour
  • Fort William
    Town visit
  • Devils Staircase Hike
    Part of the West Highland Way
  • Mountainbiking
    Through Trossachs National Park
  • Stirling Castle
    Visit to Stirling Castle and tour inside
  • Travel Insurance
    But, because we care so much about you, mandatory!
  • Transportation
    Transportation to the pick-up point and from the drop-off point
  • Sleeping bag
    Make sure to bring your own or add the 'bedding' option!
  • Towel
    Please don't forget to bring your own.
  • Beverages
    Though tea, coffee & water are included. Beers and wines are available on the bus. though for a kind price :)
  • Canyoning
    Canyoning trip from Fort William
  • Jacobite Steam Train
    Harry Potter train ride between Fort William and mallaig
  • Entrance to Eilean Donan
    Castle entrance

Available options

Itinerary

Day 1
Pick-up Edinburgh, Stirling Castle & mountainbiking

On this first day we will pick you up near Edinburgh. After getting to know each other, dropping luggage and choosing beds,  we will first make a visit to Stirling Castle. A 1100th century castle, with many stories to tell, on top of a Vulcanic rock.
 

Before we get to our first campsite we will go mountain biking through Trossachs National Park; our first encounter with beauty of the Scottish Highlands.
 

Please note: If you are to book trip number two, from Inverness to Edinburgh, the itinerary will be the other way around. The contents will be the same, with some little tweaks to make it suitable. Of course, activities and pricing don't change. 

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WP
It was a fantastic trip. Lot of different outdoor activities - hiking, kayaking, sailing and cycling- in the beautiful area of Norway. The hosts were great, provided good food and most of all they created a atmosphere of fun and happiness with bonfires, games and a lot of laughing. I went alone, like most of the others, but within an hour, we felt like a family
By Willy P for Norway Stunning Fjords & Lovely Coast on 30 Jul, 2022