Minibus tours that operate out of Edinburgh (and Glasgow) and head off into the Highlands are popular with backpackers who want a quick taste of Scotland. Aimed at the youth market, they adopt an upbeat and irreverent approach to sightseeing, as well as offering a good opportunity to get to know fellow travellers.

The current leading operator, Haggis (t0131/557 9393,, has bright yellow minibuses setting off daily on whistle-stop tours lasting between one and six days, in the company of a live-wire guide.

Several other companies offer similar packages, including Macbackpackers (t0131/558 9900,, which runs tours linking up their own hostels round the country, and Wild in Scotland (t0131/478 6500,, which takes in the Outer Hebrides or Orkney. The popular Rabbie’s Trail Burners tours (t0131/226 3133, don’t aim squarely at the backpacker market and have a rather more mellow outlook.

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