June 2016 Tours Q&A: MacBackpackers
This month, Backpax had managed to catch up with Hamish Campbell, Operations Manager at MacBackpackers. Here’s what he had to say about Macbackpackers tours, his love of Scotland and getting lost in Mongolia…
1. When did MacBackpackers start up? In 1998.
2. What inspired the founder to set it up? Being a backpacker himself and running hostels he saw the opportunity to show his guests around our fine country.
3. Why Scotland? – Scotland is a truly magically country… and everyone at MacBackpackers is from here!
4. Choose three different words to describe your tours? Entertaining. Passionate. Unique.
5. What are your most popular tours? Our 3 Day Isle of Skye tour, which last year received the worldwide accolade of “Coach/Bus Tour of the Year” by Tour Radar and our amazing 5 Day Skye & Highland Fling tour, which takes you that little bit further.
6. What type of people come on your tours? A large mix of people aged between 18 & 40 looking for a genuine experience getting amongst the rich culture and history of Scotland.
7. What backpacking experiences have you had? I have been lucky enough to backpack and travel throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and drive overland from Scotland to Mongolia in a Ford Fiesta.
8. What is your favourite overseas travel destination? I don’t really have one. Often it is the journey that is my favourite part of the adventure, when you reach your destination it means you might have to go home soon! Though my home [Scotland] is one of the best I have been to!
9. What’s your favourite travel memory? Realising I was completely and hopelessly lost, in a vehicle that was absolutely not suited to the conditions. Then chatting to a local shepherd, who appeared from nowhere… for hours, even though neither of us spoke each others language – somewhere on the Mongolian steppe.
10. Finally, what’s your favourite tipple? A 12 year old Lagavulin Whisky. Cask strength heaven!
Visit their website for further information about the Macbackpacker Tours around Scotland