Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy notice is for this website; served by MacBackpackers Limited, 15 Johnston Terrace, EH1 2PW, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, and governs the privacy of those who use it. The purpose of this policy is to explain to you how we control, process, handle and protect your personal information while browsing or using this website, including your rights under current laws and regulations. If you do not agree to the following policy you may wish to cease viewing / using this website.

Policy key definitions:

"I", "our", "us", or "we" refer to the business, MacBackpackers Limited.
"You", or "the user" refers to the person/people using this website.
GDPR means General Data Protection Act.
PECR means Privacy & Electronic Communications Regulation.
ICO means Information Commissioner's Office.
Cookies mean a packet of data sent by an internet server to a browser and returned by the browser each time it subsequently accesses the same server; used to identify the user or track their access to the server.

Processing of your personal data

Under the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) we control and/or process any personal information about you electronically using the following lawful bases.

We are registered with the ICO under the Data Protection Register, our registration number is A8354915.

  • Consent
    Consent is used in lawful basis to keep you updated with special offers, promotions, marketing and newsletters. If you give your consent to use your data for these purposes, the data needed is added to our customer database. You can find more information about how your data is processed from 'Email marketing messages and subscriptions'. We will continue to process your information on this basis until you withdraw consent or it is determined your consent no longer exists. We do not share your information with third parties and withdrawing consent can be done either directly with our EMS or by contacting us.
  • Contract
    In order to get you on tour to explore Bonnie Scotland and to make sure that all your travel arrangements run smoothly, we need to use the personal information, which you provide to us, such as, name, contact details, any special requirements, etc. Your information is processed in our booking system. We share your personal information with third parties and they include; accommodation used on tours and other suppliers directly related to the tour. However, we never give your data to any party not involved in supplying or arranging your tour. We shall continue to process your information until the contract between us ends or is terminated under any contract terms.
  • Legal obligation
    We need to process the personal data to comply with a common law or statutory obligation. If necessary, your information might be shared to comply with these obligations. However, we do not share your data to any third parties not directly related to legal obligation.
  • Legitimate interests
    We have a legitimate business interest to use the personal information we collect from you to offer an effective service and carry out our business. We will not share your data with any third parties and always make sure that it has a minimal privacy impact.

If, as determined by us, the lawful basis upon which we process your personal information changes, we will notify you about the change and any new lawful basis to be used if required. We shall stop processing your personal information if the lawful basis used is no longer relevant.

Your individual rights

Under the GDPR your rights are as follows. You can read more about your rights in details here;

  • The right to be informed
  • The right of access
  • The right to rectification
  • The right to erasure
  • The right to restrict processing
  • The right to data portability
  • The right to object
  • The right not to be subject to automated decision-making including profiling

You also have the right to complain to the ICO if you feel there is a problem with the way we are handling your data.

We handle subject access requests in accordance with the GDPR.

Internet cookies

We use cookies on this website to provide you with a better user experience. We do this by placing a small text file on your device/computer hard drive to track how you use the website, to record or log whether you have seen particular messages that we display, to keep you logged into the website where applicable, to display relevant adverts or content, referred you to a third party website.

Some cookies are required to enjoy and use the full functionality of this website.

We use a cookie control system which allows you to accept the use of cookies and control which cookies are saved to your device/computer. Some cookies will be saved for specific time periods, where others may last indefinitely. Your web browser should provide you with the controls to manage and delete cookies from your device, please see your web browser options.

The site uses the following cookies: 1P_JAR, APISID, CONSENT, HSID, NID, OGP, OGPC, S, SAPISID, SID, SIDCC PHPSESSID, _ok, _okac, _okbk, _okck, _okdetect, _okla, _oklv, cpsession, hblid, olfsk, timezone, wcsid X-Mapping-fjhppofk _ga ci_session, geoip, tr_cookies gsScrollPos lang _ga, _twittersess, auth_token, csrf_same_site_set, dnt, eu_cn, guest_id, kdt, mobile_metrics_token, personalization_id, remember_checked_on, syndication_guest_id, tfw_exp, twid lang

Data security and protection

We ensure the security of any personal information we hold by using secure data storage technologies and precise procedures in how we store, access and manage that information. Our methods meet the GDPR compliance requirement.

Transparent Privacy Explanations

We have provided some further explanations about user privacy and the way we use this website to help promote a transparent and honest user privacy methodology.

Sponsored links, affiliate tracking & commissions

Our website may contain adverts, sponsored and affiliate links on some pages. These are typically served by our advertising partners or are self-served through our own means. We only use trusted advertising partners who each have high standards of user privacy and security. However, we do not control the actual adverts seen/displayed by our advertising partners. Our ad partners may collect data and use cookies for ad personalisation and measurement. Where ad preferences are requested as 'non-personalised' cookies may still be used for frequency capping, aggregated ad reporting and to combat fraud and abuse.

Clickable sponsored or affiliate links may be displayed as a website URL like this; or as a titled text link like this: Scotland's Top Hostels.

Clicking on any adverts, sponsored or affiliate links may track your actions by using a cookie saved to your device. Your actions are usually recorded as a referral from our website by this cookie.

If you have any concerns about this we suggest you do not click on any adverts, sponsored or affiliate links found throughout the website.

Email marketing messages & subscription

Under the GDPR we use the consent lawful basis for anyone subscribing to our newsletter or marketing mailing list. We only collect certain data about you, as detailed in the "Processing of your personal data" above. Any email marketing messages we send are done so through an EMS, email marketing service provider. An EMS is a third party service provider of software/applications that allows marketers to send out email marketing campaigns to a list of users.

Email marketing messages that we send may contain tracking beacons / tracked clickable links or similar server technologies in order to track subscriber activity within email marketing messages. Where used, such marketing messages may record a range of data such as; times, dates, I.P addresses, opens, clicks, forwards, geographic and demographic data. Such data, within its limitations, will show the activity each subscriber made for that email campaign.

Any email marketing messages we send are in accordance with the GDPR and the PECR. We provide you with an easy method to withdraw your consent (unsubscribe) or manage your preferences / the information we hold about you at any time. See any marketing messages for instructions on how to unsubscribe or manage your preferences, you can also unsubscribe from all MailChimp lists, by following this link, otherwise, contact the EMS provider.

Our EMS provider is; MailChimp. We hold the following information about you within our EMS system;

  • Email address
  • I.P address
  • Subscription time and date
  • Name, country, etc. if applicable


If you have any further questions about how we handle your data, you can contact us:

  • By phone: +44 (0)131 558 9900
  • By email:
  • By post: Privacy Manager, 105 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SG, United Kingdom

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Easter 3 Day Isle of Skye

Thomas Andolf said...

I usually travel the world alone, and in hopes of meeting new people i booked a 3 day trip to Isle of Sky with the MacBackpacker Crew. The trip superseded all my expectations. Our Tour guide (Dave) was hilarious,…
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  • Image for Clinging on to the cliff. Duntulm Castle on Skye. Did you know that there have been well over two thousand castles in Scotland? Many are known only through historical records but there're still plenty of them you can visit.
  • Image for Throwback to the time Mark took the crew to Butt of Lewis. .
#tbt #throwback #dramatic #throwbackthursday #buttoflewis #lewis #isleoflewis #outerhebrides #scotland #scotspirit #scotlandisnow #nature #sea #rocks #photography #instagood #travel #travele
  • Image for A wee baby coo. Did you know that the Highland cattle is the oldest registered cattle in the world?
  • Image for Great view of Kilt Rock.
  • Image for Happy faces and happy times (despite the brutal hike it took to get there)
  • Image for Throwback to astonishing Isle of Lewis.
  • Image for Oban is not known as the Gateway to the Isles for nothing. If you want to go island hopping, it's your ultimate Scottish destination. You can also visit it on our 7 Day Best of the West or 5 Day Skye & Highland Fling.⛵ Thanks for sharing the stunning phot
  • Image for The coos just chilling.
#coosday #isleoflewis #lewis #road #tour #gotouring #goexplore #roadtrip #hairycoo #highlandcow #highlandcattle #highlandcows #outerhebrides #scotspirit #scotlandtrip #scotland #scotlandisnow #travelstories #travelstoke #pass
  • Image for The hike to Lost Valley was amazing. Such a beautiful place for a picnic.
  • Image for Made it to Isle of Skye and went straight to explore the magnificent Quiraing. .
#quiraing #isleofskye #liveontour #tour #goexplore #skye #travelstoke #trotternish #adventure #adventuretravel #travel #scotland #scotlandtrip #scotlandisnow #scotspirit
  • Image for Quick gang shot during our coastal walk to Bosta beach.
  • Image for Gearrannan Blackhouse Village.
#isleoflewis #lewisandharris #lewis #gearrannan #gearrannanblackhousevillage #outerhebrides #hebrides #scotland #scotlandisnow #scotspirit #travel #liveontour #hike #tour #gotouring #sea #goexplore #exploreeverything #
  • Image for Follow our feed and stories this week to see what happens on our 7 Day Best of the West tour this week. .
#ruthvenbarracks #highlands #scotland #liveontour #scotspirit #touring #traveltheworld #travel #passionpassport #traveleverywhere #travel #fromwh
  • Image for Storr looking very dramatic. Thanks for sharing this amazing pic @_go4urdreams
#scotlandhighlands #travel #skye #scotspirit #visitscotland #scotlandisnow #scotlandsbeauty #instagood #passionpa
  • Image for Standing Stones of Stenness and stunning sunsets.
  • Image for Look who @richardmacbackpackersguide met last week on 6 Day Orkney Stravaig.
  • Image for Loch Morlich - the highest beach in the UK.
#summer #scotland #lochmorlich #morlich #scotspirit #scotlandisnow #beach #travel #travelgram #travelstoke #beachbum #summermode #instatravel #travellersofinstagram #surfboard #passionpassport #fromwhereis
  • Image for Still the way to backpack around Scotland...
  • Image for We're very proud of our brand new shiny and very green award.
  • Image for Today is the World Emoji Day!
  • Image for Just missing a flying Ford Anglia...
  • Image for Adventure time! @maccybs197 snapped this beauty last week. It's so green!
  • Image for Coos cooling off a wee bit.
#coo #hairycoo #swim #summer #loch #field #scotland #scotspirit #cloudporn #bluesky #scotlandsbeauty #highlands #highlandcattle #traveleverywhere #goexplore #travelgram #scottishanimals #cow #liveauthentic #fromwhereistan
  • Image for A trip to Orkney takes you back in time.  While you wander through the magical islands, you can visit neolithic sites, admire thousands of years old standing stones, learn about the Viking Age and so much more.
  • Image for More beach spam - but hey we don’t always get weather like this in Scotland.
  • Image for More beach spam - but hey we don’t always get weather like this in Scotland.
  • Image for More beach spam - but hey we don’t always get weather like this in Scotland.
  • Image for Sun, sea and suntanned macbackpackers. We're very lucky to spend as much time off the bus as possible, particularly when the weather is like this.
  • Image for Yesterday was the hottest June day in more than two decades in Scotland, and today could be even warmer. There’s still space on our 3 Day Isle of Skye tomorrow and 3 Day Loch Ness and Skye on Saturday if you fancy a wee sunny getaway.☀️
#edinburgh #
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  • Image for There're hundreds of stunning waterfalls in Scotland. Last week Neil lead the group to explore astonishing  Bracklinn Falls near Callander.
#bracklinn #bracklinnfalls #waterfall #waterfalls #callander #water #nature #goexplore #hike #hiking #walk #p
  • Image for Scotland is so beautiful in summer.
  • Image for Oban is such a wee stunner. The seafood capital of Scotland is idyllic port town with great connections to many Scottish Isles.
  • Image for Midsummer chilling. Thanks for sharing the photo with us Jing Min.
If you want Fabulously Fun Summer this year, use code FFS10 to save 10% on all our tours.
#scotland #scotlandisnow #scotspirit #isleofskye #skye #pool #fairypool #summer #midsummer #
  • Image for Today marks the longest day of the year - summer solstice. The celebrations date back to thousands of years. Although the exact customs varied there was a common theme – that of blessing the crops and beasts of the land with fire, generally by walking the
  • Image for The World Touring Day is almost here! Our mates at @tourradar have organised this fab week-long sale to get more travellers to celebrate the benefits of group travel. You can save up to 28% on our tours! Check out:
  • Image for Our first 6 Day Orkney Stravaig of 2018 departed yesterday. Vikings. Monsters. The Stone Age. This adventure is packed with fascinating history dating back thousands of years.
  • Image for Some call it Tuesday but we call it Coosday!
@Rolling_Sloane snapped this amazing shot while visiting Kilchurn Castle. 
As a wee summer treat, we give you 10% off on all our tours. Just use code FFS10 at the checkout (That stands for Fabulously Fun Summer
  • Image for What a great day for a hike!
  • Image for Neil captured a bit different view of Glenfinnan Viaduct this weekend on 3 Day Loch Ness and Skye.
#glenfinnan #glenfinnanviaduct #harrypotter #hogwarts #hogwartsexpress #scotland #scotlandisnow #scotspirit #highlands #scottishhighlands #summer #tou
  • Image for Whisky distilleries always have pleasant surprises. Neil met this wee guy on tour this week.
#donkey #whiskydistillery #whisky #scotland #donkeysofinstagram #scotspirit #scotlandisnow #summer #instanimals #cute #potd #instagood #ontour #touring #tou
  • Image for What a day for a wee hike. Isle of Skye is such a beauty.
  • Image for Who’s up for a swim?
  • Image for Story time, kids.
  • Image for Today is World Otter Day!
  • Image for Some of you might know that this year marks the year, we've been running entertaining adventures around Scotland for 20 brilliant years! It's been absolutely fantastic. We couldn't find any pics from our first tour but thanks to Cameron who came to explor
  • Image for Only a bit more than a week till World Otter Day! Stay tuned for more otterly adorable stuff or check out @iosf_otters
#eurasianotter #otter #otters #ottersofinstagram #otterlyadorable #wildlife #scottishwildlife #charitytuesday #charity #fundraisin
  • Image for Welcome to the jungle! Wouldn't think at first that it's in Perthshire. If you look carefully, you can see the folly at the Hermitage.
#hermitage #folly #thehermitage #perthside #dunkeld #scotland #visitscotland #scotlandisnow #forest #jungle #natur
  • Image for Dolphins swimming in Armadale Bay.
  • Image for Jump into the Ultimate Scottish Adventure with us!
Thanks for sending this brilliant photo Marty. Your t-shirt will be with you soon.
#cuillins #blackcuillin #sligachan #scotland #jumpshot #potd #greatshots #instagreatshots #hashtags #fromwhereistan
  • Image for Throwback to very picturesque day at Old Man of Storr.
#oldmanofstorr #skye #isleofskye #tour #scotland #storr #throwback #throwbackthursday #scotlandisnow #scotspirit #photographersofinsta #sun #blueskyes #shadow #scotlandsbeauty #pictureperfect #p
  • Image for Our 3 and 5 day tour dates are now online until May 2019!
  • Image for Stewart, the newest Chieftain in Clan MacBackpackers was adventuring around The Highlands and Skye with Mark and Richard the last weeks. Welcome to the Clan!
  • Image for Glencoe's starting to look green.
#spring #scotland #beautiful #glen #valley #bluesky #cloudporn #scotland #scotspirit #highlands #nature #naturephotography #scotlandisnow #amazingplaces #hahstags #wheretonext #travel #travellerofinsta #vacay #trave
  • Image for It's definitely spring when the pretty flowers start to appear in the Highlands.
  • Image for Look who Neil met on tour yesterday.
  • Image for Beautiful day at Brother's Point. .
#brotherspoint #isleofskye #scotland #scotspirit #scotlandisnow #scotlandsbeauty #passionpassport #travelstoke #views #adventure #goexplore #
  • Image for May the fourth be with you.

#starwarsday #maythefourth
  • Image for The blackhouses used to be very common in the Highlands and the Hebrides. Some of them were occupied until early 1970s. However, without the annual repairs they deteriorated rapidly. The blackhouses have increasingly been restored to use as holiday accomm
  • Image for Soaking in the sunshine at Old Man of Storr.
#oldmanofstorr #isleofskye #storr #scotland #visitscotland #touring #tripofthelifetime #hiking #walking #instagood #sunshine #spring #fromwhereistand #skye #scotspirit #landscape #fun #ultimateadventure #