Haggis Adventure vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared
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Beautiful landscape5.0 April 2019
I did the 3 day Isle of Skye tour by myself. Our Guide was Carrie. She knows a lot about scottish history and explains it in a funny way. The 3 days went by very quickly. A highlight was the tour at the top of a mountain in the highlands by ski lift. To see the beautiful landscape from the top was incredible. I enjoyed all the 3 days. The hostel was also nice. Thank you Carrie for the tour. CRead more
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Wonderful tour!5.0 January 2019
Such a wonderful tour! I had the pleasure of going on the 5 day option and our tour-guide Yvonne was both knowledgeable and more than capable of sheparding a full bus of 31 strong! It made my stay in Scotland this year!Read more
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Amazing5.0 November 2018
We had an amazing day. Caitlin our tour guide was not only enthusiastic but also very knowledgeable. She absolutely loves her job and her personality is contagious. She had us laughing and holding on to her every word. The tour itself was great. We seen some amazing scenary and Caitlin made sure to compensate for the liquid sunshine with her humor, jokes and stories. The drive although long did not pass slowly and we were sorry to have the tour come to an end. We will definitly be booking another tour on our next visit and hope to bring our family with us. Thanks for a great day. Craig and Brad.Read more
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|Tours||4 Trips||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 75||$ 0|
|Operator Type||Custom/Private Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Local Specialist||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Edinburgh, Scotland||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
Founded in 1993, Haggis Adventures provides affordable day and multi day trips in Scotland for young travelers.
What Makes Haggis Adventures Stand Out?
For young budget travelers, this a great Scotland tour company to consider. They have regular departures and really cater to people trying to travel as budget conscious as possible. Haggis Adventures offers multiple payment structures, including a “pay as you go” option.
Their trips are designed to be fun, entertaining, and open to spontaneity - with a nice balance of cultural and historical notes. Guides are locals, excited to introduce their fascinating country to you. As such classic sites are usually included, as well as unique local gems, whiskey tastings, and other areas of interest that might not be in the guidebook.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Haggis Adventures?
Independant, young budget travelers seeking an entertaining and fun trip through Scotland. Their groups tend to be in the 18-30 age range, and group size varies but typically hovers around 20 people. Unlike some other 18-30 tour companies, there is no age maximum on Haggis Adventures tours, however their travel style is active and youthful.
This kind of travel is often most enjoyed by energetic, outgoing travelers, who are always up for a good time and open to meeting a lot of new people. If you are on the shyer side, consider that Haggis Adventures trips, while fun, are not terribly long. So if it takes you a long time to warm up to new people, this may not be the kind of tour you’re looking for. That said, Haggis does offer a lot of time to explore on your own which can create the perfect balance for the more introverted traveler.
They appreciate the backpacking spirit and their tours definitely attract travelers who have the mentality of adventurous independence. The tour aspect is there to help with socializing, a bit of cultural background, transportation, and accommodation - which is hostel based with few frills but comfortable. Many aspects of your days, including all meals, are entirely up to you - so a willingness to frequently explore on your own is key.
They offer day trips, and multi day trips between 2-10 days throughout Scotland. Trips are geared toward international travelers, so top sites such as Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye are usually included (depending on the tour length).
Haggis Adventures Travel Style
The Haggis Adventures travel style is all about traveling on a budget - their aim is to make it as easy, affordable, and fun to see Scotland with local guides. This does mean that accommodations are in basic, multi-bed rooms at hostels, and all meals are on your own (to allow for you to have full control over your spending).
Although they cater to a younger crowd, many of whom may sign up for the whiskey tasting more than the castle tour, lip service is paid to key cultural and historical facts. Most time though is spend either on the bus or outdoors among the Scottish elements (it will be chilly!).
Transportation is in their “famous yellow Mercedes Benz coaches”. Vehicles are comfortable, and designed to be eco-friendly. Expect some off-roading!
Why Choose a Tour with Haggis Adventures?
If you are a young traveler seeking a fun group to travel through Scotland with, this is the perfect tour company for you. They definitely cater to those who like to be around a group and have a independent spirit - often their tours are attended by backpacking travelers as a part of a larger trip through the UK.
Their tours run regularly, so it’s easy to book Haggis Adventures tours on short notice - they also provide a few different payment options, including a “pay as you go” option.
A unique collection of luxury trips designed by Gate 1 travel.
What Makes Gate 1 Signature Collection Stand Out?
These are luxury minded trips with a local focus. Guides are all local experts, from and living in the destination you’re visiting. Each itinerary features exclusive experiences. Groups are small and each day is full of activity but well balanced.
They focus on offering only a select group of trips in this special collection - allowing them the freedom to create truly spectacular itineraries - which include more inclusions in the price than their other collections.
The tagline is “More Luxury for Less”. These tours may not be in same luxury travel class if you’re used to Abercrombie & Kent, however where comfort and extravagance meets fun and busy travel days of sightseeing and tours, you’ll find Gate 1 Signature Collection.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Gate 1 Signature Collection?
Those travelers who are willing to spend a little bit more for a 4-5 star experience, will probably find a sweet spot with Gate 1 Signature tours. These trips tend to be attended by older travelers, in the 50+ range.
Don’t expect too much strenuous activity. You can expect easy paced walks, guided tours and lectures, and stops to explore interesting cultural sites and historical attractions.
While some of these cultural experiences, included in their “Signature Experiences”, are truly unique, be wary that many of these inclusions are fairly standard offerings - such as a hot air balloon ride over the African savannah. So the luxury experience of exclusivity you may be expecting is to be taken with a grain of salt. These tours offer wonderful experiences - but the destinations or activities are not always particularly uncommon or rare.
They currently don’t offer an overly extensive list of countries, but tours do go all over the world. This includes Central Europe, Spain, and the UK, Israel, Jordan and Morocco, Peru, Southeast Asia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.
Gate 1 Signature Collection Travel Style
Signature Collection tours with Gate 1 aim for comfort, ease, and unique cultural experiences. Like their other brands, Gate 1’s Signature Collection is about making sure your sightseeing is maximized, and the price is right for the experience.
Most sightseeing, meals, wifi, tips, and their “Signature Experiences” are included in the itinerary price - unlike Gate 1’s main brand which offers less inclusions. This type of itinerary more helpful to budget travelers wishing to pick and choose which activities they would like to pay for. Gate 1 Signature Tours, however, are best suited to those who want more inclusions and less hassle to have to decide on how to spend their travel time.
Why Choose a Tour with Gate 1 Signature Collection?
If you’re an older traveler looking for a boutique, comfortable, and well paced tour, the Signature tours may suit you very well. Travelers love the customer service, attention to detail, and depth of knowledge the guides bring to each day on the tour. There is also a good balance of free time and optional additional sightseeing opportunities.
All tours feature included “Signature Experiences” which are the main highlights that make the Signature Collection tours stand out from the other Gate 1 brands. These are unique excursions, usually with a strong cultural focus - such as an evening of Irish music in Galway, or a traditional dinner in the deserts of Morocco. They also often include lectures that explore a destinations history or a specific facet of the culture.