10 Reasons To Go On A Coach Tour Of Scotland

Blog 27 Jul 2022

Thinking of coming to Scotland for your holidays? I can understand why, it's a beautiful country with some of the best scenery, the best people, and the best food.

However, despite looking small, it's deceptively big and it can be tricky to see as much as you want to when you get here. One way to make it a wee bit easier though, is to consider a coach tour. Here are a few reasons why:

1. Take the stress out of travelling.

Think of all the things you need to do before planning a road trip. Plan your stops, sort out having to hire a car, deal with sat-navs and maps.

It's all a bit of a faff, that frankly, is easily avoided. With a coach tour all that stress is taken away for you. The only stressful thing is picking which tour you want to do first. Our tours are all curated to show off the very best that Scotland has to offer, and you don't need to remember what side of the road to drive on.

2. See the sights.

Whether you're interested in castles, sculptures, architecture, or even Nessie. There are amazing sights on every single one of our tours. From Dunrobin Castle - the French Chateau inspired castle that sits up north on our John O'Groats tour - to Alnwick Castle, down in England. No matter what part of Scotland (or England) we take you to, there will be plenty of magnificent sights.

There's a USB charger at your seat as well so no excuses for your phone or camera being out of battery when you get there.

3. Make new friends.

A wise woman (Jane McDonald) once said; "a stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet". Being on a coach with a group of like-minded people, all out to visit the same things means that you are bound to make a friend or two.

Break the ice by getting someone to take a picture of you underneath the Kelpies, or even just strike up a conversation along the aisle as you travel along.

If all else fails, just befriend a highland cow. They're super friendly but their conversation skills could use some work to be honest.


4. Follow in famous footsteps.

If you've seen a picture of somewhere in Scotland and thought to yourself "that looks familiar", chances are you've seen it on a screen at some point. Scotland is full of filming locations, whether that be from Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Outlander, Monty Python, or even James Bond.

Many of our tours visit these filming locations, click here to see what tours are the best for visiting them!

We can take you to the Glenfinnan Viaduct (the Harry Potter bridge), Glencoe which was featured in James Bond's Skyfall, or Lallybroch from Outlander - so it's very easy to follow in your favourite characters' footsteps. 

No guarantees that you will find Jamie Fraser at any of them though (sorry).

5. Book with confidence.

Nowadays, travel can be that wee bit more stressful, but we don't want that to be the case when you are booking a tour with us. We offer one of the most flexible cancellation policies around, just to give you that wee bit of extra peace of mind when you are booking a tour with us. 

If you are booking a 1 day tour, you are able to cancel your tour up to 24 hours before your departure time to get 100% of your money back.

If you are booking an extended tour (2 or 3 days), you are able to cancel your tour up to 7 days before your departure time to receive a 100% refund as well.

This means that if anything comes up, or there's any last-minute issues, you are much less likely to end up out of pocket if you have booked with Timberbush Tours.

6. It's environmentally friendly.

With a country as beautiful as Scotland as your office, you are going to want to do as much as you possible to protect it for generations to come. One of our biggest concerns here at Timberbush Tours is about being as green and as eco-friendly as we possibly can be.

With all of our efforts, we are pleased to have been awarded a Gold Green Tourism Award, as well as a 5* rating from EcoStars Fleet Recognition Scheme.

However, it's important that we don't stop there and we continue to adapt our company and improve our efforts. If you want to read a bit more about our plans for the next year, as well as our previous accomplishments, these are laid out in our CSR report.

We also donate to Trees for Life as a means to offset out carbon footprint. They are a Scottish conservation charity dedicated to the regeneration and restoration of the Caledonian Forest in the Highlands of Scotland. We encourage you when making a booking to donate £1 to this cause as a means of keeping Scotland as lovely as it is now for future generations.

By choosing a coach tour, you are making a difference. What's better - a coach full of people all going out on tour together in one vehicle, or 30/40 cars all travelling along the same route, pumping out fumes and putting more stress on the environment and all the wee photo stops we visit.


7. Learn from the experts.

There's nothing worse than visiting somewhere and having to learn all about it by reading a Wikipedia article or trawling through websites to find information.

A great thing about our tours is that they are led by our expert guides and what they don't know about the places you visit isn't worth knowing. Throughout your journey, they will be giving you facts about all the places you pass by, stories about their history, and probably a few jokes - I just can't guarantee they will be good ones.

This means that you get to sit back in your comfy seat, and be fully immersed in the journey and the stories. By all means have your phone out to get some cracking photos though.

8. Travel on the best coaches.

We are pleased to offer some of the best coaches around. Every 3-4 years, we replace our coaches to make sure they are as modern, safe, and comfortable as possible. After all, when you're on a Glenfinnan tour for 12 hours, you are going to want a comfy seat.

Our coaches all have air-conditioning and USB chargers at your seat, meaning that if there's another rogue heatwave, you'll be cool and can keep your phone charged up for all the pictures you'll be taking. 

We also ensure our coaches are kept super safe. They are all cleaned daily, as well as inspected and maintained regularly at our on-site garage to ensure they are spic, span and gorgeous for your tour the next day.

9. Support local communities.

These days, it is super important to shop local and support small businesses where we can. One of the reasons a coach trip with us is so important is that you'll be doing just that. 

Our tours often visit remote locations and if you choose to head into the shops or cafés there and spend some money, you will really be helping these communities by stimulating their economies. 

On our extended tours, we often work with small, independent accommodation providers, so you will be helping them a lot too. This is especially important after so many of them were impacted during the pandemic with next to no tourism coming in.

So, if you see a cute wee gift shop or a nice café, pop in and grab a keyring or a postcard for your loved one and a latte for yourself - you'll be doing a wee bit of good!

10. Save some money.

With the cost of petrol these days, you might even find you save yourself a bit of money by booking a coach tour.

We keep our prices at a minimum level, so we don't include any of the optional extras - this gives you the freedom to either choose to book them for a small fee, or opt out and have a different adventure by yourself.

And, if you want to save a bit more money, round up the squad. When you book for 10 people, you will get 10% off. Book for 15 people, and you will receive a 15% discount. So, ask all your pals if they want to come along with you, or even just people off the street if you have to.

Hopefully that all convinces you that a wee coach tour is one of the best ways to see Scotland, so what are you waiting for - get booking and we'll see you soon!