He quit his job to offer trips to the Scottish Highlands at New York School Bus – A ‘Hostel on Wheels’


A business graduate takes tourists on adventure trips through the middle of the Scottish Highlands – on a New York school bus.

The 24-year-old got the idea after watching Expedition Happiness on Netflix, about a couple traveling across North America in a refurbished school bus.

Angus Luff, who graduated in 2019, left his job as a management consultant in Leicester, England to pursue his dream of creating the hostel on wheels.

He only worked at his job for three months before deciding, “I don’t want to do this.”

Nicknamed “The Bonnie Camper”, the bus has been converted into a “glamping” mobile home, with beds, seats and a kitchen, which can accommodate up to six people.

He organizes road trips through the Highlands, arranging outdoor activities like hiking, biking, kayaking and swimming in the lakes along the way.

As tour guide, Angus takes care of the driving, cooking and cleaning, before pitching a tent outside to give guests complete privacy on the bus.

The 1999 model vehicle was originally used to take students to school in New York City. He bought it in 2019 and had it shipped from the United States.

“Buses are so iconic,” said the Edinburgh entrepreneur. “I think that’s the novelty of the school bus – it’s very rare to see them in real life.”

The Bonnie Camper – SWNS

He used the lockdown to refurbish the bus, dismantling it and furnishing it with the help of his father, ensuring it complied with UK regulations.

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Angus then got his HGV driver’s license and tried out his tour with friends before setting off on his first lucrative trip in June 2021. “It was great fun, everyone loved it.”

“Everyone beeps and waves at us. You feel like a celebrity.

“It was amazing, I brought in a group of four ladies from London and rented it privately.

“I love seeing people’s reaction to the bus, they are so excited.”

The Bonnie Camper – SWNS

The five-day tour costs £595 ($780) per person and includes all activities and food.

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“I organize all week and organize whiskey tastings, hikes, mountain biking, water sports and stops at local bars and pubs.”

“There is no other company doing something similar in the UK.

With its high vantage point and large windows, the school bus is a unique way to experience some of Scotland’s most rugged and beautiful scenery. It even has a sunroof.

The Bonnie Camper – SWNS

“It’s a completely different take on everything,” he says. “You are quite engrossed in all the landscapes.

The Bonnie Camper – SWNS

This year it will also try individual reservations, where people can simply reserve a seat on the bus themselves and join in the activities of a tour group.

Travelers board the bus in Edinburgh, where Angus keeps the bus, before traveling to the Cairngorms, then to Glencoe and back via Stirling.

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“Basically, I go on vacation every week, I’m very lucky to be able to do that.”

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