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There is something about an island, especially a small island. Mention an island and we think of a gem-like area of land surrounded by gently lapping, aqua-marine sea. We imagine beaches, sunshine, cool breezes and beautiful scenery.

Perhaps not every island is as dreamy as this but islands do conjure up ideas of holidays and far-flung destinations.

One of the most popular ways for walkers and cyclists to see the small islands of countries such as Scotland, Croatia and Greece, is on an “island-hopping” holiday. A day, two or three spent on each island before heading across the water to sample the delights of a neighbouring isle is hugely attractive to many travellers.

Five top island hopping trips

Island hopping by bike to John o’ Groats, Scotland

defaultScotland is famous for whisky, mountains, haggis – and fabulous white sandy beaches, rugged coastlines, heather-covered moorlands and wildlife.

Enjoy a cycling holiday starting in the southern Hebridean islands and then on to the mainland to visit the northern Highlands and the far northern settlement of John O’Groats.

See Island Hopping John o’ Groats

Island hopping and walking in Greece

default-2The two beautiful islands of Naxos and Santorini are located in the Cyclades, a group of 220 islands scattered across the Aegean Sea, off the south-eastern coast of mainland Greece.

These islands boast that dream-like idyll of sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, scented olive groves and bright white-painted villages.

To see the islands at their best, why not go by foot on a walking holiday? On Naxos you’ll wander through ancient olive groves, stroll along cobbled paths, hike past a Venetian fortress and climb Mount Zas.

On crescent shaped Santorini a wide network of walking trails offers the opportunity to explore towns, a rugged landscape and to stroll through the steps of history.

See Island Hopping Naxos & Santorini

Island Hopping by bike in Holland

default-1The Dutch Wadden Sea Islands are the five gems in the north of the Netherlands. Each island of Schiermonnikoog, Ameland, Terschelling, Vlieland and Texel differs from the other and with easy transport links between the five it’s possible to sample a few isles in just one trip.

Once there you’ll see why the Wadden Islands are designated a UNESCO world heritage site.

This cycling trip starts on the northern mainland at Leeuwarden. It’s home to the De Oldehove tower, which leans even more than the leaning tower of Pisa!

The first island hop is the almost traffic-free isle of Vlieland. Cycle paths are uniquely paved with crushed sea shells and head through beautiful pine woods, past sand flats and alongside windswept dunes.

Next is the island of Terschelling with 70km of cycle tracks – and many culinary delights.

See Dutch Island Hopping by bike

Island Hopping in Croatia

2013-10-11 15.15.31 HDRCroatia’s Dalmatian Islands offers a wonderful destination for island hopping by bike. Starting and finishing on the mainland, from Dubrovnik to Split, the cycle tour visits the three fabulous islands of Korčula, Hvar and Brac.

Croatia is a place to soak up the views, spectacular coastline, fascinating history, food and wine.

See Island Hopping: Dubrovnik to Split

More cycling on the Scottish islands

Another treat for cyclists is the west coast Scottish islands of Arran, Islay and Jura. Each have their own famous attractions, including the fabulous scenery of Arran, the many whiskies of Islay and the mountains – called paps – of Jura.

Scottish Island Hopscotch

Rachael recovers from the West Highland Way…with the highest mountain in Britain!

22 April 2014
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After 8 days of walking, covering 96 miles of varied terrain on Scotland’s West Highland Way, your average hiker would be forgiven for feeling a little weary and taking advantage of a lie in and a relaxing day in Fort William. Rachael Moseley is not your average hiker! After turning 10 years of age on [...]

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Kit review: Berghaus Deluge waterproof trousers

17 April 2014
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Wherever you are walking it’s important that you pack the right kit. One item that should have a place in the corner of your rucksack is waterproof overtrousers. You do not need to spend a fortune on waterproof trousers to ensure you stay dry when the rain comes on, but it’s important that they fit [...]

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My five best things about Bavaria

16 April 2014

I walked the King Ludwig Way through Bavaria in 2014. Walking in Bavaria inspired this list if the 5 best things about the region: The people When I walked the King Ludwig Way and stopped to consult my map somebody would always come up and ask if I needed help. Even when they realised I [...]

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The Two Moors Way – a West Country Slice

16 April 2014
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How can a route like this, the Two Moors Way, not appeal to the long distance walker? Just take a look at the map. Commencing in a city that launched explorers, pilgrims and buccaneers into history, this walk maintains a direct course, encompassing two coastlines, two moors and an ancient heartland of rolling green hills. [...]

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Cycling: It’s all in the detail

15 April 2014
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In the first of a two-part blog series, we take a look at all the little accessories and bits and pieces that make the biggest differences to your comfort and joy while cycling. (The next blog will be about walking). When you first start cycling you might imagine that the activity is just about a [...]

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Wildlife on the King Ludwig Way

13 April 2014
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The landscape along the King Ludwig Way is mostly a mixture of coniferous forest and meadow. This is ideal country for Buzzards and Kites; nesting sites in the trees and open meadow for scavenging. Buzzards are frequently seen spiralling upwards in currents of warm air but they are ground feeders and as you emerge from [...]

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5 Alternative (crazy?!) ways to do a long distance trail

12 April 2014
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The London Marathon runners are warming up for what for many will be the challenge of a lifetime. Yesterday, I mentioned to a friend my disappointment in myself at my absence of a training regime; “One day, I will do a marathon”, I decided aloud. “Good plan”, was the response, followed by “I know someone [...]

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5 Good reasons to spend a holiday in Germany (by a German!)

11 April 2014
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Hi, I am Alex, Macs Adventure’s new Intern from Germany. Don’t get me wrong: I have travelled a bit and enjoyed being in each single foreign country, but the more I travel the more I also realize how beautiful my own home is. So, have you ever thought about spending your holiday in the country [...]

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Awesome Rachael on the West Highland Way

10 April 2014
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Kids in the 21st century often get a bad press. They are apparently a collection of computer and TV obsessed layabouts, who rarely poke their head out the front door. But Rachael Moseley is one that bucks the trend. Aged only nine, she has already walked across England (on the Coast to Coast walking trail) [...]

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How to upload GPX tracks to your GPS unit

9 April 2014
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We are often asked how do you load a GPX file onto a GPS device.  Fear not – here’s a quick step-by-step guide to get you set up, and a very useful quick video. STEP ONE – Choose the .gpx file you want to upload to your unit (.gpx is a generic GPS file format) [...]

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