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Weekly Cycle – Provence Villages & Landscapes

3 Jul , 2015  

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Welcome to another featured bike trip which in our opinion firmly deserves some limelight, cycling the Villages and Landscapes of Provence. In a Nutshell Distance: 179km Grade: Moderate 179 km of everything wonderful about Provence by bike. Where is it? Provence epitomises the French countryside of your dreams, from the cypress and olive grove dotted […]

Cycling,Discovery

10 reasons to go on a cycling holiday

2 Jul , 2015  

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Cycling is increasingly popular and many people are thinking about it as a new way to enjoy a holiday. Here we suggest 10 reasons for booking a cycling tour holiday. 1) The perfect pace: Cycling is faster than walking but slower than driving – and we reckon it’s the ideal pace for exploring new places and […]

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Top Winter Walking Destinations: The Canaries

2 Jul , 2015  

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When I was offered the chance to take part in the Tenerife Walking Festival earlier this year I jumped at the chance to explore this unique landscape (and of course to take advantage of the weather – winters in my home, Scotland, do not offer many sunshine hours!). Tenerife gets a tough time as a […]

Macs Adventure,Tips & advice,Walking

Guide to the Tour du Mont Blanc

1 Jul , 2015  

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The Tour du Mont Blanc Alpine circuit is a firm favourite of many of our team members, including Chief Adventure Officer Neil Lapping: “The Tour du Mont Blanc had long been on my list of “must do” adventures, and when I got the chance in August 2012 I jumped at it! Despite some unseasonable wild […]

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Cycling,Discovery

Cycling and whisky on the island of Islay

30 Jun , 2015  

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Cycling and whisky combine in a pedal-powered tour of the Scottish island of Islay. To celebrate the recent Islay Whisky Festival, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society have created a short film of The Homecoming. The Homecoming follows the journey of a special bottle of 17-year-old Society whisky as it returns to the world-famous whisky island […]

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Walk of the Week: Hill Towns of Tuscany

29 Jun , 2015  

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This Thursday will see ten horses, ten riders, and thousands of spectators packed into the Piazza del Campo for Il Palio. The Palio di Siena is a horse race that takes place in the main square of Siena, Italy, twice-yearly in July and in August. This race has been held since medieval and marks one […]

Cycling,Discovery,Kit Guide,Walking

7 great apps for travellers

26 Jun , 2015  

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Load an app or two on to your mobile phone and discover new attractions and destinations as you travel. These apps make a great addition to a walking or cycling holiday. Field Trip Free Android and iOS Google Play and Apple store Using your phone’s location services, the apps tells you what there is to […]

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Walk of the Week: Dales Way, England

24 Jun , 2015  

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A great introduction to long distance walking, the Dales Way is a serious walk at almost 80 miles, but as it follows river valleys it is perhaps a little more gentle and manageable than some of the other English trails like the Coast to Coast. This is no walk in the park with daily mileages […]

Cycling,Weekly Cycle

Weekly Cycle: Sea 2 Sea

24 Jun , 2015  

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Welcome to Weekly Cycle, not only is it  a flimsy pun that not many people will get, but it is also a wonderful weekly insight into the outstanding trips that Macs Bike offer. We are starting off close to home, with the most popular and well ridden route in the UK.  A stone cold classic […]

Cycling,Discovery,Walking

Europe’s best beaches of 2015

23 Jun , 2015  

At number three is Elafonissi Beach, Crete, Greece. Pic credit: Kostas Limitsios on Flickr Creative Commons

So many people love a stunning beach, but do you know where the best beaches in Europe are to be found? This year’s TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards reveals the 25 best beaches rated by the public. Two of Europe’s top 10 beaches are in the UK. Woolacombe beach in Devon was rated fourth in the European list […]

Health & Fitness,Macs Adventure,Tips & advice

Five reasons to get travel insurance

22 Jun , 2015  

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With all the different things to think about when going on holiday, getting travel insurance is often at the bottom of the to-do list. With the wide range of companies and policies to choose from, it can sometimes be easier to simply forgo travel insurance altogether and just hope for the best. But for the […]

Macs Adventure,Walk of the Week,Walking

Walk of the Week: Crete Coast to Coast

17 Jun , 2015  

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The Greek Islands, perhaps better known for their beach resorts, are a treasure trove of landscapes for the walker or cyclist to discover. The largest of these, Crete, is a personal favourite of mine, and home to the Crete Coast to Coast. In a Nutshell Distance: 84km over 6 walking days Grading: Moderate. Achievable for […]

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Discovery,Walking

Now you can walk the Scottish ‘Archies’

17 Jun , 2015  

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A new classification of mountains could become the next goal for keen walkers. The 130 mountains are called Archies and defined as having a summit of 1000m or more and located on the Scottish mainland. The so-called Archies have come about after a Scottish runner and walker Paul Fettes dreamt up a charity challenge to raise […]

Cycling

Seven of the world’s great bike rides

17 Jun , 2015  

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As Britain celebrates National Bike Week, the campaign that encourages more people to get on their bikes, we turn our thoughts to imagining where we might go if we could cycle anywhere and for any length of time. Perhaps we might choose one of these fabulous and famous cycle routes. The Great Divide Route America […]