Top Scottish food & drink bucket list

28 Jan , 2015   Gallery

Scottish Tablet

This year is Scotland’s year of Food and Drink. The country is famed for its natural larder, award-winning restaurants and drinks and many other taste sensations. How many of these 27 must-tastes will you tick off in 2015? Eat a real Arbroath Smokie. Suck on a Soor Ploome (that’s a bright green, sour plum flavoured […]

Cycling,Kit Guide,Walking

Great kit: Ultra lightweight insulated jackets

26 Jan , 2015  

M Micro ThermoBall Hybrid Hoodie

One of the biggest advances in outdoors clothing in recent years has been lightweight insulated jackets. We have written about a number of these before. See: Six lightweight insulated jackets and Jottnar Alfar mid-layer jacket. This season, lightweight has been up-dated with “ultra” lightweight. Many brands have been busy bringing out even lighter insulated jackets that they […]

Macs Adventure,Walking

Walking the Camino Frances – Leon to Santiago de Compostela

23 Jan , 2015  

Leon Cathedral

When I was asked to go and experience the Camino Frances I was over the moon, I was desperate to get out there and find out just what I was missing! The adventure began in Leon which is a beautiful historic city, visiting the old part of town where the cathedral is located is a […]


Cycling,Kit Guide,Mountain Biking

What rucksack do I take on a cycling holiday?

22 Jan , 2015  


A self-guided cycling holiday with Macs Adventure has the benefit of luggage transport between accommodations (so there is no need to ride with heavy panniers). But it is still useful to carry a smaller rucksack with you each day. You might want to carry a spare layer or a waterproof jacket, map, guide notes, snacks, […]


Walk of the Week: The Italian Alta Via 1

21 Jan , 2015  

Walking in the Dolomites

Welcome to another Walk of the Week. This time, we’re looking at another must-do for the bucket list, as we take the high road or “alta via” through the spectacular Italian Dolomites on the Alta Via 1 long distance trail. In a Nutshell: Distance: 140 km (for the Complete option) Grading: Moderate to Strenuous.  The trail […]


Walking & Cycling Holidays: All About the Accommodation

20 Jan , 2015  


At the end of a day on your feet or travelling by pedal power, a place to lay your head is pretty high priority. At Macs Adventure, queries about accommodation are the most frequent of our frequently asked questions. One such question is if we use a particular brand or range of branded hotels. The […]


My Top 3 Things To Do in Nepal (other than Trekking!)

20 Jan , 2015  


When Neil and Laura told me back at the beginning of November that they wanted me to return to Nepal this year I couldn’t quite believe it. However after two weeks of travel I realised that my highlights on this particular trip consisted of just as many ‘non-trekking’ moments and trekking ones. It turned out […]

Kit Guide,Macs Adventure,Walking

Kit review: Jottnar Alfar mid-layer jacket

19 Jan , 2015  

Alfar Mantis

A new mountain clothing brand, Jottnar, has created a mid-layer jacket designed to deal with the harshest of winter conditions. I took it out for a winter walk in the Scottish hills. It was a cold and windy day but I stayed wonderfully warm. The background to Jottnar is two ex-marines, Tommy and Steve. The story […]

Cycling,Kit Guide,Walking

Kit review: Therm-a-Rest TRēO Chair

16 Jan , 2015   Video

This transportable Therm-a-rest TRēO Chair is such a great idea and would be perfect for camping or festivals or for shorter walks and bike rides. It’s not amazingly light but it does pack up very neatly and is a brilliant invention. The chair packs into its own tripod base, making it quick to assemble and […]

Macs Adventure,Walking

Totally in love with Tuscany

15 Jan , 2015  

Tuscan countryside

Before ever setting foot in Tuscany, I already had a very clear image of what to expect: vast panoramas of rolling hills in a pallet of green and gold; fortified medieval towns perched  on hilltops; long lazy lunches on sun-dappled terraces with obligatory local red wine. Often such vivid expectations fall short in reality, but […]

Walk of the Week,Walking

Walk of the Week – The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

14 Jan , 2015  

Taking a break on the Inca Trail

Welcome to this weeks Walk of the Week. It is big, classic adventure time folks. Its the one that everyone has seen and thought, ‘oh, one day I would love to do that,’ well today could be the day. This is the one trip where there is a tangible goal, a real physical endpoint that […]