Accommodation, Culture & History, Macs Adventure, Tips & advice

5 of the Best Villages in the Cotswolds

16 Feb , 2018  

Broadway

The Cotswolds are renowned for many things. The rolling, emerald-green countryside, the fresh, tasty local produce and of course, the villages. While our variety of tours take in many lovely villages in the Cotswolds, here are our five favourites. 1. Bourton-on-the-Water Bourton-on-the-Water is known locally as the Venice of the Cotswolds.  Sitting on River Windrush, […]

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Culture & History, Macs Adventure, Walking

Brittany: France’s Hidden Gem

20 Dec , 2017  

This August I travelled to Brittany to path-find a new trip that has recently been added to the Macs Adventure collection: The Best of Brittany Granite Coast. I took my father on this adventure to discover this area together as we both knew very little about it. He has been a loyal travelling partner of […]

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Culture & History, Discovery, Macs Adventure, Tips & advice, Walking

Pilgrimage walks: The Camino and many others

23 Nov , 2017  

A new book, Pilgrimage: The Great Pilgrim Routes of Britain and Europe, documents 10 European pilgrimages, as detailed and photographed by Derry Brabbs. The Yorkshire photographer has perfectly captured many highlight attractions and landscapes of the increasingly popular European pilgrimage routes. While The Camino, which stretches through France and Spain to Santiago de Compostela, remains […]

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Culture & History, Cycling, Discovery, Tips & advice, Walking

Best regional dishes of Italy

16 Nov , 2017  

Italy is renowned for its fantastic cuisine and many people will be familiar with some of the best-loved dishes, such as pasta, pizza and gelato. Yet each region of Italy boasts its own speciality, which, for a food lover, is a must try. A walking or cycling holiday is a great way to immerse yourself […]

Culture & History, Discovery

Hallowe’en celebrations around the world

30 Oct , 2017  

Hallowe’en is traditionally celebrated on October 31 with different countries marking the day in a variety of ways. If you didn’t know, Hallowe’en is actually a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening and is also known as All Saints’ Eve, All Hallows’ Eve and Allhalloween. Hallowe’en marks the eve of the Western Christian feast of All […]

Culture & History, Cycling, Discovery, Tips & advice, Walking

A guide to expanding your cultural horizons

13 Oct , 2017  

Let me begin with a story of a trip, many years ago, to Africa. With time off between jobs, I decided on an extended solo adventure, travelling from Zimbabwe, through Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya. I planned the trip over many weeks and read books about the countries, making a list of the must-see places. […]

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Culture & History, Macs Adventure, Walking

Why Shikoku Island Was My Ultimate Japanese Highlight

12 Oct , 2017  

Nicola on the Shikoku Trail

At Macs Adventure, our walking itineraries in Japan are based around some of the country’s ancient pilgrimage trails. One such trail is the 88 Temples Pilgrimage on Shikoku Island. The island is one of the most unspoiled areas of Japan, and I was lucky enough to spend 3 days walking there during my trip in […]

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Camino, Culture & History, Discovery, Tips & advice, Walking

The Basque Country: 15 interesting things to know

20 Jul , 2017  

The Basque Country (pronounced “Bask”) is an autonomous community in the western Pyrenees Mountains that straddles the border between France and Spain. It lies on the Atlantic coast in northern Spain. This area boasts a unique mix of cultural traditions, cuisine and language. If you are considering a holiday to the Basque Country or a […]

Culture & History, Cycling, Weekly Cycle

Weekly Cycle: Cycling Catalonia – Beaches, Wine & Dali

8 Dec , 2016  

In previous blog posts we have mentioned the sense of identity and pride in their region that Catalan people exhibit. On visiting Catalonia it becomes clear why there is such a strong sense of belonging and pride amongst the people. Catalonia is home to beautiful and diverse landscapes from mountains to beaches and everything in […]

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Bike & Boat, Culture & History, Cycling, Leisure Cycling, Weekly Cycle

Weekly Cycle: Italy Bike & Boat – The Amalfi Coast

29 Sep , 2016  

Although much of the cycling is along rolling roads there are a few uphill sections further inland, we therefore encourage our customers to take their time. Not only is it wise to take it slow in the heat but it allows for proper processing of the sensory inputs: the sights, the smells, the flavours, the warmth of the Mediterranean […]