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Meet the Team Thursday – Iain

16 Feb , 2017  

Tell us a bit about what you do at Macs Adventure.

I work in sales support, so once you book your trip with Macs, I do the admin side of things and prepare your accommodation lists and send the pre-departure packs. I also dabble in a bit in office furniture building!

Could you tell us a bit about the best adventure you have been on, what made it special?

My best adventure is without a doubt my 3-month solo backpacking trip around central and eastern Europe. I had an absolute amazing, life changing experience and some of the highlights included exploring the Saxon Switzerland national park just outside Dresden in Germany, a private guided tour of the stunning Plitvice Lakes just south of Zagreb, sea kayaking & cave snorkelling around Lokrum island just off the old town of Dubrovnik in Croatia, having a coffee and apple strudel at 2,200 metres above sea level looking down on Innsbruck after hiking part of the Austrian Alps, cycling around the picturesque Lake Bled and something a little bit different but equally exciting for different reasons…experiencing 20 seconds of a 5.7 Earthquake in Iasi, Romania!

Looking towards the Tyrolean Alps above Innsbruck

Looking towards the Tyrolean Alps above Innsbruck

What do you enjoy about working at Macs Adventure?

I previously worked for a corporate pensions company where I felt like I was just a stat on a spreadsheet but here at Macs it’s different – Macs care as much about their staff as they do their customers…from the like-minded adventurous people who work here to the stunning new office in Skypark, it really is a great place to work!

How do you recharge after a busy week?

Working out helps me unwind a lot and on a Sunday I really enjoy cooking and eating a steak dinner followed by collapsing on the couch with my girlfriend and watching a good film or TV boxset.

Waterfall watching in Croatia

Waterfall watching in Croatia

Coast or mountains?

Definitely mountains. One of the biggest highlights from my adventures was sitting atop the Nordkette in Innsbruck.

What was the last book you read or film you watched?

Last Film: Hacksaw Ridge / Last Book: Before I go to Sleep.

Do you have a favourite place in Scotland or somewhere you’d recommend to a first time visitor?

I come from the Lanarkshire area in Scotland and I believe it’s actually a little bit of a hidden gem that can sometimes go under the radar. I would recommend checking out parts of the Clyde walkway that start at the falls of Clyde in Lanark and go down through the scenic Clyde Valley. Away from the parts I grew up in I would also recommend the Isle of Arran for both walking and cycling. If you get a good weather then you honestly can’t beat it! Every time I get on the ferry and see the outline of the isle of Arran, I always feel as though I am heading into Jurassic Park or something!

Exploring Saxon Switzerland

Exploring Saxon Switzerland

If you could have any one superpower, what would it be?

The ability to control the weather.

Do you have any phobias?

I have a severe dislike for things such as large insects or bugs but nothing really sticks out as a “phobia”…

Everyone has a film they’ve watched multiple times, what’s yours?

Trainspotting is one of those films that brings back so much nostalgia so anytime it’s on TV I have to watch it. Also at Christmas….. Home Alone 1 & 2.

Cake or biscuit?

Cake. I’m lucky that my girlfriend and her mother are both exceptionally good bakers. Chocolate marble cake and peach upside down cake are my particular favourites.

Eating an apple strudel above Innsbruck

Apple Strudel with a view

If you could be animal, what would you be?

Alpaca.

What Macs Adventure tour is top of your bucket list?

I think it would probably be a tie between doing Norway Fjords trips to visit the likes of the Trolltunga and Preikestolen or some of the Swiss trips including the Tour du Mont Blanc or the Bear Trail. UK wise, I’d love to do any of the Skye trips, It’s one of those places that I’ve always said I’d do and never got round to it.

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Having graduated in 2015 I joined the team here at Macs Adventure in May 2016. I split my time between spreading the word about our range of fantastic walking and cycling tours, building my knowledge of digital marketing and deciding where to travel next...