Macs Adventure

Pathfinder Weekend

5 Apr , 2013  

Paraffin Pathfinder, 1st March 2013 Walking into Berkhampsted station, the departures board glowed red with trains cancellations. Wires down. The screen splashed images of tangled power lines and bent pylons with the dimensions of an articulated truck – delays on many services. Still, as it said on the notice in the station cafe. “Hey……. No […]

News, Walking

English hill finally becomes a mountain

4 Apr , 2013  

For centuries, walkers have been beholden by hills and mountains of a certain height. In Scotland the long list of Munros (mountains with a summit of more than 3,000ft) and Corbetts (summits more than 2,500ft) provides the perfect goal for walkers – or “baggers” – who are keen to tick off summits and complete a […]


Give your brain a break on a walking holiday

2 Apr , 2013  

A new study in Scotland has revealed that a walk in the park could be the key to avoiding “brain fatigue”. A modern phenomenon, brain fatigue has long been identified by scientists as the human brain’s limited ability to stay calm and focused, especially when faced with the stimulation overload of modern life. But now research […]

Discovery, News, Walking

Where to spot Scotland’s Big 5 wild animals

28 Mar , 2013  

The Scottish Natural Heritage have launched a wildlife campaign called the Big 5. They are aiming to encourage as many people as possible to go outdoors and spot their chosen Big 5 wild animals, the red deer, otter, red squirrel, golden eagle and common seal. The initiative is also being back by VisitScotland and is […]



Mapping a walking route on Loch Ness

25 Mar , 2013  

Walking in Scotland just got better with the unveiling of a new map detailing many miles of waymarked walking routes on the south side of iconic Loch Ness.The new Harveys map details the 28-mile South Loch Ness Trail and the 50-mile Trail of the Seven Lochs route. More about the South Loch Ness Trail The South Loch […]



Curl up indoors with a great outdoors DVD

22 Mar , 2013  

With the UK again being blasted by wintry conditions (isn’t it suppose to be Spring?!), you could simply out your feet up and watch a few outdoors inspired DVDs. We think this sounds like an excellent idea! Gore-Tex Scottish National Trail on DVD The festive period saw the showing of two one-hour BBC Scotland television […]

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20 Mar , 2013  

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Kit Guide, Walking

Kit review: Bergans Tecnowool jacket

19 Mar , 2013  

Bergans of Norway have been around a while – since 1908 to be precise – but it’s only in more recent years that their outdoor clothing and products have filtered over to the UK market. I have tested a few of their jackets and baselayers and have been extremely impressed by the quality. Being based in […]

Cycling, Kit Guide

What books to pack for a holiday in Provence

16 Mar , 2013  

Whether you’re planning a walking holiday in Provence or a cycling tour of Provence, the chances are you’ll want to know all there is to know about the beautiful area of France. If you have time, read a few books on Provence before you go. If you don’t have time, pack a couple of books […]

Cycling, Kit Guide

Top outdoors cases for mobile phones

14 Mar , 2013  

How do you protect your mobile phone when enjoying the great outdoors?  Do you seal it in a plastic bag, wrap it in clingfilm (I have seen this done!) or do you have a special mobile phone protector? I have lost two mobile phones to the Scottish elements. Some people might call me stupid but […]


Top tips for bicycle maintenance

8 Mar , 2013  

More bicycles are bought in the UK than cars yet almost half end up lying unused in sheds and garages. Reports reveal that the use of bikes has been on the increase in recent years yet still there are millions of bicycles languishing in people’s garages and sheds.  But with spring on the way and […]



Cycling the Great Glen Way

6 Mar , 2013  

Many people choose to walk the glorious Great Glen Way, a 79-mile trail through Scotland’s most famous Glen from Fort William to Inverness. This weekend, I cycled it instead! A mountain bike is the perfect transport for the off-road route that heads along the country’s famous Caledonian Canal, through atmospheric forests and along the shores […]

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Festivals and summer walking holidays

1 Mar , 2013  

With spring just around the corner – and summer holidays fast approaching – many people will be thinking about where to go for a walking or cycling holiday. This year, why not combine one of Europe’s impressive festivals with a self-guided walk or cycling tour in the area? June 7 to 9 is the weekend […]


Cycling, Kit Guide

What to pack for a cycling holiday

28 Feb , 2013  

Comfort will make your cycling holiday all the more enjoyable – and to maintain the best comfort you’ll need the right clothing and kit. A Macs Adventure cycling holiday has the advantage of daily luggage transfer so there is no need to worry about panniers or carrying all your own kit as you ride, but you […]

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