The River Wye.

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Scotland or Wales?

24 Feb , 2017  

Over the course of the 6 Nations, considered by many to be rugby’s greatest championship, we will be comparing some of our favourite walking and cycling tours located in the competing nations: Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, France & Italy.


Scotland v Wales

 

Scotland: Speyside Whisky Trail

Craigellachie Bridge

The Thomas Telford-designed bridge at Craigellachie

The regions of Speyside and Strathspey are home to almost half of the 100 or so malt whisky distilleries in Scotland. The Speyside Whisky Trail follows a path that connects a number of distilleries making this self-guided walking tour a fantastic combination of walking and whisky. Walking alongside the salmon-filled River Spey the 39 mile trail guides you through the naturally rich Spey Valley, walking through thick woodland, farmland, glens and heather-covered moorland which support relict populations of rare and elusive animals such as the capercaillie.

The Speyside Whisky Trail follows the River Spey

The Speyside Whisky Trail follows the River Spey

A history of illicit whisky production and smuggling is survived by smugglers trails that afford intriguing side walks through the woods and glens passing clear rushing burns and heather covered hills. Sample malts from the Glenlivet and Glenfiddoch before walking with ‘spirit’ along the original smuggler’s trails in the shadow of the Cairngorm mountains.

Learn about the distilling process before sampling whisky on the Speyside Trail.

Learn about the distilling process before sampling whisky on the Speyside Trail.

If you want to discover the whisky, water and land that defines Scotland, walk the Speyside Whisky Trail. Taste the complex flavours of the Speyside whiskies as you walk through the changing landscapes: The perfect trip for both walker and whisky connoisseur.

 

Wales: Walking in the Wye Valley

The River Wye.

The River Wye forms part of the border between England & Wales.

The Wye River criss-crosses the Welsh English border as it winds its way through scenic and tranquil countryside, the author George Borrow once described the River Wye as “the most lovely river, probably, the world can boast of.” Due to the geographical position of the River Wye, the area has an intriguing history with Iron Age Hillforts and a string of castles defending its boundaries.

Autumn in the Wye Valley.

Autumn, or fall, is a fantastic time to walk in the Wye Valley. Scenes such as this inspired the famous landscape painter J.M. Turner.

Today the Wye Valley is a place where grapes ripen, salmon leap, markets bustle and culture thrives, especially in Hay on Wye, a famous literary town. The River Wye is one of the finest lowland river landscapes in the UK and the Walking in the Wye Valley incorporates sections of the Wye Valley trail and Offa’s Dyke footpath. Day 2 of this tour gives time to explore the Cistercian abbey at Tintern, famed as the best monastic ruin in Wales. Begun in the 12th century it was ruined and covered in ivy until found again in the 18th century and made famous as a subject of a series of paintings by JMW Turner and poetry by William Wordsworth.

Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey

This walking tour discovers the highlights of the Wye Valley with easy to moderate walks over the course of 8 days. Stay in 4 popular towns and enjoy both borderland scenery and history as you follow trails alongside the beautiful Wye River, through a diversity of landscapes.

A typical Wye Valley scene, Herefordshire.

A typical Wye Valley scene, Herefordshire.


For more information on our range of self-guided walking  & cycling tours in Scotland or Wales contact a member of our team on [email protected] or if you would like to receive adventure travel tips and advice straight to your inbox sign up for our newsletter!

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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…