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The Macs Adventure Story


Neil Lapping is Macs Adventure's Chief Adventure Officer and founder. He shares his highs and lows (but mostly highs!) of the company story - from small beginnings to an exciting future:

"Macs Adventure was founded in the living room of my one bedroom flat in Glasgow's Scotstoun area way back in August 2003. The idea was simple, and felt brilliant: guided walking tours for backpackers in Scotland.

Surprisingly, it turned out that backpackers weren’t all that interested in walking with a guide around the country... After six months in business my credit card bills had quadrupled into the tens of thousands, and a rethink was urgently required!

After almost going bust, it was sink or swim for the fledgling business of Macs Adventure. I executed a quick pivot, and in 2004 launched a range of guided and self guided walking holidays and weekends in Scotland. Self-guided holidays turned out to be just what our customers wanted, and so we were on our way... 

Through years of getting to know our customers, Macs Adventure have succeeded by focusing on top quality holiday experiences, and understanding what people want from their holiday adventures.

We have focused on growth, innovation and expansion, but always keeping customer experiences at the core of what we do. This is the secret to our success, which has allowed us to develop a fantastic team of talented travel experts and enthusiasts, and a growing community of active and engaged customers.

Our HQ is in Glasgow, and we have teams in both Saarbrücken, Germany, and Colorado in the US. We have built a team of active, fun, and adventurous people from all over the world.

These types of experiences break down barriers, change perspectives, and make the world a better place. I'm so proud of where we are as a company - and not to mention excited about our plans for the future - which wouldn't be possible without our committed and enthusiastic team, or our fantastic customers.

The best part of my job is absolutely reading feedback about our trips & our company and seeing your photos as part of the inspiring #MacsMoment community. It reminds me every day of our purpose and drives all of us in the team to continue improving our holidays and enriching & transforming the way people travel.

Best regards,

Neil Lapping, Chief Adventure Officer, Macs Adventure

The Macs Adventure Way

  • Tried & Tested Adventures Tried & Tested Adventures
  • Freedom Freedom
  • Book With Confidence Book With Confidence
  • Expertise Expertise
  • Positive Impact Positive Impact
Built with our knowledge and expertise, to suit you.
  • Knowledgeable and helpful friendly specialist adventure planners
  • Wide variety of trips to suit all interests and experience levels
  • Start on any date that suits you
  • Choose your ideal trip length and difficulty
  • Range of accommodation options
  • Choice of trip styles
Authentic adventure travel experiences on your own terms.
  • Choose your own travel companions
  • Walk, cycle and explore at your own pace
  • Make your own decisions
  • Choose your own path
  • Indulge your passions
Feel secure in making the right choice for your precious adventure time.
  • 15,000+ unbiased trip & service reviews
  • Feefo Platinum Award 2022
  • As featured in the Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, and more
  • Founder owned & operated since 2003
  • Passionate team members based in the US, the UK & Europe
  • 100% Financial Protection
  • "Peace of Mind Guarantee" means no worries if you need to change your plans
You can be confident that every detail of your holiday has been expertly planned.
  • Meticulously planned adventures
  • Quality, hand-picked accommodation
  • Seamless and reliable arrangements
  • Comprehensive trip information & insider tips
  • Detailed maps, route notes and mobile GPS app
  • Helpful 24/7 support should you need it
Travel the right way, and make a positive impact.
  • Travel responsibly
  • Explore off the beaten track
  • Support locally owned businesses
  • Engage with local communities
  • Minimise your impact
  • Maximise the benefit of your travel
  • Challenge yourself & grow
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