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Activity Grades

Our grading guidelines should give you a better idea of what to expect on your trip; how challenging the activity (or activities) will be. The grade applies to the overall intensity of the holiday, so some days may be a little tougher than stated and some a little bit easier.

You know your own capabilities best, so whilst we are all for challenging yourself, it is very important to consider your fitness and experience carefully while selecting a trip.

The activity grade will help you choose the right adventure, and enjoy it comfort and safety (whilst having a lot of fun). If you have any questions or concerns, we're always here to offer advice.

Easy Walking

Easy

Daily Distance: 0-8km (0-5 miles)

Short distances on low level, relatively flat paths that are well maintained and easy to follow. Perfect for those with little or no previous experience of walking holidays, or those looking for a relaxing experience. Browse Easy Walking Holidays.

Easy - Moderate Walking

Easy - Moderate

Daily Distance: 8-16 km (5-10 miles)

Some longer distances on varied terrain but mostly well-maintained trails, and/or quiet country roads and paths. Some ascent and descent but nothing too strenuous. Perfect for those with a relatively good level of fitness, browse Easy - Moderate holidays.

Moderate Walking

Moderate

Daily Distance: 16-20 km (10-12 miles)

Longer distances on rugged and varied terrain with regular steep ascents and descents. Ideal for regular walkers with a good level of fitness or beginners looking for a challenge. Browse our Moderate walking holidays

Moderate - Strenuous Walking

Moderate - Strenuous

Daily Distance: 20-24 km (12-15 miles) 

Long days with significant and consistent steep ascent and descents on varied terrain which is often rugged underfoot, requiring a good level of fitness. There may be some exposed sections that require a head for heights. Navigation could be more difficult in poor weather conditions. Browse Moderate - Strenuous walking holidays here.

Strenuous Walking

Strenuous

Daily Distance: 24-28 km (15-17 miles)

Full days on challenging terrain, distances, ascents and descents suited for experienced walkers with a high level of fitness. Terrain is rough and could be Alpine or mountainous in nature and remote. Possibility of exposed sections and/or sections with cables/chains/ladders to aid ascent and descent, a head for heights is required. Navigation could be challenging in poor weather conditions and some trips may include higher altitudes. Browse Strenuous grade holidays.

Extreme Walking

Extreme

Daily Distance: +28km (+17miles)

Designed for very fit hikers looking for their next challenge; a head for heights, a sure foot and experience required. Rough, mountainous terrain including narrow scree and rocky paths, light scrambling, exposure and use of cables/chains/ladders to aid ascent and descent. Navigation could be challenging in poor weather conditions. Location may be remote, with extreme temperatures, weather and high altitudes adding to the challenge on these Extreme grade holidays.

Easy Cycling

Daily Distance: Less than 30km (18 miles)

Ideal for beginners on their first cycling holiday, or those who simply wish to take it easy. There’s plenty of time to explore en route with daily distances under 30 km. Sometimes there will be an occasional longer day, on almost completely flat or slightly rolling terrain. You will either be cycling on dedicated cycle path/routes or on quiet country roads, coming onto busier town roads only to reach your accommodation. Browse Easy cycling holidays.

Easy - Moderate Cycling

Easy - Moderate Grade Cycling

Daily Distance: 30-40km (18-25 miles)

Perfect for occasional riders seeking to discover a region from the saddle, and comfortable riding up to 40 km / 25 miles each day over a few consecutive days. Shorter daily mileages allow time to stop and take in the scenery, visit wineries, museums or stop for a long lunch before arriving at your destination. You may be cycling on dedicated cycle paths or quiet country roads with very occasional stretches on busier roads. Terrain will be largely easy-going but may be rolling or include 1 or 2 short steeper ascents/descents. View more Easy - Moderate cycling trips.

Moderate Cycling

Moderate Grade Cycling

Daily Distance: 40–65 km (25 – 40 miles)

Designed for relatively fit regular cyclists seeking an active holiday. Spend much of the day in the saddle experiencing a region and discovering its variety over longer daily distances. The terrain will be varied, and usually rolling with some longer or steeper ascents/descents on quiet country roads with the occasional short stretch on busier roads through towns. View Moderate graded cycling.

Moderate - Strenuous Cycling

Moderate - Strenuous Cycling

Daily Distance: 65–80 km (40–50 miles)

For regular cyclists, looking for a sense of achievement at the end of the day. Comfortable with longer distances, taking in rolling and hillier terrain with occasional steep ascents/descents and some longer ascents/descents on largely low gradients. Cycle largely on quiet country roads while being comfortable on busier stretches where necessary. Browse some Moderate to Strenuous holidays.

Strenuous Cycling

Strenuous Cycling

Daily Distance: 80–100 km (50–62 miles)

Ideal for fit cyclists who relish hill climbs and look forward to snaking descents on switchback roads. Most trips in this grade are road cycling tours for experienced riders who enjoy consecutive days of long and hilly riding with up to approximately 1000 m per day. You should have a degree of bike handling skills and be comfortable on long/steep ascents/descents. Riding is on quiet country roads wherever possible but there maybe stretches of busier roads particularly as you pass through or cycle into towns or cities. Browse Strenuous grade trips.

Extreme Cycling

Extreme Cycling

Daily Distance: Over 100 km (over 62 miles)

For the experienced, very fit road cyclist keen to test themselves, comfortable on a variety of road types and has good bike handling skills – particularly on steep ascents/descents. Excellent stamina will allow you to enjoy consecutive challenging days in the saddle. Expect alpine cols and daily ascents which could be up to 2500 m; trips in this category include ascents of the iconic Mont Ventoux and road cycling in the Pyrenees on Tour de France routes.

Important Notes on Walking Grades

All walking grades are based not only on daily distances, but also on terrain, elevation gain and loss and altitude. Not all distances are exact within the grading system but are designed to be a guideline and best represent the trip’s level. For example, a trip with approximately 20km per day could be graded moderate rather than moderate to strenuous because the terrain is almost completely flat, or a trip with daily distances around 23km km per day could be graded as strenuous is there are some steep hill to negotiate along the way. Ask your specialist if you have any concerns at all about selecting the right trip.

Important Note on Cycling Grades

All cycling grades are based not only on daily distances, but also on terrain, elevation gain and loss and altitude. Not all distances are exact within the grading system but are designed to be a guideline and best represent the trip’s level. For example, a trip with approximately 55km per day could be graded easy to moderate rather than moderate because the terrain is almost completely flat, or trip with daily distances around 40 km per day could be graded moderate as it is particularly hilly. Ask your specialist if you have any concerns at all about selecting the right trip.

  • Mrs Annabel Golden 23/06/2022
    The Service from Macs was very, very good. All the pre-trip stuff went very well, except for one thing. We were leaving our home a month before our trip started (travelling elsewhere). I kept telling you that we needed the materials sent to us earlier than you usually would, but you didn't. The package even missed us at our first hotel.
  • Mrs Julia Champion de Crespigny 23/06/2022
    Wonderful walk. Superb scenery. Accomodation ok but quite basic. iPhone app worked quite well but pleased to have the printed back up.
  • Mr Andrew Hall 23/06/2022
    Superbly organised, lovely accommodation, great luggage transfers and the online maps were brilliant!
  • Anonymous 22/06/2022
    This was our second Macs Adventure’s experience and it did not disappoint. From my initial contact through to our final departure, everything was well communicated and planned and made our holiday so enjoyable knowing that Macs had done the ‘hard work’ for us. All we had to do was sit back and enjoy the ride.
  • Anonymous 22/06/2022
    Beautiful hikes that are not crowded trails. You follow daily route instructions at your own pace. Wonderful experience
  • Mr Paul McStravick 22/06/2022
    Enjoyed the trip and the agenda set up by Macs Adventure. Had a harder time with communications from them and the reassurance that would have given us prior to leaving on this trip.
  • Anonymous 22/06/2022
    Very organized, communication was very good, and the accommodations were excellent
  • Mr Ian Whinray 22/06/2022
    Good hotels and bag transfer faultless. Walks were in the main accurate apart from 1 which didn’t quite follow the foot path on the ground but we still Managed to find our way without any problems. Details of time and distance were spot on and we found the grading of the walks to be accurate. The app was ok but if you accidentally closed the map down you had to get a good Signal for your phone to open the map again. Overall we were happy with the experience and would use Macs Adventures again.
  • Anonymous 22/06/2022
    They booked excellent accommodations as well as an extra night in Santiago and were very communicative throughout the whole process
  • Mr Peter Mueller 22/06/2022
    Excellent hike along the Mediterranean coast. We highly recommend it to virtually anyone. Beautiful views and wonderful hotels. MACs Adventure is clearly the best!!
  • Anonymous 22/06/2022
    Macs Adventures organized a smooth, well organized and fabulous adventure for our family adventure! All stays were clean and comfortable, and we had all the logistical support we could have ever asked for. We felt well taken care of by Macs!
  • Mr Simon Verschuren 22/06/2022
    From providing the quote till the last day of the experience all was organized in perfection
  • The Mighty Michael Cullen 22/06/2022
    Very responsive to questions and everything went as well as expected - even the weather. I'm not sure they get credit for that last thing.
  • Anonymous 22/06/2022
    Very easy to follow
  • Anonymous 22/06/2022
    The online map directions were great once you got the hang of it. But they could use more discription so points of interest are not missed. Lodging choices were excellent!
  • Mr Dougall Bruce 22/06/2022
    From my perspective all worked like clock work for me. Coming all the way from AU arriving in Glasgow next morning at Milngavie fingers crossed. I had no need to worry all taken care off all I had to do was walk
  • Anonymous 22/06/2022
    Overall, a service well done. Even the weather was fine.. Minor things to improve: Be more precise on where trips starts and ends i relation to overnight locations. Same as to lenghts of individual day trips. Map and itinerary needs to fully in synch and easily understood. Had one experience where this was not the case. No big deal, but a very good service should strive for exellence..
  • Ms Pippa Sands 22/06/2022
    Pre holiday communications sometimes a bit testy but the holiday absolutely delivered
  • Mr John Bernard 22/06/2022
    This year was exceptional as more COVID information was required and professionally updated. Nicola and the team were always in contact and updating John Robbie & I. The Hotels that are used never fail. They are Comfortable - Well Appointed Hotels and Great Showers in All We’ve stayed at. My Favourite Hotel and which is Always Booked on the Camino’s is Casa Leopoldo a special mention.
  • Anonymous 22/06/2022
    well organised trip All went well

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