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Why self guided?

At Macs Adventure, most of our trips are on a self-guided basis, which we believe is the best way to travel for a truly immersive and authentic experience. You may be wondering exactly what that entails? Well let us explain!...

Independent-minded walkers and cyclists will agree that a self-guided walking or cycling tour is the very best way to travel and can't be beaten for value, experience and sense of achievement. Our self-guided tours come with everything you need to make for an adventure-filled and rewarding holiday; accommodation, baggage transfer where required, and an informative pre-departure pack, turn-by-turn route notes, destination guides and detailed maps which follow carefully planned itineraries on the best routes.

You don't have a guide accompanying you, but a self-guided holiday gives you the flexibility to choose your travelling companions, how far you’d like to walk/cycle each day, and of course travel dates to suit you. You can tailor your itinerary, accommodation and activities to exactly match your requirements and interests. Although you will be travelling independently, our local and/or UK teams are there to support you and are only a phone call away in case you need any assistance during your trip.

  • Why Self Guided?

    This Video shows you benefits of taking a self guided trip with Macs Adventure.  We offer the perfect balance of experiencing the freedom of going where you want and taking the day at your own pace, which having all the logistics of your trip tied up, so you can have a hassle-free time. 

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1. Sense of achievement

The feel-good factor of completing a walk or cycle over several days or even weeks is hard to beat. Armed with easy-to-follow maps and route notes, flex your navigation skills and use your (wits!) and wisdom to follow superb tried-and-tested routes. Return home with an immense sense of achievement, and with plenty of tales to impress your friends and family!

2. Unbeatable value (cheaper than a guided trip)

Self-guided walking and cycling tours offer unbeatable value and are often half the price of guided tours. We can keep the price low because you are not paying for a guide/driver and associated costs.

4. Choose your own travel companions

You can choose to travel alone, with your partner or family, your best friend or even fifteen of your favourite colleagues. And although they may not be (quite!) perfect at least you know who you’re travelling with.

5. Go at your own pace

Most of our routes offer a range of itineraries to suit everyone from the leisurely to the energetic, which means that you can walk or cycle as much or as little as you wish. Go at your own pace; stopping as you please to indulge that passion for wine or whisky, ancient ruins or modern architecture.

6. A more authentic experience

By travelling independently you will naturally interact with more people; whether checking directions with a passing friendly face or chatting with the locals over a coffee or cuppa. OK, you might take a wrong turn occasionally, but you will have your own personal special memories (not just seen through the window of a tour bus or by following the crowd). 

7. Stay independent, but with support if/when you need it

Thankfully, things very rarely go awry but when you do need some help one of our local team is only a phone call away and they can help to resolve any issue that may have arisen. So you can relax and focus on enjoying your holiday to the full.

8. Stay in small, high quality accommodations of character

We can book those fantastic small hotels, inns and B&B's that larger groups simply can't. Staying in authentic small properties gives you a real insight into local life; you may find yourself sitting around the kitchen table tasting the family olive oil or discovering the special secret recipe for Scottish shortbread.

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Our team are all specialists in different pieces of the adventure puzzle. Please get in touch if you want to book your next trip, or to talk to us about anything at all.

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  • Mrs Heather Batho 17/10/2021
    Well organized, as usual! Accommodation and luggage transfers all went like clockwork. Good variety of accommodation and everyone welcoming. What a joy to be out on the trails again and here’s hoping I’ll be able to complete the second half of Camino Norte next year.
  • Lynn Bates 16/10/2021
    Excellent service, wonderful accommodation. First time using the company and found them informative and easy to get hold off. Answered all queries promptly. Gave a thorough itinerary which was easy to use. The accommodation arranged was 5 star, lovely places and well positioned for access to local amenities.
  • Heather 15/10/2021
    Great service, really responsive to enquiries. Everything went smoothly and we had a fantastic trip. Would definitely recommend them.
  • Mr Kirk Richards 15/10/2021
    Having never experienced a "bike tour" it was a little unnerving venturing out with only a "route" to follow. All the accommodations were good and the locations quite spectacular.
  • Anonymous 15/10/2021
    There is a lot of information on the app and website to help with planning your trip as well as detailed maps. The book that was sent to me was also very informative. I would definitely recommend and use Macs Adventure's in the future.
  • Mrs Angela Rafiq 15/10/2021
    Everything done effortlessly over email with Rhonda. She helped incorporate my husbands birthday into the walk so that we landed in the Kingshouse hotel on that date. Other b&b’s and hotels she choose also great. Hands down one of the best experiences ever. We will use Macs adventure for our future walks.
  • Anonymous 14/10/2021
    Well organized
  • Ms Sarah Gray 14/10/2021
    Very fuss free. We just turned up. Accommodation arrangements were more than acceptable. Us two ladies each had a double room every night. The route was easy to follow, most of the way…just a hiccup or two with fields of cows, but we pressed on regardless. Luggage transfer worked a treat. No complaints at all. We even had the weather!
  • Mr Lewis Green 14/10/2021
    Good places to stay and info in advance . Hiccup re car parking only issue but resolved
  • Anonymous 14/10/2021
    Always. There was lots of good information, support and the quality of accommodation was very well pitched.
  • Anonymous 14/10/2021
    It was brilliant, I couldn’t fault it from start of process to the end. I will definitely use Mac Adventures again!
  • Anonymous 14/10/2021
    Great holiday with top accommodation
  • Select Peter Anderson 14/10/2021
    They were responsive and flexible to the pandemic limitations, availability of hotels and meeting our wishes
  • Mr Dion Lannen 14/10/2021
    Great service all went very well like clockwork
  • Mrs Alison Eves 14/10/2021
    We were very impressed with the organisation and all the bed and breakfast accommodation that Mac booked for us. We have been busy singing their praises and recommending them ever since
  • Anonymous 14/10/2021
    Amazing service from start to finish. Made organising our Hadrian’s Wall trip effortless!
  • Mr Alastair Taylor 14/10/2021
    Yes, maybe next year
  • Anonymous 14/10/2021
    The holiday was well put together, the booking process easy and the client communication and help was excellent. We truly enjoyed our Hebridean week.
  • Anonymous 14/10/2021
    Excellent communication throughout. Effective booking process and delivery. Accommodation selected of a high standard. Fourth trip with Macs and not the last! Personable, pleasant staff who know exactly what they’re doing. Makes the holiday a pleasure …without much of the organisational pain.
  • Anonymous 14/10/2021
    Well organised, good information pack, liked the accommodation, everything came together

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