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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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  • Anonymous 28/07/2021
    As always, excellent service from Macs Adventure. Easy booking, all relevant information provided before departure online and in hard copy where appropriate. B&Bs very high standard. The app was a godsend when offline, GPS maps easy to use and kept us en route for the whole week.
  • Anonymous 27/07/2021
    Great experience
  • Anonymous 27/07/2021
    Accommodations: excellent, although the information was not updated considering COVID-19. Routes and maps: need updating - some of the route directions have not been updated since 2016 (bridges are washed out, buildings have changed, portions of the routes are even closed off as private property). As experienced hikers, the rating of the routes (most often as "easy") is misleading. By American standards of hiking routes, some of these were definitely "strenuous." Advising hikers to begin their day after a hearty breakfast at 8:00 is definitely not wise considering the weather conditions during the summer and the length of the trails! We began by 7:00 each morning and only reached a village square by 14:30 or 15:30 on the longest day. These trails are to be enjoyed at a good pace and not raced through. Since Wifi is not always available, it would be advisable to add the turn directions (right, left turn) in words because the downloaded version does not show the arrows! Waypoints should have some short explanation of what we are seeing! That would be great "added value."
  • Mr Ian Conaghan 27/07/2021
    Brilliant from start to finish. Seemless transfer of bags. Would book again for certain.
  • Anonymous 27/07/2021
    Great organisation for our trip. The B&Bs were all of a high standard
  • Anonymous 27/07/2021
    Efficient rebooking of a trip that was rescheduled twice. Friendly and helpful service and apart from one mix up in the instructions due to Covid change (sorted out with a phone call) the trip ran smoothly, the walks were delightful and the B&Bs excellent.
  • Mrs Dawn Powling 27/07/2021
    Good information ahead of trip. Organised very pleasant hotels and sorted out an initial problem caused by a hotel efficiently.
  • Anonymous 27/07/2021
    Had a fantastic week cycling Great Glen way. Everything was perfect from bike hire through to Amazing accommodation.
  • Mr Paula Hemingway 27/07/2021
    B and Bs were great! friendly with lovely brekkies. Ferries, accommodation were all sorted for us with Mac Adventures with swift precision and a regular updates. Guide pack was very helpful. We were blessed with amazing weather nature.
  • Mr Andy R 26/07/2021
    I have awarded Mac's 5 stars because apart from booking with them, I had no reason to contact them at all from start to finish. All the accommodations along the route were fine, the luggage was collected and delivered at the right time and to the right place- a guide book was provided. Outside of Mac's control were the weather and the midges - The weather was good for walking - the less said about the midges the better.
  • Mrs Sue Wassell 26/07/2021
    Well organised, great communication. Fantastic experience. The app worked really well and kept us on track. Good choice of bed and breakfasts for the most part by Macs Adventure. Thank you!
  • Mr Charles Bennett 26/07/2021
    This was our first experience with Mac's Adventures and I was very impressed. They were able to get us accommodations with very short notice that were great. The bag transfer service was reliable. The mapping and route finding app was very valuable.
  • Mrs Nicole Golden 26/07/2021
    We LOVED this trip so much. The communication was fantastic and Summerfeet Cycling was amazing! The hotels that were chosen were top notch and we had such a fantastic experience. Thank you!!
  • Mr Peter Wilson 25/07/2021
    Everything worked very smoothly and we really enjoyed our walk. Accommodation wa s of a good standard.
  • Anonymous 25/07/2021
    Friendly service, very good accommodation and excellent mapping app made this a most enjoyable holiday.
  • Mr Della Hamilton-Cox 25/07/2021
    We chose this short trip as we had some credit for a cancelled trip last year. We have used Mac before and always found them very efficient and helpful.
  • Sandra 25/07/2021
    Friendly support. Good accommodation. Very good walking app.
  • Mrs Joanna Hechle 25/07/2021
    Very efficient communication and a well-organised trip. Thank you Cara Macaulay of Macs Adventure.
  • Tim Jones 25/07/2021
    Accommodation was excellent and the whole walk amazing. Every stage leading up to the walk had been thought through which made the walk less pressured. Only one hotel actually took our cases to the room. More can be done here. Lugging cases around when you have been walking all day isn’t what you want.
  • Mrs Dawn edworthy 25/07/2021
    I had an amazing time doing the self guided walking holiday. The only draw back was I seemed to be the only one and didn't get to meet anyone else. All the same it was something that will stay with me always

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