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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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). 

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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.

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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 26/10/2020
    Would definitely recommend Macs Adventure especially Caroline Sloan for her professional and friendly service. Absolutely on the ball from enquiry to booking and during our holiday too. First time we have used them but will definitely be back for more. Totally bob on. 👍😁👏
  • Mr Charles Pearson 22/10/2020
    Very well organised , particularly so when Sturgeons new restrictions compromised the end of our trip.
  • Mr Rodney Roadknight 20/10/2020
    Great service, put together a great holiday in a very short time in trying circumstances, Mac's map and route app, very useful.
  • Anonymous 19/10/2020
    I wasn't too impressed with Mac, for the amount the holiday cost me I was really disappointed in a few of the accomodations. We walked through the recent storm and the drying facilities weren't good at all. Also a few of them were just run down and rather uninviting. I would have expected better for the amount of money charged. I will book myself for the next section of this great walk (South West Coast Path)
  • Mr Nigel Cole 18/10/2020
    Itinerary, accommodation and baggage transfers were all fine.
  • Mrs Caroline Duncombe 14/10/2020
    Great holiday and different from our normal choices. In spite of being last minute and two hotels used by Macs Adventures not being available, they were flexible enough that we were picked up and lour uggage transferred from closeby accomodation I managed to book separately. Very functional maps provided on an app (not paper) and very scenic routes.
  • Mr David Alan Williams Williams 14/10/2020
    Everything enjoyable and the baggage transfer system s real benefit so that the holiday could be enjoyed without having to carry a huge haversack. However, my Northumberland break could have been two days longer as I to get a taxi from Lindisfarne to Berwick-upon-Tweed and never had chance to visit Berwick which seems a lovely town
  • Tom Butler 13/10/2020
    Macs adventure were exceptional both in the personal erice they offered and in the organising of the trip. Would 100% recommend and use again.
  • Anonymous 13/10/2020
    A really good holiday, I haven't given 5 stars because one of the accommodations in Criel was described as a 4 star hotel, but it was only a 2 star, so that caused some disappointment. Bag transfer service worked seamlessly. Really liked the last 2 nights accommodation in St Andrews and Newport on Tay. Didn't use the app, we prefer to use OS maps, but having the guide book was useful.
  • Anonymous 11/10/2020
    I originally booked for the end of April, but Covid intervened. Macs were very efficient at offering me a refund or a deferral, when I chose to go at the end of September they reorganised my trip and when one of my accommodations dropped out, they reorganised and if anything the accommodation was better. The instructions were good and the trip was the fulfilment of an ambition, I would certainly book with them again.
  • Mrs anne underwood 11/10/2020
    I have sung the praises of Mac's Adventure in the past as we have had some great walking holidays with them. The Isle of Wight walking holiday was different. The walk itself was terrific and I would recommend it to any walker, BUT our experience with Mac's A was not so good and we are doubtful that we would ever use them again. When I booked I don't remember being made aware that all dealings would be electronic. On previous walking holidays we have been sent maps and books on the walk which I have pored over and thoroughly enjoyed. This time after I'd paid the final invoice I was sent an email that told me that I would get nothing further from the company and that all the information was in my e-account with them. So no maps, no walking route guide, just a reference to using a smart phone and downloading information. I struggled to find what I needed. I am not technologically advanced enough to work the way the company assumed I could. I tried to print out some details which cost me a lot of time and expense. I consider I had paid Mac's A to do this work for me. They expected me to do their work for them. I was disappointed to find that the company was working differently from my previous experiences and don't believe I was warned about that when I booked. For this reason I cannot recommend Mac's Adventures unless you are young enough to cope with the demands made technologically and can use a smart phone. Of the six different accommodation experiences, 2 were excellent, 3 were merely OK, and one was not fit to be used. Th Jireh in Yarmouth was dreadful. The Host greeted us with 'No, we don't have you booked in and we're full'. When I said our luggage would have been delivered there, she said 'No, no luggage of yours'. After a lengthy silence she then said 'Oh I had you there, didn't I?'. How she thought it was funny, I really don't know. The room was like a hostel, no bedside tables etc. there was a kettle but no cups or drinks - the host said 'we don't leave anything as people just fiddle with them'. We had 2 dismal night in this appalling place. Another company we have used have offered an opportunity to upgrade accommodation albeit at an extra expense. Mac's should consider this too.
  • Mr Dave Hyde 11/10/2020
    Couldn't fault the experience fantastic accommodation and a fantastic walk. Will definitely book with Macs again and would highly recommend them.
  • Mr Barry Mitchell 09/10/2020
    I can't really fault the service that Macs Adventures provided on my recent Pennine Way walk. The accommodation was comfortable and the baggage transfer was carried out successfully and to time. I would have no hesitation in recommending Macs Adventures to anyone.
  • Anonymous 09/10/2020
    They put together a great trip and were really easy to communicate with.
  • Mr Brett Irwin 09/10/2020
    Good, clear communication in a difficult time to trail walking. I had a brilliant experience and I booked it fairly close to my departure date. It hit the reset button!
  • Pauline 09/10/2020
    Every thing went smoothly until the final week when we had not received any maps or guide as in our previous two walks. Instructions were based on owning a smart phone ( we do not own ). We were sent downloads ( 52 pages copied ). No reference to O.S. Grid ref what so ever metric measurements only.
  • Anonymous 08/10/2020
    Trip ran like clockwork. Hotels and B&Bs expecting us, luggage safely moved. Accommodation varied - some excellent, some poor, but doesn't matter when you are only staying one night.
  • Mr Graham Thompson 08/10/2020
    On our way at last from our earlier booking cancelled due to the virus, however nothing disappointed Macs handling of the re arrangement was smooth and trouble free with a price guarantee.Each and everyone of the B & Bs had their own charm and warm greeting from our hosts,nothing was to much trouble , comfy rooms great breakfasts. In hindsight we should have allowed a extra day, the route is not flat as some say and I did get a blister, but hey ho I lived to tell the tale Thank You Macs Graham and David
  • Anonymous 07/10/2020
    An excellent trip completing the Cleveland Way. Lovely accommodation and baggage transfer service
  • Anonymous 06/10/2020
    Overall we were quite disappointed with the service from Macs. You pay a premium for this type of tour but the information and communication were quite poor. I have given 4 stars because I assume in non-C19 times it would have been better. The guest houses themselves were fantastic - very helpful. The luggage transfer worked very well. However, there were long delays in confirming the booking details which we were told was due to availability. Yet when we arrived it was clear that most places were half empty. We were also put in accommodation that was several miles off the route. This resulted in having to walk an additional 6 miles on one day. No directions were provided, there was no information about where to eat and there were no local taxis available. The Guest House owner was fantastic and drove us several miles to a local pub, then came to pick us up later. Without this, there was no way of getting food once we arrived. The Mac app and information pack were perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the tour. These just have details for standard sections. They have not been adjusted for the current Covid situation (e.g. public transport, places to eat etc), nor are they adjusted for the actual places you are staying. Luckily we had the Ordnance Survey app - which is fantastic - and we used this throughout. Without it, we would have struggled to find the guest house which was way off the standard route. I would try Macs again for a long tour where I think they could probably add more value.

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