The Macs Adventure Story

Neil Lapping is Macs Adventure's CEO 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 offices in Germany and Colorado in the US. We have built a team of active, fun, and adventurous people from all over the world.

These 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 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 Way

  • Tried & Tested Adventures Tried & Tested Adventures
  • Freedom Freedom
  • Book with Confidence Book with Confidence
  • Expertise Expertise
  • Positive Impact Positive Impact
Built with our expert knowledge, to suit you.
  • Knowledgeable and helpful specialist trip planners
  • Wide variety of tours to suit all interests and experience levels
  • Start on any date that suits you
  • Choose your ideal trip length and difficulty
  • Range of accommodation comfort levels
  • 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
  • 18,000+ unbiased trip & service reviews
  • Feefo Platinum Award 2023
  • 25,000+ travelers trust us each year
  • As featured in the Guardian, Times, Nat Geo Traveler
  • Founder owned & operated since 2003
  • 100+ passionate team members across the US, UK & Europe
You can be confident that every detail of your journey has been expertly planned
  • Carefully planned adventures
  • Quality, hand-picked accommodations
  • 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
  • Minimize your impact
  • Maximize the benefit of your travel
  • Challenge yourself & grow
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