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Activity Level

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

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

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

Easy Walking

Easy

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 trips, or those looking for a relaxing experience.

Easy - Moderate Walking

Easy - Moderate

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

Moderate Walking

Moderate

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.

Moderate - Strenuous Walking

Moderate - Strenuous

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.

Strenuous Walking

Strenuous

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.

Extreme Walking

Extreme

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.

Easy Biking

Ideal for beginners on their first biking holiday, or those who simply wish to take it easy. There’s plenty of time to explore en route with daily distances under 20 miles. Sometimes there will be an occasional longer day, on almost completely flat or slightly rolling terrain. You will either be biking on dedicated cycle path/routes or on quiet country roads, coming onto busier town roads only to reach your accommodation.

Easy - Moderate Biking

Easy - Moderate Grade Cycling

Perfect for occasional riders seeking to discover a region from the saddle, and comfortable riding up to 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 biking on dedicated bike 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. 

Moderate Biking

Moderate Grade Cycling

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.

Moderate - Strenuous Biking

Moderate - Strenuous Cycling

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.

Strenuous Biking

Strenuous Cycling

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 bike into towns or cities.

Extreme Biking

Extreme Cycling

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 biking in the Pyrenees on Tour de France routes.

  • Anonymous 04/07/2022
    Routes were very good, as has been our experience generally with Macs. The erroneous map app was disappointing - fortunately I caught it when I compared it to the turn-by-turn directions for that day - but the fact that no one could correct it for another 24 hours was completely unsatisfactory. The staff is generally very good and always tries their best, but you get the distinct impression that they are severely understaffed - no one picks up the phone half the time and you get shunted to voicemail, which often was not responded to for days. Most disappointing of all was the lodging. The Royal in Dunkeld was a dump, and should never have been on Mac's approved list. When I had asked for an upgrade weeks earlier based on their marginal on-line reviews (I agreed to pay any uncharge) I was told nothing was available. I later learned this was not the case when I actually inquired out of curiosity when we were in Dunkeld, but of course it was too late to change. It's like they just don't want to take the time or effort to accommodate such requests, but the very marginal lodging detracted from the entire trip.
  • John 01/07/2022
    Despite busy time of year, always came back to us and kept us informed. They were more helpful by phone when we were on holiday, having caught Covid on board the ship, than the local partner was initially.
  • Anonymous 30/06/2022
    Excellent service. Good information packages and great communication.
  • Anonymous 29/06/2022
    Fabulous organisation and accommodation from Macs Adventures yet again.
  • Mr Mark Francis 29/06/2022
    We had a great time on the Macs Adventure trips. We utilized their services for both the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre in Italy. The hotels were good, the baggage transfer services worked flawlessly. They even managed to get a hat to us that we had left behind in the room. Their schedule was a great starting place for us but allows flexibility to make some changes and do things differently if you wished. For instance we did one of the hikes on a different day and added a bicycle tour one day.
  • Anonymous 29/06/2022
    For the overnight accommodations my rating is nearly a five, as most were really quite good. For the connections my rating is a 4. My biggest issue is with the daily informatin packets. These were difficult to follow. Most issues were addressed by phone calls during each of our three tours.
  • Anonymous 29/06/2022
    I walked the Finisterre with Macs after first walking to the Espiritual with another company to Santiago. The difference was remarkable. This was not my first trip with Macs and will not be my last. The hotels were brilliant and the breakfasts were well catered and my walking companions and I were always in the same place for the evening. The bags were delivered as promised. I will contrast with the other company to show you the difference: Macs: same hotel every night for my travel companions and myself Other company: different hotels for my travel companions and myself for three nights out of eight nights Macs: quality of hotels was brilliant. Clean, good locations Other company: Some hotels were on par with MACS but others were places I did not want to sleep in and some of the staff did not seem happy we were staying there when we walked in after a long walk Macs: breakfast was always a good spread Other company: very much luck of the draw Macs: guidance for the route was very good Other company: We needed to get onto our phones at times to find the right path Macs: provided the Pilgrim book Other company: We needed to go to a church to obtain the Pilgrim book Macs delivered on my previous walk with them as well and I will be booking further walks with Macs. I found the Finisterre a much better walk for the Spiritual aspects even though there were less churches. The Finisterre is a road less travelled and the Espiritual is also not as well travelled but the Finisterre was a highlight of the recent walks I have done. Do the Finisterre before the secret gets out how great it is!
  • Mr Kenneth Loney 29/06/2022
    Great experience!
  • Ms Briggid Larson 29/06/2022
    the service was good We enjoyed the cape Breton hike all the places we stayed were excellent except for one place. would recommend this trip
  • Mr Mark Foley 29/06/2022
    They did exactly what we ordered and paid for. No hiccups, no disappointments and even the weather was great throughout, though I'm not sure they fixed that ...
  • Anonymous 29/06/2022
    The coordination, communication and accommodations were 5 star.
  • Anonymous 28/06/2022
    If you want to walk long distance paths without the hassles of heavy backpacks, etc. Mac's are the guys for you, sorted all the accomodation and baggage transfers for me on my recent adventure. Couldn't fault the organisation or service, everything you need us provided.
  • Ms Emily Goldfarb 28/06/2022
    I love Macs Adventure! I love everything about this kind of travel. On our own, at our own pace, not with a group but with the arrangements excellently taken care of by you, wonderful inns, good maps, the route set out for us and on a path that goes through wonderful countryside, villages, with views and adventures galore. Delivering our bags from place to place and all for a very reasonable price. For people who like hiking, this is the way to do it!
  • Mr Kenneth Airlie 27/06/2022
    Did what was promised, variety of accommodation but all were suitable, baggage transport was great suit case always waiting for us. I would use this company again
  • Anonymous 26/06/2022
    They delivered what they said they would - good service, maps, nice accommodations, etc.
  • 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

OVERALL SCORE

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