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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great organisation for our trip. The B&Bs were all of a high standard
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.
Had a fantastic week cycling Great Glen way.
Everything was perfect from bike hire through to
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.
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.
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