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 27/11/2022
    I understand the challenges due to Covid but it often took multiple phone calls and emails to receive a response to my inquiries about our Queen Charlotte Track trip and then it would take several weeks to get an answer to my question. I ended up going directly to the company you outsourced to (Wilderness Guides) as they would reply within 24 hours. Also, most of the information provided by Mac’s was wrong! Thank goodness for Wilderness Guides. You should tell your prop,e if they don’t know the answer to a question, don’t guess!
  • Mr Iain McIndoe 22/11/2022
    Overall a good holiday - maps/routes and accommodation were great, but you didn't book all the transfers despite repeated chasing from me and in the end I had to arrange one transfer myself and have multiple phone calls to you from Malta to get the others sorted.
  • Anonymous 20/11/2022
    The accommodations along our route were great! The Portuguese Travel partners were very helpful, knowledgeable and patient. Overall we had a wonderful trip. The only hesitation I have in giving the highest rating is due to the inadequate communication between us. We had a rather complicated booking, in that we were not all traveling together. We did not receive the Macs packet until our last night at the end of the trip upon our return to Porto. Fortunately the Portugal Nature Trails personnel were able to round us up and held a briefing, the apps were installed on devices and instructions given, you kindly altered some travel options, but we were unaware of them until our briefing in Porto, unfortunately no paper schedule was provided and the on-line instructions did not include specifics. Another concern is that the "moderate" rating for the walk. While the distances were not long, the walking and the route were often challenging. All that said, it was beautiful, the people were so kind and friendly, and we are so glad we had this adventure.
  • Ron Abela 19/11/2022
    Everything went like clockwork, everything happened when it should have. The accommodation was as good as the location allowed. The backup literature and map were very helpful.
  • Mr Alan Woolf 18/11/2022
    Seamlessly connecting hikers with accommodations, and provision of very detailed maps and en-route landscape descriptions.
  • Ms Sheri Burns 17/11/2022
    I was disappointed with the level of maps, guidance and directions. Many of the trail directions were incorrect and we ended up not following them and needing to find our own way. We also sent an email to Macs on day 3 asking about transportation for day 5, and they never responded. This was different than my first experience with Macs Adventure, as I thought the level of service and directions were above average previously.
  • Anonymous 16/11/2022
    Excellent. Well organized.
  • Mrs Valerie Fernandes 16/11/2022
    Had a brilliant time and could not fault the service we received from Macs. The whole trip went without a hitch and I would not hesitate to recommend Macs. The organisation is perfect and someone is always contactable IF there is a problem
  • Mr William Hasse 16/11/2022
    We plan to travel with Macs again in the near future. Their service has been excellent and we have been in agreement with most of their descriptions of the hikes we have been on. There are a few that were a bit underplayed - that we found to be a bit more arduous than as described. On the other hand s few others led us to expect a more difficult time of it.
  • Anonymous 16/11/2022
    This was our second experience with Mac’s, this time a rail tour of Scotland. They put together a nice package for us at a reasonable price. Very good choices for lodging, for the most part an easy enough walk with rolling luggage from train station. One minor glitch due to a mistake in booking was sorted in less than an hour and a small financial gesture in response to the error was granted which we really appreciate
  • Anonymous 16/11/2022
    Marie from SLO Adventures was extremely helpful; restaurant recommendations were very good; moving our car from Santa Cruz to Monterey worked very well; all accommodations had bay views; bag lunches were best I've had on any previous walk.
  • Anonymous 15/11/2022
    We were very happy with every aspect of the trip and will definitely plan another Mac’s adventure soon!
  • Anonymous 15/11/2022
    Once again a very good experience on our trip. Booking was smooth and all the logistics were as expected. Our rep (Dan) in the US was very helpful. There was a small hiccup with the app and offline maps. Luckily it was on our last day of walking and we still had the turn by turn instructions. Overall the accommodations were very nice.
  • Anonymous 15/11/2022
    Overall excellent but on two occasions I arrived at nominated hotel to be advised it had been changed, breakfast in a number of hotels was at 9.00am which is too late when needing to start that days walk (in particular on one day when I had a 30k walk) plus on a 12k day the hotel room was not available until 4pm when obviously I would arrive much earlier. Whilst I have done a number of excellent Mac’s walks I thought that on this walk they had lost their normal attention to detail.
  • Anonymous 15/11/2022
    Excellent .
  • Ms catriona simms 15/11/2022
    Macs Adventure delivered everything that was promised. The accommodations were excellent, communication was very clear both written and verbal. Mac's rep in Tuscany Beppe, was outstanding in his hospitality and helpfulness. This was a trip of a lifetime for my sister and I and met all our hopes and expectations. Thank you, Macs!!
  • Ms May Cole 15/11/2022
    Anytime I had questions about my trip, the Macs team was ready and willing to help! I was quite nervous about my first trip to the UK but I felt everything was well taken care of.
  • Tori Daniels 15/11/2022
    Macs took care of everything! Accommodations booked, luggage transfer scheduled, everything was seamless. The small inns we stayed in were just charming and the perfect representation of amazing Scottish hospitality! We had our 4-month-old "wee baby" along with us, and Macs was able to help ensure we had accommodations suited for our family. We went in October, which was beautiful with the changing fall colors. It was typical, rainy Scotland but we were prepared with our rain gear and warm layers so it was just fine! The walks were lovely, and just enough challenge. We did all the optional walks along this tour and the views at the end from "Ben-Y-Vrackie" were just spectacular! 10/10 would recommend!
  • Ms Carolyn Webster 15/11/2022
    Excellent customer response on every occasion! Lovely places to stay, brilliant on all counts and would definitely use them again
  • Mr David Williams 15/11/2022
    Good organisation in the field but poor response to communication in the UK Rated four stars most of the arrangements went alright but the bike fitting was poor and the man’s bike was given to a lady. The gel saddle ordered was not provided Otherwise everything else was excellent.

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