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Active Tours in Scotland

Discover the magic of Scotland on a self-guided walking, biking, multi-activity or drive and hike vacation. From the Scottish Borders through the highlands and islands, a self guided adventure is a truly unforgettable way to experience Scotland.

You will discover the majesty, history, culture and people as you travel through the Scottish landscape at your own pace. Founded in Scotland, our friendly and professional team have an unrivaled knowledge of the country and are dedicated to ensuring you have an unforgettable trip.

Walking & Biking Tours in Scotland

Our Tour Types

  •  Walking
  •  Biking

Walking in Scotland

The majestic scenery of Scotland is home to many outstanding long-distance walking paths. The scenery is diverse and each trip showcases a different side to this complex and beautiful nation. You can wander through ancient glens in the shadow of snow-capped peaks, journey on the 'Hogwart's Express' to the mystical Isle of Skye or experience the tranquility and natural wonder of Scotland's islands.
Walking in Scotland

Biking in Scotland

Scotland offers some unique biking experiences. Island Hopscotch tickets on the ferries connect you to a multitude of stunning Scottish Islands enabling you to discover wonders like the Isle of Skye or the solitude of the Hebrides Islands. Bike around ancient Abbeys and Castles, on the banks of beautiful lochs (lakes) and through glorious glens. For the ultimate in Highland scenery, you can cross the country completely off-road on the Scottish Coast to Coast Mountain bike trip.
Biking in Scotland

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  • Best time to visit Scotland
    Best time to visit Scotland

    The Seasons in Scotland vary greatly, which can be one of the many reasons to visit again and again, as they all provide their own beauty and spectacle. Although Scotland isn’t blessed with year-round sunshine its climate is (surprisingly) moderate. At Macs Adventure, we offer our Walking and Biking Holidays from April (sometimes March) through to October when the weather is most kind.

    SPRING IN SCOTLAND

    Known as the most predictable time weather-wise. You can expect average maximum temperatures to range from approximately 7°C (45°F) to 13 °C (55°F) during the months of March, April and May. This is our most popular period for our Classic Scottish hikes such as The West Highland Way early booking is recommended.

    Events: Aviemore Walking Festival 11-16 May. Why not tie this into our Tour of the Cairngorms biking trip.

    SUMMER IN SCOTLAND

    June, July and August are normally the warmest months in Scotland, with average maximum temperatures ranging from approximately 15°C (59°F) to 17°C (63 °F). This time of year is great for cycling the Scottish Islands or our Drive and Hike trips as you will have plenty hours of daylight.

    Events: The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 03-27 August, one of the largest arts Festival in the world. Spend a night or 2 in Edinburgh before our Highlands, Isle of Skye and Edinburgh trip

    AUTUMN IN SCOTLAND

    September and October is up there with our favorite times to explore Scotland, the scenery is a delight with warm gold and bronze tones, as the leaves and grass change color. The autumn light is warmer which is perfect for those interested in photography. Not to mention the crisp fresh air. 

    Events: Whisky lovers will probably already have the Scotch Whisky Festival noted in your diary 15 September. Why not tie this into our Islay and Jura Whisky Trails tour - what better way to finish the trip than with a wee (well-deserved) dram!

  • The Best Places to Visit in Scotland
    The Best Places to Visit in Scotland

    We’re not being biased, but when it comes to places to visit in Scotland, you’re spoiled for choice. Whether you want a to enjoy short city break, explore Castles, hop aboard the Jacobite Steam train (also known as the Hogwarts express) bag a Munro (there are 282 to choose from)or escape to an island. We have it all covered!

    Glasgow

    A year-round travel destination and Scotland’s largest city. Glasgow is a lure for creatives and culture seekers. Described perfectly by Lonely Planet “Disarmingly blending sophistication and earthiness”. Known for its pub culture, live music, friendly faces and Charles Rennie Macintosh architecture.

    Recommendations: Enjoy a ‘cuppa’ (cup of tea) in the Willow Tea Rooms: The tea room is inspired by the works of Charles Rennie Macintosh, although a popular afternoon-tea spot it’s an attraction on its own. Feast your eyes on its walnut paneling, magnificent ceilings and grant sweeping staircase, reserve a window-seat and watch the world go by while enjoying a tasty scone.

    Spend an overnight in Glasgow before the West Highland Way:The perfect base to relax, and soak up the city-life before you begin one of Scotland's finest long-distance treks. There are so many good quality accommodation options to choose from. It takes just 25 minutes (by train) to reach the start point of the West Highland Way.

    Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is a cultural playground with limitless possibilities. It’s a city of literature, festivals, art, history – and the list goes on. There is so much to explore from the history-soaked medieval Old Town to the Georgian elegance of the New Town, it lives up to its reputation of being of the worlds most beautiful cities.

    Recommendations: Foodies will love our Gourmet Highlands trip, which begins in Edinburgh. It’s no secret that Edinburgh has some of the best food in the world a ranging from traditional Scottish dishes to contemporary Scottish cuisine. This trip combines walking with fine dining, staying at luxurious boutique hotels.

    Plan your trip around the Fringe Festival, everyone should experience this at least once in their life. Throughout the duration of August, myriad actors, performers, musicians, artists and creatives of all skill sets take the city by storm. Come rain or shine, the city is buzzing!

    The Isle of Skye

    Home to some of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes.  It’s perfect for adventure-seekers with its mountain ranges, dramatic coastlines,and enchanting history. If you decide to explore by car you can still see many of Skye's most majestic geological features, such as the Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing and the Cuillin.

    Recommendations: Make the most of your time in Skye, with The Highlands & Isle of Skye Rail and Hike. On this trip you’ll experience the Scottish Highlands by train and on foot, taking in some of the best scenic rail journeys in the world. Starting from Edinburgh, travel deep into the Highlands and across to the Isle of Skye, before returning to vibrant Glasgow.

    The Outer Hebrides

    Scotland has never been the most obvious choice for a beach holiday, however, the 15 inhabited islands that make up the Outer Hebrides have some of Europe's most stunning stretches of sand – often photographed and mistaken for somewhere in the Caribbean. Arriving on this incredible island you will feel like you have escaped it all.

    Recommendations: For the adventurous, we recommend our Outer Hebrides Island Hopscotch adventure. Explore the stunning and remote 130-mile chain of Island that stretch along the North Western Coast of Scotland on a drive and hike adventure. Follow the route by car and ferry with daily walks through a mosaic of differing landscapes.

    Isle of Arran

    The Isle of Arran is known as “Scotland” in miniature. It’s a place when you can find a little bit of everything you’d ever want from a Scottish island. Easily accessed from the buzzing city of Glasgow, however, you will feel a million miles away as your surrounded by dramatic mountain peaks, an ever-changing coastline, sheltered beaches and great cultural festivals.

    Recommendations: Explore Arran on foot with our Arran Coastal Way trip, which is a wonderfully varied walk where you can relax on beautiful beaches, explore the Kings cave, and climb Goat Fell for incredible views to the mainland.

  • 5 day tours in Scotland
    5 day tours in Scotland

    Five-day trips are ideal for those stolen long-weekends. Exploring a little corner of Scotland, staying in cozy, hand-picked accommodation, feasting on the local fare and discovering some outstanding scenery is what these trips are all about. You can get a taste of walking the iconic West Highland Way with our short break, the West Highland Escape or spend a long weekend walking between the beautiful fishing villages and sampling the fresh Scottish seafood on the Fife Coastal Path Short Break. Whatever length of time we have the perfect escape for you.

     

     

  • 6 day tours in Scotland
    6 day tours in Scotland

    On a six-day adventure tour of Scotland, you can experience beautiful snapshots of a country. With six days you can explore the Arran Coastal Way. Arran is often described as 'Scotland in miniature,' so this is a great way to get the essence of Scotland in a short space of time. If it is Scotland's greatest export you are interested in, then we are happy to accommodate. In Scotland, whisky draws flavor and inspiration from its surroundings. On the Speyside Whisky Trail, you will find well-rounded, open and friendly whiskies that mimic the traits of the Speyside countryside. While on the Islay Whisky Trail, you will find whisky with the salt tang of the sea, harder to approach, but fantastically rewarding once you get there, just like the glorious island of Islay.

  • 7 day tours in Scotland
    7 day tours in Scotland

    With a week in Scotland, you can delve deep into a region and really discover its beauty.  Head straight for the heart of Scotland on our Highland Perthshire Trail, exploring castles, distilleries and stunning scenery. Or head to the seafood heaven of the Kintyre Way, walking the length of this remote, beautiful peninsula and sampling all the fare they have to offer. The Scottish Coast to Coast Mountain bike tour pretty much does what it says on the tin. Cross from Fort William across to Montrose, over mountains, through glens, on some of the most remote and beautiful single track in the country.

  • 8 day tours in Scotland
    8 day tours in Scotland

    On an eight-day active tour in Scotland, you can pretty much do anything.  You can walk the majestic West Highland Way, the most famous walk in Scotland, or if you want to walk the highlights of the WHW, add a trip on the Jacobean Steam train and hike in some delightful corners of the Highlands, jump on board our West Highland Line Rail & Hike

    There are also a wide array of stunning islands to explore in Scotland. You can do this from the saddle of your bike on our Scottish Island Hopscotch tour, taking in Arran, Islay and Jura, but if you want to go further afield, our drive and hike trip, the Outer Hebrides Island Hopscotch is the one for you.

  • 9 day tours in Scotland
    9 day tours in Scotland

    With 9 Days, you can take on any of the big classic trails in Scotland at a more relaxed pace.  We offer a range of itineraries to suit all levels of walking to showcase the very best trails that Scotland has to offer. While we would always recommend a walk along the West Highland Way, there are a couple of lesser-known alternatives to delight your senses.  

    The Speyside Way takes you through whisky country, sampling the drama of the Cairngorm National Park.  The Great Glen Way sees you walking along the highland fault line, crossing the country from Fort William to Inverness, or the St Cuthbert's Way leads you through the Borders, ending up on the holy isle of Lindisfarne.

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