Macs Adventure, Walking

Winter Skills Course with the Macs Team and Lakeland Mountain Guides

13 Feb , 2018  

  When we were offered the chance to go on a winter skills course with Lakeland Mountain Guides, I jumped at the chance, half expecting the spaces to be filled up! But I was pleasantly surprised – and somewhat daunted –  when I was told I had a place. As a fair-weather friend to the […]

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Macs Adventure, Staff, Tips & advice

Macs Weekend Away: A Winter Skills Adventure

12 Mar , 2017  

Winter hiking in the Cairngorms.

It was halfway through our first day on the Macs Adventure winter skills weekend in the Cairngorms when our instructor, Matt, explained the difference between type one and type two fun.  Type one is the kind of fun you enjoy in the moment. There’s a smile on your face. Type two is the kind that’s […]

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Macs Adventure, Walking

Whisky and Walking Day Six: The Final Dram | Craigellachie – Dufftown Loop

2 May , 2013  

After the best breakfast ever of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, I set off back to Aberlour then up quiet farm roads and into the snow of Conval woods. The forest was soft and muffled and this was splendid walking: crunch crunch creak creak, just me there making fresh prints, then down across the moor to […]

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Macs Adventure, Walking

Whisky and Walking Day Day Five: Lovely Weather for a Sleigh Ride Together | Ballindaloch to Craigellachie

1 May , 2013  

I woke to a white world – it had snowed all night. The trees were burdened with snow on this long section following the disused railway track, and big flakes fell steadily for hours turning everything into a fairytale frosted landscape. Mine were the only footprints. I was walking deep into the heart of whisky country. Speyside […]

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Macs Adventure, Walking

Whisky and Walking Day Three Extra: After the Bath

29 Apr , 2013  

Pathfinding: it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it. Did I mention the bit about gazing through the windows at snowcapped mountains from the dining room? I did? The amuse-bouches on the table (posh French for little treats while you wait for your starters )? The candles, the fresh flowers? Nowhere else to […]

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Macs Adventure, Walking

Whisky and Walking Day Three: The Big Squeeze

26 Apr , 2013  

This was just a teeny bit of a navigational challenge, or at least an observational one: a twisting turning rocky boggy humpy bumpy route with a lot of short steep ascents thrown in. One more, in fact, than was necessary : in Garvault Woods I puffed up an extremely steep track, scooping handfuls of snow […]

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Macs Adventure, Walking

Whisky and Walking Day One: Lou Reed on My Mind

25 Apr , 2013  

Enough about the whisky – let the walking begin. And what a beginning! After months of grey  dreary weather and freezing cold ( -7  the previous night), the sun shone on this third day of April and showed the Cairngorms in all their glory – blue sky, blue lochs, snow-capped mountains – real picture postcard […]

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Macs Adventure, Walking

Whisky and Walking :A Shameful Admission

22 Apr , 2013  

“Nice work if you can get it” – that was most people’s reaction when I told them I was pathfinding  for Mac’s new Whisky and Walking tour in the Cairngorms. Whisky and walking sounded an excitingly dangerous combination, as though you might lurch from distillery to distillery and well, do a bit of walking round snow-capped mountains […]

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Walking, West Highland Way

Opening of Gore-Tex Scottish National Trail

1 Nov , 2012  

Scotland’s longest walking route was launched this week, offering a fabulous trail from the English Border to the northern Highlands. The Gore-Tex Scottish National Trail begins in Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders and finishes at Cape Wrath in the north-west Highlands – and links a number of existing long-distance trails to form one 470-mile walk. […]

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