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Macs Adventure, Mountain Biking, Trekking, Walking

Our Top 5 Wilderness Trips

9 Aug , 2017  

Getting away from it all is something that we all need from time to time. Modern life fills our brains up with so much stuff, that it is necessary to just disappear into nature for a while and let your mind drift. But what if you really wanted to get away from it all, away from roads, mobile phone signals, crowds of people? Where would you go? (but still know you have the support of a team of people dedicated to your well-being and enjoyment)  Well, here is a list of our top five wilderness trips.

1 – Kungsleden

Wilderness on the Kungsleden Trail, Sweden

Looking south on the Kungsleden from Alesajaure

Kungsleden, Sweden’s premier long distance walking route, will take you far out into the wilds.  You start 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle at Abisko Turiststation, in the heart of Lapland. From here you will head out to explore the outstanding open vistas of the 100-year-old Kungsleden, listed as one of the World’s Best Hikes by National Geographic.

2 – Dolomites: Alta Via 1 Classic

An Italian Rifugio sits amongst high peaks in the Dolomites

Rifugios will be your home for the night in the Dolomites

Even though the Alps fringe the Italian border, the Dolomites are still Italy’s best mountain walking experience. Once you are up into the Dolomites proper, you are away from everything, staying in traditional mountain rifugios, connected to nothing but the natural world. The peace envelops you as you walk amongst giant limestone spires and rock faces. A true mountain getaway.

3 – Coast to Coast Mountainbike

Mountain bikers speed down a hill in rural Scotland

Crossing Scotland via the wilderness

The Highlands of Scotland provide one of Europes best wild experiences. Although on the Coast to Coast MTB we ensure you get back to civilization at the end of each day, you will be out exploring the best of Scottish wild track riding as you cross from Fort William in the west to Montrose in the east. Farm tracks and rugged mountain paths will lead you on this wild adventure across the heart of Scotland.

4 – Laugavegur Trail

Laugavegur Trail

Our specialist Sarah Stone snapped some of the raw terrain on the Laugavegur Trail

Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice, and the terrain and geology, shaped by the raw power of nature in all its volcanic fury, is a spectacle to behold, and gives an other-worldly aura to any adventure in this fascinating country. The Laugavegur Trail is one of those “must do” adventures, truly allowing you to appreciate the natural world. We offer an itinerary guided in a small group of like-minded travellers, to help you negotiate the terrain and focus on pure enjoyment.

5 – The Glen Affric Trail

Lone walker on a path in Glen Affric, Scotland

Solitude on the Glen Affric Trail

Glen Affric is Scotlands best kept walking secret. Once you are in, there is no way out, but once you are in, you will not want to leave. Glen Affric is simply beautiful and is the place where nature flourishes more than any other in Scotland. The original rain forest (yes rain forest in Scotland!) that once covered the country is in rude health here and this encourages all manner of wildlife into the Glen. A peaceful, introspective walk through spectacular wilderness, Glen Affric is Scotland’s hidden gem.

If you would like any more information on our wilderness trips, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our destination specialists  or you can find out more about prices and detailed itineraries on our website.


** This is an updated version of a post originally published in August 2017 **

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Ewan By
A member of Macs Adventure's amazing marketing team, my passion in life is Snowboarding (apart from my family of course, should they happen to read this!) and have taken up mountain biking to fill the seasonal gap and keep me fit enough to spend as much time on the slopes as I can, come winter.