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Island walking holidays

Author: Catherine Mack

Island walking holidays

Idyllic island walking holidays

There’s something about a journey from mainland to island that brings out a childlike excitement on our travels. So often they are isolated from the norm, secluded and serene with a backdrop of tight-knit communities and commitment to sustainability. Islanders have often been stewards of conservation and sustainability long before many of us were aware […]

cycling cafes

Our favourite cycling cafes

We have over 150 self-guided cycling holidays around the world, with tracks and trails through some colossal and historical landscapes. Whether you’re taking on a leisurely journey through Alicante or Andalucia, a Portuguese pilgrimage along the Camino, or an epic cycle between Amsterdam and Paris, you are most likely going to want a coffee or […]

travel photography tips

Responsible travel photography tips

“A dominant impulse on encountering beauty is the desire to hold on to it: to possess it and give it weight in our lives. There is an urge to say, ‘I was here, I saw this and it matters to me…taking photographs can assuage the itch for possession.” – Alain de Botton, The Art of […]

Camino de Santiago routes

Which of the Camino de Santiago routes is calling you?

The Camino is many things. It’s challenging and exciting, spiritual and peaceful. It’s also quite complex, consisting of many different routes that all converge on the holy city of Santiago de Compostela. Why Santiago? Because its Archcathedral Basilica is believed to be the shrine of Saint James, an apostle of Jesus. This is why the […]

Tips on walking responsibly

Tips on walking responsibly

If you find yourself looking for a walking holiday, you are most likely already committed to responsible rambling. Most of you will have also discovered the healing powers of putting one foot in front of the other, and agree with Shane O’Mara, author of the excellent book, In Praise of Walking, that science has proved […]

Tour du Mont Blanc alternatives

Our top Tour du Mont Blanc alternatives

The Tour du Mont Blanc, or TMB, can sometimes feel more like a TBC during peak season when, if you don’t get your booking in early, may mean that it’s a non-starter. It really is one of the most spectacular long-distance walks in Europe, which is why people come from all over the world to […]

Fishermen's Trail in Portugal

A deep dive into the Fishermen’s Trail in Portugal

You know when something is so good, you just have to have two of them? Well, the Rota Vicentina is a bit like that. It’s a 400km colossal web of natural trails and it comes in two equally perfect packages: the Caminho Histórico or Historical Way and the Trilho dos Pescadores Fishermen’s Trail. Both link […]

Balkan holidays

Bigging up our Balkan holidays

The word Balkan evokes an emotional response for many and, thankfully, emotions are now highly positive ones when it comes to adventure travel. And yet, people who are unfamiliar with this part of the world can still struggle to picture the Balkan region on the map, to understand its cultural makeup or to know what […]

E-bike holidays

E-bike holidays that aim high

The e-bike has done so much more for cycling holidays than give them power. They have empowered adventurers to get back in the saddle and not feel overshadowed by expert cyclists who conquer cols all year round, or for whom Lycra is a second skin. It’s as if the arrival of the e-bike has democratised […]

Tough walks

Our top tough walks

We categorise our tough walks as strenuous, walking between eight to ten hours a day, often in elevated and exposed regions. Those are the tangibles. The intangibles are elation and satisfaction, escapism and individualism – just a few of the feelings one can experience on epic walking trails. Just as you may experience four seasons […]

Best coastal cycling tours

Our best coastal cycling tours 

Feel the salt on your skin and the breeze on your back. Dip in and out of bays or pootle along promenades. Our best coastal cycling tours are marine adventures made in heaven if you are a lover of all things littoral. From Cornwall to Catalonia, Greek to Canary Islands, these are cycling holidays with […]