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Imaginative Walking, Biking & Paddling Adventures in Scotland

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    Majestic Sandwood Bay on our Scourie & NW Sutherland Holiday

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    Enjoying the Mountains & Malts of Islay & Jura

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    Puffins feeding on the Shetland Saga

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    Canoeing in the wilds of the North-West Highlands

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    The dramatic sea-scapes beyond Scotland on the Faroe Footsteps holiday

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    Classic single track mountain biking in the Highlands

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    The magic of Suilven on the Ullapool & Assynt Hills trip

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    The challenge of canoeing on Scotland's rivers

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    End of holiday dinner at the award winning 3 Chimneys Restaurant on the Skye Taster holiday

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    The stunning scenery of Assynt

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Grades Explained

All our trip grades are designed to help you make the right choice in deciding which of our adventure holidays is best suited for you. Below we have provided an explanation of our grades although we recommend that you read the specific trip grade description in the holiday information. This will provide more detail as it is written specifically for that trip and will reflect distance, ascent and terrain.

If you are unsure about the grade we are only too glad to chat and help you make the right choice. No matter what grade of trip you choose we recommended a little active preparation before your holiday as this goes a long way in helping you enjoy your adventure.


Walking Grades

Grade 1, Moderate

Moderate

The emphasis is on a leisurely pace with time to explore, watch wildlife and gain insight into the history and culture of the area. We usually spend 5 -6 hours walking with distances between 12-16 km (8-10 miles). Gradients are generally easy and much of the walking is on paths, although these can be rough in places. A basic level of fitness is required.

Grade 2, Moderate +

Moderate +

The emphasis is still on a leisurely pace with time to explore. We usually spend 5 -6 hours walking with distances of up to 16 km (10 miles) with up to 500 meters of ascent (1,500ft). Gradients are generally easy and much of the walking is on paths, although these can be rough in places. A basic level of fitness is required.

Grade 3, Intermediate

Intermediate

A mixture of mountain walks with 450-900 meters (1,500-3,000ft) of ascent and long low level walks of up to 24km (15 miles). We will walk for 6-7 hours at a steady pace but with plenty of stops. There are often stretches of pathless and rough ground. Intermediate trips require good fitness and previous hill walking experience is an advantage.

Grade 4, Intermediate +

Intermediate +

The focus is on mountain walks with ascents regularly between 700-1000 meters (2,300-3,000ft). Walks will range between 7-8 hours at a steady pace but with stops. There will be long periods with no paths and rough steep ground. Intermediate+ trips require good fitness and previous hill walking experience is a big advantage.

Grade 5, Strenuous

Strenuous

Our strenuous trips involve longer days of over 8 hours in more demanding mountain terrain with ascents of 900-1,500 meters (3,000-5,000ft). Steep ascents and descents, exposed ground and occasionally some scrambling may be involved. You will need to have a very good level of fitness, a good head for heights and regularly spend time walking in the mountains.


Biking Grades

Grade 1, Moderate

Moderate

Our moderate trips are suitable for those with a little off-road experience. Routes will include a mix of quiet roads, wide tracks and easy single track. We will cover a distances of between 40-50km per day with some climbing.

Grade 2, Intermediate

Intermediate

Intermediate trips are suitable for regular mountain bikers with a good level of confidence. Routes will involve some road but the majority will be on rough landrover tracks and single track with longer climbs. Generally we will cover a distance of between 50-60km.

Grade 3, Strenuous

Strenuous

Strenuous trips are for active mountain bikers with a very good level of bike handling skills. Routes will be over rough tracks, technical single track and sustained climbs in remote areas. Distances will range from 50-80km.


Paddle Grades

Grade 1, Moderate

Moderate

Our moderate grade trips are aimed at those with a little or no experience. The emphasis is on a leisurely pace of 5 - 6 hours per day with time to explore and watch for wildlife. For those with no experience coaching will be provided along the way allowing you the time to enjoy the environment.

Grade 2, Moderate+

Moderate+

Our moderate+ trips are aimed at those with ideally some previous paddling experience. Days will involve up to 6 - 7 hours on the water with plenty of stops. On moderate+ trips where we canoe on rivers we can encounter fast flowing water along with easy rapids. The emphasis is still on exploration and enjoyment.

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