How fit do I need to be for your Trail holidays?
For trails, this is a question that many guests ask and it is very difficult to answer. What is an easy walk for one person may be a major challenge for another depending on how fit and active they are and how regularly they go walking. We want you to be confident that you choose a Trail or Island Hopping holiday that is right for you so that you enjoy yourself and have a great experience.
Sometimes it is difficult to make provision for anyone who opts out on some of the sections of the Trail holidays we offer. So we know you need to feel confident you can manage the mileage and ascent detailed in the daily itineraries featured on the website. If you do have any questions regarding your fitness for a particular holiday, or any concerns, Trails Manager Annie is always happy to have a chat with you. Just email her your questions!
Our Trail Grading swingometers also give you a guide to fitness and explain the terrain you may encounter. Terrain can vary greatly depending on where you are and how frequently the paths are walked. Sometimes in Scotland there are no paths at all. Coastal routes can have great paths but can be rocky or have big ascents or descents. Walking days also vary but can be anywhere between approximately 6 and 9 hours out each day. So for your own enjoyment and that of your walking companions you need to maintain the pace.
So! It makes a lot of sense to spend time getting some additional exercise before your holiday. We suggest that you try to fit in a number of longer walks, including some on hilly terrain. Other exercises such as cycling, jogging and swimming are also excellent for developing increased stamina. The more you walk beforehand, the more you will feel confident to enjoy your holiday. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get fit.
And remember!....To enjoy walking whatever the weather, it is really important to wear comfortable boots that have been tested and worn-in before your holiday, combined with good socks. Wearing a thin under pair with a thicker pair of walking socks over the top is recommended as it can help prevent blisters from forming.