On Private tours, the activity level is dependent upon your abilities, communicated to us during the booking process.
Physical ability requirements for tours:
A general guideline: If you are the kind of person who takes the stairs rather the elevator, walks in preference to taking the car, or does regular cardiovascualr exercise sessions and has a BMI of about 29.5 or less, then you're probably in the right range of fitness for your own comfort with our activity levels. If not, these may not be the tours for you. Remember, age is not a factor. We've had 70+ year old active guests out-walking 40 year olds! After all, Look at Mick Jagger. And yes, he can join us on a tour any time! If you're not sure, contact us.
Why is BMI important? BMI (Body Mass Index) gives a surprisingly good indication of the mobility, health and physical abilities of a guest. A guest with a high BMI is usually not comfortable with the amount and pace of brisk walking or hiking that we do. Yes, there is the occasional exception, like the farm girl who was over the BMI but had no problem with the hill hikes because she did heavy duty farm work and mucking out stables every day. And then there was the body builder! However, for those not in these physically demanding life styles, being left behind is not fun. You're here to experience Scotland from its purest beauty spots and we want you to enjoy it by our sides.
8 Day Tours (J&C, Borders etc)
Here's a list of things you'll need to check you're not 'alergic' to:
- Walking at a brisk* pace, keeping up with the guide and group
- Hiking on or off trails and up mountain and hill paths
- Standing for periods in museums, castles, exhibits
- Riding in front, middle AND back of the tour van for 1 to 3 hours on some days, sometimes on winding roads
- Being without toilet facilities for up to 3 hours (other than Mother Nature's faclities)
- Moving your own luggage into and from accommodation and up stairs
- Climbing narrow stairs briskly in castles etc
- Being in company of others for most of the time with a friendly persona
- For Optional Pony Trekking, be under 180lbs or 12.8 stone (according to the ponies and their carers).
- A BMI of about 29.5 or less for your activity enjoyment and comfort for everyone in the vehicle.Check
your BMI here
* FYI - What is a brisk pace?
A translatable measure is this: Time your 1 mile walk on the flat.
If your mile is under 20 minutes, you should find no problem with the activity level on any of our tours.
If you can walk a 21 to 24 minute mile, you're almost there; start walking daily now to reach a 20 minute mile.
If you take a solid 25 minutes or more on your timed mile, then it's best to contact us before booking on.
Please be aware that gym treadmills are often not accurate and can give you a much faster speed than the reality of walking outside.