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News from Make Tracks - Worry free Walking in Scotland

December 2008


New Website

New Walks

Prices for 2009

The Cateran Trail

The Borders Abbeys Way

A Luxury Short Break

A Toast to Rabbie Burns

Send your photographs

Group Walking


Our New look web site is up and running

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Hello Everybody



New Walks

Part of the fun of running Make Tracks is trying out new walks for you to enjoy. In the autumn, we've been doing just that. This newsletter features the Cateran Trail, The Borders Abbeys Way, and a luxury short break in Scottish Borders.

Future newsletters will let you know about other walks as we get them onto the web site. In the meatime, we've already got information about loads of walks that don't feature on the web site. If you want to know about walking anywhere in Scotland, or if you think there are other walks we should be featuring, please just get in touch.

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Loch Beanie

The Cateran Trail

This is a real find. We've had enquiries for the Cateran Trail for years, but have never managed to check out the walk and the accommodation properly. Dougie spent a week there in September, and the results are terrific. Six days or so is enough for the whole trail, and the landscape varies from rolling farmland to the Grampian Mountains. Some of the accommodation was exceptional. Remember its worth booking with Make Tracks because we take the time to check on walks and accommodation. Some other companies don't bother with the details that we think are essential.

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The Borders Abbeys Way

We've actually been organising this walk for years, but without making a fuss about it (ie putting it on the web site). The walks are mostly gentle, with good stretches by the great Borders Rivers, the Tweed, Teviot and Ettrick, and only a couple of sections on the high moors. The relative ease of the walks leaves plenty of time to explore the historic Borders towns, including the magnificent mediaeval abbeys at Melrose, Dryburgh and Jedburgh. For those with more secular interests, we'll recommend some fine eating places too.

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Borders Hilltops

- a luxury short break

This is a luxury short break in the Borders in association with Caddon View. New owners Steve and Lisa Davies have made Caddon View the perfect place for a short break or long weekend. Think of log fires, candle-lit dinners, and a style of cooking that uses the best local ingredients, simply prepared, and well presented, but with an emphasis on flavour. The walking is fabulous, with two excellent high level ridge walks, and a shorter walk to the famous Tibbie Shiels Inn at St Mary's Loch. We regularly put together customised short walking breaks for our clients, and have featured one or two of them on the web site. In 2009, we plan to feature a few more, and are always happy to help with custom breaks.

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Photograph Gallery

We're trying to get a photo gallery started on the new website. Its always hard to get these things organised when you're also busy booking holidays for next season. But over the next few weeks, we'll try to get a few photos onto the site. They won't all be of the routes we feature, but will be from all parts of Scotland. Some of them will be our own, and others from friends. But most of all, we would like to feature some of the photographs from our many clients. I'm sure you must have some really good ones out there. So please send them in (an email attachment is just fine, or permission to download from a site), and we'll put them on the site, with a credit to you. No prizes - just the warm glow that comes with fame.


A Toast to Rabbie Burns

If you can't make it to Scotland for the Homecoming (see left), you can still join in the fun. Our friends at Scottish Gemini are organising a world wide toast to Rabbie Burns. They hope to beat the world record for the number of people making a toast at the same time. Sounds like a laugh - and a good excuse to get out and buy your favourite bottle of Scotch.


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And a Happy Christmas to you all!

This is the first of a series of occasional newsletters from Make Tracks. We want to let you know about new walks, special offers and about anything else that is happening in Scotland that might be of interest to our clients around the world.

Apologies for the mass circulation to those of you who already keep in touch with us. If you don't want us to send further newsletters to your email address, please email us from that address, with the word unsubscribe in the subject.

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New Make Tracks Website

We've always been reluctant to change the look of the website, as clients have always said they find it easy to navigate. But we want to add more information for clients, so we have changed the appearance while we altered the structure a little.

At the moment, we have just included the new walks indicated here, together wih a majore updated of information on how to get to Scotland and how to get about once you are here. We'll soon be adding more, including maps of the walks, a gallery, and more info on accommodation. Please let us know what you think of the changes, and about any other features you would like us to include.

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Pay Less

We do our very best to keep prices competitive, while always offering the highest standard of customer service (all these wee personal touches). 2009 will be no exception, and we are now offering discounts for groups of 4 or more. This reflects the reduced costs we can incur on bigger groups.


If you're coming from outside the UK, the currency rates couldn't be better. Prices from the USA are currently more than 20% cheaper than last year, and even better value if you are in the Eurozone. This might be the best year ever to come to Scotland.


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Group Walks

Most of our clients come in small parties. However, we also regularly cater for large groups (corporate groups, walking and hiking clubs, and large family groups). The biggest group so far has been for 56 parents and children from Madrid. They walked the entire Great Glen Way, and then had some time walking and exploring on Skye. So don't be put off if your group is extra large. We'll happily include non-walking activities too. Please get in touch if you would like us to help with a group visit to Scotland.

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Homecoming Scotland is an events programme celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Rober Burns, aimed at people with Scottish ancestry, and everyone who wants to celebrate Scottish culture. If you're planning to come to Scotland for the celebrations, make sure to combine it with a bit of walk.





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