Activity Breaks

Activity Breaks

Like to stay active on holiday? From skiing to yoga, hiking to windsurfing we've got everything on your holiday doorstep.

You'll find Macdonald Resorts in some of the UK's largest national parks, by rugged coasts, lochs and mountains. Travel a little further and enjoy miles of sandy beaches and water sports galore in the Costa Del Sol and Algarve.

Add this to the variety of on-site activities and you'll find the perfect base for an activity break!

Activity Breaks


Whether you consider yourself a gentle stroller or mountaineer your walking holiday can take in tranquil canal sides, rugged mountains, sun-dappled forest trails, sandy beaches and dramatic chalk ridges.

Take a break in one of our two resorts near Aviemore and explore the Cairngorms National Park climbing some of Scotland’s highest peaks or a gentle stroll around Loch Morlich. Stay in Aberfoyle and follow in the footsteps of Rob Roy with a walk in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Or journey to Pennal and discover the rolling hills and valleys within Snowdonia National Park, also home Snowdon, the highest peak out side of Scotland at 3,560 ft. If you prefer staying closer to sea level there's fabulous nature reserves, beaches and woodland walks galore in the New Forest.

Our Spanish resorts offer endless opportunities for beach walks, the popular boardwalk along Mijas Costa offers the perfect opportunity for a beach-side stroll with plenty of lovely stop-offs amongst local bars and restaurants. You're also within easy reach of our favourite mountain walks withing Sierra de Mijas, less than an hour from Macdonald La Ermita, with a height of 1,150 ft

Activity Breaks


We've counted 17 different MTB trails within the Aviemore area alone, a Bike Park in Aberfoyle plus two MTB trails and dozens of challenging trails in the Dyfi Valley. The New Forest has cycle routes through ancient woodland, heaths, pretty villages and a 40-mile stretch of coast. It's safe to say our UK resorts are well situated for the mountain bike enthusiast but also the leisure cyclist following the popular routes within all resort's nearest national parks.

Further afield and we're very proud of our Bikotel status at Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa. The Monchique region offers fantastic conditions for various types of cycling, including road, mountain and downhill.

Ask at your resort reception for details on recommended bike hire companies if you've not brought yours with you on holiday.

Activity Breaks


With two golf courses on-site, one a championship course, at Macdonald Spey Valley Resort and preferred tee times at over 10 of the top golf courses in the Costa del Sol we can safely say that golfing breaks are one of our specialities!

Visit our Golf Breaks page and start working on your handicap.

Activity Breaks

Winter Sports

Macdonald Spey Valley Resort and Macdonald Lochanhully Resort are both close to CairnGorm Mountain, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful, and sometimes challenging, places to ski and snowboard in the UK. There's a wide range of routes on offer, with the longest run running 3.3 kms. Try out the seven green runs, six blue, eight red and one black piste.

Most of our lodges, chalets and villas have space to store your skis and we can arrange all your equipment hire if you prefer to travel light and have everything ready for collection on arrival. With private saunas and wood burning fires in some of our accommodation we'll also help you defrost!

Our guests also tell us amazing stories about rock climbing and canyoning near Ronda, sky diving near Alvor, surfing off the Welsh coast and zip sliding through the Trossachs and Cairngorms. However you like to get active we've got some fabulous opportunities within a stone's throw of all our resorts across the UK, Spain and Portugal.

Activity Breaks

Water Sports

Within 20 minutes of Macdonald Plas Talgarth Resort you're on Aberdyfi beach, a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. The estuary is ideal for sailing, canoeing, sailboarding and water-skiing. The coastline up to Tywyn is popular with surfers and kite-surfers.

With 10 minutes of Macdonald Spey Valley Resort you'll find a surprising number of in-land water sports on nearby Loch Morlich. This is a fresh water loch surrounded by long sandy beaches and home to a popular water sports centre and yacht club where you'll find sailing, windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing from April until October.

Head to the warmer waters of the Algarve and you'll find a dedicated kite-surfing centre which also organises windsurfing, sailing, paddle boarding and jet skis for the growing number of water sports enthusiasts choosing the Alvor region for breaks. You're less than 10 minutes from here if you choose to stay in Macdonald Vale da Ribeira or just 30 minutes from Macdonald Monchique Resort.

And then there's the Costa Del Sol. With three resorts on the coast itself we don't need to tell you how many different water sports are available along this stretch of coast. Multiple activity providers are available, speak to your resort receptionist for recommendations.

Resort Activity Programmes

Many of our resorts have activities on-site for guests to enjoy. These typically include exercise classes, where we have larger gyms, aqua aerobics and local walks. Many of our resorts also have on-site tennis courts. Visit the Health & Leisure page of your chosen resort to see what's available on-site.

The most comprehensive guest activity programme can be found at Macdonald Monchique Resort and Spa in the Algarve. Their weekly fitness programme includes meditation, yoga, Zumba, cross training and personal training. There's also guided walks within Sierra de Monchique plus bike hire available.

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