OUR ACCOMMODATION

We know from personal experience that a good night’s rest can make or break a trip, which is why we carefully hand-select all our accommodation. In fact, our founder Glenyce, has spent so much time walking the various paths, and formed such close relationships with hotel and restaurant owners, that she has been invited to family gatherings! It is this personal touch and care, along with our knowledge and firsthand experience of the best places to stay, that we ensure we pass on to our walkers.

You may stay in rural properties with never-ending views, or a centrally located hotel to minimise extra time on your feet, or maybe it’s a small B&B and your meals are being painstakingly prepared in the family kitchen. Even if it’s not perhaps immediately obvious why a lodging has been chosen, you can rest assured that there’s a good reason.

Whenever possible, we aim to choose accommodation that complements the trip. Whether it be a historic lodging or monastery along the Camino, a traditional Japanese ryokan, a Nepalese tea house high up in the Himalaya or a place selected simply because we know the hosts will enhance your journey. These aren’t just places to stay; they’re integral parts of the cultural experience.

Read more about the types of accommodation you may enjoy in some of our destinations.

Camino de Santiago

Encompassing walking routes in France, Spain and Portugal, the Camino de Santiago is a historic pilgrimage that has always relied on generous hospitality. In the past these hosts were often monks or priests, whereas now the Camino is an important way of life for a whole range of locals. Glenyce has spent many years walking the various routes and has consequently formed special relationships with a number of accommodation providers. We have many well kept secrets and hidden gems to enhance your stay.

Your accommodation along the Camino is chosen to make your pilgrimage experience as rewarding as possible. You may be staying in a refurbished farmhouse, some of which have been in the family for centuries, or perhaps a boutique hotel with a chef who wouldn’t be out of place in a Michelin-starred restaurant. There are unique properties scattered throughout the different routes including converted monasteries, lighthouses and tiny B&Bs with the most generous hosts you could possibly imagine.  Our assortment always guarantees your own private en-suite facilities.  Wherever you end up, you’ll be well looked after, warm and comfortable and, most importantly, ready to tackle the next day’s walk.

Japan

It feels like Japan was made for walking holidays. Outside of the Tokyo metropolis, the mossy forest paths of rural Japan are ripe for quiet conversation and contemplation, and a culture of hospitality and mindfulness pervades all parts of society.

The accommodation we use in Japan depends on the itinerary and which trail the group is walking. It will be a mix of traditional and more modern accommodation, though we endeavour to maximise the cultural experience wherever possible. You may find yourself in a ryokan, for example, a traditional Japanese inn with tatami mats, futons and communal bathing areas, or onsens, conveniently separated between female and male.  Undoubtedly a highlight of walking in Japan and the perfect way to soothe your muscles.  Owners embrace the ancient traditions of hospitality and turn healthy, seasonal produce into exquisite meals.  You may find yourself waking each morning in a Buddha-like state of Zen – the perfect frame of my mind for continuing your walk.

United Kingdom and Ireland

Anyone who has had the opportunity to walk through the UK – or ramble, as they say – knows that it’s an incredibly beautiful experience, whether you’re treading the Coast to Coast across England or the West Highland Way in Scotland. The same goes for the Dingle Way in Ireland, the UK’s favourite neighbour.

Our carefully selected guest houses, inns and hotels, often steeped in history, offer a charming, cosy feel, all with private en-suite facilities. Knowing you have delightful and characterful accommodation waiting for you makes all the difference.

All our places we stay in the UK and Ireland are chosen to keep you comfortable and content. From quaint B&Bs – run by locals straight out of a Jane Austen novel – to refurbished highland manor houses complete with roaring fires and rare whiskies, the comfort of our accommodations is matched only by the views. And the views, if we may say so ourselves, are simply splendid, whether they’re of the Scottish mountains or the wild Atlantic Ocean.