A Walk in the Country is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) and adheres to the AITO quality charter.
AITO is the Association for independent and specialist holiday companies. Our member companies, usually owner-managed, strive to create overseas holidays with high levels of professionalism and a shared concern for quality and personal service. The Association encourages the highest standards in all aspects of tour operating.
AITO sets criteria regarding ownership, finance and quality which must be satisfied before new companies are admitted to membership. All members are required to adhere to a Code of Business Practice which encourages high operational standards and conduct.
An AITO member is required to arrange financial protection for all holidays and other arrangements (including accommodation only) booked by customers with the member under the AITO logo. This financial protection applies to customers who are resident in the UK at the time of booking and to most overseas customers who have booked directly with the member. In doing so, the member must comply with UK government regulations. Members are required to submit details of their financial protection arrangements to AITO on a regular basis.
All members do their utmost to ensure that all their brochures and other publications, print or electronic, clearly and accurately describe the holidays and services offered.
All members are committed to high standards of service and believe in regular and thorough training of employees. Members continually seek to review and improve their holidays. They listen to their customers and always welcome suggestions for improving standards.
AITO endeavours to monitor quality standards regularly. All customers should receive a post-holiday questionnaire the results of which are scrutinised by the Association.
All members acknowledge the importance of AITO’s Sustainable Tourism guidelines, which recognise the social, economic and environmental responsibilities of tour operating. Those demonstrating their achievements beyond the pure acceptance of this principle are recognised by the award of 2 to 5-star status.
All members endeavour to deal swiftly and fairly with any issues their customers may raise. In the unlikely event that a dispute between an AITO member and a customer cannot be settled amicably, AITO’s low-cost Independent Dispute Settlement Service may be called upon by either side to bring the matter to a speedy and acceptable conclusion. A Walk in the Country is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators.
To contact the Association, visit www.aito.com or call 020 8744 9280.
One of our favourite routes
The Great Glen Way is the third longest walking route in Scotland. Follow the historic Caledonian Canal and traverse the forests above Loch Ness from Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis, to the vibrant city of Inverness, the capital of the highlands. The gentle gradient marks it as a relatively easy walk for beginners to enjoy while the scenery makes it attractive regardless of your ability and fitness levels.
One of our favourite routes
This route follows the world-famous Roman Wall for its entire length: Traverse this path from one coast to another, from Wallsend, near Newcastle, to the Solway Firth beyond Carlisle, indulging yourself in the history of the region, as well as some great scenery too.
Always find the staff really helpful and business like, yet friendly. Thank you!
Claire Wood, UK
North Lakes Traverse
We had a wonderful holiday and thanks are due to you for finding good accommodation, providing super maps and guides and the lovely additional touches. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and even the weather was kind to us .... what more could we want? We would recommend your company to our friends (in fact we already have,) and we are now contemplating another possible holiday next year.
Jacki Allan, UK
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