Ben Thorburn – Head of Marketing
Me in 3 – Green-fingered | Freeskiing | Monkey
Place to Play – Living and working in the Cairngorms National Park is amazing but being from the west coast, I don’t think you can beat the iconic mountains of Assynt and Coigach.
Not a lot of people know this – I failed my Bronze DofE after some shoddy map reading within the first half a mile. We were given a second chance on day 2 and promptly managed to get lost then too.
Mini Bio – I was brought up in the picturesque west coast community of Lochcarron in the Scottish Highlands and I remember listening to the stags eerily roaring across the loch each autumn. Ever since my childhood I’ve had a strong connection with the landscape and nature; it enthuses me and feeds my soul.
I’m the Marketing Manager at Wilderness Scotland and I hope my love and enthusiasm for Scotland’s wild places inspires people to visit such an incredible place.
Outside of work I’m to be found in my natural habitat; the mountains, whether skiing, on a mountain bike or walking. I’m also a keen gardener and try my best to grow our own fruit and veg. If we have a good crop then the Wilderness Scotland Farm Shop is open for business.
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Wild Camping - Camping under the stars in spectacular locations near the waterway/shore. Some camps are wild with no facilities while some have very basic facilities such as a toilet and cold running water.
Basic - These simple rustic accommodations in breath-taking locations have a warm and cosy feel with shared bathroom facilities, warm showers and comfortable beds.
Classic - Staying in 3 or 4 star hotels, guesthouses and Highland inns, you can enjoy warm hospitality along with a hot shower, great food and a comfortable bed at the end of a day.
Deluxe - Staying in 4 or 5 star hotels you can enjoy superior comfort and the finest service.
Luxury - Selected castles in locations across Scotland, each have their own character and you will be exceptionally well looked after in each of them.
Provisional - These trips are available to book but the dates may be subject to change.
Unconfirmed - These trip dates are fixed but not yet confirmed to run, if two people book this trip it will become confirmed.
Confirmed - This trip is confirmed to run so you can arrange travel plans.
Fully Booked - Sorry this trip is fully booked please try another date.
Accommodation is usually in twin (2 single beds) or double (1 shared bed) rooms unless stated otherwise and we request that clients who book individually share a twin room.
If however, you would like a single room this may be possible subject to availability and payment of a supplement (see Trip Dossier for details). If you select single, we will determine availability and advise you shortly after you have made booking.
Please provide some information on your relevant experience/fitness for this trip
Please provide any dietary requirements e.g. vegetarian, gluten free, no dairy
Please provide contact details for who we should call in the case of an emergency
Please provide a contact mobile number that will enable us to contact you should you not arrive at the start point on time
Your conservation contribution will go towards supporting the vital environmental protection and conservation of wild land undertaken by our nominated charity the John Muir Trust. Should you prefer not to pay this contribution, simply un-tick the box and the amount will be deducted from your payment. Full details of our conservation contribution scheme and the organisations we support can be found on our sustainable tourism pages.
Please advise us of any medical conditions relevant to a trip of this type eg. Asthma, autism, aspergers, bad knees, replacement hips, etc. All information will be kept in the strictest of confidence
Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us
Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.
That's why we read each of our client's reviews and although we don't respond to all of them, if it's glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.