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      Alan Smith

      Alan Smith

      Me in three – happy | thoughtful | bearded! 

      Place to play – Cairngorms, NW Highlands and the Moray coast for the beaches. 

      Not a lot of people know this – I once worked as the stunt co-ordinator on an episode of ‘The Krankies’, an iconic Scottish children’s  TV programme!

      Mini bio – My passion for wild places began early with youthful explorations of the woods and beaches of Morayshire. My youth was spent living in Strathnaver, Sutherland. I worked alongside local crofters and helped my father in his work as water bailiff on the River Naver. I studied outdoor pursuits at Ilkley College before working at Outward Bound Ullswater. I’ve been involved in Youth Expeditions to the Yukon, Iceland and Alaska as well as a 3 year spell as a field assistant with the British Antarctic Survey at Rothera base. I live in Forres on the Moray coast, a great base for exploring the wilds of Scotland.

      Adventurer's Stories about Alan

      Allan Smith was an excellent guide. Extremely knowledgeable, patient & accommodating. He had to deal with hikers of varying abilities which is a challenge & difficult to satisfy the needs /wants of everyone.

      Myra Campbell
      Wilderness Walking - Sutherland: The Great Wild North
      Reviewed on 10/09/2018

      Alan was very knowledgeable about the areas we hiked.

      Sarah Whittier
      Wilderness Walking - Sutherland: The Great Wild North
      Reviewed on 07/09/2018

      Alan was an absolute delight! He is very knowledgeable about flora and fauna, history and culture - he even read us poetry by Norman McCaig as we lunched at Loch Fionn. He was kind and patient, able to adapt to our varied needs and the changing weather with aplomb.

      Linda Joe
      Wilderness Walking - Sutherland: The Great Wild North
      Reviewed on 05/09/2018

      Alan Smith listened to the group, he is friendly and relaxed, and full of information.

      Lorie Turner
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay
      Reviewed on 26/07/2018

      I cannot fault Alan.

      Theresia Wilhelm
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay
      Reviewed on 25/07/2018

      Al Smith was a great walk leader - very knowlegeable and easy-going.

      Jean Stacey
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay
      Reviewed on 23/07/2018

      Good knowledge of local flora, fauna, geology, peak names. Set a good pace the groups was comfortable with. Kept group together. Good at organizing activities, including alternatives during bad weather. Good company.

      John Brennan
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of Torridon and Wester Ross
      Reviewed on 17/07/2017

      Superb - thanks Alan. Both you and I need to go on a geology course - lots of interesting rocks, faults and geomorphology! I very much appreciated your ability to enable the group to walk the hills considering ability, injury and the weather - you made it seem easy.

      Gillian Allison
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of Torridon and Wester Ross
      Reviewed on 13/09/2016

      See my earlier comment. Our guide was the BEST. All kudos. This is not mere praise: I have worked with many mountain guides and Mr. Smith is, by far, the best.

      Gregory W. Hornig
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of Torridon and Wester Ross
      Reviewed on 12/09/2016

      Alan Smith was terrific. Knowledgeable and fun.
      Cool guy.

      Grayson Drexel
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of Torridon and Wester Ross
      Reviewed on 12/09/2016

      Allan Smith is a home run.
      Experienced, calm, skilled, patient, friendly, good sense of humor

      David Adelberg
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of Torridon and Wester Ross
      Reviewed on 12/09/2016

      I have been fortunate to have climbed with superb guides in both North and South American. Alan was in that class. Good teacher, good listener, top-notch skills.

      Terry Casey
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of Torridon and Wester Ross
      Reviewed on 12/09/2016

      Book a trip with Alan

      Trip / Departure Availability Status Price Book
      Road Cycling – Outer Hebrides
      13th Jul - 19th Jul 2019
      6 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,795 Book Now
      Wilderness Walking – The Isle of Skye
      17th Aug - 23rd Aug 2019
      8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,735 Book Now

      Make Trip Private

      Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

      We work together with our team of guides to decide which departures they lead each year. As part of that, guides provide available dates that they are free to be booked. This means that any of the dates you see in the first field of the form below, could be perfect for your private departure or customised tour.

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