Places to Play: Living just north of Stirling I am extremely fortunate to be based so close to fantastic areas such as the Loch Lomond National Park and Highland Perthshire but in terms of scenery, wilderness, remoteness and wonderful landscapes the wilds of North West Highlands are my “Jewel in the Crown” – each visit just draws me in more and more.
Not a lot of people know this: My main ambition in life is to witness the extremely rare Scottish Wildcat in its natural habitat. This is something that very few people have ever been fortunate to have witnessed. Hopefully one day it will be me!
Bio: I fell in love with the outdoors over 25 years ago following a week’s solo excursion walking the West Highland Way which introduced me to the stunning scenery and landscapes of the Scottish Highlands.
Since then I have used every opportunity to visit and walk Scotland’s hills, mountains, glens & islands, thus building upon my experience and knowledge, which eventually led me into the dream job as a walking guide – as I aimed to break free from my career in finance.
My walking experiences have taken me to the French & Austrian Alps, The Pyrenees and the wilds of the bush & rainforest in Queensland Australia but I would never swap any of them for what can be found in the Scotland’s countryside.
There are so many things that make me passionate about what the outdoors in Scotland has to offer. The hills & mountains particularly in winter are always memorable no matter what the weather brings but equally combining a walk by witnessing the wildlife, learning or revisiting the history of the area are something that I look to take home with me from every walk that I undertake.
There is one pleasure which outweighs everything else and that is sharing and spreading the joy of these wonderful experiences with others.
Adventurer's Stories about Alan
Alan was great, knowledgeable, friendly and flexible. Chose a good route which took into account the weather conditions, it was blowing a gale.Dave Batchelor