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
Allen had some difficult hurdles this trip: Storm Ali, hikers not being able to make the walks, my food issues. He did a great job managing all of it.Alison Coolidge
Alan was really friendly and easy to talk to. He knew a lot about the history of Scotland, it was fascinating to hear his stories. He even sang us a song about the massacre at Glencoe while we were overlooking the valley!Olivia Garfield
Alan had the patience of Job. Imagine, poor him and six, over fifty, opinionated women to contend with! He led us skillfully and with great humor. Really enjoyed his company and leadership.Rosanne Barletta
Alan was one of best guides we have had. Conscientious, flexible, and fun!Gail Pendleton
Alan Wright was an excellent guide. We were a small group with the majority being friends or friends/family of friends plus two additional women. Our safety and comfort were his primary concern. He took care of every detail even when the weather dictated that we cancel our walk for the day and we had to get to the next night's lodging, which was challenging given all the other hikers who were in the same boat and then we were stranded at Drovers Inn because the bridge to our next lodging was flooded. He also assisted those who could not walk on specific days due to illness or minor disability. I appreciated his detailed preview of the walks, what to expect, his advice on how to prepare for the varying weather, and his combination of knowledge of history, local communities, Scottish culture, and nature. He made sure each of us had some of his personal attention, too!Deeana Jang
Allen was a real prize!! He was so informative, good natured — fun! — and really dealt seamlessly with some unexpected obstacles (train disruption at Queen Street, Storm Ali, Kingshouse detour) — and he sang a moving song about Glencoe atop the Devil’s Staircase to applause from other hikers as well — all in all, three huge cheers for Mr. Wright!Stephanie Lytle
Alan Wright is an ideal guideMichael Newkirk
Our guide was very attentive and helpful. Extremely knowledgeable about the route and Scottish history.Thomas Boreiko
Great job, Alan! Your sense of humor and attention to detail were greatly appreciated.Bronwen Gamble
Alan was patient, friendly, extremely well informed about all the historic sites we visited and a great guide on all our walks.Catharine Wall
One word: Outstanding! Most definitely beyond all expectations. As my family of five young ones between the ages of 24-31 commented afterwards: “ Alan must be Wilderness Scotland’s top guide”.Annette Plagborg-Møller
From the pick up in Inverness and throughout the week Alan Wright was on top of everything in his extremely kind, professional, and humourous way. His service mindedness and good decisions ensured the trip of a life time, as my family called it afterwards. The sun always shines in Scotland :-) ... or at least with Alan it does, as he cleverly rearranged the daily climbs to the various summits according to skilled weather app judgements.
Please send him our warmest regards and thank him for a truly unique holiday in your beautiful country!
Alan Wright was caring and efficient and a great person to get to know. Take care of him.Robert Sweeney
Loved Allen Wright! If I ever book another trip with Wilderness Scotland, I'd choose a trip that Alan was guiding.Rosa Hall
Alan Wright did everything he could to make it a great experience. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.James Clouston
He was impressiveBrian Hall
Alan did a brilliant job looking after everyone. Very well organised, professional and very accomodating. He went out of his way to ensure we all had a great time and we're happy, even for those that could not complete all of the sections. He provided heaps of encouragement and humour along the way with lots of history for the area.Michael Mahar
Can't say enough good things about Alan. Such an enthusiastic, pleasant and truly caring guide!Paul Bedard
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