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      Alastair Goodridge

      Committed | Adventurous

       

      Mini Bio

      I’ve had a varied and adventurous career, including working as an outdoor instructor, leading overseas expeditions, working on Australian cattle stations and driving trucks around West Africa.

      I now live in the Cairngorm’s National Park and spend as much time as possible outside, walking, wild camping, skiing and long distance horse riding.

      I am interested in sustainable forestry and I am currently training my horse to extract timber from the forest. I am passionate about the environment and enjoy sharing my knowledge of natural history and wildlife with others.

      Place to play

      The Cairngorms National Park. I love the wild spaces and enjoy big days in the hills as well as relaxed exploring in the glens and forests.

      Not a lot of people know this

      I have passed my Chinese driving test… twice!

      Qualifications Read More
      • Winter + Summer Mountain Leader
      • Mountain Instructors Award
      • Trail Cycle Leader
      • HGV + PCV license
      Experience Read More

      I’ve been leading groups outdoors in one form or another for the last 15 years, including working as an outdoor instructor in the UK and leading developmental youth expeditions overseas. I’ve spent many years leading overland expeditions around the developing world, including pioneering adventures in West Africa. I’m fortunate to now live in the Cairngorms National Park: I love the wild spaces and enjoy big days in the hills as well as relaxed exploring in the glens and forests. I spend as much time as possible outside, walking, wild camping, skiing and horse riding.

      Biggest Adventure Read More

      I cycled the length of the UK aged 15, and across South America a few years later. I’ve driven from the UK to China and back, back to the UK from India, and pioneered trips in West Africa. While driving the Karakoram Highway in Pakistan, I drove a 16-tonne truck on to 2 small boats lashed together to cross Lake Attabad, formed by a massive landslide. On honeymoon, we rode horses around Mongolia in the winter, visiting an ice festival and camel racing festival then took the train back to the UK.

      Surely the biggest adventure is always what lies ahead?

      Specialist Subject Read More

      I am particularly interested in Scotland’s natural environment, including geology, flora and fauna, agriculture, woodland and land management. I also work in sustainable forestry and use my horse to extract timber from the forest. I have undertaken extensive practical research on the beers and whiskies of Scotland, and am always happy to share my knowledge over a pint or a dram.

      Publications Read More

      I’ve been interviewed on BBC News and featured in The Times, The Financial Times and The Telegraph about my work pioneering adventure travel in West Africa. I’ve also contributed to Bradt Travel Guides of the region.

      Adventurer's Stories about Alastair

      Alastair is a wonderful, organized, calm leader and clearly knows the area, history, flora and fauna.

      Laura Stusser-McNeil
      Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
      Reviewed on 18/09/2018

      Very knowledgeable and friendly. I appreciated Alastair’s straightforward approach and his patience even though we had a very wide range of fitness levels within our group.

      Fiona Cameron
      Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
      Reviewed on 13/09/2018

      Very helpful to everyone in the group. Went over and beyond. Great information details. Kind, considerate, and above all patient.

      Dawn Greenwald
      Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
      Reviewed on 15/08/2018

      None better. Knowledgeable, competent, and caring, especially when faced with varying levels of hiking abilities.

      Linda Lippman
      Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
      Reviewed on 14/08/2018

      Alistair was wonderful. He grasped our relative abilities very quickly. he was always there to lend a helping hand when I wobbled on a rock, or sank into the peat bog. He gave us lots of information about the history, the natural environment and so on. He drove beautifully and he was great company!

      Gail Kent
      Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
      Reviewed on 13/08/2018

      Alastair was the perfect guide for our group. We had very diverse hiking skills and he was able to ensure each of us participated and saw the sights while keeping us all safe and happy!

      Barbara Nelson
      Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
      Reviewed on 10/08/2018

      Alistair was wonderful. He managed the different personalities and skill levels with ease. He was so knowledgeable across such a broad range of topics and happy to answer everyone’s questions. He was always on time with a smile. For me personally his words of encouragement and mental as well as physical help were invaluable. If I ever take another trip I want to go with him!! He makes you feel secure in his abilities which for a novice was extremely important. Don’t lose him!!

      Randy Kamen
      Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
      Reviewed on 07/08/2018

      This was my first guided tour at age 68. My late husband and I did much traveling from age of 21. I have nothing to compare except I doubt anyone could guide us better than Alastair. Eight people all with different needs, expectations and desires and then adding on personalities is a huge responsibility. Alastair made it look easy as he taught us about the history of your lovely land, knowledge of your local plants and wildlife. I asked for a little time to shop and someone else wanted a tour of a whiskey distillery and he made both possible (last one kept us out of pouring rain after a hike). How lucky were we that he was our guide!

      Patricia Blaszko
      Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
      Reviewed on 06/08/2018

      Already commented. Loved Alister and would seek out a trip with him again. He does not over guide and true to control group. He gets his job done but let’s everyone enjoy everything. And his stories and experiences were so memorizing. I am so glad he was willing to share

      Maydelis Torres
      Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
      Reviewed on 21/04/2018

      My trip was guided by Alastair Goodridge. He's informative and very knowledgeable about the history and legends of the area. He explained a lot about the diverse flora and fauna that I’d miss if I opted to do the way unguided. He is very professional, flexible, conscientious, and calm!

      Zada Ghanayem
      Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
      Reviewed on 19/04/2018

      Alisster was chilled, patient, didn't rush us and stress us around... He was caring and left us on our own pace as we were a small group... Kept checking on everyone, and provided loads of information about nature, vegetation, animals, history and answered all the questions we had in mind... Also he helped me in managing my meals according to my dietary needs... Super calm and polite...

      Melia Rabadi
      Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
      Reviewed on 19/04/2018

      Book a trip with Alastair

      Trip / Departure Availability Status Price Book
      Wilderness Walking – The West Highland Way
      3rd Jun - 10th Jun 2019
      4 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,545 Book Now
      Wilderness Walking – The West Highland Way
      1st Jul - 8th Jul 2019
      3 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,545 Book Now
      Wilderness Walking – Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
      20th Jul - 26th Jul 2019
      6 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,525 Book Now

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      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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