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    Alistair Jeffs

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    Mini Bio

    Life began as a skinny lad with a curious nature. Time was well spent roaming the countryside, ‘playing’ on the cliffs of East Yorkshire and being taken to historical houses and castles by my Mum. Then on joining the army, Her Majesty gave me 3
    square meals a day (making me a bit less skinny) and made use of my curiosity!

    After 23 years at Her Majesty’s pleasure, travelling the world for better or worse (think climbing in Colorado, walking in Scotland, skiing in Norway, kayaking in Cyprus for the former; don’t worry about the latter), my lovely Scottish wife and I moved to Scotland and opened our B&B.

    Currently, I’m the President of the Moray Mountaineering Club and am a Munro Compleator (having reached the summit of all Scottish 3000′ summits). With a slight change of tack, I’m now halfway through bagging Scottish malt whisky distilleries.

    Place to play

    Majestic mountain landscapes such as the Cairngorms, Torridon and Glencoe; and of course Cocoa Mountain. A quiet beach.

    Not a lot of people know this

    We once got on a train to Timbuktu; we shouldn’t have…
    I’m trained in Escape, Evasion, Survival and Resistance to Interrogation.

    Qualifications Read More
    • Mountain Leader
    • Outdoor First Aid
    • Leave No Trace
    • Whisky Tasting
    • Chef
    • Helicopter Abseiling
    • Mountain Building in Scotland
    • Plants and People
    Experience Read More

    As well as all over Scotland, England and Wales I’ve walked and led adventures around the globe.

    With fellow adventurers, I’ve walked with penguins in the Falklands, flown with eagles in the Scottish Highlands, been a statue in front of bears in Yellowstone, avoided baboons in Namibia and missed standing on a snake somewhere, watched hatching turtles in Ascension Island and laughed with marmots in the Alps.

    Then there’s the Grey Man of Macdui in the Cairngorms, that’s another story.

    Biggest Adventure Read More

    If you want tough wilderness walking then wild camping across the mountains of the Knoydart Peninsula is well up there.

    Specialist Subject Read More

    Whisky is a must investigated subject … but local culture, tradition and history along with their myths and stories never fail to pique interest. Especially when combined together in a hedonistic cocktail.

    Adventurer's Stories about Alistair

    Alistair Jeffs and Nicola Byrnes were absolutely top notch

    Tabitha Thomas
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 26/08/2022

    Alistair and Nicola are wonderful. So knowledgeable and encouraging…and fun!!

    Donna Wolschlager
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 24/08/2022

    Our guides were amazing. They explained what we will be doing and allowed us to walk at our pace but always regrouped us which is great. Some of us, like me, liked to walk and not talk and be focused, and others liked the talking. it was great that they were able to accomodate all of us so well.

    Stephanie Rink
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 22/08/2022

    Both very good and helpful

    Ana Andrade
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 22/08/2022

    Brilliant guides. Could not fault either of them. Whilst Nicola was new to professional guiding she was excellent

    Josephine Lunt
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 20/08/2022

    Alistair Jeffs and Nicola Byrne were excellent. They worked well together. They did well with keeping the group together and keeping an eye on those who were a bit slower or a bit faster. Nicola was our first aid pro-- she tended to so many blistered feet without batting an eye! Nicola was also good at reminding us to take breaks to take in the view, drink water, and regroup. Alistair was very knowledgeable. He was able to answer most questions, tell us entertaining stories, and keep the energy going. Alistair and Nicola were both encouraging and made the hike super fun. They made everyone confident that they could complete the WHW without issues. They also seemed genuinely interested in each one of us and made great conversation.

    Danielle Johnson
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 19/08/2022

    They were absolutely awesome. See previous comments.

    Craig Peterson
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 19/08/2022

    Love Alistair Jeffs and would not walk in Scotland without him as our guide.

    Shirley Bowers
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 28/07/2022

    On a scale of 1 - 10, Alistair was a 12!

    Janet Potgeter
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 28/07/2022

    Book a trip with Alistair

    Trip / DepartureAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    The West Highland Way
    17th Apr - 24th Apr 2023
    3 place(s) leftCONFIRMED£2,035Book Now
    Wilderness Walking – The Knoydart Peninsula
    17th Jun - 24th Jun 2023
    1 place(s) leftCONFIRMED£1,965Book 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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