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    Alistair Jeffs

    Friendly | Irn Bru | Folklore

    Mini Bio

    Life began as a skinny lad with a curious nature. Time was well spent roaming the countryside, ‘playing’ on the cliffs, roaming the fields and being taken to historic houses and castles by my Mum.

    After 23 years in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, travelling the world for better or worse (think climbing in Colorado, walking in Scotland, skiing in Norway, kayaking in Cyprus and digging holes in other places), my lovely Scottish wife and I moved to Scotland, renovated a historic building and opened a 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 and have hosted a whisky tasting on national TV.

    Place to play

    Majestic mountain landscapes such as Glencoe or the Cuillins in Skye; quiet beaches and the serenity of the Outer Hebrides; the historical sites of Orkney; and, of course, Cocoa Mountain.

    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 knows his stuff. He is profoundly competent. He is kind in spirit, and he never shows disrespect. The challenge was that because of the difficultly of some hikes, he had two groups, and there needs to be a better way to account for this that is a win-win for all participants.

    Marye Hefty
    Wilderness Walking - Glencoe and the Highlands
    Reviewed on 23/05/2024

    Our guide had so much knowledge about everything in Scotland it was very impressive! Having tea at the top of each summit was a great touch as well.
    He adapted the hikes according to the group's needs at the end of the trip which was appreciated.

    Melanie Babel
    Wilderness Walking - Glencoe and the Highlands
    Reviewed on 15/05/2024

    Amazing! Couldn't have been better. The most knowledgeable and committed guide!

    Marc Vallverdu
    Wilderness Walking - Glencoe and the Highlands
    Reviewed on 13/05/2024

    Alistair's knowledge of Scottish history and the natural world is impressive, and he enriched my experience. He even managed to make sure the weather was lovely every single day!

    Randi Korn
    Wilderness Walking - Glencoe and the Highlands
    Reviewed on 13/05/2024

    Our guide was informative and caring. Appreciated his sharing his knowledge of history.

    Diane Bublitz
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
    Reviewed on 12/05/2024

    The stories and his attentiveness to include deveryont

    Richard Feldman
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
    Reviewed on 06/05/2024

    Alistair was fun as well as being extremely knowledgeable both with Scottish history as well as present day issues. He taught us a lot about Scottish flora and fauna.

    Sue Ryerson
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
    Reviewed on 02/05/2024

    Again, Alastair was excellent. His knowledge of the plants, animals, and histories were outstanding! I couldn’t have asked for anything better. He was the best.

    Merrill Anderson
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
    Reviewed on 29/04/2024

    Alistair did a great job. He was interesting, very organized, and mindful of needs of individuals in the group. I highly recommend him as a guide.

    Ellen Grimes
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
    Reviewed on 22/09/2023

    The hiking was harder than anticipated. The trip description stated 4-7 miles a day. We did much more. Our leader was great about helping people who needed help and encouragement. I ended the trip a much stronger hiker than before. It was always an adventure each day. Our leader provided lots of variety in hiking. I would’ve liked a day of rest after a hard hiking day.

    Celeste Taylor-Ryman
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
    Reviewed on 20/09/2023

    As I mentioned befroe, Alistair was great with everyone, helping those who were a bit unstable on the rocks. When the group got too far apart, he would stop the front and let the back catch up. He'd tell a story about the magical white cow or the 4 ghosts haunting Duntulm Castle or the last sighting of the Fairy Dog. Very entertaining and it kept the group cohesive. He has a great sense of humor!

    Becky Williams
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
    Reviewed on 19/09/2023

    Alistair was great. We had quite a mix of abilities in our group and he was very supportive and encouraging of those who struggled a bit. Really approachable and friendly

    Lynn Evans
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
    Reviewed on 18/09/2023

    Alister is an A1 guide. Excellent driver too.

    Susan Morrison
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
    Reviewed on 18/09/2023

    Our guides complemented each other well; one a student of history; the other of the natural world. Alistair and Ben made a very good team, I thought. They made the whole trip a great experience. They did an excellent job of managing the pace of the walk given the different tendencies of our groups' members and the minor injuries that invariably crop up during a trip like this, giving top priority to the safety of all. They were also a lot of fun, from the fitting salute to the Glengoyne Distillery on the first day to the rousing finish at the Ben Nevis Pub the night we completed our walk in Fort William. Slainte, Alistair and Ben.

    Mark Bailey
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 04/06/2023

    Our guides complemented each other well; one a student of history; the other of the natural world.

    Mark Bailey
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 05/05/2023

    Alistair and Ben were fantastic guides. Super supportive, knowledgable and funny! I couldn't have asked for two better guides.

    Selina Williams
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 01/05/2023

    The guides really made this trip. I enjoyed their insight and information they shared, and the overall positive attitude.

    Angela Prelip
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 28/04/2023

    Just fantastic! Nothing more to say.

    Hugh Williams
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 27/04/2023

    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

    Both very good and helpful

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

    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

    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
    Wilderness Walking – Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra & Mingulay
    15th Jun - 21st Jun 2024
    4 place(s) leftGuaranteed £2,575Book Now

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    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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