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      Amanda Shepherd

      Amanda Shepherd

      Friendly | Happy | Motivational | (my son says bonkers!)

      Mini bio

      I learnt to ski when I was a wee nipper and have never really looked back. A politics degree wasn’t really going to change my love of snow sports so I decided to make the move to the Highlands for good and build a career teaching in the outdoors.

      I have worked winters on Cairngorm Mountain ever since and have had the pleasure to meet amazing people from all over the world and work alongside some of the most fantastic instructors. My summers used to be taken up with coaching tennis and I still keep up with this, but I suppose my midlife discovery (definitely not a crisis!) is Mountain Biking. There’s not many activities you can do with friends that create the feelings of excitement, freedom, adrenalin, peace and achievement all in one ride. 

      Favourite places to play

      Riding all the fab single track just outside my front door!

      Not a lot of people know this

      I played against Andy Murray when he was 11… guess who won?!

      Adventurer's Stories about Amanda

      Nothing was too much trouble for Amanda and 'Pep-talk' Dave, they both put themselves out to be supportive and helpful throughout!

      Harry Richardson
      Road Cycling - Outer Hebrides
      Reviewed on 17/09/2019

      Excellent. Guides were great company and worked hard the whole time to look after the group. Because the weather was so wet I would have preferred to miss out some of the sightseeing stops and just keep cycling to keep warm.

      Judy Goodall
      Road Cycling - Outer Hebrides
      Reviewed on 09/09/2019

      Amanda and Dave couldn’t have looked after us better. We were kept safe motivated and entertained. Their warmth enthusiasm knowledge and love of riding was great to share.

      Suzanne Taylor
      Road Cycling - Arran, Islay and Jura
      Reviewed on 22/07/2019

      Could not have asked for better guides. Being the slowest in the group they looked after me well. Amanda and Jono were exceptional. They took such good care of me. Their organisation was first class the trip went without a hinch.

      John Thompson
      Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
      Reviewed on 19/07/2019

      We had the good fortune to have the guiding 'dream team' in Amanda & Jono! They really were first class, very sensitive to the group dynamic and gently helping us all make the right choices to keep us all happy. A great skill which meant we all relaxed and got what we hoped to from the trip.

      They were both excellent guides on the trails, providing us with loads of information on the landscape we were passing through, and also providing plenty of technical guidance to help conquer the trails and improve riding skills.

      Both were fantastic fun too! Evening chat was always full of stories and laughter!

      Mark Lunney
      Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
      Reviewed on 09/07/2019

      I have been on several adventure trips with other companies and I have to say that Amanda & Jono were 5 star guides. They payed attention to our individual needs and balanced it together for a wonderful trip. They both shared personal stories, history and I felt I knew so much more about Scotland than I ever expected. I also appreciated them working with me (I had hurt my knee and was limited) but they made sure I was comfortable and still enjoyed myself the entire time. I just can't say enough about these two as a team. They are truly wonderful people and perfect guides.

      Norma Hatfield
      Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
      Reviewed on 05/07/2019

      I can't say enough good things about Jono and Amanda. I really, really enjoyed the way they put it all together to create a fantastic trip. I would ride with either one of them again in a heartbeat. They're very good at accommodating different levels of rider abilities.

      Todd Hatfield
      Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
      Reviewed on 04/07/2019

      See previous comment

      Simon Bagge
      Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
      Reviewed on 02/07/2019

      Jonno and Amanda were helpful knowledgeable and efficient; an asset to your company.

      Jonathon Perks
      19WSPD_Private Departure
      Reviewed on 05/06/2019

      Johno and Amanda really made the trip enjoyable. They made everyone in the group no matter the skill level included in the trip. Knowledge of area traveled was excellent, could tell they had done planning for trip before hand. Both taught me new skills and help developed my mountain biking skills over the trip. Planned to do a lot more biking after the trip. And hopefully will be back with wilderness Scotland to do the isle of Harris/Lewis biking trip in a year or two.

      Jacob May
      19WSPD_Private Departure
      Reviewed on 20/05/2019

      Guided by Jono and Amanda- couldn’t rate them mire highly. We’re already talking about another trip in a few years time, we hope to get them as guides then! They were great company as well as great guides. They were a real highlight of the trip, and catered to all of our varying levels. Nothing was too much for them- they were spot on.

      Allira Perks
      19WSPD_Private Departure
      Reviewed on 13/05/2019

      They were friendly, patience and had a great experience.

      Arjan van der Tol
      Family Adventure - Treasure Highlands
      Reviewed on 09/08/2018

      Stuart for kayaking was excellent. very knowledgeable instructor and build good rapport with kids. Amanda was outstanding. She led us cycling and geocaching. the kids LOVED her - she was engaging, knowledgeable and prepared. The two days with her were the family favourites.

      Heather Walker
      17WSTM Tailor Made trips
      Reviewed on 23/08/2017

      The guides were really fantastic. Great with our daughter, attentive, and fun to talk to.

      Laura Prugh
      17WSPD_Private Departure
      Reviewed on 17/07/2017

      (see previous comment about Amanda.) Stewart, who ran our kayaking trip on the first day, was also excellent.

      Tony Rousmaniere
      17WSPD_Private Departure
      Reviewed on 07/07/2017

      Book a trip with Amanda

      Trip / Departure Availability Status Price Book
      Mountain Biking – The Hebridean Trail
      15th May - 21st May 2021
      2 place(s) left CONFIRMED £2,095 Book Now
      Road Cycling – Arran, Islay & Jura
      19th Jun - 25th Jun 2021
      8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,995 Book Now
      Road Cycling – Outer Hebrides
      3rd Jul - 9th Jul 2021
      7 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,865 Book Now
      Mountain Biking – Bike Across Scotland
      7th Aug - 12th Aug 2021
      8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,465 Book Now
      Mountain Biking – Bike Across Scotland
      11th Sep - 16th Sep 2021
      8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,465 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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