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Andy Heald

Andy HealdMe in three – Rocksolid | Knowledgeable | Waterproof

Place to play – The North West Highlands provide an amazing landscape that inspires adventures.  Island mountains shoot up from the ancient basement rocks and rugged sea lochs reach deep into the land.  It’s a great place for exploring those peaks, for remote rock climbing or for multi-day overland treks.  And it never rains (much).

Not a lot of people know – Villagers in the Bolivian Cordillera mistook me for a ghost.  They set fire to the mountainside to scare me off.  I was scared (but not off) and we all laughed together afterwards.

Mini Bio – I have climbed mountains and steep rocks for more than thirty years, beginning in the Yorkshire Dales and graduating through the Lake District and Snowdonia to my current home on the edge of the Scottish Highlands.  Obsession with rocks and gravity led to a career as a professional geologist, specialising in landslides and high mountain geohazards, advising the governments of Nepal, Peru, Bhutan and Scotland, among others.  I now guide full time but try to throw in a few geo-words if I get a chance.  I have trekked and climbed in over thirty countries and six continents, oh, and twice round the Munros so far.  Key interests include birds, stars and the Gaelic landscape.


Adventurer's Stories about Andy

Our tour guide was Andy, who was knowledgeable, excellent as a guide and adaptable to our group as a leader to make the experience the best one for everybody.
Lena Kravtsova
Our guide Andy was an integral part of our trip. His professionalism, vast knowledge on myriad of topics, follow-up and readiness to answer our questions made for an enriching and educational experience. Andy is an invaluable asset to the Wilderness Scotland team!
Tanya Kravtsova
Great. See above
Olivier Schiller
Andy was the best part of the trip!! He was sensitive to everyone's wants, needs and desires and definitely went above and beyond all expectations.
Marie LeRoy
Andy was extremely knowledgeable. And a lot of fun.
David Camp
Our guide, Andy, was outstanding. Knowledgeable and fun. took good care of us. Good, safe driver too.
David Kennedy
Andy was so very understanding of all the group's needs.
Bob Swendrzynski
Andy Heald was fantastic-- very knowledgeable, interesting and flexible. A perfect combination.
Gwen Borowsky
Andy loves doing what he does; being outside and passing on his knowledge of plants, rock and wildlife. He's passionate about the outdoors and that passion is infectious.
Leann Johnston
Andy was excellent! If there was something he did not know he researched it and came up with the answer. I liked the books he provided as they gave a lot of background.
Judy Murray
I'm not sure how Andy managed to remain upbeat all the time. He showed admirable patience for all the "Andy, what's this?" "Andy, what's that?" And he has a goofy laugh that's infectious.
Rowena Johnston
Andy is a rockstar! I would happily take many more trips with him.
Shane Nordyke