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    Andy Stotesbury

    Calm | Energetic | Rocksolid

    Mini Bio

    I am an enthusiastic climber/ mountaineer and cyclist. The Cairngorms have been my home for the last 8 years. Before this, I was in North Wales and the South West of England, and visiting Scotland every Winter for 3 or 4 months. Working part-time and having a portfolio career gives me time for adventures around the Cairngorms and around Scotland.

    Place to Play

    Torridon. The combination of the sea and mountains in a stunning setting. Great for adventures year-round be it hiking, scrambling, climbing or biking.

    Not a lot of people know this

    When sailing a Laser dinghy a long time ago I once beat a soon to be multiple Olympian in an informal race, I think I got lucky with the changeable wind.

    Qualifications Read More

    Summer ML, Winter ML, Mountain Bike Leader, UK Summer and Winter Mountaineering and Climbing (MCI and WMCI).

    Experience Read More

    I started outdoor pursuits at school with lots of water sports and cycling then rock climbing. Then more rock climbing, winter climbing and mountaineering. I have been leading groups for 20 years.

    I remain enthusiastic about the outdoor environment.

    Biggest Adventure Read More

    At 20 studying in Australia for a year. Lots of fantastic rock climbing around Australia and hiking in New Zealand made for a memorable year.

    Adventurer's Stories about Andy

    Some of the trails and paths seem to have been not well thought out. They were tedious and trying.

    Derek Cocovinis
    Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
    Reviewed on 19/06/2024

    Andy was a very knowledgable, helpful and pleasant guide.

    Iain Lowson
    Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
    Reviewed on 10/06/2024

    Andy did an excellent job taking care of us. His job is challenging when the hiking ability of the group varies but he handled it well. Some of us had to push ourselves rather hard, (we expected this would be the case) to keep up but we were blessed with terrific weather and it was all worth it.

    David Nicholson
    Luxury Walking - The Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 28/05/2024

    Andy did a great job managing some slightly varying agendas: tactful, efficient -- a gifted cat-herder!

    Margaret Forster
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 17/05/2024

    Our guide, Andy, was a good driver, friendly, knowledgeable about the sites and patient. He led the walks well and was mindful of the ages of some of us, making sure we could cope with the terrain and not walking too fast.

    Sally Vardy
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 16/05/2024

    Andy was a genial and relaxed guide. He has a difficult job in having to please all the people all the time and was able to do it with a smile on his face!

    Julie Pett
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 14/05/2024

    Diligent, safe and relaxed.

    Carl Widdison
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 13/05/2024

    Can’t say enough good things about Andy. On time, knowledgeable, personable. Great guide!

    Nora Foster
    23WSPD Private Departure
    Reviewed on 25/09/2023

    Arrin and Andy were excellent guides. They were both very encouraging on some of the steeper climbs on the Wee Mad Road and elsewhere. On the one 25% grade that my husband and I just could not deal with at the end of the Wee Mad Road, Andy called ahead and Arrin gave us a ride up that part of the road.

    Tracy Bare
    Road Cycling - The North Coast 500: Highlights
    Reviewed on 19/09/2023

    Andy and Arran were excellent, helpful, knowledgeable and supportive, they could not have done more and their efforts and friendliness made the trip for me.

    Mark Cheesmore
    Road Cycling - The North Coast 500: Highlights
    Reviewed on 28/08/2023

    Our tour was self-guided, but honestly it felt like fully guided with Andy’s care. I didn’t realize he would be with us the entire trip and guide us every step of the way. He was organized, kind, friendly, and knowledgeable about the area. The GPS units were great too.

    Megan Ryan
    Self Guided + Cycling - Skye and the Inner Hebrides
    Reviewed on 25/06/2023

    Andy took all our requests on board and provided excellent support throughout our adventure while giving us the space to enjoy every aspect

    Elaine Green
    Self Guided + Cycling - Skye and the Inner Hebrides
    Reviewed on 08/05/2023

    Book a trip with Andy

    Trip / DepartureAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    E-bike – The Outer Hebrides
    14th Sep - 20th Sep 2024
    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed £2,675Book 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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    © Andy Stotesbury / Wilderness Scotland

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