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      Billy Hood

      Billy Hood

      Enthusiastic  |  Optimistic  |  Determined

      Mini Bio

      Since my first rock climb at the age of 15 on the Isle of Arran, my enthusiasm for all things ‘mountain based’ remains undiminished.  During a long career in teaching where I spent the last ten years as a Depute Head Teacher in a large secondary school, I still managed to climb, kayak and ski all over Europe,  North America and the UK. I also spent time teaching and coaching rock climbing. I took particular satisfaction from planning and preparing groups of young adults for extended backpacking and mountaineering trips in Scotland and abroad. In 2014 I decided to leave teaching  and concentrate on what always seemed like my parallel career in the outdoors…..a great decision. Nowadays, I like nothing better than travelling into remote areas by kayak, bike, skis in winter or even on foot. Spending my time climbing, walking, exploring, taking pictures, and learning more about our environment. 

      Place to Play

      Anywhere on the west coast but if pushed for more precision then the west coast of Lewis for the sea, the surf, the sea cliffs and hills.

      Not a Lot of People Know This

      After giving a short presentation in my home village to the local Agricultural Society I was unexpectedly tasked with judging the ‘Shortbread Baking Competition’.  This involved tasting then ranking the top 6 entrants. All in front of the formidable competitors! I have never felt under more pressure. 

      Adventurer's Stories about Billy

      Can't say enough good things about David (first two days) and Billy (remaining days). Both suggested the best hiking options for the day considering the weather and conditions. Billy in particular did a great job accommodating the various abilities of trip participants, keeping the group together on the tougher sections and being flexible about participants going ahead, or staying behind, at other times. When appropriate, he pointed out hazards without being alarmist.

      Priscilla Russell
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 18/09/2018

      both were an asset to Wilderness Scotland. cheerful, dedicated to giving us a good and memorable week .

      Peter Newton
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 14/09/2018

      He was wonderful. He let everyone go at there own pace and was really knowledge about the area.

      Rachel Rubenstein
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 10/09/2018

      Billy was a truly excellent guide. I really admired the way he held the group together on the walks and especially going up the peaks. He was really helpful, thoughtful and supportive as well as being knowledgeable and funny. He really cared about giving us a great experience and clearly loved the area and what he was doing. Exceptional.

      Kathy Miller
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 10/09/2018

      Billy just the very best. Just fitted in. Knew his stuff. Walking knowledge of area very extensive. Funny, relaxed. Not pushy and just lovely to have around.

      Roger Fox
      Sailing and Walking - Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles
      Reviewed on 11/07/2017

      James was great as a relaxed skipper. He was good at encouraging participation.
      Billy was enthusiastic and friendly .

      Steven Morgan
      Sailing and Walking - Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles
      Reviewed on 04/07/2017

      Billy was fantastic, I bruised or twisted my ankle the second day out so it became a bit sore...he frequently checked on me and made sure I still enjoyed the trip, which I did. In general I was also impressed with his guiding skills and general knowledge. He quickly assessed that the group hiked at different paces and instead of making us stay together allowed us freedom of movement while still keeping tabs on all. Enthusiastic, witty and very helpful.

      James and Cloe were also excellent explaining how to sail, the workings of the boat and local information. Also enthusiastic, witty and very helpful

      Judith Jones
      Sailing and Walking - Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles
      Reviewed on 28/06/2017

      Billy was awesome. We loved talking to him and getting to know him. He taught us a lot about the areas we hiked in. The combination of Billy, and James and Chloe gave us a wealth of knowledge to draw on. During the hikes, Billy was great at pacing the hikes and also letting us explore on our own when it was okay to do so. I also felt that Billy did a great job of sizing up the group and determining the capabilities of each hiker and tayloring the hikes to our abilities. We throughly enjoyed hiking with Billy.

      Debra Schaffer
      Sailing and Walking - Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles
      Reviewed on 26/06/2017

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