I am a lifelong wildlife buff. Nothing better than getting out into the fresh air – walking the hills, on my bike or in a kayak. Taking things easy to spot wildlife is important and now I have lived in the Highlands for a few years I am getting better at spotting all Scotland’s BIG 5 – red deer, golden eagle, harbour seal, otter and red squirrel.
As a qualified International Mountain Leader, I have been lucky enough to guide across the world (e.g. Kenya, India, Pakistan, Bolivia) and trekking remote places including sledging across the Patagonian ice sheet. Scotland as well as having some of the best mountain scenery in the world, can also boast to be home to some of the best mountain biking and sea kayaking too.
Whenever I lead a trip whether it is cycling the Hebridean Way, sea kayaking the coast trail or high-level walking I am always on the lookout to share Scotland’s rich wildlife and history with our guests.
Place to Play
Walking in the Torridon Hills looking at the views across the Minch to Skye, searching for views of eagles or watching seals and otters from my sea kayak around Gairloch.
Not a lot of people know this
I also run mountain first aid courses across the globe – raft guides in Norway, safari guides in Kenya. According to an Act of Parliament, passed in 1672, it is an offence to fly or wave the Lion Rampant flag. Although technically illegal, there doesn’t seem to be any official objections as King George V gave permission Lion Rampant flags to be waved during his Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1935.