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Cory Jones

Cory JonesMe in 3 – Tall | dark | handsome

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.

Mini Bio – I am a life long 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.

When ever 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 look out to share Scotland’s rich wildlife and history with our guests.


Adventurer's Stories about Cory

Cory was fantastic
Patricia Darcy
Cory was the perfect host. He provided support to all levels in our group. He was charming and fun. His knowledge of the area was outstanding.
Stephanie Leigh
Terrific tour learned a lot and I had an excellent time. The surprise was the pipe band in Kirkwall. Loved it.
Therese Bodenstein
Cory was excellent dealing with all these ladies. There were some wanderers and he handled that very well, and always with good humour.

Great reviews of plans for the day ahead. He was knowledgeable on history and way of on the Orkney Isles.
Patricia Charles
Cory was a star - such a great guide - fun, informative, felt so comfortable with him and knew that he was keeping an eye on everyone no matter their ability. He kept us going with all his stories and chat and we laughed a lot. Only sorry he can't join us on our next trip...
Joyce Dalgliesh
Corey, our hiking guide was outstanding. Stuart, our sea kayaking guide was also very food although we did wait quite awhile for him to show up ay the designated meeting spot. It would have been very helpful to know suggested parking places ahead of time as parking by the Spar was difficult. We did to have guides for the canoeing/biking activity but met Rockport in the beginning to get sorted in our canoes and received bikes from them at the end of our canoe trip but didn't see them again. We were told to canoe to the 4th loch and look for the blue Rockport signs but when we got there, there were no signs at all and no one to meet us. We found a platform, got ourselves out and tied up the canoe and walked to an area to have our lunch, not really knowing if we were even in the right place. A representative eventually showed up with our bikes and we rode back.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE

I'm sorry that you had to wait for the guide at the start of your sea kayaking trip, he was delayed for a few minutes on the road but wasn't able to call and reach you due to the lack of phone signal. However, I know you did get your whole time out on the water and I hope that the kayaking made up for this.
I'm sorry for the confusion here, there are no flags at the end point, just at the start. As per your details the end point is just the point you can't canoe any further because of a lock. There is usually a break for everyone to enjoy lunch which it why the bikes weren't there straight away but we could have made that clearer. It sounds like you had a fun trip though!
Linda Tapp
Cory was excellent. Confident, accommodating and cheerful throughout.
Peter West
Cory, thank your for being certain I was able to navigate the trails and then letting me do it on my own and not treating me like a baby just because one arm was in a brace. It would have been nice If I had more time to learn even more from you.
Sonja
Sonja Lane
Cory is an incredible guide. He always took the time to show us the area we would be hiking each day, he shared his knowledge of the plants and history in the area; and most importantly, he was always helpful in making suggestions or offering alternatives for anyone that might be challenged with a particular part of the trail.
He is friendly, easy to approach and always willing to share his experiences.
Connie Lane
Corey was an excellent host. Engaged, funny and a true outdoors advocate. My mum also took a tumble and he managed to be both lifesaver, fireman and comic.
Aliceson Robinson
Cory outstanding. Knowledgeable, professional yet very approachable and friendly. He was able to be very inclusive and differentiated activities to suit all levels. Would highly r.
Julia Fullalove
Cory Jones was great. He loves his work. We benefitted from that tremendously (ooo, that was a rather hard word to spell when inflicted by jetlag).
Geetha Nadaraj
Cory was a superb guide: extremely knowledgeable, particularly about birds and botany; very easy to get on with; enthusiastic about the Orkneys; patient; an excellent driver; and he even had a fund of terrible jokes.
helena peacock
Cory was courteous, calm, an excellent driver, well-informed, enthusiastic, professional, friendly, patient; a superb ambassador for your company
Catharine Wall
My time in these magical islands was certainly enhanced by our guide, Cory, with his knowledge of botany, birds, history, archaeology and loo locations. He showed good humor, patience and flexibility throughout, kept us going with teacakes and managed to order up some fine weather for us too.
Peggy Fake
Cory could not be faulted from his knowledge of wildlife,birds,plants,geology etc..Worked very hard to ensure our daily expedition were well planned,interesting,safe.Tea and treats at lunch nice.All provided with kindness and good humour.
Irene Riley
A really good mixture of culture, walking and wildlife. Flexible and it was great that walking options were provided as much as possible.
Liz Turvey
Actually Cory was brilliant: its just a little cheeky describing an Englishman from the West Highlands as a "local guide"
Angus Andrew
Cory worked hard to plan an interesting programme that made the most of each day. He was friendly, entertaining and showed a wealth of knowledge.
Rosemary Bailey


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