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Craig McDonald

Craig_McDonaldMe in 3 – Knowledgeable | passionate | humorous

Place to Play – A tough question to answer – but probably Ardnamurchan. It is wild feeling and very peaceful, offering stunning peaks, glorious coastline and untrampled miles of heather-clad goodness! And of course being a McDonald means I am close to where it all began…

Not a lot of people know this – I am hugely interested in paranormal activity – I was even a member of the Ghost Club (started by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself) for a few years before moving to Fort William to be closer to the mountains. I started out as a skeptic but several experiences may have changed my mind!

Mini Bio – Although hailing from the Central Belt my passion and love for Scottish History was destined to draw me to my ancestral homelands. This passion led to a deep love for the Scottish mountains and Glens, and so I embarked on a career working in this stunning environment.

I love hillwalking, mountaineering and biking all over Scotland, all year round. My passion for exploring the history of these areas is infectious and I love sharing these experiences with other people!

My idea of heaven is a cracking long day on foot or on bike exploring Scotland’s stunning scenery and history, followed by a good hearty dinner and some mirth and laughter by a roaring fire with a wee dram in the evening!

Adventurer's Stories about Craig

Craig was professional, knowledgeable, organized, and has a great sense of humor. He s a great guide!
Mary McLennan
A very good historian. I wanted and expected more walking.
Sarah Leigh
I think I said it all already. Craig is excellent!
Mary Mills
Can't speak too highly of Craig. He was the ideal guide for such a trip - we did our best to live up to him!!
Margaret Seward
As previously stated Craig was knowledgeable, professional with a great sense of humour.
Maxine Offredy
Craig was an excellent and very knowledgeable guide. He was flexible in managing our programme to suit conditions and to ensure we had the best experience. The North Highland roads can be a bit of a challenge, but we always felt safe with Craig driving.
Maura Buchanan
The guide was very good and have a good experience and we were like a friend
Mohamed Alsuwaidi
Craig was exceptional, with his great sense of humour, stories and in depth knowledge. He judged each day perfectly and adapted the itinerary expertly to enhance and extend our walks. He also really enjoyed ensuring we had very many ‘wow’ moments and created a great team spirit amongst us all. He was a pleasure to get to know and have as our guide.
Anne Laskowski
Craig was an inspirational guide. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the area; he wisely adapted the trips to make the best possible use of the weather; he quickly assessed our ability and chose walks which challenged us but were within our capability; he always had a Plan B if there were an unforeseen hitch (eg the ferry not running); he was always polite, patient and kind.
Catharine Wall
Craig gave us a wonderful and varied experience.
Caroline Taylor
Best guide I've ever had. He was so knowledgeable and passionate about the history of the Orkneys. He was also very funny and very inclusive (he made sure everyone was involved in conversations, decisions etc)
Denise Chidley
Craig McDonald was the absolute BEST!! He was so knowledgable , loves his job and really took interest with his group. He has certainly set the bar high for any future guides and trips we take.
Shirley Jacobsen
Craig was great. He clearly wanted to make sure we were having a good, safe vacation.
Lisa Slotznick
Craig was extremely knowledgeable regarding the history and archaeology and had a wicked sense of humour which helped a disparate group (British, American, Australian and Belgian) to blend very well.
John Edmonstone
Craig was an extremely good guide, he knew the Islands well and the history. He was always on time!
He organised our days to suit everyone and managed to avoid the cruise ship hordes which I was a bit concerned about! We all mixed very well and had plenty of fun!
Carol Edmonstone
Craig, with his Scottish accent and fast manner of speaking, could be a bit of a challenge to understand at times, although he was clear about imparting vital information. He has the best interests of his clients at heart all the way.
Steven Phenicie
Our guide Craig McDonald is easy going and has a perfect personality for being a guide. He is good at assessing the interests and abilities of the group. His historical knowledge of the country and various regions are a highlight.
Kathleen Leonard
Craig was a great guide. He was able to assess the team members individually and planned each day to make everyone's trip successful. He provided some flexibility also, if here were special requests ( time allowing). Easy to talk to, humorous and very knowledgeable.
Irene Conner
Nothing but praise for our guide, Craig. He did a great job of accommodating the needs and desires of a fairly diverse group. I learned lots about the history of Scotland and he made me and my sister laugh like we haven't laughed for years!
Lynn Dunikowski
Loved the history knowledge of the guide and he was very good with getting us fruit and snacks.
Belinda Baccarini
What can I say Craig? You did an excellent job. You got all the animals to co-operate for us. You were as genuinely interested in what we were experiencing as we were. You were flexible and listened to our needs and to the advice of the locals. I loved your stories about Scotland and about your life in general. What a terrific person to guide us for 7 days. You even carried our packs up the mountain for us when you saw we were struggling. What more could one ask for. I loved every minute of it.
Valerie Harlow
Craig went over and above every day. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the region, history and the wildlife. He is a considerate guide.
Helen Biggerstaff
Knowledgable,friendly,competent, enthusiastic, hard working. Took interest in all & couldn't do enough to help. Outstanding.
Jennie Walter
Craig was an excellent guide. He noted our abilities and made astute suggestions for future possible trips.
Sharon Newman
Great sense of humour. Very informative especially about the history of Scotland
Jeanette West
The group was always Craigs priority. He was very knowledgeable about the area and history. Great fun to be with.
Anne Etherington
As mentioned, Craig McDonald was beyond excellent! We would love to do another adventure with him and will highly recommend him to our friends !
Brian McIntosh
Craig was fantastic - superb sense of humour, much hilarity and banter throughout the group. Also a good guide, decisive and judged the ability of the group well.
Valerie Hague