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I find myself drawn to the west coast of Scotland when journeying on foot; nights under canvas on remote peninsulas abound, but there’s nowhere to beat the Clachaig Inn in Glencoe for live music and a solid feed after a big mountain day. On the bike I love exploring the trails around the Cairngorms; riding the seemingly endless singletrack through the Caledonian pinewoods. Although I could be tempted away to British Columbia to ski on a powder day…
Not a lot of people know this:
I starred in a music video which was being filmed whilst I was taking a morning dip in the sea when camping in the Inner Hebrides. It’s pretty cold after half an hour in the Atlantic, despite the Gulf Stream!
I was born and raised in Scotland and went on to serve around the world as a Scottish infantry officer. On leaving the military I realised a long held dream to move to the Cairngorms (and to grow a beard). I consider myself hugely fortunate to live and work in the Highlands of Scotland, and relish the opportunity to share my knowledge of it.
Walking the hills is my first love, and I’ve spent plenty of time doing it across Scotland and in the Alps, as well as Kenya, Malawi, Brunei and Belize (albeit occasionally in a slightly different context!). Mountain biking is a more recent obsession, particularly packing enough kit on my bike for a few days’ journey into the backcountry.
In winter, I’m a ski instructor and have worked in the Alps, although I’m happiest in the more informal surrounds of Canada. I love the simplicity offered by the routine of the mountains, and the space for thought which is generated.
I’m an avid music fan, particularly the independent Scottish scene, and love to share new discoveries which really add to the sense of place on trips. The only downside for me of living on Speyside is that the local whiskies aren’t particularly to my taste – the peatier, the better in my view so occasional pilgrimages to Islay are needed to keep up supplies.
Adventurer's Stories about Dave
Our guide made a great trip so much better with his enthusiasm, local knowledge and the great weather that he seemed to organise for us.Andrea Gilbert
As mentioned already, Dave Greer was a superbly qualified and even gifted trekking team leader. His deep personal knowledge of the Cairngorms permitted daily and more frequent adjustments in calendar and routes to maximize content and minimize our risks for calamity on the trails. He never approached us as someone who "knew it all" but was eager for our own inputs and dialogue that made the days go too quickly! He earned my highest recommendation and we would very strongly attempt to work with him should we choose another WS adventure on foot or bike.Andrew Lechner
Dave Greer was fantastic: knowledgeable, sensitive to the varied needs of the group, humorous and well organized with maps and reference materials galore. We might have been startled at first when meeting this man who looked a bit like a blond Justice League Aquaman, with flowing beard, twinkling eyes and matching smile, but his first soft-spoken words let us know we were in for a treat. He was armed with enough regional history, insightful stories, geology and botany to keep our diverse group of trekkers interested. The Cairngorms came alive; the hiking pace was good.Victoria Salvato-Lechner
I NEVER give feedback, it just isn't my sytle. This is my third wilderness trip and this is the first time i've given feedback - why....because our guide was so AMAZING. Dave Greer is a true Scot with wild blond hair and long beard - he looked like a highlander as he greeted us with a warm smile and hearty deep laugh at the station. He was so welcoming, inclusive and great fun. He obviously LOVES Scotland and cannot wait to tell you stories of folk law, history, plants and fauna. I agree with him that the reason that the green loch is green is because that is where the fairies come to wash! Poetry was read and it captured the essence of this wild space which just hypnotized you with its beauty. Dave knew his would happen to us all and he enjoyed guiding us through the wonderful journey. Well done Dave - you definitely sell with passion what you believe in and a jewel in Wilderness' crown!Mary Roser