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    David Buckett

    Organised | Laid Back | Stoic


    Mini Bio

    I grew up in Kent in the south of England, completed a Geography degree at the University of Portsmouth then moved to Fort William where I have been for the last 10 years.  I now spend most of my time going up and down the hills around Ben Nevis and Glen Coe as well as the Black Cuillin on Skye.  I like to spend my free time climbing, road biking and exploring the west coast of Scotland.

    Place to Play

    The North face of Ben Nevis and Skye

    Not a lot of people know this

    I once walked all the Wainwrights in the Lake District in 13 days!

    Qualifications Read More
    • MIC trained
    • TCL 3 star sea and canoe
    • Level 2 paddle coach D1.

    Mountain Training Association Profile – https://mt.tahdah.me/candidate/detail/131219

    Experience Read More

    13 years instructing in Scotland. 7 in young people outdoor centres focusing on personal development and 6 guiding adults mostly hill walking, mountaineering, road biking.

    Biggest Adventure Read More

    It is difficult to choose just one. Highlights include: walking all the Wainwrights in the Lake district in 13 days. Every time I go winter climbing in Scotland it is a big adventure! Climbing Kilimanjaro when I was 19 was also a pretty memorable adventure!

    Specialist Subject Read More

    I have a geography degree, so anything natural and to do with the landscape. I also have a personal interest in mountain flora.

    Adventurer's Stories about David

    David was a great guide as I said before. We appreciated his sense of humor and he was very good with giving the group options on a couple of days for our activities, especially the last day when the weather was very bad.

    Robert Hudgins
    Wildlife Adventures - Mull, Staffa and Iona
    Reviewed on 15/08/2019

    David was knowledgeable and caring. He went above and beyond in many ways that were so appreciated.

    Jane Haylor
    Wildlife Adventures - Mull, Staffa and Iona
    Reviewed on 14/08/2019

    David was extremely experienced, helpful, upbeat and a very kind person. He did an excellent job.

    Anne Buzby Walt
    19WSPD_Private Departure
    Reviewed on 06/08/2019

    We thought our guide was excellent. If we were to make another trip with Wilderness Scotland we would request David to be our guide.

    Thomas Walt
    19WSPD_Private Departure
    Reviewed on 29/07/2019

    David was fantastic in every way. He never had time off the whole week. He was always patient, understanding, and certainly well experienced in hiking.

    Helen Jardine
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 24/07/2019

    Our guide was generally friendly and accommodating if there were any issues we had. he was a really nice guy. But...
    I would have preferred more stories. Not just the occasional historical notes of Scotland but other stories and information as well. He was also not so attentive to the difficulties I had while hiking. EG: I wrongly placed a foot and fell, leaving my knee in a precarious position. The guide was not sure how to help until I had to ask him to lift my knee out. And then he continued walking and didn't stop when there was another 'tricky' spot to navigate. He often walked far ahead of the group. I was almost always the last one, and I would have liked him to stop more often and allow me to catch up. I often had to ask which was the best way to navigate a certain section, and the answer was invariably "anyway is good". So overall, I would have preferred more hands-on input.


    It is really nice to read that you had a lovely experience on your Skye walking trip. Our guides will always try and share as much information about the areas travelled through. The guide will certainly reflect on your comments to add more in future. We appreciate that guide may have been at the front at times. Our guides will try and manage their time evenly by walking with different members of the group at different times but also need to balance this with the need to lead at the front when necessary. Your guide will certainly reflect on these comments for future. Thanks for booking onto this trip and delighted that you had a great time.

    Ros Boyar
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 21/07/2019

    Informative, friendly and very helpful.

    Astrid Wheatley
    Road Cycling - Skye and the Inner Hebrides
    Reviewed on 11/09/2018

    The guides were great, and adapted to the ever-changing Scottish weather, adding a bit extra on a sunny day to compensate for a wet one previously. Good local knowledge, good cycling expertise and maintenance skills, and an uncanny ability to reverse the van and bike trailer through the narrowest spaces.

    Paul Travers
    Road Cycling - Skye and the Inner Hebrides
    Reviewed on 04/09/2018

    The Wilderness Scotland guides were exemplary. Nothing was too much trouble, from the briefing before each ride to the expertise in bike mechanics and attention to details in order to make our riding a safe and enjoyable pursuit.
    I was particularly impressed at the guides willingness to talk about some of my interests on the tour, the geology of the regions and the animals, landscape and history in which they showed a thorough knowledge.

    Murray Hunt
    Road Cycling - The Mountain Passes
    Reviewed on 28/08/2018

    Both David and Wally are experienced, friendly and knowledgeable. With their due care, practical tips and encouragement, I managed to have break-throughs in finishing most of the though routes. My sincere thanks to both of them.

    Rosanna Choi
    Road Cycling - The Mountain Passes
    Reviewed on 27/08/2018

    As I mentioned previously, Dave Greer is an exceptional guide. We've traveled around the world (65-70 countries) and have used guides in many places, and he's at the top of the list!
    He's extremely attentive to people's needs, has a noticeable intuitive streak, he has exceptionally high EQ and is able to build on whatever else people are talking about, and he seems interested in what you're saying, which is remarkable considering how many different people he has to deal with. He's also very knowledgeable and entertaining, and he delighted my husband with all his information about Scottish whiskey!

    Kate Ludeman
    18WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 22/08/2018

    Dave and his dog, Monty, were wonderful!! He shared a lot of highland history and information about native plants with us. We were impressed with how he could walk down treacherous slopes with his hands behind his back!! Great guy, great dog!

    Jennifer Paterson
    Self-Drive - Arisaig and the Small Isles
    Reviewed on 06/08/2018

    Dave and Kelty were brilliant, their support throughout and in particular Dave’s encouragement and guidance during the more arduous climbs were both welcomed and well placed.

    Kevin Gee
    Road Cycling - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 09/07/2018

    Our guides by turns accompanied us on bike and support vehicle.
    They offered detailed information for the for the part of the route ahead of us by means of map and accurate explanation.
    Nevertheless on the road we sometimes took the wrong turn or the group split up
    because of everyone’s individual speed.
    David and Neil always managed to bring all of us to the next meeting point along
    the way and everyone savely reached the destination in the evening.
    Although they pedaled some extra mile to accompany the faster as well as the
    slower ones of our group, both did this in a calm pleasant and very friendly way.

    What Neil and David did for us was much more than just guiding, I would call it a
    full week complete service.
    - luggage service
    We had lightweight bikes, for our guides this meant dragging lots of our heavy
    bags to the van in the morning and to the hotel in the evening.
    - technical service
    to keep our bikes running
    - food service
    preparing our picnic and coffee stops (always in style with tablecloth)
    - psychological service
    When my legs lost power the last miles of the day, I appreciated the encouraging
    words of Neil or David riding by my side.
    - knowledge service
    Due to our guides‘ detailed knowledge we learned a lot about the regions we
    passed through.

    Wilderness Scotland Promise: „ you can expect to be in friendly and safe hands“

    I completely agree

    Günther Klepper
    Road Cycling - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 18/02/2018

    David was just as he describes himself: organized, laid back & stoic. He was always quietly supporting us and so attentive to our needs. I really appreciated that he believed in our abilities and just always seemed to be there when we needed him. It felt like he was always one step ahead, adjusting and rearranging routes, timing, the schedule to ensure we had the most optimal experience. He made our trip extremely special.

    Rachel McMillan
    Road Cycling - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 29/09/2017

    As noted, the guys accommodated everyone and every situation with grace, charm and humor.

    William Aycock
    Road Cycling - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 25/09/2017

    The guides were pretty good at making everyone was ok and accommodating a range of speeds and desires. I was often on my own for an hour at a time, but then I'd come around a corner and a guide would be waiting for me. I also appreciated their flexibility in adapting the schedule to the weather.

    Janet Wiener
    Road Cycling - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 25/09/2017

    They were great guys who worked hard and were always super helpful. Dave helped with a flat in record time. Neal kept the conversation lively and was eager to help as well.

    Mark Bajorek
    Road Cycling - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 25/09/2017

    We felt very well taken care of by David and Neil.

    Scott McMillan
    Road Cycling - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 25/09/2017

    Our guide for trekking David Bucket was very informative and friendly . He made our trekking experience a memorable one .

    Etienne Micallef
    17WSPD_Private Departure
    Reviewed on 17/08/2017

    The guide during our trekking in Torridon was very helpful. He explained and gave us information about certain flora and fauna and was always pleased to answer to our questions and queries.

    Andrew Giordmaina
    17WSPD_Private Departure
    Reviewed on 17/08/2017

    Joe (the Quiraing) and David (Torridon) were both a delight. Temperamentally perfect for our gang. Please give them our contact info in case they are ever in the Southwest U.S.

    Stephen Bowers
    17WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 19/06/2017

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