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    David Russell

    David Russell

    Long walks | Bad jokes | Eating Brownies

    Mini Bio

    I have been involved in the outdoors for the entirety of my professional working life so far. I became involved in mountain and water sports at university and decided after graduating that a city life was not for me! I moved to the Highlands, trained as an outdoor instructor and settled down in the Cairngorms National Park. In 2011 I gained the Mountain Leader qualification. I began leading trips with Wilderness Scotland in 2012, and have guided on walking and paddling trips since then, but have always specialised as a photography guide. In 2014 I took a full time role in the Wilderness Scotland office team but still head up the guiding for many of our photography trips.

    My own work features mainly mountain and forest images, and I love sharing these special places with our travellers and helping them get the most out of their experience and their camera. In my own time I still get out regularly on the hills and lochs with my camera and especially love making more committing trips into wild places such as the Cairngorm mountains, camping overnight to be in the right place for spectacular sunrises. A few of my shots have enjoyed some modest successes in competitions and various publications

    I firmly believe that you don’t need anything special in terms of camera equipment to get the best out of Scotland’s beauty. What you do need is a reverential love of wild places, a great deal of patience and a willingness to listen to what nature tells you. With this attitude you’ll have the chance to see some truly amazing sights.

    Place to Play

    Cairngorms National Park. It has it all – mountains, rivers, forests, community. The longer I live here the more and more I love it.


    Qualifications Read More
    • Summer Mountain Leader
    • BCU UKCC Level 2 Paddlesports Instructor, 4-star white water leader
    • Whitewater Rescue Technician
    • WEMSI First Responder
    • Single Pitch Award
    • Physics Degree
    Experience Read More

    10 years experience as an outdoor activities instructor and guide teaching a wide range of outdoor activities and photography throughout the Highlands of Scotland. 

    Biggest Adventure Read More

    I have made several trips to the far north of Scandinavia, journeying through the arctic mountains of Sápmi on foot. This is still a really wild and sparsely populated region where you are really remote and can find yourself a week away from the nearest road. Self-reliance and a good sense of humour are a must! The rewards that follow are deep and long-lasting.


    Specialist Subject Read More

    I’m interested in a broad range of physical subjects such as cosmology, history, geology, flora and fauna. However, I’m also keen on how nature and landscape influence us as humans and shape our language, culture, art and literature. I’m good for a poem about the hills, and a talk about the stars, but am probably best known as a landscape photographer looking to make a connection to the natural world.

    Publications Read More

    I’ve self-published a number of photography books and had images of Scotland published in a few national magazines. I also have my own photography website where you can find a full portfolio of images, writing and nature poetry by yours truly. www.highlandwildscapes.com

    Adventurer's Stories about David

    Our guide Cube was so fabulous. He was attentive and took all our needs into consideration. With this being a photography trip he was great since he took us to places at the right time of day to get just the best lighting for my photographs. The spots he took us to were so perfect and I was extremely happy with everything he did for us.

    Jill Sneidman
    Wilderness Photography - Highland Landscapes Tour
    Reviewed on 13/05/2019

    Can't imagine it being better. See previous comments.

    Ledro Justice
    16WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 15/10/2016

    There can be no better guide than David Russell. Hope he is well. Great future ahead for him.

    Richard Gaston
    16WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 11/09/2016

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