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David Russell

David RussellMe in 3 – Long walks | Bad jokes | Eating Brownies

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.

Not a lot of people know this – The first outdoor sport I ever took up was Gliding. I was a qualified pilot at 16, before I had passed my driving test.

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.


Adventurer's Stories about David

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


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