Hi, I am Don. Originally from Scone in Perthshire, I got hooked on the outdoor world from a very early age, spending the weekends roaming the woods and hills around our village, making dens and guddling trout in the burns.
My sense of adventure took me off to the Royal Navy and a considerable time was spent as an aircraft engineer on the Search and Rescue Squadron based at Prestwick. While there I continued to climb, walk and mountaineer in Scotland, often organising and guiding hillwalking and backpacking trips. I completed the Munros (Scottish mountains over 3000ft), a couple of years ago, and I am now ticking my way through them again along with the Corbetts.
I love Scotland’s mountains and particularly enjoy multi-day backpacking treks across the mountains and glens. Any day on the hill is a good day and there is always something to see and enjoy. After retiring from the Navy, I retrained as a horticulturist at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and I grow and produce tea commercially in Scotland.
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The Cairngorms, Glen Affric, Torridon and Assynt all jump to the front to answer this question, all different and full of great memories but if pushed it would be the Cuillin in Skye. A complete mountain range compacted into a remarkably small area on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. I never fail to be amazed by the challenges these mountains throw down.
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I am a support actor in series two and three of the popular TV series Outlander. My outstanding performance as Dead Highlander 33 has BAFTA nomination written all over it.