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    Don Pritchard

    Easy-going | Adventurous| Great sense of humour

     

     

    Mini bio

    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.

    Place to Play

    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.

    Not a lot of people know this

    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.

     

     

    Qualifications Read More
    • Summer ML 
    • Advanced 1st Aid
    • Outdoor Food Hygiene Level 2
    • Mental Health First Aid 
    • Woodlore Journeyman
    Biggest Adventure Read More

    I completed the Munros in 2013 and walked the John Muir Trail in USA in 1993.

    Specialist Subject Read More

    Not really specialist but a great interest in general outdoors, bushcraft, flora, fauna, geology and history and I enjoy talking about them and exploring new places and the past.

    Adventurer's Stories about Don

    Our guide Don Pritchard consistently went well above and beyond for every one of the members of our trip. Don's professional demeanor as a guide was evident from when he picked us in Oban on our first day to every day following by greeting us each morning to a clean and tidy van. Don always made sure we were well prepared for the days activities, going over our itinerary for the day and modifying our excursions if necessary based on the needs and ability of our group. One evening when we were about to have dinner in Tobermory my wife was not feeling well and was in a fair amount of discomfort. Don did not hesitate to run (literally) to the store before it closed down the road to get a slew of heartburn/stomach medications out of his own pocket, which helped her immensely that night. For the next 2 days as my wife was on the mend he was constantly checking up on her and ensuring she was okay. Don was always very knowledgeable on most every subject, however if there was an answer he did not know (our family had a LOT of questions) he would use his own personal time that evening to research that topic so he could give us an informed answer the next morning. His knowledge of everything, from the local wildlife and plants to the history of Scotland itself was amazing, and he made every day entertaining with his witty jokes and sincere demeanor. We say this with absolute sincerity that Don felt like a member of our family in that short time, and we were genuinely sad when we had to part ways on our final day of the trip. From the bottom of our hearts we want to thank Mr. Pritchard for making our trip to Scotland one that we will never forget.

    Peter Kusiak
    19WSPD_Private Departure
    Reviewed on 02/10/2019

    We could not say enough about Don. He looked after us as a shepherd with his flock. We felt safe and in great hands. His personality and demeanour make him the ideal choice for anyone who signs up for your tours. We have been recommending him to everyone we've spoken to. ....

    Peter Kusiak
    19WSPD_Private Departure
    Reviewed on 16/09/2019

    Mentioned before, Don is incredible. He really cares about everyone in the group and he strives to make sure everyone, despite experience level, is having a great time.

    Peter Kusiak
    19WSPD_Private Departure
    Reviewed on 10/09/2019

    Don was excellent. He's clearly very experienced and was a great judge of weather and hiking conditions. We were able to dodge the inclement weather while still getting some wonderful walking done.

    Lorie Dunne
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 23/06/2019

    He was very good. He had a hard group to keep up with. Some were way in front and others way behind. I thought he did a great job of keeping us together.

    Amy Daley
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 20/06/2019

    As previously mentioned, our guide, Don, proved to be more than capable. His knowledge - historical, botanical, and geological- was extensive, and he obviously loved sharing it with people who shared his interests and enthusiasm for the region.

    Of course, the fact that he was extremely personable and energetic didn’t hurt matters either....

    In short, we hope to have the opportunity to hike with him again, sometime in the future.

    Paul Campbell
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 17/06/2019

    Don our substitute guide was first class. He stood in at short notice. Knew the area well ,helpful and attentive. Good local knowledge, history, wildlife, botany. He took really good care of us.

    Peter Newman
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 17/06/2019

    Thank you, Don, for making the best of every day.

    Nicole Pauquet
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 17/06/2019

    Don was flexible, knowledgeable, patient.

    Keith MacDonald
    19WSPD_Private Departure
    Reviewed on 20/05/2019

    Don is a walking, talking genius! His knowledge of walks, flora, fauna, and history is remarkable, and his sense of humour is fantastic. He regaled us with so many stories and went out of his way to accommodate any wish we had.

    TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

    It sounds like you had an incredible trip overall and a wonderful time with Don. Hopefully we can welcome you to the Highlands again soon.

    Cathy Macdonald
    18WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 02/10/2018

    As above. Don was the best.

    Anne Wallis
    18WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 27/09/2018

    Don was an excellent guide. Very professional, the first guide I’ve had to explain what to do if he’s injured, he’s considerate, calm, decisive, thorough and has a great sense of humour! We loved all his stories and his funny remarks. I’ve experienced 3 guides before Don and he was the best!

    Colleen Purich
    18WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 21/09/2018

    This is the fourth trip for our group in Europe - we have really liked all our guides but Don Pritchard was the best we have ever had - lovely manner, considerate and kind, wide range of knowledge on all things Scotland including history, the plants and trees, and Scottish life. He was very good at judging the group so that if there was some indecision within the group he would help us come to a decision that we could all be happy with - he was outstanding. Oh, and one more thing - great sense of humor!

    Marilyn Ross
    18WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 20/09/2018

    As described, we could not have had a better guide!

    Roxanne Jones
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
    Reviewed on 20/08/2018

    As mentioned earlier, Don was the best guide we have ever had.

    Tyler Brown
    Scotland: Self-Drive and Hiking in the Highlands
    Reviewed on 11/08/2018

    Don was brilliant! He was also really aware of different needs and wants along the way and very patient.

    Angela Mason
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 27/07/2018

    Our guide, Don Pritchard, was outstanding. He is the best guide I've ever had. I do't remember anyone ever truly going over the map of our itinerary, taking out GPS and making sure we(or someone) knew how operate it, emergency numbers, and how to get us back from hike in case of emergency (i.e. to him) He truly took excellent care of us, was always helpful for the slower hikers while giving speedy people option of going ahead but waiting at designated locations. Don gets 5 stars in my book. His choice of hikes was likewise well done. Isle of Rassay was spectacular.

    Sarah Leonard
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 26/07/2018

    Don was very helpful. Everyone seemed to get along and all enjoyed the experience.

    James Cavanaugh
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 09/07/2018

    Don was excellent. He explained all our walks beforehand, showing us on the map, and also explained the gradient and going. He ensured we were all able to hike to our own abilities, and it was obvious that safety was a top priority.

    Lisa Foster
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 09/07/2018

    Don was patient, perceptive, professional, and personal! I would recommend going on a Hebrides birding tour with Don to all my friends and family.

    Beryl Harper
    Wildlife Adventures - The Outer Hebrides & St Kilda
    Reviewed on 15/06/2018

    Donald was knowledgeable, helpful, and worked hard to meet the very divergent needs of a small but diverse group.

    Suzanne Fong
    Wildlife Adventures - The Outer Hebrides & St Kilda
    Reviewed on 06/06/2018

    Don was a very considerate guide with interesting information about locations and conducted walks at our pace.

    Catherine Johnstone
    Self-Drive - Arisaig and the Small Isles
    Reviewed on 16/09/2017

    Our main guide was a very experienced mountaineer with an amazing knowledge of local history and wildlife. We felt at ease the entire trip.

    Rob Osborne
    17WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 18/07/2017

    Book a trip with Don

    Trip / Departure Availability Status Price Book
    Wildlife Adventures – Mull, Staffa & Iona
    17th Jul - 23rd Jul 2021
    5 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,995 Book Now
    Wilderness Walking – The Isle of Skye
    9th Oct - 15th Oct 2021
    6 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,755 Book Now

    Make Trip Private

    Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

    We work together with our team of guides to decide which departures they lead each year. As part of that, guides provide available dates that they are free to be booked. This means that any of the dates you see in the first field of the form below, could be perfect for your private departure or customised tour.

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