Me in three – Easy-going, adventurous and a great sense of humour.
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.
Qualifications – Summer ML, Advanced 1st Aid, Outdoor Food Hygiene Level 2, Mental Health First Aid and Woodlore Journeyman.
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.
Mini bio/Experience – 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.
Biggest Adventure – I completed the Munros in 2013 and walked the John Muir Trail in USA in 1993.
Specialist Subject – 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
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.Cathy Macdonald
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.
As above. Don was the best.Anne Wallis
Don Oritchard was fantastic. We have hiked with several guides in other places and he was one of or the best ever. He was informative, friendly, engaging, dedicated to making the trip the best it could be.Doreen Saunderson
I have said many great things about our Guide Don P in earlier comments. Don was outstanding. Made the trip a great success. He even managed to drive by my sisters cottage in Fortrose, Did not expect that! We also made a list of his entertaining sayings. The trip was “all swept up”!Jane Stevens
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
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
As described, we could not have had a better guide!Roxanne Jones
As mentioned earlier, Don was the best guide we have ever had.Tyler Brown
Don was brilliant! He was also really aware of different needs and wants along the way and very patient.Angela Mason
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
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
Don was very helpful. Everyone seemed to get along and all enjoyed the experience.James Cavanaugh
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
Donald was knowledgeable, helpful, and worked hard to meet the very divergent needs of a small but diverse group.Suzanne Fong
Don was a very considerate guide with interesting information about locations and conducted walks at our pace.Catherine Johnstone
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