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    Emy McLeod

    Passionate | Outdoors | Explorer

    Mini Bio

    I am passionate about all things outdoors! Mountains, Rivers, Crags and Trails! The Highlands has been my home for 5 years now, having travelled to other continents to experience different cultures, for me, Scotland is always in my heart.

    It is my pleasure to be able to share Scotland with people from around the globe.  To guide across the Scottish landscapes and share knowledge of nature, culture and history as a job is a privilege.  It is hard to say what I love most about the outdoors as every day is different! From riding over the Northern Corries in the Cairngorms to canoeing the Great Glen Way trail to walking & island exploring on the Outer Hebrides. I love it all!

    Place to Play

    The Cairngorms will always be at the top for me; walking and mountain biking.  Waking up early to ride or hike to the high summits to see the Sunrise. In Summer and Winter, it has it all.

    Not a lot of people know this

    In 2012 I was awarded the Princess Diana award; “belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better”

    For those thrill seekers out there – I have jumped from the biggest bungee in the world; 750 feet off the Macau tower! Never again…

    Qualifications Read More
    • Mountain Leader
    • Rock Climbing Instructor
    • Mountain Bike Guide
    • BC Paddlesports Coach
    • BC Canoe Leader & moderate water endorsement
    • BC White Water Kayak Leader
    • SRA Raft Guide
    Experience Read More

    I am lucky enough to have worked with people of all ages across a range of outdoor activities. From working with challenging youths groups up to 1:1 guided trips in the Cairngorms and across Scotland; each day is different and each brings memories for life.  I have worked with solo travellers on Cairngorm expeditions of the 4000s, corporate groups completing the West Highland Way, and families and groups for activity weeks and guided day trips across Scotland. I love being able to introduce and show people what we have here in Scotland; the mountains, rivers and lochs, the islands, rocky crags and the abundance of bike trails!  I’ll never stop exploring!

    Biggest Adventure Read More

    I am passionate about keeping Scotland a place to be enjoyed by generations for years to come. To ensure the land, nature and wildlife are protected and looked after. I have a keen interest in the Rewilding of Scotland and the work that the John Muir Trust does for areas in Scotland.

    Publications Read More

    I have had photos published in a number of outdoor blogs, adventure holiday websites and the local newspaper publications focusing on outdoor features.

    Watch this space for more to come…”Emys Adventures” Blog in the making.

    Adventurer's Stories about Emy

    I've been hiring and firing people for 40+ years so I think I have a pretty good grasp on what makes a good employee
    without knowing what you pay Emy , it isn't enough !!
    I'm completely serious - the trip was great and interesting , but if Emy wasn't so awesome , I would probably never come back since its a big world out there and there's lots to see
    both Mark Robertson and I agreed that we would like to return to the region if we could get Emy again
    anybody that meets her for a short period of time learns that she would probably do her job for food money , but I simply can't say enough about her cheerfulness , knowledge , ability to adapt to changes in weather , injuries , personalities and on and on
    she never ever got exasperated with her herd of old people , always had a backup plan , and was never without a smile

    her people skills are tremendous - just an all around great person that kicks ass at her job

    I've always heard there's only 2 grades of anything - the best and everything else -
    I cannot imagine anyone being better than her at this job

    John Palmer
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 17/10/2019

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    Judy Eden
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 29/08/2019

    As I stated earlier in the survey, Emy was outstanding in every aspect and it was a great pleasure getting to know her. She clearly loves this line of work and is very personable, bright, and accommodating. She was adept at adjusting our schedule when warranted by the weather and did it in a manner that was pleasant and comfortable to the group. Skye can easily speak for itself by its overwhelming beauty, but Emy made my trip even more special through her knowledge of the terrain, it’s history and her personality.

    Mark Robertson
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 29/08/2019

    Emmy was just a perfect guide, careful driver, shy helped when it was necessary and solved the problems, which came up, efficiently.

    Anne Marie Oberholzer
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay
    Reviewed on 20/08/2019

    As I said in the beginning, Emy Macleod was a wonderful guide in every way. It's obvious she loves her work and the outdoors.

    Sandra Fisher
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay
    Reviewed on 15/08/2019

    Emy was great!

    Latika Young
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay
    Reviewed on 14/08/2019

    Emy did an amazing job navigating the wide variety of abilities, desires, and personalities in our group. She offered options for stronger hikers to go on ahead while she provided to support to those needing it. She also had a great balance in supporting the back of the pack without hovering over them with worry. Her love of Scotland is undeniable and contagious. And she’s just an impressive and interesting person to spend time with. She also genuinely seemed to care that we were comfortable and happy.

    Holly Thompson
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay
    Reviewed on 12/08/2019

    Book a trip with Emy

    Trip / DepartureAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    Skye Winter Wellness
    30th Oct - 3rd Nov 2022
    8 place(s) leftCANCELLED EARLY£1,395Book Now
    Skye Winter Wellness
    13th Nov - 17th Nov 2022
    8 place(s) leftCANCELLED EARLY£1,395Book Now
    Open Canoeing – Great Glen Canoe Trail
    29th Apr - 4th May 2023
    8 place(s) leftUNCONFIRMED£875Book Now
    Open Canoeing – River Spey Descent
    5th Jun - 8th Jun 2023
    7 place(s) leftUNCONFIRMED£615Book Now
    The Highlands
    5th Aug - 11th Aug 2023 Women only departure
    8 place(s) leftUNCONFIRMED£2,035Book Now
    Open Canoeing – North West Highlands
    19th Aug - 25th Aug 2023
    8 place(s) leftUNCONFIRMED£1,075Book Now
    Open Canoeing – River Spey Descent
    28th Aug - 31st Aug 2023
    8 place(s) leftUNCONFIRMED£615Book Now
    Wilderness Walking – Outer Hebrides and Skye
    7th Oct - 13th Oct 2023
    3 place(s) leftCONFIRMED£1,965Book Now
    Wilderness Walking – Outer Hebrides and Skye
    21st Oct - 27th Oct 2023
    8 place(s) leftUNCONFIRMED£1,965Book 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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