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    Fiona Newcombe

    Fiona Newcombe

    Enthusiastic | Curious| Friendly

    Mini Bio

    My 1 year in Scotland studying for my Masters’s degree has turned into a 27-year love affair full of adventure and fun. I was lucky to work for 15 years full-time in nature conservation and land management across Scotland. More recently I have combined ecology fieldwork with being a mountain leader and tour guide across the Highlands and Islands. I’m also an Overseas Expedition Leader and I particularly enjoy introducing young people to outdoor adventure.

    I get great pleasure from the variety of landscapes and wildlife we enjoy in Scotland, whether it’s awesome and challenging mountain adventures or a quiet interaction with nature. I qualified as an STGA Green Badge Tour Guide in 2016 and have become beguiled by the history and culture of this amazing place.

    Place to Play

    Despite the amazing variety in Scotland, the Cairngorms remain my special place especially when they have their coat of snow and ice.

    Not a lot of people know this

    I was a professional chocolate research scientist, working in the Cadbury-Schweppes labs for 6 months. I retain a strong interest in Chocolate as a key adventure fuel!

    Qualifications Read More
    • Mountain Leader
    • International Mountain Leader
    • Climbing Wall Instructor
    • Outdoor and Remote First Aid
    • STGA Green Badge (Highlands and Islands)
    Experience Read More

    I started exploring mountains aged 17 on my Gold D of E Expedition to the Jotenheim National Park in Norway. I’ve been on adventures to the Arctic, North America, the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Himalayas, Africa, the Andes, southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. I’ve been leading mountain walks for 30 years.

    Biggest Adventure Read More

    The summit of Kilimanjaro at sunrise was a very very special place, and I’ll never forget a village ceremony in remote rural Ghana as a cultural experience.

    Specialist Subject Read More

    I’d have to say Scottish wildlife as I’ve researched and surveyed it for so many years. However, I’m increasingly interested in the history and culture of the Highlands and its connections across the world.

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