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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.

    Adventurer's Stories about Fiona

    Fiona was an excellent guide…good instincts and training for dealing with people. Wish there might have been more time for her stories and history of places and events. She is articulate, knowledgeable, well-spoken. I had confidence in her judgment and leadership. Thank You, Fiona. Great job keeping it together. Joan

    Joan Hosking
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 19/10/2023

    Did a great job in shuffling the tour given high winds and rain. Gut us back to the mainland before the ferries shut down due to high winds.

    Ralph Schoolcraft
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 17/10/2023

    Bravo Fiona, she can herd cats !
    and tailored to our interests from war history to botany and a plethora of local historical information, well done.

    Tara Troutner
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 16/10/2023

    Fiona was an excellent guide-knowledgeable about the history , geography and wildlife. She was always well organised and planned according to conditions on the day.

    Maggie Spenceley
    Wildlife Adventures - Mull, Staffa & Iona
    Reviewed on 03/05/2023

    Guided: Fiona was awesome as I mentioned before. She really made the trip excellent!

    Emma Daleske
    Wilderness Walking - Autumn Highlands
    Reviewed on 08/11/2022

    Fiona was great! Poor woman must have thought she was under interrogation from all of our questions, but handled us well

    Samir Hammam
    Wilderness Walking - Autumn Highlands
    Reviewed on 06/11/2022

    Fiona was amazing! She is cool, knowledgeable, fun to talk too. She was helpful whenever needed.the hikes with her were beautiful.

    Einat Blumfield
    Wilderness Walking - Autumn Highlands
    Reviewed on 05/11/2022

    Fiona is knowledgable, organized, and good natured.

    Anthony Blumfield
    Wilderness Walking - Autumn Highlands
    Reviewed on 30/10/2022

    Book a trip with Fiona

    Trip / DepartureAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    Wildlife Adventures – Outer Hebrides & St Kilda
    8th Jun - 14th Jun 2024
    3 place(s) leftGuaranteed £2,595Book Now
    Wilderness Walking – Wilds of Assynt
    31st Aug - 6th Sep 2024 Women only departure
    6 place(s) leftGuaranteed £2,395Book Now
    Wilderness Walking – Autumn Highlands
    2nd Nov - 6th Nov 2024
    8 place(s) leftAvailable £1,475Book Now

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    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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