Me in 3 – Relaxed | Relaxed | Relaxed (sorry couldn’t think of 3 words)
Place to Play – It’s either riding the single track through the abandoned village of Gearraidh Lotaigear or exploring the Bishop Isles by sailing boat. You really have to try it to understand! The only clue you get is that they are both in the Outer Hebrides!
Not a lot of people know this – I used to be a film star – Well not quite! I played W.H.Murray in a reenactment of his famous winter ascent of Tower Ridge for the “On The Edge” TV series. Hobnail boots, wooly gloves, tweed britches etc. Cutting steps along the Eastern Traverse is the most frightening thing I have ever done!
Mini Bio – I have been working in the outdoors all of my life and am still passionate about it! Its been a great and varied adventure so far with lots of walking, climbing, sailing and biking. For the past 25 winters I have been Avalanche Forecasting on Ben Nevis. Away from the land, I have been involved with skippering various charter boats off the west coast of Scotland for many years and have developed a passion for sailing traditional Pilot Cutters. Despite having many adventures in the Himalaya, Karakorum, The Alps and some other exotic locations, my favourites place to be is still Scotland. You just can’t beat the huge variety of landscapes and weather!
Adventurer's Stories about Graham
Graham and Tim were very effective guides. They were well organised and yet not unnecessarily directing, letting the group mould the activity during the day. Nice blokes - I'd happily have them along with my friends on any trip I organise in NZ.Alex Adams
Tim and Graham were excellent throughout the entire trip. Dry wit, good riding tips, historical and geographical knowledge were excellent.Scott Bredehoeft
The guides were exceptional. They were thoughtful and conscientious with a great sense of humour. They shared they ove and knowledge of Scotland with passion. The lunches were healthy and fulfilling with a nice variety of Scottish delicacies. They manage to create a nice friendly atmosphere amongst a group of strangers. They were very attentive to everyone's needs and encouraging everyone to do their best. Tim and Graham truly love what they do and enjoy sharing their passion with us.Natalie Giroux
Graham and Tim did a great job !!Ulf Nilsson
Professional and personable - Graham and Amanda cultivated a friendly, open approach. Sara, who is a member of the office team but was on the trip as a participant, was also an excellent ambassador for Wilderness Scotland.Tom Clarke
See my previous notes. Graham and Amanda were TOP NOTCH! Tenaciously hard workers as well as knowledgeable/skilled... energetic/enthusiastic... fun/funny... professional... patient! I would/will ask for them personally on any future trips, as well as confidently highly recommend them to anyone visiting Scotland.Jennifer Kammerer
Graham led the trip with warmth, skill and a relaxed sense of fun. Following him down bouldery trails was inspiring, if challenging!Fergus Duncanson
Graham is an excellent guide, clearly knowledgeable and competent to deal with pretty much every scenario. A little encouragement might have helped on some occasions when the going got tough.Patrick Cooper
I have the greatest time with Graham and Mel!Josue Rodriguez
They were always funy and very serviciable, they always had answers for our questions, they treated us wonderfully !
please say thanks to them!
Graham and Mel where great to all the group, always there all the details and never sipped on new adventures!Nicolas Trevino
I cannot say enough good things about our guides. Mel was absolutely wonderful. I cannot say enough about her knowledge and professionalism. An absolutely astonishing lady. Gram was absolutely great as well. He was also extremely knowledgeable, professional and great to talk to. Thumbs up to both Mel and Gram. Loved them!!!!!!!!Mark Gonzales
Excellent. They control very well the time, when we had mechanical problems the solution was very quick. Every one, I believe, had your time to take photos, enjoy the ride...Ana Siqueira
Second to none. Graham and Mel did a great jobJuan Asuaje
done over 50 trips like this. Mel and Graham were excellent, top shelf. Mel was an incredible host!Mike Gonzales
Couldn’t be better. Both Graham and Mel were professional and fun!Merced Gonzales
Graham and Neil were fantastic - knowledgeable, entertaining and remarkably patient!jonathan shortt
They excelled in every category!!Marie Veeder
Graham and Lucy operated as a well oiled machine in every way and complimented each other very well! They both had the most amazing senses of humor and positive attitudes. Graham was clearly very experienced, with extensive local knowledge of the trails. He was encouraging and kept a great pace for the group. We felt like we could slow down and soak up the spectacular scenery or take photos at any time, and still ride hard and make good time on the trails. I would love to join another cycling trip with Graham in the future. Lucy, was absolutely amazing with her support on this trip. I already mentioned how wonderful the food was, but the other support was amazing too. All I had to do every day was wake up and ride, then leave my bike with the van at the end of the day, eat, sleep, repeat. Lucy took care of our luggage and made sure our bikes were clean and in good working order each day. Impeccable service from our guides!Kirstin Pellom
We had Graham Moss and Melanie Gaff. Both of them made the trip really enjoyable. Graham had a good understanding of the routes and any deviations and alternatives. He also helped fixing punctures! Mel has an obvious passion for Scotland and the outdoors and looked after us really well creating splendid lunches and generally making us all feel very welcome.Dan Edwards
Graham and Lucy were fantastic. I honestly cannot say enough good things about both of them.Hugh Hover
Graham was fantastic in every way. Approachable, organized, helpful , mechanical, good rider, made the route seem unique to our group, funny.Stewart White
Lucy was amazing. Lucy's kitchen kept us fed and catered to our quirks. Always prepared and a great complement to Graham ... worked really well as a team.
They made sure all we had to do was focus on riding and having fun as they handled the bikes and accommodations and logistics.
Can't imagine a better team.
first class service by the guides Lucy and Graham! My swiss english is not enough to descript how good they are- but, thank's for all, it was great with youUrs Meier
Graham had a humor that i appreciated from the start, Melanie was so knowledgeable about nature and the wild life we came across. Pete was great even though we only got to be with him for a few days. Pete was so encouraging on a few of the very challenging climbsDiane Jones
Graham, Mel and Peter were excellent guides. Experienced and very knowledgeable. We felt that they went above and beyond to make the trip unforgettable.Shawn Walker
Approachable, knowledgeable, relaxed, immensely helpful and supportive.Cindy Holdsworth
Graham was knowledgeable and very experienced regarding the routes we rode. He had a relaxed attitude which meant individuals within the group rode at a pace they were comfortable with.Fiona Hanson
First class - very chilled. Thought of everything. Brilliant guide. Thank you!Duncan Wood-Allum
Super friendly, let all of us do our own thing in our own time.Chris Worp
Graham was a terrific and knowledgeable hiking guide. He obviously knows a lot about the flora and fauna and clearly has a passion for his work. He has a terrific, quirky sense of humour which made everything really enjoyable.Martin Wade
Mel, our skipper, was wonderful! She is a warm, caring person and was very patient (as was Graham) with those of us who were new to sailing. We all managed to take part and help in our own way. The Mel / Graham / Ellie team could not have been better. Thank you for making our trip so enjoyable and memorable.
Graham was great fun, he was really flexible with the different interests of the group and adapted routes to suit the weather conditions. He was very relaxed and made everyone feel at ease straight away.Barbara Duncan
Melissa skippered the boat with lots of enthusiasm and made sure everyone felt very welcome. She engaged the "crew" with our daily tasks of up hauling and sheeting the ropes etc, a taking the wheel, to make sure we all felt part of the sailing experience. Graham skilfully tailored the days walking to the desires of the group whilst taking us to beautiful and interesting places. His relaxed persona rubbed off on everyone, on and off the boat, and helped ensure everyone enjoyed the holiday. Together, Melissa and Graham adapted their plans each day to make the best of the wind and weather conditions. By the end of the trip we had done the itinerary, just in a different order.John Guild
George's knowledge was outstanding and informative. Graham chose good routes for us including on the 2nd day when we took an alternative (and better) route and was a very reassuring presence. Henry was a lovely guy who clearly was keen to do his utmost for us.Nick Bliss
Graham was brilliant (in an understated and slightly self-deprecating way). Massive trust in him from early on.Stephen Collier
Our guides Graham and kelty were great really informative made sure everyone knew what was happening on the day.. Great food provided by KeltyMichelle Lodge
They did a good job of keeping everyone on track and in good spirits.Daniel Blake
Graham was very friendly and patient with the kids. He made the trip very enjoyable and ensured a good time was had by all. Please pass on our thanks and appreciation.Lyndsey Berisford
Graham and Dave were excellent guides and quickly adapted our trip due to the weather and group's mood and condition.Edward Wenning Janutin
I think it would be unfair to rate the main guide, Graham, as he was ill for the second half of the trip and thus we saw a lot less of him than we would otherwise have done. The second guide, Dave, however, did a great job of taking over and built up a really good rapport with the group. Both guides I thought, coped really well with the adverse weather conditions we had to contend with, and did a great job of adapting the itinerary to make sure that we still had full and enjoyable cycling days even when high winds, cold and rain would have kept most sane people indoors. It was great to have the support of the van, and access to dry clothes, hot drinks and snacks to keep us going during the rides.Louise Miskell
Our two guides, Graham and Dave, looked after us very well throughout the week. In particular a big thank you to Dave who stepped into Graham's shoes when he became unwell part-way through the week. Some good decision-making saved a number of days' riding when 'non-itinerary' options were brought into play to manage very inclement weather, Day 1 for us was a day when if at home you'd have said 'I'm not going out in this' - with thoughtful route selection by our guides then it was a memorable day. The 'options' day from Tarbert was more extreme than a large proportion of the group wished for and probably some 'softer' MTB options should have been offered. Our guides also coped well with some difficult logistical problems during the trip - never easy.Mike Nash
Dave Picken and Graham Moss are outstanding, knowledgeable and personable guides. They were quickly cognisant of the broad cross section of Mountain Biking capabilities of the group and adjusted the itinerary accordingly. The logistical problems that were encountered were resolved with aplomb and tact, especially at the end of the trip.Ralph Snape
Really nice guy and a true outdoor man, expert for the routes and terrain. Maybe could have told more cultural & historical facts.Lauri Lehtonen
Graham was patient and kind - very easy company, and quietly seemed to `keep his finger' on the pulse. Great!Janet Dalton
Henry O Henry....did we `welcome' seeing him and the support vehicle, as we turned yet another corner!!! Brilliant
Thought both guys were wonderful company.
Graham was everything I had hoped for in a guide and more. He was totally non-judgmental of any of our skills or lack of them but just set about getting us all from A to B in the most enjoyable way and made adjustments here and there to the route to take in the group's wishes, see particular sights or wildlife etc.Kate De Haan
He was good natured and good humoured at all times and great company both on the bike and over dinner in the evenings.
Henry was an absolute darling, always there with the hot soup or coffee and cake when needed, whisking your bike away to load it onto the trailer for you and when cycling with us, a calm and cheerful leader always making sure that each group member was happy and coping ok. Couldn't ask for a better team.
Kept us going in rough weather and made the route exciting and different, occasionally was too far ahead, fun, approachable and very inclusive , good knowledge of local area wildlife etc.Henry our support was also very good, food excellent and nicely served and on time, fun to be with .Anne Bateman
Professional skipper, crew and walking guide. Good fun and good natured. Felt they were all very experienced without being heavy handed. We were shown the route each day and everyone was happy to answer questions about the boat, the Islands etc. Very patient even with the inexperienced sailor! Appreciated Graham taking photos on the walks and posting them on Dropbox, along with some from James and Mel. Nice to have, as I am a lazy photographer.Kate Holterman
Very easy going and knowledgeable, catered to the group wellAndrew Baird
Always helpful, and the activities were well matched to the age and abilities of the group.Alan Watson
The walks selected by Graham were very good, and his local knowledge had much to do with the success of the sail-walk interface without the feared compromises.John Farmery
The quality of the guide was of the highest. Graham was very knowledgeable about the terrain, history, and regaled us with anecdotes that were both amusing and informative. He was very respectful of the groups decisions on hiking days when the weather was inclement rather than striking off on a plan that he had set in his mind.Sheila Cook
See aboveRod Edmond
Guides were excellent. Fun and engaging.Scott Bredehoeft
Dave and Graham. Lovely people, knowledgeable, able, patient, very skilled at keeping a group of strangers tick together with a gentle humour. They made it all look easy. Brilliant.Alison Schulte
Loved our guides; very caring and helpful; wished they would have dialed down down some of the crazier adventures we undertookMark Weisbarth
I took my own bike and would have preferred that it had been given some additional care at the end of each day. It got some kind of a wash each day, and chain lube, but would not have shown shown signs of rust if it had been sprayed with WD40 or similar.Patrick Cooper
Graham and Dave were fantastic hosts, very motivational and good fun.Scott Shortridge
the guides exceeded my expectations. Excellent choice of routes, especially off road. They were knowledgeable about local conditions and wildlife and able to adapt routes to suit the terrain and weather according to the riders' needs/abilities.Desmond McCarron
A very good double actRachael Vincent
Good plan bs and cs to allow for change of weather and wind direction available and post cycling tourist taxi service to local attractions such as Isle of Scalpay. + ad-hoc extras such as Harris Trust talk arranged.Tristan Mullett
I had expected a little more information about history and sights en route.Tony Kennedy