Place to play – Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, It has everything that I want from a play ground, stunning lochs and rivers for paddling some great biking and some fantastic mountains and to top it off I open my front door and it’s right there!
Not a lot of people know this – In a previous carer I drove performance sports cars.
Mini Bio – My passion is expeditioning, I love heading out on everything from micro adventures to multi day expeditions, and having the opportunity guide people into the beautiful places that you can’t get to by car. My favourite way to do this is paddling but says: “as long as there’s good company and a beautiful place I don’t mind how I get there”.
My passion for the outdoors started as a young six year old kid growing up in rural Argyll, and my enthusiasm was nurtured by the Scouts and there was no looking back since.
Since starting work in the great outdoors, I’ve been privileged to working and journeying throughout the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
Although my first love is paddlesports where I’m qualified as British Canoeing (UKCC) Level 3 canoe coach, and moderate water endorsed white water Level 2 Coach. I also have mountaineering, climbing and biking qualifications.
Adventurer's Stories about Grant
Grant, Ray, and Alex were fun, professional, and knowledgeable. They were wonderful about seeing to everybody's comfort and all easy to talk to. I felt like we were friends very early in, which makes it an enjoyable trip. I also cannot say enough about their calm handling of the tip ins that happened in our group. The first few were (I think) pretty routine, but that doesn't lessen the value of having good guides. They were always very clear about how they would get the boats and it was just our job to be safe, and all three were great about checking in with everyone afterwards on if they were alright, warm enough, etc. My canoe partner and I had a scary tip the last day where we got swept into a tree on the bank, and the guides were world class. Everyone stayed calm, communicated well, performed their role, kept the rest of the group safe, and they all touched base with Jim and I about how we felt too. It's easy in situations like that to focus so much on the mechanics of getting the boat back, making sure people are out of the elements as much as possible, etc., and forget that the customers might be scared, but the guys were very compassionate without making me feel coddled. I have only good things to say about their teamwork and I'd recommend them any day!Larissa Donahue
Could not praise them highly enough, Alex and Ray provided great support to Lead Guide Grant who was excellent in all respects - would be happy to share more of the outdoors with this team.James Lamond
Grant, Alex and Ray were awesome. Friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and patient. They made the trip what it was.Dan Edwards
All three guides were top people. Grant can talk for the talk Olympics - but this is really good as his knowledge and experience is worth listening to. He was a good leader. There was one instance where a canoe got stuck under a tree in fast water, and the situation was clearly risky for one of the participants. Grant was into action in a flash, organising Ray and Alex and at no time did we feel that the situation wasn't being handled in the best way . His coaching on paddle skills was clear. Ray looked after Dick, our Octogenarian in a calm, dignified way and Alex was always helpful, smiling and looked after Gloria, the other solo traveler as well as being the group chef.Richard Tadman
Grant was fab- though dons't like fires :) . Ray made a fab guide too. Thanks so muchSusan Samm
Grant was very laid-back yet directive! Maybe not enough local information/history as we paddled through, but perhaps he was waiting to be askedCarole Campbell
Grant is a gem - he maintained a professional yet amicable position and only really got grumpy once. His knowledge and enthusiasm are infectious and I really felt we could achieve our challenge with him in the lead. Ray, his assistant has to be the nicest American I have ever met. He should go far!Grizelda Williams