Place to Play – Paddling in Torridon and Applecross; it’s an ancient yet dynamic place, wild yet familiar, windswept yet comforting.
Not a lot of people know this – My mum was a brownie leader, and I think I was Aberdeen’s first boy brownie. Also… when Robert the Bruce defeated the English at Bannockburn in 1314 the population of New Zealand was probably zero.
Mini Bio – My mum and dad were founding members of the “Rangiora Tramping Club” in New Zealand, so I grew up spending most of my weekends in the hills and valleys of Arthur’s Pass and other wild parts of New Zealand. At high school my mates and I taught ourselves to kayak by putting our boats in the school pool at lunch time and figuring it out.
Since then I’ve been working as a guide and instructor in New Zealand, Scotland, Turkey and other beautiful places.
I have also picked bananas, cleaned windows on high rises, pulled pints, assembled and disassembled the stadiums at the London Olympics, been a bicycle courier in a few cities, and sold baked potatoes, amongst other things…
Adventurer's Stories about Jeremy
Amazing guys like friends by the end of the tripPaul Thawley
As before I can't say enough good things about our guides Kelty and Jeremy they were just super, made the trip.Hannah Elliott
Our guide made the trip what it was. He set the tone for our trip and found a way to guide each of us in a way that suited our needs and personalities. I really appreciated his ability to encourage me with the kayaking which I was hesitant about, but still found a way to make the experience appropriate for my husband and 16 year old son who like more excitement and physical challenge. Because Jeremy has experience he makes it look easy but we have had previous experience with other guided trips (not Wilderness Scotland!) so we really appreciated the caliber and quality of experience that Jeremy was able to provide.Ursula Aust
Ross and Jeremy were great. Positive, upbeat, supportive and made a great team.Ruth Kramer
Ross and Jeremy were a great team and their good humour was infectious.Jill Anderson
Looked after us very well.Pauline Hamilton
Jeremy and Ross were excellent being knowledgeable enthusiastic and above all, and most importantly endlessly patient. I hereby apologise to Jeremy for wandering off and/or dithering any time there was a sandy beach nearby.John Whitelaw
I was one of the slow coach bimblers at the back and so their encouragement and patience was much appreciated.
Informative of not only Kayaking but the area in general. They supported the needs of the different levels of Kayakers. Always upbeat. Would be happy for them to guide on a future trip."Awesome"Alasdair Thomson
Jeremy, our guide, provided just the right level of help and helped us overcome our apprehension about trying a new sport.Jacqueline Ghigi
Our 2 guides Jeremy and Hannah were absolutely superb. Nothing was too much for them. Their local knowledge, skills and level of instruction was spot on. They had every patience in the world delivered with great encouragement and humour..They couldn't have worked harder to ensure we all had the best experience possible.Andrew Thomas-Bosel
Jermey and Hannah were amazing . Very good instructors had a lot of info about the area . Very encouraging and patient i would definitely want then when i come back.Kitty Mehta
Both Jeremy and Hanna were excellent and I would recommend them for any kayaking trip. They were very knowledgable and made my trip better than expected.Michelle Sadecki
Both Jeremy and Hannah were absolutely professional in their approach to the week. Their obvious skill sets made everyone push that bit more to learn all they could. They were very approachable and had a great balance between group discussons and briefings and individual one to one chats on the water to enable us to enhace our basic skills.John Clarke
They were a great link in ensuring everyone bonded quickly into a cohesive team. I did have a habit of trying to bugger off for a little exploring but Jeremy and Hannah soon chased me down and brought me back to the fold!
On our first evening we had no showers to wash, Jeremy didnt get out of his wet gear until he had chased down an alternative for us which took about four hours, Hannah meanwhile kept us fed.
They were open, friendly, funny, caring, profesional and extremely hard working with a smile always on their faces.
The guides were excellent as I had an arm injury: so they were very helpful. It was a pity re the small group, Also I think I'd also prefer a journey instead of the one day trips.Cleo Moloney
We all loved Jeremy's positive leadership and ability to pick the right trail for the day given the iffy weather. He was very knowledable and socialable and was a big part of the trips success.
our guide Jeremy couldn't have been better. He found wonderful areas for us to walk in, and was a pleasure to be together with. The perfect guide.
I walked with Tim thtough Sutherland...and was very delightes by his Knowledge of all the flowers, birds...I did learn a lot...now I know more name of birds and flowers in English than I know in German...Anke Redeker
I spent a week with the New Zealand guy ( sorry forget his name at the moment ) and John, they knew very well about kayaking and the nature and weather conditions all around; they were so enthusiatic about Scotland, very impressing...
Jeremy was fantastic! He planned great trips and exhibited excellent judgement on sea state and weather conditions. We enjoyed his company, and found him very knowledgeable.Joseph Sacco
A guide always has to balance the skill set of the participants and plan accordingly. Jeremy did a good job of finding some compromises for the group that gave everybody a chance to enjoy it.Lawrence Stephenson
Thanks to Jeremy for arranging a wide variety of paddles and for persuading me that I could manage the paddle back from Gigha!Ruth McEwen
Erin and Jeremy are very, very good at what they do. They're each exceptional and complemented each other very well.Colleen Cannon
Jeremy and Erin were both knowledgeable and filled with boundless enthusiasm and energy. The routes were tailored to the strengths of the group and the weather conditions, providing just enough challenge while actually being on a holiday.David Rich
Jeremy and Will were professional, considerate, humorous and experienced. Above all they were a very safe double pair of hands. A credit to WS, and means I will come back for more. (For instance how do you keep everyone happy in a group ranging from 38 to 77, in mixed seas? They did..)Adrian Butter
Unflappable and endlessly patient, Jeremy and Will were excellent guides and very good company to boot. Lots of laughs, but an underlying serious concern for safety and wellbeing made a harmonious balance.Linda D'Aguilar
Jeremy and Will were both excellent particularly their decision making under difficult weather conditions.Mike Lewis
Whilst Jeremy and Will were always happy to answer questions and did provide briefings, for personal development and skill building, I would have liked a little more insight into the planning and decision making.Ken Baker
Very good at judgeing peoples paddlingOlive Carter
skills and helping them to improve
He's the masterJoel Firth
What a great guy Jeremy is. The right balance of being fun and challenged vs still ensuring that we were safe in the process. Excellent safety briefing. Very considered in matching kayaking level to routes/conditions. Fantastic selection of a variety of locations Sea, sea loch, freshwater loch, and viewing wildlife. Brilliant knowledge of the local area history and wildlife. Brilliant host. Ensuring we had good variety of places to eat. Ferried us everywhere and much respect for the 10k run at the end of a hard day's kayaking to retrieve the van while we enjoyed a pint in the pub! Plus the late night pickup at the airport. Excellent company - just fitted in with a group of friends who have known each other for over 20 years like he was just one of the group. Whole trip was hugely enhanced by having him as our guide. He really made the trip.Graham Parry
Knowledgeable, friendly, very patient and excellent company.,Jerry Fraser
If one thing stands out above all the other wonderful moments it was Jeremy's constant enthusiasm, encouragement and positive attitude. Jeremy was ably assisted by Phil who I am sure learned a lot from Jeremy. Thank you both :-)Roger Longshaw
Jeremy should receive an Oscar, a huge asset to you. I can't say anymore than a top guy! (Payment of Jelly Babies not required!)Ailsa Smith