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    Joe Mann

    Passionate | Fun | Adventurous

     

    Mini Bio

    After studying a BA (Hons) Outdoor Leadership degree in Ambleside, Lake District, I’ve worked all over the more mountainous areas of the UK. I’m happiest being in the hills but I’ve fallen in love with the Scottish Highlands. I was 18 when I first explored the Highlands, hiking all 282 Munro’s in 62 days and in doing so becoming the youngest person to complete them in one continuous attempt. Discovering the diverse mountains, lochs and wildlife on that trip is still the best experience of my life and now I love that it’s my job to show people just how amazing the Highlands are.

    Out of work you’ll probably find me running or racing in the hills, rock climbing on remote mountain crags or swimming in a refreshing loch. If I’m lucky, I’ll do it all in one day!

    Place to play

    Along as it’s in the Highlands I’m happy.

    Not many people know this

    As a bet, I once ate nothing but cereal for a whole week.

    Qualifications Read More
    • Summer Mountain Leader
    • Rock Climbing Instructor Award
    Experience Read More

    I’ve worked in the outdoor industry for 7 years. Mostly guiding in the hills all around the UK. I especially working in Scotland and the Lake District.

    Biggest Experience Read More

    Apart from the Munro’s, some of my best adventures have been several month long trips in the Alps and New Zealand.

    Specialist Subject Read More

    Landscape and nature.

    Adventurer's Stories about Joe

    Our guide, Joe Mann, was truly excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the terrain and great at setting a good pace and motivating us on some of the more challenging climbs. He shared lots of interesting information about plants, animals and bird life en route and kept our group well organised and informed about upcoming activities - all with a light touch and a great sense of humour. It was a pleasure to have his company. Thanks so much for all the lovely photos too Joe!

    Alison Montague-Jones
    24WSPD Private Departures
    Reviewed on 12/05/2024

    Joe was top-notch. He inspired complete confidence; very knowledgeable about the wildlife and plant life and a very engaging personality

    Roy Montague-Jones
    24WSPD Private Departures
    Reviewed on 03/05/2024

    Joe Mann was simply superb. He was an incredibly knowledgeable guide who slotted into our party seamlessly. He was a pleasure to spend a week with, and provided us with so much information about what we were walking on and what we were seeing (and hearing). He was also great fun to be with.

    Marcus Partington
    24WSPD Private Departures
    Reviewed on 01/05/2024

    Superlatives are required. It’s hard to imagine a better guide than Joe. He rapidly became the lynchpin of the group. Despite his youth and accomplishments, he willingly descended to our level and was always patient and encouraging and happy to set a sensible pace. He was great company and hugely informative and fun to be with.

    Keith Mathieson
    24WSPD Private Departures
    Reviewed on 01/05/2024

    I cannot praise Joe highly enough. He (and the weather!) really made the trip. He was a rare combination of many skills. He had a deep knowledge of the landscape, flora and fauna and, you could tell, a real enthusiasm to share it with others. He was a highly accomplished hiking guide, well able to judge the ability of his crew and always conveying assured confidence in the task. He dealt smoothly with the occasional wobbles about the route to come and enabled all members of the group to access and enjoy every element of the trip. And, on top of all this, he was great company. He spent a full week in close company with a group all of whom were easily the age of his parents (I would guess) - not every young person's idea of a good time - but was always open and friendly and sharing a great sense of humour. We were, indeed, lucky to have wonderful weather, but Joe allowed us to make the very most of it. Wilderness Scotland are fortunate to have such an accomplished guide who is great company.

    Charles Geekie
    24WSPD Private Departures
    Reviewed on 30/04/2024

    As previously indicated, Joe was great. Very easy to get on with, very knowledgeable, sure-footed in every sense of the word and fun to spend time with. It was a really successful week, due in no small part to Joe's being part of it.

    Tim Mansel
    24WSPD Private Departures
    Reviewed on 29/04/2024

    Joe is a credit to wilderness scotland, made us welcome,
    wasn’t fazed that we all arrived at different times on day 1. Knew his stuff, wanted to make sure we got the best out of each day. To have your very own reindeer herder as your guide what’s not to like! Thanks Joe.

    Carl Broomhead
    Wildlife Adventures - Winter Wildlife
    Reviewed on 25/03/2024

    Joe was great. Really enthusiastic and knowledgeable and made sure we all got what we wanted from the trip, including a mountain hare sighting for me :-)
    Joe's super fit and I was bit worried I'd be left behind but he kept the pace really relaxed and we had lots of time to stop, look and learn. He was always happy to answer questions and to tailor things to meet everyone's wishes.
    His passion and dedication to the reindeers was clear and that was a special part of the trip, don't think I'll ever share his passion for whisky though!

    Deborah Robson
    Wildlife Adventures - Winter Wildlife
    Reviewed on 15/03/2024

    Excellent is not a good enough word for Joe. His knowledge is astounding, and he was so sweet and fun throughout the whole trip. Just an amazing young man.

    Eliza Romm
    Wildlife Adventures - Winter Wildlife
    Reviewed on 29/02/2024

    Joe was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and informative. Looked after their the group well and answered any questions we had.

    Cath Skinner
    Wildlife Adventures - Winter Wildlife
    Reviewed on 24/02/2024

    Our guide Joe was absolutely fabulous, his knowledge of wildlife was non exhaustive and his recalling of bird calls were brilliant. He drove us to fro our destination playing Scottish music enhancing the drive as he shared his knowledge of the landscape and passing wildlife. Joe also a reindeer herdsman surprised us and took us to feed the wild reindeer herd on the snowy mountain range where they roam; this absolutely made my trip and so thankful to Joe for organising. I also enjoyed the local coffee pit stops. Thank you just an amazing outstanding guide!

    Jacqueline Bond
    Wildlife Adventures - Winter Wildlife
    Reviewed on 22/02/2024

    Joe's enthusiasm was infectious...he did all he could to make sure everyone had the best experience. He adjusted the itinerary to make the most of the weather, gave a whiskey tasting experience from his own bottles...and gave us an unparalleled close up encounter with reindeer.

    pete johnson
    Wildlife Adventures - Winter Wildlife
    Reviewed on 21/02/2024

    The guide, Joe Mann, was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. After checking the weather forecasts for Saturday & Sunday, he rearranged to schedule to maximise our enjoyment.

    Betsy Raburn
    Wildlife Adventures - Winter Wildlife
    Reviewed on 17/02/2024

    Joe was personable, knowledgeable and passionate about the revegetation and rewilding of Scotland. His obvious love of, and commitment to, the environment in which he lives and works was both contagious and endearing.

    Lesley Foster
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
    Reviewed on 17/10/2023

    Joe was excellent. He seemed very well prepared despite taking the trip on at the last minute. He adjusted the itinerary to reflect the weather forecast and was thoughtful about the route choice to avoid e.g. being in the wind for too long- which made for more pleasant walking days. I really appreciated his insights into the local landscape, rewilding efforts, and wildlife. I felt I learnt much more about the area than I would have done walking on my own, and Joe’s passion for the area really came through and rubbed off on everyone (particularly as regards the best hill in Scotland). The visit to see and feed the reindeer was a highlight!

    Emma Louise McCarroll
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
    Reviewed on 15/10/2023

    Joe was brilliant. He knew lots of facts and I could ask him any questions. He was really friendly.

    Sean Peacegood
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
    Reviewed on 10/10/2023

    Joe Mann was a superior guide. He gave very clear instructions on each day's schedule. He was filled with information on Scotland, the specific landforms and history of how they got the way they looked. He named all the animals and plants, superb knowledge of the park, lakes, rivers, trails, and buildings, history, and environmental trends. He was an excellent driver and we were very comfortable with his knowledge of the roads, very safe. We loved it when he put on Scottish music and the drive home.

    Charles Shinnamon
    23WSPD Private Departure
    Reviewed on 10/10/2023

    Joe Mann was a remarkable guide as I have already pointed out. A true treasure who made this trip exceed my wildest expectations. I know he is not personally responsible for Scotland’s natural scenic beauty but my appreciation for this relatively small part of the world has definitely been greatly enhanced by hiking with him as a guide.

    Anita Freyman-Danielsen
    23WSPD Private Departure
    Reviewed on 09/10/2023

    Joe was amazing in every way and we all so enjoyed him, felt listened to and safe and we learned so much. A perfect introduction to Scotland!

    Carol Glaser
    23WSPD Private Departure
    Reviewed on 07/10/2023

    Joe couldn’t have been better. He made the trip extra special and quite extraordinary.

    Charles Shinnamon
    23WSPD Private Departure
    Reviewed on 06/10/2023

    Guided -- Both our guides were extremely knowledgeable about the terrain, history, and animals of the areas we covered. They were very conscious of safety -- giving pointers on how to traverse rocky and/or slick segments, and always ready to lend a hand/assist if needed.

    Mary Marler
    Wilderness Walking - England Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 21/08/2023

    I liked both Joe and Lou but would make several recommendations: 1. remind walkers to hydrate frequently - neither ever did. 2. keep an eye on the stragglers - we had a significant separation on Blakey Ridge 3. stop hourly to gauge how everyone is doing - we had several length walks with no stops. Lou and Joe clearly like their jobs, well done and thank you.

    TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

    Thanks for your feedback, I'm glad you had such a lovely time with both Joe and Lou. Our guides are carefully chosen, well-seasoned professionals who always ensure client safety is of the highest priority at any given time. As is the nature of good guiding, they will be constantly aware of the group (even if it feels as if it may be from afar). I understand the importance of hydration, and although a good note, I don't necessarily think it falls on the guide to remind individuals to drink. As always, I wish we could choose the weather, but I'm very glad that the adventure was an enjoyable and engaging one despite the beginning being a bit on the soggy side! Thanks again for taking the time to pop us your feedback, it really is appreciated.

    Charley Polachi
    Wilderness Walking - England Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 21/08/2023

    One of the reasons for my booking this trip was that Joe Mann was leading it - I'd been on two Scotland trips with him before and I think he is excellent and good fun (both important considerations for an extended trip). While Scotland may be his main area of focus these days, his preparation is always impeccable. Louise Russell led two days of walking in foggy, soggy conditions in the Lake District, as well as providing driving support, cups of tea and boundless enthusiasm throughout the trip: she was fantastic, and I would go on a trip led by her any day. It was also great meeting Ben, who has an impressive 41 coast-to-coasts under his boots.

    Denise Prime
    Wilderness Walking - England Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 14/08/2023

    very knowledgeable on flora and fauna.
    very trusting

    Anne-Laure Courbes
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
    Reviewed on 27/07/2023

    Our guide was very flexible and provided personal attention since I had a medical issue.

    Mary Croft
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
    Reviewed on 24/07/2023

    Joe was an outstanding guide. I did need his help at some points when it was very steep and/or exposed, and he always seemed to be available whenever I needed him. I also had a bit of an injury, which fortunately didn't affect my walking, but he always checked that I was OK.
    He was also very knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna.

    Ruth Law
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 14/07/2023

    Joe was knowledgeable, interesting, interested in us, always available, put in the hours and effort to make our trip memorable - he was safe and assured. He made sure we used our time well - and got us swimming in both locks and the sea.

    David Burridge
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 28/06/2023

    I don't think you could find many guides better than Joe. Joe was very responsible, very attentive to our needs, and extremely knowledgeable about the region both historically and geologically.

    Jack Lynch
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 26/09/2022

    Joe Mann was excellent. He related well to all of us, which I think helped each member of our group to be ourselves. My husband and I were impressed with his wealth of knowledge. He was attentive to each one of us. Besides being a wonderful guide, he is truly a kind person.

    Teresa Lynch
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 19/09/2022

    very knowledgeable on plants, and distant hilltops and of the local flora and fauna

    Christine Veronica Clutton
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
    Reviewed on 28/06/2022

    Joe was just outstanding

    Susan Bartlett
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
    Reviewed on 27/06/2022

    Joe is an excellent guide, with great knowledge of the area and wildlife. He explained well what we were doing and what to expect and why and how the program changed. He was great at encouraging us all the up the mountains and checking that we were all ok. In a nutshell fab leader.

    Harriet Woodcock
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
    Reviewed on 27/06/2022

    It was obvious right from the beginning of the trip how much Joe's enthusiasm and passion for the outdoors came across. Very knowkedgeable and the fact that he lives in the area meant that he could take us to some places that only he know about.

    Edmund Murray
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
    Reviewed on 27/06/2022

    Professional, encouraging, skilled. Nice and always serene.

    Alessandra Molli Boffa
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 31/05/2022

    Joe was incredible!!

    Susan Gosin
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 31/05/2022

    Joe is an outstanding guide.
    He has huge knowledge of outdoor and wildlife and he is so reliable.
    I appreciated very much his capacities of adaptation to make the whole group satisfied.

    Nathalie Rameix
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 31/05/2022

    Jo was good company, knowledgable and I felt very safe in the mountains with him. Loved getting a personalised experience with the reindeer. I would happily travel with him again.

    Sara Livesey
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
    Reviewed on 25/04/2022

    Joe was a fantastic guide! Friendly, so knowledgeable with local flora and fauna and he really put in extra to make this trip very special. Best guide I’ve had on an organised multi day hike.

    Jacqui Scully
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
    Reviewed on 21/04/2022

    Joe Mann is a superb guide: responsible, enthusiastic and incredibly knowledgeable about nature in general and the Cairngorms in particular - which is, literally, his backyard (don't miss the visit to the reindeer centre, where he works as a herder in the winter months). Despite some challenging weather conditions - there was still plenty of snow on the mountains when we arrived - he delivered beautiful, strenuous walks each day. A whisky enthusiast, he even brought along a few of his own bottles to lead a whisky tasting for the group on our final evening. Very highly recommended.

    Denise Prime
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
    Reviewed on 18/04/2022

    A wonderful, knowledgeable guide

    Joan Jaffe
    Wilderness Walking - Argyll & the Isles
    Reviewed on 25/09/2021

    Joe was outstanding and made our trip extremely special

    Susan Smith
    Wilderness Walking - Argyll & the Isles
    Reviewed on 21/09/2021

    our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable, nothing too much trouble

    Penny Street
    Wilderness Walking - Argyll & the Isles
    Reviewed on 20/09/2021

    Jo was always entertaining company and very helpful particularly in difficult terrain. Changes to the holiday itinerary were often forced on us by bad weather ,but he ensured that we always made the most of our time in Skye. Great whisky tasting .

    Toni Shew
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 20/09/2021

    Joe was a superb guide: friendly and fun to be around, extremely knowledgeable - I didn't expect to learn so much history along the way - and professional. He did a great job rearranging the schedule as necessary, even leading a whisky tasting for the group, and was excellent at ensuring that everyone on the trip was taken care of on the walks. His playlist of Scottish music was an unexpected treat.

    Denise Prime
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 13/09/2021

    Joe was an excellent guide. I was really impressed his knowledge of history, culture, and the local wilderness (saw a number of eagles). He also was able to quickly plan fun days when we had rain outs. He was also a great driver!

    Julie Grundman
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 13/09/2021

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    Wilderness Walking – Outer Hebrides and Skye
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