Place to Play – The Cairngorms. Such a diversity of landscapes, coires & crags, habitats, wildlife and weather.
Not a lot of people know this – My first car was a bit of a Minx!!
Mini Bio – I’m an enthusiastic hill-walker, mountaineer and naturalist, first introduced to the hills at age 5 by my father and to the wonders of nature by my mother even earlier!
After a career in mountain environment conservation, latterly as Senior Conservationist for the John Muir Trust, I am now have a few jobs, including as Wilderness Scotland guide! In winter I undertake work as an Avalanche Forecaster for the Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service (SAIS), and guide winter hill walking skills courses. During the rest of the year I guide walking holidays in Scotland, as well as some abroad. I also run mountain environment courses and carry out upland plant surveys.
In my view one of the great things about being in hill, mountain, coastal and other wild environments is experiencing their tremendous and ever-changing variety: scenery, habitats, wildlife, weather – even the people!
Adventurer's Stories about Keith
Keith is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic- he is a wonderful guide and made our trip both really fun and a great learning experience.Laureen Esser
I've been on a tour with Keith Miller before, and I honestly think he is one of your best guides - friendly, informative and seamless management of the group. His bird knowledge is amazing and impressive. I would highly recommend Keith as a guide to anyone that would ask.Kate Boynton
I have given a detailed response in the first question. Keith Miller is FABULOUS.Graeme Coss
Keith was inspirational and his knowledge seemed endless. His guidance and interpretation of the wilderness was a true highlight. He also looked after us all with our different styles and capabilities. Wonderful.Jeanell Buckley
Keith was amazing. He understands the need to keep the group together and balance pace with abilities. I appreciated his gracious style and knowledge he shared.Lisa Paulo
I don't know how you can manage when you have clearly identified the physical expectations of the hikes. It was frustrating at points to have to slow down and compromise for hikes due to some team members lack of preparedness. Keith managed this process with great professionalism... and I tried to not be too much of a poopy pants about it.
Keith was phenomenal when it came to the environment. He was very knowledgeable regarding the geology, flora and fauna and he was an attentive and experienced hiking guide. Even though this is a "outdoor sport" tour, I would have enjoyed a bit more insight on the culture/history of the places we visited, but I don't think that's Keith's area. We had the good fortune to have Rupert from the corporate office join our tour. He was very personable and kind and a great complement to Keith.Christine Jackson
Keith was an excellent guide with a warm personalityDaniel Popesco
Tremendous guide - one of the best we have had anywhere and with any operator. relaxed, knowledgeable, communicative and very flexible in terms of itinerary and stops.Gary Fisher
Very knowleable. Let the group breath with some going ahead some a little behind. Very good that. Do not worry we were supervised. Spoke enough without boring us with detail, again an experienced approachPaul Schulties
The words inspiration and motivating best describe Keith. Keith has many other exceptional qualitiesNital Rathod
Keith Miller was a consummate guide with a wealth of mountain expertise, so the walking experience felt very safe. He was also a very knowledgeable naturalist; I am a keen naturalist but his knowledge was encyclopaedic, and I learnt so much. He had a great rapport with the group as a whole and also ensured he spent time in conversation with each individual member also. He worked tirelessly to ensure we had a really good, memorable experience and his enthusiasm was boundless. He involved himself with the group in a social context also, providing lists of Munros climbed and wildlife observed. Inspirational, and a great advertisement for the quality of your guiding team. Thank you!Peter Crispin
Keith was a fantastic guide. He had a diverse group of individuals but he managed to ensure that we had interesting hikes everyday. He was a wealth of information about the area and animals. Keith was so kind, and encouraging. An excellent guide.Nicola White
Keith was just outstanding, can't speak too highly of him.Chris Johnson
I really liked our guide Keith. A wealth of information on the local cultural history and natural history. He had a great combination of outdoor skills, leadership, weather, people, driving and plant and animal identification skills - and funny as well... where do you find these great guides !Kirstie Simpson
Keith really made the trip great. He’s flexible, understood our abilities, extremely knowledgeable about the area, well organized, kind, and very good at managing groups of people with differing levels of ability successfully. I learned and saw a lot—-flora, fauna, geology, conservation policies, mountaineering, etc.Karen Walker
Keith Miller was the ultimate guide. His thorough knowledge of the flora, fauna, terrain, history, and land management issues of each place we visited is truly outstanding. We hike independently in the U.S. and take many self-guided trips abroad; but this trip would have been very difficult and much less enjoyable without a guide of his caliber. This trip is an outstanding value. For those of us used to hiking in national parks in the U.S., the British trail systems appear very difficult to navigate with so many private property access restrictions and the general absence of signs. Mr. Miller was always well prepared with weather forecasts, multiple maps, and an unerring sense of where to go and what we might experience. He was also very flexible and tailored the itinerary to the weather and our interests -- immediately identifying birds by their song and plants by both their Latin and English names en route. He even provided us a complete list of these at the end of the trip. Outstanding is the only word to describe his knowledge, experience and expertise as a guide!Sandy Davis
Both Rosie and Al were experienced guides who competently led our outings. I felt confident in their abilities to handle any challenges we might face.Pamela Austin
Our trip was quided & although there was an unavoidable change she was very knowledgeable, great with our diverse group and fun to be with!Peter McEwen
Both Rosie Mckenzie and Al Goodridge (I hope I got his name correct) were founts of knowledge about the fauna and flora (and geology) of the Cairngorms. They were cheerful and organized and gave the sense that they could handle any emergency. Thanks to you for selecting them to substitute for Keith Miller.Anne Filson
Keith was amazing--knowledgeable and funny about not only the flora and fauna but also Scottish history and politics.William Polking
Keith was simply the best guide I have ever met - and I have met a few (I was one myself at one time!). By no means just a gung-ho outdoor type, he was immensely knowledgeable on natural history and all countryside matters and was very ready to impart his knowledge to the party. Led at an easy pace with plenty of stops and was very tolerant of my shortcomings.Oliver Dixon
our guide was fantastic- excellent at keeping a diverse group together, very knowledgable , trod the line of maintaining safety but extending individuals with great skill, our trip was "made" by our guideSarah Allen
Keith was wonderful - very knowledgeable and committed to ensuring everyone got the best from the holiday. He 'went the extra mile' throughout the week, both in anticipating possibilities and responding to challenges. He really made it an excellent experience. A big thank you!Sarah Deas
Keith was very knowledgable and delighted in passing thisToni Norman
on to his charges. Nothing was too much trouble and we had a very memorable holiday. Keith is certainly an asset to your company.
Both guides Keith and Malcolm were fantastic . Very friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating and helpful.Laura Moore
No trivia!Laurence Louis-Puttick
Thank you Keith! for the wealth of knowledge and stories you shared with us about Knoydart and the inner islands, its history, its people and their land.
Out of the 6 daysfull of exploring/hicking in wild remote, Loch Scavaig, Loch Corsuisk and climbing Sgurr na Stri on the Isle of Skye will remain strongly engrave in my memory. The very pointy high tops of the Cuillins with their sheer drops into the Lochs are a potent cocktail of scenery.
Keith Miller was our guide. He was excellent. His knowledge about the floral and fauna, and environmental issues was really educational for me. I think his passion for protecting nature and environment is very important in bringing awareness to walkers about preserving nature for future generations. It made the walk so much more meaningful.Clarie Kosack
Keith Miller obviously cares greatly about what he does. He checks the weather constantly to make the best trail choice. He spends time individually with each client. He is very knowledgeable about the outdoors and talks about everything from foliage to environmental policy in Scotland. He was available to answer questions about equipment and share his knowledge. He was constantly aware of where everyone was at, kept the pace up, and left no one behind. If I went on another WS trip, I would certainly want to try to have him as my guide a second time.Rexford Kosack
Informed. A sense of humour. Clearly committed.John Angus
I can't tell you how impressed I was with Keith Kelley. He was a complete pro; I'd go anywhere with him.Wilson Beebe
Maybe a later start 1 day midweek and gentle walk. Pub at end of walk is good. Also coffee and craft shop - good particularly when raining . got a good cd to remind me of the tripPauline Boyle
Keith was amazing. He is extremely knowledgeable and an excellent planner. He always made sure we know the day's agenda and welcomed any feedback we had for him. He provided us with bathroom breaks and broke the hikes up into smaller walks which was helpful for some of our group. He was especially great at pointing out the birds for us and even helped us spot puffins on Birdsay!Stephanie Lux
He had a good attitude, never got frustrated, He was very knowledgeable about local history, Scotland, birds, ecology, and flowers. Keith made the trip for me.Richard Lux
Keith is friendly,well organised,very well-informed,a model driver. If there is anything to criticise it is his tendency to go on a bit! Sorry,Keith.Chris Parker
Keith was very sedative to the group and their personal needs...he was very informative..a walking book and able to answer and discuss all our questions...Amazing energetic..positive personMarla Edelson
Keith was a great guide - very considerate of group and individual needs - went out of his way to support people and highly consultative with the group. His passion for his work and the environment was evident and infectious and therefore I learnt lots about the area, felt safe and had fun.Linda Doull
He was very friendly and guided very delicate.Midori Nakadate
If I could understand English much more , I enjoyed much more the walking .
Keith was very personable and included us in all the planning and decision making. I felt he delivered the perfect blend of encouraging safe & best practice whilst also creating challenges along the way.James Blair
Keith made our trip. His advice and instruction was always delivered in a helpful friendly way, he went out of his way to ensure our specific requirements were met. Rightly safety minded he taught us a great deal that will be useful to us in years to come. Highly recommend.Andrew Blair
Keith Miller is a gem, his depth of Scottish winter experience is immense and he is a mine of information on many many topics, I would not hesitate to travel with keith again, this time I will bone up on avalanches and invertebrates beforehand.,Nick Baker
Quite possibly the best guide I have been on holiday with - great birder and very good at managing people!David Dedman
It was obvious that Keith has a lot of knowledge about the plants and birds on the Orkneys, I loved to learn more about them. He was a very flexible tour guide and I appreciate all the preparations and plans he had to make for the constantly changing weather.Florentina Gareiss
Keith looked after us very well & we befitted from his knowledge of the birds and other local knowledge. He was very considerate of everyone expectations tooJean Cook
Full and varied group was a challenge but I think Keith succeeded in making everyone feel at home on the trip. Good bird skills a bonus for us.Adam Long
Our full and varied group was a challenge, but I think Keith succeeded in making everyone feel at home on this trip. Good bird skills a bonus for us.Adam Long
Keith was great. He was very knowledgeable about lots of aspects of the holiday including the birds .He was very personable and made a great job of balancing the different interests of the eight participants - listening to us and being flexible with the itinerary. I'd be very happy to travel with him again. Great guy.Carol Rose
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