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    Keith Miller

    Committed | Enthusiastic | Friendly

    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 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!

    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!!

     

    Adventurer's Stories about Keith

    Keith was a kind and wonderful person, and obviously very experienced. He looked after us really well, and I had a very enjoyable time walking with him and learning about Scotland and the Highlands, and even about outdoor gear!

    Hillary Lee
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 26/10/2019

    Keith was fantastic. It was apparent that he took into account the unique needs and interests of each of us and provided flexibility to accommodate them. He was always prepared and timely. The quality I most appreciated about Keith was his knowledge of the natural world we were experiencing and how it all tied together. Emily was also able to join us during the first several days and she is absolutely delightful. Her sense of humor had us in tears on our way back from dinner one evening. What a treat.

    Cindy Gockel
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
    Reviewed on 14/10/2019

    Keith is a great guide, very knowledgeable (birds!) and good at making adjustments to suit both group and individuals needs - not always easy to do so.

    Penny Dutton
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 14/10/2019

    Keith was an excellent guide in every way. He managed to balance the interests of the group and provide, certainly us, what we had come for. Keith was very knowledgeable about all aspects of what we experienced be that the historic sites or the flora and fauna. He was particularly strong on wildlife especially birds, a revelation to us. He was also strong on safety and didn’t hesitate to call out other members of the group who constantly pushed boundaries close to cliffs, doing so in a respectful but no nonsense manner. He is a credit to your company and I will consider other adventures with Wilderness Scotland based on the quality of your personnel. I would also like to mention the presence of Kirstie from you Aiemore office. She proved to be a charming and interesting addition to our trip (Orkney’s). She is a very confident and competent young lady and an excellent representative of your company.

    Douglas Taylor
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 14/10/2019

    Keith added an additional element of learning to my trip. I really appreciated his deep knowledge of Scottish flora, fauna & history. Excellent communication skills and assessment of group dynamics and individual abilities.

    Barbara Lesage
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 14/10/2019

    See previous comment. Keith was amazing!

    Sharon Goldsworthy
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
    Reviewed on 08/10/2019

    Our guide Keith was great. He was very knowledgeable and was very good at keeping our diverse group on track while trying to accommodate everyone.

    Cathy Rolland
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 07/10/2019

    We loved our guide, Keith Miller. He was knowledgeable about the sites he took us to, he was knowledgeable about the birds, animals and plants in the area, and he had extreme patience in dealing with his clients. He has a great personality and knows his work...he is the best!

    Thomas Kuhn
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
    Reviewed on 04/10/2019

    This will embarrass Keith, I'm sure, but I dare say that every woman on the trip probably fell in love with him a little bit. LOL. What a kind, knowledgeable person is Keith.

    Mary Kuhn
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
    Reviewed on 02/10/2019

    Please see my previous comments about Keith Miller and Emily Smith. Both are exceptional in every way

    Susan Hillebert
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
    Reviewed on 30/09/2019

    There are not enough words to describe how outstanding Keith Miller is as a guide! Not only is he thoughtful, kind, and fun, he is extremely knowledgeable about the different wilderness areas and their flora and fauna. And most importantly, he has a gift for sharing his knowledge with others.

    Walter Erickson
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
    Reviewed on 04/07/2019

    Both our guides were very experienced and most knowledgable

    Lynette I'Anson
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 30/06/2019

    Our initial guide Keith was excellent but was struggling with a bug and unfortunately had to retire from the trip, hope he’s all ok now. His replacement Lou soon settled into the group with his easy demeanour and deserves great credit for the seamless transition, especially as it was his first WS group trip. 2 excellent guides for the price of 1!

    Carl Broomhead
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 28/06/2019

    Keith knew a lot about flora fauna and geology. We called him the answer man. Louis, his replacement, really worked hard to educate himself and consequently us. When he told the story of the clearings it brought tears to my eyes. both guides did a nice job.

    Susan Sinigaglio
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 28/06/2019

    Keith was a very knowledgeable guide and gave us a good variety of walks appropriate to our abilities and stamina.

    Caroline Taylor
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
    Reviewed on 17/06/2019

    Comment earlier

    Gareth Thomas
    Wilderness Walking - Argyll & the Isles
    Reviewed on 11/06/2019

    this was my first hiking trip ever, Keith was very supportive and gave me good advice with respect to the trails so I would not hurt myself

    Janice Sellon
    Wilderness Walking - Argyll & the Isles
    Reviewed on 04/06/2019

    Keith is a wonderful guide, very nice person, very open and ready to help, with high historic and scientific knowledge. Very good choice !

    Patrice Robichon
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 28/05/2019

    Keith was professional. Punctual, thoughtful, knowledgeable
    flexible and an all round pleasant person to spend time with
    I would definitely consider another trip with him

    Holly Blair
    Wilderness Walking - Argyll & the Isles
    Reviewed on 28/05/2019

    Brilliant negotiating with group and coming to consensus when possible about itinerary. Superb knowledge of area and nature - birds, flowers etc.

    Sheena Melrose
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 19/05/2019

    Keith is a very careful driver and an attentive guide who explained to us a lot things about plants, animals and history of the island

    Martine Robichon
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 14/05/2019

    Keith Miller was fantastic. He was very nice, very fun, and very, very knowledgeable on the geography of the hills and mountains. I decided about half way through the trip that there isn't a hill or mountain in Scotland that he couldn't come up with half a dozen ways to ascend and descend to accommodate the level of experience and ability of his hikers. He was very patient, accessible, and never made me feel like I was bothering him when I asked questions.

    Diane McCredie
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 14/05/2019

    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
    Wildlife Adventures - The Scottish Highlands
    Reviewed on 21/07/2018

    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
    Wildlife Adventures - The Scottish Highlands
    Reviewed on 09/07/2018

    I have given a detailed response in the first question. Keith Miller is FABULOUS.

    Graeme Coss
    Wildlife Adventures - The Scottish Highlands
    Reviewed on 05/07/2018

    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
    Wildlife Adventures - The Scottish Highlands
    Reviewed on 05/07/2018

    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.

    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.

    Lisa Paulo
    Wilderness Walking - National Parks of the UK
    Reviewed on 28/06/2018

    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
    Wilderness Walking - National Parks of the UK
    Reviewed on 25/06/2018

    Keith was an excellent guide with a warm personality

    Daniel Popesco
    Wilderness Walking - National Parks of the UK
    Reviewed on 22/06/2018

    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
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
    Reviewed on 21/06/2018

    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 approach

    Paul Schulties
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
    Reviewed on 18/06/2018

    The words inspiration and motivating best describe Keith. Keith has many other exceptional qualities

    Nital Rathod
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
    Reviewed on 14/06/2018

    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
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
    Reviewed on 11/06/2018

    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
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 02/06/2018

    Keith was just outstanding, can't speak too highly of him.

    Chris Johnson
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 01/06/2018

    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
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 29/05/2018

    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
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 29/05/2018

    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
    Wilderness Walking - National Parks of the UK
    Reviewed on 28/05/2018

    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
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
    Reviewed on 10/10/2017

    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
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
    Reviewed on 09/10/2017

    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
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
    Reviewed on 06/10/2017

    Keith was amazing--knowledgeable and funny about not only the flora and fauna but also Scottish history and politics.

    William Polking
    Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
    Reviewed on 15/07/2015

    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
    Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
    Reviewed on 08/07/2015

    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 guide

    Sarah Allen
    Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
    Reviewed on 07/07/2015

    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
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 06/07/2015

    Keith was very knowledgable and delighted in passing this
    on to his charges. Nothing was too much trouble and we had a very memorable holiday. Keith is certainly an asset to your company.

    Toni Norman
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 01/07/2015

    Both guides Keith and Malcolm were fantastic . Very friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating and helpful.

    Laura Moore
    Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
    Reviewed on 02/07/2014

    No trivia!
    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.
    Must return.

    Laurence Louis-Puttick
    Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
    Reviewed on 18/06/2014

    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
    Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
    Reviewed on 17/06/2014

    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
    Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
    Reviewed on 11/06/2014

    Informed. A sense of humour. Clearly committed.

    John Angus
    Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
    Reviewed on 10/06/2014

    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 trip

    Pauline Boyle
    Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
    Reviewed on 10/06/2014

    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
    Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
    Reviewed on 10/06/2014

    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
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 29/05/2014

    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
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 28/05/2014

    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
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 26/05/2014

    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 person

    Marla Edelson
    Wilderness Walking - Applecross & Torridon
    Reviewed on 05/05/2014

    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
    Wilderness Walking - Applecross & Torridon
    Reviewed on 02/05/2014

    He was very friendly and guided very delicate.
    If I could understand English much more , I enjoyed much more the walking .

    Midori Nakadate
    Wilderness Walking - Applecross & Torridon
    Reviewed on 30/04/2014

    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
    Winter Skills - The Cairngorms and Creag Meagaidh
    Reviewed on 26/03/2014

    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
    Winter Skills - The Cairngorms and Creag Meagaidh
    Reviewed on 26/03/2014

    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
    Winter Walking - Ben Nevis & West Highlands
    Reviewed on 05/03/2014

    Quite possibly the best guide I have been on holiday with - great birder and very good at managing people!

    David Dedman
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 12/06/2013

    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
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 12/06/2013

    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 too

    Jean Cook
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 12/06/2013

    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
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 29/05/2013

    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
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 29/05/2013

    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
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 27/05/2013

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