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      Kirsty Chuchla

      Cheerful | Adventurous | Enthusiastic

      Mini Bio

      I am happiest when I am outside, in the wilderness, especially on a mountain top. I have always had a keen interest in the natural world, and enjoy nothing more than sharing it with others. My passion for the great outdoors led me to study Conservation Management, but it was during a year spent in New Zealand that I discovered the world of guiding. Upon returning to Scotland, I sought out a career in the industry and have not looked back since.

      Place to Play

      Assynt is high up on the list of my favourite locations in Scotland (the list is long!). The mountains are all individually unique and just seem to rise out of the many surrounding lochs. Plus the wide open vistas over land and out to sea are simply breathtaking.

      Not a lot of people know this

      In my younger years, I performed on stage. My most memorable part had to be a spitting seagull! Apparently, if you could stretch Scotland’s coastline out in a straight line, it would reach all the way to Australia.

      Adventurer's Stories about Kirsty

      Kirsty is completely above and beyond all comparison. She continues to be at the top of her game in everything. And she’s so jolly! We have such a good time with her, and have total confidence in the soundness of her judgment in everything, We ça rely on her to give an accurate account of each single raindrop that might fall in two days’ time.

      Nina Taunton
      Wilderness Walking - Autumn Highlands
      Reviewed on 06/11/2019

      Kirsty was everything you would expect of the perfect guide.

      Gunvor Rottensten
      Wilderness Walking - Autumn Highlands
      Reviewed on 05/11/2019

      Kirsty is very calm and attentive.
      Only criticism: I would have walk more on first and last day

      Julie Miville-Dechêne
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 16/09/2019

      Our guide Kirsty was first rate. I have done a lot of guided trips all over the world and she was friendly, well organised and professional. Knew the area well and was able to make adjustments to the itinerary due to the weather. We had lots of rain and wind and we still managed to do the 3 big climbs. Always kept group informed of potential changes, plans for next day. Good driver.

      Melinda Long
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 09/09/2019

      Kirsty’s guiding was perfect. She was kind, relaxed, friendly and fun, as well as being very knowledgable, competent and professional. She was the best guide I have ever encountered on a walking holiday. The needs of the group were clearly her priority throughout the week.

      Maggie Bartlett
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 09/09/2019

      Kirsty was amazing and I was appreciative that she always had a backup plan for when the weather interfered. She was friendly and personable throughout the week & tried to make she understood what each person most wanted out of the trip.

      Jennifer Lowe
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 09/09/2019

      Kirsty could not be faulted!

      David Scotney
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 06/08/2019

      Kirstie was the best guide! Very knowledgeable. Fun too! There was a good assortment of hikes - easy, medium, long with options depending on weather and skill.

      Laura Fitch
      Sailing and Walking - Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles
      Reviewed on 06/08/2019

      Kirstie did a fabulous job guiding us-described the scenery plus the history. she took us on awesome hikes!!!! And adventures!

      Carrie West
      Sailing and Walking - Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles
      Reviewed on 05/08/2019

      Kirsty was outstanding and a huge credit to the organisation. Funny, highly knowledgable, flexible and judged the walking brilliantly.

      Tony Bradshaw
      Sailing and Walking - Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles
      Reviewed on 05/08/2019

      Kirsty was incredible! She was not only kind as a person, but also knowledgable about flora, fauna, the area, Scottish history, and more. She took her time with us and paced the entire day perfectly--from breakfast all the way to after-dinner coffee/tea. We never felt rushed but we always accomplished a lot every day. (I even had a trip to the Medical Center in Aviemore for a minor injury and she was cool as a cucumber! She swiftly came to my aid on the mountain and always remained calm. She has the perfect temperament for working with groups and surprise elements!)

      She was perfect and we hope to have her as a guide again! She is not only a great ambassador for Wilderness Scotland but for Scotland as well!

      Simone DeLoach
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
      Reviewed on 10/07/2019

      Kirsty was super amazing. So knowledgeable, friendly, outgoing and adaptive. Everything you want as a local guide in Scotland!

      Rep DeLoach
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
      Reviewed on 07/07/2019

      Kirstie was wonderful, good humoured and responsive. She worked so hard and went out of her way to add value to your brand.

      Terry Scott
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
      Reviewed on 02/07/2019

      Kirsty was excellent, I have been with her before so know what she is like.

      Richard Stowe
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
      Reviewed on 01/07/2019

      My second trip with Kirsty and she never fails to deliver 100% and more. Kind, friendly, unflappable, knowledgeable, extremely well-organised, she's a pleasure to have guiding you, and on the mountain, we all had total confidence that she'd be able to deal with any situation.

      Andy Lewis
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
      Reviewed on 01/07/2019

      Kirsty is a brilliant guide. Instills confidence, obviously technically proficient and experienced and great company. Responsive to the needs and preferences of the group.

      Jennifer Mirdamadi
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
      Reviewed on 26/06/2019

      Kirsty was an excellent guide who managed to be both extremely competent and easygoing. She monitored the weather and adapted plans accordingly. Her ability to blaze a trail through the bog up the mountains was impressive. I felt like she put us first all week.

      Peggy Fake
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
      Reviewed on 25/06/2019

      I appreciated Kirsty's deep knowledge of and love for the land, its history. She shared her knowledge in a very natural way, quite organically. Her programming for each day included wiggle room, and we appreciated the changes she made to accommodate the group's interests. She's the best van parker I've ever seen, and she can park that van while telling you all about the hike you're about to partake of. And her smile is gorgeous.

      Patti Loach
      Wilderness Walking - Northumberland and the Lake District
      Reviewed on 11/06/2019

      Kirsty was friendly, knowledgeable and very willing to provide help to all guests. She was a great guide.

      Maggie Spenceley
      Wilderness Walking Luxury – North Highland Coast
      Reviewed on 27/05/2019

      I am all superlatives about Kirsty. She is a keeper!

      Barbara Macleod
      Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
      Reviewed on 13/05/2019

      Kirsty was truly outstanding; I don't really have the words to describe her style. She is cheerful and upbeat, but also has an intuitive gift for sussing out group dynamics. She made a point to hike alongside everyone in the group to get to know us. She could immediately sense when some people were struggling and some people wanted to push harder and she managed to maximize the experience for all of us, suggesting modifications for those of us with sore knees that never made us feel like we were compromised or impacting the others in the group. She is a funny and interesting hiking companion, and she always had plenty of great alternatives when the weather failed to cooperate.

      Amy Denton
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of Torridon and Wester Ross
      Reviewed on 18/09/2018

      Kirstie read and understood the abilities and motivation of each member of the group. There were times when some may have thought the trekking to be too easy, but I'm sure there were some who thought it too hard. She rolled with all of that and totally made the trip for me.

      Scott Carbee
      Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
      Reviewed on 07/08/2018

      Kirsty was a superb guide. She was cheerful and knowledgeable, calm and encouraging at all times. We learned a lot about the flora and fauna whilst we walked.
      Our weather was mixed during the week, but she matched the walk to the conditions with great skill, taking advice from the skipper too, on the sea conditions.

      Marie Beattie
      Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
      Reviewed on 06/08/2018

      Kirsty is an extremely good guide - great people skills and held the group together

      Paul Kinnersley
      Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
      Reviewed on 31/07/2018

      Cannot say enough about Kirsty. Kirsty was a wonderful guide! Very knowledgeable about the geography, wild life, birds and flowers. She tailored our itinerary based upon the weather to get the best views/experience and briefed us each evening on our walk for the next day (type of climb, what clothes to wear or bring). She was with us 24/7 and always accessible. She was motivational, kind and fun. We had a nice group of people with varying aptitudes and Kirsty tailored the walks to meet all needs. .

      Linda Bernhagen
      Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
      Reviewed on 31/07/2018

      Can't imagine a better guide, enthusiastic, friendly, knowledgeable, skilful, and always willing to go the extra kilometre or 10, on the ground and metaphorically in tracking down eg flower species, word origins etc.

      Ruth Urben
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
      Reviewed on 24/07/2018

      Kirsty made an excellent job

      Julia Gerber
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
      Reviewed on 23/07/2018

      I could not fault kirsty..excellent !

      Richard Stowe
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
      Reviewed on 17/07/2018

      Great personality, calm and reliant. Huge interest and knowledge re all around us from flowers and insects to all the birds. History and geography shared with ease as we walked.

      Jane Gordon
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
      Reviewed on 17/07/2018

      I just love travelling with Kirsty. Her enthusiasm and knowledge is fantastic and if a question is thrown up that she can't answer immediately, she finds out , no matter how obscure. She also makes sure that everyone in the group is included in conversation and allows enough flexibility for people to have their own time should they wish to do so.

      Jan Abbott
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
      Reviewed on 17/07/2018

      Outstanding!

      Ian Caldwell
      Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
      Reviewed on 15/06/2018

      Please see previous comments.

      Ann Maclean
      Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
      Reviewed on 14/06/2018

      Third time with Kirsty and better than ever.
      A wonderful ambassador.

      Gavin Bateman
      Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
      Reviewed on 12/06/2018

      I am a seasoned Kirsty groupie. What more can I say? Her knowledge and expertise match her stamina and personality. There is nothing that is not enormously impressive about her. We know we are in safe hands.

      Nina Taunton
      Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
      Reviewed on 11/06/2018

      As on each previous trip, Kirsty was brilliant and a delight to be with.

      Tricia Bateman
      Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
      Reviewed on 11/06/2018

      Kirsty has an all encompassing knowledge of terrain, flowers/birds loves to inform anyone who is interested and so very helpful and flexible if someone prefers to do something other than the planned activity. Result everyone has a wonderful holiday

      Ethel Hickton
      Sailing and Walking - Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles
      Reviewed on 21/05/2018

      Kirsty was professional in every way. Knowledge and enthusiasm is always an appealing combination

      Paul Williams
      Sailing and Walking - Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles
      Reviewed on 21/05/2018

      Already covered. Kirsty was perfect. I was thrilled to walk with a guide who shared my love of nature and could point out so much of interest.. natural and historical.

      Judith Hedges
      Sailing and Walking - Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles
      Reviewed on 21/05/2018

      I'm going to copy here what I wrote about the trip in general (excellent), because it was largely because of our guide--Kirsty--that it was so wonderful. Kirsty set a great tone, and her knowledge and energy were wonderful. The hikes were spectacular, and she paced them especially appropriately, given the range of endurance capabilities in the group. It never felt awkward to be stopping so others could catch up: she managed, instead, to make the pauses just as much fun as the trekking, explaining details of plants and animals along the way. Among the memories that I'll never forget: hearing her read a poem by Scottish poet Robert Burns at the gravesite of the person about whom Burns had written it. (How many guides would have even stopped at the grave?!) I regretted not getting a video of that at the time and said so later. So, huddled in a cozy hut along a trail where we'd stopped for lunch, she got out the poem again and read it so I could record it, getting the beauty of the Scots language as it should be spoken to supplement the beauty of the countryside. She is outstanding and represents Wilderness Scotland wonderfully. (She was also a pro at dealing with unexpected problems with reservations, etc.) I'd also add: the personal touch of her getting a birthday cake and candles for a fellow hiker: perfect! Give her a raise! She is outstanding in every way.

      Kathleen O'Gorman
      Wilderness Walking - Autumn Highlands
      Reviewed on 11/11/2017

      Kirsty is joy personified. She embodies what is best about loving what one loves does in an environment that one thrives. She was attentive, alert, informed and poetic. What was not to love in a guide like her. :)

      Patrice Boucaud
      Wilderness Walking - Autumn Highlands
      Reviewed on 01/11/2017

      Kirsty was an excellent guide - so knowledgeable and professional but most importantly good fun.

      Lesley Lind
      Wilderness Walking - Autumn Highlands
      Reviewed on 25/10/2017

      Kirsty was first class in every respect

      Richard Buxton
      Wilderness Walking - Autumn Highlands
      Reviewed on 25/10/2017

      Kirsty is fabulous. She's knowledgeable, flexible, funny, and fun.

      Darsie Bowden
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 09/10/2017

      Kirsty is the most professional, the most knowledgeable, and the most competent guide, let alone the loveliest person you could have to guide your Wilderness holiday

      Catriona MacKenzie
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 09/10/2017

      Kirsty is a legend. She seemed to glide effortlessly though the days while managing the constantly changing weather, interests and varied abilities of the group. We couldn't praise her skills enough.

      Linda Nankervis
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of Torridon and Wester Ross
      Reviewed on 20/09/2017

      Kirsty was absolutely superb. The weather proved to be consistently difficult and consequently she had to change our schedule daily, sometimes having to change plans mid hike, but still managed to give us fantastic hikes every day.

      Jan Abbott
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of Torridon and Wester Ross
      Reviewed on 18/09/2017

      Kirsty has had universally great feedback and I agree with this 100%. She's a top-class guide. Her ability to change the advertised programme due to bad weather and still give us enjoyable and challenging walking was extremely impressive. She's clearly focused on giving the customer his/her money's worth regardless of conditions, and she totally succeeded in this. The group gelled really well and we had some great laughs - whether it be hunkered down in the emergency shelter while a northerly howled outside or crossing a rain-swollen torrent - which was no small credit to Kirsty. She's very knowledgeable and her enthusiasm for, and love of, the Highlands is infectious.

      Andy Lewis
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of Torridon and Wester Ross
      Reviewed on 18/09/2017

      The sailing crew and walking guide were professional and personable.

      Ginnie Van Kesteren
      Sailing and Walking - Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles
      Reviewed on 21/08/2017

      Kirsty managed all the different abilities and paces really well so everyone got the experience they wanted from the walking

      Karen White
      Sailing and Walking - Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles
      Reviewed on 14/08/2017

      I already mentioned this in an earlier comment but our guide was great. Her enthusiasm for the places we hiked and her knowledge and interest in the floral and fauna we saw was exemplary. Also, she was always ready to accommodate particular concerns of each of the trip members and allow for the rather large range in hiking stamina that was evident in our group.

      Brian Shuter
      Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
      Reviewed on 13/08/2017

      Kirsty was absolutely marvellous, she thought of everything, and we quickly developed such confidence in her. Her positive personality lifted even the stormiest day. A credit to herself and Wilderness Scotland.

      June Toose
      Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
      Reviewed on 30/07/2017

      Amazing, so well organised, does small things to please individual guests - these smaller things just make the whole experience so special

      Ethel Hickton
      Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
      Reviewed on 28/07/2017

      Can't praise Kirsty enough, nor have enough superlatives for her. She made the trip for us all.

      Lesley Beddie
      Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
      Reviewed on 26/07/2017

      Kirsty was a superb guide: her extensive knowledge of the area, together with her courtesy, humour, common sense and patience made the trip a wonderful experience for us all. She worked our schedule around the weather so not one hour was wasted - perfect!

      Catharine Wall
      Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
      Reviewed on 25/07/2017

      Kirsty made it so easy for all of us.

      David Sloboda
      Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
      Reviewed on 21/06/2017

      Kristy was brilliant.


      Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
      Reviewed on 19/06/2017

      Kirsty was a first class guide and by the end of our trek, we felt that we had known her all our lives! She made our hiking experience very special because of her good humour and her expert knowledge.

      Lynne Matthews
      Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
      Reviewed on 19/06/2017

      Kirsty was a fantastic guide and is a huge credit to Wilderness Scotland. She had enthusiasm, knowledge , great stories ,and total professionalism to ensure it all ran like clockwork. Can't praise her highly enough.

      Carl Broomhead
      Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
      Reviewed on 19/06/2017

      Kirsty was awesome! She's extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She was very helpful in making sure we were prepared for the hikes.

      Kristy Peterson
      Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
      Reviewed on 19/06/2017

      I have already sent an e-mail thanking Kirsty for her excellent guiding performance.

      Emerita Pilgrim
      Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
      Reviewed on 19/06/2017

      Kirsty, as usual(our third trip with her) was a star. Always upbeat, enthusiastic, professional and friendly, she made the trip so interesting with all her knowledge and expertise. Great driver, super organized, and never stopped!

      Morag Mottram
      17WSTM Tailor Made trips
      Reviewed on 14/06/2017

      Can't say enough about Kirstie. She shared her knowledge about plant life, was full of legends about Scottish fairies and giants, and could name every bird that flew over head. She was
      Kind and very thoughtful.

      Kathrine MacRae
      Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
      Reviewed on 12/06/2017

      Kirsty was superlative!

      Gordon MacRae
      Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
      Reviewed on 12/06/2017

      Kirsty is an excellent guide. She made sure we were all well equipped, particularly with snacks, midge protection and so on. Very well informed on the wildlife and geology, and transmits an enthusiastic love of the outdoors. Kirsty is a particularly good and courteous driver. She dealt decisively and sensitively with the hiccups we had. A lovely warm personality and a credit to Wilderness Scotland.

      Paul Davies
      Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
      Reviewed on 12/06/2017

      I can't imagine a better guide.

      Charles Reback
      Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
      Reviewed on 12/06/2017

      Again, Kirsti was first-rate. Loved her.

      Melissa Walker
      Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
      Reviewed on 12/06/2017

      Kirsty, as in the past was superb. Her knowledge and enthusiasm about the area made the trip come alive for all members of the group. Kirsty openly shared her interests in the landscape, the history, the flora&fauna and the personalities of the people who make Harris and Lewis special.

      Jim Mottram
      17WSTM Tailor Made trips
      Reviewed on 12/06/2017

      Without question Kirsty was exceptional. Her ability to be flexible with our days and the weather...unbelievable! She was able to arrange for us to visit a weaver and a genealogy researcher on Harris. Always considerate of the groups needs she went above and beyond to ensure a good time was had by all.

      Jo-Ann Rutherford
      17WSTM Tailor Made trips
      Reviewed on 04/06/2017

      Very-very kind, intelegent, attantive guide - Kirsty.

      Elena Lovkova
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of Torridon and Wester Ross
      Reviewed on 22/05/2017

      Kirstie was fantastic- stayed positive, kept us motivated and shared so much knowledge.

      Linda Scott
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of Torridon and Wester Ross
      Reviewed on 17/05/2017

      fantastic guide, very knowledgable about vegetation, geology, mythology and about everything else out there; made everybody in the group feel good; motivating; set just the right pace on the hikes

      Justus Daechsel
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of Torridon and Wester Ross
      Reviewed on 15/05/2017

      Kirstie was totally awesome. Best guide we've ever had

      Kevin Scott
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of Torridon and Wester Ross
      Reviewed on 15/05/2017

      one could not have wished for a nicer guide - Kirsty was friendly, tolerant, helpful, cheerful, innovative, knowledgeable and other attributes too many to mention. Other comments had said that of her and I was slightly sceptical but they were all true - make sure that you hold on to her!

      Clare Matchett
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 27/08/2016

      Our guide was excellent.

      Robert Broadhead
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 15/08/2016

      Kirsty is the perfect guide!
      She has a lovely manner; is very knowledgeable; extremely capable and organised; so cool, calm and collected she could be a candidate for 007 - shooting photos only, of course!
      She also seemed to have the uncanny ability to deal with inclement weather.
      Gold medal standard, without a doubt! it was a pleasure to be guided by Kirsty Cuchla.

      Mary Hahessy
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 13/08/2016

      Guide was great in every way.
      Appreciated her knowledge of flowers and wildlife.

      Patricia Bateman
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 11/08/2016

      Kirsty was absolutely brilliant. I can't recommend her highly enough.

      Gavin Bateman
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 10/08/2016

      Kirsty is made for this job! She is excellent with people, really knowledgeable, well organized, and just a fabulous addition to the trip!

      Ginny Harrison
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 09/08/2016

      Kirstie you were amazing. I loved everything about you. You were a wealth of all kinds of information that you were more than willing to share. You also had the patience of Job. You truly are a beautiful soul. I did make more comments about you earlier!!!

      Pamela Haggarty
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 08/08/2016

      Very friendly and great rapport with everybody. Safe driving and good with informing us of trails, walks and impending plans. Thank you!

      Kathleen Leonard
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay
      Reviewed on 02/08/2016

      You have a gem in Kirsty - she is wonderful! We were a small group and she led us on some great, great walks, joined in on the laughter and kept us together and moving. This is the second tour I have been on with Kirsty as a guide and both times I have been so impressed with her kindness, knowledge of the environment, and her sense of fun - it is a joy to be on tour with her and I would do it again for a 3rd time.

      Kate Boynton
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay
      Reviewed on 02/08/2016

      Kirsty was fabulous. She even had help (a hand warmer)for my back prob. She kept a nice pace, had a super sense of humor, and really knew ever so much.

      Sarah Leonard
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay
      Reviewed on 01/08/2016

      As always Kirsty was the lynchpin of the trip, she has such a lovely personality that everyone warms to her, relaxes quickly and enjoys their holiday. She is always perfect, there could be no improving of her. I'm sure it's all been said before!

      Catriona MacKenzie
      Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
      Reviewed on 16/06/2016

      Energy, knowledge, cheerful, knows when to say yes and no. Faultless, brilliant.


      Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
      Reviewed on 13/06/2016

      Kirsty was phenomenal!!! She is very knowledgable in all aspects of anything Shetland/Scotland. Kirsty is a great people person, taking time to get to know each individual in the group. She made everyone feel at ease and allowed everyone to walk at their own pace.

      Valerie Koyl
      Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
      Reviewed on 13/06/2016

      Kirsty was brilliant very knowledgable and a perfect guide

      Jane Cheshire
      Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
      Reviewed on 13/06/2016

      I have traveled a good bit on guided trips, but Kirsty is the best guide I've ever had. Her instincts about people and the terrain (including weather) are matched by her knowledge and training. She was truly gifted. Further, she produced beautiful sunny weather, two rainbows, terrific sunsets, frequent animal sightings and a full moon. Genius. She is highly personable, funny, and encouraging. I can't imagine a better guide for this trip. I hope to repeat this experience sometime in the future.

      Darsie Bowden
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 07/06/2016

      Kirsty is an amazing guide, she is able to keep the right pace for the whole group, she has a genuine interest in every member of the party and ensuring we are all safe and happy. I personally was able to conquer some fears/goals which has put joy back into walking.

      Natasha Redfern
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 06/06/2016

      We went on this trip because we knew Kirsty was guiding it. That girl goes from strength to strength. Our group were (all except one) revenants, 7 of us who were on the Knoydart trip this time last year. This tells you a thing or two. We need some brand new over-the-bar superlatives to even begin to do justice to her manifold talents.

      Nina Taunton
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 06/06/2016

      Kirsty is an outstanding guide and a true asset to the Wilderness Scotland team. She greeted us with energy and enthusiasm from the original meeting at the train station to our departure. Every day was well organized, both from a difficulty, time and logistics perspective. Kirsty's knowledge of the environment and her ability to include great interpretive material throughout each day, along with great personal anecdotes was much appreciated. Her confidence and skills driving a van full of 8 guests through a busy city, single track wilds, and dealing with a stubborn film crew near Stac Pollaidh, was most impressive. We are looking forward to planning and booking our next adventure with Kirsty for next year.

      Morag Mottram
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 06/06/2016

      Kirsty is outstanding! From her greeting at the trip start to her farewell at trip end she was always friendly, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, professional and engaged with our group. She offered individual attention and support for members when needed and offered thorough interpretive commentary regarding the human and natural history, the flora and fauna, along with cultural influences of the areas we experienced. Her high levels of energy and positive attitude are contagious. All members of the group were able to learn more, experience more and accomplish more than we may have originally expected thanks to Kirsty's skill and ability in leading us to our goals. The week flew by and every day was a pleasure to experience.

      James (Jim) Mottram
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 06/06/2016

      Kirsty is one of the main reasons why the trip was so great. With her nice, happy and humble personality loaded with tonnes of knowledge, she just made the trip great for me and everyone else. She remembers even small details you ask and does research about the questions and comes back with even more information than you had expected. She is a true treasure at Wilderness Scotland.

      Anna-Lena Handell
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 01/06/2016

      Thanks to Kirsty for making the trip so well run.

      Jacqueline Halliwell
      Sailing and Walking - Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles
      Reviewed on 19/05/2016

      Guide very knowledgeable and capable. As a retired National park walk leader I was impressed.

      Dennis Shevelan
      Sailing and Walking - Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles
      Reviewed on 16/05/2016

      I expect it's all been said already! Kirsty was our guide and they don't come any better. Faultless and I do not exaggerate!

      Catriona MacKenzie
      Wilderness Walking - Autumn Highlands
      Reviewed on 09/11/2015

      Very knowledgeable and hospitable.

      Sera-Maria Paterson
      Wilderness Walking - Autumn Highlands
      Reviewed on 03/11/2015

      As before, Kirsty was lovely and good.

      Kaija Pett
      Wilderness Walking - Autumn Highlands
      Reviewed on 24/10/2015

      Guide, Kirsty. She did a great job. Lots of information, lots of laughter, knows the area very very well etc.

      Patricia Teunissen
      Wilderness Walking - Autumn Highlands
      Reviewed on 21/10/2015

      I'm sure you've received nothing but glowing reports about Kirsty. She was a fabulous leader with a fine sense of humour. Her passion for the Highlands is infectious and she brings such a strong knowledge of conservation, nature and Scotland's history to her role. She seemed attuned to the different needs and interests of the group and met them unobtrusively. Her energy, and enthusiasm were a delight.

      Lesley Foster
      Wilderness Walking - Autumn Highlands
      Reviewed on 21/10/2015

      Kirsty was awesome! She had a great sense of the group so tailored the walks as necessary. She was also resourceful when confronted with changes in routes - didn't miss a beat. She was extremely knowledgeable about the area. Last but not least, she had a wonderful sense of humor!

      Martha Yates
      Wilderness Walking - Autumn Highlands
      Reviewed on 21/10/2015

      As had been indicated from previous reviews, Kirsty was excellent - and indeed she was. So incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, welcoming and took us on amazing and varied walks. What an asset she is to Wilderness Scotland.

      Fiona Leatt-Hayter
      Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
      Reviewed on 05/10/2015

      Kirsty is way beyond excellent. In addition to all her attributes, she conjured up Scotland's only week of summer for us. She is in a category of her own.

      Nina Taunton
      Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
      Reviewed on 05/10/2015

      Kirsty was a joy. Her knowledge of the area is excellent and she offers it with the passion and enthusiasm she feels for it. Her care in ensuring each traveler's enjoyment was evident in the level of personal attention she gave to all of us. We had many laughs along the way because of Kirsty's lighthearted, positive spirit.

      Destiny McCune
      Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
      Reviewed on 05/10/2015

      Kirsty delighted us always, pointing our interesting sights and telling stories. She is the best.

      Steven Markey
      Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
      Reviewed on 05/10/2015

      Kirsty was our guide. She is just the best. Personal attention to detail, her amazing knowledge and people skills were excellent. She even made a rush candle for all the October birthday people in our group. :) She has a great sense of humour and tells a great story. Just loved her to bits!

      Claudia Markey
      Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
      Reviewed on 05/10/2015

      Kirsty was a great guide. She knows the islands and did a great job explaining their natural and human history. She is a wealth of information on flowers, geology, sheep and fairies. She had unfailing good humor and tolerance, and seemingly infinite energy. She was aware of the needs and abilities of the group and was able to set an appropriate pace and to make adjustments in the face of bad weather to keep the trip moving well. She managed to create a sense of community in the group.

      She's also a great driver and I've never seen anyone back a van through tight spaces as well as she does.

      Barbara Best
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
      Reviewed on 20/09/2015

      Kirsty was a fantastic guide. She was very knowledgeable about the trails, history, flora, fauna, and fairies! It was obvious she took pride in her work and loved sharing her country with us. She made everyone feel part of the group and kept us all very motivated and energized throughout the week. We were sorry when the week came to an end.

      Cathie Swyka
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
      Reviewed on 19/09/2015

      Our guide was Kirsty and she was first class. We achieved all the activities on the itinerary but Kirsty re-jigged the order to take maximum advantage of the forecast weather conditions which was absolutely the right thing to do. No matter how obscure the question regarding the local flora, fauna, geology, dialect and customs etc she was always ready with a plausible explanation. An excellent companion in the hills and all fuelled by porridge!

      Mark Clarke
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 14/09/2015

      I thank Kirsty for her knowledge and support. The best thing I can say is that Kirsty had a sunny disposition despite the weather and she tells the BEST fairy stories! She too has left a mark in my heart..

      Maureen Goldberg
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
      Reviewed on 10/09/2015

      Kirsty was awesome! We never ran late for anything but she never made us feel rushed or on a tight schedule. Her enthusiasm and knowledge about the flora and fauna we encountered turned a great trip into an amazing one. At the request of members of our group, she also arranged additional outings (distillery tour, music, dinners) for us.

      Caitlin Miron
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 05/09/2015

      Kirsty was great friendly and an excellent guide. Very professional. Loads of respect for her.

      Karen Powell
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 01/09/2015

      Kirsty was an absolute star.

      Allen Shaw
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 27/08/2015

      She was a super nice and very knowledgeable.

      Lucie Moses
      Wilderness Walking - Cape Wrath & The North West Highlands
      Reviewed on 20/08/2015

      Kirsty is more than excellent! She consistently managed every aspect of the trip professionally. Her sense of humour and her commitment to providing a high quality walking experience was much appreciated.

      Lynda Porszt-Miron
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 17/08/2015

      couldn't ask for better than Kirsty

      Nancy Gantzkow
      Wilderness Walking - Cape Wrath & The North West Highlands
      Reviewed on 14/08/2015

      Kristiy is so good, hope you pay her well!

      Ellen Borge
      Wilderness Walking - Cape Wrath & The North West Highlands
      Reviewed on 13/08/2015

      This is the second time that I have travelled with Kirsty and she is a fantastic guide. She is very knowledgeable about Scotland, history and wildlife. She found out what everyone wanted from the holiday and organised the trip perfectly to make sure everyone had a good time.

      Frances Burnett
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 30/07/2015

      Our friendly guide, Kirsty, showed an enthusiasm for her tasks rubbing off to all participants. Her knowledge of nature, culture and history impressed us, as well as her flexibility to adapt to the different wishes of the group. Always having a firm but unnoticeable control of time and position.

      Odd Løvhaugen
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 29/07/2015

      Well ..... I can only re-iterate all the great feedback you already have on KIrsty . Kind , considerate of every member of the group ,
      great knowledge , and very professional .

      Katherine Edwards
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
      Reviewed on 26/07/2015

      Kirsty is once again a star! She structures the day so that you do everything but never feel rushed. She is flexible and listens. And i am currently adopting her first lunch, second lunch concept!

      Dianne Edgar
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 22/07/2015

      Friendly and knowledgeable. Kirsty modified the itinerary as necessary to meet everyone's requirements.

      Liz Waddy
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 21/07/2015

      Kirsty was a truly excellent guide. A microphone in the van would help those sitting at the back to hear her comments

      Sue Sillitoe
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
      Reviewed on 20/07/2015

      Kirsty was a terrific guide. She gave us just the right amount of info and tailored the walks for the weather and group ability.

      Helen Smith
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
      Reviewed on 13/07/2015

      Perfect. The only thing Kirsty may not have realized is that our bunch of baby boomers would have liked more than an hour of flop time between walk and dinner. But she was clearly working hard to give us our money's worth and we were trying to please her!

      Sally McKee
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
      Reviewed on 13/07/2015

      Kirsty is a truly exceptional guide. She's very knowledgeable about so many things that come up on the trip, like local history, flora & fauna, local life on the islands, geography of Scotland, and basic things like how to use walking sticks. On top of all that she is DELIGHTFUL! Friendly, respectful, very diplomatic in accommodating everyone's needs, and she's super fun as well. You couldn't ask for a better guide.

      Sherry Fields
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
      Reviewed on 13/07/2015

      Kirsty did an outstanding job of herding us on our daily activities, offering options and explanations of the day's route. She was knowledgeable regarding the routes; the flora and fauna; and history. All of her interpretative stories were appreciated. Kirsty always presented herself professionally, in both manner and dress. We would be delighted to have her as our guide on a future experience.

      Morag Mottram
      Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
      Reviewed on 11/06/2015

      Trip leader (Kirsty Chuchla) was superb with positive attitude, warm & welcoming manner, detailed knowledge of local natural and human history, and infectious sense of good humour. When weather posed challenges for original itinerary, she was able to arrange alternate options that engaged the group and offered satisfying challenges for all.

      James Mottram
      Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
      Reviewed on 11/06/2015

      Kirsty is very knowledgeable both about the flora and fauna as well as about the history of Scotland. She was very friendly and made sure everyone felt good.

      Anna-Lena Handell
      Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
      Reviewed on 10/06/2015

      Need another box! Kirsty is the best.

      Brian Brooks
      Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
      Reviewed on 09/06/2015

      I want to praise Kirsty Chuchla to the skies and beyond. She is fun, she is modest, she has just the right balance of friendliness, firmness and good sense. These are personal qualities that make her eminently suitable for leadership. What makes her exceptional is her consummate professionalism, her love of the terrain and expertise in navigating us aound it, her physical and moral strength, her knowledge, and her entirely spontaneous impulse to jump to the rescue. I broke my arm. Kirsty organised a lifeboat, an ambulance to Fort William which she followed in her car, a bed & breakfast so she could stay with me at the hospital and be there first thing in the morning - and then drive/boat back to the rest of the group. She is a warrior princess! Treasure her! Pay her double!

      TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
      Nina, we are still trying to work out a way to clone Kirsty as she is a truly great person and guide! It was good to speak to you on Saturday, a week on from your tumble, and hear that you are doing okay and not letting your break get in the way of things too much. It's also great to hear that you are keen to return to Scotland before too long and we look forward to welcoming you back. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

      Nina Taunton
      Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
      Reviewed on 09/06/2015

      Kirsty was an excellent guide, thoughtfully planning each day to the weather and ensuring it was an amazing experience of Scotland
      The knowledge that she shared with the group was vast and when the rain set in kept us in good spirits
      Kirsty went above and beyond to ensure the group were safe and comfortable - even a rough ride in a lifeboat!

      Natasha Redfern
      Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
      Reviewed on 09/06/2015

      Kirsty did a wonderful job - knew lots & wasn't afraid to say she'd have to look up some obscure fact. She was responsive to the group - and regularly checked on us as individuals.

      Jonna Reeder
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 03/06/2015

      Kirsty did a wonderful job. She's very motivated, she works hard, she does her homework, and is amazingly friendly and personable. Recommend her absolutely!

      Kyle Haemig
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 25/05/2015

      Kirsty did a great job of keeping things organized and on track. She was very knowledgeable about birds and the area we traveled in. If we wanted to see something extra (Scapa distillery tour, for example), she arranged that. Kirsty is very friendly and got along well with tour members and others who helped us (taxi drivers, etc.).

      Janice Haemig
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 25/05/2015

      Kirsty did everything to ensure that we could get the most out of the holiday. A very knowledgable and companionable guide.

      John Osborne
      Wilderness Walking - Applecross & Torridon
      Reviewed on 29/04/2015

      Kirsty was good fun & our group jelled very quickly , with her good humoured supervision to get us " in the mood " . Her attention to detail was excellent & informative.

      We were all in good spirits , our laughter kept the bad spirits away !! A great guide ( even if she did not have her Queens girl guide badge )


      Winter Highlands - Cairngorms
      Reviewed on 12/02/2015

      Kirsty is one of the best guides I have ever had on a trip. She has a great personality, is kind, considerate, attentive to the needs of the group, has great knowledge of the mountains and local area and is great fun. You feel very safe in her hands.
      Ps (thank you for finding me a moose Stef and Kirsty - amazing!)

      Laura Moore
      Winter Highlands - Cairngorms
      Reviewed on 11/02/2015

      Kirsty is so enthusiastic and fun loving. Very keen to accommodate our requests and answer our questions. What she couldn't answer she went away and researched. Excellent.

      Barbara Crompton
      Winter Highlands - Cairngorms
      Reviewed on 11/02/2015

      Kirsty, our very responsible guide was always cheerful and helpful, she had good knowledge of the history and geology of the area. She also provided us with entertainment by telling us many interesting old legends and anecdotes that happened in the Hebrides.

      Edith Steinbeck
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
      Reviewed on 31/10/2014

      Informative and responsive to the groups needs in some ' interesting ' weather. Kirsty was a cheerful and very likeable companion as well as a very professional guide.

      Brian Jones
      Wilderness Walking - Applecross & Torridon
      Reviewed on 30/10/2014

      Our guide was very sensitive to the capabilities of the people in the group, and made sure that everyone was keeping up. She was full of great information on wildlife, plants and history, and had a great sense of humor. She made the experience truly outstanding.

      Glenna Winnie
      Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
      Reviewed on 01/10/2014

      Kirsty is an absolute fountain of knowledge on funghii, trees, indigenous wildlife, history. She really made the trip come alive for us. She also catered to the varied needs of the group, making it a positive experience for everyone. I will come back again to Wilderness Scotland, and I really hope that I am on Kirsty's trip!

      Diana Matwichuk
      Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
      Reviewed on 29/09/2014

      How do I love Kirsty? Let me count the ways:
      Knowledge
      Organisation
      Flexibility
      Communication
      Positivity
      Serenity
      Ability to pack enough luggage for 20 into the back of the minibus, and to reverse into a very tight corner
      Enough connections in high places to arrange for there to be no rain all week.
      Above all, superb people/group skills. Managed to look after all 8 of us with great sensitivity and subtlety.
      Whatever she's getting, you need to give here a pay rise.

      Cherry Lander
      Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
      Reviewed on 28/09/2014

      Kirsty was an excellent guide. Fun & very patient . She had the ability to bring a diverse group of 6 together so that we all had an excellent time.

      Ann Cuddy
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
      Reviewed on 24/09/2014

      Our guide Kirsty was exceptional and went out of her way to make sure everyone enjoyed their experience.

      George Walker
      Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
      Reviewed on 24/09/2014

      OMG, if I haven't gushed on enough already in the other part of the survey, let me repeat - Kirsty was AMAZING. Went way way WAY above and beyond the call of duty in taking care of our various needs and interests. Dropped us off especially at Dunevegan Castle (not on the itinerary) and came back to fetch us, made special written notes for me on things of interest, did research on her own time on questions we had that she couldn't answer (we were a very questionie group:-) She was infinitely patient with all the different speeds both physically and intellectually. I was really impressed that she managed to get the entire group to the top of Toehead mountain just by pacing it slow enough. On that note - overall even though the hikes were rated "easy" I was a little disappointed by how slow we had to go. I was expecting to cover more territory on foot.

      Karen Shepard
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
      Reviewed on 23/09/2014

      Kirsty was a fantastic guide you could not ask for better. She was very knowledgeable about the area we were walking around and the flora and forna. Nothing was too much trouble for Kirsty she catered for the whole groups needs and made it a very fun, relaxing and enjoyable trip.

      Ann Lewis
      Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
      Reviewed on 23/09/2014

      Don't ever let Kirsty go. She was friendly, expert and professional.

      Peter Whitelaw
      Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
      Reviewed on 22/09/2014

      Kirsty was a fountain of information and extremely tactful throughout the trip. I think she enjoyed the trip and us just as much as we enjoyed the trip and herself.

      Janice Campbell
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
      Reviewed on 15/09/2014

      Wilds of Assynt: John Ormiston was an incredible guide - professional, passion for sharing everything Scotland, knowledgeable, fun, organized, very skilled in group dynamics, informative, flexible, great sense of humor, great sport!

      Cape Wrath & Northwest Higlands: Kirsty Chuchla-friendly, knowledgeable, skilled, personable.

      Pam Landry
      Wilderness Walking - Cape Wrath & The North West Highlands
      Reviewed on 13/08/2014

      Our guide, Kirsty, was FANTASTIC. She was really supportive and never made me feel rushed. Her encouragement helped me get over some hills that I never thought I could climb.

      Wendy Avis
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
      Reviewed on 07/08/2014

      Kirsty's enthusiasm and passion about her work and her country is contagious. She was always there encouraging any of us through the tough patches as needed. Her knowledge and professionalism is outstanding.

      Stephanie Smith
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
      Reviewed on 04/08/2014

      Kirsty is knowledgeable, congenial, welcoming, and professional. With seemingly effortless grace she managed a group of individuals with disparate abilities and interests and kept us all happy.

      Stephen Robertson
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
      Reviewed on 04/08/2014

      Kirsty. Rocked.
      That simple.

      She was patient with my sister and my friend who required a much slower pace, and she so obviously enjoyed talking about the places we visited - both the wildlife and the local history and culture.

      Yvonne Avis
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
      Reviewed on 04/08/2014

      Kirsty is an excellent guide!! She's always smiling and patient, and she will do her best to please everyone! We feel secure by her knowledge of the trails and her comments on the wild life are always interesting. I surely hope I can do another trip with her as a guide one day :)

      Marie-Claude Demers
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
      Reviewed on 30/07/2014

      Kirsty Chuchla was a fantastic guide, she was really knowledgeable about the local area and could answer any question that I had throughout the week. I really enjoyed that she would often present us with options to suit every member of the group. I also really loved learning about the history of the area, and it was really nice to have got to known her over the week. I would love to go a Wilderness Scotland week where she was the guide again, the best guide I have ever had on any holiday I've been on.

      Georgia Hill
      Wilderness Walking - Cape Wrath & The North West Highlands
      Reviewed on 30/07/2014

      If there were a more than excellent box to tick, I would do so for Kirsty, who was everything you could want in a guide. She was knowledgeable, obviously loved sharing the knowledge, organized, low-key about letting the day unravel, while keeping to the agenda, and unfailingly cheerful. She also expertly managed a group that had disparate abilities/desires for the hikes. She is a treasure.

      Rita Lloyd
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
      Reviewed on 29/07/2014

      If I could go higher than excellent, I would. Kirsty was fantastic--knowledgeable, cheerful, organized, professional, enthusiastic, fun, and skilled at working with a group. She is a gem.

      Meg Robertson
      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
      Reviewed on 28/07/2014

      Loved the music (Peat Moss Fairies and Runrig) -- made it a very 'Highland' experience!

      Matthew Phan
      Wilderness Walking - Cape Wrath & The North West Highlands
      Reviewed on 27/07/2014

      Kirsty Chuchla saved my trip. She is fantastic. Not only is she a great guide, she knows the environment, flora and fauna, she is also great fun. You can tell she loves being a guide and this enthusiasm is contagious. Mostly, I have to thank Kirsty for being such a supportive person and such great help - When my knees started giving me problems she helped me get down the Ben Stack hillside with encouragement and wouldn't let me feel badly about slowing the group down. She had alternative plans ready that I could do when the current days activities would be too much for my knees. I was very happy with the alternate plans and had one wonderful afternoon and one glorious day. I never felt left out from the days activities and the group remained solid. I came home with wonderful experiences and not as a failure - I have to thank Kirsty for that.

      Katherine Boynton
      Wilderness Walking - Cape Wrath & The North West Highlands
      Reviewed on 26/07/2014

      Kirsty was a little gem, always smiling, and with plenty of good information to impart. The most enjoyable guide I have ever had!

      John McMillan
      Wilderness Walking - Cape Wrath & The North West Highlands
      Reviewed on 23/07/2014

      Kirsty is a superb guide and a wonderful person who made this trip to a fine one for everyone in the group!!

      Emilia Semberg
      Wilderness Walking - Cape Wrath & The North West Highlands
      Reviewed on 21/07/2014

      Very knowledgable on all aspects of the area (history, folklore, wildlife). Always cheerful and inclusive.

      Georgie Keane
      Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
      Reviewed on 16/07/2014

      Kirsty worked amazingly hard given the very wide range of abilities on the trip.

      Andy Keane
      Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
      Reviewed on 13/07/2014

      Kirsty was superb. Very knowledgeable. She led the group well and safely.

      Peter West
      Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
      Reviewed on 08/07/2014

      You don't have a high enough category for Kirsty. She is so adaptable, plans carefully, cheers you up when your feet are dragging, gets the group mixing, and helps you see the beauty in whatever nature is around. This was my second trip with her as my guide, and she is a credit to WS.

      Dianne Edgar
      Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
      Reviewed on 08/07/2014

      Kirsty continues to show professionalism, great knowledge and a passion for the job.
      She will go from strength to strength.

      Aileen McRoberts
      Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
      Reviewed on 08/07/2014

      Kirsty went out of her way to find something of interest for all of us.

      Claire Johnson
      Winter Highlands - North West
      Reviewed on 20/04/2014

      Kirstie was really really helpful and very encouraging to me as my experience of this kind of walking was nil. She always made sure that there were stops along the way. Tea and cake was welcome and I have pictures of these!

      Lyn Stagg
      Winter Highlands - North West
      Reviewed on 02/04/2014

      Kirsty is a little gem. Each day was well organised and thought through. Very personable and friendly, she made it possible for everyone to have a great time.

      Chris Walker
      Winter Highlands - North West
      Reviewed on 02/04/2014

      Kirsty was very knowledgeable of the places we walked. She was also very considerate of all the group and our needs. I liked that there were options to stay back from parts of the walks.

      Maureen Toth
      Winter Highlands - North West
      Reviewed on 29/03/2014

      Kirsty's guiding is exceptional.

      Judith Ayling
      Winter Highlands - North West
      Reviewed on 26/03/2014

      We have been on a trip with Kirsty before. She is exceptionally good in my view - great interpersonal skills and she dealt with a slower member of our group with such a light touch. Her knowledge of the area/wildlife is impressive and her enthusiasm for the outdoors is infectious. There was one afternoon when the sun came out unexpectedly and so she drove us to an amazing beach when the programme for the day had finished. She really didn't have to do that and it ate into her own down-time (which must be very limited on these trips) and involved her in nearly an hour of extra driving.

      Hazel Clark
      Winter Highlands - North West
      Reviewed on 26/03/2014

      Kirsty was very supportive and managed the group well. She was sensitive to the different needs of individuals in the group.

      Anne Whiteford
      Winter Highlands - North West
      Reviewed on 26/03/2014

      Wilderness are lucky to have her! Kirsty was well-prepared all-round, extremely reliable, sensitive to the needs of our tiny group of 2 and knowledgeable about local history, folklore, flora and fauna. She is a bonus socially and has a great sense of humour, which also helped make this trip a success.

      Noeleen Hargan
      Winter Walking - Winter Highlands (Plockton)
      Reviewed on 20/02/2014

      Kirsty is lovely. Nothing too much trouble including a trip to Portree so that I could buy a wicking top as I had forgotten to bring mine. Her guiding down from Old Man of Storr was second to none. She consistently chose the least steep gradients and knew unerringly where the deepest snow was likely to be. Full marks Kirsty!

      Sheila Dickson
      Winter Walking - Winter Highlands (Plockton)
      Reviewed on 20/02/2014

      Kirsty made this trip! She worked hard to ensure that we had great walking experiences, in spite of some nasty weather. Kirsty is warm, funny, knowledgeable and very capable. I could not imagine a better guide.

      Susan Gateley
      Wilderness Walking - Cape Wrath & The North West Highlands
      Reviewed on 12/09/2013

      Kirsty was outstanding in all ways. She had grace, aplomb, patience, and extensive knowledge of almost any matter that came up for discussion. (We were surprised to discover that Wilderness Scotland had so few female guides; this might be a factor in considering future trips with WS.)

      Rebecca Bryant
      Wilderness Walking - Cape Wrath & The North West Highlands
      Reviewed on 10/09/2013

      Kirsty is first class. knowledgable, nothing too much trouble, very professional and fun to be with.

      Sandra Porter
      Wilderness Walking - Cape Wrath & The North West Highlands
      Reviewed on 09/09/2013

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      Bspoke

      The ultimate collection of European cycling holidays. BSpoke's cycling experts can tailor-make your perfect cycling holiday where you can travel at your own pace or in a group of like-minded individuals. A BSpoke Tour is all about being as restful or as adventurous as you desire.

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      Ski Solutions

      Britain's original ski travel agency and tailor-made ski tour operator, Ski Solutions has been arranging ski holidays for over 30 years across Europe and North America. The Ski Solutions team are all skiing experts, and their wealth of knowledge and passion for the mountains will ensure you experience a truly memorable ski holiday.

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      Cycling for Softies

      Cycling for Softies is a luxury cycling tour operator providing gourmet cycling adventures in France and Italy. These are leisurely cycling tours winding through vineyards and staying in high end accommodation where the emphasis is as much on the food and wine as the cycling. Welcome to life in the easy lane.

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