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    Liam Allan

    Liam Allan

    Relaxed | Curious | Adventurous

    Mini bio

    I grew up in Glasgow but always had a feeling there was not enough mud to jump into in the city. I moved to the Highlands six years ago to study an adventure tourism degree and completely fell in love with life here in the mountains.

    I now spend my summers working and playing in Scotland. I have discovered that sharing the locations that I have found over the years with other people is as fun as the initial exploring. I like to leave my winters as free as possible to explore our vast and varied planet. 

    Place to play

    I love the whole of the northwest coast but the Isle of Rum holds a special place in my heart. Wild and remote, without a trace of concrete, it is easy to forget that civilisation exists when you are exploring the mountains and coastline of this stunning Highland paradise.

    Random fact 

    I plan to one day follow in the footsteps of my great-great grandad Heinrich Oehlers, who was a tiger tamer in the Singapore state circus and use my juggling skills to run away and join a circus. 

    Qualifications Read More
    • Summer mountain leader
    • MBL level 2
    • BCA paddle sorts level 2
    Experience Read More

    I have explored much of the Highland on foot and by bike but still, have a lot more to see. I love scrambling on the jagged alpine ridges of the West coast or getting remote on my bike. Having backpacked through much of South America I been lucky enough to experience many different parts of the Andeas.

    Biggest Adventure Read More

    The biggest thing I have ever done is summiting a 6000-meter peak in Peru. But 3 months in the vastness of Patagonia was also pretty big, those roads really go on forever.  Riding powder through Japanese forests is also up there in my top adventures.

    Adventurer's Stories about Liam

    Liam was thoughtful, paced us well and clear in instructions to all as to when to meet so there were no delays waiting for people

    Joan Supkay
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
    Reviewed on 05/09/2022

    Liam did a wonderful job. He was laidback, good-humored, and really good at managing everyone's needs.

    Donna Lisker
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
    Reviewed on 30/08/2022

    Liam was wonderful. He knew so much about trees, plants, history and folklore that hiking was always a great learning experience. He deftly juggled some of the varying hiking interests in our group and adapted to what the group wanted to do. And he worked with the weather goddesses to make sure we had great hiking weather: not too much sun, virtually no rain, just those darn midges and ticks!

    Mary Mountcastle
    22WSPD Private Departure
    Reviewed on 30/08/2022

    Liam was all good: interesting stories, botanical lessons all along the way, a hand-picked Scottish playlist for the van, Scottish legends and folklore and expert attention to all. A+

    Gerret Warner
    22WSPD Private Departure
    Reviewed on 29/08/2022

    Liam was a great guide. He knew all about the flora and fauna of Glencoe and the Highlands. He was great at telling us folk stories and "fairy tales." His playlist in the van was fantastic. He had a great mixture of music from all over but I especially enjoyed the Scottish music. He's so enthusiastic about the areaf and loves to talk about it. We all really enjoyed him.

    Betty Craven
    22WSPD Private Departure
    Reviewed on 28/08/2022

    We think our guide, Liam Allan, is a special person. Importantly he saw us as individuals, not a group to be herded this way and that. He was always looking ahead to see if anything needed to be changed or adjusted to meet the various needs, abilities and skills of the group members. He took seriously his responsibilities directing the trip smoothly from day to day. He made a real effort to get to know each of us and to share some of his encyclopedic knowledge of Scotland, her history and people. When weather allowed we were feted with stories from folklore and legends at breaks and lunch.

    Mimi Gredy
    22WSPD Private Departure
    Reviewed on 25/08/2022

    Liam was wonderful. Kind, funny, knowledgeable and a joy to be with.

    Carol Teal
    22WSPD Private Departure
    Reviewed on 22/08/2022

    Excellent doesn’t rate Liam high enough. Knowledgeable, cared about our safety, funny. Great photos. A lovely young man.

    Howard Cohen
    Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
    Reviewed on 19/07/2022

    Liam was an excellent guide. He was well organised so that each day ran smoothly and could be flexible to deal with changing circumstances (such as boat trips being cancelled owing to high winds) to ensure we could still enjoy good alternative activities. His good humour and interest in people, history and wildlife made him a great member of the group and quickly helped us all relax into easy companionship across the week. Small details, such as his provision of Scottish and Shetland strawberries at the start and end of walks were greatly appreciated!

    Jane Bentley
    Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
    Reviewed on 18/07/2022

    Liam was an excellent guide and took us to some really lovely places with much to see.

    Hugh Pringle
    Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
    Reviewed on 18/07/2022

    Our trip was guided by Liam. He was excellent and feel we all ended the trip as friends. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he had strong empathy with the group

    Neil Johnson
    Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
    Reviewed on 18/07/2022

    Liam was amazing!

    He was an excellent guide and knowledgable. If he didn't know an answer to a question, he would research the answer and would come back to us. He looked carefully at the weather so for all our walks we didn't really get wet. One day was windy but we avoided that the next day as Liam carefully chose a more sheltered walk.

    He had lovely snacks in the back of the van as well as walking sticks/hats etc. He went out of his way to to support us or get anything we needed. He drove the van carefully.

    But most of all he was calm, fun, patient and great to be with. He lead the group sensitively and by the end of the week we had all bonded together. It was his leadership that helped that.

    Thank you Liam, you really made the holiday that bit special and as I write answers, Neil is already looking at something for next year!

    Alison Johnson
    Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
    Reviewed on 18/07/2022

    Liam was really knowledgable about all aspects of the trip from the geology to the history to the culture of all that we saw

    David Newman
    19WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 19/10/2019

    Our guide was very personable and friendly. He filled us in on much of the history and background. He managed the group very well.

    Maria Westropp
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 11/09/2017

    Our guide was Liam. He was excellent. He was friendly and helpful and knowledgeable about the history on our walks. He drove the van carefully and made sure everyone was properly equipped. He was mature beyond his years, with a clear enthusiasm for his work.

    Ros Krasny
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 05/09/2017

    Liam was a terrific guide. He was very knowledgeable, very committed and friendly. He kept the group on track and moving smoothly from one point to the next. He was very reassuring during slick weather conditions in higher elevations. And he was great in running forward to get the van when we walkers were tired and drinking tea.

    Toni Clarke
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 05/09/2017

    Liam Allan, so sweet and mature beyond his years. Careing and smart. A real gem.

    Paeivi Elisabeth Oikarinen
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 04/09/2017

    Liam Allan (sp?) was our guide and I thought he was outstanding. He was incredibly knowledgeable about Scottish history, geography and folklore. We loved his stories. I can't say enough about how impressed I was. He was also very patient and easy going. i can't imagine how much we would have missed on a self guided tour.

    Suzanne Rutherford
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 30/08/2017

    Liam was great, always happy and patient with all of us. Very knowledgeable and had great stories.

    Nancy Kramer
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 24/08/2017

    Our guide was sensitive and thoughtful - a lover of his country.

    Anna Sande
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 30/08/2016

    Liam was clearly aware of all of us all the time, but he presented as casual about things such as stopping places, being at the head of the line, rate etc.

    Jill Geisler
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 04/08/2016

    Liam the best in all ways. Went the extra mile

    Wendy Bingham
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 31/07/2016

    very relaxed. kept us updated about potential safety issues or difficult sections of the hike

    Dan Kleemola
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 29/07/2016

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    The West Highland Way
    10th Jul - 17th Jul 2023
    2 place(s) leftCONFIRMED£2,265Book Now

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