Me in 3 – Spontaneous, Happy, Positive
Not a lot of people know this – When I was a young lass I was an extra in the movie Gregory’s Girl. Watching it is great fun and a wee bit of personal history as lots of friends and family are in it and it very much epitomizes how we grew up.
I have been exploring Scotland through backpacking, mountaineering sailing and sea kyaking for the last 20 years with a growing interest in cycle touring and hill running.
My interests have always been interwoven with my work and jobs have included:
4 years working on board an old Gaff Rigged Schooner (or pirate ship!). Our sailing ground was mainly the west coast of Scotland and theHebrides but also included journeys to Orkney, Shetland, Norway and Iceland;
Running Wilderness Therapy Courses based in Applecross in the North West Highlands but involved working with groups on multi day camping trips throughout the Highlands:
Working as a trekking guide throughout Scotland but with the odd foray abroad to Africa, China and the Himalaya;
I am also a qualified Ambulance Technician.
Now and then I like to take myself off for a wee walk and I celebrated my 40th birthday by doing a continuous journey of all the munros walking in between and sea kayaking to the islands. The journey took just over four months and was the most sensual experience, learning to live completely in the present. This was followed up 10 years later by a much harder expedition to complete all the corbetts in a continual journey, this time involving walking, cycling and sailing to the islands.
I love introducing people to the mountain environment. I did not start my outdoor adventures until I was already an adult and understand how daunting it can seem making those first steps. i love watching people’s confidence and sense of wonder grow as they begin to realise what they are capable of.
Adventurer's Stories about Lorraine
Lorraine was an excellant and informative Guide. She made us all feel very relaxed and welcome. She was fun to be with and I felt totally safe in her knowledge of the mountains and weather conditions etc. I am tempted to go on one of her trips to Orkney!Nicola Gardner
Superb! Lorraine is a real treasure.Undraa Buyannemekh
Obviously I can't say enough about Lorraine. SO fortunate to have had her as our guide... to learn a little about her adventures and how those adventures continue to guide her life. :)Debra Eschbach
Lorraine, Scott, Ian, & Ross were all stellar: professional, engaging, knowledgeable, thoughtful, open & flexible, & ready with great suggestions for hikes & meals. We noticed they all were easy-going about our slightly varying paces, & took time to walk and talk with each one of us. Each guide fit in so naturally with our little group of four. In short, we felt lucky to have every one of them with us.Joan White
We were sorry to have Lorraine drop out, but having had shingles we could understand her pain and have a feeling she carried on with significant discomfort. All the substitutes were as excellent as Lorraine. In some ways we think we had the best possible outcome, as each brought a different personality and approach.Glenn Yeldezian
She was awesomeDonna Wood
Lorraine was very intuitive and incredibly good at reading all of us. This ensured that the group worked perfectly (it must be like herding cats at times but I always felt Lorraine had it totally under control). Very much enjoyed Lorraine's sense of humour and her impressive experience and knowledge in the outdoors.Olivia Craze
Our guide Lorraine, was phenomenal! She was very caring and did what ever she could to make our trip memorable. She adjusted the schedule to deal with changing whether conditions so we were able to experience all the hikes she intended us to. Couldn’t have asked for a better guide.Mary Jaques
Lorraine McCall was phenomenal! Her experience and knowledge of the Highland is extraordinary! She took into consideration all factors in planning our trip every day. She swapped two days around due to the weather, allowing us to experience the Isle of Raasay and Loch Coruisk at their best. Without that decision, we would be soaked in the rain on Raasay and might miss Loch Coruisk due to ferry cancellation. She is intuitive, flexible, caring, and decisive.Alida Cheung
Lorraine was amazing! Loved everything about her. Her smile was infectious. Loves the history she shared and she did everything she could to make sure the trip was great for everyone.Aaron Percy
Lorraine was very easy to get along with all week. She was clearly knowledgeable of the area, and did a great job managing a group that had vary degrees of walking experience.Eric Brown
Lorraine is doing a great job. She herself enjoys what she does. In the rain and sunshine ... no matter if somebody gets hurt, or somebody is cold, if the terrain is simple or as demanding, she can handle all situations.Birgit Niebisch
Lorraine was a great guide, she was patient, kind and funny. She is also very knowledgeable about Scottish flora and fauna. We took our time to explore the beautiful places we went while hiking. She was just great!Daniela Wiethaeuper
Iain was excellent. He was quiet at first which was a good thing. I think he was taking all of us in! He was knowledgeable about the land and animals. We had a lot of questions for him and he answered all of them! He was considerate of everyone and tried to make sure everyone was happy with what we were doing. He was very patient with us.Amity Gardner
Lorraine was the highlight of our hikes and frankly our whole trip! She is kind, funny, and badass! Privilege to know her!Erin McCauley
Lorraine was a delightful and extremely competent guide (and driver!) In a relaxed style she was alert to group members’ needs and expectations and made sure that as many of these as possible were achieved. (Birds don’t always appear on cue!) Thanks, Lorraine!Susan O'Hara
Lorraine was superb - couldn’t have wished for a better leader. Kind, knowledgeable, flexible, responsive and absolutely lovely.Paula Marsh
Our guide was one of the highlights of the tripJohn Rae
Loraine was amazing, best guide I have ever had anywhereTim Monteith
Lorraine was a complete pleasure. She took very good care of everyone, had lots of information along the route and had a great sense of humour. We laughed a lot this week!Mary Pat Monteith
Our guide Lorraine was wonderful. Her passion for the country was evident and infectious. She gently encouraged all of us to challenge ourselves and taught us skills that will hold us all in good stead in the future. She also provided some welcome comic relief by almost disappearing in a bog and then advising us not to follow her.Glenda Gorrie
Brilliant guide, Lorraine. Efficient organiser, great driver, good communicator. Calm in the face of whatever arose!Jennifer Mirdamadi
Our guide was superb - friendly, knowledgable, showed concern for our welfare,and whether we were enjoying out holiday.Hume Gravell
As mentioned before- Lorraine was fantastic!!Jean Ten Haken
Lorraine admitted from the beginning that his was her first tour after being away for two years. I wish that she had not told us that. She was a little rusty on some aspects of the tour but always researched it and got back to us with answers. She was always attentive to the needs and wants of the group and very flexible. She was a pleasure to be with and the group wished that she could party with us but she stuck to the rules :). I loved that she taught us walking techniques with poles, and backpack use and packing. She was a real pleasure to be with, a spritely soul!Deborah Tozour
Lorraine is a treasure. Knowledgeable, patient, calm, energetic, well-organized, willing to alter plans as need be... and a good driver. And she's had a remarkable life and is therefore an interesting to chat with. And how can she be in her 50s and look 20??!!!Annie Lord
see prior noteAnn Eberlein