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    Mark Cox

    Fun | Focused | Practical

     

     

    Mini Bio

    I have a real love for all things outdoors in Scotland and am always amazed by the wealth of opportunities that are out there. Whether I’m on the trail mountain biking, out sea kayaking or heading to the hills on a trip, every day is different. The trick is to just stop for long enough to take it all in.

    I feel fortunate to be able to constantly explore Scotland and have chosen to live in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. I have nature on the doorstep but I can also be almost anywhere in the Highlands within a couple of hours from home, it’s a treat! While I’ve bounced around Scotland for most of the last 25 years I have also been lucky enough to run trips all over the world. Perhaps because of these experiences I’ve come to realize that we really have got it all right here.

    Place to Play

    Harris and Lewis always take a lot of beating as far as I’m concerned, perfect in the summer sun or a winter storm. There’s always an activity that complements the season perfectly…

    Not a lot of people know this

    For 18 months of my life my favourite neighbours by far were a 5,000 strong Rock Hopper Penguin colony.

    Adventurer's Stories about Mark

    Mark was an excellent guide- please see first comment.

    Joseph Leissle
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 01/02/2020

    Great guide. Very knowledgeable and risk conscious. Relaxed and made the trip a learning experience as well as being enjoyable. Despite the unseasonable weather. Looked after us in terms of all logistics as well as guiding.

    Gary Fisher
    19WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 09/01/2020

    Mark was amazing. Great knowledge of the land, nature, geology and wildlife which he shared readily with us. I even had map reading lessons which I was thrilled with. He certainly went the extra mile with us. Always there encouraging us on. He even took us to a hill sheep farmer displaying his dogs rounding up sheep. Amazing! I throughly enjoyed Mark’s company. Great banter too. I’d definitely want to be on one of his trips again.

    Elizabeth Farrow
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
    Reviewed on 29/09/2019

    both guides were very helpful and informative, teaching me to kayak. I appreciate their efforts.

    Laurie Quinn
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
    Reviewed on 08/09/2019

    The couldn't have been better.

    Diana Hunter
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
    Reviewed on 01/09/2019

    Great teachers, fantastic energy and outstanding knowledge.

    Abyssinia Odunukwe
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
    Reviewed on 01/09/2019

    Mark is a superb guide!

    Liz Kennedy
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 24/05/2019

    Mark was a wonderful guide. Each day's activity was well-designed to get the most from the day. Getting to the "tourist coach" attractions - Skara Brae, Italian Chapel - ahead of the crowds gave us a much more personal and evocative experience. Our group bonded and meshed really well, and I'm sure he had something to do with that as well. His knowledge of what we were seeing, and what we might see was impressive and invaluable. An endless supply of stories, and just a lot of fun!

    Richard Fournier
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 24/05/2019

    Mark was exceptional. He was approachable, open, funny, witty, organised, efficient, relaxed, knowledgeable. The list really could go on! He catered for everyone's needs and abilities, was supportive of any personal issues that occurred & encouraging for those that were challenged along the way. He went out of his way to mark a birthday for one member of the group, and he also ensured that we were able to celebrate it together as a group that evening. Mark is the best guide I've had on any adventure trip I've been on. I couldn't recommend & commend him highly enough for making the trip to the Orkneys very special & memorable in many ways!

    Sandra Morris
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 23/05/2019

    Mark Cox was an excellent guide. Informative, enthusiastic, and was willing to go the extra mile to make everyone happy and comfortable.

    Pamela McKenney
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 11/10/2018

    Mark did an excellent job and was helpful, informative and professional at all times. He made sure that everyone was happy and safe, and got the most out of the trip.

    Kerin Sanders
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 05/10/2018

    Mark went beyond the call of duty to help one participant find his ancestral home. He tried to insure everyone had a great time.

    Laura Wilson
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 03/10/2018

    Mark is an excellent guide, sensible in leading our walks, good-humoured all the time, and really went out of his way to help our fellow traveller in searching for his ancestor's house. He takes great photos too.

    Gloria Wong
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 03/10/2018

    Mark was a great guide, very informative and helpful.

    Louise Martin
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 01/10/2018

    Mark was fantastic. Our well being and safety were paramount. His positive and happy demeanour helped make this such a good trip. He exceeded expectations.

    David Lees
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 01/10/2018

    Once again - Mark was fantastic and a real catalyst for the group

    Michael Regan
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 01/10/2018

    Extremely knowledgeable of Scotland. Very kind helpful funny and a joy to spend the week with touring Scotland.

    Pauline Sharon
    18WSPD_Private Departure
    Reviewed on 30/08/2018

    We loved the hikes Mark took us on! They were challenging and they were reasonable for us to follow.

    Pauline Sharon
    18WSPD_Private Departure
    Reviewed on 29/08/2018

    Mark was well knowledgeable positve fun and well organized. Great job!

    Pauline Sharon
    18WSPD_Private Departure
    Reviewed on 28/08/2018

    Mark Cox was a knowledgeable guide in history, geography, flora and fauna and provided a great mix of historical sites and gorgeous walks with stunning vistas. He also had an abundance of stories. He was very consultative and took the interests of and the safety of the group in mind in all decisions. He was also a lot of fun.

    Philip McLeod
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 17/07/2018

    Mark was a brilliant guide and was one of the key reasons the holiday was so successful. Knowledgeable, great company, great at judging when to engage with people and when to give them space, when to encourage and advise. I'm sure that all your guides are great but fnd it hard to believe they are as good as Mark - a terrific ambassador for your company and an absolute star!

    Susan Horsnell
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 02/07/2018

    Mark was knowledgeable on a range of relevant information - plants, animals, birds, history and knowledge of the trails ( and a lot of good stories). He was very respectful of the needs of the group and had a consultative style.

    Philip McLeod
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 30/06/2018

    Cannot say enough good things about our Guide!

    Lucie Hamelin
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 27/06/2018

    Great photos. Well done Mark. Quietly efficient and safe to be with when conditions were blustery. Kept the group together and provided interesting pieces of information. Was respectful of my sometimes awkward hearing loss.

    Margaret Maxted
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 27/06/2018

    Our guide was great! A good communicator, knowledgeable, relaxed and fun. Passionate about Scotland and his outdoor activities, and very good with people.

    Alethea Eriksson
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 25/06/2018

    Professional, knowledgeable across broad spectrum of plants, birds, and archeology / history. Always willing to check his facts. Serious about safety - necessary on the cliffs during gales. Strong motivator - very engaged! Excellent time-keeper.

    Andrew Eriksson
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 25/06/2018

    Mark was fantastic! We were not lucky with the weather unfortunately and Mark was excellent in suggesting alternative walks that we could still do. We managed to walk every day thanks to him. He was very accommodating, flexible, friendly, energetic and patient. Great walks and itinerary. I would love to have him again next year on my next trip!

    Carine Romaska
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 21/05/2018

    Mark Cox is a superb guide
    Always cheerful and enthusiastic
    Hard trip for him as planning was difficult due to to the high winds making higher points almost inaccessible

    Philip Chambers
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 17/05/2018

    Mark worked really hard to check what everyone wanted to do when the weather meant we could not do the highest peaks. He gave us lots of options and made sure we saw a lot of the islands. Very well informed too and he conveyed his love of the islands.
    His easy manner put everyone at their ease too. Thanks Mark!

    Barbara Crompton
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 15/05/2018

    Mark was absolutely fantastic.

    Adrienne Drenckhahn
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 15/05/2018

    Mark is just brilliant! He is so enthusiastic about the outdoors that you can’t help but be inspired too. He is knowledgeable, down to earth and funny, ( with just the right amount of sarcasm!) His breadth of experience is invaluable; we didn’t have the best weather the week we were away but he always got us out walking somewhere, often having to change the plans on the day as the wind decided what it was doing! I always felt safe and confident in his decisions and enjoyed all his walks, he really gave us a great week. Wilderness Scotland always have great guides and Mark is another perfect example of this.

    Eve Young
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 15/05/2018

    Mark shared so much knowledge of the area, the plants, animals, safety, etc that we all came away with so much more insight into the Cairngorms, plus how to use ice axes, mountain bikes, walking poles, etc. On top of it, he was so flexible with us and just wanted us to have a great time, which we did. He was the ideal guide for our teenagers too.

    Ellen MacDermid
    18WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 10/04/2018

    Mark (Cox) was our guide, and we enjoyed Mark's passion for Outdoors activities, as well his appreciation of Scottish history and culture. Mark had a lot of advise both on planning the day-to-day itinerary, was always aware of the environment and safety, but at the same time, was great fun to be around. There was a lot of driving around Skye, which couldn't have been the most fun, but Mark took us to many places around the island, and we appreciate having a chancs to see different aspects of the rugged and diverse island of Skye. If weather was warmer, it would've been awesome to have an afternoon of kayaking around one the Coves around Skye. Maybe next time.

    Wan Loong Chong
    18WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 12/03/2018

    Mark, you are simply the best. Thanks for going out of your way to address our concerns and for being so sensitive to our needs

    Paul Mok
    18WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 05/03/2018

    Mark was highly experienced and very knowledgeable about the areas regarding the history, wildlife and flora and fauna. He had great communication and people managing skills and made everyone feel included.

    Tandy Taylor
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay
    Reviewed on 11/09/2017

    WOW, was Mark the perfect guide for our family! Professional, hard working,skilled...but also a great companion. He reads people well and makes each day great for each person...an impressive skill.
    I have seldom met a person better suited to his chosen craft. Would take another trip with him in a heartbeat!

    Bill Heth
    17WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 06/09/2017

    Very knowledgeable. A few times we lost sight of guide on the trail or some of our group lagged far behind...difficult to manage the varied comfort/skill levels.

    Lisa May
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
    Reviewed on 28/07/2017

    Excellent choices of route and venue, taking us through a variety of environments. I was helped to improve my paddling technique. Everyone was looked after individually too

    Alan Rose
    Sea Kayaking - The Summer Isles
    Reviewed on 17/07/2017

    Both guides worked well together. Kept us well informed of plans and reasons for changes where neeeded. Were good company

    Bob Edwards
    Sea Kayaking - The Summer Isles
    Reviewed on 09/07/2017

    My guides were Mark Cox and Becky. Both very friendly and professional . Mark especially very knowledgeable on wildlife/history/landscape of the areas visited which certainly made the trip more enjoyable. They both tried hard to adapt the trip in view of poor weather conditions to get us out kayaking which I appreciate, but did mean it was a little disjointed.

    Serena Woodrow-Clark
    Sea Kayaking - The Summer Isles
    Reviewed on 07/07/2017

    Mark was an excellent guide, informative, funand very efficient. Becky was clearly being tutored and did well.

    Diana Hayes
    Sea Kayaking - The Summer Isles
    Reviewed on 04/07/2017

    Mark was truly professional and helpful, and great fun for the whole week. He encouraged, supported and advised at every step of the way, he knew and loved the landscape and shared it with us with pride, - I can't imagine a better guide for this trip!

    Dianne Edgar
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
    Reviewed on 03/07/2017

    Mark was great provide knowledge of the country and I think read the ability of our group and adjusted accordingly

    Thomas Stickles
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
    Reviewed on 28/06/2017

    Mark is a great guide, very patient and professional. He gave us a lot of different information about everything

    Emilia Lucchese
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
    Reviewed on 26/06/2017

    Marc showed us what we have hopen to see from the Scottland-Highlands: his fauna and flora, his mountains, his wilderndess and this all whis a great knowledge.

    Pius Spescha
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 04/06/2017

    Our guide, Mark made the holiday extremely enjoyable. His knowledge of the area, flora and fauna was very comprehensive. He was very caring of each member of the group and encouraged us to develop our own knowledge of the above. He was interested in why we had chosen the holiday and also in our own individual interests.

    His ability to make decisions and alter the itinerary when required made for the smooth running of the holiday. Fortunately, this happened on one occasion.

    Elizabeth Munro
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 31/05/2017

    Mark gave support and confidence at just the right level and at the times when needed. An excellent guide.

    Gillian Allison
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 29/05/2017

    Mark is a seasoned guide and does his job in a professional way, sharing his passion for the outdoors with the group members. a 5 star guide

    Dagný Indriðadóttir
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 29/05/2017

    Mark was outstanding - very knowledgeable, passionate about the outdoors, supported the group to bond well, communicated effectively. It was a privilege to spend a week outdoors with him.

    Alan Miller
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 29/05/2017

    Mark was a major factor in the success of our trip. He is extremely knowledgeable and quickly assessed the dynamics of the group to allow everyone to gain the most out of the trip.

    Finlay Munro
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 29/05/2017

    Great Paul adjusted to both the wants, needs and experience of the group as well as taking good aadvise from the natives - Tim the ghillie in particular.

    John Yates
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 17/05/2017

    Our guide, Paul, was excellent! He went above and beyond to make our trip what we hoped for. He was always pleasant and up beat, and created a great atmosphere among the group.

    Fabienne Tougas
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 17/05/2017

    Paul was knowledgeable and professional- he did a great job of modifying the itinerary as appropriate to the group and to individuals.

    Jane Wilkinson
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 16/05/2017

    Paul was a surprise last minute replacement but we cannot fault the service he gave. He was knowledgeable, caring, a brilliant walk leader, amusing and provided an excellent repertoire of poems. He adapted the itinerary to suit our needs by including a sunset visit to the Stones of Callanish (should definitely be on the main itinerary) and ensuring we got the chance to see the wildlife we wanted. Thank you Paul.

    TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

    We’re so glad you enjoyed the trip and had such an amazing time with Paul. We do always try to keep the itinerary flexible with regards to the weather and the group and we're a bit sneaky because a sunset visit to the Callanish Standing Stones is part of the itinerary for this trip. We don’t mention it on the main itinerary because we’re never sure which day will be best to do this and it’s nice to keep some aspects of the trip a bit of a surprise for the group! We're so glad you enjoyed it.

    Louise Fletcher
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 16/05/2017

    Mark could not have been better. Friendly, clearly well informed, and a joy to paddle with.

    Sean Kallery
    Sea Kayaking - The Atlantic Coast
    Reviewed on 14/05/2017

    I have already commented on the excellence of our Guide, Mark Cox. High energy, competence, knowledge, communication , humour, diplomacy and leadership skills. Having lived in the Hebrides, his knowledge of the environment was impressive.

    Chris Stowers
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay
    Reviewed on 16/09/2016

    Can't say enough here. As already stated, Mark Cox made it all happen for us. We quickly became a supportive cohesive group with a confident leader. This is not an easy thing to find. He wasted no time setting up our goals, our proximate agenda. Especailly he emphasized open communicate with each other and him about our expectations, special wishes and/or needs. Since this was my first experience of a group trek in the wilderness, and my fist solo vacation in decades.. I was a little reticent about saying what I wanted, but soon he got me talking and laughing and well at ease. Can't thank him enough for this.

    Averill Bowers
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay
    Reviewed on 14/09/2016

    Mark was an excellent guide, the best.

    Marjut Edelman
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 03/08/2016

    Our guide was excellent. He learned us a lot of things, found the best walks despite de bad weather and adapted the walks to our rhythm and interests.

    Nuria Puig Brandes
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
    Reviewed on 29/06/2016

    Excellent guiding, teamwork and tuition from Mark and Sarah. Mark is full of information and Sarah is a great girl who was very intuitive and attentive to the needs of the group.

    Sharyn Robinson
    Sea Kayaking - The Atlantic Coast
    Reviewed on 28/06/2016

    This was my first guided trip and I'm amazed how comfortable this is and how great the profit. I discovered and learned so much about your country, its faune and flore, history and economy. But also about navigation and the right equipement and the right behavior in nature. Marc was very generous in sharing his knowledge and rich experience. Thank you so much!

    Christine Favre-Bulle
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
    Reviewed on 21/06/2016

    Mark Cox made this a truely once in a lifetime experience for our small group. He managed to show us paths and spots we will never Forget, and he worked hard to offer us a UNIQUE experience. He was very funny, explained everything we wanted to know (and many things we didn't even think of asking). It felt as if a friend was showing us around in his home - thank you Mark!

    Michael Kenntenich
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
    Reviewed on 20/06/2016

    Third time I've had Mark Cox as guide and he is still the best!. Sarah complemented him to every detail and we couldn't have asked for more.

    Inga Ebert
    Sea Kayaking - The Atlantic Coast
    Reviewed on 07/06/2016

    Our guide, Mark Cox, was terrific. A deep well of information and knowledge of the area, its natural environment and its history. He was cheerful, secure and enthusiastic. He certainly made a substantial contribution to the enjoyment of the trip.

    Kirsty Adams
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 05/06/2016

    Both very good at paddling, obviously very attentive to the details of the trip and excellent people skills as well.

    Isabel Draper
    Sea Kayaking - The Atlantic Coast
    Reviewed on 02/06/2016

    Mark and Sarah are outstanding. Lots of enthusiasm, Mark's knowledge is encyclopaedic, like being on a trip with friends.

    Rod Smallwood
    Sea Kayaking - The Atlantic Coast
    Reviewed on 29/05/2016

    Very considerate, excellent time planning, high standard of knowledge - overall brilliant

    Ethel Hickton
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 24/05/2016

    Mark was an excellent guide. Knowledgeable about the area, its history and wildlife. Firm but friendly.

    Roger Blunden
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 23/05/2016

    Mark is a fantastic guide! Very funny and full of knowledge. He planned all walks in an excellent manner, always asking for our views and wishes, very observant to what each situation and participant needed. Could improvise, always with the best result. I for my part, had initially chosen the trip mainly for the history and the archeology in Orkney, but now I got to see some of the fantastic birdlife on the islands too.

    Mats Holmqvist
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 23/05/2016

    Mark and Erin (Queen of scrambled& poached eggs) were both very encouraging and enthusiastic.

    Sharyn Robinson
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
    Reviewed on 02/10/2015

    Our 2 guides - Mark and Erin are superb and did their utmost in all ways.

    Inga Ebert
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
    Reviewed on 27/09/2015

    Mark and Erin were outstanding. I particularly appreciated Mark's encyclopaedic knowledge of the area's history and natural history, which was a real bonus. Erin's enthusiasm was inspiring.

    Rod Smallwood
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
    Reviewed on 26/09/2015

    Erin and Mark were great. They gave us clear guidance, direction and encouragement with humour and a lot of really interesting information about the environment we were paddling in too.

    Caroline Wolton
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
    Reviewed on 26/09/2015

    Mark is a fantastic guide in every way, full stop. Andy was the best assistant guide I've ever met, wise beyond his years, attentive and excellent social skills, extremely hard working. Without doubt a pleasure for the lead guide to work alongside as never needed prompting. The only area that needs improvement....his custard making skills!

    TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
    Thanks for the feedback on Mark and Andy, having joined you on this trip, it was the first time I had the pleasure of spending a few days with Andy I couldn't agree more...including his custard making skills - we'll blame it on the kind of milk we were using but he certainly tried hard ;-)

    Kathryn Gee
    Sea Kayaking - Sound of Arisaig
    Reviewed on 13/09/2015

    Very professional team

    Jose Luis Fernandez Picazo
    Mountain Biking - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 07/09/2015

    Superb - thank you.

    Jilly Rosser
    Sea Kayaking - Sound of Arisaig
    Reviewed on 06/09/2015

    professional, careful, friendly

    Massimo Cadonna
    Mountain Biking - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 02/09/2015

    Mark Cox was a formidable guide. Our assistant guide Paul was great, and undoubtably very busy behind the scenes.

    Marc Antoine Laporte
    Mountain Biking - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 31/08/2015

    Mark was great fun, and knowledgable, very pleased.
    Paul was great at preparing food etc

    Shelagh Munday
    Mountain Biking - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 31/08/2015

    Perfect. Great motivator. Great team builder. Highly informative. Never patronising but always caring. All of us rated him 10 out of 10. A fun person to spend a holiday with.

    William Neville
    Mountain Biking - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 31/08/2015

    Mark and Amanda were an excellent and efficient team. Mark has outstanding knowledge of local history and wildlife which he is keen to share. Amanda provided constant support, advice and good humour.

    Aileen McRoberts
    Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
    Reviewed on 04/07/2015

    Mark was a first class guide.

    Chris Moat
    Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
    Reviewed on 29/06/2015

    They were very professional and just a joy to be around. I loved learning about the islands and flora and fauna.

    Char Psihos
    Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
    Reviewed on 29/06/2015

    Mark is a very competent and knowledgable guide who is enthusiastic about the area we were walking in. He provided interesting insights in archeological and social aspects of the area.
    Mark was very attentive to the needs and interests of the individuals within the group.

    Marjolein van Veldhuizen
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay
    Reviewed on 13/06/2015

    Mark we fabulous. He truly wanted to know what each of us wanted out of he experience and used the flexibility built into the schedule to meet our needs. The itinerary was delivered a promised, but the walks and other activities that were added were appreciated.

    Mark's energy and enthusiasm are to be admired! His local knowledge really brought the Western isles alive....learning about the geology, history and sense of place, were an added bonus.

    Andrea Stewart
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay
    Reviewed on 03/06/2015

    Mark took every trouble to make sure that we achieved the aims for each day. Friendly , cheerful and very knowledgeable, he made us aware of what we were looking at throughout. Fantastic timing and planning.

    Chris Walker
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay
    Reviewed on 01/06/2015

    Good to have the chance to work with both guides.
    Lunch and coffee stops brilliant. Really gave this trip the edge.

    John Tatam
    Mountain Biking - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 18/05/2015

    Great guides, immense knowledge and experience, great sense of humor always positive even in the most tough conditions.

    Maria Martensson
    Mountain Biking - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 11/05/2015

    Mark is a fine guide. He has a wealth of knowledge on every aspect of the landscape and is sensitive to people's needs and wishes. And very good tempered and prepared to go beyond the call of duty..

    Penny Mortimer
    Winter Highlands - Cairngorms
    Reviewed on 12/03/2015

    Mark yet again proved his capability to provide walk (and driving) opportunities as the weather permitted, he always had ' one up his sleeve' if the planned walk wasn't going to happen.

    Jenni Burfitt
    Winter Highlands - North West
    Reviewed on 12/03/2015

    Mark Cox was very knowledgeable and provided the perfect combination of info on flora and fauna. He was enthusiastic and sensitive to the needs of, and preferences of, the group in terms of ideal pursuits. He was safety conscious but discreetly so

    Peter Mortimer
    Winter Highlands - Cairngorms
    Reviewed on 05/03/2015

    Mark is at the top of his game in terms of local knowledge, and ability to interpret the walking environs he took us through. An exceptionally talented, friendly and adaptable individual. Although there were only 3 of us on the walk he made sure we were all catered to in terms of questions, information and attention.

    Jenni Burfitt
    Winter Highlands - Cairngorms
    Reviewed on 04/03/2015

    Our walks were chosen both to suit our fitness level and to satisfy our love of beautiful scenery. We just had a perfect walking holiday, mainly thanks to the experience, enthusiasm and cheerfulness of our guide.

    Gunvor Rottensten
    Winter Highlands - North West
    Reviewed on 23/02/2015

    Couldn't have been better: very professional and utterly reliable - and a wonderful sense of humour!

    Inga Ebert
    Winter Highlands - North West
    Reviewed on 18/02/2015

    Mark and Kevin were a 'magic' ingredient. Good communication, patience, support and fun.

    Martin McShane
    Mountain Biking - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 04/10/2014

    Could not have asked for better guides and I don't think I've ever had such helpful or awesome instructors before. These guys are the best. I really appreciated how patient they were and how customized they made the trip for each rider.

    Dan Mathis
    Mountain Biking - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 23/09/2014

    Mark had a firm grasp on everything from the beginning. His experience was evident and his ability to manage the various parties on the trip and the riding part, while also providing an enjoyable experience for all is very impressive.

    Ben Bold
    Mountain Biking - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 22/09/2014

    Very good. Kev gave clear indication at defined stages of the journey and then let us get on with it. Mark had a different style, was more talkative. Both were cheerful and happy which was very helpful.

    Paul Garner
    Mountain Biking - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 15/09/2014

    Guides were very knowledgeable and chose fantastic venues for the kayaking, especially with weather conditions being unfavourable. Felt safe in their care and learnt a lot in the 5 days away. The knowledge of the guides for wildlife, nature and the surrounding environment gave an additional bonus to the trip.

    Clare Blue
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
    Reviewed on 02/09/2014

    We were made to feel at ease straight away, given lots of advise and encouragement

    Wendy Alder
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
    Reviewed on 30/08/2014

    Mark Cox was an excellent guide. Knowledgable, great teaching style, eager to share his wider knowledge of the environment and surrounding areas he was a great lead guide. Andy Croy was a great assistant whose humour, compassion and skill added nicely to the group - and his photographs are fab :) A great team and whilst this was their first joint trip it seemed to work well from my viewpoint.

    Jacqui Dunbar
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
    Reviewed on 25/08/2014

    Both Mark Cox and Andy Croi where very friendly and always ready to teach us new stuff about kayaking. We cerainly feel that we have made 2 new friends!

    Alice Cauchi Gaffiero
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
    Reviewed on 23/08/2014

    The guide and assistant were both extremely approachable and provided advice and coaching throughout the trip. The day to day planning was well explained with options and each day had variability and interest. The guides made every attempt to answer questions and highlight the wildlife that was around.

    Meredith Scanlon
    Sea Kayaking - The Orkney Isles
    Reviewed on 19/07/2014

    The guide was very professional.
    Always relaxed, with good sense of direction and knowledgeable about the land.

    Susana Moreira
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 09/07/2014

    It was a pleasure to meet and be supported by our professional and highly competent guides Mark Cox and Cory Jones. A refreshing aspect was their passion for this special corner of the world combined with their desire and ability of sharing its gifts safely and with flexibility. Mark and Cory compare well professionally with our Australian friends and guides that have turned sea kayaking and guiding in wonderful places into a lifestyle career choice. I would be happy to bring those friends to the Orkneys and utilize Mark

    John Lipscombe
    Sea Kayaking - The Orkney Isles
    Reviewed on 08/07/2014

    Mark and Tim were incredibly helpful, patient, understanding and knowledgeable about the area.

    Mark instinctively understood what each member from the team needed and delivered appropriately. I was definitely out of my comfort zone a couple of times with the sheer heights and weather and I have to say there was no one I would have trusted more to get me over them.

    Tim really made the Hebrides come to life from a walking, culinary, and historical perspective.

    Mitali Shah
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 07/07/2014

    Second time with Mark he is a top guide. Will consider coast to coast next year if I can link up with mark again.

    David Sands
    Sea Kayaking - The Orkney Isles
    Reviewed on 06/07/2014

    It was really an exelente guide, taking attention to all the group and providing us extra equipment when it was necessary without let us feeling guilties. Really good knowledge of the area

    Lidia Silva
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 03/07/2014

    Relaxed. Competent in coaching kayaking skills and tour planning. Great knowledge of wildlife.

    Ruth Grant
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
    Reviewed on 05/06/2014

    Very good and knowledgeable.

    Brian Yates
    Mountain Biking - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 28/05/2014

    Mark was a competent instructor and guide. He was able to assess our level of experience and introduce us to new techniques. He instructed us in putting these skills into practice under easy, to more challenging, conditions suited to our level of experience. He new the local area well and was able to propose different locations depending upon weather conditions etc.

    Stewart Grant
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
    Reviewed on 19/05/2014

    All guides always looking to enhance the experience for the guests.

    Mark - endless passion, enthusiasm and knowledge for both the bike ride and the natural environment.

    Dave - calm, attentive and knowledgable.

    Laura - sharp eyes saved the day beside Loch Builg

    Alan Curran
    Mountain Biking - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 13/05/2014

    Both very knowledgeable about the areas, both very personable and professional.

    Mandy Sadler
    Mountain Biking - Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 12/05/2014

    Personable, knowledgeable, flexible and encouraging. Good local and community knowledge as well as up to date on all things mountain

    Charlie Clerke
    Winter Skills - The Cairngorms and Creag Meagaidh
    Reviewed on 28/03/2014

    As mentioned above, Mark was absolutely brilliant! I can't speak more highly of him. He really made the trip for me.

    David Done
    Winter Skills - The Cairngorms and Creag Meagaidh
    Reviewed on 19/03/2014

    Mark had a superb knowledge of the area, backed by his expertise, and a total enthusiasm for what he does and imparts to others.

    David Hartwell
    Winter Highlands - North West
    Reviewed on 13/03/2014

    Really knew and loved the area, very helpful without being intrusive. I'd be delighted if he turns up as guide on a future trip!

    Caroline Bottoms
    Winter Highlands - North West
    Reviewed on 12/03/2014

    Mark was both informative and likeable and made an effort to communicate with all members of the group.

    Brian Harris
    Winter Highlands - North West
    Reviewed on 12/03/2014

    Full of enthusiasm and very professional

    David Cochrane
    14WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 02/03/2014

    Mark managed a great balance of imparting important information but fun stuff too.

    Annabel Meikle
    14WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 28/02/2014

    Very informative, even on other subjects that weren't to do with the course.

    Ian Solley
    14WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 28/02/2014

    Malcolm was great - pitched it at the correct level. Immense knowledge and passion for the Hills.

    Elaine Watson
    14WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 28/02/2014

    Seriously good, kept us alive !

    Iain Campbell
    14WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 28/02/2014

    Mark was absolutely brilliant; knowledgable, helpful with excellent social and interpersonal skills.

    Sashi Sashidharan
    Winter Walking - Winter Highlands (Plockton)
    Reviewed on 22/02/2014

    Mark - very knowledgeable and informative - drew everyone in together - plenty of chat

    Sarah Bowman
    Winter Walking - Winter Highlands (Plockton)
    Reviewed on 20/02/2014

    Mark was friendly, chatty, knowledgable and experienced, and 100% trustworthy.

    Sarah Bowman
    Winter Walking - Winter Highlands (Plockton)
    Reviewed on 20/02/2014

    Appreciated Mark's planning and flexibility to maximise the walk opportunity with the day's weather, resulting in stupendous views and a varied programme.

    Margaret Hamilton
    Winter Walking - Winter Highlands (Plockton)
    Reviewed on 20/02/2014

    Both Jeremy and Greg were fantastic. Even though it was the first time working together, the chemistry between the two as very good. They both certainly knew how to treat clients/guests.

    jan Ferguson
    Sea Kayaking - Scottish Sea Kayak Trail South - The Whisky Coast
    Reviewed on 11/10/2013

    Very knowledgeable about local area, sea, tides; took time to make sure everyone on trip was comfortable in kayak; kept group together but allowed time to explore.

    Deborah Dubois
    Sea Kayaking - The Atlantic Coast
    Reviewed on 11/10/2013

    Have nothing but good things to say about Mark Cox! Luke Partridge is a keeper. He took a lot of ribbing from the guests (age differences!) and he was very good about it all. He made a special effort to meet up with the guests at the train station - even though traffic was horrendous. He certainly didn't have to but that he did certainly did not go unnoticed.

    Jan Ferguson
    Sea Kayaking - Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North - Gaelic Coast
    Reviewed on 11/10/2013

    Both guides were super. Good fun and very professional.

    Gladys Law
    Sea Kayaking Sardinia - The Bay of Orosei
    Reviewed on 10/10/2013

    A psycho-analyst's dream! Mark was the Bear Grills character, who was excellent at maintaining enthusiasm and putting a positive light on all situations. He also showed great initiative in suggesting the 'Golden Road' option. Dave worked his way in, sized up the group, and was the empathic character. The more I got to know Dave, the more I liked him.

    Ian Anderson
    Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
    Reviewed on 30/09/2013

    Both Guides were excellent with differing personalities one very outgoing and one laid back but they made a perfect blend. Very encouraging, helpful, always looking out for you We were all sorry the week disappeared so quickly.

    Clive Anderson
    Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
    Reviewed on 29/09/2013

    As the tortoise of the group, they really helped me through the program. I learned some things and they made it really enjoyable. Mark is a truly inspirational person and Dave has a good read on who is struggling.

    David Humphreys
    Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
    Reviewed on 25/09/2013

    Your guides make your business. Dave and Mark did a great job - both very encouraging when the going got tough and enthusiastic - welcome cups of Tea when needed and good tips on mountain biking. Good to see Mark decked out in Wilderness Scotland kit - Dave should have had some more WS kit though. Both also made a good effort to be sociable in the evenings and Dave was particularly good at sharing cultural insights. I would definitely travel with both of them again. Great guys.

    Mark Lynch
    Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
    Reviewed on 24/09/2013

    Both complemented each other well , they made the trip thanks v much to them


    Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
    Reviewed on 23/09/2013

    Very helpful, very dedicated, personal and became part of the team - they got to know all the individuals well. Mark Cox was a little more driven in terms of being more competitive and was very 'Go Go Go' (probably from his RAF background) whilst Dave Picken had more empathy with the individuals, had a more gentle style and had a very detailed knowledge of the history and background to the islands. Their different styles complemented each other very well. Both made a real effort to ensure everyone had what they needed (Mark lent me his riding glasses), bikes were in good order, we were given training on mountain bike riding when needed and it was really well organised. PS. Dave really needs some Wilderness Scotland branded gear to balance it up fairly - Mark appeared to have a full Wilderness wardrobe (assumed provided free of charge) whilst Dave was generally in his own (but very decent) clobber. Please kit him out gratis - he really deserves it and the kit gets very hammered out there!

    Tony Walford
    Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
    Reviewed on 23/09/2013

    Both Mark and Dave where exceptional and explained the options available and reasons for choices every night.

    Clive Burbridge
    Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
    Reviewed on 23/09/2013

    Both were extremely knowledgeable about the area we cycled through and providing us with a great service at the hotels as well. Learnt a bit about cycling and bike maintenance as well which was great. Thank you both very much Mark and Malcolm!

    Fergus Keith
    Fergus Keith - MTB C2C group
    Reviewed on 10/09/2013

    Very good guides with excellent historical and geological knowledge about the sites we travelled. Excellent lunches were provided halfway. Mom would not do it any better. It's only a pity the guides had to ride on 26" mtb's. Hard to keep up with the 29ers ;)

    Ivo Monnink
    Fergus Keith - MTB C2C group
    Reviewed on 09/09/2013

    Marc and Lou were brilliant. I especially loved how they managed to improvise on the program during the first days when the weather was too bad to kayak on sea, so that we could go out on the water somewhere else.

    Bart Delbroek
    Sea Kayaking - The Summer Isles
    Reviewed on 07/09/2013

    Good also in extra information about nature, historie and countryside.

    Robert Thomson
    Fergus Keith - MTB C2C group
    Reviewed on 07/09/2013

    Very hard working/ good planning and organisation /

    Jackie Leslie
    Sea Kayaking - The Summer Isles
    Reviewed on 01/09/2013

    -I was impressed with the way Mark and Lou were very knowledgable about the terrain, weather conditions, and navigation through the isles,and camping.
    -also very appreciative of the way Mark/Lou had to fish me out of the water twice but were very professional about it and did not make a fuss.
    -Also thought that they went beyond the call of duty when we ran out of water on one particular night due to leaking containers.
    -also appreciated how Lou stuck with me to give me paddling advice.

    Geoff Vella
    Sea Kayaking - The Summer Isles
    Reviewed on 01/09/2013

    great guides. very positive, added to the overall experience.

    Andy Veitch
    Sea Kayaking - The Summer Isles
    Reviewed on 25/08/2013

    Without Mark Cox and Louisa Reynolds Summer Isles are just piles of rock midst of the sea. Trust them and always ask why, to learn more about the Scottish coastal nature. Both of them are very professional in bad conditions

    Krista Bondare
    Sea Kayaking - The Summer Isles
    Reviewed on 25/08/2013

    Mark is a very knowledgeable guide and obviously very familiar with the area. I learnt a lot from Mark talking through his thoughts about possible routes and locations, taking into account the effects of wind and currents

    Colin Wright
    Sea Kayaking - The Orkney Isles
    Reviewed on 13/07/2013

    Mark worked really hard to set up some good paddling trips that worked with the wind weather. Very grateful for his hard work doing bike and running shuttles which allowed us to do one way paddles!

    Rachel Shaw
    Sea Kayaking - The Orkney Isles
    Reviewed on 08/07/2013

    Mark had great local knowledge which meant despite a south-westerly gale for much of the week we were still able to have some really interesting and enjoyable days sea kayaking. He was also very informative about local history and wildlife in the area which really added to the trip.

    Ruth Newton
    Sea Kayaking - The Orkney Isles
    Reviewed on 07/07/2013

    Mark remembered me from a previous trip. I had struggled with the deeper wider kayak last year, so he added a capella to the mix, which made a big difference to my enjoyment of the whole experience this time. He also organised lighter winds and more sun ( No, he doesn't actually walk on water, but he is an absolutely superb guide and group leader!)

    Margaret Smith
    Sea Kayaking - Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North - Gaelic Coast
    Reviewed on 02/07/2013

    See above.. felt involved in the process of deciding what group was going to do. Flexible and unruffled for both. Good knowledge of not just paddling, but of area, wildlife, history and what other activities are available. I'd be very happy to find either guiding a trip in the future

    Bob Law
    Sea Kayaking - Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North - Gaelic Coast
    Reviewed on 16/06/2013

    This was the second holiday with mark as a guide he is excellent, young Luke was also very friendly and helpful, give them both a pay rise.

    Roy Bannatyne
    Sea Kayaking - Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North - Gaelic Coast
    Reviewed on 12/06/2013

    Mark lived up to his reputation as one of your best guides. Easy to get along with, helpful re: paddling and has a great sense of humour.
    Greg is a great assistant guide - good social skills, participates with clients and very knowledgeable re: paddling and general outdoors.
    Would definitely go on a trip with both of these guides.

    jan Ferguson
    Sea Kayaking - Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North - Gaelic Coast
    Reviewed on 12/06/2013

    Both Mark and Luke were excellent and given that it was their first joint outing they worked very well as a team. The gentle offering of coaching was handled very well and the sharing of knowledge about the flora, fauna, geology, history etc of the area was also interesting and impressive.
    Nothing seemed to be too much trouble and the views of all the group were taken into account when deciding where to go. This against the background of clear advice as to the options and their implications and in the knowledge that if necessary a sound steer would be given. The ability of the guides to assess the capability of the group and to offer to extend the length of a days paddling was also well judged.

    Jonathan Macfarlane
    Sea Kayaking - Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North - Gaelic Coast
    Reviewed on 12/06/2013

    Both Mark and Luke were first rate- Luke was very mature and knowledgable - I hope Wilderness continue to use him. I was particularly impressed by Mark's knowledge of flora and fauna - I guess I expected him to be a great paddle leader ( which he was) so that was a bonus and really made the trip for me

    Margaret Gibson
    Sea Kayaking - Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North - Gaelic Coast
    Reviewed on 12/06/2013

    Managed to turn the extreme weather conditions into an enlightening educational experience!


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    Reviewed on 12/06/2013

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