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      Mike Brian

      Thoughtful | Thorough | Committed

      Mini Bio

      After spending my early years in Ayrshire – Burns Country – I was introduced to the hills, mountains, islands and crags of Scotland by my parents.  Secondary school in Edinburgh was followed by a short sentence in the flatlands of the south east of England for University.  It was only once I moved from there to Aberdeen that I really started to explore wild places of my own volition whenever possible.  After almost 20 years in Aberdeen, most of them as a school teacher, I now live in Aviemore as much as I can, but work in the Antarctic for around 5 months each year.  

      Place to Play

      Royal Deeside – Scotland’s best kept secret!

      Not a lot of people know this

      I once swum across the Firth of Forth (along the side of the Rail Bridge) in my Speedos.

       

      Adventurer's Stories about Mike

      As I said mike was an amazing guide and would be the reason I would book with this company again. His knowledge of Scotland was extensive and his ability to lead a group was exceptional. He was a fantastic guide with super powers!!

      Annabel Ward
      Wilderness Walking Luxury - Glencoe and the Highlands
      Reviewed on 02/08/2018

      The itinerary and the scenery speak for themselves. It was our guide, Mike Brian, who made the trip truly extraordinary. Our group varied widely in ability and personalities. Mike was able to connect with each of us individually and bring us together as a group. Mike's greatest assets, though, are his enthusiasm and obvious enjoyment of the natural wonders of Scotland. Mike's joy was contagious and made the week truly special (in a good sense). We even began to suspect that he had special powers where the weather was concerned. Somehow, even on the rare cloudy day, the sun came through when we were on the hilltops.

      Robert Reicher
      Wilderness Walking Luxury - Glencoe and the Highlands
      Reviewed on 23/07/2018

      I've been on a lot of climbs ,treks,and hiking trips. As a guide Mike Brian stands at the top of my list with perhaps two others.

      Charlie Keenan
      Wilderness Walking Luxury - Glencoe and the Highlands
      Reviewed on 23/07/2018

      Mike Brian was an excellent guide. His care and enthusiasm never wavered. He made an extra effort to find pools in streams where we could go swimming.

      Laura Spadone
      Wilderness Walking Luxury - Glencoe and the Highlands
      Reviewed on 17/07/2018

      Our guide, Mike Brian, was wonderful. He was both personable and patient, and his love of the outdoors in general and of Scottish hill walking in particular diffused rapidly throughout the group. He quickly built relationships with each of us and helped the group to gel from the first day. Despite differing ability levels within the group, he made each day's adventure challenging and fun for all, keeping us together when it was important to do so, and letting us go at our own pace when that was appropriate. He worked hard to keep everyone safe and to create options to ensure that we all had the vacation we hoped for. Best of all, he has special powers to improve the weather!

      Michael Devlin
      Wilderness Walking Luxury - Glencoe and the Highlands
      Reviewed on 16/07/2018

      Mike was very knowledgeable and added a lot of interesting information about the routes, the terrain and the flora and fauna. He made the walks very interesting.

      George Guthrie
      Sailing and Walking - Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles
      Reviewed on 27/06/2018

      Mike Brian, our Guide, was in the “and beyond” category of greatness! We could not have asked for any better. Always on time, always informed us of the day’s plan, always happy to provide extra info or look up what he didn’t know, always prepared with food, extra warm clothes. Always polite and friendly. He was just a joy to be with.

      Marjorie Miller
      18WSTM Tailor Made trips
      Reviewed on 29/05/2018

      Marge and I have taken to calling Mike Brian the Wizard of the Munros (& Corbetts) because he has a true love of the outdoors, a wealth of knowledge and shares his passions well. He also thought through each day perfectly whether it was hiking or a visit to a museum etc.

      Sadly, he could do nothing about the wind, so his wizardly powers must be on the decline

      Sheldon Goldman
      18WSTM Tailor Made trips
      Reviewed on 28/05/2018

      Mike did so much to ensure a personally rewarding trip. I am interested in birding, and he made stops to look at and identify birds. I learned so much about Shetland wildlife and Shetland life and history in general. He was attentive to logistics, including rest stops and food/snack stops with a view. He was also very attuned to the trail conditions and making sure that we could manage the terrain. His enthusiasm for the places we visited and walked was greatly appreciated. He seemed to enjoy the walks and locations we visited as well, instead of simply revisiting places he had been before. He also paid attention to the weather and rescheduled the birding boat trip to go when the weather was good, instead of later in the week as originally planned.
      In sum, he was great company and a great guide! He also took plenty of photos to document the places we walked.

      Jane Potter
      Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
      Reviewed on 10/05/2018

      Book a trip with Mike

      Trip / Departure Availability Status Price Book
      Sailing and Walking – Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles
      11th May - 17th May 2019
      2 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,495 Book Now
      Wildlife Adventures – The Scottish Highlands
      8th Jun - 14th Jun 2019
      Trip Full FULLY BOOKED £1,725
      Wildlife Adventures – The Shetland Isles
      29th Jun - 5th Jul 2019
      8 place(s) left CANCELLED £1,725 Book Now
      Wilderness Walking – The West Highland Way
      15th Jul - 22nd Jul 2019
      16 place(s) left CANCELLED £1,545 Book Now

      Make Trip Private

      Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

      We work together with our team of guides to decide which departures they lead each year. As part of that, guides provide available dates that they are free to be booked. This means that any of the dates you see in the first field of the form below, could be perfect for your private departure or customised tour.

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