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     Neil Brownlee

    Neil Brownlee

    Friendly | Knowledgeable | Reliable

    Mini Bio

    As a teacher, I led a group of my students to Peru in 2016 and when I took early retirement later that year I knew I had to become a freelance expedition leader. Since then I’ve taken school groups to Costa Rica, Cambodia, Borneo and Croatia and have been to East Africa repeatedly. During lockdown, I started up Trailz, my own mountain biking guiding business.

    Place to Play

    Having lived in Dornoch and now in Glasgow, most of my playing has been in Sutherland and the Trossachs, but anywhere I can get out on two feet or two wheels is good enough for me! If I had to choose a favourite mountain bike trail centre it would have to be Balblair at Bonar Bridge because of its solitude, testing natural features, and breathtaking views. On a road bike, the coastal route from Lochinver to Scourie via Clachtoll is hard to beat, though the machair and turquoise waters of the Outer Hebrides must share the top of the podium.

    Not a lot of people know this

    I spent a week living with a Maasai tribe in Tanzania which, amongst other things, involved fetching the sweetest drinking water ever from a muddy well each day, eating maise porridge and stewed vegetables every day, a celebration meal of roast goat and a whole week without even a wash – loved it!

    Qualifications Read More
    • Mountain Leader
    • Mountain Bike Leader (level 2)
    • Outdoor First Aid
    • Mental Health First Aid
    • National Navigation Awards Scheme Tutor
    • Archery Leader
    Experience Read More
    • Physical Education Teacher for 30+ years
    • Guiding school groups overseas since 2016
    • Mountain bike guiding since 2020
    • Duke of Edinburgh trainer, supervisor and assessor to gold level since 2016
    Biggest Adventure Read More

    My retirement present to myself was to backpack in Tanzania and Kenya for a month. As well as my Maasai adventure, I spent two weeks taking tourists into the Indian Ocean in traditional

    Dhows to snorkel with whale sharks. During this time I had many amazing up-close encounters with this biggest of all sharks.

    Specialist Subject Read More

    I am an avid student and lover of Scottish history which derives to a large extent from that incredible sense of connection with the past that I often experience when travelling through places where clansmen and redcoats walked before me and a nation was moulded. I have been a keen bird watcher since my youth with a particular passion for birds of prey.

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