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!