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    Neil Wilson

    Adventurous | Fun | Passionate

    Mini Bio

    I have been an outdoor enthusiast for 35 years, starting out rock climbing and mountaineering. I discovered mountain biking 30 years ago and have been on one ever since. I do venture onto road for training and have entered a few triathlons including the Big Ben Tri. I am passionate about leaving no trace and respecting the places I visit and travel through for future generations to enjoy.

    I moved to Aviemore 2 years ago from the central belt of Scotland and often wonder why I didn’t do it years ago. The opportunities for doorstep adventures and micro adventure are endless.

    Place to Play

    Too many to mention but exploring Cairngorms by bike and the single track at Badaguish.

    Not a lot of people know this

    I was born in the QEII ….. the name of the hospital in Welwyn Garden City so yes I am English.

    Qualifications Read More

    British Cycling Level 2 coach with DSUs in Mountain Bike and Cyclocross.

    MBLA Trails cycle, mountain bike, expedition, night and winter leader.

    Velotec Silver.

    Experience Read More

    Walking and climbing

    Climbed 90 plus munros but none for a few years. Rock climbed to British grade 6b and ice climbed Grey Mares Tail and several routes on the Ben.


    I have been a qualified cycling coach for 10 years and guide for 8 years.

    Mountain biked for 30 years the last 10 years I have been doing a lot of mountain routes and more technical riding on Enduro style trails and down hill tracks. I have been a keen bike packer over the last few years and have run quite a few trips for adults and kids oh and made a film last year The Cairngorms are Calling. I have also road bike for training and have entered triathlons including half iron man distance like the Big Ben Tri. I have also ridden lots of sportives including the Fred Whitton

    Biggest Adventure Read More

    Cairngorm loop over 3 days.

    Specialist Subject Read More

    Mountain biking and bikes in general.

    Adventurer's Stories about Neil

    Both Neil and Malcolm were cheerful, patient and resourceful My mountain bike skills aren’t great and I was definitely the weakest in the group but they never let that be an issue for them or anyone else. They had vast amounts of local knowledge as well as information about wildlife and the history of the islands. Couldn’t fault them.

    Beverley McCarthy
    Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
    Reviewed on 23/09/2023

    Both Neil and Malcolm were had a wealth of local knowledge which they shared with us along the way. They were also very supportive of everyone in the group regardless of their skill level.
    The made me feel safe and secure when the terrain was rough and remote.

    John Boyle
    Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
    Reviewed on 22/09/2023

    Neil and Malcom did a great job adjusting the itinerary to the challenges they were presented. Both were very knowledgable about the environment, nature, Mountain Biking and a variety of other things. It was a joy to talk and hang out with them.

    Rodney Harris
    Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
    Reviewed on 19/09/2023

    Here is where Neil and Malcom both show true experience and their honed skills. These were displayed in both the hard skills of riding and demonstrating mountain biking technique but more importantly the soft skills of leading and managing the group safety and efficiency in a fun and engaging way. Both leaders were great at these.

    Eryn Pope
    Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
    Reviewed on 18/09/2023

    brilliant is the best word for Neal & Scott y

    Pete Haines
    Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
    Reviewed on 23/07/2023

    Neil and Scott were the BEST!! They was competent, patient, generous, kind, and FUN!

    Sharon Brown
    Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
    Reviewed on 19/07/2023

    Neil & Scotty were both fabulous & kept their cool in the face of adversity. Neil carried 2 bikes while Scotty managed an E-bike on the Postman route when person with the E-bike was not able to manage it.
    They were always ready with a smile, options for the day and of course Scottish music in the van.

    Karen Clark
    Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail
    Reviewed on 19/07/2023

    Neil was GREAT. Awesome. VERY helpful

    Although. in general, I would prefer no guided

    Osnat Frumerman
    Self Guided+ Cycling - The Caledonia Way
    Reviewed on 15/08/2022

    Neil was amazing! Would love to do another trip with him!

    James Bryce
    22WSTM - Tailor Made Trips
    Reviewed on 16/06/2022

    Top marks for Neil. He was friendly, encouraging and an excellent driver. He sorted out the van issue at the start and the issue re faulty e bike. Was always there for us and worked very hard to make the holiday the great success it was.

    Chris Mackay
    22WSTM - Tailor Made Trips
    Reviewed on 09/06/2022

    As I’ve said. Stewart was superb. Excellent briefings, judged the amount of stops and breaks. Always there when needed. Very observant and attentive.

    Michael Conn
    22WSPD Private Departure
    Reviewed on 15/05/2022

    Just to reiterate. Stuart (sorry forgot last name...) is The Dude. Knowledgable, good advise, and supportive. We really considered him part of our team rather than an external. Couldn't have done this without you my friend :-)

    Eran Kendler
    22WSPD Private Departure
    Reviewed on 15/05/2022

    As above - Stewart was a complete star.

    Daniel Dayan
    22WSPD Private Departure
    Reviewed on 15/05/2022

    Neil was exceptional!

    David Williams
    Self Guided+ Cycling - Skye & the Inner Hebrides
    Reviewed on 25/04/2022

    Neil Wilson our guide with the factor that made a good holiday in to a great one. He was a relaxed knowledgeable and interesting source of information. Nothing thing was too much trouble .He came up with ideas and was receptive to our thoughts ; he knew when to advise and when to run with our schemes . Knowing that he was never far away when we were out and about was very reassuring and the little considerations in having snacks and drinks and on one occasion a top notch picnic ready was lovely .

    Barbara McConochie
    Self Guided+ Cycling - Skye & the Inner Hebrides
    Reviewed on 25/04/2022

    S-g - Neil gave us useful tips and was relaxed about accommodating small requests along the way. Could not have been better

    Katherine McConochie
    Self Guided+ Cycling - Skye & the Inner Hebrides
    Reviewed on 18/04/2022

    Our driver was brilliant and the routes maps were very adequate. We didn't keep to them strictly as we were "self guided" but found them very helpful.

    Mairi Maciver
    Road Cycling - Arran, Islay and Jura
    Reviewed on 29/06/2021

    Neil Wilson was the perfect guide.

    Mairi Maciver
    Road Cycling - Arran, Islay and Jura
    Reviewed on 21/06/2021

    Book a trip with Neil

    Trip / DepartureAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    Road Cycling – The North Coast 500: Highlights
    4th May - 10th May 2024
    8 place(s) leftUNCONFIRMED£2,795Book Now

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