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      Peter Grant

      Peter Grant

      Old | Bald | Happy

       

      Mini Bio 

      I am a native Highlander who learned to love the outdoors in my father’s footsteps in Strathspey where my forebears lived and worked the land, and I get a real buzz from sharing this fantastic part of the world with other folk.

      The bulk of my working life has been spent as a family doctor in Grantown on Spey, and in addition, I have enjoyed shorter spells working throughout the Highlands and Islands, and in Africa, India, and Australasia. Alongside my medical work, I broadened my experience of the mountains with the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, and I gained my Summer Mountain Leader qualification in 1997 and Trail Cycle Leader in 2014.   I have now fully retired from medicine and taken to the hills again to make up for missed time in the outdoors.

      Place to Play

      Has to be the Cairngorms.  They’re simply magnificent, offer so much throughout the year, – and they’re on my back doorstep.

      Not a lot of people know this 

      I spent 3 summers in the 1970s working as an assistant keeper on some of Scotland’s lighthouses, giving me an introduction to the island and coastal wildlife, and a glimpse of a now-vanished vocation.

      Qualifications Read More
      • Summer Mountain Leader 1997
      • Trail Cycle Leader 2014
      • Outwardly Mobile First Aid 2017

      https://wildernessscotland.smugmug.com/Wilderness-Scotland/Wilderness-Walking

      Experience Read More

      I am a native Highlander who learned to love the outdoors in my father’s footsteps in Strathspey where my forebears lived and worked the land, and I get a real buzz from sharing this fantastic part of the world with other folk. The bulk of my working life has been spent as a family doctor in Grantown on Spey, and in addition I have enjoyed shorter spells working throughout the Highlands and Islands, and in Africa, India, and Australasia. Alongside my medical work I broadened my experience of the mountains with the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, and I gained my Summer Mountain Leader qualification in 1997 and Trail Cycle Leader in 2014. I have now fully retired from medicine and taken to the hills again to make up for missed time in the outdoors.

      Biggest Adventure Read More

      Spent a spell with my family as guests of the imprisoned revolutionary leader Jimmy Stevens in his tribal village, a no-go area for westerners, on Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu.

      Specialist Subject Read More

      In my mountain rescue days I had an interest in accidental hypothermia. Now I concentrate on keeping myself and my clients cosy.

      Publications Read More

      Freezing to Death – The treatment of accidental hypothermia in the Scottish mountains. P Grant, D Snadden, D Syme, T Walker. Scottish Medical Journal Volume 43 April 1998 P36-37

      Adventurer's Stories about Peter

      Pete Grant was an excellent guide. In addition to the walking and sightseeing, I think everyone in our group was eager to learn, and Pete was a great teacher. One day we all spread out on a hillside looking for a tiny rare flower -- and would found one! He gave us a quiz the last night, covering some of the Scots vocabulary, names of neolithic structures, bird varieties we had seen, etc. It was great fun, and he clearly put in the necessary effort to make it so.

      Joseph Bracewell
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 12/08/2018

      Pete was very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the areas--as were other members of the group. Me-- not so much! So I learned a lot, while enjoying great walks. The archaeology was fantastic.And we lucked out with guides at each site-- Pete seemed to have a nice relationship with all of them, which we benefited from.

      Peggy Bracewell
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 08/08/2018

      Beyond excellent. Pete provided seamless logistical support—and he was great at making connections with our group and the local people we met. He gave us background on things as varied as Orcadian jewelers, the formation of peat, and sea brds. He was positive, energetic, and engaged.

      Hilary Anthony
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 06/08/2018

      Pete worked very hard to give us a good holiday, and was always friendly

      Michael Norman
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 06/08/2018

      Peter was a great guide: Very knowledgeable of the islands' history and traditions. He made a point of talking to each member of the group and drew them into conversations with others. He also encouraged people to share their knowledge and experiences of "The Great Outdoors".

      Janet Milne
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 06/08/2018

      Pete Grant was the best. [Please see above comments.]

      Ann Haley
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 06/08/2018

      Any minor detours made during the course of our travels only enhanced the overall experience.

      Janet Potgeter
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 27/07/2018

      I did not expect so much archaeological touring so I found that to be a bit much. Loved the walks though!

      Kristina (Tina) Garrett
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 25/07/2018

      Pete was a fabulous guide—very knowledgable and very attentive to the group’s needs.

      Beth Begault
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 23/07/2018

      We were a group with diverse interests so Peter had to work hard to try and meet everyone's needs - he clearly knows lots about Orkney. We were also very fortunate to have Rachael (from Wilderness Scotland) on our trip who also worked hard to help sort things & ensure everyone had a good time. Thank you to both Peter and Rachael!

      Helen Brown
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 22/07/2018

      Our guide was good and clearly knew the Islands very well.

      Cari Trousdale
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 17/07/2018

      Loved Pete and would travel with him again!

      Alix Corboy
      18WSTM Tailor Made trips
      Reviewed on 05/07/2018

      We were very happy with Pete. He was very in tune with the group.

      Yvonne Dawe
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 23/05/2018

      Pete was a superb guide, knowledgeable about the areas, adventurous, great conversation, and paid good attention to peoples' varying abilities. He has a good environmental ethic which he shared and encouraged without pressure. His attention to details such as wildlife we might see was excellent.

      Jane Potter
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 19/05/2018

      Pete Grant was excellent in every way. See previous comment.

      Philip Graham
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 16/05/2018

      Pete Grant was a fantastic guide and just a lovely human being! I felt from the start that we were in safe hands with Pete. Pete was a great listener and tuned in to our group very quickly and organised the itinerary accordingly. Great sense of humour so there were lots of laughs. I really liked the way Pete debriefed with the group each day. He was always happy to have feedback and input and kept us informed about the weather ( always important!) and any changes to our itinerary. And he had the knack of knowing just when we needed a coffee break! Pete had a great understanding of the Orkneys and shared wonderful stories and insights which really added so much to the trip.

      Angela Trevor-Jones
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 02/09/2017

      Pete Grant was excellent ++++!

      Betty Craven
      Luxury Walking - Glencoe and the Highlands
      Reviewed on 29/08/2017

      Pete Grant was wonderful

      Carol Teal
      Luxury Walking - Glencoe and the Highlands
      Reviewed on 28/08/2017

      See in general comments.
      Pete was wonderful. He made sure our heterogeneous group would be fully happy and safe. I appreciated that extra materials such as poles, Smidge or midge nets was available for those who had not everything. Always felt safe even in the more challenging conditions we asked him to provide for us who wanted a bit more challenge,
      He was on top extremely kind to all of us, making sure we would have a really good time which I definitely had!

      Anne-Laure Courbes
      Luxury Walking - Glencoe and the Highlands
      Reviewed on 28/08/2017

      As I said before our guide was excellent. His enthusiasm for the archaeology and wildlife of Orkney was genuine as was his concern for our welfare.

      Penny Hogg
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 10/08/2017

      Peter was an excellent guide. He worked tirelessly to adjust the programme as necessary and to ensure we had a good time. He even devised a quiz and slideshow on our last day

      Tom Fisher
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 07/08/2017

      Our guide was Peter Grant.He was very careful to look after everyone to the point where i relaxed,which is not a usual thing!!!!

      Stephanie Goode
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 07/08/2017

      Pete was a kind gentle spirit, determined that we all had a great time. Took the effort to get to know us all, lovely sense of humour. Was very safely conscious, especially apt given we were peeking over numerous cliffs! An absolute pleasure to have him guide us for the week...thanks Pete

      Carl Broomhead
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 07/08/2017

      Pete got the measure of the group and adapted the pace accordingly and he mixed things up nicely so we had some surprises and he was very adaptable.

      Grainne Rason
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 07/08/2017

      the guides were so friendly, well informed, and above all very professional. they made our trip more enjoyable

      Ahmad El Bitar
      17WSPD_Private Departure
      Reviewed on 25/07/2017

      Peter was great. He was able to deal with the diversity in ages of the group with a calm and gentle spirit and sense of humor It was sometimes like herding cats. His knowledge of the areas we traveled was amazing.

      Diane Lasley
      15WSTM Tailor Made trips
      Reviewed on 01/08/2015

      Peter Grant endeared us to him from the start. He truly made our trip "special" and we looked forward to being with him every day. He was wonderfully personable, had a fun, humorous side, very gentle in spirit, and overall fascinating with whom to converse.

      Gary Matloff
      15WSTM Tailor Made trips
      Reviewed on 01/08/2015

      Peter Grant was just superb! Ben and Stuart with the Rockhopper kayak trip were cheerful and managed us in some rough seas. Kyle was a very bubbly personality for archery.

      Deborah Lasley
      15WSTM Tailor Made trips
      Reviewed on 01/08/2015

      Book a trip with Peter

      Trip / Departure Availability Status Price Book
      Wilderness Walking – The Orkney Islands
      15th Jun - 21st Jun 2019
      5 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,735 Book Now
      Wilderness Walking – High Points of the Cairngorms National Park
      13th Jul - 19th Jul 2019
      7 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,525 Book Now
      Wilderness Walking – The Orkney Islands
      7th Sep - 13th Sep 2019
      1 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,735 Book Now

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      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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