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.