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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 was a great guide. He knew the area and its plants and animals and explained what we were seeing and where we were walking very well. He judged the abilities of the group well and tailored the walks length and difficulty perfectly. His personality and humor helped the group gel together.

    David Best
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 20/09/2019

    Pete did a great job. Planned and coordinated each day appropriately. constantly monitored the mood and capability of the group. Subject matter expert. Represented the company very well.

    Anne Weatherston
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 18/09/2019

    Petes enthusiasm for the Orkneys was magical. The way he read the groups fitness and interests meant that we were all able to find our own rhythm during the day that worked for all!

    Patricia McFadden
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 17/09/2019

    Peter is an excellent guide. Modified walks as needed. Took interest in every tour member. Vast knowledge base. Great storyteller. Really went out of his way to get us to airport on final day.

    Bonnie Takasugi
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 23/07/2019

    Peter Grant was a great guide. He looked after all of us and accommodated various interests and capabilities of group, He kept us so occupied that we didn't have much down time....which was okay with me. I also liked his calm low key approach, but he was clearly prepared for any eventuality.

    Bonnie Takasugi
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 23/07/2019

    Pete was fantastic - one of the best guides I have ever had. He went out of his way all the time to make the trip as good as possible for everyone.

    Lynne Scholefield
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 26/06/2019

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    Trevor Britton
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 25/06/2019

    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
    Wilderness Walking - Glencoe and the Highlands
    Reviewed on 29/08/2017

    Pete Grant was wonderful

    Carol Teal
    Wilderness 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
    Wilderness 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

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