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    Guide Ray smiles into the camera out in the woods.

    Ray Allwood

    Calm | Adventurous | Dependable

    Mini Bio

    I’m a keen hiker, cyclist, climber, mountaineer and skier, not necessarily in that order.

    My interest in the outdoors started in 1989 when as a BT apprentice I was sent on an outward bounds course. We spent a week walking, climbing and camping in Purbeck, Dorset. This led me to join a Mountaineering club and a joy of climbing and hiking started, ultimately leading to my qualifications as an Outdoor Professional.

    Places to play

    I’m happy anywhere outside. I love lots of different areas of Scotland and I’ve still got lots more to discover.

    Not a lot of People know this

    My wife thinks I have Scandinavian heritage as I have a fondness for pickled fish for breakfast and the Norwegian delicacy Brunost.

    Qualifications Read More
    • UIMLA International Mountain Leader
    • Summer Mountain Leader
    • Outdoor First Aid
    Experience Read More

    I have been an active hiker, climber and mountaineer for 25 years. I have a passion for the Nordic countries and have led multi-day hiking trips in Norway, Sweden and Iceland. I’ve also guided hikes in many areas of the UK.

    Biggest Adventure Read More

    A hiking trip to Iceland, lots of late lying snow made for interesting progress. The scenery was stunning, and we didn’t see any other people for days.

    Specialist Subject Read More

    Telecommunications engineering but luckily for you I also have a deep interest in nature and history.

    Adventurer's Stories about Ray

    As I already mentioned

    Elizabeth White
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
    Reviewed on 20/05/2024

    Ray was fantastic. Knowledgeable about history and the trails. Obviously did some research ahead of time. An excellent companion.

    Bob MacDonald
    23WSTM Tailor Made Trips
    Reviewed on 31/10/2023

    Ray Allwood was excellent. He was very thoughtful with some hikes that he added to our itinerary and was very knowledgable. He took very good care of us and we enjoyed him immensely and would love to have guide us when we return!

    Vicky MacDonald
    23WSTM Tailor Made Trips
    Reviewed on 25/10/2023

    Ray is ever so wonderful. He is profoundly attentive to individual needs, deliberately accommodating our different trekking styles and abilities. He chose incredible routes, each showing different aspects of the topography, and worked with us to best enjoy them. He has a special gift for forecasting the weather, adjusting the plans for an hour delay or an early start to maximize the daily challenges we faced in that department. One day late in the tour the weather turned miserable and several of us opted to turn back, while Ray took the remainder through very fun, but challenging conditions over the mountain. We had such a fun group, and Ray, with his laidback personality and quiet magic, helped knit it together beautifully. He also is very knowledgeable about the history of the area, as well as the flora and fauna, and it was great fun to learn from him. So grateful that he was our guide and that we meshed so beautifully with the others on the trip.

    Mary Lanctot
    Wilderness Walking - National Parks of the UK
    Reviewed on 29/09/2023

    I struggled a bit so know just how good the leader was in "managing" where everyone achieved what they needed to do without compromising the itinerary or general enjoyment

    Elizabeth Brennan
    High Points of Torridon and Wester Ross
    Reviewed on 28/06/2023

    Ray was fantastic. Very responsive and knowledgeable. Tailored the hikes to everyone’s comfort level and ability. Very patient. He was the ideal guide!

    Heather Todd
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 26/06/2023

    Ray was wonderful! He really gauged our group and provided a magnificent experience!

    Lisa Todd
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 26/06/2023

    Ray Allwood is fantastic humble confident reliable quiet interactive with great sense of humor

    Yevgeniy Skaradinskiy
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 26/06/2023

    Ray was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and able to make necessary adjustments because of weather.

    Nancy Honea
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 21/10/2022

    Our guide Ray knew a lot about nature, the hikes, the history. We were in good hands

    Bärbel Makrutzki
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 11/10/2022

    Well informed , well organised . Not intrusive , easy company

    Jon Fogarty
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 10/10/2022

    Excellent

    Phillip Murray
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 10/10/2022

    The best - fantastic- made the whole trip worthwhile

    Chris Noth
    22WSPD Private Departure
    Reviewed on 03/10/2022

    Book a trip with Ray

    Trip / DepartureAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    Wilderness Walking – Glencoe and the Highlands
    27th Jul - 2nd Aug 2024
    3 place(s) leftGuaranteed £2,495Book Now
    Wilderness Walking – Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra & Mingulay
    7th Sep - 13th Sep 2024
    6 place(s) leftGuaranteed £2,575Book Now

    Make Trip Private

    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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    © Ray Allwood / Wilderness Scotland

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