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    Guide Rhys smiles into the camera in front of a sunny coastal backdrop

    Rhys Howell-Walmsley

    Inquisitive | Enthusiastic | Passionate

    Mini Bio

    I spent my childhood growing up in North Yorkshire and found I had a passion for being outside and exploring. Having spent lots of my life hill walking, climbing, and biking, I still enjoy discovering new places to explore.

    Favourite Place to Play

    I enjoy the islands of Scotland and have spent a long time exploring the Orkney Islands and the Isle of Arran.

    Not a Lot of People Know This

    I have swum in the Arctic Circle with icebergs.

    Experience Read More
    • Walking in the hills all my life.
    • I have been leading people in the hills on walks since university
    • I have climbed all over Scotland and many areas in Europe too!
    • I have spent the last four years mountain biking in all the trails around the Aviemore area in the Cairngorms National Park
    Biggest Adventure Read More

    I spent ten days exploring Iceland and getting a small boat up into the Arctic Circle.

    Specialist Subject Read More

    Environmental science and the climate history of Scotland.

    Adventurer's Stories about Rhys

    Our guide, Rhys, was attuned to individual's needs and to the tenor of the whole group. He supported me in tough moments on the trail.

    Mary Dragich
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
    Reviewed on 26/07/2023

    Our guides, while green, were amazing. They took excellent care of us, a rather unruly bunch. They had lots of interesting things to share.

    Kayse Horton
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 26/07/2023

    I could not ask for a better guide than Rhys. He was not only knowledgeable about the natural and cultural history of the areas we hiked through but also gave great advice and assistance on hiking in some terrain that was challenging for some of our members. His demeanor was always pleasant and encouraging. I would seriously consider signing up for additional Wilderness Scotland trips with Rhys as our guide.

    John Pastor
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye
    Reviewed on 24/07/2023

    Rhys was knowledgable, friendly, caring for all members on the trip, and fun!

    Jill Crista
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 18/07/2023

    Very helpful, nothing was too much trouble, well organised

    Trish Bainbridge
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 10/07/2023

    Both guides (Reese and Alison) were great. They should both be hired again to accompany WHW groups.

    Jonathan Beddoes
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 28/06/2023

    Rhys was friendly, inclusive and knowledgeable.

    Fiona Leatt-Hayter
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 24/08/2022

    Rhys is an excellent guide: he is pleased to share his knowledge about the mountains and their flora, he is very attentive and helpful and he is a very open-minded and nice person.

    Marine Roussel
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 12/08/2022

    Rhys did an AMAZING job and was very knowledgeable about all the plants, geology and history of the route

    Brian Killian
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 11/08/2022

    As already mentioned, Rhys was lovely, knowledgeable and always there to help. He talked us through the different stages of each hike which I found super helpful. I would love to hike again with him!

    Julia Orgas
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 11/08/2022

    Rhys was terrific! He is an expert guide, of course, but he also went out of his way to ensure that everything went smoothly and that we all felt comfortable. Apart from having a great sense of humour and thus making the hiking fun, Rhys would also know when to push us, how to create motivation, and when to schedule a break. He would look out for each and everyone of us, sense if someone needed extra care and was really involved and supportive. Everything ran very smoothly because of him. Thank you so much, Rhys!

    Stefanie Schulenberg
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 04/08/2022

    Book a trip with Rhys

    Trip / DepartureAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    Wilderness Walking – The Orkney Islands
    6th Jun - 12th Jun 2024
    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed £2,675Book 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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