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Rosie Mckenzie

Me in 3 – Adventurous, positive, versatile

Place to play– Glencoe is always beautiful to me with its intense, majestic mountains and history, I also have a close affinity to the Cairngorm mountains. The inner and outer Hebridean islands offer a unique atmosphere for me with stunning beaches and mountains combined.
Not a lot of people know this – I’m the youngest of 9 adventures children (my mother had a hard time with us growing up! ) I have almost completed all the 282 Scottish Munros (mountains over 3000 feet) with my adorable 9 year old ultra fit black labrador Corrie.

Mini bio – I am Scottish born and have lived here all my life although my mother was Greek. I have travelled far and wide completing many overseas long distance trails but my main love is trekking in the Scottish Highlands and Islands.  The diverse weather and landscape of Scotland always inspires and excites me with the challenges it offers  as well as being a mountain leader for many years,  I am an artist and love to paint landscapes depicting my memories of guiding trips in my beautiful country. I love guiding people from all over the world and showing them the beauty and uniquely varied scenery of this land!


Adventurer's Stories about Rosie

Rosie was the best. She went out of her way to make sure everyone was getting the most out of their trip.
Kirstin Hierholzer
Rosie was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and just fun to have her lead us.
Shari Barnello
Rosie was fantastic
Adrianna Bogdanis
Rosie was bubbly, skilled, clear, helped us with wildlife, flower identification, and basic navigation skills. She knows how to say yes and no, and to get the best out of a varied group.
Mike Cheshire
Excellent in every respect
Richard Buxton
I always felt that Rosie M. cared about us and wanted us to have a great time. Her knowledge of Knoydart, Scotland, nature, etc. is very thorough and she shared it readily. She also was very watchful of group members who tended to fall behind (I was one of them) and made sure they were OK. What could be better: the meaning of phrases such as "a wee ascent" or "a wee bit boggy" is lost on those of us from across the Atlantic. The fun-meter tended to nosedive on the off-path portions of our walks (more on this later).
Dale Blasingame
Rosie McKenzie was just the BEST. Always cheerful, patient and encouraging, fun to be with, she took us to wonderous places I would never imagine trying on my own, and I loved it. She was full of interesting tidbits about plants, animals and birds, a delight to talk to and be with. Her enthusiasm and love of hiking the Highlands is so strong, it carried us through any of the difficult parts of the hikes. If I could choose a companion to just spend a day with tromping in the fields, it would be Rosie!
Elizabeth (Beth) Hoffman
Tour guide Rosie McKenzie was excellent----knowledgeable and sensitive to our needs and capacities. She exceeded my expectations and made the trip something that I will always remember----including singing the Scottish Natl Anthem while driving the van. She seemed to know the answer to every question or had the answer in short order. Would definitely travel with her again.
Rose Amalfitano
Rosie Mackenzie was stellar in every respect. Complete knowledge of her terrain and the country as a whole. She was attentive and responsive to each person's needs and we were a group of quite varied ability. Any change to the schedule was discussed in advance along with the reasons for the change, a trait which really highlights her expertise as a guide. Her ability to get us on trails while the sun was shinning and schedule indoor activities while it was raining was particularly helpful. She even sang the national anthem for us upon request. We would love to hike with her again.
Marilyn Yeates
Rosie McKenzie is an amazing guide. She took the hike to a new level based on her knowledge, experience and fantastic personality.
Leif Fagelstedt
Our guide was very prepared with the hiking skills necessary for the trip and very personable. She accommodated all of us. She acted appropriately in our "emergency" situation (Coast Guard rescue). One downside - she didn't allow much time for "appreciation" of the surroundings. In general, we hurried along across much rough cross-country terrain. But we never had any concern about missing the water shuttle so we could have proceeded more slowly. I was probably the slowest member of the group but I didn't feel I hindered the group's time schedule.

I had, however, signed up for the particular time of this trip - late June - specifically because of the reviews given to another guide who ended up not being part of this trip. In that, I was disappointed because he was known to have a keen knowledge of the natural history of the area. Notice of his substitution arrived "last minute."
Kim Heiser
Rosie Mackenzie was a an excellent guide and credit to the company. See my comments in an earlier Q.
Tim Hare
Rosie McKenzie was an excellent guide. She loves what she does and it shows in her work.
Rep DeLoach
Our guide, Rosie was excellent, exactly the right balance of professional leader and friendly walking companion, a real credit to the company.
Kathy Morgan