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    Scotty McNeish

    Easy-going | Mischievous | Patient

    Mini Bio

    I work within the operations team at Wilderness Scotland and am incredibly lucky to be able to be part of the guiding team too.  After a nomadic childhood growing up in Austria, Hong Kong, Norway, and Canada I caught the bug for adventure travel and have spent a lifetime skiing, climbing and canoeing and have been lucky enough to join trips all over the world.  Following a career in the Royal Air Force I settled in the Highlands and love the wildness of a winter’s day out in the Cairngorms. To me, Scotland is the world ‘distilled’ into one great mini adventure playground and offers so much I just need to keep exploring it.

    Place to play

    I absolutely love climbing and skiing in the Cairngorms in winter and camping on the west coast beaches in summer.

    Not a lot of people know this

    I’m definitely not royalty but I cracked a joke with the late Duke of Edinburgh, had lunch with Princess Ann and Prince Harry used to bring us cakes!

    Qualifications Read More

    Summer & Winter Mountain Leader

    Summer & Winter Mountain Instructor Certificate

    BCU Level 4 Open Canoe Leader

    BCU Level 4 Kayak Leader

    BASI Level 3 Alpine Instructor

    Mountain Bike Leader Award

    Experience Read More

    I began teaching sailing at the early age of 16 and ever since outdoor delivery has always played a pivotal part in my career and lifestyle. I have a relaxed and friendly character and enjoy sharing knowledge whilst also listening and learning from others. The bedrock of my experience has been built in the Scottish Highland & Islands which is the best training and preparation ground for adventures anywhere. I have canoe journeyed extensively across Scotland linking lochs, rivers and glens. I have been lucky to have the opportunity to lead expeditions worldwide including the Himalayas, Greenland, Canada, Scandinavia and many alpine regions. An expert skier and active winter climber I love the team comradery and challenge of being in the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team and being able to support those in need.

    Biggest Adventure Read More

    Probably exploring the Kangerlussuaq region in Eastern Greenland. We were dropped by ski plane onto a glacier somewhere and spent the next four weeks exploring crossing glaciers and summiting unclimbed peaks. It was an unusually warm summer and crevasses were man eaters. Typically the weather turned for the worse when we were due to be picked up so ended up being marooned on the ice cap with dwindling food supplies dreaming of roast dinners and apple pudding!

    Specialist Subject Read More

    As a mature student I studied a Bachelor Arts (Hons) Outdoor Leadership but would be fearful of ever being called academic. I would consider my specialist subject to be skiing fast and rock n roll bands of the 90s.

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