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    Tania Deacon

    Caring | Enthusiastic | Inquisitive

    Mini Bio

    I am now living the dream in my third career, having worked in marketing and PR, then as a maths and science teacher, and now as an outdoor instructor, walking guide, and leadership development facilitator. I am happiest when outdoors and preferably up a mountain, either on skis or on foot, showing visitors just how lucky we are to live here!

    My love for Scotland developed when we lived in Edinburgh and then Perth. It’s such an amazing place to explore during any season of the year. I can’t wait to show you what a friendly, stunningly beautiful and diverse country Scotland is!

    Places to play

    Assynt – North West Scotland! The landscape and mountains are immortalised by the pen of Norman MacCaig who enquired:
    “Who possesses this landscape?
    The man who bought it,
    or I who am possessed by it?”

    Not a lot of people know this

    I am fiercely competitive and have skied and windsurfed at a national level.

    Qualifications Read More
    • ML (Summer)
    • IML Aspirant
    • NNAS Tutor
    • Outdoor First Aid
    Experience Read More

    In addition to walking extensively in Scotland and England, I have done numerous hut to hut skiing and walking tours in the European Alps and in the Atlas Mountains. I have worked as a Guide for Wilderness Scotland and Wilderness England since 2021 and am enjoying every moment of it!

    Biggest Adventure Read More

    Life is an adventure!

    Specialist Subjects Read More

    Having an inquisitive mind, I love to have an understanding of everything around me. Flora and fauna and their surrounding landscapes fascinate me, and I probably spend far too much time taking photos and Googling answers to questions.

    Publications Read More

    None yet, but I aspire to write walking guides for Dorset and the South West of England.

    Adventurer's Stories about Tania

    Tania was terrific. She was creative in her choices of restaurants and adaptable to her clients. In our case, she was very sensitive to unexpected needs of my husband and we so very much appreciated her empathy and efforts to accommodate.

    Linda Lange
    Wilderness Walking - The Cotswolds
    Reviewed on 11/08/2023

    Tania was excellent. We very much enjoyed getting to know her throughout the week. She was personable and very well suited for her role.

    I would go out of my way to book another tour with her.

    Karen Cox
    Wilderness Walking - The Cotswolds
    Reviewed on 09/08/2023

    Very responsive to group and individual needs. Professional and extraordinarily attentive.

    Douglas Smith
    Wilderness Walking - The Cotswolds
    Reviewed on 08/08/2023

    This was my first visit to England and first guided hiking trip. I could not have asked for a more knowledgeable guide, or a more attentive host. Tania Deacon exceeded my expectations about the guide's role and leadership for this adventure in every way. Her people skills and positive attitude were exemplary.

    Give her a raise. Adjust the itinerary as she sees fit.

    Robert McLeod
    Wilderness Walking - The Cotswolds
    Reviewed on 08/08/2023

    Tania was exceptional! Part mother hen, part chauffeur, part concierge, she also had excellent knowledge about the trail, the sights, the flora, the birds...etc. She made it fun and interesting and really went the extra mile.
    We had a person in the group who couldn't do some of the walking and Tania made special arrangements for him every day.
    She also ran interference with the hotel if we needed it.

    Dorothy Becker
    Wilderness Walking - The Cotswolds
    Reviewed on 07/08/2023

    I've hiked with wilderness Scotland, Ireland and England....Tania is one of the best guides.

    Pamela Putnam
    Wilderness Walking - The Cotswolds
    Reviewed on 07/08/2023

    Tanya was a wonderful guide, very experienced and very tuned into the needs of the group.

    Helen Smith
    Wilderness Walking - The Cotswolds
    Reviewed on 07/08/2023

    Book a trip with Tania

    Trip / DepartureAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    Deluxe Walking – Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
    28th Jul - 3rd Aug 2024
    2 place(s) leftGuaranteed £2,885Book Now
    Luxury Walking – Highlights of England
    20th Sep - 29th Sep 2024
    8 place(s) leftAvailable £4,295Book 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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