Very responsive and offered immediate information and advice on the messenger chat.
Sam our guide was excellent. He was constantly checking in on each member of the group, updated us each evening on the following day's activities and was very attentive over the course of the trip. His enthusiasm and good humour was infectious! He also arranged a short quiz on our first evening encouraging members of the group to pair up with people they did not know. It was a great bonding idea early on. The group was a mix of ages, nationalities and backgrounds and we were very fortuante in that we all got along very well from the start. Everyone was supportive of each other from the start (there were various ranges of fitness), nicknames were given and stuck and there were singalongs in the van! Special mention to Sam asssiting the eldest member of the group through a boulder field. She was game but a little nervous. Sam held her hand/arm throughout - she was thrilled with herself to have made it through.
Accommodation & Food
The accommodation was nice. In Stronthian particularly, the view was spectacular over the loch.
Ruth on the Isle of Mull was amazing!! Her knowledge was extraordinary. She was passionate about the island, its wildlife and community and her homemade lunch of soup, sandwiches and cake were marvellous too! David the RSPB volunteer was also very informative and had a good sense of humour. A lovely man who seemed geniunely pleased when we picked out birds and other widlife and asked questions. Harris at the badger hide was a charming chap. He was as thrilled as us to see the the badgers and pine marten even though he does it every day! A lovely fellow who is very passionate about his work. We all felt in very safe hands with Scott in the Cairgorms during our hike. A clearly extremely accomplished climber with a wealth of experience and knowledge. He put us all at ease and kept us up to date on the paths we were to take. He also seemed interested in where we were all from and what our stories were. Sam was excellent (as outlined in previous comments). A natural guide and very organised. His positivity and humour kept us all suitably bouyed throughout the trip!
The Bottom Line
An excellent week! A broad range of experiences and we were so lucky with the amount of wildlife we saw particulary the Sea Eagle and Osprey chicks and the elusive pine marten. The weather was also very kind! Had an absolute blast and would recommend the experience wholeheartedly. I was a bit nervous as a solo traveller but everyone in the group bonded very early on and much fun was had!