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Doing Things Differently – Your Go-To In-Country Partner

By Russell Murray, Business Development Manager
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When it comes to sending your clients on a bespoke adventure holiday to Scotland, Ireland or rural parts of England and Wales, there are many ways to travel as well as local partners to choose from.

But if it’s an immersive, 5-star, off-the-beaten-path adventure your clients are looking for then we’re confident you needn’t look any further for your go-to in-country partner.

Here at Wilderness Scotland and Wilderness Ireland our focus is on creating unforgettable, end-to-end, 5-star holiday experiences. With over 16 years experience designing and delivering bespoke adventure holidays across the UK & Ireland for a broad range of international clients, we believe our approach to designing and delivering bespoke adventure holidays is second to none.

But don’t take our word for it, here are some of the key ingredients that set us apart.

On The Ground Expertise:

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Unlike many other specialist DMCs and ground handlers, we are very much based on the ground in Scotland and Ireland meaning that as a team, we literally live and breathe the product every day. This means that we are that much closer to the final client experience knowing what works and what doesn’t! Indeed as an award-winning adventure tour operator ourselves, we also deliver much of the holiday experience in-house through our professional guiding team, on-the-ground knowledge and internal resources, so we have a much higher degree of control over the final client experience.

We also pride ourselves on a friendly, transparent approach to doing business and with a knowledgeable and responsive office team of 35 full-time staff spread across Scotland and Ireland, we are small enough to offer that personal touch but big enough to make things happen!

Meet one of our top adventure consultants for yourself here.

Seeking Out The Ungoogleable:

Being on the ground and in-the-know also means we can offer clients unparalleled insight into the destinations, as well as to many of the regions’ top insider experiences. These experiences range from memorable encounters with characterful locals to moments of rich cultural and historic immersion which are expertly woven into all our bespoke multi-day adventure holidays.

To give you a taste of what these experiences look like, check out our new Insider Experiences Guides for Scotland and Ireland.

Outstanding Professional Guides:

End-to-end fully-guided bespoke adventure holidays are our forte and without a doubt the cornerstone of these experiences is our amazing team of professional outdoor guides.  Indeed we frequently hear from our clients that the difference between their holiday being good and their holiday being phenomenal was their guide and with 90% of our clients giving our guides the highest possible score in trip feedback, we’re confident your clients are in safe hands.

Each of our guides is handpicked and as well as holding qualifications to allow them to lead hikes, bike rides, sea kayaking etc (essential for guiding in the UK & Ireland!), they also go through in-house continual professional development training which covers everything from customer care to astronomy, from Gaelic mythology to story telling skills, and from the local flora and fauna to whisky, gin and wine tasting!

Last but not least, all our guides hold a valid UK or Irish drivers licence and are qualified to drive our own fleet of comfortable 8 seater mini vans as well as a wide range of luxury and executive hire cars we frequently incorporate on tailor made holidays.

Click here to meet one of our female senior guides for yourself.

Handpicked Authentic Accommodation:

Navigating Scotland and Ireland’s accommodation landscape can be a complex and at times thankless task. Fortunately with our dedicated in-house team of accommodation specialists and our handpicked network of trusted accommodation partners, we make this process easy for clients and simply part of the overall package when it comes to holiday design and delivery.

So whether it’s a remote exclusive-use wilderness lodge in the far reaches of northern Scotland, a private lighthouse hotel on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, a dramatic and luxurious castle hotel in the stunning Irish countryside or a charming 4-star guest house in Highland Perthshire, we pride ourselves on staying abreast of the latest accommodation providers countrywide. We work with each accommodation to offer our clients both great value for money and an outstanding authentic holiday experience.

Click here to discover a selection of our favourite properties across Scotland & Ireland.

Nature Based Travel:

Scotland and Ireland are destinations rich in outstanding natural beauty, so lend themselves to some incredible outdoor experiences. It is for this reason that ever since the company’s beginnings in 2001, our mantra has always been to connect clients with the great outdoors in a meaningful and inspiring way. It is therefore this natural element that sets our itineraries apart and which is expertly woven into all of our trips in one form or another. So whether it’s hiking Ireland’s holiest mountain with a passionate local guide, discovering Scotland’s rich marine wildlife by private zodiac or simply indulging in a coastal foraging and malt whisky discovery class, nature and the outdoors often forms an integral part of the overall client experience.

Click here for a selection of sample itineraries. 

Like what you read? Looking for a go-to partner in Scotland, Ireland or Northern England? Then we’d love to hear from you.

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Meet the Author: Russell Murray

“Born and raised in the Scottish Highlands I have always been passionate about all things outdoors actively pursuing white water kayaking, skiing and mountain biking in my spare time.”

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