I am the owner of Up and Doon Guided Walks. When i started in 2012 my aim was to provide a personal and quality guiding service in the Highlands of Scotland.Our efforts were recognised in 2016 and 2017 when Up and Doon won Certificate of Excellence on Trip Advisor. I and the guides i have worked with have helped many people explore different corners by sharing a passion for exploring and walking.Catering for everything from easy family walks and Munro bagging to backpacking and even a coast to coast the possibilities have been endless and continue to be so.
I have spent my lifetime exploring the Highlands on foot in its different moods.I started off walking in the Deeside hills and Cairngorms as a young boy and teenager with my father. Young adulthood took me further and further into the remote corners of these vast mountains.Poking my nose in corries many miles from any road and exploring deeper and further each trip, I developed a love for backpacking and walking in the Cairngorms. My horizons eventually grew and it took me to other parts of the Highlands where the landscapes were alien and jagged from gentle rural Aberdeenshire and the vast horizons and skies of the Cairngorms.
Due to this passion I have completed a number of the long distance routes including the Cape Wrath Trail.
I have also spent quite a time climbing the mountain's known as the Munros and completed my first round in 2010.I am not planning a second round but you never know!
The best thing about living in Lochaber is the different landscapes you can reach quite easily from Fort William. From ocean views to the emptiness of Rannoch Moor. There is plenty for me to do!I enjoy exploring random wee hills where the views are great and the solitude more complete.Size isn't everything when it comes to mountains! It is also fun living so close to the coast to go explore deserted beaches and ruins. I also have a lot of fun bothying and camping when work is not too busy. Scrambling is also one of the greatest things about living in Lochaber as there are a profusion of excellent routes fairly close by.
In September 2017 I made the decision to cut the number of guides Up and Doon were using. I felt that the more walks I had running the more the impact I was having as an individual and as a business on sensitive environments which i love.
As of 2018 I will only be offering a Private and Bespoke guiding service for trips i can guide personally. So availability will be limited.
On Ben Nevis via the Mountain Track public group walk i will not be offering any other dates than the ones stated on my website.This is because of my feelings towards the environmental impact of my business on the mountain. So book your spot early to avoid missing out.
Don't see something you want to do or in an area you want to explore? I love to travel round the Highlands from my base in Spean Bridge. I have an extensive knowledge of most places and am more than happy to help you explore the Highlands.So please do feel free to get in touch to plan your walking adventure.
If you would like to make a donation to help look after Ben Nevis you can do so via the Friends of Nevis
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org