Guided Walks and Courses

Let’s Get Outside

I offer a range of guided activities and short courses in essential outdoor skills. Based in the Cairngorms National Park, we’ll be able to enjoy some of the finest scenery in the Highlands while we explore and learn.

Skills Courses

Outdoor Skills are skills for life.

Outdoor Navigation

Knowing where you are is crucial for safety, and crucial for your confidence outdoors. This course is perfect for anyone who wants to learn or brush up on their map and compass skills.

Skills for Wild Camping

Wild Camping is a great way to enjoy Scotland’s outdoors. This course looks at the essential skills to make your camping experience safe, comfortable and sustainable.

Outdoor Navigation (1 Day)£150
Outdoor Navigation (2 Day)£250
Skills for Wild Camping (1 Day)£150
Skills for Wild Camping + Overnight Camp£200
Camping Equipment Rental (per person)£25

Make a Booking Enquiry:

Your Guide

My key traits as a guide:

  • Passion and Knowledge
  • Safety Conscious
  • Broad Experience
  • Warmhearted and Welcoming

My interests:

  • Scottish plants and lichens
  • History and Folklore
  • Geology and Geography
  • Photography and Creativity


  • Mountain Leader Award (Summer)
  • Outdoor First Aid Qualified
  • Leave No Trace certified trainer


Courses take place in the Aviemore area of the Cairngorms National Park. This area gives us a huge variety of landscapes and habitat to utilise in our learning.

Group Size

I work on a private basis so it will be only you or your group on the course. Small groups with 2/3, max 4 people work best to ensure personal attention to your learning. Please contact me to discuss if you have a larger group in mind.

Top Adventurer Feedback

“There can be no better guide than David Russell. Hope he is well. Great future ahead for him.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Richard Gaston – Tailor Made Adventure, guiding for Wilderness Scotland

From the Blog:

The Most Beautiful Loch in Scotland? – A Hike across Cairngorm to Stunning Loch Avon Starting Out A few days after my photography mission to Braeriach it seemed that the warm settled weather had no intention of leaving the Highlands. The Cairngorms were bathing …
Autumn Photography Workshops in the Scottish Highlands
Autumn Photography Workshops I'm pleased to announce that I will be running a series of one-day landscape photography workshops this Autumn. Each workshop will be taking place in a different …
How to Read a Histogram and Why It’s Vital to Good Photography
In digital photography there are these things called histograms. They look a little bit like this: As you can see, it's a kind of graph with lots of peaks and …
Why Is the Sky White In My Photos?
We've all experienced the disappointment of photographing a gorgeous scene, only for the photo to come out looking horrible. One of the most common problems encountered is the White Sky. …
What are the best camera settings for landscape photography?
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with modern cameras, I'll admit. For one thing, they are far more complex than they need to be to shoot landscapes. It …
Camera Exposure – A Primer in Photography’s Most Important Fundamental
Understanding exposure is the most fundamental knowledge in the world of photography. This short primer will explain all the terms and what they mean. By the end of this article, …