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

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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:

Walking at the Forest’s Edge
Despite having spent over a decade exploring the Caledonian Forests of the Rothiemurchus estate, there are some areas of these woods where I have very rarely set foot. The higher …
Thoughts on The Darkest Day
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Today Was a Gift
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Come Further Up, Come Further In
"Over the garden fence, behind the railway and the cherry trees, the Cairngorms are waiting. They should be more than a mere background to life."
Deer Eyes
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.” John …
The Oaks of Sunart As soon as the man on the phone stopped shouting at me and hung up, I made up my mind about going away. A few minutes later I had …