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:

Meditative Photography
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My First Wild Camp of the Year
The recent spell of fine weather here in the Highlands was a great opportunity to enjoy a relatively easy night out in a tent. After several good hill days on …
Sunset on Cairngorm
I needed a moment to pause as I took in the ridge that I was about to climb. 'Oh boy. Here we go.' Sometimes I think it would be nice …
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
I've been trying to get my head in gear to write a new post for weeks now. This is the 5th draft I've started in ten minutes, but this is …
Today Was a Gift
A few days ago the first snows of winter arrived on the mountains. There was a hard edged clarity of light in the forest that I only know from winter …