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:

Sixty-Plus Landscapes from Autumn in the Highlands
Autumn is starting to come to a close here in the Cairngorms. Most of the trees have now been stripped of their leaves. The hills are dusted in snow every …
Rime Ice (A Mountain Poem)
Heading home I saw the hillsFrom the North the Cairngorms display their true size. From other angles pretending at being small. Vast, precipitous, and they beckon. Lairigs draw breath The …
Woods, Rain and Water – A Perfect Waterfall Photography Workshop
A Plan Suitable for the Weather This last Saturday was my final scheduled photography workshop of the autumn. The original plan for the day was to head to Creag Meagaidh …
Woods, Mountains and Rainbows – A Great Day Out for Photography
Last Saturday was the day of the long anticipated Torridon and Loch Maree workshop, which I had been especially looking forward to. Autumn is arguably the best time of year …
Navigational Awareness – Don’t Get Lost on the Hills
The recent case of a man lost in the Cairngorms for two nights is just the latest incident for the busy Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team. It won't be the last. …
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 …