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Ian M.

Fort William, Scotland, United Kingdom

Hello and thanks for visiting my ToursByLocals page.

I'm Ian and I have lived and worked in the beautiful West Highlands of Scotland for 30 years. For the last 12 years, I have been offering my services as a guide, specializing in finding local wildlife and offering photography tuition. However, my connection with the highlands goes much further back as both my parents were born and grew up on the Isle of Skye where most of my childhood holidays were spent.

Through my love of skiing, walking the mountains, cycling and kayaking I have come to know the mountains, lochs, glens and back roads of the highlands intimately and it would be my great pleasure to share my knowledge and understanding of this beautiful country with you.

On my tours you will come to have a better understanding of how this wild and beautiful landscape was formed in more turbulent times of fire and ice, why Fort William was the first town in the United Kingdom to have street lighting, hear stories of "selkies" (seal people) and kelpies (water horses) and learn about the feuding clans and the part they played in shaping the Scotland of today.

Of course, I can take you to all the visitor hotspots such as Ben Nevis, Loch Ness, the Fairy pools or Culloden battlefield. But surely the real value of a local guide is to help you discover those places that few others do? We can walk to a tranquil hidden beach passing through a deserted fishing village, travel twisty single track roads to look for otters and eagles and just listen to the silence or travel the UK's longest dead-end road to find magnificent stags grazing by the roadside.

You choose. I will take you there.

A Recent Review of this guide

My father and I agreed that our day trip in the Highlands with Ian was the highlight of our vacation to Scotland. Email communication was great and our itinerary was planned and tweaked with some tips from Ian. His suggestions for stopping points allowed us to maximize daylight hours and see everything we wanted to with the added bonus of Ian taking us to Glen Etive, our favorite spot. Ian was so pleasant, so knowledgable and it felt like we were with a good friend we hadn't seen in a long time
John Walker

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Wild Scotland Wilderness guide 2012

12 years of experience guiding in the West Highlands

15 years working as a semi-professional photographer


As I am not a licensed guide there may be some historical buildings where I cannot guide inside the buildings.

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