Your Guide
Murray Wilson

Bitten by the outdoors bug as a young Scout, Murray has spent over 30 years hill walking, Munro bagging, hiking, trekking, backpacking and mountaineering all over the United Kingdom. A qualified Mountain Leader, Mountain Safety Advisor to the BBC, NNAS accredited navigation instructor, First Aid instructor with an outdoor emergency First Aid certificate and holder of a Level 3 Award in Education and Training.  Murray is at his best leading long distance, self sufficient backpacking trips through remote wilderness areas of Scotland.

Ronald Morris

Ron is a leading authority on the history and wildlife of the islands in the Firth of Forth and possesses in-depth knowledge of the military and naval defences of the estuary, especially the fixed coast batteries dating from the French Wars until the post World War II era. Formerly he was actively involved in enforcing the legislation which protects our wildlife and the environment.

Recently, along with Dr Gordon Barclay, Ron co-authored an extensive article covering the fixed defences of the Forth during for the French Wars period, which was published in TAFAC (Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee) online Journal No. 23 (November 2017). http://www.tafac.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/p109-133-MorrisBarclay.pdf

Ron and Gordon are currently working on an sizeable tome dealing with the far greater fixed coast and anti-submarine defences of the Forth for the period 1880-1977, which will be the most in-depth and authoritative account of the subject to date, and which it is hoped will be published during the summer of 2018. It is titled ‘The most powerful naval fortress in the British Empire’: the fortification of the Firth of Forth, 1880–1977.’ In the past Ron has either written or co-authored a number of publications including, ‘The Wildlife of Inchkeith,’ ‘The Wildlife of Inchcolm,’ ‘Aboard H.M.S. May Island,’ ‘The Bass Rock,’ ‘The East Lothian Emeralds,’ ‘Kincraig and Shell Bay’ and ‘Defending St, Kilda.’

Ron also has considerable walking experience, having completed the Munros in 1992, an interest he has remained actively involved in over the years. He has given many lectures to a wide variety of groups and organisations relating to his interests and experience and offers guided walks/visits relating to his interests and can tailor these to suit clients’ needs.

Allan Harley

Allan has been walking in Scotlands hills for almost 40 years, gathering a vast amount of experience. He has completed numerous Ultramarathons, all of which were in mountainous environments. During these races, Allan gained invaluable knowledge about the physiological and psychological effects extreme exercise and exhaustion can have on the body. He understands what nutrition our bodies require whilst walking in the hills. Allan is a member of the Mountain Training Association and is a qualified Mountain Leader.

Allan holds a Level 3 Award in Education and Training and travels the country delivering First AId and Health and Safety training to various national companies and organisations through his company www.safetyskillstraining.com

Allan has a good knowledge of Scottish history and is passionate about the Flora and Fauna which he enjoys sharing with others.