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Who are we?

About Argyll Walking Holidays is based in the southwest Highlands of Scotland. It is run by Frieda Bos, assisted by Karen Mitchell and in co-operation with a team of guides who are not only keen walkers, but also know Scotland really well in all its aspects. Our aim is to run high-quality, small-scale, essentially personal hiking vacations. We view our clients as friends who are entitled to a professional service. We spend time in the field to plan and prepare each holiday so that we are confident of offering you an out-of-the-way experience worthy of the tradition of John Muir’s “natural beauty hunger”. We organise our walking holidays with freshness and enthusiasm so that you can get the most out of visiting this beautiful land.

We have been operating since 1995. Many of our clients have returned for a second, third or even fourth and fifth time.

Wild ScotlandAbout Argyll Walking Holidays is a member of Wild Scotland, the Scottish wildlife and adventure tourism association, and we adhere to its Best Practice Standards.


Some of our guides


Stewart Richardson

Stewart lives in Edinburgh and has been walking in the Scottish hills for most of his life. He has travelled in Europe and has visited Antarctica and Africa. He is an active mountaineer and has an interest in wildlife and the history of the Scottish highlands. When he is not climbing mountains he loves photographing them. Stewart worked as a freelance outdoor instructor teaching navigation and climbing before joining About Argyll.

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Lesley Bryce

Lesley lives in Ayrshire and has been active in the Scottish hills for over 20 years - she has a sound knowledge of Scotland's mountainous regions and is passionate about walking in Scotland and the outdoors. She is particularly interested in the protection and preservation of wildlife and in managing our impact on the wild places we visit. She has travelled widely in Europe, and has trekked in Nepal, Peru and Africa. She speaks English, German and French.

Nigel Scriven

Nigel has lived in Argyll most of his life. He has a degree in ecology, which led to a teaching career in environmental and outdoor education in Argyll. He now works part-time for a number of Scottish outdoor and environmental organisations, leading field trips and doing environmental surveys throughout Argyll.

In between all these jobs he goes hill walking in Scotland, Europe and further afield. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with other people.

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Alastair Ewen

Having been brought up in Shetland and Orkney, Alastair has a passion for Scotland's islands. He's travelled and led guided tours all over Scotland and in other European countries for many years.

He has a thorough knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the Highlands and Islands.

Richard Kermode

Richard has been fascinated by mountains and the outdoors since he was young when camping trips in the Scottish Highlands were an annual event and exploring the local area introduced him to the magic of the outdoors!

His interest in the mountains and nature lead him to study Physical Geography & Geology before deciding to work in the outdoors as a mountain leader and hill walking guide. Richard lives in Newtonmore in the Cairngorms National Park.

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Vicki Mayes

Vicki is originally from Glasgow and has been adventuring in Scotland with her dad from a young age. She has spent many of  her adult years walking, climbing, snowboarding and on expeditions all over the world. She is a qualified climbing coach, yoga teacher and Mountain Leader. After returning to Scotland in 2015 she has found a passion for guiding and storytelling. She particularly enjoys writing and telling stories of Scottish myths and legends! 

All our guides are qualified mountain leaders and have emergency outdoor first aid certificates.

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Frieda Bos

Frieda is the owner of About Argyll Walking Holidays. She plans and organises the holidays and manages bookings. Frieda also takes people to and from Glasgow if necessary, meets groups in Glasgow at the beginning and end of the holiday and is tour manager during some private hiking tours with larger groups.

Frieda is Dutch and has lived in Scotland since 2002.

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