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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 and Kate Glasgow 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


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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.

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.

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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.

Malcolm Wade

Malcolm has been guiding for many years and has led a number overseas expeditions. In spite of having travelled all over the world, Scotland is his favourite destination for a walking holiday and he thoroughly enjoys the guiding and above all helping others appreciate the fabulous history, environment, wildlife and geography that Scotland has to offer.

Apart from walking, and cycling, Malcolm enjoys golf (although most of his friends insist that this is spoiling a good walk!), photography and travelling to new destinations. Malcolm lives in Appleby in the Lake District.

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Our guide Trish

Trish Boardman

Trish has a strong connection with her Scottish heritage as her mother and siblings are all from Edinburgh. She enjoys visiting Scotland often walking and climbing in all seasons. She fell in love with the outdoors from a young age pursuing her love of the mountains avidly and eventually became a mountain leader and hill walking guide. With her qualifications and in her personal time she has enjoyed many trips and expeditions in England, Scotland, and all over the world.

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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 Kate Glasgow, Operations Assistant About Argyll Walking Holidays

Kate Glasgow

Kate is our operations assistant, dealing with the many administrative jobs that come with organising holidays. After travelling extensively in Africa and Central America she met her Australian husband, Russell in Saudi Arabia, then lived in Perth, Australia before they relocated to her parent's holiday cottage on the shores of Loch Fyne. It is a registered croft and has a field where they keep chickens and ducks and run a small market garden. Kate also works as a nurse 2 days a week.