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David Picken

David Picken

Dedicated | Enthusiastic | Fun

Mini Bio

I have been lucky enough to have travelled and adventured throughout the world on foot, on skis, by bike, and by boat! However, the UK holds my passion more than ever.

I worked for the John Muir Trust, the UK’s leading wild land charity, for many years. I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience of many of the wild places we visit.

Favourite Place to Play

The Borders, where I live, always offer something new to see, ah but really just too many to choose from in the UK.

Not a lot of People Know This

I have over 250,000 pets; one teaspoon of honey takes 50,000 bee flights.

What Fellow Travellers Say About David

Dave was very knowledgeable and adjusted the trip to the wishes and abilities of the group.

Nancy Whiteside
Wildlife Adventures - Mull, Staffa & Iona
Reviewed on 13/05/2024

We were very impressed with the high quality of their expertise. Friendly and informative.

Karon Mertens
Wildlife Adventures - The Scottish Highlands
Reviewed on 13/05/2024

They found a kayak I could fit into.

Leo Mertens
Wildlife Adventures - The Scottish Highlands
Reviewed on 13/05/2024

David was excellent. He homed in on the 5 of us and I felt quickly assessed our capabilities and needs. It was always very relaxed. He was able to answer pretty well every one of Nick’s questions!!!!!

Nick Russell
Wildlife Adventures - Mull, Staffa & Iona
Reviewed on 06/05/2024

Dave was knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and fun. We would gladly go on another trip with him.

John Whiteside
Wildlife Adventures - Mull, Staffa & Iona
Reviewed on 06/05/2024

See earlier comments

Joan Lyon
Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay
Reviewed on 19/09/2023

very knowledgeable and great company.

Paul Dufresne
Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay
Reviewed on 11/09/2023

Dave was exceptional. He managed the group by spending time w each of us, answered many questions which no doubt had been asked before, made modifications to the schedule to accommodate requests and he just fun.

kathleen Vaughan
Wilderness Walking - Argyll & the Isles
Reviewed on 21/08/2023

One of the best things about WS trips is the quality of the guides and Dave was no exception to this. Despite having never me him previously, it immediately felt like I was meeting up with an old friend for a good holiday. A really top bloke.

Edmund Murray
Wilderness Walking - Argyll & the Isles
Reviewed on 21/08/2023

Dave was great -- knowledgable, friendly, and an excellent tour leader!

Scott Milgroom
Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
Reviewed on 11/06/2023

Dave is very knowledgeable and gave us just the right amount of encouragement and kindness. The tea and coffee after our walks, with our mugs, was so much looked forward to by all of us. Excellent choice of coffee!

Gloria Wong
Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
Reviewed on 06/06/2023

Dave was a superb guide. Lots of fun and encouragement. He chose routes to match the weather and we all were grateful of the tea, coffee and cake at the end of a hike.

Marianne Ismail
Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides
Reviewed on 01/06/2023

Dave is a great guide, very knowledgeable about far-flung wildlife viewing spots, and has a great eye for spotting wildlife. He got us everywhere on schedule--no small feat given all of the logistics on this trip--and even found time for some bonus stops (black-headed gulls, anyone?). He handled it all with calm and good humor. The afternoon tea breaks at the back of the van were such a nice touch!

Libby Gilbert
Wildlife Adventures - The Scottish Highlands
Reviewed on 18/05/2023

Our recent trip to Scotland was an unforgettable experience. Our guide, Dave, was not only an excellent driver, but also friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna. As a passionate birder, I appreciated his help in identifying and locating specific birds, such as the Dipper.

Dave was also very accommodating when it came to meeting our individual needs. He made it a point to stop at a post office for my wife and helped me find medication for my heartburn. Overall, our journey through Scotland was seamless and enjoyable, thanks to our attentive and resourceful guide.

Trent Stanley
Wildlife Adventures - The Scottish Highlands
Reviewed on 16/05/2023

Dave was fantastic & gauged the levels of the group brilliantly. There were more birders than hikers, but he made sure to cater for everyone by asking us at the beginning of the week what we were hoping to achieve. Even on the transfer day to Grantown, he made sure to stop along the way to stretch our legs & either stop at a hide, peacock farm, Highland coos or any soaring raptures. While we packed a lot in, the pace always felt at ease

Sandra Morris
Wildlife Adventures - The Scottish Highlands
Reviewed on 15/05/2023

Excellent leadership! Dave had everything quietly and efficiently organised on a daily basis. I think we all felt comfortable to walking at our own pace during the day.

Katharine Tighe
Wilderness Walking - National Parks of the UK
Reviewed on 09/10/2018

Dave was a great guy and he did anything to make our trip the best it could be. He was totally organized and made us laugh on a regular basis. LOVED HIM!

Cathie Heenan
Wilderness Walking - National Parks of the UK
Reviewed on 28/09/2018

Knowledgeable, welcoming, with a great sense of humor. What more do you need?

Kristina Schramm
Wilderness Walking - National Parks of the UK
Reviewed on 26/09/2018

As stated earlier, I was really happy to go at my own pace. Our guide was very friendly and patient with us, always on time, and always prepared.

Margaret Hanson
Wilderness Walking - National Parks of the UK
Reviewed on 21/09/2018

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