About us

Walking Holidays and  Wildlife Holidays and Sea Kayaking in north west Scotland for those looking to explore and discover the Scottish countryside. Our holidays are well respected and run at the pace you want. The company is based on the ideal that those who travel through the countryside or look at wildlife want to learn about the what, where, when, how and why of the scenery and creatures they observe.

Founder – Cory Jones

Cory has a varied background in outdoor leadership and training. As a boy he was always bird watching on his local patch or around the north east where he was brought up.
Cory recently undertook the Wilderness Guide Training Programme to become a Wild Scotland Wilderness Guide. He is a qualified teacher, mountain leader and orienteering instructor. In the past he has been Centre Manager at Malham Tarn Field Centre, managed the Lake District National Park Education Service, been Head of Biodiversity and Life-long learning for Sheffield Wildlife Trust, managed rainforest conservation projects in the Philippines and worked overseas as a development adviser before setting up Walking and Wildlife Adventures. Cory is also the Director of Outdoor First Aid Limited.

Wild Scotland WGTP logoCory has a host of outdoor qualifications including International Mountain Leader Award, Single Pitch Award and MBLA Trail Cycle Leader Award. He is a member of the Mountain Leader Training Association. Cory also hold the SCA 4* Sea Kayak Leader Award.

Since 2001 Cory has guided across the globe for a number of UK based expedition companies including KE Adventure, Mountain Kingdoms and Wilderness Expertise.

Cory has a passion for travel in, and on, the big mountain ranges of the world. He has experience of expedition leading in Pakistan, Ladakh, Nepal, Patagonia, the Middle East and Africa. Over the winter 2009/10 Cory led a three man team which successfully crossed the Southern Patagonian Ice Cap, a place reputed to have the worst weather in the world!

Cory has been on or led expeditions in Bolivia, India, Pakistan, China, Tibet, Malawi, Kenya, Namibia, Jordan and Guyana, Uganda.


Director – Mandy Elizabeth Rush                                                                                        BSc (Hons), Dipp. AppSS, SNNB, CELTA

Mandy is an experienced  administration manager and educator of both adults and children with over 20 years experience across a broad spectrum of private and public sector companies  and international and charitable organisations. She has lived, worked and volunteered throughout the world including Kenya, Germany and Central America.

Mandy too has a passion for languages, travel, wildlife, walking and zest for life.

Mandy loves long distance walks, having enjoyed the West Highland Way, the Great Glen Way, the St Cuthbert’s Way and the Hadrian’s Wall Walk  and is working towards completing all the long distance trails that Walking and Wildlife Adventures has to offer.

Mandy speaks German y un pocito Español también.