David Murray Greer
I was born and raised in Scotland and went on to serve around the world as a Scottish infantry officer, gaining considerable experience of operating in the outdoors over a decade long career. On leaving the military I realised a long held dream to move to the Scottish Highlands (and to grow a beard). I consider myself hugely fortunate to live and work in the Cairngorms National Park, and relish the opportunity to share my knowledge of it.
I am a qualified mountain leader and a full member of the Mountain Training Association, which includes a commitment to continuous professional development and ensures that I am kept informed of the latest developments in industry practice. I also hold the British Cycling Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award and the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance Level 2 Instructor qualification. I am a Leave No Trace trainer and National Navigation Award Scheme tutor, as well as holding outdoor first aid and mental health first aid qualifications, civil liability insurance and an enhanced disclosure and barring service check. I am also a Cairngorms National Park Volunteer Ranger.
Whilst never compromising on safety, I like to take a relaxed approach to time spent in the hills; appreciating the whole experience, rather than rushing to simply bag the summits. I love the simplicity offered by the routine of the mountains, and the space for thought which is generated.
“a great guy to spend a day with up in the hills”
David is a wonderful and inspired guide. He clearly knows the mountains, has a huge amount of experience and is able to talk passionately and knowledgeably about the local flora and fauna. And best of all: David is a great guy to spend a day with up in the hills; he is fun and relaxed while clearly keeping a professional eye on what is going on. I can highly recommend David as your guide if you visit Scotland!
“an exceptional guide”
Dave Greer is an exceptional guide. We've traveled around the world (65-70 countries) and have used guides in many places, and he's at the top of the list! He's extremely attentive to people's needs, has a noticeable intuitive streak, he has exceptionally high EQ and is able to build on whatever else people are talking about, and he seems interested in what you're saying, which is remarkable considering how many different people he has to deal with. He's also very knowledgeable and entertaining, and he delighted my husband with all his information about Scottish whisky!
“seemed to know the terrain and its flora and fauna like the back of his hand”
It was a rare gift being enveloped in such varied nature, at times birdsong, rushing water or soundless forest paths blanketed in pine needles. Our guide, Dave Greer seemed to conjure up wildlife our group might have clambered past unknowingly, from the tiniest newt crawling through a rain puddle, unexpected oystercatchers, an elusive pine marten or golden eagle, to magnificent herds of antlered deer huddled stoically on a far-flung ridge. Dave seemed to know the terrain and its flora and fauna like the back of his hand.
“an authentic Highland beard to boot!”
He came up with a good route compensating for what we'd already seen and done (having already been in Aviemore for a few days) and for the temperamental Highland weather. So we managed a slow ascent, escaping the high morning winds which would otherwise have blustered us. Definitely saw some stuff we wouldn't have otherwise, got a good grounding in knowledge from him and he has an authentic Highland beard to boot!