To provide all our customers with an amazing, hassle free, trekking adventure.
Thistle Trekking started from very humble beginnings back in 2011. After being inspired by the combination of the beautiful scenery that the UK has to offer and the interesting people you meet while exploring it, we wanted to introduce more people to the idea of trekking the UK’s long distance trails. So in 2011 we organised our very first guided long distance trek on The West Highland Way and Thistle Trekking’s own journey begun! Since 2011 we have gone a very long way and not just on foot! Each year the company has expanded so that now we offer a large range of open treks so that anyone can join a guided group and enjoy the trails of the UK. We also work with corporate groups to provide team building treks, charities to provide fund raising treks and many private groups to create bespoke treks to suit everyone needs. We haven’t stopped at treks, we also provide navigation courses, scrambling weekends, mountain days and soon walking weekends. Our journey is far from over and we look forward to welcoming new customers each year as well as welcome back our repeat customers year after year.
Meet the Team
All our guides, both the walking guides and support guides are all qualifed British Mountain Leaders and lovely people! Read more about some of our team below:
Scarlet is the director of Thistle Trekking and was also one of the founders of the company. She begun working in the outdoor industry back in 2006, initially working at a corporate team building and high ropes centre in North Yorkshire. After realising that it was a job she wanted to make into a career for life, Scarlet begun a multi activity outdoor instructor apprenticeship in Scotland. She then became a qualified instructor gaining her Mountain Leader Qualification as well as qualifications in Kayaking, Climbing, Canoeing, Sailing and Archery. Her trekking experience has taken her all over the world including Nepal, Morocco, Ecuador and Ethiopia and to altitudes of around 6000m.
With years of experience guiding in the outdoors, Chris is a skilled and qualified mountain leader. Growing up with regular trips to mountains across the UK, including those of the West Highlands, Sutherland and the Lake District, his passion grew into a desire to make the outdoors also his place of work. His travels have taken him to Europe, Canada, and South America, including multi-day high-altitude treks in the Chilean Andes. Chris is also a qualified Sea and White Water Kayak Guide, and enjoys skiing, rock-climbing, and running.
Alex loves being in the mountains and has been a guide for the past 5 years, leading groups in all parts of the UK and overseas. He has been on expeditions to the Arctic, the Arabian desert and the Bornean rainforest, but nothing beats the mountains of Britain. He enjoys running and writing, has had a few articles published and is currently working on a walking guide book.
Ollie is a qualified Mountain Instructor having worked and lived in all the major mountain ranges of the UK. A passionate climber he can normally be found hanging off a cliff somewhere and has put up new routes in Morocco and Chile as well as climbing throughout Europe. In 2017 he’s heading to Greenland to hopefully climb to some new summits and do climate change research. Closer to home, Skye and the North West Highlands are some of his favourite places where he tries to spend as much time as possible.
Jonnie has loved and sought new adventures since his first ascent of the sugar loaf at the age of 10. He has summited mountains from Africa to Russia, and this list continues to grow! He has spent winters residing in the French Alps, summers surfing on the Devonshire coast, and continues to push his own limits in rock climbing and mountaineering. Alongside this, Jonnie is a Physiotherapist and sports injury therapist, where he is able to train and support individuals to achieve their goals and potential.
Rosie graduated from an outdoor degree in 2014, whilst studying she completed her Mountain Leader Award along with other outdoors qualifications. She has worked for years in the outdoor industry, in scout centres, education centres, and on Overseas Youth Expeditions. This passion for educating others about the world and the natural environment has taken her to India, Nicaragua and all over Europe
Ed is a qualified Mountain Leader who has been working as an outdoor instructor both guiding adult groups and working with young people in schools or on overseas expeditions. An accomplished traveller, Ed discovered a love for trekking in the canyons and mountains of South America and has since applied this to the hills and trails of the UK. He is a passionate environmentalist and can often be found mending footpaths, dry-stone walling or running educational sessions on conservation issues.
Harry has been exploring the UK’s mountains for more than 20 years, as well as walking climbing and mountaineering around the world from New Zealand to the Alps, Morocco to Greenland. Introducing others to the beauty of the UK’s hills is his greatest pleasure. A keen rock climber, cycle tourer and ski mountaineer. He is always planning an adventure, be it an evening fell run or a month long trek in the Himalaya.
Chris has been exploring the mountains of Britain since his first trip up Snowdon at 11 years old. Since then his passion for playing and leading in the mountains has taken him on several overseas expeditions to Scandinavia, South America and The Alps. As well as walking and trekking he can also be found canoeing or kayaking down the rivers of the British Isles.
Joe was one of the most treasured and valued members of our team, guiding many treks for us on the West Highland Way and up Ben Nevis, he was also a member of The Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team. Tragically he suffered a fatal climbing accident on 16th January 2016 while winter climbing with his good friend, Simon Davidson.
His family are raising funds for the Mountain Rescue Team that Joe was a key member of, the same team who had to deal with this heart-breaking incident when Joe and Simon were discovered in Glencoe. For those able to donate in Joe’s memory you can find the link by clicking here, Joe will never be forgotten as an exceptional guide and as our friend.