Your guide is Raymond McIntosh, Lance Corporal in the Atholl Highlanders - the Duke of Atholl’s unique private army. He has had the privilege of being part of the Guard of Honour for the Queen at the Braemar Highland Games and was recently presented to her Majesty while representing the Highlanders at Windsor Castle for the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations. He was also part of the Regiment that opened the Edinburgh Military Tattoo last year.
Raymond was born in Killiecrankie and brought up in Pitlochry at the heart of the beautiful Perthshire hills. Raymond has often addressed the Haggis at Burns’ Suppers and has hosted many ceilidhs over the years. He is a Director of the Pitlochry Highland Games company and amongst his hobbies include skiing, kayaking, hillwalking, winter climbing and Highland Dancing as well as playing premier league volleyball for a Perthshire team. Raymond is highly regarded in the local community being involved in a number of local projects and groups.
He has a vast knowledge and understanding of the area, its people and the unique culture of Perthshire. Raymond can take you on historical, cultural and scenic tours where you will gain an insight into how it feels to live in rural Perthshire in the past and the present among the stunning tree lined mountains, straths and glens.
Born in Perth, Angus has been involved in piping in Highland Perthshire for over 40 years. He joined the Vale of Atholl, Pitlochry’s pipe band, in 1975 and has just completed 20 years in the Pipes and Drums of the Atholl Highlanders where he is Pipe Sergeant. As Pipe Sergeant, and later Pipe Major, of Tayforth UOTC he had the opportunity of performing at many Edinburgh Military Tattoo’s. He speaks German and French and has a wealth of knowledge about Scotland’s history and culture.
The pair have known each other for too many years for them to remember, as both colleagues and firm friends. This summer, as Highlanders, they both represented the Duke at an extended visit to the WW1 graves in France and Belgium to commemorate the centenary of the end of the war.
Over the years they having undertaken many an adventure in the summer and winter hills of Scotland and further afield, overnighting in tents, bothies or snow holes – where the craic and the cheeriness are never wanting!
When Raymond and Angus are together, a tune and a dance are never out of the question . . .