About Us

About Us

About Us Highland Experiences

Our Story

About Us Highland Experiences. We are a specialist outdoor experience provider based in the Scottish Highlands. Aiming to offer the best Canoeing and Sea Kayaking in the Highlands for those looking to explore and discover the Scotland. Our trips are well respected and run at the pace you want. Our kayaking and mountain walking trips are based on the idea 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 you observe.

Company Number SC655183
VAT Number 385658248

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Our Goals

Leave No Trace

Young Persons Guarantee Employer

FSB Miro-business of the Year 2022 Highland Experiences

We aim to give you a wonderful, safe, kayak, canoe and mountain experiences.

Join us at one of our Centres Skye, Gairloch, Loch Ness for kayaking, or safely ascend Britain’s highest mountain on a guided trip up Ben Nevis.

All our guides operate at the highest standards of safety and will always aim to deliver the best, safe, fun and enjoyable outdoor adventure experience.


Highland Experiences takes it’s environmental responsibilities seriously and all our guides work to the seven ‘Leave No Trace‘ Principles.



Highland Experiences is a Young Person Guarantee employer. We work locally, with our local High School, to support the development of young people and help them into employment. This initiative is run through Developing the Young Workforce Highland.



Highland Experiences are a multi award winning outdoor adventure business. In 2022 we were awarded the FSB Micro-business of the year award. A recognition of the hard work of our staff and systems which put our customers first and give them a wonderful outdoor experience.

Founder – Cory Jones FRGS, MSc, PGCE, APIOL

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, sea kayak leader, 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 and the First Aid Training Co-operative.

Cory has recently become a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a British Canoeing Endorsed Guide. He is also a qualified International Mountain Guide and a Mountain Weather Information Service Ambassador.

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

In 2017 Cory and Mandy walked 750 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail , the 390 mile Oregon Coast Trail, kayaked in the San Juan Islands off the Vancouver coastline and completed the Powell River Canoe Trail. Read about their adventures here or view them on their YouTube channel.

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, Uganda and Guyana.

Paddle board lessons in Gairloch

Gairloch Senior Instructor

Colin Gracie

Colin Gracie has been working in the outdoor sports industry for almost a decade and has earned multiple qualifications in different sports.

His favourite outdoor sport activities are kayaking, rafting, hill walking, archery and cycling.

He has family living in Gairloch and is really looking forward to learning more about the history and culture of the area to share with his clients on session, as well as exploring the many natural wonders in the area.


Mandy E Rush, Office Manager

Office Manager

Mandy E Rush

Mandy works hard in the background to make everyone’s experience simple and efficient to book. She is often the voice on the other end of the phone.

Mandy is also an author and illustrator of childrens books (you can buy them in our shop).

Our Accreditations and Partners

Leave No Trace
Visit Scotland