Cameron McNeish

After Dinner & Event Speaker (in association with SpeakOut)

Few people have given a voice to the call of the wild as Cameron McNeish.

An all-round mountaineer, Cameron is a multi-award winning author, television presenter and motivational speaker whose work has encouraged and inspired thousands of folk to take to the hills and wild places.

Born in Govan, a former shipbuilding area of Glasgow Cameron first discovered the great outdoors when, inspired by Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer he and his friends built rafts on Glasgow's River Cart and pretended it was the mighty Mississippi.

Later, at the age of fourteen, he would hike for weekends in the nearby Campsie Fells learning the skills of hillcraft by trial and error.

He became a member of the Lomond Mountaineering Club and began rock climbing and mountaineering. During the same period Cameron was also a successful track and field athlete and was Scottish Junior Long Jump Champion in 1968. He represented Scotland on two occasions in international athletics but in his early twenties he had already realised that his future lay in the hills and wild places of the world.

A former editor of Climber Magazine and The Great Outdoors Magazine, Cameron has written over 20 books and is now recognised as one of the UK's leading commentators on outdoor affairs. He has led expeditions and treks to the USA, Canada, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Jordan, Morocco, Guatemala, Turkey, the Caucasus of Russia and throughout Europe, but he is happiest on his home hills of Scotland where he has climbed the Munros three times.

Commenting on his latest book, television personality Muriel Gray said: "Few people know and love Scotland better than Cameron. That after so many years of extolling its virtues with such elegance and articulacy, this smashing book proves his writing is still as fresh, observant and witty as ever. This is not just marvellous, but frankly a bit annoying."

Cameron's television successes include The Edge: 100 Years of Scottish Mountaineering; two six-part series of Wilderness Walks; The Adventure Show; Wild Walks and Roads Less Travelled. He now enjoys making his own films for his successful You Tube Channel.

In 2010 Cameron was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by PPA (Periodical Publishers Association) Scotland for his services to magazine publishing and in 2015 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Adventure Awards.

In 2016 Cameron was presented with the Oliver Brown Award by the Scots Independent newspaper for his work in showcasing Scotland and in 2018 he was the recipient of the annual Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

He continues to walk, climb, ride a mountain bike and travel in his "wee red camper van" with his wife of almost 50 years, Gina. The couple live in the shadow of the Cairngorms in the Scottish Highlands.

To book Cameron McNeish, contact Emkay Entertainments Agency via mark@emkayentertainments.net. Alternatively, speak to a booking agent directly on 01506 855 555.

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