Expedition Team

Our team is the key to your incredible adventure


Explore the Highlands and Islands of Scotland with the benefit of scholars and a naturalist who weave a compelling narrative of Scottish life and times, turning what would merely be breathtaking sights into a living history. And, enjoy their company; you’ll find them highly engaging and fun to share a drink or dinner with, as well as a hike or a bicycle outing.


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  • Carol Knott

    Expedition Leader

    Carol studied archaeology, history and philosophy at the University of Glasgow, her native city. She spent many years as an archaeologist in the southeast of England, specializing in medieval ceramics and the conservation of historic houses and gardens. Since 1988 she has worked as an archaeologist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, living in a crofting village on the Isle of Lewis, and was formerly archaeologist for the National Trust for Scotland for their World Heritage site of St Kilda. Her great pleasure is to explore the cultures of Scotland, Europe and the north Atlantic, and to bring them to life for a modern audience. 

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  • Ella Potts

    Naturalist

    Growing up, Ella spent much of her time swimming and kayaking in the cold waters off the rugged coast of West Wales. It was there that she first found her love of the ocean. From those early beginnings she went on to study Biology at undergraduate degree and Environmental Biology, Conservation and Resource Management to Masters degree level, at Swansea University. During her studies, Ella took an ecosystem approach towards assessing the health of our marine systems, with her specialism being in our oceans apex predators, the cetaceans. Following her studies, Ella decided to put her scientific background to good use and move into marine conservation.

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  • Steve Blamires

    Extension Leader

    Steve Blamires is from Arran on the west of Scotland, where the Celtic and Gaelic cultures are still strong.  Steve has traveled extensively on all seven continents, has circumnavigated the globe, and visited over 50 countries.  He now lives in New York State with his wife Jennifer.

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