Gavin MacKenzie




Originally from Fort William, I have been involved in sports coaching, sports development and outdoor leadership for 15 years, working with colleges, schools and professional sports clubs across the Highlands. My approach to outdoor leadership is driven by my personal passion for journeying in the outdoors; whether by foot, bike or kayak.

Central to my teaching is encouraging students to develop a deepening relationship with the natural world through an understanding of the ecology, geology and social history of the landscape. My current research interests are in place-based education and slow adventure.

Teaching Responsibilities

Adventure Operations and Risk Management

Social Theory for Adventure Education

Activity Performance and Skill Acquisition

Research Skills

Academic Qualifications

BA (Hons) Sports Development, University of the West of Scotland

PgDip Outdoor Education, The University of Edinburgh

National Governing Body and other Awards/Positions held

Summer Mountain Leader

Winter Mountain Leader

Mountain Bike Leader Level 2

What is your main outdoor interest?

Climbing and running have taken me around the world to many stunning locations, including USA, Canada, Norway and the Alps. The Highlands of Scotland remain my inspiration, with many corners still to explore.