Myles Farnbank

myles farnbank

Myles Farnbank

Programme Leader BA (Hons) Marine & Coastal Tourism, Fort William

Lecturer, BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism Management, Fort William

Lecturer, MSc Ecotourism, Networked




I am an experienced wilderness guide with many years of sea kayaking, canoeing, sailing and mountaineering in many of the world’s wildest places.

As a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society and a Master Educator of Leave No Trace, I am committed to ecotourism contributing positively to communities and wildlife in the places I work.

I am a qualified Marine Wildlife Guide and Trainer for the WiSe Marine Wildlife Watching Scheme.

I have more than a passing interest in the traditional uses of plants and other natural resources and run training on wild food and ethnobotany.

I am an Associate Instructor at both of Sport Scotland’s  National Centres, Glenmore Lodge and Cumbrae and run a range of paddlesport training and assessment courses in Sea Kayak and Open Canoe.

I am passionate about sea kayak & canoe expeditions and have paddled in many varied locations from Antarctica, Greenland, Baffin Island, Norway, Sweden, Madagascar, New Zealand, West and East coast USA as well as extensively in my home waters of Scotland.

I joined the School of Adventure Studies on a part time basis in 2013 to lecture on the BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism Management.  From Sep 2015 I will be lecturing on the new MSc in Ecotourism and will be Programme Leader on the new BA (Hons) Marine & Coastal Tourism.

My other job is as Director of Training for Wilderness Scotland where I am responsible for all aspects of guide training and development. I also guide clients on multi-day walking, sailing, sea kayaking, open canoeing and wildlife trips in the UK and overseas.

I am also the Professional Development Co-ordinator in Scotland for the Institute for Outdoor Learning, and oversee the professional development process for:

Registered Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (RPIOL)

Accredited Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (APIOL)


Teaching Responsibilities

BA(Hons) Adventure Tourism Management

Module Leader:

UN810671 Critical Perspectives of Adventure (4th Year)


MSc Ecotourism

Module Leader:

UN811994 Ecotourism


BA (Hons) Marine & Coastal Tourism

Programme Leader



My current research & consultancy work is focused on the development of training for adventure travel guides in the non-technical areas of their skills and knowledge.  I am currently working with Wild Scotland and Highlands & Islands Enterprise on developing training courses in this area.  I am also part of a working group with the Adventure Travel Trade Association looking at training and standards for adventure travel guides internationally.


Academic Qualifications

BEd (Hons) Outdoor Education, Liverpool John Moores University, June 1993

PGcert.  Human Ecology, University of Strathclyde, June 2010


National Governing Body Awards


Leave No Trace Master Educator


Lead Practitioner for the Institute for Outdoor Learning (LPIOL)


Mountain Leader


Single Pitch Award


White Water Safety and Rescue Trainer


Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning Trainer


3 star canoe & sea kayak provider


4 star canoe & sea kayak provider


Level  4 Coach, Sea Kayak


Level  4 Coach, Canoe

Rescue 3

Swift Water Rescue Technician




Level 2 Powerboat


Level 1 & 2 Cave and Mine Leader training


Trail Cycle Leader training


Mountain Instructor Award training


Level  5 Coach, Canoe training



Royal Geographic Society (Fellow)

Scottish Canoe Association (full member)

Institute for Outdoor Learning (LPIOL)


What is your main outdoor interest?

I am most happy when on or by water.  I am passionate about the journey and love nothing more than starting a multi-day paddle journey.  I spend as much as two months a year in a tent so tend to sleep with the window open when at home!

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