Annie grew up in Glasgow but spent every summer and school holiday with family in Braemar. She quickly fell in love with the enchanting forests and dramatic tumbling rivers of the cairngorms and would spend all day playing with her siblings in the local Creag Choinnich wood building dens or climbing up waterfalls and swimming in pools in the river Lui.
Annie's fascination with the natural world led her to study Zoology at the University of St Andrews and has worked with ecologists in South Africa, studied in Singapore and trained with scientists in the heart of the Bornean rainforest. Everywhere she went she brought her sketchbook with her, as art has always been parallel to her passion for nature. Annie then went on to assist in the opening of the luxurious Fife Arms Hotel in Braemar, and worked for 4 years in the luxury hospitality industry.
In 2022 Annie decided she wanted to
help people discover the amazing landscapes, diversity and beauty in her own country. So she founded Wild Braemar as a freelance nature guiding and eco-tourism company. Wild Braemar provides private, tailored experiences in nature including guided walks, wild swimming adventures, outdoor learning and nature art sessions. Annie is a qualified Open Water Swimming coach, outdoor first aider and is training as a Forest School Leader. She is also an experienced host and uses her background in hospitality to create luxury, bespoke wilderness packages for travel agents, groups and clients looking for a unique experience.