Richard Middlemiss

portrait of a man on the right side and woman in a yellow kayak on the left side

Richard moved to the island with his family aged 11, and grew up on a croft in the Lochs area of Lewis. He spent his teenage years doing all of the outdoor pursuits he could; lucky to live within such a beautiful playground for these activities. 

After school, Richard spent 15 years at Glasgow University. Firstly studying astrophysics as a student and postgraduate, and ultimately working as a lecturer in physics/engineering leading his own research group. His team specialised in developing miniature sensors for predicting volcanic eruptions. 

Academia and city-living were great fun, but Richard and his young family felt the call of the wilds, returning to Lewis for a calmer lifestyle in 2022. He now tends the family croft (where he’s building a house for his family), runs a holiday let business, and is back to spending as much time as possible sailing, hiking, camping and kayaking; exploring both the landscape and history of these beautiful islands. He would love to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors to the Hebrides.


Tour Guide


English (native)


Tours offered

West Side



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