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(About Us) The Alpine Exploratory Team in Glen Coe

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Alpine Exploratory is a specialist provider of walking holidays in the Alps, Norway and the UK, both guided and self-guided.

We are a small and friendly team that aims to give service at a level above the norm. Central to this is a careful knowledge of our trekking routes flowing from our research trips. We take pride in a personal and enthusiastic approach to our clients.

Join our office team (Edinburgh)

February 2021
We were delighted to offer and fill this new post with Alpine Exploratory, in January. There are no open positions at the moment, but should any arise they'll be posted here, on Explorers Connect, and at the Edinburgh University careers service.

Join the Alpine Exploratory team

Posted: 6 January 2020 (Filled)
Vacancy: To be confirmed based on the successful candidate
Starting: January or February 2020 (flexible)
Duration: Roughly 9 months up to end-October 2020, or roughly 1 year 9 months up to end-October 2021, as an initial contract and depending on the successful candidate
Location: Our office in central Edinburgh
Hours: Full-time (flexible: 4 days might be possible)

Alpine Exploratory is looking for an enthusiastic person to join our small and friendly team in our Edinburgh office.

How we work
Our central work is advising our clients and making the arrangements for their hiking holidays. There is potential to grow with our small company and to make your work a very exciting mix of tasks, including marketing and business development as well as walking our routes in the Alps, Scandinavia and the UK.

As a team we think about and discuss the travel industry and our part within it. We are building thoughtfully our system of knowledge and holiday planning. We work closely with each other in the office and we enjoy our cheery, fair and positive atmosphere. This is the ethos of the company; it applies equally to our trips. We seek to be as good as possible to our clients, our hotels and ourselves (team and leaders) alike.

Our office hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, or 6pm in Summer. Our business is seasonal; the months from April to September are our busiest. Our aim with holiday leave is to be flexible and generous, knowing that we all like to travel!

The person

  • A warm, confident, precise manner on email and phone with our clients and our accommodation contacts.
  • The ability to manipulate a large spreadsheet and keep it updated in an exact manner, given how crucial the exact details are in organising travel.
  • A great degree.
  • An aptitude for quick, relentless, creative work, often done independently, to find the right answer.
  • A general enjoyment of the outdoors and travel.
  • Knowledge in, or a desire to learn, programming, use of APIs, and data analytics. There are many areas in which you would have scope to help grow the business. Training courses and time to learn are part of our roles.
  • Helpful but not essential qualities are walking experience or a travel industry background, marketing or graphic design experience, and technical experience with web design or Google Sheets.
  • Also helpful would be knowledge of French, German, Italian, Slovenian or Scandinavian languages.
The role
  • Advising enquirers and clients on the options for their trek, taking their booking, assembling their info pack and keeping in touch throughout the build-up to their trip.
  • Keeping up our friendly relations with our hotels and huts. Managing our reservations over email and phone, working in Google Sheets. This becomes intensive in the build-up to our Summer season.
  • On-call work on some evenings and weekends. This is agreed among the team and is essential from May to September.
  • Thinking in depth about projects to improve our operations, as part of our ongoing discussion.

Please email Simon Stevens at with a brief message and your CV. (Please call me Simon.)

Thank you.

Travel Adviser (Edinburgh)

February 2021
This position is now filled.

We are always interested to hear from well-qualified candidates and we welcome speculative applications at any time. We'll email you back and keep your details for the future. Thank you.

Join the Alpine Exploratory team

Posted:18 November 2019 (Filled)
Vacancy: Travel Adviser
Starting: December 2019 or January 2020 (flexible)
Duration: 9 months up to 2 years depending on the successful candidate (Maternity cover plus)
Location: Our office in central Edinburgh
Hours: Full-time (flexible: 4 days might be possible)

Summer Internship (Edinburgh)

February 2021
We hope that in March 2021 we will offer a Summer Internship for 2021. This would be in the rough period May to September 2021 with start and end dates flexible according to the successful candidate's availability.

The Summer Internship is a fabulous opportunity to see the travel industry from the point of view of a small and thoughtful company, working directly on clients' trips and participating in the discussions we have about our business. The internship is well paid and is based in our busy and friendly office in the centre of Edinburgh.

We always advertise at the Careers Service of the University of Edinburgh as well as elsewhere. Please look out for our advert or feel free to email speculatively with your CV.

Please email Simon Stevens at
Thank you.

Strategy (Edinburgh, worldwide)

February 2021
At Alpine Exploratory we spend a lot of time developing and implementing our strategy within the travel industry.

We would welcome approaches to discuss strategy from business school faculty and students, or professionals. This could range from informal discussions to forming a case study.

Please email Simon Stevens at
Thank you.

Leading trips (Alps, Scandinavia, UK)

January 2021
We have no leader vacancies at the moment for our Summer 2020 season and it's unlikely that any will arise. However, we always like to hear from IMLs and this regularly results in coffee! For Summer 2021 we hope to assign leaders to trips by February or so and it's possible we will have vacancies.

Please email Simon Stevens at with your CV. Thanks.

If you've just passed your IML winter assessment, congratulations on becoming an IML! You will find BAIML a wonderful community in the trade. Please drop us a line.

It's our policy to employ only IMLs as leaders; if you don't yet hold the IML but are working through the scheme or are considering it, please do still contact us because who knows for the future?

Contact us

Thank you for your interest in Alpine Exploratory.

Please contact Simon Stevens at for more information. Thank you.

Guided and Self-Guided Holidays

The Alpine Exploratory team

Meet Ailsa, Alex, Allan, Dieter, Hannah, Hannah, Jonty, Joy, Kathy, Keith, Lucy, Nicky, Pete, Phil, Rob, Simon, Steph and Tim!


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Alpine Exploratory encourages continued learning for team members, in the realm of business and the outdoors.


Alpine Exploratory
Alpine Exploratory is a system of knowledge on the best mountain trekking in our areas, giving clients superb holidays based on this exploration.
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