Jonathan ‘Jonny’ Murray is the technical director of the company and senior guide.
“My view is that the great outdoors should be enjoyed by everyone.”
Jonny was born and bred in Stornoway and has lived on the islands most of his life, he is a fluent Gaelic speaker, with Gaelic being his first language only learning English when he went to primary school.
He has a good knowledge of the islands, the culture, the traditions, and the places to go that only a local person would know.
He is a mountain bike and outdoor enthusiast and loves to seek out new adventures. Wanting to share his love for the Islands and adventure he left his previous job as a joiner to start up business as Bike and Hike Hebrides in 2012 and took over Bike Hebrides in 2014. Jonny is the volunteer deputy team leader with the local mountain rescue team, Hebrides MRT.
He is a qualified silver velotech bike mechanic, lifeguard, first aider, coasteering instructor, archery instructor and has done various course in rope rigging, mountaineering and kayaking.
He is currently working on his Mountain Leader qualification. As well as running Bike Hebrides he also works with the local outdoor centre, Scaladale centre, in Harris as one of their outdoor instructors.
In the summer he is busy with Bike Hebrides and in winter he works as a self-employed joiner and does some part time work as a propman/joiner in the film industry.
He has worked on Bafta award winning kids tv programme Katie Morag, remake of the classic film Whisky Galore, BBC drama Stonemouth, ITV drama The Loch and soon to be released Netflix film Outlaw King.
Jan Schouten is the business director in this company, Dutch born and local resident since 1999. He enjoys an active lifestyle and his business development focus is aimed to enable everyone to enjoy the great outdoors the Outer Hebrides offers.
“There is no better feeling than sharing this stunning part of the world, its culture, welcoming friendly people and landscape with others who appreciate it like I do”.
Under the HebShuttle name, Jonny and Jan have developed the bike transfer services to complement the Hebridean Way cycle route for visitors and tourists who come to explore the Outer Hebrides. “This service is needed to help transferring riders from remote areas where there are no services to airport and ferry terminals.”
Both Jonny and Jan are licensed Private Hire drivers and the vehicles have passed all required tests as set out by the local government, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
Inspired by the Hebridean Way Cycle route, Jonny designed a fully guided and supported cycle tour which are part of the HebHolidays tour packages which is now on offer. More packages are being
designed and will come to the market.
“Being a local company with all of us at HebHolidays and HebShuttle living and working here, gives us the advantage of knowing these places you may not know about or discover when you visit the Outer Hebrides. Also we actively seek collaboration with all other businesses and organisations here on the islands allowing us to design packages which will your visit even more memorable.”
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