The adventures of an intrepid Skyeman
Standing tall amongst the many strong, passionate and single minded ‘Sons of Skye’, Ruaraidh has led a life of adventure and self-determination, surviving with his indomitable spirit and the sheer joy of laughter! Being steeped in tradition, his life has been defined by defying convention with ‘constructive vandalism’. The Scots Guards, Rhodesia and the SAS laid the foundations for an amazing family, and that together with his beloved Isle of Skye, a Bentley and plenty of laughter tells this happy tale!
Ruaraidh Hilleary - Whatever you are doing... don't!
Adventurer, sailor, skier, entrepreneur and former member of the Territorial SAS, Ruaraidh Hilleary has led an exciting life. His memoirs cover his idyllic childhood in the Isle of Skye in the 1930s, schooldays at Eton during the war, followed by postings with the Scots Guards that included Trieste and the bombed ruins of Cologne. He has canoed the Zambezi river, nearly fallen into a crevasse in the Swiss Alps and experienced the Cresta Run and the bobsleigh in St. Moritz, without brakes.
His professional life has been equally intrepid. Ruaraidh sold cutlery in Zimbabwe, insurance in London, smoked salmon in Paris, cashmere in Spain and even Highland Wine in Scotland. He also owned and ran a caravan park in Findhorn in the 1970s and has helped develop a fish farm with the Jethro Tull rock star Ian Anderson and a wind farm in partnership with Amec, both on Skye, where he now lives.
Ruaraidh’s book documents a life filled with challenges, risks, much laughter and some sadness. Now a well-known, much-loved Skye figure, a father, grandfather and great-grandfather, ‘Whatever you are doing, don’t’ contains fascinating insights into Scotland’s recent history, as well as reflections on 90 years of a life, in which every minute was lived to the full.