Faced with a life spent working in a factory, my father, Allister Brebner, who has died aged 83, and his brother-in-law Derek Hulme set up Highland Safaris in 1963. It was the first guided holiday company in the Highlands (probably the first in Scotland) and they ran it successfully for 40 years.

Allister was born in Aberdeen, the youngest of three brothers. His father, Albert, was a maintenance engineer at an envelope factory and his mother, Alice, a milliner. Allister served his apprenticeship as a motor mechanic, but his interests lay elsewhere and he spent his limited spare time climbing and skiing in the southern Cairngorms.

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