Jacci Wilkie

Lead Guide 

From my first year of life I have had an itinerant existence. Throughout my childhood my family moved location every two or three years, then, after graduating from university, I chose to explore the world my own way: studying, volunteering and working in various countries around the globe. A small sample of my portfolio of unusual experiences includes: collecting ovine faecal samples for nematode infection analysis in Australia, hosting Scottish country dancing evenings for students in Mexico, learning tae-kwon-do in South Korea, walking the Camino de Santiago across northern Spain and nursing baby zebras at a wildlife rehabilitation centre in South Africa.

In 2015 I moved from Catalonia to the south of France for a six-month sabbatical. I have been here ever since, unashamedly seduced by the mountains, an abundance of space and a tantalising sense of freedom. When I’m not renovating houses or bamboozling students of all ages with the complexity of the English language, I cycle, hike, snow-shoe, climb big rocks and breathe deeply of the heavenly air here.

New to the team in 2021, I’m delighted to be part of the Marmot Tours family. I enjoy working with passionate people – both colleagues and clients – who appreciate the great outdoors and find the fun in life. I look forward to supporting you and applauding all your achievements on our fantastic European tours.

What our cyclists say about Jacci…

Jacci took great care of us, kept everything running super smoothly, accommodated special requests with grace and no fuss, and was always a welcome sight! Emily H, Andalusia – The Sunshine Tour

Jackie was great at anticipating needs and providing support and assistance. Peter H Andalusia – The Sunshine Tour

Very supportive, friendly, energetic, knowledgable, generous, thoughtful, organized. Jennifer H Andalusia – The Sunshine Tour

Absolute legend, looked out for us every day and kept us all in line even with a stinker of a cold! Nick R Andalusia – The Sunshine Tour

Great encouragement given when out on climbs and passing in van en-route. Very well organised in tracking and accompanying cyclists , especially on optional climbs. Great company at evening meals. Always helpful, jolly and friendly Clear communications given. Very well organised with food offerings at van meeting points. Geoff S Alpine Classic Cols

She was always there when you needed her and a great ambassador for Marmot.  Andrew V Raid Massif Central

She went above and beyond, coordinated a lot of competing priorities at different times. She was pleasant and professional and a delight to be around. Is a natural. Kat H Raid Pyrenean

Jacci was fantastic. She was always cheerful, welcoming and supportive. She and Scot always managed to be in the places needed for support to make the trip work … Jacci went above and beyond to make you feel she was supporting you at every pedal stroke. I came to appreciate over the trip how hard both guides worked and the long, long days they put in; it was not an easy thing for them to achieve and I was hugely grateful to them both. Kenneth G Raid Pyrenean

In the grand tradition of Marmot guides Jacci was excellent. Her organisation and attention to detail meant everything ticked like clockwork – although behind the scenes I’m guessing she was working at 100 miles per hour. She really did make it a wonderful trip and I can’t thank her enough!. Tracey B Pyrenean Classic Cols