Amy Walkington-Gray

Amy originates from Yorkshire and being the youngest child of an active family had a great childhood climbing trees and making homemade assault courses for herself and the family labradors. She nearly could have been an Aussie as her travel-inspired parents almost got a £10 passage to Australia.

Her travel passion was ignited when as a young child in the late 1970’s she visited the U.A.E. She still remembers sheltering in a tent whilst a sandstorm raged over the Oman desert and the tingling in her nose of the smoke from the camel herder’s sheesha pipe.

Through early adulthood, she spent five years living on the Iberian Peninsula and further to that three years travelling the world before finally committing to settling down in Newcastle and being a proper grown-up! After several managerial roles in hospitality and tourism, she arrived at Artisan Travel.

Her most memorable travel experience so far with Artisan Travel was arriving at Jeris after a long road trip and heading down to the lake to her first experience of a smoke wood sauna. She couldn’t believe how alive she felt afterwards although that may have had something to do with jumping through the ice hole of the frozen lake!

Favourite Experiences

  • Chilling in front of the fire in a wilderness hut on my first overnight husky safari
  • Swimming with both common and bottlenose dolphins in the middle of the Atlantic
  • Walking the city walls of Dubrovnik at dusk as the church bells tolled
  • Sampling the local delicacy in the Azores – black pudding and pineapple!

Places visited

Finland: HarrinivaJeris, Torassieppi, VuokattiRanua, SaijaLuosto

Norway: Spitsbergen, Tromsø

Croatia: Dubrovnik

The Azores: São Miguel

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