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Pyramid Travel Products is a family run business headquartered in Kelso in the beautiful Scottish Borders. Part of the Scotmas Group, a world leader in hygiene protection and water treatment, we develop and manufacture products that protect against the many insect and water-borne diseases that can be encountered by travellers around the world.
We are a small company with a big reach and considerable expertise. For more than 20 years, we have worked with some of the world’s leading research institutes, including Edinburgh University, the London Hospital for Tropical Diseases and Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, to develop travel products, taking them from the lab to the top pocket of your backpack.
We specialise in a variety of insect repellents (both DEET and DEET-free), after-bite sprays and hygiene products (from soaps to water treatment tablets). All are manufactured at our head office in Kelso. Our extensive range of mosquito and midge nets, meanwhile, is produced at our factory in Turkey.
Whether exploring the tropics or the Scottish Highlands, we have the right products to keep your travels safe and fun.
Although we do not sell direct to consumers, our products are available through a range of outdoor retailers, wholesalers, pharmacies, travel clinics and government agencies. For more details, please see our products page.
We are dedicated to developing products that offer travellers total peace of mind when exploring the world’s most exciting destinations. After all, we’ve been there ourselves. An eclectic bunch, we have all travelled widely and know the importance of staying safe while on the road (or jungle track).
Alistair Cameron, Managing Director
Something of a world traveller since childhood, Alistair was born in Tillicoultry, Scotland, but by the age of one had moved to Liberia where his father, Derek (who later founded our parent company) worked as a farm manager. Life in Africa was rather different to Scotland: playing with local children, he spoke pigeon English and developed an aversion to wearing shoes. By the time the family left in 1980 – rather swiftly as it happened due to a military coup – a lifelong love of Africa had been formed. Alistair has returned many times over the years, often visiting family in Tanzania, and on many holidays. He travels regularly to South America and the Middle East, including trade missions to Colombia and to monitor the satellite offices in Santiago, Chile and Dubai.
After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in Microbiology he went straight into the family business and now as Managing Director also leads the Technical and R&D functions. Alistair heads up all R&D and regulatory projects and works closely with Heriot Watt University and The University of Edinburgh to keep the company at the forefront of travel health technology. He is also on the Leadership group for Chemical Sciences Scotland, an industry led working group which helps chemicals companies to explore new and innovative products and processes, as well as make current ones more efficient http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/industry-support/chemical-sciences
Spiritual home: Rural Perthshire, Scotland
Best travel experience: Bogota, Colombia. A beautiful country with beautiful people and just a hint of danger!
Dream trip: Trans-Siberian Railway/taking the Vladivostok branch to try and spot some Russian warships and nuclear submarines
Lesley Janaway, Operations Manager
For Lesley, holidays are all about beaches and sunshine! Like many Kiwis, Lesley has travelled extensively and had a lot of fun along the way. Not a big fan of traditional tours, she prefers to go it alone and has a particular love for south-east Asia. For the past 15 years, Lesley has lived on a midge-infested (her words) sheep farm in the Scottish Borders, so has plenty of opportunity to try out our products. She is well placed to test new versions of development-stage repellents. If they work there, we know we’re on the right track! She also looks very fetching in one of our midge head nets.
Spiritual home: Wellington, New Zealand
Best travel experience: St Lucia and Martinique – lots of sunshine, stunning beaches and very good company
Dream trip: Egypt – to see the Pyramids, Lost Valley of the Kings and Luxor
Nicola Cameron, Head of Marketing
After several years of being nagged by her husband, Alistair, Nicola finally left the world of agency marketing to join the family business in 2011. Her passion for travel began at university with various inter-railing adventures through Europe and continued on graduation when she lived and worked in Cape Town through the BUNAC scheme. It was an experience that created a great love for Africa and its people. Nicola has since travelled extensively through Africa, including overland from Cape Town to Nairobi, various safaris, beach breaks and, most recently, a backpacking trip through Rwanda and Uganda. Nicola and Alistair’s honeymoon in Borneo proved a perfect opportunity to test several of the company’s products. Despite armies of leeches and swarms of mosquitoes, not a single bite was had, she reports. A love of travel is now likely to be passed on to their young son, with a trip to Malaysia planned for 2014 and many others still on the bucket list.
Spiritual home: Hout Bay, Cape Town
Best travel experience: Trekking for eight hours in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda to spend some precious time with a family of mountain gorillas
Dream trip: Taking the high-altitude train from Qinghai Province to Lhasa and then exploring the wonders of Tibet