I’m a professional hill walking guide with over 20 years experience exploring the Scottish hills and my friendly supportive approach can help you make the most of your time in the hills whatever your experience or ability. I specialise in guiding individuals and small groups all over the Scottish Highlands and Islands so can tailor a trip to suit you whether you want to go for your first hill walk or climb Ben Nevis, learn some winter skills, refresh your navigation skills or go backpacking through the Cairngorms then get in touch!
The Scottish Highlands are home to some fantastic mountains with an incredible range of landscapes to explore from sweeping narrow ridges to vast arctic plateaus with wild glens and beautiful lochs. There are walks to suit all levels of experience and fitness whether it’s your first hill or you’ve been hill walking for years or perhaps you’re interested in exploring the nature and geology of the mountain environment.
Introduction to hillwalking
If you’re new to hillwalking or are just starting out and would like to get a helping hand while you learn the basic skills or which equipment you need then get in touch. I’d be happy to help you select good walks to progress or build up your skills in the quest for more independent walking. It can be a little daunting at the start with so many hills and lots of information about where and what to do next so an experienced guide will help you develop confidence more quickly as well as learning things along the way.
You might be more interested in visiting wild places in the Scottish Highlands rather than bagging summits in which case I’d be happy to take you on easier or lower lever walks to find beautiful views and hidden gems out in the dramatic landscape of Scotland. Just ask!
Munro’s, Corbetts and Other Hills
Are you working your way through a list of mountains in Scotland? If so and you’re after some help with any of the hills or mountains on your list then get in touch. The Munro’s are the hills over 3000ft in Scotland and offer some great hillwalking with lots of accessible hills to start on and progress up to more remote or difficult peaks. I’ve compleated a round of Munro’s and have guided many people up a large number of them many times so have a good knowledge of routes and options for climbing them.
If you’ve finished your Munro’s and are looking for your next challenge or have already moved on to walk up the Corbetts, between 2500ft and 3000ft, then I can help with that too. I’ve only a few left before I complete my first round of them and enjoy the wilder side they have to offer as they frequently have less paths or walkers on them. A really good day can be made combining a Corbett with a Munro for a more rewarding mountain day.
You might be doing the Grahams, hills between 2000ft and 2500ft, or any of the other lists of summits that have appeared over the years. Even if I’ve not visited the them before I enjoy a challenge as well as experiencing new corners of the Scottish Highlands and Islands so just ask if you’re struggling with any of your chosen hills.
Learning how to navigate is a fundamental skill if you’re heading out in the hills and knowing how to read a map and use a compass will help you get the most out of your hillwalking and give you more confidence in the decisions you make. My courses are built to suit your needs whether you’re starting out and want to learn the basics or you’re after a navigation refresher to improve rusty skills. We will be outside on the hills most of the time and would look to cover the skills below depending on your requirements.
- map reading and identifying terrain
- how to use a compass and take a bearing
- pacing and timing
- route planning
- night navigation
Bike & Hikes
There are some spectacular glens and lochside approaches that reach many wonderful parts of the highlands. A mountain bike can be used to along some of these routes to give easier access to some remote locations and save your legs from some very long walks into the hills. A week based in Braemar for instance can make a large number of relatively remote summits much more accessible and I’d be happy to help you develop more mountain bike orientated skills too if that’s whats stopping you.