About Richard

About Richard Kermode a hill walking guide in Scotland

I’m a professional hill walking guide based in Newtonmore and the Cairngorms National Park. I have over 15 years experience working as a guide in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. This has developed my excellent knowledge of the Scottish Hills and landscape.

Mountains and the natural world have fascinated me since I was young. Annual camping and hill walking trips in Scotland got me hooked on the natural world. This lead me to study Physical Geography and Geology at University before deciding to work in the outdoors. I still love looking at wildlife, wild flowers and the rocks beneath my feet.

As an International and Winter Mountain Leader I am qualified to guide all year round in the Scottish hills and lead expeditions overseas. For more information about these qualifications check my Mountain Training profile. I am also a full member of the British Association of International Mountain Leaders and the Mountain Training Association.

My personal adventures have taken me all over the British Isles as well as walking and climbing trips in Norway, the Alps and Pyrenees. I “compleated” my first round of Munros in 2007, the Munro tops in 2019 and the Corbetts in 2021. I have also lead youth development expeditions in Zambia, Botswana, Peru and India .

You can find me on twitter and instagram to see what I’ve been up to recently. I’ve also got a blog with a mixture of articles, trip reports and photographs. If you have any questions or are looking for a walking guide please get in touch.

When not working I’m often found exploring wild places amongst the mountains or watching the natural world go by!