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Qualified Rock Climbing, Hill Walking


Mountaineering Instruction



  • Taking your first steps in the hills?
  • Looking to improve your navigation?
  • Desperate to bag that elusive or remote Munro?
  • Ready to safely make the transition from Summer to Winter Hill Walking?
  • Want to try rock climbing or improve your skills?
  • In need of a qualified Mountain Leader for a group or Corporate activity?
  • Looking for an ML qualified and experienced D of E Expedition Trainer, Supervisor or Assessor?


Whatever your ambitions on the hill or on the crag, with over 40 years experience of mountaineering and rock climbing tuition, we can help you achieve them.


What do we offer?


Our Location

Based at the foot of Glen Shiel with 23 Munros in our 'back yard' and with Torridon, Glen Carron, the Skye Cuillin and Lochaber all within an hour's drive, we offer bespoke:



Our Experience


Started hill walking and climbing in the Peak District in the early 1970s. Climbed throughout the UK and Europe. 'Accumulated' all the Munros over 35 years of Scottish mountaineering, the majority of them in winter conditions.

Holds Mountain Leader Summer and Winter Awards, Single Pitch Award and Active Aid Outdoor First Aid.

Full member of MTA - the 'Mountain Training Association'.

Trainee member of AMI - 'Association of Mountaineering Instructors'.

Environmental Science graduate with a PGCE in Outdoor Education.

Worked for Doncaster LEA for 32 years in Secondary education and also with Youth Service and adults. Involved with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme as Unit Leader, Local and Wild Country Panel Assessor. Led too many field trips and outdoor pursuits visits to remember them all!

'Retired' from full-time teaching as Assistant Head of Sixth Form and Educational Visits Co-ordinator at Hatfield Visual Arts College and moved to Kintail in 2011. Still doing the odd day of Supply Teaching in the Highlands. 

Registered with GTC Scotland and hold a PVG Scheme Record disclosure issued under section 52 of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. 



Shirley's love of the outdoors started whilst working her way through the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme at school. She has gone on to walk and climb throughout the UK and Europe. Climbed her first 'Munro' in 1996 and compleated them in 2014.

Holds Basic Expedition Leader Award (BELA), Mountain Leader Summer Award and Active Aid Outdoor First Aid.

Full member of MTA - Mountain Training Association.

A Chemistry graduate, Shirley worked in industry for a number of years before taking her PGCE and moving into teaching. Worked for Doncaster LEA for 19 years teaching Chemistry and Science, becoming Deputy Learning Leader in Science at Hatfield Visual Arts College. Involved in many extra-curricular visits, mainly involving outdoor activities, and was Assistant Leader of the College's highly successful D of E Award Unit.

Currently on the Supply register for Highland Council and mixing teaching with Kintail Mountain Activities and a part-time craft business - Loch Duich Crafts.

Registered with GTC Scotland and holds a PVG Scheme Record disclosure issued under section 52 of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. 



Weather & Avalanche Forecasts


The Saddle Weather Forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget



A detailed Mountain Weather Forecast for the North West Highlands can be found at:



Avalanche Forecasts for Lochaber and Torridon, which give a general indication of the likely conditions in Kintail can be found on the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) website http://www.sais.gov.uk/

The Lochaber forecast is updated daily throughout the season. The Torridon forecast is available for weekends and holiday periods only.

The season finished on the 18th April and will resume in December.