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Qualified Climbing, Hill Walking & Mountaineering Instruction

  • Taking your first steps in the hills?
  • Want to navigate more confidently?
  • Make the transition from summer to winter hill walking?
  • Bag that elusive or remote Munro?
  • Learn to rock climb or improve your skills?
  • In need of an ML qualified trainer or supervisor for your D of E expedition?
  • Looking for a qualified leader to guide you on a summer or winter hill walk?

Whatever your ambitions on the hill or on the crag, with over 35 years experience of mountaineering and rock climbing tuition, we can help you achieve them.


Location, Location, Location!

We are based in Kintail at the foot of Glen Shiel. Our 'back yard' contains over 20 Munros (mountains over 3000ft/914m), including the Five Sisters of Kintail, South Cluanie and Forcan Ridges, and 10 Corbetts (mountains between 2500 ft & 2999ft).

The South Kintail Ridge from Carn Ghluasaid, Cluanie


Ben Nevis, the Mamores, Grey Corries, Torridon and the Skye Cuillin are all within an hour's drive.

The 'Rough Bounds of Knoydart', the 'Great Wilderness' of Fisherfield and the remote hills of upper Glen Affric, Loch Mullardoch and Loch Monar can all be accessed from here.

This stunning location allows us to make the best of prevailing weather conditions and to tailor our itineraries to our clients' ambitions.

Although we think that we are based in one of the best parts of the country, we are happy to arrange and deliver activities elsewhere in Scotland and throughout the UK.


What We Offer

Our Activities

The following is an outline of some of the activities and services that we can provide. Further details are given on the following pages. However, we endeavour to personalise our provision to meet our Clients' needs so please contact us to discuss your requirements. If there is something you want to do, please ask and we will do our best to provide it!

Summer Hill Walking:

  • Guided Walks
  • Navigation Skills 

Guided Expeditions:

  • Multi-day trips through the mountains

Winter Hill Walking:

  • Winter Hill Walking Skills
  • Guided Winter Hill Walking
  • Introduction to Rock Climbing (Taster Sessions)
  • Rock Climbing Skills

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Expeditions:

  • Expedition Training
  • Qualified Supervision


Our Experience



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

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



a typical scottish winter's day!

Shirley's involvement in outdoor activities 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 her last one - Ben Hope - in June 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.





Mountain Training Association