About usAfter spending 20 years in the mountains of Scotland and elsewhere, Steven decided share his outdoor passion and began leading groups into his beloved hills. Our business was set up in 2007, and now, with a team of friendly freelance guides and instructors, we can take you on weekend hillwalks, technical mountain scrambles, navigation courses, and all-inclusive packages to beautiful remote corners of the country.
The people you see here all hold as a minimum the Mountain Leader Qualification and all are registered with the relevant Mountain Training Associations schemes. All are trained to lead in summer conditions and some in winter too. In addition to mountain leading, some of our freelance team also have their Single Pitch Award, International Mountain Leader, Trail Bike Leader and Mountain Instructor Award qualifications. All of our team hold appropriate insurance to cover the activity they are leading and are freelance, some with their own business working here in the UK or abroad.
Al Ewen has been exploring the mountains and wild places of Scotland for 25 years. Having grown up in Shetland and Orkney he's a keen fan of Scottish islands and northern parts like Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Svalbard where he first began working as a mountain leader in 1993.
Al is a qualified as a Mountain Leader to Summer, Winter and International standard.
Al is also a hill runner competing in races across Scotland, his favourite race being the Ben Venue Hill Race which takes place in October.
Starsign : ScorpioSteven has been hill-walking for over 20 years in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK and Europe. In 2003 he 'compleated' his 11th Munro round (all the peaks in Scotland over 3,000ft - there are currently 282), therefore taking the record for the most rounds. In 2012 this passion for the peaks had seen him tick off 15 Munro rounds and in 2013 he finally got around to compleating his Corbetts (hills in Scotland 2500-3000ft).
Likes : Downhill scree running, brocken spectres
Dislikes : People who don't say hello on the hills, midges
In 2006 he took up hill-racing, competing with others who love the challenge of running the hills. This led not only to winning several races and mountain marathons outright, but also to writing the Pocket Mountain's guide book "Classic Hill Runs and Races in Scotland".
In 2007 Steven gained the Summer Mountain Leader qualification and has since been sharing his enthusiasm, guiding people up the Scottish Mountains to stunning scenery. His Winter Mountain Leader followed in early 2013 - who knows what is next !
Starsign : PiscesA qualified Mountain Leader (Summer and Winter), Manny started hill walking in his youth before morphing into a successful hill runner. With over 25 years of experience in the mountains of Scotland and elsewhere, Manny is now enjoying sharing his skills and wealth of knowledge with others on the hills.
Likes : Real ales, solo evening hill-runs
Dislikes : Litter, turbines on the hills, cold hands !
Manny is a veteran of many long distance routes such as coast to coast over the 4000ers, the 200 mile Spey Watershed, and Bens Hope to Lomond 450 miles over 112 Munros in 21 days.
He capped the lot by establishing a new record with a continuous self-powered 2400 mile traverse of Scotland’s 221 Corbetts, by sail, cycle and running, in just 70 days.
Manny lives in Kingussie and packs any spare time playing with his daughter.
Starsign : GeminiRichard has been hillwalking and exploring wild places in the Scottish Highlands for over 20 years. It was an interest in mountains and the natural world that lead him to study Geology and Physical Geography before becoming a hillwalking guide.
Likes : Natural world, wild camping, mountain biking, whisky
Dislikes : Pollution, cooked mushrooms, punctures !
Qualified to Winter and International Mountain Leader standard, Richard is now working towards his Mountain Bike Leader qualifications. Most of his time is spent outdoors and loves taking people on adventures whether its a multi-day journey through wild mountains or an easier walk looking for wildlife.
Richard also works with youth groups and has lead expeditions in the UK, Africa, South America and India, but his favourite place is the Northwest Highlands of Scotland or everything west of the Moine Thrust! He is often found relaxing in wild and beautiful places with a book.
Martin has also climbed abroad in Boliva, North America, the Alps and in Indian Ladahk where he climbed Kang Yatze 6245 m.
He is a qualified Winter Mountain Leader and registered with the MLTA. He also enjoys Mountain biking and has recently taken up hill running
Martin lives and works in Fort William with his partner and 4 year old daughter.
Starsign : PicesBruce holds a Mountain Instructor Award (MIC), is a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI), and is currently on the British Mountain Guides Scheme (BMG). He brings to the team more than 20 years instruction and guiding experience, having worked with a wide range of clients. He holds a special affinity with the North face of Ben Nevis in Winter, where he has new routed to Grade VIII, and skied Tower Gully. In Summer he has a similar affinity with the Skye Ridge and has a personal traverse time only 10 minutes outside the current record.
Likes : Getting above cloud on inversion days, Alpine dawns and Skye Ridge sunrise
Dislikes : Litter, shadows and wet boots
In addition to climbing and skiing, he has competed in the Paragliding World Cups and represented Great Britain; holds white water and sea kayaking qualifications; and is a regular sailing competitor on the West Coast of Scotland.
Bruce is a well-known face in the OMMs, and other mountain marathons, and he and Steven run on the hills throughout the year when time allows.
In 2013 Bruce became the owner of West Coast Guides, taking over from famed climber Alan Kimber.
Starsign : VirgoGeorgina has been working as a qualified mountain (IML) guide in the mountains all over the world for more than 9 years. The Peruvian Andes were the first mountain ranges that she set foot in. Guiding in the Santa Cruz valley, Alpamayo Base Camp and over the Punta Union Pass 4700m. It was this trek that triggered George's passion for guiding groups in the mountains. She has now guided groups on Kilimanjaro, the Nepal Himalayas, the Swiss, French and Italian Alps, New Zealand, Australia, Bernese Alps, the Great Wall of China, Mountain Pine Ridge in Belize to name but a few.
Likes : Mountain summits with a clear view, sea breezes and kettle chips
Dislikes : Midges flying in my mouth and bananas
Georgina has also guided treks for charity; for example the Great Wall of China, Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, Mount Etna, Tour de Mt Blanc, Haute Route. She also facilitates treks for groups of young people and can lead treks both in the UK and overseas as she has her Summer Mountain Leader award and International Mountain Leader award. Not only is she qualified to ensure your safety but she enjoys passing own her knowledge about the mountains and helping clients to develop their personal and social skills. She strongly believes that every experience in the mountains should be a positive one.
Starsign : TaurusAfter many years touring through mountainous regions on his motorbike, John thought it would be even better to get among them, so he and his wife Tracey bought walking boots in Chamonix 20 years ago, and was immediately hooked.
Likes : Climbing long mountain routes, the Alps, touring on his motorbike
Dislikes : Melons, cotton wool, cold hands
The intervening years has seen a round-and-a-half of the Munros, the achievement of the Summer and Winter Mountain Leader Awards, walking and climbing trips all over the UK, the Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites, Sierra Nevada, Carpathians and Africa.
John is particularly passionate about the Scottish mountains, and enjoys taking people to new places and helping them to share the experiences that fire him.
When not in the hills, he enjoys cycling, motorcycling and the odd dram !