What We Do
Highland Adventures does what it says on the tin! My mission – which I’ve chosen to accept – is to introduce you to outdoor adventures in the Highlands of Scotland.
The Scottish Highlands are unique. While I’ve been to many incredible peaks and ranges around the world, there is something about the haunting and dominating beauty of Scotland’s mountains which sets them apart. They may not be the highest, but the variety of mountains and landscapes, and the challenges they present, is outstanding. As a result, the Highlands offer a huge range of activities to choose from.
The service I offer is completely flexible and bespoke. Nothing is off-the-shelf and I’ll tailor-make activities to suit your aspirations, experience, ability, fitness – and your pocket!
We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to where to go – from isolated mountains with great character, ridge walks on mountain ranges from Ullapool to Skye, the superb sandstone sea cliffs at Reiff and the inland crags of Craig Dubh near Newtonmore.
The Highlands provide a unique rock climbing environment. The variety of rock types and the scale of the cliffs allow you to experience a huge variety of climbing styles, and the sea cliffs and stacks introduce you to some stunning scenery. Whether you’ve never climbed before, you’ve only ever climbed indoors or if you’d like to challenge yourself, I’ll make sure to choose the best location so you can get the most out of your day.
Some of my most memorable climbing days involve ridge walks, including my favourites An Teallach and Stac Pollaidh near Ullapool, and Liathach in Glen Torridon. It’s an exhilarating experience – you’re at the top of the mountains, there’s space all around you and the panoramic views are a great reward for your hard effort. Surefootedness and a head for heights definitely come in handy, though. Don’t forget your camera!
As they say, you don’t have to be mad to abseil down a sheer cliff face – but it helps! And that’s because it’s more of a mental than physical challenge. I can make the abseil as gentle or as challenging as you want, but I can guarantee that whatever cliff face you abseil down, you’ll go home with a great sense of achievement.
The mountains in Scotland offer some of the most remote walking country in Europe.You can choose from gentle walks through glens and up smaller hills, to serious summer expeditions in rough, fern and heather-clad pathless terrain. And because Highland Adventures offers a bespoke guiding service, your day in the hills will be the right one for you.
Get the skills you need to safely plan, navigate and look after yourself in the hills, including how to use a compass, map reading skills, route planning and weather forecasts, outdoor safety, essential gear and kit. You’ll get a great day out in the hills and there will be plenty to chat about including the flora and fauna, geology and geography and any other burning issues.
Maybe you can’t decide what to do because it all sounds so adventurous and such fun. In which case, I’ll make it easy for you! Opt for a Taster Day and I’ll introduce you to a little of everything you fancy – within reason.
Need to Know
Format of the Day
Half day, full day or multiple days will be planned to suit your requirements which will determine where we go and for how long.
Fitness Levels and Medical Conditions
What you want to do will determine how fit you need to be, but we’ll discuss your fitness levels, experience and abilities to make sure you’ll get the best out of your time outdoors. It’s also essential that you let me know of any medical condition or injury when booking.
Highland Adventures is covered by professional indemnity insurance, but for all styles and disciplines of climbing and hill walking, it is the ethic of the sport that all climbers and hill walkers take responsibility for their own actions. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) Participation Statements makes this clear: “The MCofS recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.” So please be aware of the hazardous terrain you’ll be exploring and the risks you’ll be taking. You might like to consider purchasing your own personal insurance, for your own peace of mind.
Highland Adventures can provide most of the following items, so please check when you speak to me. Don’t let the fact that you don’t have some of the items listed below stop you from considering any of the activities.
- Rucksack (liner bag recommended)
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Walking boots or approach shoes + sensible walking socks
- General trekking trousers are recommended (but definitely not jeans)
- Fleece mid layer
- Thermal base layer of synthetic material (not cotton)
- Spare warm layer
- Hat and gloves
- Packed lunch/thermos flask/water bottle
- Map of the relevant area + waterproof case
- Personal first aid kit, sun glasses, sun screen, insect repellent
Rock Climbing Extras
- Loose fitting clothing, eg t-shirt or thermals/fleece layers depending on weather
- Rock climbing shoes
Where we go for your outdoor experience will be determined by your requirements and the weather. I can meet you and explore anywhere in Scotland at a pre-arranged location convenient for you.
It will naturally be easier if you have your own transport but, depending on the logistics, I may be able to collect you and drop you off. There may be a charge for this depending on your location.
I can also cater for large groups as I work with other qualified mountaineering guides who can assist as required. So if you’re travelling with a club, school group or large group of friends, please get in touch and I can work out the best format for the day.
If you’re booking a half day or full day adventure, please bring your own lunch, snacks and drinks.
Unfortunately I can’t guarantee the weather.However, even if the general weather conditions are poor, there can often be good weather somewhere… so rest assured that I’ll know where this is. We won’t cancel or postpone your adventure until every option has been considered.Two useful online sources for weather forecasts are www.bbc.co.uk/weather and www.mwis.org.co.uk.