Hayfork Gully An Teallach

A cold January morning in Hayfork Gully, An Teallach

courses booking information

How to make a booking

Just get in touch, giving an idea of what you’d like to do and your preferred dates. If I can’t cater for your ideal days, I’ll let you know my nearest availability. Once we’ve established the date(s) that suits you, you can then go-ahead and confirm a booking by supplying a 50% deposit. Feel free to email, or call, with any questions. I’m always happy to chat.


The prices below are the total cost per day for instruction or guiding. They also cover the use of all technical equipment. For larger groups, please get in touch for a quote.


1 person

2 to 8 people

winter (Cairngorms)

1 person

2 to 6 people

For any winter activity outside of the Cairngorms, please get in touch for a quote. The above instruction/guiding fees still apply, but I’ll let you know if there are any additional costs to cover my travel expenses.


The table below gives the maximum number of people I can sensibly look after on a particular activity or type of terrain (the instructor to client ratio). I can easily cater for larger groups which may exceed these ratios. In which case, I’d be joined by well qualified, likeminded instructors or guides who I know well. Just ask for a quote.

hill walking

uncomplicated terrain


easy (grade 1)

harder (grades 2&3)

rock climbing



winter skills

easy terrain

winter mountaineering

grade I snow

grade I mixed terrain

grade II ridges

winter climbing

up to grade V


All technical climbing and mountaineering equipment is provided. You’ll just need to bring suitable outdoor clothing and footwear for the activity you’d like to do, along with a rucksack and your food and drink for the day.

For rock climbing and harder scrambles, you’re welcome to borrow a harness and helmet if you can’t bring your own.

In winter, you’re also welcome to borrow axes and crampons. The crampons are Grivel G12 Air Techs with a nu-matic fitting system. These are the most versatile all-round crampons for Scottish winter use and will fit the majority of winter boots (both b2 and b3 category). Mountaineering axes are DMM Cirques and climbing axes are Petzl Quarks.

For an idea of what clothing you’ll need to bring along for Scotland’s winter mountains, I’ve compiled a comprehensive winter kit list (pdf), if you’d like to see it, let me know and I’ll ping it over.


If you need advice about where to stay,  I can give suggestions to suit most requirements and budgets.


It is strongly recommended that you take out some form of accident insurance. Cover can be obtained from a number of insurers, the most popular being Snowcard and the BMC. You can also obtain BMC insurance through Mountaineering Scotland.