About Us

Stewart Mountain Skills provide bespoke mountain experiences across Scotland and further afield.  Our small, professional and qualified team can tailor your course to your individual needs, from introductory to advanced skills.

Stewart Mountain Skills is lead by me, Ian Stewart, a full time Mountaineering Instructor who holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate (MIC).  This is the highest qualification within the British Mountaineering Instructor scheme.  This Award means that I am is qualified to instruct in all aspects of climbing and mountaineering in summer and winter as well as act as technical advisor.

As well as our own courses, I also work for Glenmore Lodge, Scotland's National Centre and other providers across Scotland and am a full member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors


Laura McAuley; Mountain Leader, BCU Level 3, Single Pitch Award, Mountain Bike Leader

Laura is the team's expedition and environmental specialist, having guided on a huge number of remote wilderness journeys across the Scottish highlands, on foot, by bike and canoe. With a certificate in environmental education and an endless supply of enthusiasm you will be sure to learn a lot on the hill with Laura.


Jim Sutherland; MIC, Mountain Bike Leader

As the only native Scot in the team Jim makes up for the rest of us, and is as handy with a set of bagpipes as he is an ice axe. A mountaineer, mountain biker and Training officer for the Torridon Mountain Rescue team, Jim is often described as the most friendly man in Scotland and never short of a story to tell, Jim's relaxed style on the hill will make for an unforgettable experience.


Nathan White; MIC, BCU Level 3

'The boy' of the team, Nathan's youth hides a huge amount of mountaineering experience and knowledge. He has climbed extensively across the UK, the European Alps and Alaska and never stops planning for his next big adventure. Nathan also works regularly for Glenmore Lodge.


Stewart Mountain Skills only uses fully qualified and insured local instructors, ensuring the knowledge and expertise to provide a high value experience.

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