About Us

Lochaber Guides was founded in 2011 and since then we’ve had the privilege of guiding hundreds of clients in the mountains.  The Lochaber area, which means ‘confluence of the lochs’  includes Glencoe in the South, Knoydart and Ardnamurchan to the West and North towards the Great Glen. We also regularly guide on the magnificent Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye throughout the summer months.

Dave Anderson (WMCI)

Dave moved on from a career in Dentistry to pursue his true passion- to work in the mountains and is owner and founder of Lochaber Guides.

He is a Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (WMCI), the UK’s highest qualification in mountaineering instruction. He is qualified in First Aid appropriate to the Mountain Environment, administered by the British Association of Ski Patrollers (BASP).  He is a full member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) and the Mountain Training Association (MTA) and has civil liability insurance.

He also works as an Instructor at the School of Adventure Studies at West Highland College, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).

Dave has been walking in the Scottish Hills since he was a teenager. Having climbed many of the Munros,  he then progressed to mountain scrambles, rock climbing, winter mountaineering and winter & ice climbing. He has trekked, walked and climbed in the Pyrenees, Japan, the French Alps and the Himalayas but his true love is of the Scottish Mountains.

 Dave loves spending time with others in the mountains and his genuine passion for the world class hill walking, mountaineering and climbing we have in Scotland shines through. Helping clients to tackle a route they wouldn’t do on their own, seeing someone develop skills to have their own independent adventures or just sharing a day out in the mountains are all amongst the reasons why he considers his to be the best job in the world!

Other staff

During busy periods or for specific activities we use other leaders/instructors. All of our staff will hold the appropriate awards/qualifications and insurance for the chosen activity as well as having years of experience and will be personally known to us. Our handpicked team of excellent mountain professionals are the best in the business and will look after you throughout the day whilst allowing you to enjoy your time in our spectacular mountains!