Hill Skills Courses

Get the skills to head to the hills! We offer tailor made hill skills courses to move you towards having the skills and freedom to enjoy the hills independently.

Having the right skills to feel confident in the hills and mountains is vital to both staying safe and enjoying your time out in our amazing landscape. Our Hill Skills courses aim to cover these skills with an emphasis on route planning and navigation.

No two courses are the same and we aim to tailor each course based on your experience and specific aims whilst supporting you to progress your hill and mountain skills forwards.

Is this for me?

We can tailor a course for all experience levels. Get in touch to discuss what you’d like to to achieve.

Ratios 1:6

Larger groups please contact us for prices

No. of PeopleHill Skills Courses per day
What’s Included/Not Included

What’s included

  • Qualified and experienced Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI) or Mountain Leader
  • Use of Maps and Compass
  • Action Photos of your day!

What’s not included

  • Personal kit
  • Transport/Accommodation/Meals
  • Cancellation/Personal injury insurance
Kit List


Walking boots– waterproof with a good tread on the sole

Wicking baselayer – keeps moisture away from your skin and reduces how cold you feel as a result. Cotton is not suitable.

Trekking trousers– Lightweight, fast drying trousers are ideal.

Mid layer– to be worn on top of baselayer in cooler conditions, for example a lightweight fleece or Primaloft top.

Waterproof jacket

Waterproof over trousers– made of something like Goretex

Warm hat– e.g. Woollen beanie

Gloves– minimum 2 pairs (at least one waterproof pair).

Spare warm layer– e.g.another warm fleece or synthetic insulation like primaloft.


Food and water – around 1-2 litres of water and plenty of snacks and high energy foods to get you through the day.

Rucksack – 30 litres- recommended

Rucksack liner/Drybags– rucksacks aren’t waterproof so either a large poly-bag liner or several smaller dry-bag type bags recommended.

Sun screen, sun glasses – mountain sun can be fierce and the sun does come out occasionally in the Highlands!

Small Personal First Aid Kit– e.g. blister plasters, painkillers, medications


Head Torch– for Late Summer/Early Autumn (August onwards)

Trekking poles (Optional) – can take 3 tonnes of loading off of your knees over the course of a day- recommended for the Aonach Eagach descent in particular!

Meeting Times/Location

We tend to start these courses between 0800-0830hrs. Meeting location will be determined by the venue for the day but will usually be in the Fort William area.

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