The Mountain Leader Specialists

Course dates and prices


Pete is holder of the Mountain Instructor Certificate, the highest UK instructional qualification, an Honorary Life Member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors, a member of (which only admits MIC's operating at the highest levels), as well as past President of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. Previously an associate member of staff at Glenmore Lodge, he has led mountaineering expeditions to the Indian and Nepalese Himalaya, and was leader of an international expedition to Kashmir which made the first ascents of three previously unclimbed peaks. Notable Alpine ascents include the North Face of the Eiger and the North Face of the Matterhorn, both in winter, as well as a lot of eminently more sensible routes! A member of the Alpine Club and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he is a course director for Mountain Training Scotland. He is joint author of the globally successful "The Mountain Skills Training Handbook", author of five other books and enjoys leading groups to various corners of the world, from deserts to mountains to rain forests.


The AMI is the representative body of professionally qualified Mountaineering Instructors in the British Isles. It is committed to improving the image and guaranteeing the quality of all mountaineering instruction in the UK. Only instructors holding the top MIA or MIC qualifications are permitted to display the AMI logo. is made up of a group of fully qualified MIC holders who are operating at the highest levels required for the award. On top of this, members need to demonstrate that their personal skills are of the highest order, and a long list of high-grade winter climbs needs to be submitted, backed up by two referees, before being accepted for membership.


For many years we have been licensed by the Adventure Activity Licensing Authority, for some time being the only people in Scotland with a full 3-year licence. However, as Pete is now a freelance inspector for AALS, as well as an inspector for Adventuremark and LOtC, we felt that we should no longer hold a licence ourselves for reasons of transparency. We are still able to take under 18's on courses and activities, but they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (who may or may not be participating). Please contact us if you need full details or for further clarification.


As one of very few MLTS Course Providers nationwide, as well as being a Course Director, Pete is directly involved in the delivery of almost all of our courses. Any extra staff employed by us will be personally known to us and be experts in their subject. They will be working to strict guidelines which will ensure that you gain the maximum benefit from your course. We also work to the National Guidelines as set out by the Mountain Leader Training Board UK which sets the standards for mountain sports instruction in the UK. To see a number of our associate staff, click here


If you are taking part in an NGB course, such as an ML, SPA etc, you will most likely have the majority of equipment needed. We are happy to supply certain items if you do not have them, and details of this will be given on your course confirmation.

For all other courses run by us, all that you need to provide as a participant are boots and personal clothing. All other specialised equipment, be it ice axes, crampons, helmets, ropes or whatever, are provided by us for use during the course at no extra charge. If you have your own equipment that you wish to use, such as an ice axe, then please feel free to bring it. If you are not sure of the suitability of your equipment for any given course, or wish to purchase some new piece of equipment, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for advice - we're here to help!


The ratios entered under course descriptions are our MAXIMUM instructor to client ratio, and are some of the lowest in the UK. These are often further reduced at the start of a course. Note that we are governed by MTUK regulations re ratios for NGB courses - details of these are available in the relevant syllabus.


Under each course entry on the website is a note of experience required. As the majority of courses are NGB (ML, SPA etc), any guidance should be taken from the syllabus.


The course price includes instruction, use of all specialised equipment and any accommodation option taken.


For those wishing to organise their own accommodation, there is a choice between hotel, B+B and camping.

The majority of our courses are based in Grantown on Spey, a picturesque town on the Northern edge of the Cairngorm mountains. Many hills, crags and mountains are within easy reach, offering a variety of excellent locations for walking, scrambling, rock climbing and mountaineering, during both the summer and winter months. Grantown has many excellent facilities and is served by a number of hotels, various guest houses and a variety of places to eat. Non-residential prices are available for clients wishing to camp or organise their own accommodation.

Our winter courses are based at Kinross Guest House, a very comfortable family-run establishment and awarded four stars by the Scottish Tourist Board. Full details of Kinross House can be found on their web site.

A bunkhouse is also available, which you need to book direct with the owners. This is Ardenbeg Bunkhouse, not far from Kinross House. Ardenbeg has full cooking, sleeping and drying facilities. Their web site, should you wish to book accommodation with them, is here.