30 Kinmundy Avenue Westhill Aberdeenshire AB32 6TG

Phone: 07768 976898 Email:

“Mountain Skills” was established in March 1995. We offer a full range of private guided walks, scrambles and mountaineering anywhere in Scotland. The business ethos is the provision of enjoyable and educational courses with the emphasis on quality and safety.


Alan Crichton is Principal of "Mountain Skills".

He has built up years of  experience walking and climbing in the Scottish Hills since 1977 together with yearly visits to the French & Swiss Alps since 1984 and expeditions to North and East Africa and the Himalayas. Alan's First Aid background has been built up over his 25 year involvement with Scottish Mountain Rescue


Professional Mountaineering Services throughout Scotland

Winter Skills
Cuillin of Skye
Inaccessible Pinnacle
Aonach Eagach
An Teallach

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Mountain Skills – The Business

"Mountain Skills" was set up in 1995 with Alan Crichton as Principal providing quality Professional Mountaineering Services with an emphasis on promoting enjoyment and fitness from the hills with safety a prime consideration.


Offering guided walks in the Grampian area and also in most other hill areas of Scotland. It would appear that there are a substantial number of hillwalkers and visitors, together with people from not so far a field who perhaps do not have the confidence or skills necessary to cope with all situations which our local hills can present us with. Most sizes of party can be catered for.


Current media attention to the risks of "going to the hills" has gone a fair way to reminding even the most experienced amongst us that the Scottish weather can be very fickle and we must be prepared for every eventuality. Substantial snowfields are not uncommon on the arctic like Cairngorm plateau even in midsummer where hill fog can still present whiteout conditions; a test for even the most competent of mountaineers.


Alan Crichton has built up his experience based upon over thirty years in the Scottish hills, walking and climbing in his local Cairngorms and Deeside hills, together with frequent visits to all other parts of Scotland. Yearly summer visits to the French and Swiss Alps since 1984 and expeditions to North & East Africa, Nepal and The US has also expanded this experience. Together with Mountain Leader and Single Pitch Rock Climbing Certification, Alan is also a qualified Senior First Aid Instructor and, given his commitment to Scottish Mountain Rescue from 1983 to 2009, specialises in Mountain First Aid.

SKILLS COURSES - “Skills for the Hills”

Every attempt will be made to run courses and walks but participants must be aware that some of the courses are naturally weather dependant. All technical equipment, ice axe and crampons, hard hats and harnesses, will be provided. Cost for same is included within the course fee.



Mountaineering Courses to suit your requirements

At Your Request  - Fancy walking the Grampian area (or at any other location in Scotland), give us a call and we can arrange a trip tailored to suit your requirements. All sizes and abilities of party catered for. Please contact to discuss further requirements and costs.

To contact us:

Phone: 07768 976898


Mountain Navigation A one day fully instructional course based in the Braemar area.  Please contact to discuss further requirements.

Cost From £300.00 flat fee per day plus expenses. Maximum 6 participants

Related Links

Scottish Mountain Weather Information Service

Mountain Weather Information Service for Scotland’s Mountains

Scottish Avalanche Information Service

Avalanche Forecasts from the SportsScotland Avalanche Information Service



Mountain Training Association

Parent body for Mountain Leaders in the UK