Your Guides

Guiding in the Cuillin is the ultimate test of skills for a guide in the British Isles. It requires great climbing skills and confidence, an intricate knowledge of the terrain and a very good ability to manage individuals or groups of clients.

Clients booking with us must read specific details about the guides on the ABOUT YOUR GUIDES and ABOUT SKYE GUIDES LTD pages before signing the booking form.

Although we carry out the same job each of us have individual styles. We consider our clients as climbing partners for the day and look forward to sharing some wonderful mountain time with you.



Skye Guides is a small company providing a range of services similar to that on offer through many mountain guiding bureaux in the Alps. We still have our original base in Luib but now run the business from Skye Basecamp in Broadford. Established in 1995 the company has built a reputation for providing outings, instruction and […]


Skye Guides operates as a close-knit team of instructors and guides to run the various courses on offer. They have been selected because of their professionalism and passion for the Black Cuillin as well as their experience, qualifications and an intimate knowledge of the terrain. In-house training is given through shadowing experienced Skye Guides. Low ratio guiding […]

Mike Lates

Mike Lates is the owner and director of Skye Guides, started guiding on Skye in the 1995 and has developed a reputation for providing Cuillin outings of the highest quality. He is as enthusiastic now as he ever was and passes this on to his guides and clients alike. Mike is author of “Skye, The […]

Gillian Parker

Gillian is back for her 9th consecutive season with Skye Guides. Her knowledge of the Ridge, climbing and rope skills and enthusiasm for the Cuillin guarantees a high quality outing every day. Introduced to the outdoors through skiing as a 3 year-old Gillian has been climbing since the mid-nineties. Starting with a stint at Outward Bound […]

Scott Kirkhope

Scott rejoins the Skye Guides team again this season. His quiet & confident manner comes from many seasons of working and playing across Scotland over the past decade. Based in Fort William he loves all aspects of climbing but especially trad and winter climbing; usually the bigger the route the better. Skye is a particular […]

Andy Moles

Andy is back on Skye this summer for his fifth season with Skye Guides. Originally from Northern Ireland, Andy studied English Literature at Edinburgh University. Since then he has been darting around the country trying to climb as many bits of it as he can, and after realising this lifestyle could also be a career, […]

Malcolm Airey

Malcolm is a massive Cuillin enthusiast having been brought up on a diet of climbing winter routes here since he was a school kid. He worked with us in 2010 before being selected for the British Antarctic Survey. He now spends his time flitting between the poles and is always as happy and enthusiastic as ever for adventures […]

Lou Reynolds

We’re very happy to have Lou back with the Skye Guides team for another season. Her passion for the Cuillin and bubbling enthusiasm are obvious to everyone while her modesty disguises a strong character and great mountain skills. Lou is an MIC holder, the highest UK award for an instructor. Originally from sunny Devon, Lou […]

Iain Murray

We were fortunate enough to have Iain Murray move to Skye and join our team in 2014. He is very well known in the Scotttish outdoor scene particularly as a climber and white water paddler, instructing in both sports for more than the past decade. He holds his Mountain Instructors Award and is training for […]

Mike Thomas

Mike is a well known face in both Snowdonia in summer and Scotland in winter working with Plas y Brenin most of the time. This is his 4th season working with Skye Guides. Modest and understated he exudes and instills confidence in his clients with a calm, good humoured nature. Mike started climbing and mountaineering […]