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 (click links).

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 […]

Mike Lates

Mike Lates is the owner and director of Skye Guides. He started guiding on Skye in the 1995 and developed a reputation for providing Cuillin outings of the highest quality by sticking to private guiding and treating clients as his climbing partner for the day. This is the Skye Guides philosophy! He is as enthusiastic […]

Andy Moles WMCI

Andy is back on Skye this summer for his seventh season with Skye Guides. He holds both MCI and WMCI awards. 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 […]

Malcolm Airey WMCI

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 has worked with us since 2010 and those of you who have been out with him will know that he is as enthusiastic as ever for Cuillin adventures. He has […]

Lou Reynolds WMCI.

We’re very happy to have Lou back with the Skye Guides team for her 8th 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 WMCI holder, the highest UK award for an instructor. She is on the […]

Caspar McKeever WMCI

Caspar is back for his 5th season with us this year. Originally from the South West, Caspar splits his year between time working in Scotland and Antarctica and climbing around the UK and Alps. Since graduating from the University of Edinburgh he has become dedicated to a life of guiding and climbing and can usually […]

Dave Fowler MCI

Dave has been working on Skye for 8 seasons and we are very glad to have him back in the team for the whole season once again. Despite a bit of ground getting in the way when he was speed-winging last September Dave was back on his feet after 2 weeks and up mountains and […]

Graham Frost IFMGA

Graham runs Frost Guiding , one of the major companies providing guiding in both summer and winter. If you want to tackle Alpine classics like the Matterhorn, try ice-fall climbing or top-end ski mountaineering, you can contact him directly or talk with us first. Graham started his guiding work with Skye Guides in 2005 and […]

Pete Herd MCI

Delighted to have Pete back again this year. Last season he was at the helm of the “keen as mustard” team using every minute of his time on the island for maximum fun. Pete grew up in Inverness and his mountaineering apprenticeship was spent in the Cairngorms and Northwest Highlands. Studying Marine Biology in Aberdeen […]

Tim Miller MCI

We’re very happy to welcome Tim for his first full season with Skye Guides. As modest as the rest of the team, Tim is another ‘proper climber’ who has gained his paper qualifications easily on the back of his personal experience. His Cuillin knowledge is already extensive and his guiding skills well above average on […]

Tom Wild MCI

Tom’s back again for more Cuillin fun this Spring. For half the year he is a senior instructor at White Hall Outdoor Centre near Sheffield, working with school groups. His summers are spent in the Alps and Greater ranges. Tom started rock climbing in the Lake District whilst at University. He first came to the […]

Ollie Mentz WMCI

Ollie joined the team in 2016 and has now moved up to Gairloch so is virtually a local now!  “My first experience of the Cuillin on Skye was with friends from university attempting a Traverse in a day. I was over-confident, young and excited. Skye left its mark many hours later when we headed down […]

Gillian Parker WMCI

Gillian has worked with Skye Guides for 14 years. 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 in […]

Lucy Spark MCI

Lucy has been a big part of SG and Basecamp for many years and we are delighted to have her in the Skye Guides team at last. She was a full time primary school teacher but took a sabbatical year to concentrate on passing her Mountain Climbing Instructor award in 2018/19. She has returned to […]

Niels Ernst-Williams WMCI

We’re glad to welcome Niels back for a fifth season, although only part time now that he has passed his masters degree and feels obliged to ‘real work’ sometimes 😉 Niels’ background is best said by the man himself– “Qualified as a secondary school science teacher in London but felt trapped by all the time […]