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 […]

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 […]

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 now most of the way through qualifying as a full international mountain guide on the British Mountain Guide scheme. Much of his time is spent out in the alps but still loves the unique challenges and great training that Cuillin guiding offers. This  is his 5th season working with Skye Guides. Modest and […]

Graham Frost

Graham is the only British UIAGM/IFMGA guide based all year round in Switzerland. His family home in Evolene lies below the Pignes d’Arolla and Dente Blanche. Frost Guiding is now a major provider of courses through both summer and winter for everything from Alpine classics like the Matterhorn, ice-fall climbing and ski mountaineering. We work closely […]

Ian Craigie

Hailing from Orkney Ian moved to the Highlands in 2009 to get closer to the mountains and has been working as an instructor for the past 7 years. Ian was our “main man” in the 2014 season, working solidly from April through to September. Since then he has spent a year on the Assistant Instructor […]

Niels Ernst-Williams

We’re glad to welcome Niels back for a third season on Skye in 2018. A tiny slip of the foot between 2 rocks early last year led to a broken ankle and far too long helping out with our admin. Many would have sulked but Niels was a pleasure to have around and it was […]