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 this lifestyle could also be a career, taking people out to do the same.
Andy’s first experiences in the Cuillin as an inexperienced youth were a steep learning curve, but also a massive inspiration in his development as a mountaineer. Now returning annually as a fully qualified MIA and a guide, Andy has never lost his passion for being in the mountains on Skye.
“Please extend our thanks to Andy for 4 days of patience with us last week. I’m crap with exposure but Andy made me feel as safe as he could. He was also very patient with Kenny who is rubbish over rough ground. We bagged all the Skye Munros in stunning conditions. Thanks again, Brian and Kenny.”
I wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you very much to Andy for three wonderful days on the hills last week. My friends and I had never used guides before and it was a great success with excellent company. There is no way we could have achieved our goals without you and we enjoyed every minute. –Peter
I’m just writing to say how much we enjoyed our day of hiking last Sunday. Andy was a fantastic guide: calm, relaxed, professional and good company. –Ian
A Few of Andy’s Favourite Things
Climbing – Positive Vibrations (Incredible Hulk, California), Salbitschijen Westgrat (Switzerland – like the wildest bits of the Cuillin all day long)
Skye – Waking up at the bivi to another stunning Cuillin dawn. Climbing new routes at Elgol and Coruisk. Too many great routes to count.
Books – It should be something literary but really it’s the climbing guidebook for wherever I am right now.
Likely to: tell you about better spots than the Fairy Pools for wild swimming, eat something at every opportunity, recommend a coffee shake at the cafe in Broadford
Music – Clicky mimimal weirdness, blues, ska…
Food – Something spicy
Whisky – Lagavulin