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 brilliant to see him up and guiding again by mid-summer. Just don’t do it again lad!

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 spent inside. Moved into working in the outdoors doing youth work with the Prince’s Trust in Hackney and working for various providers in the South before moving up to North Wales.Three years of climbing every day and working at Plas y Brenin later, I’m looking for a change of scene for the coming summer, and Skye is somewhere that I have always found really inspiring. I’m a super keen climber and mountaineer who gets equal satisfaction out of all the different facets of the sport – though British trad often delivers some of the best experiences.”

And what his clients thought last year-

“Niels was a great guide: very calm; great suggestions and options for what we did over the three days; took time to explain all the technical whys and hows of what we were doing, and how we may use equipment on my trip to nepal; and a good companion on the hill.” MC 2016

“Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that we had a brilliant 2 days out with Neils, he was fabulous, so very calm and patient and knowlegeable. A real credit to Skye Guides. We have successfully completed all the Munro’s on Skye now but feel that there’s so much more to come back for and look forward to booking with you in the future.” J&D H 2016


Mountaineering qualifications:


Some favorite routes:


Fiesta de los Biceps, Riglos (7a)

Salbitschijen West-Grat (ED1)


Positron, Gogarth (E5)

The Rasp, Higgar Tor (E2)


Spray River Falls, Banff (WI 5)

Pillar Chimney, North Wales (V, 5)


Mother’s pride, Elgol (E4)

Arrow Route, Sron na Ciche (VDiff)


Climbing Heroes: Nico Favresse and Hazel Findlay


Best food: Halloumi

Best drink: Vimto