Book Launch Invitation. Portree, 24th November.

Apologies for the late notice. Anyone with an interest in the Cuillin is very welcome. I expect it will be just locally based folk but if you’re up here on holiday….


3, Luib

Isle of Skye.

November 2011



Scottish Mountaineering Club Cuillin Guidebook


You may be aware that the new SMC Guidebook to the Cuillin has finally been published and is now widely available. As the author, I will be giving an illustrated talk at 7.30pm in the Aros Centre, Portree on Thursday 24th November.


The talk will cover a broad spectrum including summer and winter climbing, history, geology, flora & fauna, Munros and tourism. The show will include images of the Cuillin from the book and also from my own collection.


In writing the book I have learnt a huge amount about these fantastic mountains. I hope to pass on some of the passion and the enthusiasm that the project has given me.


As someone with an interest in the Cuillin you may know others who have not have received this invitation. Please feel free to extend the invitation to them.


Signed copies of the book will be available in the foyer and the bar will be open from 7pm. The talk will begin at 7.30pm and last for about an hour followed by a chance to ask questions.


Yours faithfully,

Mike Lates


RSVP to allow us to be properly prepared. Either the above address, by telephone- 01471 822 116 or by e-mail;




About the book.





This book is written for climbers but will also be useful for any walkers and scramblers planning to visit the Skye Cuillin.


Full page colour photographs show the easiest approaches and descents to the Munros and other summits of these complex mountains. These are backed up with clear concise descriptions written by author and local mountain guide Mike Lates.


Introduction sections have specific Cuillin advice including weather, navigation and safety. The eight page history section details the first conquests right up to modern day achievements. Geology, local amenities and the environment are also covered.