Welcome.  Ecosse Mountains provide Summer and Winter mountain courses based in Grantown On Spey, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland.

Kevin Rutherford provides a professional service that will instruct, coach and guide you through your days on the hill , building your confidence, passing on good practice, benefiting from years of experience. 


Norway Ice Climbing Course

Norway Ice 2023



Spring/Summer 2022   I hope you have been enjoying the fine spell of weather we have had of late, as we move through Spring into Summer we have the following courses available, Rock Climbing Intro, X2 -Rock Climb & Scramble and the Rock Improver course which covers a lot of scenarios, a guided days climbing to Learn to Lead. Further information on the links below -  

Rock Climb Intro, rock climbing outdoors -  Intro Rock

X2 , Rock Climb day 1, Scramble in the mountains day 2 - X2 Rock Climb/Scramble


Rock Improver guided mountain days to Learn to Lead - Rock Improver 

Also available - Guiding on the Skye Cuillin - Munro ticking or a 2 day Traverse - Skye Cuillin

AMI Workshops Update - MCI Trainee Workshop dates, spaces still available via CMS -


Mountaineering Day - 24 May 2022 - Mountaineering Day at 24/05/2022 (tahdah.me)

Problem Solving & Improvisation - 2 June 2022 - Problem Solving and Improvised Rescue at 02/06/2022 (tahdah.me)

Taking Clients Guided Climbing - 3 June 2022 - Taking People (guided) Climbing at 03/06/2022 (tahdah.me)


Get in touch via the chat box , email - kevinrutherford@ecossemountains.co.uk or complete a booking enquiry.  



Ecosse Mountains is based in the Scottish Highland village of Grantown on Spey, within the Cairngorm National Park. The company was set up in 2003 by Kevin Rutherford. Kevin holds the highest level of mountaineering qualification recognised in the UK, Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor and is a full member of AMI, The Association of Mountaineering Instructors. Since 2003, Kevin has been providing professional friendly courses and instruction in the Cairngorms, Ben Nevis, Glencoe, the Isle of Skye, the Orkney Islands and in Norway, where he runs the Norway Ice course based in Rjukan

Kevin has been climbing in the Scottish Mountains for nearly 30yrs and is keen and passionate about inspiring new and memorable experiences, introducing and improving skills, knowledge, decision making and will hopefully help fulfil your mountain ambitions.


Ecosse Mountains specialise in private mountain guiding and instructional courses. In Winter all courses are based in and around the Northern Corries of Cairngorm and the Cairngorm Plateau, a huge expanse at an altitude of around 1000m. An amazing and challenging environment which has been used as a training ground for the bigger mountain ranges for decades. Scottish Winter Climbing courses, mixed and ice at introductory  and advanced levels, Scottish Winter Mountaineering courses and Winter Skills courses, for all abilities. Rjukan in Norway provides a venue for the Norway Ice courses which gives quick and easy access together with consistent water ice conditions, introductory to advanced levels.


In Summer we provide walking, scrambling and rock climbing instructor courses all over the Scottish Highlands & Islands, including guided courses on the Isle of Skye and the alpine Black Cuillin


Other mountaineering options are available through bespoke bookings ie a days guided walk on Ben Macdui or Ben Nevis, scramble Curved Ridge in Glen Coe or rock climb on Stac Pollaidh all dependent on your individual or group needs.

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Kingussie Crag
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Stirling Bridge VI/7
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