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 2022



Winter 2022 Course update - Happy New Year, hope you managed to have a good festive period, i wish you the very best for 2022!


All courses will still be run in line with Gov guidelines & Risk Assessed. A Covid cancellation process is in place should guidelines change or you need to self isolate after your booking has been made, a full refund will be offered. 




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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