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Abacus Mountaineering provides skills training and mountain guiding in Scotland and the Alps. Our select group of instructors will guide you in new skills on real, adventurous and challenging routes so you can reach your potential and achieve your mountaineering dreams.

Choose Your Adventure!

Summer Adventures

Winter Adventures

We offer a very flexible service and we aim to provide exactly what you want. We understand that mountaineering development is a personal thing which should be tackled at your own speed and in your direction. Making the most of the prevailing weather and conditions, your previous experience and aspirations, is our challenge and what gives us the most satisfaction.

Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Scrambling, Summer Mountain Leader Courses and Scottish Winter Climbing. We also provide coaching and guiding in Mountain Biking and Canyoning.

Be inspired by your Private Mountain Guide in the best hills in Scotland, Ben Nevis, Glen Coe and Skye.

Family Adventures

Mountain Biking

"I'm hooked! I've been coming to Scotland for nearly 20 years and I've driven by Ben Nevis or through Glen Coe and wondered what it might be like to climb some of those hills. Well now I know. Last week was clearly a step up for me, something I said I would never do was tie myself to a rope in case I got hooked. Too late now, I've got the bug! Aaron, Winter Mountaineering Course.

"Great guide, great teacher and above all great company. Mike has really helped me progress my Winter climbing skills giving me the confidence and ability to pursue my goals in the Alps. I would recommend Mike to anyone, at any level." Doug Spence, East Sussex.

"For the last 15 years or so I have had a guide every September to get me places where an ordinary hill walker wouldn’t go. Donald was by far the best guide I have ever had. He gave me confidence and at all times I felt perfectly safe and secure. His knowledge of the flora and fauna of the area in conjunction with his local knowledge added to the day out." David Beverley, York.

"Hugely impressed by your knowledge of the ridge, and your guiding skills. Also enjoyed your company, and very grateful for the way you looked after us. Very professional, and I won't hesitate to recommend you to others." Doug Flint, Scotland