Winter walking on Beinn Eghe, Torridon, Scotland
Winter walking on Beinn Eghe, Torridon, Scotland

Hillwalking, Winter Skills & Navigation & Mountain Guiding in Scotland

Based in Scotland & offer bespoke courses in hillwalking, winter skills, mountain guiding & navigation. Also wildlife tours, mountain biking & alpine treks

Tarmachan Mountaineering is based in Aviemore at the foot of the magnificent Cairngorm Mountains and run by qualified Mountain Leader Gary Hodgson.

With over 30 years of personal experience of walking and climbing in the mountains of the UK and many other countries around the world we offer bespoke courses in Scottish Hillwalking, Winter Skills and Navigation

We are also providers of Wildlife photography Workshops, Mountain Biking in Scotland and summer Alpine Trekking in the Alps. Small group numbers are our speciality with many clients returning year after year.

Why book with Tarmachan Mountaineering?

  • fully qualified for all activities
  • Extensive knowledge and experience
  • small groups and individual tuition
  • all courses are geared toward your aspirations and goals, nothing "off the shelf"
  • the mountains we operate in are on our doorstep
  • small, friendly company and flexible, tell us what you want!

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Qualified Mountain Leader

It takes many years gaining the correct skills and qualifications for the activities mountain leaders provide.

By employing a company or person with these certificates you are assured of a professional and safe time out on the mountains. Our qualifications are kept up to date with regular CPD.

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Mountain Guiding & Skills Courses

Winter Skills Scotland

Winter Skills Courses & Guiding

Heading out into the winter mountains in Scotland and other hills in Britain is far more serious than walking in summer and requires additional skills. The rewards, though, are immense. We can offer several courses to learn all the vital skills and techniques to be safe whilst walking in the winter months

Winter Skills

Summer Courses & Guiding

We run mountain walking days throughout the year. Munro summits, backpacking trips, bike and hike days, Navigation courses, wildlife tours and low level walking days. Something for everyone!

Summer Guiding

Mountain Biking

With many km's of fantastic trails for mountain bikes, The Cairngorms is one of the best areas in the UK for biking. Through out Spring-Autumn we run days out biking from Aviemore. From beginners to experienced bikers

Mountain Biking

Wildlife & Photography Workshops

The Scottish Highlands has some of the most diverse and unique wildlife in Europe. In particular The Cairngorm area boasts a wealth of mammals, birds, flora and insects that can only be found in the mountain’s lochs and forests of Britain’s largest National Park.

Having lived in the area for many years and gaining excellent local knowledge we can offer guided walks to appreciate many wonderful species. Our Wildlife Photography Workshops are increasingly popular. We are passionate about our wildlife and I hope that we can pass this on to you!


Mountain Trekking

Mountain Trekking

Tour du Mont Blanc

The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most popular long-distance treks in Europe approximately 170 km in length with an accumulation of 9,500m of height gain. Starting and finishing in the Chamonix valley the route circumnavigates the ‘Mont Blanc Massif’ taking in some of the most spectacular alpine scenery through France, Italy & Switzerland

Mont Blanc trek

Tour of the Matterhorn

The Tour of the Matterhorn is a 9 day trek which circumnavigate one of the most stunning and instantly recognisable mountains in the world. It is a very quiet trek with some demanding and long days with two easy glacier crossings. It is we within the capabilities of reasonabley fit hillwalkers. A trek for the connoisseur of high Alpine trekking amongst grand, high mountains.

Matterhorn Trek

The Walkers Haute Route

The Walker’s Haute Route is a spectacular trek from Chamonix to Zermatt. This 10-day journey is one of the world’s top walks. We start in Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc and finish in Zermatt below one of the most iconic mountains in the world, The Matterhorn. Ten days of breath-taking mountain panoramas, challenging mountain passes and flower filled Alpine meadows.

Haute Route


We have run trips to Mount Elbrus 5642m and Aconcagua 6959m as well as to the wild lands of Patagonia and Greenland.

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Gift Vouchers from Tarmachan Mountaineering!

Give your loved one an adventure for life

Tarmachan Mountaineering Gift Vouchers available on request. An ideal gift for anyone who thinks they have everything! Vouchers available for day or multi days out on any of our courses or mountain adventures.

Gary Hodgson Photography - Workshops, Landscapes & Wildlife images

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Workshops, Landscapes & Wildlife images