Allow Hillgoers to journey with you across Scotland’s extraordinary landscape. Our highly qualified mountain leaders offer:
Contact the team to discuss your individual needs.
Lead guide and founder of Hillgoers, Garry Cormack (pictured on Lochnagar with his daughter Emma), lives in Aberdeenshire. With the great outdoors literally a step away, he and his family spend much of their time exploring the surrounding terrain, seeking out the hidden treasures of Aberdeenshire and the Cairngorm National Park.
Having walked the hills and glens for many years, all mountain leaders at Hillgoers are highly qualified and possess vast experience of Scotland's wilderness. They are passionate about their profession: their aim is to share this enthusiasm, and their knowledge, with you. Walks are never rushed. Indeed, the leaders take their time to guide you through the landscape, identifying flora and fauna, and providing interesting historical facts.
While it’s possible to book walks across Scotland, the team holds specialist knowledge of the Royal Deeside area, from the Wells of Dee high up above Braeriach, through the Cairngorm National Park, past the magnificent Lochnagar, down to the stormy North Sea in Aberdeen. Fishing for wild brown trout in Scotland’s remote hill lochs is a firm favourite, although camping under the stars is hard to beat!
Many of the summits can be scaled within a few hours. If you’re feeling fit, it’s also possible to tackle some of the other surrounding hill walks on the same day! Or you can extend your adventure by camping out under the stars.
See Hillgoers' event calendar for information on pre-arranged guided hill walks, or contact the team to book a bespoke hill walking adventure. Walks can last from a few hours to multi-day. For what you’ll need to bring, visit our FAQ page.
Learn how to competently and confidently navigate with Hillgoers. As a provider for the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS), our Mountain Leaders have been trained to teach navigation and have the NNAS Tutor Award Qualification. We will methodically teach you to navigate safety through Scotland’s hills, mountains, forests and glens.
Hillgoers' navigation courses typically consist of some indoor lessons and day or two outside, where you can immediately put into practice what you learn from the leaders.
While not a requirement, it's possible to gain a navigation award - Bronze, Silver or Gold from NNAS. The Bronze award is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4, and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on completion.
Most of our guides also volunteer for Duke of Edinburgh (DofE), leading groups or assessing expeditions. In their experience, the DofE candidates are often better navigators than their parents, which is a little embarrassing! Why not put your skills to the test and try this as a family activity?
We also love to go wild camping and would be happy to help you get safely started with these adventures!
Hillgoers offer the following services to schools:
Please contact us if you would like to discuss any of the services.
Hillgoers’ mountain leaders offer diverse walking opportunities across Scotland.
Our wilderness walks allow you to experience the country's wilder side, which is not always located atop a hill! Indeed, there are swathes of lower lying land, complete with fascinating geology, flowers, wildlife and (literally) breathtaking scenery, to explore.
Check out Hillgoers' event calendar for information on pre-arranged guided wilderness walks, or contact the team to book a bespoke adventure. Walks can last from a few hours to multi-day. For what you’ll need to bring, visit our FAQ page.
Scotland boasts an abundance of wildlife, including red deer, mountain hare, ptarmigan and eagles, which are best observed in their natural habitat, be it atop a hill or mountain, or in the glens.
Hillgoers’ mountain leaders possess expert knowledge of where to find, and safely enjoy, this wildlife, and the unparalleled scenery, on one of the many available wildlife walks.
It's highly recommended that you take a camera; tuition can be provided, although many of the best snaps have been taken on our phones!
Check out Hillgoers' event calendar for information on pre-arranged guided wildlife walks, or contact the team to book a bespoke adventure. Walks can last from a few hours to multi-day. For what you’ll need to bring, visit our FAQ page.
Scotland is home to a number of stunning hill lochs, many of which are located in remote, hard to reach places. Fishing these lochs can be a magical experience, often shared only with the red deer and soaring eagles.
Hillgoers’ mountain leaders can safely guide you to these extraordinary places and help you set up for a great day’s fishing. Relevant permits and permissions from Estates, for example, can be arranged, and trips can be extended with walks between lochs and/or overnight camping. For what you’ll need to bring, visit our FAQ page.
Contact Hillgoers to book a bespoke hill fishing adventure.
Hillgoers are based near Banchory and most of our walks depart from Ballater or Braemar area but we love to walk anywhere in Scotland. If you have any questions about our events or services please get in touch.