Our Staff


Liam Irving

Liam is a highly qualified and experienced outdoor professional who has been working in the outdoors for 15 years. Liam holds qualifications in winter mountain leadership, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking and many more. Originally from the west coast of Scotland, he is now based in Aviemore where he climbs, kayaks and surfs as often as possible. 

liam@cairngormadventureguides.co.uk

Liam Irving

Graeme Douglas

Graeme Douglas

Graeme holds the Mountaineering Instructors Certificate (M.I.C) the highest level mountaineering award in the UK and is a full member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI). He is also an International Mountain Leader, Mountain Ski Leader and has extensive experience mountaineering throughout the world. In addition, Graeme is a sea kayaking coach, raft guide, Swift Water Rescue Technician and is Wilderness First Aid trained. All this makes Graeme exceptionally skillful when operating in gorges, rivers, rock faces and mountain tops.


Mike Brownlow

Mountain Instructor Certificate and IFMGA Guide. Mike is a highly experienced and qualified outdoor professional who has been working in the mountains and rivers for years. In addition to the Mountain Instructor Certificate, Mike has qualifications in white water kayaking, open boating and sea kayaking. He is held in very high regard within the industry and if you are lucky enough to be out with Mike you are sure to be left inspired.

Mike Brownlow

Kirk Watson

Mountain Instructor Certificate. Kirk is an experienced mountaineer and cameraman/ film maker who has mountaineered and made film in lots of interesting foriegn places, including a large amount spent in Antartica where he was guiding scientists and filming a huge construction project. His reassuring confidence and mountaineering skills will ensure you are kept safe and are able to learn as much as possible.


Kevin Rutherford

Mountain Instructor Certificate. Kevin has been climbing in Scotland, the Alps, Africa and Nepal for the last 20 years. He has worked as an associate instructor for various Outdoor Centres in Scotland over the past 12 years, including the National Mountain Centre, Glenmore Lodge. He has been trained and assessed under the UKMLTB and holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate MIC, the UK's highest instructional mountain qualification. He is a full professional member of AMI.

Kevin Rutherford

Mark Ker

Mark Ker

Winter Mountain Leader, BASI Level II Ski Instructor & Mountain Ski Leader. Mark is another local and excellent guide who's outdoor passions are for skiing and canoeing, and who has spent a great deal of time exploring the Highlands of Scotland and the Cairngorms. Marks huge amount of experience and knowledge, combined with his excellent coaching skills, allow him to use the best locations and to deliver courses to a very high standard. 


Jon Sanders

Mountain Instructor Certificate. Jon is an active climber who most enjoys multi-pitch rock climbing and Scottish Winters. Jon also holds qualifications in kayaking and mountain biking, and is a keen sea kayaker. Jon has been heavily involved in Tayside Mountain Rescue over the years so you know you are in expert, safe hands when you are out with Jon.

Jon Sanders

Ian Craigie

Ian Craigie

Ian holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate. Climbing and mountaineering are his passion, with many summer trips to the alps, climbing numerous 4000m peaks and with the aim of climbing some classic north faces and high ice lines, he enjoys pushing my own skills or sharing his knowledge with others. Ian has climbed and walked extensively in Scotland during summer and winter.


Ross Creber

An ex-professional cyclist who represented Scotland at the Dehli Commowealth Games turned climbing and mountaineering instructor. Ross holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate, Winter Mountain Leader Award and Ski Mountain Leader Award. Based in Aviemore and working primariy in the Cairngorms National Park, he also works at both National Mountain Centres passing on his knowledge, experience and enthusiasm. With years of experience on skis, ice and high mountains, Ross is most at home on rock with his favourite route being the uber classic E5 Right Wall in the Llanberis Pass.

Ross Creber

Dave Chapman

Dave Chapman

Dave Chapman is a mountaineering instructor (M.I.C.) based in the Cairngorms. He spends his free time climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing and skiing! Dave has climbed all around the world including the European Alps, Canada, USA, Sweden, Norway and Poland. He holds the MIC and Winter ML . Dave is a qualified Wilderness First Responder and has several years of Scottish Mountain rescue experience. When not climbing mountains, he can be found climbing trees as a qualified tree surgeon!


Rory Brown

Rory Brown holds the Mounatian Instructor Certificate as well as qualifications in ski touring, mountain biking and paddle sports. He enjoys getting involved with a wide range of outdoor activities but mountaineering is his real passion, and has walked and climbed extensively throughout Scotland, as well as bigger trips to the Alps and Europe. 

Rory Brown

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards has been working in the outdoor industry for nearly 10 years. He is an experienced and enthusiastic outdoor professional, who holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate and and has as a variety of paddle sport qualifications. He loves the challenges of the Scottish winter mountain environment and the opportunity to share is passion and knowledge with other people. Simon also loves to travel further afield and has led trekking trips to Ecuador and the high mountains of India.


Will Nicholls

Will Nicholls has been working in the mountains for ten years, teaching climbing and skiing. Summers are spent in Snowdonia, winters in Scotland, and the times between on trips. Will holds an Mountain Instructor Certificate and ski instructor qualifications.

Will Nicholls

Rachael Crewesmith

Rachael Crewesmith

Rachael Crewesmith holds the Mountaineering Instructor Award and Winter Mountain Leader as well as being a tutor of the British Cycling Leadership Awards. She is a wilderness first aider and has walked, biked and climbed in Europe, Africa and the Himalaya but is always drawn back to the wildness of Scotland. Rachael has 15 years experience in coaching the best out of people and is equally at home on the hockey pitch as in the mountains. Inspired by the small adventures we can have every day, she loves sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for the mountain environment.


Rich Parker

Rich Parker is an MIC qualified Mountaineering Instructor, rescue and working at height specialist with worldwide experience over 30 years. He remains a committed enthusiast and is always keen to share what he’s learned so far. Rich comes from Skye but now lives with his wife Gill in Fort William. 


Emma Atkinson

Emma Atkinson

Emma Atkinson is a keen climber and winter mountain leader based in Aviemore. Having grown up in the area with mountaineering parents, she was carried up her first Munro at three months old (in a rucksack) and hasn’t stopped since! She loves working and playing in the Scottish mountains and enjoys pursuing rock climbing around the world. Emma is currently working towards completing her Mountaineering Instructor Award.


Jonny Hawkins

Jonny Hawkins is an experienced and qualified outdoor professional who has been working in the mountains and rivers for years and holds the Winter Mountain Leader and Mountaineering Instructor awards . He is equally qualified in paddlesport with white water kayaking being his passion.  These sports have taken Jonny all over the world on expeditions, but he loves nothing better than a good adventure on his doorstep in the Cairngorms.


Lawrie Brand

Lawrie Brand

Lawrie Brand has worked in the Scottish mountains for the last 15 years and holds the Mountaineering Instructors Award, Winter Mountain Leader and is a BASI Alpine Ski Instructor. He enjoys exploring the more remote areas in Scotland, both on foot and by mountain bike. He has climbed extensively in Scotland and many other countries, including Jordan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Sweden and the Alps.