Scottish Rock is run by Gary Latter. A native of Glasgow, I have climbed extensively throughout Scotland for over 20 years, and pioneered hundreds of new rock routes of every standard throughout the Highlands and Islands, including major new routes and early repeats in all the major climbing areas throughout the country. I have pursued a career in the outdoors since 1992, including a summer spent instructing at Plas y Brenin, the National Outdoor Centre for England and Wales. Scottish Rock was formed in 1996.

I don't claim to be expert at instructing a multitude of different activities. That is why I don't offer courses in mountain biking, skiing, winter climbing, caving, gorge walking, bungee jumping, kite flying, orienteering, or ascending the Munro's on a pogo stick. My aim is to specialise purely in instructing and guiding rock climbing and scrambling. Not being based in any particular mountain area ensures that the areas chosen for the courses are selected for their particular merits, and not out of convenience to where I happen to live.

Unlike many other more institutionalised centres and organisations, I generally aim to make full use of the day, with long days on the hill, particularly if the weather is good. Some of the most memorable time on the crags is in the early evening, when others have disappeared and the light is at its most impressive. I also believe that the best place to learn is on the crag, not the lecture room, hence as much time as possible is spent actually climbing, not talking about it.

At the moment I am currently completing Scottish Rock, a selected guide to the best rock climbing throughout the Highlands and Islands. In this respect, in the last few years in particular I believe I have built up an unrivalled knowledge through personally visiting and climbing extensively in all the areas covered in the guide and catered for in the range of courses offered.

Gary Latter, Coire Mhic Fhearchair

Scottish Rock
Gary Latter
64 Cambridge Street
PH11 8AW
Tel/Fax 01828 633929