Navigation is a fundamental skill when heading to the hills and mountains, both in summer and winter. Having good proficiency and knowledge of navigation can keep you safe and make your time in the hills a lot more enjoyable! A lot of hill walkers are happy navigating when the weather is nice, but in poor conditions and at night, good navigation is essential!  In all of our navigation courses we will cover effective use of the map, compass, timings and passing time as well as the all important route choice and planning.  You will be led by one of our highly qualified instructors who are passionate about passing on their skills and knowledge in a safe and enjoyable environment.

As well as navigation, which is the main aim of our courses, our experienced mountaineering instructors can’t help themselves in passing on their knowledge and experiences with their groups, from flaura and fauna to the history behind mountaineering and the use of the hills around you! These are all things you will pick up making you a generally more knowledgable hillwalker.

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Navigation for beginners:

Aimed at those with little or no experience of map reading or using a compass. We will go on a journey through the hills covering the following skills:

  • Which map to use and why
  • Map scales & map interpretation
  • Map orientation
  • Route choice
  • Distances
  • Use of compass
  • Walking a bearing

Price £65.00 per person

Duration 1 day

Course dates:

Sunday 13th April   9:00 am – 5:00pm

Saturday 12th July  9:00 am – 5:00pm

Navigation Courses
 Hillwalking Glencoe

Improvers navigation:

Aimed at those who have some hillwalking and map reading experience or who have taken part in one of our ‘Navigation for beginners’ course. If you can read a map and take a bearing but are looking for the next stage of your navigation training then this is for you. The course will cover the following:

  • Refresh your map reading and compass skills.
  • Look at bearings from the map and how to walk them without deviating.
  • Use Naismiths Rule to calculate timings and distance effectively.
  • Look at methods of navigating in poor visibility.
  • Ground interpretation and how to use this.

Price £65.00 per person

Duration 1 day

Course dates:

Sunday 25th May 9:00 am – 5:00pm

Saturday 21st June 9:00 am – 5:00pm

Sunday 13th July 9:00 am – 5:00pm


Advanced navigation skills:

This is aimed at those who are already happy with the main aspects of navigation but wish to take things to the next level to be able to navigate in poor weather, at night, in winter conditions or have confidence in your skills to be leading a group of friends. The course will cover the following:

  • Micro navigation,
  • Detailed map interpretation
  • Exact bearings and how to walk true.
  • detailed route choice and planning.
  • Things to look out for and handy tricks
  • Night navigation

Price £65.00 per person

Duration 1 day

Course dates:

Sunday 22nd June 9:00 am – 5:00pm

Sunday 19th October 9:00 am – 5:00pm

Sunday 23rd November 9:00 am – 5:00pm