Personal Profile: Dr. Darren McAulay
Darren看has been walking, rock climbing, mountaineering, paragliding, skiing and snowboarding throughout Scotland and World-wide for over 25 years. A majority of this time has been spent in the看Scottish Highlands看although work has taken him to Antarctica, New Zealand, California, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Nepal, France, Spain and Italy.
Having completed a PhD. in Geology and Physics (at UMIST/University of Manchester 1992) Darren decided to pursue a career in the outdoors. Scotland provided the initial location for skiing and climbing instruction, closely followed by winter seasons working on Mt. Ruapehu,  New Zealand and at Mammoth Lakes, California. In the summer of 1999 Darren started working freelance under the name Hebridean Pathways. The base being the Isle of Skye in order to provide specialized mountaineering instruction/guiding services in the Cuillin mountains and on the superb sea cliff locations in NW Scotland.
Subsequently work horizons have constantly widened with the result that Darren now spends the year wandering the globe - guiding in Antarctica, the Peruvian Andes, the French Alps, Chile, Nepal and of course in Scotland!
When not traveling or working Darren is resident in Le Chazelet, La Grave in the French Alps - a mecca for outdoor sports.
Hebridean Pathways was established in July 1999 by Dr. Darren McAulay.
The aim being to provide professional, experienced and friendly guiding in the Cuillin and around the Isle of Skye, together with rock climbing instruction for all abilities. Over the years the range of activities has grown to include many overseas treks and expeditions - encompassing Darrens vast knowledge of many of the Worlds mountainous regions and wild places.
In June 2006 Darren joined the Union of International Mountain Leaders Association (UIMLA) and is currently a member of the Syndicat National des Accompagnateurs en Montagne, France (SNAM).
Darren has also qualified for instructional awards to a high level (in the UK and USA) for both skiing and snowboarding and was a member of the UK Association of Mountaineering Instructors from 1999-2013.http://www.lesaem.orgshapeimage_4_link_0
Summit of Mt. Vinson, Ellsworth Mountains, Antarctica
Speed Riding, Antarctica - the new passion!
Heading out for a days work in Antarctica
Discussing geology in the Cuillin
The high pass (4200m) on the Inca Trail
If Darren is not available for any dates or activity that you require then his close colleagues can help. For hill-walking in Scotland contact Keith Gault at and for climbing/walking in Scotland contact Bill Strachan at