TREADSOFTLEY

stephen

We are a trekking and mountain walking company, based in Glasgow, not far from the start of the West Highland Way.

 

We specialise in small tight knit, friendly groups of 4 to 8.

 

All accommodation is in specially selected B&B's, hotels and inns, we will make every effort to stay on route for a truly authentic experience throughout our journey.

 

TreadSoftley is owned and run by me, Stephen Softley, a well known face on the Scottish outdoor scene.

 

After over twenty years lecturing in further education, teaching hillwalking, mountain biking, and climbing amongst other subjects. I decided on a career change to share my passion for the long distance walking routes and mountains of Scotland.

 

My specialism is without doubt the West Highland Way, I first did ir in sections away back in 1984.

 

Since then I have walked it, biked it, and climbed every Munro(a Scottish mountain over 3000ft) accessible from it! I would love to share my experience with you and share my knowledge of the Flora and fauna, geology, history and culture of Scotland associated with it.

 

As well as scheduled trips we can offer bespoke guided tours, walks and mountain days. If you require more or less time to complete the route or you wish to climb classic mountains en-route, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Email is the best, as I’m often on trail and the phone signal is not always guaranteed.

 

Long distance walking and mountain walking are both activities which come with possible risks. I am an experienced and qualified mountain Leader and will use my experience to minimise that risk.

 

The mountain Leader qualification is awarded through the national governing body of climbing, hill walking and mountaineering in Scotland called the MLT. The qualification can only be given after an intense 5/6 day assessment covering all aspects of mountain walking including emergency situations, advanced navigation, expedition skills, river crossings and rope work. I was trained and assessed at Glenmore Lodge, the Scottish National Outdoor Training Centre, which is recognised internationally as a centre of excellence.

  • Full member of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.
  • Full member of the The Mountain Training Association (MTA)
  • Current and valid first aid qualification.
  • Current and valid P.G.V. certificate.