Decade of discovery

Make the 2020s your decade of discovery.

We can help you discover your dream.  We can help you discover yourself.

With our help you can discover something for you – in the mountains, in the water, on the slopes, indeed anywhere in the Highlands and beyond.

We are delighted to have struck up a partnership with Glenmore Lodge to offer enhanced grants for outdoor skills training.  Download an application form – and get started!  Apply anytime, for any of the courses available at Glenmore Lodge.                  We strongly advise you to read our criteria before applying.


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See how others have discovered themselves and their dreams with grants from The Neil Mackenzie Trust and courses at Glennmore Lodge:



Magalie Castelin:

Snow and Ice Climbing – Improvers course

Magalie learned to climb in Canada with Neil Mackenzie (in whose memory the Trust was set up in 2015), and has continued her climbing in Canada and Europe ever since.  Magalie, who is from France, heard stories of climbing in Scotland from Neil, and had an ambition to come to Scotland to climb.  In 2018 she won a grant in a fundraising raffle and chose to use it on a winter climbing course in the Highlands.


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Maureen Nadeau

Bikepacking – Highland Trail 550

Maureen, a student at University of British Columbiia, Canada applied to, and won a grant from the Varsity Outdoor Club to travel to Scotland to spend two weeks riding the gruelling Highland 550, as a solo female bikepacker.


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Winter Skills Training courses

Cornelia and Kerry both undertook courses at Glenmore Lodge in February 2020. Kerrie won her 2 day course at a ceilidh at Glenmore Lodge in September 2019, and Cornelia is our first recipient of the Enhanced Skills Training Grant offered in Conjunction with Glenmore Lodge.



Emma Atkinson



Mountaineering and Climbing Instructors Course.

Emma’s course, at Glenmore Lodge was in July 2019 and we are following her through to her assessment ( and qualification, we hope!) in August 2020.


Sarah Lund

Mountain Leader Training course

Sarah’s Mountain Leader training week took place 5-10 October 2020 at Scotland’s national outdoor training centre, Glenmore Lodge.