Our Office - The Scottish Outdoors

Unexplored Scotland was founded in 2008 and from the start the mission was to make outdoor trips something special and different. Like everyone who likes the outdoors, we like to have a bit of fun too. Everything we do has safety, fun and learning in it. That order seems a good balance to come back from our trips and want to do more.

  Our mission is to have fun and enjoy nature

  Our goal is safety on every outing

  Our vision is responsible use of nature

Our Team - Dedicated, outdoorsy people

Andreas Heinzl

Owner, Senior Instructor

Andreas has founded Unexplored Scotland in 2008 and has gone from strength to strength since then. His outdoor experience took him all over Scotland and he also has been in the French Alps, Eastern Alps and the Middle East. He has been working in the outdoors since 2008 and has over 20 years of local knowledge in the Scottish Highlands. His passion is sea kayaking which he has done for many years and still finds new places to explore in Scotland.

Mountain Leader (Summer)
Winter Mountain Leader
Single Pitch Award
BCU Level 3 Sea Kayak Coach
BCU Level 3 Inland Kayak Coach

Tim Oates

Freelance Instructor

Tim has been with us since early 2015 for the busy winter season. He has worldwide experience in mountaineering and has also worked in the middle east, Asia and Europe. He is however very much at home at the British hillside. He is a very experienced mountaineer and has been running some of our winter skills courses.

Mountain Leader (Summer)
Winter Mountain Leader
Single Pitch Award
Mountaineering Instructor Award
Mountaineering Instructor Certificate

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” –John Muir

The Highlands of Scotland have some of the most beautiful remote areas in Europe. Why not explore some of those spots?

Looking after the environment should go without saying. We always work on a "Leave No Trace" principal.

For us it is important to support local communities and we do so whenever we can.

We always have the well-being of our clients in mind and also make sure you have fun on our trips and courses.

We always try to keep it fresh. We introduce new tours and courses and make changes with that in mind.

We always use as much people power as possible. Kayaking and mountaineering is sustainable just by the nature of it.

We were set up in 2007 under the name Highland Ascent and have been Unexplored Scotland since 2012. We have gone from strength to strength from the start.

Safety, fun, learning... in that order!