Iain Miller

Iain Miller, Author, Climber, Company Director and Mountain Instructor

Iain Miller is a rock climber, guidebook author and hill walker living, working and playing on the sea cliffs, sea stacks, mountain ranges and uninhabited islands of County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland.

Iain has spent the last 20 years seeking and finding unclimbed rock and summits in both the Orkney Islands and in County Donegal in Ireland. He has acquired a unique set of skills gained for over these years as a mountaineer, rock climber and a marine engineer for too many years to mention. He has explored the mountains and coastline of County Donegal since 2007 resulting in a unique and in-depth knowledge of the geography and features of the area. finding and climbing over 50 previously unclimbed sea stacks including Tormore Island, Ireland's highest sea stack and Cnoc na Mara, the best sea stack rock climb on earth. This has allowed him to create a collection of adventures and outdoor experiences, which coupled with his indepth knowledge of the geology of both the coastal and upland environments of Donegal, he has created a unique and compelling visitor experience for those seeking a new level of outdoor adventure.
Iain is a fully qualified mountain instructor, an approved provider of National Governing Body awards with Mountaineering Ireland and is registered and is a fully insured full member of the Association of Mountain Instructors. (AMI) He is experienced and qualified to take people safely on journeys of true adventure for those seeking an experience that will live forever in their happy memories.
For those seeking the skills to explore safely on their own, he will provide a dynamic learning experience in all aspects of hill walking, rock climbing, mountaineering and coastaleering in Republic of Ireland and the U.K.
• Mountain Instructor Award Holder (M.I.A.)
• Winter Mountain Leader Award holder (W.M.L.)
• Mountain Leader Award (M.L.)
• Single Pitch Award (S.P.A)
• Multi-Pitch Award (M.L.T.B. Ire)
• Remote Emergency Care Level 4 (First Aid Certificate)


Iain Miller’s mountaineering background:

  • Worldwide mountaineering experience since 1984
  • 26 years climbing and completing the Scottish Munroe’s (1984 to 2010) 
  • Over 30 years of rock climbing experience 
  • Author of Mountaineering Ireland's Rock Climbing in Donegal guidebook 2015
  • Author of Mountaineering Ireland's Rock climbing in Donegal App 2013
  • Author of www.orkney-seastacks.co.uk
  • 250+ first ascents (rock climbing) in the Orkney Islands
  • First Ascent of Testament to the Insane, St John's Head, Orkney
  • 500+ first ascents (rock climbing) in Donegal
  • First Ascent of Irelands longest rock climb on Sturrall Headland
  • First Ascent of Irelands longest Ice Climb in Poison Glen, Donegal 
  • First Ascent of Irelands highest sea stack, Tormore Island
  • First Ascent and First free ascent Of Tormore Island Film
  • 60 first ascents of Donegal previously unclimbed sea stacks (rock climbing) With currently over 160 new routes on the Sea Stacks and many more to still be climbed, Donegal Sea Stack Guidebook.
  • Over 40 first ascents of winter routes in Donegal (Winter mixed climbing) Donegal Winter Guidebook Here
  • Climbing instructor and guide for Orkney Islands Council on the sea cliffs and stacks around the islands. (1999 to 2005)
  • Freelance provider for BOS accredited Mountain Training providers of Mountain Skills training and Assessment (MSA), Mountain Leader Training and Assessment (MLA), Single Pitch Award  (SPA) Training and Assessment.
  • Worked in all ranks as an engineering officer on worldwide trading vessels, including 9 years as chief engineer.
  • Author of articles for many mainstream and climbing publications including Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish News, Donegal Democrat, Donegal news, Donegal Daily, Derry Journal, Sunday Journal, Inishowen Independent, Orcadian, Outside Magazine, Outsider Magazine, Climb, Climber Magazine, AMI, Irish Mountain Log and hundreds of websites worldwide including UKClimbing, Planet Fear, SMC Guidebooks, Climbing.com, Stuff.NZ, TED


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