Culture Awards

The Fort William Mountain Festival, since 2008, has sought to celebrate and award outstanding achievement of individuals in our outdoor world.
We present both a Youth and Adult award at the Festival each year and invite you to nominate who the next recipient of these prestigious awards might be.
They are a rare breed, they stand out from the crowd and they inspire us all to be the best we can be as they become the best version of themselves.
Should you know anyone who would deserve either of these awards at our Festival in 2020… please nominate HERE.

THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATION ENTRIES, FOR BOTH AWARDS, IS SATURDAY 14th DECEMBER 2019.

Noel Williams – 2019

Noel Williams, inspirational high school teacher, author of respected mountain guides…

Rob Cochrane – 2019 (YA)

Rob Cochrane, volunteer ranger, volunteer Cub and Scout group leader and a Duke of Ed…

Cameron McNeish – 2018

Cameron McNeish is an award-winning writer whose fields of interest include mountaine…

Shauna Coxsey – 2018 (YA)

Shauna Coxsey has a long list of achievements in her field (rock climbing) including …

Dr Hamish Brown – 2017

Scottish mountaineer, lecturer, photographer, writer, poet and international mountain…

Robert MacKenzie – 2017 (YA)

Inverness-born Robert MacKenzie was first taken to an outdoor climbing wall when he w…

Mick Tighe – 2016

Born in Derbyshire, in 1950, of Irish ancestry, Mick Tighe worked on a farm until the…

Natalie Berry – 2016 (YA)

Natalie Berry is twenty-three years old and grew up in Glasgow. She started climbing …

Robin Campbell – 2015

Robin Campbell is a perfect example of the importance of presenting the Scottish Awar…

Zeki Basan – 2015 (YA)

"I can honestly say that Zeki is not a usual 15 year old. He is an exception and a gr…

Andy Nisbet – 2014

Over the decades Andy has gone to incredible lengths to bring climbers a highly accur…

Myrtle Simpson DL – 2013

Myrtle Simpson, originally from Aldershot, qualified as a Radiographer in the 1950’…

Dr Adam Watson – 2012

Watson was born and educated in Turriff, Aberdeenshire and gained a 1st class honour…

Ian “Spike” Sykes MBE – 2011

Ian Sykes is best known for his push for the development of the Nevis Range facilitie…

Jimmy Marshall – 2010

Though a relative unsung hero of Scottish and UK mountaineering Jimmy Marshall has be…

Richard Else – 2009

Richard is a multi award winner with films such as Wild Climbs, made for the BBC in B…

Hamish MacInnes OBE & BEM – 2008

Hamish MacInnes is a world authority on mountain rescue. For over forty-five years as…

Our thanks goes to Jahama for sponsoring the Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture and West Highland College UHI (School of Adventure Studies) for sponsoring the Scottish Youth Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture