Scottish Winter Mountaineering - Not for the faint hearted!

UK Mountaineering & Climbing

The UK has a rich diversity of geology which has blessed climbers with a fantastic range of mountains and cliffs. From ocean-washed and sun-kissed rock climbing on the Welsh coastline to the ascent of blizzard blasted snow & ice gully in the Scottish Highlands. The UK mountains can usually provide a highly accessible adventure and a wide range of difficulties to ensure the right level of challenge. As well as being a great place to go climbing the UK mountain scene is an excellent training ground for developing the mountaineering skills of ice-axe and crampon use; climbing ropework; navigation and the all important mountain movement skills be they for scrambling, rock or ice climbing.

Scottish Winter Mountaineering is a highly challenging and rewarding activity in its own right and a fantastic training ground for the Alps and Himalaya. Days out on Scotland’s winter mountains can be tough and adventurous experiences but the rosy cheeks and satisfaction of a mountain adventure wrapped up in to a single day will more than compensate. Our Scottish winter courses are based in Fort William in the West Highlands. We pride ourselves in using a diverse range of venues and delivering an excellent blend of training, guiding, experiential learning and just having a good day in the mountains. Summer mountaineering courses are generally run on the Isle of Skye or in Snowdonia. Please browse our course pages below for ideas or get in touch with us directly to discuss your plans...

Scottish Winter Climbing

Scotland's winter mountains are rightly world famous for the quality of their winter climbing. When the Highlands are incased in snow, hoar frost and ice they are a wild and enchanting place, and that's before the equally famous weather adds to the mix. They say Scottish climbin... more>

Scottish Winter Mountaineering

The Scottish Highlands in winter are an ideal place both for quality mountaineering skills training; using an ice-axe and crampons and for an adventurous mountain experience wrapped up in to a single day. Whilst climbing the Scottish 'Munro's' (mountains over 3000ft) you can ser... more>

UK Rock Climbing

People often forget how lucky we are with our geology in the UK - an exhilarating week on the Welsh sea cliffs or the mountain classics of the Scottish Highlands will soon remind you just how good and varied the rock climbing and in the UK really is. High Mountain Guides can off... more>

UK Scrambling & Mountaineering

The hills of Snowdonia, The Lake District and Scottish Highlands provide both a fantastic arena for the dedicated mountain scrambler and an exacting training ground for the aspiring mountaineer. We offer both training and guiding to suit your requirements in these areas. So whet... more>


Hi Rob, Just a quick email to thank you for two excellent days climbing. It's fair to say I was blown away by how engrossing mixed climbing is and the quality of the routes. I also learnt a huge amount over both days.

Charlie, Glasgow. Private Guiding / Advanced Winter Climbing, December 2007


Rob, Thanks for a great week of instruction and climbing, altogether a fantastic experience, and always in great company. Jon.

Jon, Istanbul, Winter Climbing & Alpine Training week, Lochaber Feb 2009


The trip was everything i have come to expect from your company a truly fantastic experience. This is my third time with High Mountain Guides and I’ve not been disappointed yet! Thanks Rob, i look forwards to being in contact again for the next trip!

Gavin, London, Winter Mountaineering Course, Jan 2009


Thank you for a brilliant five days Climbing & Scrambling across the Cuillin range. Flexible, patient, encouraging and intuitive as well as highly skilful and professional, it was like climbing with a friend. You certainly helped me exceed all my targets and aspirations, and I greatly increased my confidence and skills by what I learned. I can't wait to get back for more!

Phil Smith, 'Skye Mountaineer', May 2008


Just a short message to thank you for your excellent instruction and guiding of the 'geriatrics' last week. Despite the poor weather on Tuesday and especially Wednesday, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip.That we achieved our goals and more was a reflection of the quality of your instruction, knowledge and expertise.We know that had we not employed a guide,we would not have tackled the routes which we did and our visit would not have been so successful.

Huw, Anglesey, 'Lochaber Scrambler', May 2007


Andy Turner Leading "The Secret"

The first ascent of the hardest winter route in the UK led in on-sight style

Ben Nevis Ice Climb

Doug climbing Good Friday Climb, Ben Nevis 11/2/08

Fingers Ridge

A Winter ascent of the Cairngorms classic, 'Fingers Ridge' IV,4