Based in Lochcarron, NW Highlands of Scotland, our Scottish Winter courses offer instruction and personal progression in essential winter mountaineering skills and the techniques of steeper snow, ice and mixed climbing. We traverse some of Britain's finest ridges, teach survival skills and develop your navigational abilities. The skills and experiences acquired with us will prepare you  well for all your aspirations of climbing in the Alps and Himalaya.


Our most popular course gives an all-round introduction to winter mountaineering skills plus adventurous mountain expeditions on Scotland's finest and wildest peaks - including the Torridon "Big Three" - Liathach, Beinn Eighe and Beinn Alligin plus An Teallach, Kintail, Glen Shiel and Skye Cuillin.

For keen hillwalkers and scramblers who want to learn the skills of winter mountaineering. The course is a gateway to mountaineering in the Alps.

Skills covered include Snowcraft, ice axe arrest, Crampon techniques, Alpine Ropework and Belaying, Grade I/II Gullies and classic Ridge Traverses, winter Navigation and Route-planning, Weather and Avalanche hazard assessment, Survival. An overnight snow-hole expedition is often included.

2020 Dates

11-17 January - 2 PLACES LEFT

25-31 January - SOLD OUT

15-21 February - SOLD OUT

 22-28 February - 2 PLACES LEFT

29 Feb - 5 March - 4 PLACES LEFT


Course ratio: 4:1 max

Pre-requirements: Good fitness and an enjoyment of exposed ridge scrambles are important. Previous roped climbing experience on indoor walls or outdoor rock is additionally helpful but not essential.

Prices include 5 days' Guiding and Instruction, 6 nights' Full-board accommodation, local Transport, Lecture presentations


An introduction to winter climbing to grade III standard,

 coaching skills in snow, ice and mixed climbing and climbing classic routes in remote and adventurous mountains of the North-West Highlands.

The course is designed for those wanting a solid grounding in winter climbing at grades I to III, particularly winter climbing beginners who have previous outdoor rock climbing and winter walking experience.

Instruction is given in personal snow and ice skills, belaying methods, rope-work, multi-pitch climbing, placing protection and ice and mixed climbing techniques. Clients will have the opportunity to develop leading skills on grade I and II routes

We climb gullies in the great corries of Liathach and Beinn Eighe in Torridon, make ridge traverses on the Cuillin of Skye and tackle mixed climbs in Glen Shiel. Beinn Dearg, the Fannich hills and the magnificent gully climbs of An Teallach are all possible venues plus Aonach Mor and Ben Nevis in Lochaber.

2020 Dates

18-24 January - SOLD OUT

8-14 February - 1 PLACE LEFT



 Course ratio: 3:1 max

Prices include 5 days' Guiding and Instruction, 6 nights' Full-board accommodation, local Transport, Lecture presentations


Our premier winter climbing course, guided by expert winter guides and designed to improve your skills while introducing you to new venues and styles of winter climbing.

 This course will suit those with previous winter climbing experience to grade III or pairs who want the extra personal attention of a 2:1 ratio.

Development of your leading skills under the guide's supervision is offered and routes from grade III to VI climbed according to conditions and experience with the possibility to pioneer new winter climbs. 
We coach you advanced techniques on ice and rock protection, torquing, and dry tooling.

The course climbs in the great venues of Torridon and Skye - including the corries of Beinn Bhan (March Hare's and Mad Hatter's Gully, Silver Tear), Beinn Eighe Triple Buttresses, North Face Liathach (George, Umbrella and Poacher's Falls), Beinn Dearg (Emerald and Penguin Gully), the Fannaichs (Resurrection), Pinnacle Ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean, and we may even visit Ben Nevis for ice classics and Tower Ridge

2020 Dates

1-7 February 


 Course ratio: 2:1 max

Prices include 5 days' Guiding and Instruction, 6 nights' Full-board accommodation, local Transport, Lecture presentations



Four days of  winter mountaineering in the beautiful North-West Scottish hills to bring in the New Year!

Guided by Alex Moran, we will ensure you have a relaxing and cosy break in our full board accommodation with home cooking and baking. Whatever the weather and conditions these courses give you a great start to your mountaineering year and a perfect antidote to post-Christmas blues!

Learn and apply your winter skills:-
Instruction of essential snow-craft skills on the Glen Shiel and Torridon hills 

 Grade I - II snow gully ascent
Ridge traverses (Forcan Ridge of The Saddle, Beinn Eighe or Liathach) 
Rope-work and Abseiling

Navigation and Route-planning

2019/20 Dates 

28th December - 2nd January



Course ratio: 4:1 max