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Mountaineering & Rock Climbing

Scottish Mountaineering & Scrambling Courses

`Classic Peaks & Ridges' Ascents and traverses of some of Scotland's finest ridges, with Inaccessible Pinnacle on the isle of Skye  up for grabs. A good head for heights is required! Full details of our  Scottish Skye rock climbing, Cuillin ridge & munros course can be found here >>>

Introductory Rock Climbing & Abseiling


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Climbing Cummingston 1st lead on sandstone

'Rock Climbing' the fastest growing sport of the decade...Why?...Testing your skill, technique and fitness against gravity whilst safeguarding your progress with rope and the right equipment, where mind and body combine to successfully complete a challenging climb provides you with a buzz, reward and satisfaction that non climbers can never fully comprehend!

This course is an ideal safe introduction to this challenging and exciting "MAX" sport of the Nineties and Millenium. It is also ideal for indoor climbers venturing outdoors for the first time.

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Professional qualified climbing instruction on some of Scotland's finest crags. All relevant topics are covered including clothing, equipment selection, rope management, anchor selection, belaying, top roping, leading, runner placement, multi-pitch, use of guidebooks and route choice as well as emergency procedures.

The subjects are taught in a practical situation, and each day is spent out on the crags giving you an excellent chance to learn and progress through the rock grades quickly and safely. We will be using different crags and outcrops near the Cairngorms, Speyside and the NE during the week, such as Duntelchaig, Kingussie Crag, Huntley's Cave, the sandstone sea cliffs of the Moray Firth the playground of shoals of dolphin at Cummingston and Logie Head. If the weather is suitable a day multi-pitch rock climbing in the glacier sculptured corries of the beautiful Cairngorm National Park mountain range is possible.

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Sunny NE sea cliffs  Alpine Cairngorm routes

There will also be rock climbing courses run in the Central Belt of Scotland utilising the crags in and around the Glasgow, Stirling, and Edinburgh areas such as Auchinstarry, Hawcraig and if the weather is suitable multi-pitch climbing on the Cobbler near Arrocher or Craig-a-barns, Dunkeld.

The indoor climbing walls at Glenmore Lodge and Inverness  will be used as bad weather venues. Inverness has good lead routes where it is possible to practice placing nuts, hexes and using slings for protection. All of these locations will allow an awareness of different styles and situations to develop and you will be encouraged to lead climbs under expert supervision during the week at many of these locations.

Experience: Good general fitness.

Ratio: 1:4. Latest Prices

Intermediate Rock Climbing

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Huntly's Cave

A natural progression from the introductory course, these courses are aimed at those leading at V Diff standard and above. The course is also ideal for those who have been operating at the same grade for some time and wish to improve their grades. Your money back if you are not leading at least a grade harder at the end of the course!

The week is spent out on the rock at different venues as above. After a revision of basic belaying techniques, we will look at more advanced belaying, multiple equalised anchors, improved runner placement, multi-pitch climbing & abseiling, double rope techniques and basic improvised rescue as well as technique coaching and mental approach.

All specialised equipment is provided but participants will be encouraged to bring and use their own equipment.

Experience: Good general fitness, leading at V Diff or above.

Ratio: 1:2. Latest Prices

Classic Mountain Rock & Sea Stacks

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The Shelterstone The Needle top corner

We follow the weather with the aim of climbing as many of Scotland's Classic Rock Routes such as Recess Route, Crowberry Ridge, Agag's Groove, Spartan Slab, Tower Ridge, Ardverikie Wall, Savage Slit, Clean Sweep, Talisman, Eagle Ridge, Cioch Nose, Old Man Of Stoer, Old Man of Hoy and more. For Arrow Route, Integrity, the Prow –see Skye courses. 

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Cioch Grooves Skye Ardverikie Wall Lagan

For the easier classics experience of leading V Diff and above.

For the harder classics and sea stacks such as the Old Man of Hoy you need to be able to second multi-pitch VS/HVS and swim!

Ratio: 1:2. Latest Prices plus mileage allowance for climbs outwith Cairngorm.

Classic Rock routes daily guiding rates plus expenses per climb. Latest Prices

Improvised Rescue Techniques

Essential Emergency Skills for Rock Climbers. This two-day course is aimed at climbers leading at `Diff' standard and above who wish to learn emergency skills in a practical situation.

Topics covered include, escaping the system, assisted and un-assisted hoists, lowers and accompanied abseils, prussiking etc. Both days will be spent out on the crag, with scenarios being set to give a taste of realism!

An essential course, whatever your climbing standard.

Experience: Leading Diff.

Ratio: 1:4. Latest Prices

Hot Rock & Sport Climbing

Organised or bespoke trips arranged to Spain etc.

Further details of our Spanish trips can be found here>>> 


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