The UK and Scotland in particular has arguably some of the most diverse rock climbing in the world, and correspondingly is a favourite with Mountain Guides. With inspirational routes on single pitch outcrops, sea cliffs and multi pitch mountain crags, there will be a climbing to suit you.
Ben Nevis offers high quality rock climbing befitting of Scotland’s highest mountain, such as that on Carn Dearg Buttress, situated close to The Scottish Mountaineering Club’s CIC Hut. Nearby, Glen Coe and Buachaille Etive Mor is regarded by many as one of the classic rock climbing areas in Scotland.
Further north in the North West Highlands, there is high quality climbing on the Lewisian Gneiss sea cliffs and outcrops, which is hard to beat. The coast of Scotland is also home to some famous sea stacks including the trilogy of The Old Man of Hoy, The Old Man of Stoer and Am Buachaille.
For truly exploratory climbing, the Outer Hebrides and Inner Hebrides such as the Isle of Skye and Isle of Arran are the place to go for high quality routes and in many cases the opportunity to climb new routes far from the crowds.
In the Chamonix area there is a huge amount of climbing from bolt protected sport climbs in the Limestone Arve Valley, through to the classic granite cracks of the Chamonix Aiguilles or the wrinkled Gneiss of the Aiguilles Rouges. For details of mountain rock climbing in the Chamonix Mont-Blanc Massif also check out our pages on Alpine Climbing.