Rock Climbing

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.

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What’s Included?
  • Guiding / instructional fees
  • Harness / helmet and technical equipment

In addition you will need to organise accommodation, lunch and snacks and personal equipment. We also recommend insurance e.g. The British Mountaineering Council.

Equipment List

A rock climbing kit list can be downloaded here.


Rock climbs are guided at a ratio of 1:1 or 1:2, and at a standard day guiding rate. More information on bookings and all our pricing can be found here on our Booking Information page.

UK and Scottish rock climbing £300 per day

Inspirational Routes – Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing in Scotland

Where to start? There are so many high quality routes. For a selected guidebook check out Scottish Rock by Garry Latter, available as Volume 1: South and Volume 2: North.

Scottish Rock Volume 1: South and Scottish Rock Volume 2: North

Where to go rock climbing in Scotland provides a good description from Mountaineering Scotland.

For guidebooks visit the Scottish Mountaineering Club publications page.