Scottish Winter Climbing

Scottish winter climbing is a unique experience, with high quality climbing in transient conditions in wild places. It is no surprise that winter mountaineering and climbing in Scotland is internationally famous. ‘Storm lashed or frost bound*’, no two days are likely to yield the same winter experience.

The Scottish winter environment in which Mountain Guides excel. Knowing the right routes to choose in the right conditions is in our DNA. With inspirational mixed, snow and ice routes there is an assured experience to suit you.

During the winter season Mountain Assurance offers winter mountaineering and climbing instruction and guiding in the Cairngorms, Creag Meagaidh, Ben Nevis and Glencoe.

Ben Nevis offers superb ice and mixed routes due to the mountains elevation and position close to the coast, ensuring the build up of reliable ice on the North Face. The Cairngorms offer excellent mixed climbing following the first snow falls of the winter, and can often be accessible for early season climbing in November and December.

For those keen to spread their wings and prepared to travel, the North West Highlands are within striking distance offering a wilderness experience like no other.

All winter climbing is arranged on a day to day basis, from one day through to two weeks maximum.  For full details check out the booking information page. 

Find out more about Scottish Winter 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 Scottish winter climbing kit list can be downloaded here.


Scottish winter 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.

Scottish winter climbing £300 per day

Scottish winter committing ‘cold climbs’ £380 per day

Inspirational Routes – Scottish Winter Climbing

Scottish Winter Climbing in Lochaber:

Ben Nevis: UKC Articles – Ben Nevis Winter