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Welcome To The National Mountain Sports Centre

Deep in the mountains of North Wales, Plas y Brenin is a unique place, run by outdoor enthusiasts for outdoor enthusiasts. A place where passion for the outdoors runs deep and that passion is shared by every single member of staff as well as every guest.
For over 60 years we've been at the forefront of outdoor leadership, training and exploration and during that time we've built up a unique reputation for helping others get the most from their time in the outdoors. Our instructors are amongst the most experienced and knowledgeable in the field but our passion for adventure doesn't stop there.
From top to bottom, across our entire team, the depth of outdoor experience and enthusiasm is unrivalled and we like nothing more than to share that knowledge and passion with others.
So why not pay us a visit and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the National Mountain Sports Centre for yourself. Whatever your interest in the outdoors, from first timer to seasoned veteran, you'll always be welcome - and you will always be amongst friends.

Take a Look At Our Range of Holidays, Courses & Expeditions

Welsh Winter Mountaineering & Hillwalking

Welsh Winter Mountaineering & Hillwalking

Our Welsh Winter programme is great way to take your hillwalking or mountaineering into the winter months.

Scottish Winter Mountaineering & Winter Climbing

Scottish Winter Mountaineering & Winter Climbing

If you're wanting to head out walking in the snow for the first time or to refine your winter climbing skills check out our Scottish programme.

Hillwalking & Navigation

Hillwalking & Navigation

From simply walking in good company, learning to read a map to bagging all of Snowdonia's 3000 ft peaks.

Scrambling & Mountaineering

Scrambling & Mountaineering

Looking to take your hillwalking to the next level? From going further off the beaten track to scrambling some classic rocky ridges.

Mountain Qualifications

Mountain Qualifications

Whether your just starting out on the qualifications ladder or almost at the top, we run a full range of training and assessment courses.

Fast Track Instructor Scheme

Fast Track Instructor Scheme

If your looking to for a career in the outdoors then look no further, whether you're just starting out, re-training or on a career break.

BMC Subsidised Training Courses

BMC Subsidised Training Courses

Subsidised training courses in winter skills, hillwalking, rock climbing and scrambling for BMC Members

First Aid Training

First Aid Training

Our REC courses offer highly practical, hands on training in first aid and fulfil the first aid element of most outdoor qualifications.

Mountain Bike Qualifications

Mountain Bike Qualifications

For all those mountain bikers looking to take out groups, check out our range of qualification courses

Paddle Sport Qualifications

Paddle Sport Qualifications

We offer an extensive range of BCU-UKCC course from personal performance award to coaching certificates.

Kayaking

Kayaking

If you want to try kayaking for the first time or to develop your white water technique, we've got the right course for you.

Off Piste Skiing

Off Piste Skiing

Our off piste ski holidays in the Austrian Alps take you far from the lifts and crowded pistes.

Schools

Schools

Our residential activity breaks offer a wide range of activities delivered by world class coaches with hotel standard food and accommodation.

Canoeing

Canoeing

If you want to try canoeing for the first time or you'd like to develop your solo skills on white water, our coaches make it all possible.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Everything from easy trail riding holidays to technical skills courses, we have something for you.

White Water Safety & Rescue

White Water Safety & Rescue

If you're looking for some safety and rescue training check out our BCU and Rescue 3 courses

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

Whether you've never climbed before or you're on-sighting E5's, we've got just the course for you.

Alpine Mountaineering

Alpine Mountaineering

From an Alpine trek to something more adventurous our range of Alpine courses has it all.

Rapid Development

Rapid Development

If a week just isn't enough, then you can dedicate 2 weeks with our Rapid Development Clinics to developing your skills.

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking

Whether you want to explore sea kayaking for the first time, develop your skills or go on an expedition, there's a course for you.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

A range of courses at subsidised rates for Duke of Edinburgh Award Volunteers plus Gold expeditions and residentials.

Last Minute Special Offers

Last Minute Special Offers

Check these out and pick yourself up a bargain.

Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

If you fancy trying adventurous sports but aren't sure where to start, then our multi-activity courses are a perfect way to try them out.

Family Activity Holidays

Family Activity Holidays

Make your next family holiday an adventure, a great way to get into the outdoors together.

Holidays for Young People

Holidays for Young People

For two weeks each summer we dedicate our centre to courses for young people (12-17), everything from paddling to rock climbing.

Artificial Ski Slope

Artificial Ski Slope

Learn to ski or refine your technique on our ski slope. Open for individuals or groups with equipment hire and instruction avaialable.

Indoor Climbing Wall

Indoor Climbing Wall

Come and learn to climb or build your strenth and stamina on our indoor climbing Wall, complete with 11 metre leading wall. New probelms regularly set. Groups and individuals catered for.

Conference Venue

Conference Venue

Perfect for small or large conferences our flexible packages and fabulous location make Plas y Brenin an ideal venue for your event.

Instructor / Coach Hire

Instructor / Coach Hire

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides by the day . Allowing you to enjoy one to one coaching or to split the cost between a group of you, depending on the activity,

The Future Leaders Fund

The Future Leaders Fund

Volunteer Leaders in England can help themselves to a saving of up to 75% on leadersip training and assessment in walking, climbing, mountain biking or paddlesports.

 



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WINTER SKI SESSIONS

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British Mountaineering Council Deals

Check out the latest rock climbing and hillwalking deals from our partner organisation The BMC.
Now includes a range of subsidised winter skills courses!!!!



Up to 75% Funding For Outoor Training

Volunteer leaders can save up to 75% on training and assessment courses with our Future Leaders Fund. Ideal for Scout Leaders, Girlguiding volunteers, DofE leaders, youth workers and university club volunteers.



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