Scottish Winter Hillwalking
  • Scotland
  • 5 Days
  • 6 People to 1 instructor

Scottish Winter Hillwalking

  • Hike
  • Mountaineering
  • Beginner
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Overview

The Scottish Highlands are at their most impressive during the winter months when covered in snow and ice. This five day course is the logical step up from our Welsh Winter Courses, to build your confidence above the snowline and develop the specific winter skills you need. With the expert guidance of our highly qualified instructors, you'll discover how to use crampons and an ice axe, as well as learning about route planning and avalanche avoidance. We'll take you progressively through the skills of winter hillwalking, as you're ntroduced to Scottish conditions, gaining valuable mileage, experience and instruction on some of Scotland's classic mountains. This course will be delivered from our scenic winter base in Scotland, the Alltshellach hotel in North Ballachulish.

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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The Objectives

You'll discover the delights of the Scottish winter mountains and develop the skills and confidence to get out there hillwalking.

Itinerary

* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

What to Expect


We'll take you progressively through the skills of winter hillwalking. Venues and day to day activities are weather and snow-dependent and decisions regarding the exact day's programme will be decided by the course director each morning. The whole group will meet for a briefing, allowing you to share the decision making process with experienced instructors. We'll aim to cover the following topics, incorporating them into mountain journeys, hopefully taking in some of the classic peaks by some of the easier routes

Use of Ice axe and crampons

Ice axe arrest

Winter navigation

Avalanche risk assessment and avoidance

Emergency snow shelters

Terrain, route choice, and decision making

We make full use of the evenings by offering a number of technical lectures which re-enforce and expand upon the daytime activities.

Experience Required

 No previous experience on snow is necessary.

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself. We may also be able to arrange a transfer from Llandudno Junction train station, subject to availability. We would need a minimum of one week’s notice prior to your course start date – please contact reception to learn more.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

We want to help you focus on achieving your goals so if you're staying with us, comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and good food are part of the deal, you don't need to think about sorting this out for yourself. Your equipment hire, including snow safety equipment is included, as is in-course transport and parking. Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified staff, to help develop your understanding and personal skills. They also help you to formulate an appropriate action plan for your further development. The address of Plas y Brenin in Scotland is HF Holidays Alltshellach, Onich, Fort William, Inverness-shire PH33 6SA.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide
Course Schedule

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This course will help you become

confident and competent at winter hillwalking and ready to progress to our Scottish Winter Mountaineering course

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