Scottish Winter Courses

Take on the unique challenges of the Highlands in winter. Our expert team will show you how.


The beautiful Scottish Highlands present both unexpected challenges and unparalleled rewards. Whether you are looking for your next adventure on British soil, or preparing for an overseas trip, the Scottish mountains are the perfect venue to hone your skills.

We base ourselves out of Glencoe, with much of the best climbing and mountaineering right on our doorstep. Whether you’re looking to summit your first Munro in winter, or make your way up a gleaming wall of ice, our expert team of instructors will give you the skills and techniques you need to reach your goals.

New for 2020

We’ve listened to your feedback and expanded our Scotland Winter programme with eight exciting new additions, with something to suit no matter what your experience or ambitions in the winter mountains:

Plan a safe day out with better
Avalanche Awareness
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Get started in the winter mountains
Winter Skills - 2 Days
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Enjoy a weekend of
Winter Hillwalking
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Develop new skills with two days of
Winter Mountaineering
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A weekend of classic mountaineering
Winter Ridges - 2 Days
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A weekend of classic mountaineering adventures
Winter Ridges - 5 Days
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Get ready for the Alps with
Scottish Alpine Preparation - 5 Day
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These new courses perfectly complement our existing Scottish programme and give you more choice and flexibility to find the training that’s right for you.

To learn more about our classic winter programme of skills courses and Mountain Training qualifications, please see below:


Discover the Highlands at their most beautiful
Scottish Winter Hillwalking
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Conquer Highland summits in the heart of winter
Scottish Winter Mountaineering
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Learn to lead groups in winter conditions
Mountain Leader Training Winter
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Refresh and consolidate with
Mountain Leader Assessment Winter Refresher
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Get qualified on the
Mountain Leader Assessment Winter
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Discover world-class winter climbing
Scottish Introduction to Winter Climbing
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The best the highlands have to offer
Scottish Guided Winter Classics
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Hone your skills on harder routes
Scottish Performance Winter Climbing
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Learn to instruct winter climbing and mountaineering
Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Training
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Refresh your training before assessment
Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Assessment Preparation
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Prove yourself on your
Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Assessment
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On our Scottish courses you’ll stay at Alltshellach, a fantastic hotel owned and run by HF Holidays in comfy en-suite rooms (normally shared). So, if you are coming with friends or family you can request to share a room with them, if you are coming on your own we’ll try to put you in a room with someone of a similar age on your course. Each room has tea and coffee making facilities so you can have a morning or bedtime brew in the comfort of your room and all bed linen and towels are provided.

The hotel has efficient drying rooms so when you come in from a day out you can dry out any kit for the next day and there are also laundry facilities. Alltshellach also has a handy shop for any little essentials you may have forgotten such maps, poles, socks, gaiters, sit mats, postcards and a range of toiletries.

The hotel has three comfy lounges to relax in, one of which has free WiFi plus a swimming pool to ease aching muscles. There is also a cosy bar to relax in and is always well stocked with Scottish whisky and local beer.

All your meals are included, breakfast with hot and cold options, packed lunch with a choice of sandwiches, snacks, fruit, biscuits and dried fruit and nuts, and three-course evening dinner, made with local produce. Vegetarian meals are always available and any special dietary requirements can be catered just let us know in advance.

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