Winter Hill & Mountain


The winter hills and mountains of the UK present both unexpected challenges and unparalleled rewards. Whether you are looking for your next adventure on British soil or preparing for an overseas trip, we offer a range of courses for all abilities to sharpen and hone your skills.

We deliver courses from our home base in Snowdonia, and from our home-away-from-home at Alltshellach, a Visit Scotland 4*-rated hotel on the shores of Loch Leven in Glencoe, with much of the best climbing and mountaineering right on our doorstep.

Whether you’re looking to bag your first winter summit or push your existing winter climbing skills to new heights,  our expert team of instructors will give you the skills and techniques you need to reach your goals.

We know times are uncertain, but you can book with us with confidence. In the event we are unable to run your course, you’ll have your choice of;

  • A free transfer to another scheduled
  • A gift voucher to redeem in the future
  • A full refund
Find out more about how we're keeping you COVID-safe

Courses in Wales

Our extensive Wales-based programme is based from our home at Plas y Brenin, deep in the beautiful heart of Snowdonia National Park. The accessibility of the mountains here translates fantastically into opportunities to develop your winter skills; while the winter in Wales is not as reliable as Scotland, we have extensive facilities, equipment and experience to make sure this is never a disadvantage. Our Welsh programme is all-inclusive as standard, meaning your instruction, accommodation (currently on a single occupancy basis as part of our COVID-safe procedures), meals and equipment hire are all included in the price shown.

Courses in Scotland

Reliable winter weather and the incredible terrain of the Highlands make Scotland the UK’s number one winter mountaineering destination. As with our Wales-based programme, we offer Scottish winter courses for all abilities:

On our residential Scottish courses you’ll stay at Alltshellach, a fantastic hotel with a four-star Visit Scotland rating. To keep things COVID-safe, you’ll have your own en-suite bedroom to yourself. 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. 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.


Mountain Training Qualifications

Despite the challenges by the coronavirus pandemic, we remain firmly committed to making our absolute best efforts to deliver a robust national governing body programme. We want to minimise the disruption to anybody seeking to qualify as a leader or instructor.

As such, we are delivering the following qualifications from Glencoe on a non-residential basis only:

Winter Mountain Leader Training

Learn to safely lead groups in the British winter hills.

Winter Mountain Leader Assessment

You're ready to be assessed on your ability to safely lead groups of hill walkers in British winter conditions.

Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Training

For those wanting to instruct mountaineering and climbing skills in winter conditions in the UK and Ireland.

Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Assessment

You'll be assessed on all aspects of climbing and mountaineering, in winter conditions over 4 days.

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