Winter Mountaineering in Scotland

THE TORRIDON MOUNTAINS ~ Scottish Winter Mountaineering

from £390

Duration 5 days ~ Our most popular trip involves a more adventurous approach to the mountains in our local area. This week gives you an introduction to winter mountaincraft skills while exploring many of the grade I and II gullies, summits and ridges in the region.
Only have time for a few days? We now run a 3 or 4 day version of this trip - from the prices shown just deduct 15% for a 3 day or 10% for a 4 day trip.

Trip Only Option


Price Includes
-Qualified, local guiding and instruction
-All local transport throughout
-All specialist equipment: No hidden hire costs

- Note: Great option if you want to organise your own accommodation. We can make local recommendations for B&B, Hotel, campsite or bunkhouse/hostel options. Just drop us an email.

Email us for recommendations on where to stay locally and we'll pick you up locally each morning

Fully Inclusive Guest House Option


Price Includes
-6 nights local guest house accommodation
- 5 days on the mountain
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
-Qualified, local guiding and instruction
-All local transport throughout
-All specialist equipment: No hidden hire costs

We use a a few selected accommodation providers around the shores of Lochcarron. Our primary base is at Pathend B&B. Visit their page to get a flavour of where you'll be relaxing after each mountain day:

Self Cater Bunkhouse option


-6 nights at Sanachan bunkhouse
- 5 days of mountain activity
- Qualified, local guiding and instruction
- All local transport throughout
- All specialist equipment: No hidden hire costs
- Bring your own food and use the bunkhouse kitchen

We base this trip at Sanachan bunkhouse. For details visit :


Just like to say how much I enjoyed the last 5 winter mountain days. You managed to make every day interesting, varied and challenging. I would normally be very cross with myself for backing out on the last day but your idea of doing some sea-kayaking as an alternative was fantastic. Watching the otter eating from just a few metres away will stay with me for ever. And I've discovered a new activity to take up when the old legs give out!!
You are far and away the best guide I've ever had; keeping a very careful eye on our safety but also making very sure that I am continuously and persistently able to look out for myself. Thanks very much. If you'll have me I'll be back - Phil Tempest

Hiya Mike. Thanks so much for this week, it was tremendous. I've learnt so much! I'm thinking I need to move. L. Davies 2011

Topping Out Access Gully grade II on Fuar Tholl

Topping Out Access Gully grade II on Fuar Tholl

9 The An Teallach traverse of the Corrag Buidhe pinnacles Dec 2008

The An Teallach Traverse of the Corrag Buidhe Pinnacles

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The Am Fasarinen Traverse of Liathach: Torridon Mountains March 2011

High above the Fisherfield range during the Traverse of An Teallach Dec 2008

High above the Fisherfield range during the Traverse of An Teallach Dec 2008


Taking a breather on the summit of Spidean a Coire Leith, Torridon Mountains - Feb 2010

Mountaineering An Teallach

An Teallach

Mountaineering Approaching the Am Fasarinen traverse Liathach Ridge Feb 2010

Approaching the Am Fasarinen traverse: Liathach Ridge Feb 2010

Mountaineering Negotiating Steep ground

Negotiating steep ground

Mountaineering On th Am Fasarinen traverse Liathach Ridge Torridon Feb 2010

On the Am Fasarinen traverse Liathach Ridge Torridon - Feb 2010

Mountaineering Torridon euphoria

Torridon euphoria!

Mountianeering Forcan Ridge traverse

Forcan Ridge traverse


High up on 'Cosmique Beag' grade 1 - Torridon mountains

Trip Description

The Torridon mountains are often referred to as the most mountainous part of Britain. Largely due, in part, because of the steepness of the slopes and the small distances from one peak to the next.

In short, they are crammed into an area ranging from the sea at Loch Torridon, and it's great glen at the southern fringe, to the beautiful Loch Maree at the Northern edge. Experience the Alpine stature of routes such as the Liathach Traverse, the cirque of Bein Alligin or the ascent of the Bodach Dubh pinnacles of Bein Eighe. These are days out that offer remoteness, self reliance and the tremendous sense of achievement gained from negotiating routes on untouched snow in uncrowded mountains.

As well as safely guiding you through each day a large part of what we do is aimed at teaching good, safe practice enabling you to develop a solid base of personal skill for future adventures.

By the end of the week you'll be well versed in ice axe and crampon use, snow and avalanche awareness, ropework and snow anchors, weather, emergency shelters and that most elusive of winter skills, winter mountain navigation. This will all be achieved while tackling the exciting ridges and gullies of Torridon - on the job training so to speak.

If conditions allow we may well spend a night out in a snow hole or spend sometime honing your navigation skills at nightfall. Above all, you'll leave as a far safer mountaineer with more confidence in the winter environment and having experienced the local knowledge of our guides and their passion for this area. So avoid the crowds this winter.

Turn your back on the heaving masses all following each other from the Cairngorm ski car park and anywhere in Glencoe or Ben Nevis. See our NW Highland mountains as they should be experienced - crowd free and quiet.


Go to this You Tube link to see one of our groups negotiating the traverse of Liathach in Torridon - Torridon Mountain day with Mountain & Sea Guides



Typical Itinerary

Day One - Ascent of Fuar Tholl and its high, wild corrie where a first day snowcraft session will allow development of vital movement and safety skills such as: ice axe arrest, crampon use, rope safety and avalanche awareness. This day will finish with an ascent to the summit of Fuar Tholl by its central gully or SE ridge.

Day Two - Traverse of the Toll Ban pinnacles, East Bein Eighe Grade 1. Culminating on the summit of Sgurr nan Fhir Dubh.

Day Three - Ascent of ‘Way Up’ gully, grade 1, in Coire Dubh Mhor. Thereafter, arriving at the high summit of Spidean a Choire Leith on the main Liathach ridge. If time, energy and weather allow then a traverse of the Am Fasarinen pinnacles, grade II, will be possible. This is one of the great west coast mountaineering trips.

Day Four - Traverse of the Forcan Ridge & Saddle - Grade II

Day Five - The An Teallach traverse including the Corrag Buidhe pinnacles and the summits of Sgurr Fiona and Bidean a Ghlas Thuill.

NB: Days 4 & 5 can also be given over to an overnight snowholing expedition to the Saddle, Kintail Ñ. A great experience, spending the night at 1000 metres surrounded by Kintail and the Knoydart wilderness. Group choice.

Please note: the above itinerary is a guide only as actual plans will be flexible to suit group & prevailing weather.


Saturday night meet
Sunday to Thursday mountain days
(The start day is on a Monday on a couple of dates)
Thursday leave after the day on the hill or depart Fri morning

Instructor Ratio


Suitable For

Anyone with good winter walking or summer scrambling experience. Good fitness required for 5 consecutive hill days.

Dates 2018/2019

DEC 10-14  ,  17-21

JAN 7-11  ,  14-18  ,  21-25  ,  28-1 FEB

FEB 4-8  ,  11-15 , 18-22  ,  25-1 MAR

MAR  4-8  ,  11-15  ,  18-22

Note: other dates may be available with demand. Email first, before booking, to check space as above dates may already be full.

Groups & Discounts

if you are in any of the following categories then you'll get a discount of 10% per person off this trip :

Fire , Police , Armed forces , nurses & paramedic workers , students , Parent & kids - just chat to us by email and we'll apply the discount.

Private Guiding

If you don't want to join an open trip with other people, or have a family/friends group of your own, then private instruction and guiding will meet your goals. Pricing is per person and will depend upon activity, distance travelled, peak or low season. We can email you a quote. Simply let us know where, when, what and for how many people. 

Need a Transfer to get to us?

Add an airport pick up or return from Inverness — 2 hours from Applecross, £35 each way.

Add transfers to/from our nearest  rail station (Strathcarron on the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh line) + £18 each way.

Please email to arrange transfers after booking and place a note in the booking form detailing your requirements.