Winter Mountaineering in Scotland

THE TORRIDON MOUNTAINS ~ Scottish grade I/II Winter Mountaineering

from £490

Duration 5 days ~ Our most popular trip involves a more adventurous approach to the mountains in our local area. This week explores the many gullies, summits and ridges in the jaw dropping Torridon mountain range. The traverse of the famous Liathach, or the Am Bodach pinnacles, are highlights of the week.
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

£490pp

Price Includes
-5 days Qualified, local guiding and instruction
-Daily transport throughout
-All specialist equipment: No hidden hire costs
-free pick up and drop off at Strathcarron station on arrival and departure days (Lochcarron)


- Note: On this option you can organise your own accommodation and we'll pick you up there every day. 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 each morning at your accommodation.

Fully Inclusive Guest House Option

£1150pp additional single occupancy supplement of £20 per night applies

Price Includes
-6 nights local guest house accommodation
- 5 days on the mountain
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
-5 days Qualified, local guiding and instruction
-Daily transport throughout
-All specialist equipment: No hidden hire costs
- free pick up and drop off at Strathcarron station (Lochcarron)

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

Self Cater Bunkhouse option

£590pp

-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 : http://www.ourscottishadventure.com/

Testimonials

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

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Ascending the Northern Pinnacles. Torridon Mountains.

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Reaching the summit. Torridon mountains.

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Late sun on a Torridon mountain ridge. March 2020

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

Topping Out Access Gully grade II on Fuar Tholl

Topping Out Access Gully grade II on Fuar Tholl

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

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

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

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.

The mountains 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 Beinn Alligin or the ascent of the Bodach Dubh pinnacles of Beinn 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, and that most elusive of winter skills, winter mountain navigation. Much of this will all be achieved while tackling the exciting ridges and gullies of Torridon. 

Within the scope of this week we can also explore the Kintail mountains to the south, or the Fisherfield mountains to the north, allowing a greater range of venues and experiences.

Additionally there'll be opportunities learn about snow holes and emergency shelters,  as well as micro navigation skills during the week. Above all, you'll leave as a far safer mountaineer with more confidence in the winter environment having experienced the local knowledge of our guides and their passion for this area. So avoid the crowds this winter - 

We are 2 hours to the north of Fort William or Aviemore in a pristine wilderness area so 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

 

 

Schedule

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

1:4

Suitable For

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

Dates 2022/23

2022

DEC 12-16 , 19-23

2023

JAN 9-13 , 16-20 , 30 JAN-3 FEB

FEB 6-10 , 13-17 , 20-24 , 27 FEB-3 MAR

MAR 6-10 , 13-17 , 20-24 , 27-31

 

Note: other dates/Slots 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 5% 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 Lochcarron, £70 each way.

Add transfers to/from our nearest  rail station (Strathcarron on the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh line) + £25 each way.

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