Scottish Climbing + Mountaineering Courses

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Winter Hillwalking, Mountaineering and Climbing in Scotland can give you some fantastically rewarding days on the hill, whatever the weather. Whilst sunny days, cloud inversions and crisp snow underfoot have obvious attractions, battling your way up a climb in blizzard conditions can also provide satisfaction – even if it is in retrospect from the warmth of the bar!

To make your day out safe the summer hillwalker/mountaineer needs an expanded ‘toolbox’ of skills. Whether you are a summer walker looking to get out in winter, a winter walker looking to refresh their skills or move onto steeper ground,  or a first time winter climber Ice Factor instructors can provide something for you. Our courses are divided into Winter Mountaincraft (Introduction to and Advanced) and Winter Climbing (see below).

Open courses

Open courses are where an individual books onto a course with dates offered by us and will find themselves parwt of a group with similar experience and aims. Please note, we require a minimum of 2 people booked into open Mountaincraft/Advanced mountaincraft courses to make them financially viable. If you are the only person booked in to the course you will receive a full refund 1 week before the course date/the option of paying a single person supplement.

Private courses

Private courses are just that, you have paid for a private instructor at dates of your choosing. By paying a little more you know that the course will be all about your needs and will move at your pace.


Instruction, Coaching and Development at Ice Factor are provided by Anderson Mountain Training Centre Ltd.

The Anderson Mountain Training Centre was established to honour the memory of Andrew (Andy) Anderson, former Director of Glenmore Lodge the National Outdoor Centre, mentor, friend and instrumental in establishing the National Ice Climbing Centre. Our objectives include;

  • To provide training and tuition to the public in relation to mountain sports, including mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, hill walking and other affiliated mountain sports.
  • To foster and develop amongst the public, skills in relation to mountain sports
  • To promote safety and awareness of mountain environments to the public
  • To provide education to the public in relation to mountain sports

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