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Discounts for Military, Emergency Services and Mountain Rescue Teams making large group bookings!

The Ice Factor Kinlochleven is the perfect base for Military, Mountain Rescue and Emergency Services Groups on expedition or adventure training in the Scottish Highlands.

Kinlochleven is located right in the middle of the Outdoor Capital of the UK, meaning we have easy access to some of the most demanding and iconic mountains (there are more mountains over 3,000ft around the centre than there is in all of England and Wales and you could fit the Welsh National Parks, the Lake and Peak Districts into just this corner of Lochaber!).

Being the Outdoor Capital of the UK, means more than just big hills. The area is home to some of the UK’s best activity operators, meaning there is access to an unrivalled range of Adventure Sports.

Lochaber has 2 ski centres (Nevis Range and Glencoe Mountain, both offering superb downhill mountain biking). The West Highland Way, Great Glen Way and Kidnapped Trail all pass through the village, meaning Kinlochleven is an important staging post on these justifiably popular long distance walk. For those seeking less busy routes, the area has a plethora of high mountain walks from easy to the most challenging.

The Atlantic Cycle Trail passes along the coast, affording wonderful easy-moderate cycling terrain and the area is Mecca for Paddle Sports. The Scottish Canoe Union has it’s annual meet at the Ice Factor and a number of local operators work from the centre using the river Leven for fun-yaking, white water canoeing and canyoning. The fjord like Loch Leven has for a number of years been a crucial training ground for Sea Kayaking and Fast Rib Trips whilst the sheltered lochans provide excellent introduction ground for Canadian Canoeing. For this reason Ice Factor has been an important staging post in a number of National and International Endurance events, providing event support, event management way stations, health and safety monitors and safety back up on the hills.

150m from the Ice Factor is The Royal Marine Arctic Warfare School. This is a 110 bed unit administered from RM Condor in Arbroath, providing dorms, showers and mess facilities. Each year we play host to a huge variety of Military Groups, pre and post deployment, units on Adventure Training and military personnel on Adventure Training Qualification Courses.

We work with Joint Services Mountain Training Centre, who operate throughout the year from JSMTC Ballachulish providing Military Personnel with the full array of Adventure Sport Training and Assessment Courses – UEL, JSMEL, JSRCI, JSS&II, SPA, MLS, MLW, MIA and MIC.

The Ice Factor provides bespoke instruction in the centre on

  • Ice Climbing
  • Rock Climbing & Abseiling
  • Outdoor High Aerial Assault Course
  • The Giant Swing.
  • Outdoor Guiding and Crag Sessions.
  • Expedition Support

For larger deployments – 30+ people, we assist with organizing accommodation, Mountain Bike Hire, Access to Paddle Sports/Fast Rib Trip, Discounted Outdoor Equipment and will work with your existing instructors to ensure maximum ratios can be achieved.

The core adventure activities are well supported with a climber’s bar – The Bothan Bar and Restaurant, Café, Sauna/Steam Room, Showers, Outdoor Equipment Shop, Gear Hire and of course our world class climbing and adventure sport facilities. We can make these facilities available for the exclusive use of military groups and provide live events in the bar and the centre in the evenings – from BBQ to Mess Games.

We have assisted with Pre Officer/Aircrew Selection Courses and run a number of satellite events at RAF Kinloss, RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Leuchars, running leadership training sessions and SPA Crag Sessions at Cummingston, Loggie Head, Kingussie Crag and Dunkeld Crags.

When the Ice Factor opened in 2003, almost every member of staff was ex military, with staff compliments coming from The Royal Air Force, The Royal Navy, The Royal Marines, The Royal Green Jackets, The Queen’s Own Highlanders, The Black Watch, The King’s Own Scottish Borderers.

Since 2003 Ice Factor has hosted events and expedition training from almost every regular and TA regiment of the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Air Force, NATO-OTAN forces, Police Forces from across Europe and Fire and Rescue services from every principal brigade.

Ice Factor support the ‘Help for Heroes’ Campaign, The British Legion and the annual Poppy Campaigns.

As a number of our staff have/are retained Fire Fighters for Highlands and Islands Fire Service we have a strong affinity with the Brigades, and have instructed and coached representatives of almost every major Fire Bridge in the UK.

Our work with the Police has seen units from S019, Serious Crime Squad and every Mountain Rescue Team in Scotland use the Ice Factor for training and expedition support.

Our local Mountain Rescue Teams – Glencoe Mountain Rescue, Lochaber Mountain Rescue(who are amongst the busiest MRT’s in Europe), Oban Mountain Rescue, Killin Mountain Rescue and Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team are frequent visitors, using the centre to train on specific rescue techniques or to brush up on core skills on rock climbing and ice climbing.

Teams from further afield (Dundonell Mountain Rescue Team, Skye Mountain Rescue Team, Torridon Mountain Rescue Team and Cairngorm Mountain Rescue are regular visitors throughout the year and several of the RAF Mountain Rescue Teams (Particularly Kinloss – sadly no more and RAF Leuchars have been mainstay customers).

We provide discount for major group bookings and are delighted to assist with organizing your multi-day requirements.

To enquire please call the centre on +44 (0) 1855 831 100 or email info@ice-factor.co.uk

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