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“Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.” Chinese proverb.

Ice Factor has become one of the biggest providers of Adventure Trips and Outdoor Education Adventure Activities for school and youth groups.

From our base 6 miles from the world heritage site of Glencoe we are in the epi-centre of the Outdoor Capital of the UK. There are more mountains over 3,000ft surrounding the Ice Factor than there are in every national park area of England and Wales combined.

For that reason, we are uniquely well placed to offer adventure activities.
The Ice Factor is the National Centre for Ice Climbing and the Regional Centre of Excellence for the Mountaineering Council, enjoying full ALAA status.

The range of activities on offer at Ice Factor, has no rival in the UK. Our £3.5m flag-ship facility offers a truly unique environment for keeping students motivated, engaged and happy from breakfast to bed-time.

Tailored to Every Child. Our staff have extensive youth coaching and development expertise, honed and refined over many years.

This means we ensure every session, on every course is tailored to suit the needs of the children. Soft skills for hard outcomes – we seek to enrich the lives of our customers, by providing a platform for them to be all they can be.

For some this is the joy of learning to Ice Climb, for others making the ‘leap of faith’. But for most children, it is the joy of shared experience that makes Ice Factor a unique destination for outdoor adventure educators.

Over the years our staff have operated with the Active Schools Coordinators and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, providing multi-activity breaks, expedition training and support. Our remit has seen us working with Scout Groups, Scout Leaders, Boys Brigade, Cadet Units, School Primary and Secondary Adventure Outward Bound Groups and a plethora of youth charities.

We offer multi-day residential courses for Schools and Youth Groups as well as single day/weekend course programmes.

We operate our activities through the Anderson Mountain Trust, and use this vehicle to subsidise activities for disadvantaged children. We will provide one free place, subject to application form, for each group of 12 children.

Multi Day Programme - Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Afternoon – Arrive at Centre for Orientation and Accommodation Tour. Evening BBQ and Team Building and Bonding Game.

Day 2

Morning – Aerial Adventure Course
Afternoon – Expedition to the Lost Valley
Evening – Camp Fire

Day 3

Morning – Outdoor Rock Tower
Afternoon – Raft Building and Race
Evening – BBQ and Camp Fire

Day 4

Morning – Ice Climbing / Rock Climbing
Afternoon – Glen Nevis Walk and Wire Bridge – visit Harry Potter Set.
Evening – Walk of Glencoe Massacre Site

Day 5

Morning – Bungee Swing and Abseiling
Afternoon – Lunch and Departure

Accommodation is in our partner 4 star bunkhouse, male/female and teacher dorms are available, with full drying facilities games/common room. Accommodation is 50m from the centre.

For older youth groups, we organize guided excursions onto Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain. This is suitable for youths aged 13 and over.

Ice Factor is a member of the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority and has vetted all instructional staff who operate with minors.

A full Risk & Method Statement is worked up for multi-day youth groups

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