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Scotland Courses - Winter Courses - Spring Courses

Courses, holidays and guiding on the mountains of Skye, Torridon and Wester Ross have been our speciality since 1986

Magical winter conditions on Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh, Cuillin Ridge, Skye - Feb 2016

Our Scottish courses offer the ingredients for a special mountain experience:-

  • Location: the North West Highlands are the finest mountains in Britain; An Teallach, Liathach, the Cuillin of Skye - serrated ridges standing in majestic isolation above the sea

  • Ease of Access: you can fly in to Inverness and be with us in a drive of 1hr and 25 minutes

  • Variety of venues: on our courses we go to a different mountain every day
  • Wilderness experience: in other areas you may share the hills with hundreds; on our winter courses you may not see another party all week!
  • Challenge and adventure: climbing in the North West is truly adventurous; our guides relish the challenge of an untracked ridge or icy gully
  • Local expertise: our unmatched local experience includes over 50 traverses of the Cuillin Ridge and 100 new routes with our climbing groups
  • Home Comforts: we provide excellent lodgings with superb home-cooked meals and personal service

Lochcarron is centrally placed to access all the great peaks of Torridon, Kintail, the North-West Highlands and Skye. The Cairngorms and Ben Nevis are also within our compass.

Getting to Lochcarron is much easier than you might think. Drive to us in less than 1 hour 45 min from Fort William or 1 hr and 10 min from Inverness. Total drive time from Glasgow/Edinburgh is 3 hr 45 min and from Manchester 8hr.

Fly to Inverness from London Heathrow with www.ba.com, London Luton or Bristol www.easyjet.com or London Gatwick or Exeter, Birmingham, Manchester, Southampton www.flybe.com, or from Amsterdam with www.klm.com and be with us in less than half a day.

Train services from the south link to our local Inverness-Kyle of Lochalsh railway and we will collect all clients from our local station at Strathcarron on the evening of arrival.

Rock climbing instruction

Lochcarron and Fuar Tholl

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Our Base: Most of our courses are based at the luxury shooting lodge Coulags Lodge, 3 miles east of Lochcarron, which sleeps 10 in single, twin and double rooms. All courses are fully catered with delicious home-cooked dinners. At quieter times of the year we arrange catered courses at smaller properties or high-quality full-board guest house accommodation for our course clients.

Scottish Mountain Guides

Left: Coulags Lodge in Strathcarron

Above: Our chef Adrian and Joy Moran prepare to serve evening dinner on our 5-day courses

Lodge bedroom

Coulags Lodge - double bedroom

Lodge lounge

Coulags Lodge - guest lounge

Staff: All courses are staffed by qualified British Mountain Guides (BMG), Trainee BMGuides and Mountain Instructors (MIA/MIC) with local knowledge and proven leadership ability.

Age and Fitness: Clients aged between 18 and 70 may join us provided they are fit for rough mountain walking (see Terms of Booking). Applicants should be able to ascend 400 metres in an hour on a graded path and be used to 7 to 8 hour days on the hills. Young people aged 14 to 16 may join if accompanied by a participating parent; 17 year olds may join with parental consent.

Equipment: We can loan or hire all specialised climbing equipment such as helmets, harnesses, ice axes, crampons and boots. A full equipment list is sent out on booking.

The Courses: Our standard courses are 5 days in duration with 6 nights full-board accommodation and all transport during the activities provided. We meet on Saturday evening and clients depart the following Friday morning. Courses enable you to enjoy a full holiday package including lectures and formal instructional sessions, sharing experiences and challenges with like-minded mountain enthusiasts at an economic all-inclusive price. We also run special long weekend courses over holiday periods and can offer 2 day weekend courses to small groups.

Private Guiding and Weekends: If you have special ambitions, wish to climb in different areas of Scotland or can only join us for a weekend or a few days we can arrange private guiding and instruction at most times of the year and especially in periods outwith our main course season. Our Guides and Instructors enjoy adventurous assignments, and we can additionally arrange accommodation and transport if required. Private guiding is available to individuals, couples or groups. Upon payment of a deposit we'll put you directly in touch with one of our expert team to make the detailed arrangements. Private guiding is flexible and personally tailored, and our service is backed by a long reputation of quality and enthusiam. For details of daily rates and to find how to book private guiding go to our Prices page

In Scotland we offer two course programmes:

Winter Courses

Spring Courses

Scottish Courses - Frequently Asked Questions

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Moran Mountain Ltd - Park Cottage - Achintee - Strathcarron - Ross-shire - IV54 8YX
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