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Scrambling courses in Scotland

This course focuses on developing the technical skills required for tackling scrambling-type ground such as found on the Skye Ridge and Aonach Eagach. The programme for the course is flexible depending on the weather conditions and the expectations and ability of those attending.

To get the most out of this course you need to have extensive summer hill walking experience (an absolute minimum of 20 days in the Scottish hills would be a good guideline). You must also be fit enough to ascend over 900m in a day and enjoy an eight-hour day on the hill.

Please note this is not a rock climbing course.

Scrambling on Buachaille Etive Mor. Photo by Al Halewood

Fitness grade

For people who regularly climb hills/mountains who wish to take it to the next level. The courses are delivered on the mountains sometimes ‘off-track’ and on rough scrambling terrain. Max distance 12km, max ascent 1000m per day.

To develop confidence and technical skill to tackle scrambling-type terrain safely and efficiently.

The main topics covered during the two days are:

  • Ascending scrambling routes while developing safe basic rope-work and belaying using a rope, sling and karabiner.
  • Selecting and using natural rock anchors.
  • Abseiling with the rope alone.
  • Route choice, route finding and assessing when it is appropriate to use a rope.
  • Confident and competent movement on steep ground.

* Glencoe Fri 31st May (8pm) - Sun 2nd June 2019 

* Glencoe Sun 2nd June (8pm) - Tue 4th June 2019

*Skye Fri 6th Sept (8pm) - Sun 8th Sept 2019

*Bookings for these courses will open later this year.

The Glen Coe course costs £150 per person (Instructor ratio of 1:4 on day one and 1:2 on day two) Cost includes accommodation at Laggangarbh in Glen Coe

The Skye course costs £220 per person (Instructor ratio 1:2 both days) Cost includes accommodation at the Glen Brittle Memorial Hut, Skye

To book onto one of our mountain safety courses, you need to be a member of Mountaineering Scotland and aged 18 or over. Members aged between 14 and 18 can attend if accompanied by a parent or nominated adult: phone the office at 01738 493943 for details and to book.

Thanks to your membership, we can subsidise the costs of our courses and offer you cheaper course prices than most commercial providers.

  • Mountaineering Scotland members can book and pay easily and quickly online in our members’ web portal
  • If you are not a Mountaineering Scotland member, you can join and book your course place at the same time quickly and easily online in our members' web portal

Please take a look at our useful course information for booking and cancellation conditions.

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