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Winter Hill Walking

We offer a range of winter opportunities for people of all abilities aswell as women only courses in partnership with AdelongOutdoors

Winter is an incredible time of year to explore the Scottish mountains; feel the squeak of spin-drift underfoot on a high summit or the stillness of an ancient forest blanketed in snow. The winter mountain environment is as stunningly beautiful as it is challenging and there is nowhere better to be than the Cairngorms. You can choose from a winter skills course or hire a guide for a winter walking day. Whether you use prosthetics, have a sensory impairment, learning support needs or simply a strong desire for winter, your experience will be tailored to your abilities. 


Intro to Winter Walking - 2 Days

This 2 day course aims to give you the chance to learn the skills you'll need to enjoy the winter mountains safely, under the instruction of an experienced and qualified Winter Mountain Leader. This is a practical-based course, mostly taking place out on the hill covering the following key areas:

  • Preparing and planning a winter day out
  • What kit to use and carry 
  • Mountain weather and avalanche forecasts
  • Avalanche awareness and avoidance 
  • Winter navigation
  • Using ice axe and crampons
  • Moving on snow and ice
  • Ice axe arrests
  • What to do in an emergency

Dates for 2024

March 4th and 5th - 2 day Winter Skills course open to individuals

Women's Winter Courses

We are excited to provide women's only winter courses in partnership with Adelong Outdoors. Gemma (founder of Able2Adventure) and Charlie (founder of Adelong) started their journey into winter hill walking together and still venture out as a team every season. They believe that there is something special in their all female team and return feeling empowered and invigorated. We want to share this enthusiasm, support and love for the winter mountains with other women. As such this year we will be offering a two-day Winter Skills course and five-day Winter Skills course.

Dates 2024

January 20th and 21st - 2 Day Winter Skills Course

You can book the courses through Adelong, quoting 'Able2', please see the website below.

Womens Only Courses

Guided Winter Walks

Maybe you have a particular mountain in mind, whether it's crossing the sub-arctic wilderness of the Cairngorm Plateau or scaling the rugged peaks and ridges of the West Coast, you could hire a guide to take care of all the planning and decision making so you can enjoy the walk. We can provide guiding for as many days as you want and will work with you to create rewarding hill days that suit you're needs and ambitions. You may choose to learn some winter skills as part of your walk, such as winter navigation, ice axe arrests or avalanche forecasting. 

What to bring

Ice axe, crampons and helmets are provided. You will need to bring your own personal hill walking gear, including winter boots. If you need to hire 4-season boots, you can organise this with Tiso or Cairngorm Mountain Sports in Aviemore.

A full kit list will be provided on booking.

Who's it for?

Adults with some Hillwalking Experience


Cairngorms National Park and throughout the Scottish Highlands.


Intro to Winter Walking

January 20th and 21st (Women's course)

March 4th and 5th (open course)

£180 per person



Guided Walking 

£90 per person, per day

Book privately for dates that suit you

All courses and bookings based on a minimum of 2 people to run


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