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  • Climbing near the summit of Aonach Mor
    Climbing near the summit of Aonach Mor
  • The Black Cuillin, Skye
    The Black Cuillin, Skye
  • Climbing in Glencoe
    Climbing in Glencoe

With such a dramatic landscape, full of mountains, glens and steep rocks, the Highlands attracts climbers from across the world, keen to try and tackle the steep slopes.

Climb the spectacular Cairngorm mountains, the An Teallach and Torridon Munros, the Nevis Range and Skye’s Cuillin or stay indoors at Ice Factor in Lochaber.

Fort William is best known today as a brilliant base for outdoor activities. The town is an important centre for climbing and hillwalking and there are many Munros in the vicinity. Those looking for a challenge will love the Grey Corries, a vast mountain range adjacent to Aonach Beag, Aonach Mor and the mighty Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain at 4,409 ft - just remember to come prepared as the weather can change quickly.

The North Highlands is a magnet for climbers and hillwalkers with legendary ascents like Beinn Eighe, Suilven and Quinag, as well as many less challenging summits. Enjoy ever-changing views as you venture through the North Highlands, passing ancient rock peaks with startling profiles, such as Suilven. In the heart of Assynt you’ll find Britain’s highest waterfall, Eas a’ Chual Aluinn. Drive along the picturesque Wester Ross Coastal Trail and the Coigach hills, which include the unusual pinnacle of Stac Pollaidh. Little wonder this landscape is popular with walkers and climbers.

If you fancy a challenge and are an experienced climber, tackle the Cuillin in the west of the Isle of Skye. If you don’t have as much experience, hire a guide and benefit from their knowledge on walks around the hills. Skye is renowned for its mountains, in particular the stark peaks of the famous Cuillin range which attract climbers from around the globe. But you don’t have to be a mountaineer to admire the extreme beauty of these magnificent mountains.

At Loch Insh, near the beautiful village of Kincraig there are opportunities for climbing, abseiling and mountain biking.

There is fantastic climbing from technical rock and ice climbs to testing graded scrambles. The Ice Factor in Kinlochleven offers indoor ice and rock climbing sessions on their epic walls.

The glens of Strathglass are fabulous for walking and climbing and there’s even a climbing wall at Inverness Leisure Centre.

Enjoy mountain climbing and hillwalking in one of Europe’s last great wildernesses in the Cairngorms National Park. Tackle some of the region’s many Munros and take on strenuous hikes through gorges and over summits for fantastic views of the surrounding mountains.

For the ultimate adrenaline rush, try rock and ice climbing, abseiling and mountaineering or take to the water for white water rafting and kayaking. There are lots of outdoor instructors throughout the park, including the Scottish National Outdoor Training Centre at Glenmore Lodge.