Project Description

Torridon Winter Mountaineering Week

Location: Scotland – Torridon
Price: £750 per person
Ratio: 1:2
Length: 5 days

Who is the Torridon Winter Mountaineering Week course suitable for?

To enjoy this week you need to have previous experience on winter mountaineering routes in the UK, be hill fit and up for long days on some of the most majestic mountains in the UK. Conditions this far West can be fickle so you also need to have an open mind and be prepared to make the most of what we get.

What does the week entail? 

Over five days we aim to tick off some of the best mountaineering objectives in the North West of Scotland. Possible routes include:

  • Beinn Alligin Traverse
  • An Teallach Traverse
  • A’Chioch ridge on Beinn Bhan
  • Traverse of Liathach
  • Northern Pinnacles of Liathach

You can read a full account of our 2019 trip, with photos and video here.

What about accommodation?

We will rent a house in Gairloch and share the costs between us.

Who runs the course?

The course is run by Rob Johnson and Huw Gilbert. We both hold the MIC, the highest instructional qualification in the UK. You can read more about our experience and qualifications here.

Travel to Gairloch

The nearest big town is Inverness which has a mainline train station, good road connections and an airport. It is just over an hour from Inverness to Gairloch.

Previous Experience & Fitness

You need previous experience on winter mountaineering ground unto grade II. This trip is particularly strenuous and you need to be physically fit to get the most from it and to stay safe. Training in the form of cycling, running or swimming beforehand will be essential!

Whats included?

The course fee includes instruction and the use of any specialist equipment. You can read our kit list page here. We have a limited range of ice axes and crampons which can be lent out on a first come first served basis. If you are looking to buy your own kit for the course then this article I have written may be of help.

When does this course run?

We run this course in February – you can visit the diary page for all of our dates. The course will run regardless of conditions – we will simply make the best of what we have.

Meeting Place & Time

Once you book we will send you a comprehensive set of course notes and a letter of confirmation, this will include a detailed kit list and details of where and when we meet. The first day normally starts at 8:30am in Gairloch and finishes in the same place at about 5:00pm.


“Rob and Huw –

Have been unexpectedly busy since returning to Putney from our epic week in Torridon, hence my delayed thank you for as good a week in the mountains as I have enjoyed for a longtime. I would best describe it as I did to an outdoor man in the office when asked how I had got on, I said: ‘there’s walking, there’s hiking, there’s trekking, there’s scrambling, there’s climbing; and then there’s last week! Winter mountaineering, the real thing and to a relative beginner it was simply fabulous and intoxicating in the extreme. Whilst we had to search for snow, when we found it and got amongst it on high ground it was plentiful and enabled us to do just what Rachel, Cath, Tom and I had come to Torridon in winter to do……’mountaineer’.  And fab it was. From the harsh first day cloudy conditions on Beinn Aligin to the practically sun drenched ridge taking us over the Black Carls mid-week and on to the ‘real deal’ in Hayfolk Gully on Ay Teallach before we’d finished all made for a exceptionally enjoyable week.  A great trip with old and new ‘Expedition Guide’ friends and leaders……nothing better.

Bob” – February 2020

Other Questions

If you have any questions that you can’t find answers to on the website visit our contact page for details on how to get in touch. We look forward to meeting you!

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Thanks Rob

Just wanted to say thank you so much for the last 5 days. I’ve loved every minute of it and have learned so much. Thanks for pushing me.

I’m not sure what I expected from the instructor when I booked as it’s my first experience but the fact you have a great sense of humour and are a real people person made the whole week. I’ve got no other reference point but I’m pretty sure this won’t always be the case with instructors. Unfortunately for you this means I may book on other stuff in future 🙂

Hope the rest of the winter goes well for you and thanks once again for a fantastic week


Jason, Winter Skills Week - Jan 2017
Hi Rob,

Thanks for a memorable week of winter skills at the beginning of January. Your practical advice was always perfectly judged and I found the discussions of snow and avalanche risk particularly fascinating. More importantly, you conveyed and inspired a real love of the mountains as well.

Thanks too for bringing the group together for five days of good company and good humour which will stay with me for a long time.

All the best,

Richard, Winter Skills Week - Jan 2017
Hello Rob,
I’d just like to say how wonderful our winter skills week went.
Learnt a lot and feel more comfortable heading off to Sikkim for our track and climb.
Your number two, Huw, has been an exceptional teacher and guide showing us the beautiful mountains of Scotland.
So thank you,
Alan, Winter Skills Week - Feb 2017