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Mountaineering | 6 Best Mountaineering Holidays in the UK

Planning a mountaineering holiday in the UK? We've picked a few of the best climbing and scrambling expeditions for you....

Mountaineering holidays don’t always conjure up images of Scotland or Wales.

For some, Britain is just seen as the training ground for climbing bigger ranges around the world, but nowadays people are starting to appreciate the British mountains in their own right as a place for a mountaineering holiday.

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Whether you are looking for a gentle scramble or a tougher multi-pitch climbing expedition, there are plenty of mountaineering holidays for all abilities in the UK.

The great thing about mountaineering holidays is it often doesn’t matter if you want to go along alone as there are plenty of others in the group to keep you company.

Not sure what to pack before you go? Read our guide to basic mountaineering equipment here with a special guide to mountaineering boots here.

Climbing Ben Nevis, Scotland

Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, is a must-do mountaineering holiday in the UK. Photo: iStock

Ben Nevis in Scotland is the highest mountain in the British Isles at 1,344m. There are lots of routes to climb Ben Nevis with varying difficulty.

The most straight forward route (although pretty strenuous by hill walking standards) is the Mountain Track. It takes between six to eight hours to climb from top to bottom on this route, but it depends on the weather and how many photo breaks you take. It’s totally free to hike – you don’t need a permit – but parking at the bottom does cost £3 per car.

Climbing Ben Nevis can be done without a guide, but if you want a guided tour Abacus Mountain Guides run bi-weekly tours up Ben Nevis during the summer months, plus more challenging mountaineering holiday routes as well.

Summer Mountaineering In Lake District

The Lake District is a popular mountainous region in the UK for mountaineering holiday. Photo: iStock

The Lake District might not be Scotland, but there are plenty of challenging mountain routes for those who want something to get their boots stuck into.

Rock and Ice run guided two to five day courses in the Lake District, plus a Mountaineer Quick Start Pro course for those wanting to venture further into the UK’s mountains independently.

Hiking and abseiling the Cuillin Ridge Traverse, Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Cuillin Ridge Traverse, one of the most famous mountaineering holiday expeditions in the UK. Photo: Glenmore Lodge

Described as the “UK’s finest mountaineering expedition”, this trip with the Glenmore Lodge team will take you to the Isle of Skye‘s Cuillin Ridge, traversing the seven mile spine with 13,000ft of ascent, rock climbing to a ‘severe’ standard, abseiling and an overnight stay in a bivouac on the ridge.

It is one of the most famous traverses in the UK – a must-tick on any climber and mountaineer’s bucket list.

Climbing Welsh Winter Ridges in Snowdonia, Wales

Mount Snowdon covered in snow – one of the most beautiful winter mountaineering holidays you can take in the UK. Photo: iStock

Ever wanted to go on a guided winter mountaineering trip in Wales? There are few place more beautiful in the snow than Snowdonia National Park. Prepare yourself for a weekend of traversing narrow exposed ridges using ropes, ice axes and crampons with Plas Y Brenin.

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You don’t have to be an expert in winter mountaineering to join this course. Requirements are a good level of hill walking fitness, “a head for heights and a thirst for adventure”.

Wilderness Expedition to Knoydart, Scotland

Knoydart in Scotland is a great place to choose for a mountaineering holiday in the UK. Photo: iStock

Escape to the least accessible part of mainland Britain with Scot Mountain Holidays on a seven-night hiking trip to the West Highlands.

Knoydart is a peninsular with amazing views across lochs, valleys and mountain ranges. On this trip, you’ll climb a 4000ft peak, as well as a 3000er, 2500er and a 2000er.

Climbing in the Peak District

Mountaineering holidays Photo: High Point Mountain Guides

If you want a trip that specifically focuses on rock climbing, High Point Mountain Guides run great courses for aspiring climbers in the Peak District. There is so much to choose from here – from single pitch to multi pitch climbs, depending on your ability. You’ll come away with the skills you need to start climbing more regularly.

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