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Experience the spectacular beauty of the Scottish Highlands on your next ice climbing trip.

Ben Nevis (1345 m) is the highest peak in the United Kingdom and the central attraction for winter climbing in Scotland. It’s located at a short distance from the coastal town of Fort Williams. The gullies, ridges and buttresses of Ben Nevis draw climbers from across all Europe, mainly for mixed climbing, over a combination of rock, ice and snow. Ben Nevis has routes suitable for all levels and from the summit you will get to enjoy some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery! Take your pick from our selection of trips and courses below. Explore-Share.com only promotes mountain trips led by certified guides

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FAQs: Ice Climbing in Ben Nevis

What should I know about Ice Climbing Ben Nevis?

Tower Ridge, Castle Ridge, Scabbard Chimney and North Buttress are some great spots in the Scottish Highlands for climbing. Climbing to the summit of Ben Nevis via the Grade II Ledge Route is a lot of fun. As well as exploring Ben Nevis, be sure to check out nearby Cairngorms and Glencoe mountain ranges. Depending on your level of experience, taking one of the winter climbing courses on offer may be a good idea.

Why should I choose Ben Nevis for my Ice Climbing adventure?

**Spectacular Scenery **

The scenery in and around Ben Nevis is second to none. From dramatic hills and peaks to sprawling loches, the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands has a kind of mysticism to it. You’re not likely to find anything quite like it elsewhere.

Fort William

Fort William is the gateway to some of Ben Nevis’ best ice climbing. Set on the shores of Loch Linnhe, its beautiful scenery gives many options. Hike around the Steall Falls and Nevis Gorge, visit the Ben Nevis Distillery, one of the oldest distilleries in the world.

**Varied Routes **

The terrain around Ben Nevis is varied and interesting, so whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a seasoned pro, it’s likely you’ll find a climbing route to keep you happy. The Scottish Highlands are full of great places to climb and a certified guide will know exactly where to go.

What can I expect from the weather during my Ice Climbing trip in Ben Nevis?

The weather is often cloudy and rainy year round. The summer temperatures average around 17 degrees celsius and the winter temperatures around -5 degrees celsius.

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What currency is accepted around Ben Nevis?

British Pound

How can I get to Ben Nevis?

Fly to Edinburgh or Glasgow. From Edinburgh you can drive to Fort William. From Glasgow you can drive or take the train.

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When is the best time to travel to Ben Nevis for Ice Climbing?

The winters months of November through to March are the best times to visit.

What people are saying about Ice Climbing | Ben Nevis



I can’t recommend this enough. Great service, great price and the on the ground team was top notch. Top marks all round.



Been climbing for several years but had never used climbing axes so aim of this trip was to gain experience using two tools. The routes Ken chose were a perfect selection making the climb challenging and very enjoyable. Already looking at dates when more ice is present to climb with Ken again. Ken was great company, has a great knowledge of the highland area and is clearly a very skilled climber. Explore and Share made the whole process very simple and effortless, would highly recommend. Thank you. Dave



A wonderful 2 days climbing tuition. Excellent supportive instruction, a calm professional approach and a perfect mix of fun, chat and laughter with tips,tricks and confidence building. Any beginner climber who wants to develop their skills, build their confidence and be inspired should spend time with Rocio. Thank you :)))



Euan is an excellent leader and seems to have a great gift of knowing the abilities of those he is leading. He definitely creates even more enthusiasm and enjoyment : even when I am going to have a really great day, he makes it even better!



It was a great experience. It fulfilled all my expectations to have a first approach to winter mountaineering. My guide was great teaching me all the basic stuff related to crampons, ice axe and winter hiking, plus he was a great coach supporting me to make it to the summit.

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