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Mountain Climbing in the United Kingdom: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Discover the stunning scenery and incredible landscapes of the United Kingdom from up in the mountains!

Whether you climb to the top of Ben Nevis or head to the mountains of Wales, there are plenty of great mountaineering expeditions awaiting in the United Kingdom. Learn the basic skills of the sport or challenge yourself with a winter ascent, there are plenty of options from which to choose! Compare and book a certified guide for your trip on Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Mountain Climbing trips to the United Kingdom. The mountains are calling!

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FAQs: Mountain Climbing in United Kingdom

What should I know about Mountain Climbing United Kingdom?

Composed of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the United Kingdom is a small but diverse place and full of plenty of great mountain climbing experiences for participants of every level.

Away from Ben Nevis, there are plenty of other popular mountaineering destinations in Scotland. The Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye boasts 11 munros (mountains) and presents a great challenge for mountaineering enthusiasts with four days to spare. In Pinn, the tallest of the munros, is largely considered to be the toughest climb in the whole UK.

Away from Scotland, there are also plenty of great mountaineering opportunities in Wales as well. The Snowdon range is home to some of the most prominent mountains in the country and the highest outside of Scotland. There are numerous great climbing options here, from the technical ascent of Crib Goch to some of the tougher routes up Snowdown, itself.

England has the fewest great mountaineering spots in the UK. Most of its mountains can be hiked up. However, some of the steeper and taller fells of the Lake District require some technical climbing to get up and yield fantastic views.

Why should I choose United Kingdom for my Mountain Climbing adventure?

Stunning scenery

Boasting verdant valleys, rugged mountains and picturesque coastlines, the United Kingdom has an abundance of stunning scenery. The best way to get out an experience as much of it as you can is to head out on a mountaineering experience. From some of the UK’s most iconic summits, you’ll get to see plenty of incredible sites.

Winter mountaineering skills

Traditionally, the Scottish Highlands has been a training ground for alpinists aspiring to climb the highest peaks Europe’s highest peaks. It is also a great place to learn and hione winter mountaineering skills for any number of further adventures. Get used to traversing tricky and slippery surfaces, while enjoying the stunning winter scenery of Scotland.

Climb Ben Nevis

Rising to 1,344 meters (4,411 feet) in elevation, Ben Nevis is the tallest peak in the United Kingdom. Sitting in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, the peak is a popular destination for mountaineers. The 700-meter (2,300-foot) cliff on the north face requires a combination of climbing, scrambling and hiking to get to the summit. The peak is also a popular destination for winter mountaineers.

What can I expect from the weather in United Kingdom?

The UK has a temperate climate in spite of its northern latitude. This generally means that the country experiences cool and wet winters and warm and wet summers. Average temperatures tend to sit around 5 ºC (41 ºF) or more in the winter and reach 15 ºC (59 ºF) or more in the summer.

How can I get to United Kingdom?

This generally depends on where you are heading in the country. Trips to England’s Lake and Peak districts (where most outdoor activities take place) generally begin with a flight into Manchester Airport (MAN). Trips to Scotland generally begin with a flight into Glasgow Airport (GLA). And trips to Wales generally begin with a flight into either Cardiff Airport (CFL) or Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL). From any of these airports, it is easiest to rent a car and drive to your final destination.

Which language is predominantly spoken in United Kingdom?

English, Welsh, Gaelic

What’s the country code of United Kingdom?


What currency is accepted in United Kingdom?

Pound sterling (GBP)

What’s the high season for Mountain Climbing in United Kingdom?

May to October

What people are saying about Mountain Climbing | United Kingdom



Scott is a great guide with excellent communication skills, local knowledge and technical expertise. The trip up the Ben was fantastic and throughout the whole experience Scott was always on hand to help or give assistance when needed as well as taking the time to teach me some new skills along the way. Thanks very much



Fantastic climb of Tower Ridge under Ken's expert guidance. We felt safe, secure and confident every step of this breathtaking route. Ken's competence and knowledge left us in no doubt that we'd be more than happy to choose him and West Coast Mountain Guides in the future. Thank you!


We thoroughly enjoyed our summit with Andy. Scott was also easy to communicate with. The whole experience was one to remember and we feel so proud to have made it to the top in the time that we did. Although our hike started in poor weather, we eventually got to see amazing views on the way down. Andy provided helpful facts about the mountains which makes us confident we will be taking on another challenge soon.



Mark was wonderful! He was extremely professional, knowledgeable and encouraged us throughout the hike to keep our spirits high! We would not have been able to do this safely and in such an enjoyable manner without him.



Private Guiding on the classic Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis North Face On two previous winter trips up Ben Nevis via the CMD route, I had marvelled at the majestic North Face and dreamt of fulfilling a route on it's flanks. This season, Ken helped me fulfil this dream by guiding me on the classic Tower Ridge (IV, 3). The whole experience was absolutely fantastic and Ken made sure to attend to every detail; from communications, equipment provision, weather and condition assessment and climbing advice on route. Ken's professionalism certainly enabled me to push my limits, as I felt completely safe within his guiding ability. I was fortunate to have moderate conditions on the day, and this enabled a fairly rapid and highly enjoyable ascent of the ridge in true Scottish conditions. I will definitely be back for more winter adventures

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