Explore-Share logo and link to home

Rock Climbing in the United Kingdom

Discover the stunning scenery and varied terrains of the United Kingdom from the rocks!

From introductory rock climbing trips to the Lake District to sustained ascents of sea stacks in Scotland, the United Kingdom is home to plenty of great rock climbing opportunities. Enjoy stunning scenery as you climb in a variety of different places throughout the island! 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 Rock Climbing trips to the United Kingdom. The mountains are calling!

Top rock climbing trips | United Kingdom:


There are many reasons for choosing Rock Climbing in United Kingdom

Boasting rugged mountains, verdant valleys, pristine lakes and incredible coastlines, the United Kingdom has plenty of incredible scenery to see and explore. Among the best ways to do so is to head out on a rock climbing adventure. Most rock climbing trips are in some of the UK’s most beautiful spots and give you the opportunity to gain some elevation and appreciate the stunning landscapes and amazing views stretching out below.


Good to know:

Country Code:


Best time to visit:

May to October


Pound sterling (GBP)


English, Welsh, Gaelic

What’s the weather like?

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 to get there:

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

More info about Rock Climbing in 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 rock climbing opportunities for participants of every level. Since Scotland is the nation within the UK that is home to the most mountains, it stands to reason that some of the best rock climbing can be done here. Aside from Cuillin Ridge, many novice climbers opt to challenge themselves on the slopes of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak. For those looking for a challenge with a view, look no further than the Old Man of Hoy, off the Orkney Islands. The five-pitch 135-meter (443-foot) sea stack presents plenty of technical challenges all the way up, but yields simply stunning views of the North Sea. Away from Scotland, there are still plenty of great rock climbing opportunities in England and Wales. In the former, the Lake District is a popular destination, with plenty of great ascents for intermediate climbers and novices alike. Farther south, the Forest of Dean boasts various rock climbing opportunities as well that combine incredible forest scenery with fairly challenging cliff wall ascents. In Wales, Snowdonia National Park is the most popular rock climbing spot. Boasting plenty of great multi-pitch trad climbing hotspots and incredible views, there is little wonder that the park is one of the most popular climbing destinations in all of the UK

Need help discovering your next adventure?



Join our newsletter!

Stay up-to-date on the best adventures.