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From £175.00

Location: Cairngorms

Duration: 1 day

Client to Instructor Ratio: 2:1 Max

The Cairngorm Classics (Winter)

The Cairngorms offer some of the most accessible, reliable, and technically challenging mixed routes in the UK. With safe, steep routes lying just an hour from the car and ranging from Grade I to Grade X this is  the home of hooking and torquing.


Before Your Course

Your EverydayClimbing mountain guide will be in touch one to two days before your course commences.  This pre-course contact serves to introduce your guide, confirm meeting details, and provide insight into the expected weather conditions. Our guides are readily available to address any queries you may have, ensuring you're well-prepared for your upcoming adventure.

On the Day

We're not afraid to admit it – we love the Cairngorms. The advantages of being able to start climbing at 630 meters, and with crags just an hour from the car are tremendous. Plus, with several popular climbing venues facing various aspects, it's a reliably safe area for climbing whatever the seasons conditions bring. Oh, and did we mention that the routes here range from Grade I to Grade X, covering the entire spectrum from the very easiest to the most challenging? Whatever your experience level, you'll find something here to test and delight you.

While the famous Northern Corries offer a wide range of routes and are a favorite haunt for us, the Cairngorms have more to offer than just those accessible cliffs. Lurchers Crag is often dripping in ice, Hells Lum offers long, sunny lines, and Lochnagar has routes that rival those on Ben Nevis but with a real chance of solitude.

So, come book with us to climb in the heart of the Scottish wilderness and allow us to share our favourite classics.

Not quite what you're seeking? No problem! We specialise in organising climbing, scrambling, or mountaineering guides for any route in the Scottish Highlands or islands. From the dramatic sea-stacks to the legendary Skye Cuillin, we've got your adventure covered. Feel free to drop us a line with your specific requirements, and we'll promptly respond to your inquiry.

Dates and Prices


The Cairngorms has routes is typically in condition throughout the winter season and can usually be scheduled on any day that suits your plans.

Feel free to reach out with your specific requirements or contact us using the form below, and we'll promptly respond to your inquiry.


Our prices are comprehensive and cover the following:

  • Information and support prior to the course
  • An AMI accredited, insured, and fully qualified guide
  • Professional-grade climbing equipment for each participant
  • Mountain safety gear
  • Memorable photos of your adventure

One person - £300

Two people - £350 (£175 per person)

Is this for me?

The Cairngorms offer a wide range of climbing experiences, from easy and accessible routes to extremely demanding adventures that require a good level of fitness for the approach and return. It's an equally excellent place for complete beginners to take their first steps in using crampons or for experienced climbers to push their grade.

You don't need any prior climbing experience to enjoy climbing here. We can provide all the instruction and guidance you need to tackle your very first route. And if you already have some climbing skills, we can assist you in taking on even more challenging lines.

Our team of instructors has extensive experience with all the classic routes in the Cairngorms. We've climbed them many times under various conditions and in different seasons. We know every boot and ice axe placement, and we'll be right by your side, providing support, safety, and motivation throughout your journey.

Kit list


• 35-45l backpack

• B2/B3 Winter mountain boots (Available to be rented locally)

• Gaiters

• Ski Goggles

• Walking poles

• Emergency shelter (Orange bag)

• Water bottle or hot drink flask

• Food and spare food (min. 1000cals.)

• Head torch + spare batteries 

• Thick socks

• Waterproof jacket and trousers 

• Thin fleece or light insulated jacket

• Thick fleece or mid insulated jacket

• Thick insulated jacket

• Warm hat

• Buff

• 2-3x Pairs of winter gloves

• Hiking trousers/salopettes 

• Synthetic/merino base layers

• Personal medication

• Waterproof stuff sacks


• OS maps of planned areas

• Waterproof map case

• Compass (silva type 4 recommended)


• Harness

• Climbing helmet

• 120cm sling and karabiner

• Belay device and karabiner

• C2/C3 crampons

• Pair of technical climbing axes

• Ice axe leashes

To guarantee your comfort and security throughout our activities, we strongly advise all participants to come prepared with the complete equipment listed. While our activities may proceed even if participants do not have the entire kit list, please be aware that EverydayClimbing and our instructors retain the right to modify the itinerary or conclude the activity early should the absence of essential equipment pose an elevated risk to the group, exceeding acceptable safety standards.

As part of our unwavering commitment to eliminating barriers to outdoor adventures, we offer a selection of equipment available for use by anyone, with no questions asked. Your safety and enjoyment are our top priorities. Just drop us a line to let us know what you require.