Winter Mountaineering Courses in Scotland

We are very excited to be working with Moran Mountain – renowned mountain guides based in this wonderful location and offering a range of incredible mountain experiences both here in Scotland and further afield! For their Scottish based events we are now providing full board accommodation here at Castle Cottage in the centre of Lochcarron Village. We look forward to welcoming you!

About Moran Mountain:

We are one of Britain’s most experienced mountain guiding schools offering coaching, adventures and expeditions in North-West Scotland, Norway, the Alps and the Himalayas. Founder Martin Moran, a British Mountain Guide, set out in 1985 to offer guiding in some of the worlds most stunning mountains. Today, Moran Mountain has over 30 years experience and has built a talented guiding staff. Our passion for mountaineering and adventurous spirit remains as strong. We have helped thousands of aspiring climbers to realise their mountaineering dreams. From hillwalking to technical climbing…. your next adventure starts here!

For those looking for a Scottish adventure, our base is Strathcarron in Wester Ross, at the threshold of the North West Highlands, home to some of the finest mountains in Britain. An Teallach, Liathach and the serrated ridges of the Cuillin of Skye rise in majestic isolation above the sea. From Strathcarron we can access all the peaks of Torridon, Applecross, Kintail, the North-West Highlands and Skye. The Cairngorms and Ben Nevis are also within our compass. We are just 90 minutes minutes’ drive from Inverness airport.

The tranquility and unspoilt nature of the North West  awaits you. Enjoy a sense of adventure and freedom as you explore new peaks and routes each day. Our local guides relish the challenge of an untracked ridge or a icy gully. Since setting up Moran Mountain in 1985, we have led our clients over 70 traverses of the Cuillin Ridge and recorded over a hundred new routes in the area.  We provide all the home comforts you crave after a good day on the hill with superb home-cooked meals and cosy lodgings in the heart of this dramatic mountain landscape that we are proud to call our home.

Our Scottish Winter courses offer instruction and guiding in the essential winter mountaineering skills plus  steeper snow, ice and mixed climbing. We traverse some of Britain’s finest ridges, teach survival skills and develop your navigational abilities. Techniques and experiences acquired with us will prepare you to climb in the Alps and Himalaya.

We run 5-day courses through the winter season plus a 4-day New Year special as well as 2 day weekend courses for friends, couples and small groups.

For more information on the huge range of activities available – visit the Moran Mountain website

Happy New Year ! Book your Bed & Breakfast accommodation for 2019 now…

We’d like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! 2018 was a busy one for us, with lots of time spent exploring this beautiful area, something we hope to expand on in 2019. Visiting this special part of Scotland can be so rewarding with something for everyone and it’s important to know you have quality bed & breakfast accommodation to look forward to. We are fortunate to live right by the sea, with a coast that is breathtaking – and with easy links to further attractions such as the Isle of Skye, and the north West up to Ullapool and Durness. For the Munro Baggers out there, this North West Highlands is Mountain heaven!! We have a great range of hills on our doorstep, with the Torridon, Cuillen and Glenshiel areas all very close by. If you are interested in more gentle days out, then there are plenty of lower level walks in the local forest, estates & along the coast.  The path of the NC500 passes right by our door; we are an ideal first night stop if going clockwise, or a last night treat on an anti-clockwise route! Many of our guests spend a night with us as part of a touring route, but if you have the time it’s well worth spending at least 2 nights in each of your stopover locations to give you time to explore, otherwise it can be a little rushed…  If you enjoy the great outdoors, there are some great activity and sightseeing options all around us.  We have sea kayaking, sailing, paddleboading, caving, canyoning, mountainbiking and hillwalking activities all within a few minutes drive. We are fortunate to have Attadale Gardens, Plockton, The Applecross Peninsula and Estate Gardens all nearby too, with Inverewe gardens a pleasant drive up the coast.  The Highlands of Scotland is a real hidden gem, with so much to explore. Come and stay with us, and experience this amazing place for yourself.  We offer high quality Bed & Breakfast accommodation – with twin and kingsize double room options available.  With a very generous Scottish breakfast and stunning views, a warm welcome and very comfy beds, this is a perfect place to recharge your batteries.



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Escape the snow..!

Escape the snow!! Fantastic Bed & Breakfast accommodation in the Highlands of Scotland available all year round and currently enjoying snow free, beautiful sunshine! If you are touring and looking for some comfortable bed & breakfast accommodation, perhaps as an alternative to camping, or to take a breather on an NC500 tour, give us a call! Sit by the picture windows, looking out over the water of Loch Carron, enjoying the sea and mountain views. With well appointed rooms, very comfy beds and great breakfast, a night or two at Castle Cottage Bed & Breakfast in Lochcarron is a great way to restore the batteries.  comfy kingsize bed

Driving tips for Scotland!

The beautiful Highlands of Scotland can present some travelling challenges to anyone not familiar with our single track roads. The ‘etiquette’ for happy travelling does vary, but there are some easy tips to help you on your way! Our local tourism group has shared this nifty illustration with us, and we thought it could be helpful to anyone heading our way this year.  There are always going to be difficulties balancing the needs of the tourist (typically moving more slowly, enjoying the view) and the local (desperate to get from a to b as fast as possible) when sharing the same stretch of narrow and often pot-holed road!! Following these helpful tips may well improve your experience, and help to keep the blood pressure in check….


Munro Weather Forecast

This is the current MetOffice forecast for the NW Highlands..

Northwest Highlands Mountain Forecast