Scottish Winter Climbs West (SMC)

written by Neil Adams


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Covering not only the classic winter climbing venues of Glen Coe and Ben Nevis, but spanning the Southern Uplands all the way to the rugged hinterland of Knoydart and Glen Shiel beyond, Scottish Winter Climbs West is a grand tour of the best winter climbing destinations across western Scotland.

With over 1,300 routes and an abundance of new lines covering both familiar and lesser-known crags, its scope and range offers options for climbing across all levels and styles and in almost all conditions. Crag and route information is accompanied by high-resolution photographic topos, beautifully rendered maps and detailed advice on conditions to help you be in the right place at the right time. This guidebook includes everything you need to inspire and inform your next winter adventure.

Coverage of the book includes The Southern Uplands, Arrochar, Bridge of Orchy, Glen Coe, Glen Etive, Glen Appin, Lochaber, Ben Nevis, Ardgour, Glenfinnan, Knoydart, Glen Shiel, Arran, Mull and Rùm.


424 pages
Size: 148 x 210 mm (portrait)
ISBN: 978-1-907233-42-5
Published: 2022

Printed on FSC paper

About the author

Neil Adams lives with his partner Claire in Edinburgh, where he works as an engineer for the Carbon Trust. He has been an active winter climber for almost 20 years, seeking out snow and ice across Scotland as well as the Alps, Scandinavia and North America. He started his winter climbing career in Glen Coe and has an abiding love of the unique landscape and climbing style of Western Scotland.

He has made a number of first ascents and early repeats, both at classic venues such as Ben Nevis and in more remote settings like the Ardgour hills. Over recent years, exploring these less-travelled corners of the Western Highlands has become a passion, fuelled further by describing and photographing venues for this book. In doing so, his wish list of venues to visit and routes to climb has only grown longer.