Guidebook

Wilderness Ski Touring in the Scottish Highlands

On its day, the ski touring in Scotland can be as good as anywhere in the World!

Sophie Nicholson

Description

You’ve heard a million times before that Scottish touring is amazing, right? Well be prepared to hear it again ‘cos it’s absolutely true!

Ski touring in Scotland has become incredibly popular in recent years with increasing numbers of skiers heading out into the mountains seeking
a mix of adrenaline, solitude, fresh tracks and all the other life-affirming rewards that come from earning your turns in a stunning environment.

If you’re looking to avoid the crowds and keen to explore beyond the obvious popular ‘sidecountry’ accessed terrain around Cairngorm, Glencoe
and Nevis Range, the following routes should provide you with food for thought of where to go for something ‘a little bit different’.

Some are more remote and/or ‘hardcore’ than others, several are becoming noticeably more popular in recent years, but on their day all of these itineraries are guaranteed to put a solid haggis-sized grin on your
face!

The accessible and comparatively benign itineraries of Geal-charn Mòr and Fionn Bheinn are perfect for newbie wilderness seekers and Braeriach via the Escalator is a
cracking option for your first bike/ski adventure.

The remote mountains of Ben Hope, Sgurr nan Clach Geala and Sgurr Na Lapaich are far more demanding objectives however, requiring considerably more skills, experience and self-reliance.

Before you head off into the wilds, be sure to choose an itinerary that matches your skills and experience level. Many of these routes have little or no mobile phone reception so you really need to know what
you’re doing and what you’re going to do if things don’t work out as planned. Snow safety, risk management, navigation and good ski skills are all essential.

Be prepared - and have fun.

Braeriach via Allt Buidheannach aka 'The Escalator'
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Braeriach via Allt Buidheannach aka 'The Escalator'

Cairngorms National Park
1 day +
25.2 km
1,235 m
1,234 m
25 °
A truly memorable bike/ski adventure in the Cairngorms
Moderate
Private
Ben Hope
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Ben Hope

6 - 7 hrs
14.5 km
968 m
968 m
25 °
A Wilderness Ski Adventure Like No Other
Moderate
Private
Fionn Bheinn
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Fionn Bheinn

4 - 5 hrs
9.0 km
776 m
776 m
21 °
An accessible yet remote ski tour with exceptional Highland views
Moderate
Private
Sgurr Na Lapaich
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Sgurr Na Lapaich

1 day +
20.0 km
1,506 m
1,505 m
30 °
Summit to loch in the remote Northwest Highlands
Severe
Private
Sgùrr nan Clach Geala
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Sgùrr nan Clach Geala

6 - 7 hrs
16.9 km
914 m
914 m
22 °
A remote and magnificent mountain in the Fannichs
Difficult
Private
Geal Chàrn Mòr
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Geal Chàrn Mòr

5 - 6 hrs
12.2 km
830 m
831 m
18 °
Sheltered easy angle powder skiing in the Monadhliaths
Moderate
Private