7th August 2019

Scotland Winter 2020 Dates Now Live

Written by Jack Nicholl

We’re extremely pleased to announce that our Scottish Winter course dates are now available to book, with a whole new range of courses for all abilities and aspirations.


Every winter the Plas y Brenin team head north from Capel Curig to Scotland to take advantage of the fantastic winter conditions in the mountains of Glen Coe, and deliver a course programme that offers something for people of all abilities and aspirations.

Our temporary Scottish base is the supremely comfortable Alltshellach Country House & Hotel, a former bishop’s mansion located on the shores of Loch Leven, with stunning views and sweeping gardens that lead down to the shores of the Loch. The hotel has a heated indoor swimming pool with panoramic views to the mountains; perfect for soothing aching muscles at the end of a long day. The kitchen serves a hearty fare and makes excellent use of carefully-sourced local ingredients, while the Highland Bar is the perfect place for a nightcap.

From Alltshellach, our team will deliver a programme of courses that caters for all; from the beginner winter hillwalker to those seeking to become Winter Mountaineering & Climbing Instructors (the highest level of qualification on the Mountain Training climbing instructor pathway). This year, the course programme has been significantly expanded, with dedicated Avalanche Awareness, Winter Navigation, Winter Skills, Winter Ridges and Alpine Preparation skills training on offer, alongside our classic Scottish offering.

Helen Barnard, Chief Instructor at Plas y Brenin, said:

Our Scottish winter course programme is one of the cornerstones of our calendar, as it enables us to deliver training and assessment courses to the highest possible standards, while also offering incredible guided experiences to passionate winter mountaineers. In response to customer feedback and popular demand, we’ve expanded our programme with a range of all-new skills courses, plus we have also introduced a new range of weekend courses – perfect if you’re looking for some more flexibility from your time in Scotland.

Plas y Brenin’s 2020 Scottish Winter programme runs from 15 February to 22 March, with online booking for all course dates now open. Full listings of available dates can be found below:

Two-day skills courses

Scottish Winter Skills, 15-16 February

Introduction to Scottish Winter Mountaineering, 15-16 February

Avalanche Awareness, 15-16 February

Scottish Winter Skills, 22-23 February

Scottish Winter Ridges, 22-23 February

Introduction to Scottish Winter Mountaineering, 22-23 February

Avalanche Awareness, 22-23 February

Scottish Winter Skills, 29 February-1 March

Scottish Winter Navigation, 29 February-1 March

Avalanche Awareness, 29 February-1 March

Scottish Winter Ridges, 14-15 March

Scottish Winter Navigation, 14-15 March

Avalanche Awareness, 14-15 March

Alpine Preparation, 16-17 March

Scottish Winter Hillwalking, 21-22 March


Five-day skills courses

Scottish Winter Mountaineering, 17-21 February

Alpine Preparation, 17-21 February

Scottish Guided Winter Classics, 17-21 February

Scottish Introduction to Winter Climbing, 17-21 February

Scottish Winter Hillwalking, 17-21 February

Scottish Winter Mountaineering, 24-28 February

Scottish Performance Winter Climbing, 24-28 February

Scottish Introduction to Winter Climbing, 24-28 February

Scottish Winter Mountaineering, 2-6 March

Scottish Winter Ridges, 2-6 March

Scottish Guided Winter Classics, 2-6 March

Scottish Performance Winter Climbing, 9-13 March

Scottish Winter Hillwalking, 9-13 March

Scottish Winter Mountaineering, 16-20 March

Scottish Winter Ridges, 16-20 March

Scottish Introduction to Winter Climbing, 16-20 March


Mountain Training Awards

WMCI Assessment Preparation, 15-16 February

Winter Mountain Leader Refresher, 15-16 February

Winter Mountain Leader Training, 16-21 February

WMCI Training, 17-21 February

WMCI Assessment, 24-27 February

Winter Mountain Leader Assessment, 24-28 February

Winter Mountain Leader Training, 1-6 March

WMCI Assessment, 9-12 March

Winter Mountain Leader Assessment, 9-13 March


Find out more about PYB in Scotland