The courses are run in the Cairngorms National Park. There are flights to/from Inverness and good rail and bus links to Aviemore and Kingussie including the sleeper train from London. Due to the nature of the winter environment, we may have to travel to different parts of the area to safely put our skills to practice.
Requirements: This course is aimed at those with summer walking experience who want to venture out into the mountains in winter. A good level of fitness will be required and experience of navigation by map and compass. It is advised that if you've had no formal map and compass training before, you either attend a Silver NNAS course or are confident you have experience of the points covered in the syllabus. Please note that this is not a leadership course, but more about personal adventure.
Cost: If coming for only one of the days the cost is £100. For both days, it is £175.
Accommodation: The Silverfjord Hotel in Kingussie offers a modern 'home away from home', fantastic food and is right next to Kingussie Station. The Cairngorm Hotel in Aviemore is another popular place being opposite Aviemore station. There is also the Scottish Youth Hostel Association in Aviemore and plenty of other hotels and B&Bs in the area.
Getting There: There are regular flights to and from Inverness Airport which is 36 miles from Aviemore and 48 miles from Kingussie by car. The airport has a bus service to Inverness station and both Aviemore and Kingussie can be reached from here. The A9 is the main central/east artery to the Highlands from Perth/Stirling and both Aviemore and Kingussie are just off this road. It is 72 miles to Kingussie and 86 miles drive to Aviemore from Perth.
Coaches also operate across Scotland and details can be found at Citylink
For trains, the Trainline gives all of the options
The Caledonian Sleeper service from London is another great way to arrive!
The transition from summer to winter walking requires a greater level of planning to deal with the often ferocious conditions and new hazards such as avalanches, reduced daylight hours, and many summer navigation features being buried under meters of snow. These winter skills courses start with some classroom discussion before heading out to the hills for practical training and to put these skills to practice.
Our winter skills courses run over two days and cover the following:-