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Scotland's Mountain Ridges

Scrambling, Mountaineering and Climbing - the best routes for summer and winter

A guidebook covering the best summer scrambling, rock climbing and winter mountaineering on Scotland's ridges, from the remote Cairngorms to the splendour of the Cuillin. With inspirational photographs, the guidebook is both a celebration of the landscape and a practical route guide.


Throughout the year. Suitable in winter only for those with the required fitness and skills.


Fort William, Kyle of Lochalsh, Aviemore, Gairloch, Lochinver, Arrochar, Cranlarich


Experienced mountain walkers, scramblers and climbers. Routes to suit all levels of ability. Advanced skills required in winter.

Must See

Ben Nevis, the Aonachs, Glen Coe, the Cobbler, Ben Lui, Mitre Ridge, An Teallach Traverse, Cuillin Main Ridge Traverse
18 Mar 2006
12 Jan 2022
24.00 x 17.00 x 1.80cm

Guidebook to exploring Scotland’s finest mountain ridges through climbing, scrambling and winter mountaineering. With 47 routes across Lochaber, Cairngorms, the North and West Highlands, Skye, Rum, Arran and the Southern Highlands, this guide contains something for all levels of experience and ability, from mountain walkers to scramblers, climbers and mountaineers.

The routes range from 3–26 miles (4–42km) in length and are graded from Moderate–Very Severe (climbs), 1–3 (scrambles) and I–III/3 (winter mountaineering).

  • 1:50,000 OS mapping included for the approach to and descent off each ridge
  • Clear route descriptions and topo diagrams of the ridge scrambles and climbs
  • Includes classic routes on Ben Nevis, the Aonachs, Glen Coe, Coire an t-Sneachda, Torridon, the Cobbler, Ben Lui, Mitre Ridge, An Teallach Traverse and Cuillin Main Ridge Traverse
  • Routes accessible from key bases including Fort William, Kyle of Lochalsh, Aviemore, Gairloch, Lochinver, Arrochar and Cranlarich
  • Advice on difficulty, access, accommodation and wild camping, and seasonal notes on choosing the best conditions to tackle each route

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Dan Bailey Cicerone author BAILEY

By Dan Bailey

A Londoner by birth – if not inclination – Dan Bailey is happier as an adopted Fifer, where he lives with his wonderful wife and two budding young mountaineers in striking distance of hills, rock and water. As well as guidebooks Dan produces words and pictures for the outdoor media, and works as the editor of Dan has walked and climbed in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Mainland Europe and all over the UK. Having tried the rest he insists that Scotland is the best. He is a particular fan of challenging hill walks and long adventurous traditional climbs, both summer and winter – a passion for which he has far more enthusiasm than talent.

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