Highland Winter Walking Experience – Rokeby Manor

The Highlands of Scotland is home to many coveted Munros that hikers try to “bag” throughout the year. Winter in the Highlands is an especially magical time to make such an attempt, with the mountains covered by a layer of snow and ice. But it’s no place to be without the proper equipment and knowledge.

If you’re looking for a challenge this winter, you should look no further than a guided winter walking experience with Black Sheep Adventures. Teaming up with a qualified, local and experienced guide is sure to give you that added feeling of security and confidence to take on a challenge that you might be a bit reluctant to do on your own.

Batch 1:  28th to 30th January 2023. Bookings to be made before 28th December 2022.

Batch 2:  4th to 6th February 2023. Bookings to be made before 4th January 2023.

Package inclusions

  • Two nights stay at Rokeby Manor.
  • A packed breakfast, lunch and 2 course dinner.
  • 2 days of guided activities.
  • A technical kit, including Ice Axe, Helmets and Crampons
  • A professional guide with a minimum “Winter Mountain Leader” qualification to provide you with guidance and instructions throughout each day.
  • A detailed kit list and advice on what to bring, including boots appropriate for these activities.
  • A 30% discount on any spa therapies at The Little Salon and Spa – The Whispering Pine Lodge

Proposed Routes:

  • Aonach Meadhoin (1001m)
  • A’Chralaig (1120m)
  • Carn Ghluasaid (957m) along with Sgurr Nan Conbhairean (1109m)
  • Creag a’Mhaim (947m) along with Druim Shionnach (987m)
  • The Saddle (1016m)

Day 1:

We will likely spend the day looking at the techniques and skills to use the equipment which can help to keep guests safe in the most demanding of environments. This day could be based around Rokeby Manor, with the exact location depending on the prevailing snow and weather conditions. This may mean we need to drive to find the snow, but we would always be open to discussing options nearer the day.

Basic training will be provided on:

  • Ice axe arrests
  • Self-Belays
  • Step Cutting
  • Emergency Shelters
  • Reading and interpreting an Avalanche report
  • Reading terrain and using it to your advantage
  • Winter Navigation techniques

Evening lectures (1-2 hours) on some of the following points.

  • Interpreting avalanche and weather reports
  • Navigation skills
  • What equipment to carry
  • Avalanche transceiver lessons
  • Planning the next day's activity.

Day 2:

Day 2 could involve a summit attempt on a winter hill (from the proposed route list) or another day of skills. We will tailor this to the needs of the group, and what aspirations guests have. We are likely to encounter all types of weather so will be prepared for a full-on adventure.

There are many other options, and we can add on multiple hills or have lower-down objectives if weather and fitness dictate.

Terms & Conditions

  • If the booking is for a group of six, the group can decide on each day’s activities and objectives. Individuals and smaller groups are welcome to book an “open-style group” which is a great way to meet like-minded people; if joining an open-style group, the pace, objectives, and timings will be determined together.
  • Suitable for all levels of hill walkers from those never having walked in the winter to people who have some experience.
  • Guests must be fit for winter walking; if in any doubt, seek medical professional guidance or contact us to discuss options. Winter hill walking can be very physically demanding, as weather and underfoot conditions are major factors, and so some summer hill walking experience is recommended but not required.
  • This activity is for ages 16 years and above, however anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their legal parent or guardian.
  • Transport to the proposed site will be on an additional charge depending on the selected location of the walk or guest can drive themselves to the location.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation by you 30 days before arrival – Full refund
  • Cancellation by you 0 – 30 days before arrival – No refund.