The Ice Factor - The National Centre for Ice Climbing and the UK's Premier Mountain Activity Centre.
Since opening in 2003, Ice Factor Kinlochleven has become synonymous with action packed adventure and family fun.
Whether you are a gnarly, experienced mountaineer, a foot weary walker off the West Highland Way, a youth group, stag-hen party or family and friends looking for an amazing day out, Ice Factor is the perfect place to have fun as you practice, train and learn every conceivable mountaineering skill. Or you may simply choose to kick back in the sauna and bar!
Indoor Ice Climbing
Learn to Ice Climb on the World’s Biggest Indoor Ice Climbing Wall…
The indoor ice climbing wall at the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven simply has no rival anywhere in the world. 500 tonnes of real snow and ice to a height of 50ft, with grades from beginner to expert make the indoor ice climbing experience a must.
The ice climbing arena holds nearly 400 tonnes of snow/ice. This is packed onto the wall, giving depths from a couple of centimetres to nearly a metre.
The routes are all shaped by hand to give an authentic ice climbing experience.
The temperature is controlled to keep the area below zero. We emulate the pattern of nature to recreate a 'freeze/thaw' cycle, this turns the snow to neve, hard packed, compressed snow suitable for climbing on.
The range of routes ensures whether you are a total beginner or a regular mountaineer that you will be presented with a challenging and rewarding experience.
Indoor Rock Climbing
Some of the UK's highest, most varied + demanding indoor rock climbing walls…
Our rock and bouldering walls were designed following extensive consultation with the Mountaineering Council, a number of guides, instructors and mountain rescue teams. This ensures that whether you are a complete beginner looking to take your first steps on the rock, or a gnarly hard-core climber looking to push your grade, Ice Factor has a range of routes, grades and challenges to suit.
As our walls are open and flooded with natural light to create a great atmosphere.