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Indoor Rock Climbing

Ice Factor has a range of routes, grades and challenges to suit both beginners and experienced climbers.

If you want to try rock climbing in Scotland then make sure Ice Factor is your first stop. Our rock walls were designed following extensive consultation with the Mountaineering Council, a number of guides, instructors and mountain rescue teams. This ensures that whether you’re 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.

All our walls are open and flooded with natural light to create a great atmosphere in which to learn or push on and improve as a climber.

Our main lead wall is on hydraulics and can be lowered to present a fearsome 6m overhang, ensuring constant variety and difficulty.

The instruction wall features a huge variety of climbs featuring slabs, corners, lay-back cracks, overhangs and multi-pitch training stances – perfect for young climbers or beginners.


How much does it cost?

Please be aware that our last instructed session starts at 3:30pm daily!  

Indoor Rock Climbing  Adult  Adult Member  Jnr  Jnr Member
Taster (instructed) £30.00 n/a £25.00 n/a
All day rock (non-instructed) £9.50 £7.50 £5.75 £4.75
Equipment hire (full kit) £6.00 £4.00 n/a n/a
Equipment hire (per item) £2.50 £1.50 n/a n/a

* Prices are per person.  All instructed prices include technical equipment hire.  Ice Factor does not provide any clothing.




Teaching, coaching and development

Instruction, Coaching and Development are provided by Ice Factor Ltd.

Our objectives include;

  • To provide training and tuition to the public in relation to mountain sports, including mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, hill walking and other affiliated mountain sports.
  • To foster and develop amongst the public, skills in relation to mountain sports
  • To promote safety and awareness of mountain environments to the public
  • To provide education to the public in relation to mountain sports

Your Instructors

Kev Shields

Kev Shields

Disciplines: Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing

I'm originally from Ayrshire but stay in Fort William now so I can focus totally on my climbing. I feel I've pushed certain facets of my climbing as far as I can considering I have only one hand so next for me is to move onto the Greater Ranges and my first trip to the Himalayas is in the pipeline. I work at the Ice Factor as they allow me to work part time and very kindly sponsor me which allows me more time to climb/train and with severe problems after my fall time is at a premium to achieve as many of my ambitions as possible. I also work there as I find the team great to work with.

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Pete Hyde

Pete Hyde

Disciplines: Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Guiding

Hi. I am Pete, the Chief Instructor for the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven and the Snow Factor Ice Wall at Braehead. I escaped from my former life as a Special Needs teacher in 1999 by becoming a free-lance Outdoor Instructor and then spent 10 years as an Outward Bound Instructor in the Highlands before moving on to a series of senior instructor roles around Lochaber and Speyside.

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