Brief Description

Situated just northwest of the European continent and composed of the four nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom boasts a diverse array of landscapes and mountain ranges. The UK has long held a prominent place in mountaineering history as well, with many prominent first-time ascents made by British climbers.

Famous Mountains in the United Kingdom

The vast majority of the mountains in the UK are found in Scotland, with the most famous of these being the Western Highlands and Cairngorms. The Cambrian Mountains in Wales and Southern Fells in England are also popular hiking and climbing spots.

However, within the heart of the Western Highlands is located perhaps the most popular mountaineering destination in the UK: Ben Nevis. Rising from sea level to 1,345 metres (4,413 feet), the peak is a popular destination for hillwalkers, mountaineers and rock climbers.

Other popular peaks in the United Kingdom are:

  • Snowdon
  • Cuillin Ridge
  • Ben Macdui
  • Braeriach
  • Cairn Gorm
  • Scafell Peak

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Quick Facts about the United Kingdom 

  • In winter, Ben Nevis is frequently used as a training ground for alpinists planning summer expeditions to the Alps or farther afield. Its steep, snow-covered slopes are well-suited to practising various alpine climbing techniques.
  • Each summer the UK hosts the National Three Peaks Challenge, in which hikers and climbers must summit the tallest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales (Ben Nevis, Scafell Peak and Snowdon) within 24 hours, with proceeds going to charity.
  • From the summit of Snowdon, it is possible to see Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and, of course, Wales on a clear day.

How To Get To the United Kingdom

Most outdoor adventure trips to the UK will begin with a flight into either Glasgow Airport (GLA), in Scotland, Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL), in England, or Manchester Airport (MAN), in England. From any of these, it is easiest to rent a car a drive to the start of the trip. Buses are also available. 

What To Expect in the United Kingdom 

Weather: The northern regions of the UK have a temperate climate, meaning they experience warm, wet summers and cool, wet winters. In the summer, average daily temperatures hover around 15 ºC (60 ºF). In the winter these drop to about 5 ºC (40 ºF).

Peak Trekking/Climbing Season: May to September

Currency: Pound sterling (GBP)

Language: English, Welsh, Scottish Gaelic

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