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Do you fall under the thrill seeker category? If you are looking for an exciting new challenge, Via ferrata  (meaning "iron path" in Italian) offers an extraordinary mix of alpine hiking and rock climbing.

This experience is built for those for a variety of climbers meaning even those with little experience can join in. Get active, mountain climbing while taking in some incredibly scenic routes.

At Vertical Descents we are the first to provide the Via Ferrata experience in Scotland  and have created a wonder high-altitude climbing experience you and your friends/family will never never forget Find more about Via Ferrata in Scotland today!


Via Ferrata Scotland is located in Kinlochleven, near Fort William and Glencoe. This unique and exciting activity runs beside the third biggest waterfall in Scotland, The Grey Mare's Tail. Equipped with fixed cables, staples, ladders and bridges, this route allow users to access this spectacular environment without the risks associated with unprotected scrambling and climbing. With state of the art specialist Via Ferrata equipment, sponsored by Petzl, you will be permanently clipped on to the continuous safety cable. This combined with expert guiding ensures you are in the safest hands possible allowing you to experience and enjoy this seemingly inaccessible environment. For more details on our Health and Safety Policy, please click here.


There are lots of things to do Fort William and Via Ferrata is just one of them. This intense experience will take you on an epic 500m journey around a magical and previously inaccessible, bedrock amphitheatre. The stunning 90m waterfall can be seen at all points of the route.

Hugely popular in the Italian Dolomites and across the Alps, Via Ferratas allow non skilled climbers to achieve heights and access areas they thought not possible.

Via Ferrata Scotland is the second of its kind in the UK, the first being the Via Ferrata at Honister Pass in the Lake District. Developed in 2007 by Mark Weir, the Via Ferrata climbs up the side of Fleetwith Pike (2,126 feet high) following old mine workings.


Yes, if you are:

  • Physically and mentally able to be comfortable in this sort of outdoor environment
  • Comfortable with heights and exposure
  • Ready to get over your fear of heights and exposure!
  • Over 8yrs of age and over the height of 1m 20cm. 

No previous climbing experience is required.  


Planning a stag do Scotland style? This is just one of our many outdoor trips. This particular adventure is perfect for group trips like stag dos and what is manlier than a trip into the open Scottish countryside, with some great mates?

Organising a trip of this scale can be difficult between organising a fun event, accommodation and an after party – there can be a lot of pressure to get it just right. We understand how difficult it can be, having organised many of our own mates' stag weekends ourselves, and promise we will do our best to help sort out all the logistics involved.


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We hope to have answered most of your questions below, however if you have any other questions please just contact us and our team of friendly expert staff can help you. 

You ask... We answer...
When? Year Round  (Weather Dependant)
Who? Physically and mentally able to be comfortable in this sort of outdoor environment
Comfortable with heights and exposure or ready to get over your fear!
Over 8yrs of age and over the height of 120cm.
No previous climbing experience is required.
What do we need to bring? Clothes suitable for our changeable weather and outdoor footwear. We would also reccomend that you bring waterproofs, just in case!
Where do we meet? Meet at Kinlochleven Via Ferrata base at arranged time - see google map
How much?

£70 per person