The mountains in Scotland may not be as high as the mountains in Europe and there are no permanent glaciers or snow fields but they can still provide a stiff test for even the most experienced climber.
Areas of note include Ben Nevis, Scotland's and the UK's highest mountain which has a series of complex corries and a north face that rises vertically 2,000 feet, and Glen Coe which has had a climbing tradition for years, with a variety of outcrops close to the road that runs through the glen. On the Isle of Skye there are the famous Black and Red Cuillin mountain chains and on Arran there is some great cliff climbing.
The Cairngorm mountain ranges in the east offer some of the best climbing in Scotland, with large buttresses rising up to 300 metres and in the south west in Dumfries and Galloway is the Galloway Hills, which has two good quality mountain cliffs.
But if you prefer slightly easier challenges there are lots of smaller crags ranging from 10 metres and 90 metres throughout Scotland, often in low-lying locations and with easy access. Or maybe attempt the numerous hill walks that provide a strenuous test and are no less rewarding.
The biggest sea cliffs in Scotland are located on the islands, but all along Scotland's seaboard; east, north and west coasts, plenty of sea cliffs can be found with excellent climbing up to 50 metres high.
The sport of bouldering is well catered for in Scotland, with the most famous location being Dumbarton Rock west of Glasgow and Narnain Stone near Loch Lomond.
There are several outdoor centres and indoor climbing walls in Scotland that will provide expert tuition, training and equipment. Finally as always it's vitally important to seek expert guidance on all forms of climbing and hill walking to ensure your safety.