Scotland looks forward to a month of mountain festivals

Fort William Mountain Festival

No fewer than three mountain film dates for your diary

Photograph: Mike Pescod, Fort William Mountain Festival

Occasionally it’s nice to be spoiled for choice – and in the space of three weeks, three mountain film festivals are vying for our attention.

UK & Ireland Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Banff Mountain Film Festival World TourThe first film tour to arrive in Scotland is the annual UK & Ireland Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. On 30 January, Inverness outdoors fans will be treated to an evening of action-packed films.

The popular tour moves to Edinburgh on 31 January and 1 February before heading to Glasgow in time for Valentine’s Day (that’s 14 February for the unromantics among you – why not take your loved one to this event?).

The festival showcases the best of the latest films from the global mountain sports community.

The diverse programme is selected from the 360 films entered into the Banff Mountain Film Festival held in the Canadian Rockies last November.

For tickets and more information see

Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival

Edinburgh Mountain Film FestivalValentine’s Day also sees the arrival of the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival. The 11th EMFF will stay in the capital until 16 February  and boasts a great line-up of films, lectures, talks and exhibitions.

The event is based at the George Square Lecture Theatre at Edinburgh University and will play host to the EMFF Party.

Lectures include:

  • Swiss climber and mountaineer Ueli Steck
  • Cyclist, adventurer and author and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Alastair Humphreys
  • Dr Andrew Murray, the Scottish doctor, runner and author who works for the Scottish Government promoting physical activity for health
  • Nick Bullock, an adventurous climber and writer

The Scotland Outdoors team will also be hosting a stand at the festival, so pop along and say hello.

For tickets and more information see EMFF

Fort William Mountain Festival

Later in February, it’s the turn of the Fort William Mountain Festival, which returns with another wide-ranging line-up, not only of films, but also events and workshops.

The festival, which aims to celebrate mountain culture in the Outdoor Capital of the UK, takes place from 19-23 February.

There is daytime and evening entertainment including:

  • A movie night when you’ll enjoy some of the best and most recent films from the Red Bull Media House.
  • A Hill Running Highs night, with film, chat and inspiration.
  • A Bike Night in the Nevis Centre studio.

The Sunday evening is when you can catch the Best of Banff World Tour. This will showcase some of the most exciting films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Workshops include:

  • Hit the ice
  • Understanding our mountains through the Gaelic language
  • Winter avalanche awareness
  • Red deer photo safari
  • Winter walking skills
  • Ben Nevis guided walk
  • Big five safari
  • Adventure photography

Other events to look out for are climber Simon Yearsley’s talk: New Scottish Winter Routes in Out Of The Way Places.

To find out more see the official website.

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