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15% off for new members in May

Join Mountaineering Scotland

Mountaineering Scotland is the national representative organisation for hill walkers, climbers and ski tourers in Scotland, with nearly 16,000 members.

Join us this May and get 15% off your first year of membership.*

Why become a member?

Let us help you get where you want to go with a range of fantastic member benefits:

  • You're covered with £15m liability insurance for your mountaineering activities
  • Save money with exclusive discounts and offers on outdoor gear and more
  • Gain confidence with our great value mountain skills courses 
  • Keep up to date with our monthly members' e-news and members magazine a year
  • Refresh your skills with online events and guides
  • Stay in some amazing locations with member only access to low cost accommodation in club huts
  • Going further afield? Our members can get BMC adventure travel insurance (additional costs apply)
By becoming a member, you also support the work we do including our campaigns to maintain access rights, protect mountain landscapes and promote responsible behaviour to those heading to the hills, crags or climbing walls. 

Join now

*Offer valid for new individual members (youth/adult) for first year of membership. Offer ends 31 May 2022.


One day navigation courses - book now

Navigation is an essential skill for anyone going into the Scottish hills and mountains, whether you enjoy long walks through the glens or getting on the high tops and bagging Munros.  

Our affordable one-day navigation courses will help you learn the skills you need to find your way around the hills with confidence, even in poor visibility.

Booking open now for courses until October:

  • Pentland Hills: Hill Navigation Sat 14th May 2022 
  • Pentland Hills: Hill Navigation Sun 15th May 2022
  • Braemar Mountain: Navigation Sat 11th June 2022
  • Braemar Mountain: Navigation Sun 12th June 2022
  • Ochils: Hill Navigation Sat 2nd July 2022
  • Ochils: Hill Navigation Sun 3rd July 2022
  • Pentland Hills: Hill Navigation Sat 23rd July 2022 
  • Pentland Hills: Hill Navigation Sat 24th July 2022
  • Ochils: Hill Navigation Sat 6th Aug 2022 
  • Ochils: Hill Navigation Sun 7th Aug 2022 
  • Arrochar Alps: Mountain Navigation Sat 15th Oct 2022 
  • Arrochar Alps: Mountain Navigation Sun 16th Oct 2022 

Going the Extra Mile - book now

Are you 18-25 and want to understand how to read a map and navigate?

Going the Extra Mile is a program of low cost courses for young people to learn how to find their own way in the hills and enjoy hiking safely for just £15!

The courses will take place in the Sidlaws (near Dundee), Ochils (near Stirling), Campsie Fells (near Glasgow) and Pentland Hills (near Edinburgh).

Course dates and locations:

  • 22 May 2022 Campsie Fells 
  • 4 June 2022 Ochils
  • 5 June 2022 Ochils
  • 16 July 2022 Pentland hills
  • 17 July 2022 Pentland hills


Find out more

Supported by the Sarah Buick legacy fund


Go hiking with Sofa 2 Summit 

Sofa 2 Summit is a free online program to help you get the most out of hiking in the hills this spring and summer. 

If you want to start hiking in Scotland's hills and mountains, or need a refresher in some key skills after a winter break from hill walking, Sofa 2 Summit will take you through the basics and help you get where you want to go.

Register now to get started and let us help you get from sofa to summit!

Sign up here


Minimal impact, maximum fun

As the hillwalking and camping season takes off, Mountaineering Scotland offers advice on how to have the most enjoyment while remaining safe and respecting the great outdoors

Also:

As of 18 April 2022, all of the remaining legal requirements in the Coronavirus regulations have been removed, and as a result the Mountaineering Scotland guidance for individuals and clubs in the mountaineering community has been withdrawn.

Covid-19 is still widespread and you can catch it even if you have been vaccinated or had it before, therefore we recommend following the rules and guidance on how to stay safe published by the Scottish Government.

More information


Join us

As a member you will support our work and enjoy a range of member benefits including a free gift, insurance, quarterly magazine, great value mountain skills courses, discounts, offers and more.

Tree a Trip - plant a tree for every trip you take to the hill, crag or climbing wall

Tree a trip

Take action on the climate crisis by ensuring that a tree is planted in the Scottish Highlands for each trip you make for recreation. A donation of just £6 secures a tree of local stock for a rewilding projects in the highlands.

Safety and skills courses

Mountaineering Scotland runs subsidised safety and skills courses that can help you improve your abilities and confidence, and get the most out of your mountaineering and hillwalking adventures.

Online shop

Treat yourself or a friend to our branded beanies and windjammers and a range of other items like T-shirts, keyrings and TakItHame bags.


Our activities 

Hill walkers enjoying the Scottish highlands

Hill walking

With 282 Munros, 221 Corbetts and many many more wild and beautiful hills and mountains to explore - what are you waiting for?! Check out our guide to starting out - from kit choice to venturing out with your kids.    

Indoor climber

Climbing

We are Scotland's sports governing body for indoor climbing and whether you get your kicks at a climbing wall or prefer real rock outdoors, we have advice on where to go and how to progress.

Mountaineering in Scotland

Mountaineering

For summer scrambling, winter adventures with ice-axe and crampons, or even skis, Scotland's mountains are a mountaineer's playground. Discover more and check out our advice on getting started.

Off to the hills

Mountain Weather Information Service

Checking what the weather is going to do is an essential part of preparation for the hills. Click here for a direct link.

Top tips for starting out hill walking

Not sure how to start out? Check these pages for excellent advice on how to head for the hills with confidence.

Climbing Ben Nevis: what you need to know 

It's the mountain everyone wants to do. We give some valuable information on what you need to do to make your experience safe - and pleasurable!

Essential skills: how to cross rivers - or not

River crossing - when you can't avoid it - is just one of the essential skills you can learn about in our Skills section, to increase safety, confidence and enjoyment in the hills.

Member essentials

Climbers scrambling in Glen Coe. Scrambling course

What's on?

Check out our mountain skills courses, climbing comps, coaching workshops, talks & other events.

Climbing club members on the hill

Find a club near you

With over 150 clubs to choose from, you are sure to find people who share your interests. 

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Members Portal log-in

Head straight for our online members portal to join, renew your membership, book a course or amend your details. 

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Your discounts

Cover the cost of your membership with the savings you can make on gear, places to stay and much more.


ScotRock is the fortnightly podcast bringing climbers and mountaineers together to share some of their amazing stories.

 

Hosted by Calum and Robert from our ClimbScotland team, the podcasts take an often irreverent but always informed look at the people and the issues that matter in Scotland’s mountains and climbing walls.

 

Available on Podbean, Itunes, Google podcasts, Spotify and all other major podcast apps – just search for ScotRock