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Coronavirus guidance for hill walkers and climbers

Mountaineering Scotland is the national representative organisation for hill walkers, climbers and ski tourers in Scotland, with over 14,000 members.

By joining us, your membership supports the work we do on behalf of the mountaineering and indoor climbing community in Scotland, and our campaigns to maintain access rights, protect mountain landscapes and promote responsible behaviour by those heading to the hills, crags or climbing walls. 

We also provide information, expert advice and affordable mountaineering skills courses for our members, plus a wide range of member benefits including £15m liability insurance, exclusive discounts and offers and our award winning members' magazine dedicated to all things walk, climb and ski in Scotland.

Find out more about Mountaineering Scotland and what we do

Become a member

Join us for some live online talks and events in the coming weeks:

  • Thurs 4 Feb 7.30pm - ScotRock live chat with Tiso ambassadors Iona Rendall, Mollie Hughes and Hamish Frost on Facebook live (more details)
  • Thurs 11 Feb 7pm - Facebook live Q&A - ski/backcountry touring special with Heather and guests (more details)
  • Thurs 18 Feb 7pm - Winter skills webinar with Ben - fully booked
  • Tues 23 Feb 7.30pm: A Donald wi' Davie - a virtual walk up Kings Seat in the Ochils, taking in natural and cultural features (book online)
  • Wed 24 Feb 7.30pm: Winter skills webinar with Ben Gibson - fully booked

If you didn't make it along to any of the above, we will be sharing many of the videos on our YouTube channel.

If you weren't able to catch our live Facebook Q&A ski/backcountry touring special on 11th February, you can catch up on all the expert advice and chat on our YouTube channel.

Watch the backcountry touring Q&A now

More about ski-touring in Scotland

It's time to #ThinkWINTER!

Heading to the Scottish hills this winter? Learn how to Think Winter!

Mountaineering Scotland and our partner organisations have launched the 2020 #ThinkWINTER campaign  to encourage and help you to enjoy the Scottish hills and mountains safely and responsibly this winter, if you are able to access them under the current COVID restrictions.

The #ThinkWINTER campaign is now in its third year, and provides expert advice from a number of fields to help you get the most out of your winter adventures.

Mountaineering Scotland has teamed up with Scottish Mountain Rescue, Mountain Training, Glenmore Lodge, Snowsport Scotland and Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland to ensure a wide range of activities are covered and that the widest number of people can be reached.

Using traditional and social media, as well as working with outdoor retailers and brands and the tourism industry, the campaign will give access to free expert advice for outdoor activities including hill walking and mountaineering, back country skiing, hill-running and mountain biking.

Learn more about #ThinkWINTER

COVID-19: Information for walkers and climbers

COVID-19 guidance for hill walkers and climbers in Scotland

Update 24/02/2021

The First Minister provided the Scottish Parliament with an update on COVID-19 and related restrictions on 23/02/2021: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Strategic Framework update - February 2021 

The key points, relevant to sport and outdoor activity are outlined on our Coronavirus page, and we await more specific detail from the Scottish Government. 

Coronavirus information and guidance for mountaineers

Under the current Scottish Government COVID restrictions, the Mountaineering Scotland staff team will continue to work from home, but you can still contact us by email at info@mountaineering.scot or our ClimbScotland team at info@climbscotland.net

You can also join us online and support the work we do on behalf of our members and the wider mountaineering and climbing community, as well as making use of the many member benefits.

Top award for Dave Morris

Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture for noted access campaigner


Access and conservation webinar

Catch up on our Nature of the Hills webinar - an intro to our access and conservation work

Want to learn more about your access rights and responsibilities? Ever wondered why the hills and mountains look they way they do? What is the impact of climate change? Watch this webinar again on our YouTube channel.

Watch again on our YouTube channel

Watch our introduction to navigation webinar

Missed our 'Introduction to navigation' webinar?

Thanks to everyone that joined us for this webinar. You can click the link below to watch again on our YouTube channel, and click here to read the answers to more of your questions that we weren't able to answer on the night.

Watch again on our YouTube channel

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.


For the second year we are running our #TakItHame anti-litter campaign, encouraging people to take their litter home and pick up any they find to help keep our hills and mountains clean.

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


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


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