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Love Scotland's mountains? Join us

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We campaign on behalf of hill walkers, climbers, mountaineers and ski tourers in Scotland to protect our mountain landscapes, safeguard access rights, encourage conservation, promote participation, mountain safety and self reliance and help you get the most out of Scotland's mountains, crags and climbing walls. 

With membership from just £24.50 for your first year, your membership helps support our campaigns and provides you with a wide range of member benefits including insurance, discounts on gear and accommodation, mountain skills training and our members' magazine and monthly e-news.

Find out more here

COVID-19: Information for walkers and climbers

Update 5/8/20: Local measures introduced in Aberdeen - Following an increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Aberdeen, local restrictions on travel, indoor gatherings between households and the closure of indoor and outdoor hospitality will be introduced in the Aberdeen City local authority area. 

Visit our dedicated web page where you can read guidance for hill walkers, climbers and clubs in Scotland. This will be refreshed regularly, so please check for updates .

Go to the full guidance here

The Mountaineering Scotland main office at The Granary in Perth is closed and staff have moved to remote working arrangements. We continue to work on behalf of our members, providing as normal a service as possible at this time. Although we are unable to receive phone calls, you can still contact us by email: info@mountaineering.scot or info@climbscotland.net 

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

Be a considerate camper this summer

This summer, we want to encourage you to think about the impacts of wild camping on the environment and on other people visiting, living and working in rural Scotland.

Our message is for campers - whether camping remotely or near the road - is to stay safe, behave responsibly and to leave their camping site like they had never been there. 

Individually the impact of considerate camping may be minimal, but popular areas may get many visitors week after week over the summer.  The cumulative impacts of this can be significant, so taking simple steps to minimise impacts will benefit everyone.

Our camping web pages provide information for campers on how to make sure that when camping they can stay safe, protect the environment and minimise the signs of ever having been there.

Be a considerate camper and think about the following:

  • Litter - bag it and take it home
  • Going to the loo - how to deal with human waste
  • Drinking water - how to locate a suitable source
  • Fires - whether a fire is appropriate

Visit our camping pages here  


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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!

Sign up for membership

Litter bags

#TakItHame

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!

Read more here

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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.

Find out more and book a course

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

Considerate camping - minimal impact campaign

Mountaineering Scotland have launched a campaign to promote considerate camping in Scotland this summer. This comes alongside calls from local councils for further allocation of resources to tackle irresponsible camping and over-tourism which has lead to parts of Scotland being overcome by the number of visitors and campers.

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Member essentials

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What's on?

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

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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.

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.