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Looking ahead: Our strategy 2022-25

Mountaineering Scotland strategic framework 2022-25

Mountaineering Scotland has now published the new strategy for 2022-25. Shaped in consultation with members, staff, key partner organisations and the wider mountaineering community, the strategy outlines the vision and values of our organisation and the outcomes we hope to achieve over the next three years.

There has been a desire to take a different approach to our strategy than in previous years, to make it more accessible, whilst ensuring that it meets the needs of Mountaineering Scotland and our partnership with sportscotland. Our new approach centres on four strategic pillars – Representing, Protecting, Inspiring and Developing. 

See the Strategic Framework here


We're hiring!

Job vacancies at Mountaineering Scotland

With more people than ever before exploring Scotland’s mountains and climbing venues, it's a great time to join Mountaineering Scotland's small but dedicated team of staff, playing your part to support our members to get where they want to be and help us achieve the ambitious aims set out in our new strategy.

We are currently looking for a Finance Officer (P/T 0.6FTE) with great IT and people skills to manage the day to day company finances and budgeting, and help support the work we do on behalf of nearly 16,000 members.

We particularly welcome applications from those who are significantly underrepresented in our sector including women, people with disabilities (including hidden disabilities) and individuals from Black and Minority ethnic communities.

The closing date for applications is 5pm Thurs 7 July 2022. 

Apply now


Going the Extra Mile: Navigation skills for 18-25's

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


Get 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


Climbing's World Cup comes to Scotland

EICA Ratho is to host the 2022 IFSC Lead and Speed World Cup after event in China is cancelled due to Covid

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