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Welcome to
Mountaineering Scotland

With stunning landscapes and the most enlightened access laws in the world, Scotland is a unique and special place for mountain adventures, whether you enjoy hill walking, climbing, mountaineering, ski touring or just love the Scottish hills. We are here to help you get the most out of it and campaign on behalf of the places and activities we cherish.

We thank all our members and associates for your support through 2018 and wish you all a fun and safe festive season and hope you will have the opportunity (and weather!) to enjoy some time outdoors.

Please note that our office in Perth will close on the afternoon of Friday, 21st December and will not be open again until Thursday, 3rd January. There will be no-one to answer calls to the office and emails will not be regularly checked during the period.

We'll be back with you in 2019 and look forward to a great year ahead!

Collage of Mountaineering Scotland member benefits - reasons to join Mountaineering Scotland

Join us

Mountaineering Scotland is the voice of Scotland's hillwalkers, climbers, snowsport tourers and mountain lovers! As a member you will support our work and enjoy a range of member benefits.

Sign up for membership

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Winter skills for the hills

Whether you are just getting started or an experienced mountaineer, check out our definitive advice, tips and affordable training courses to equip you with confidence and knowledge for enjoying Scotland's mountains.

Read more here

Scottish highland landscape - being campaigned for by Mountaineering Scotland

Our campaigning

We are passionate about protecting Scotland's unique mountain landscapes from insensitive and industrial-scale development. We also stand up for your rights to walk, climb and camp, responsibly. 

Find out what we do

Assurances sought over access to Cairn Gorm

Mountaineering Scotland has written to HIE looking for assurances that the Coire Cas road and car park will remain open throughout this winter

Also:

During the season it's important to take care not to disrupt deer stalking activities. If you're planning a walk, check the Heading for the Scottish Hills website, which gives information from participating estates on when and where stalking will or won't be taking place, or contact numbers so you can check.

Member essentials

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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 140 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 avid 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.