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Mountaineering Scotland - join us, support us

Whether you enjoy hill walking, climbing, mountaineering, snowsports touring or just love the Scottish hills, join us to get the most out of it and support our campaigns on behalf of you and the places and activities we all enjoy.

Mountaineering Scotland is a not for profit membership organisation, working to protect mountain landscapes, safeguard access rights, encourage conservation, promote participation, mountain safety, self reliance and development of the skills you need to enjoy Scotland's mountains, crags and climbing walls.

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

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

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New to hillwalking?

We've got lots of information for people new to hill walking, from planning your route to essential kit and weather conditions. So if you're just starting out, take the first step and check out our hill walking section.

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

Tak It Hame is our campaign that says what it means: encouraging the mountaineering community, and others, to remove litter and plastic from our hills and crags.

We encourage everyone taking to the hills and climbing the crags to do a little on every trip, individually, or as part of a group or club outing.  And to show others too: tell the world that we can all do something.  Many of us already do, but the litter still accumulates. We need more people to do the same.


Find out more

We have recently launched our new Conservation Strategy, drawn up after consultation with members.

CEO Stuart Younie has written here about the background to the strategy.

Our Conservation Strategy is part of our overarching vision encapsulated in the document Respecting Scotland's Mountains, and looks at naturally driven processes as well as human activities, driven by policy and economics, and how they interact with mountaineering practice and enjoyment.  Some effects may be fairly obvious in the landscape, like hilltracks, some less so, such as annual declines in numbers and spread of upland invertebrates, which are an essential part of mountain ecology.
We invite you to read it, think about the issues and join us in taking action.  We are all involved whether we realise it or not.


Read our Conservation Strategy

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Hill walkers join in Mountaineering Scotland's campaign to remove litter from hills

Also:

Ticks can be found all across Scotland and particularly in the wetter west, in woodlands, moorlands and long grass. Their bite is painless and some ticks can be so tiny as to be easy to overlook.

You can help avoid ticks - and the risk of Lyme disease - by wearing long trousers and gaiters, wearing light coloured clothes and spraying insect repellent on clothing and socks.

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 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 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.