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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.

Staff and directors at Mountaineering Scotland wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, and hope everyone gets plenty of quality walking, climbing and season over the holidays.

The Mountaineering Scotland office in Perth will close for the Festive Season on 20th December, reopening on 6th January 2020. Emails will not be routinely checked during this period but will be dealt with when staff return.

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

Winter mountaineers

#ThinkWINTER

Are you ready for winter? Get the most out of our most dramatic season in the hills by ensuring you have the right gear and your skills are up to scratch, with grweat advice and tips from our experts.

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

International Scottish Winter Climbing Meet 2020

During the stag stalking season (1 July to 20 October) and the hind stalking season (21 October to 15 February) anyone heading to Scotland's hills and mountains should ensure that they have sought information on where stalking might be taking place.

Read in our access section for more information about deer stalking issues, and check your planned routes on the Heading For The Scottish Hills website.


Volunteers sought for international meet

Volunteers are still needed for Streap Alba Geamhraidh 2020, for behind the scenes support to make this international climbing event a success.

Also:

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

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 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.