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Mountaineering Scotland 

Mountaineering Scotland is a not for profit membership organisation and works on behalf of members and the wider mountaineering community 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.

COVID-19: Information for walkers and climbers

Read our latest information on how the coronavirus outbreak impacts on all our activities.

Mountaineering Scotland has produced guidelines for walkers and climbers in Scotland for Phase 1 of the Scottish Government route map for easing lockdown restrictions, which came into effect on 29 May 2020.

The purpose of this guidance is to provide a framework for hill walkers and climbers within the current Scottish Government public health advice and phase of exit from lockdown, and to highlight additional considerations to be aware of in the presence of COVID-19 when taking part in these activities. 

You can read the full guidance on our coronavirus information page, which also has further information about events, huts and clubs.

This page will be reviewed regularly and updated as required.

Go to the full guidance here

Got a question? Read our FAQs

COVID-19: Information for members

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our offices at The Granary in Perth are currently closed and staff have moved to remote working arrangements. We continue to work on behalf of our members and you can contact us by email:

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.

To ensure we are providing the best advice and support to our members that we can as the situation evolves, we aim to continue issuing monthly members' e-zines, Scottish Mountaineer magazine and will post regular updates on social media:

Mountaineering Scotland:

  • Facebook/Instagram: @MountaineeringScotland
  • Twitter: @Mountain_Scot

ClimbScotland:

  • Facebook/Instagram: @ClimbScotland
  • Twitter: @Climb_Scotland


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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 pick up any litter they see - even on local exercise walks while we're still under lockdown because of COVID-19

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

Your questions answered on Phase 1 guidance

If you still have questions about what the Phase 1 guidance means for walkers and climbers you can find our FAQs page here.

Also:

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 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.