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Strategic Plan and policies

A major focus for Mountaineering Scotland during 2021 was developing a new strategic plan to guide the organisation over the next three years.

The board of directors drew up an early draft which was then shared with staff at an online workshop. A series of stakeholder consultations was also undertaken with key partners including Scottish Mountain Rescue, Mountain Training Scotland, Glenmore Lodge, The BMC and Mountaineering Ireland.   

We have drawn on our biennial member survey and annual club surveys, and a key priority was to ensure our future priorities were informed by the views of our membership. Also, for the first time, we also conducted a non- member “Walk, Climb and Ski” survey which received over 1300 responses.

From the outset 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 – which continue to reflect the original priorities for the organisation that emerged following the creation of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland 50 years ago.

Mountaineering Scotland receives annual investment from sportscotland which supports the work we do in a number of areas. This investment is ring-fenced for specific purposes agreed between Mountaineering Scotland and sportscotland and set out in an investment agreement.

Read the sportscotland investment agreement 2017-18.

Policies and Position Statements


From time to time, Mountaineering Scotland may develop policies through consultation with its members. These are used to enable the organisation to formalise its approach to relevant issues which affect, and may be binding upon, the members of Mountaineering Scotland.

Position Statements

Mountaineering Scotland has developed a range of position statements relating landscape, access, conservation, safety, huts and the sport of climbing. 

Current Policies

Child Protection Policy Statement (CPPS) and Recommendations for Good Practice

  • The CPPS was approved by the membership at the Special General Meeting, 17 February 2007

  • The Recommendations for Good Practice are the Child Protection Procedures used by Mountaineering Scotland for its own events, and are provided as recommendations for Club Members. These are subject to periodic audit by Children 1st and will be updated by Mountaineering Scotland as required, due to  legislation or other changes

  • Mountaineering Scotland's National Children's Officer is the CEO, who may be contacted at the Mountaineering Scotland office 

Anti-doping policy and rules

  • Mountaineering Scotland has adopted the UK National Anti-Doping Policy and Rules.

Transexual people and competition climbing

  • Mountaineering Scotland has adopted this policy with regard to transexual people participating in domestic competitive climbing.

Position Statements