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Get climbing, get walking, get out there!

We want to share our love of Scotland's mountains and hills, the joy of exploring them, the thrill of climbing high and the health benefits that come with this, with everyone. We work in partnership with a wide range of organisations, clubs, parents, schools, charities, local authorities and the Scottish government to help spread the word and remove barriers to participation.


Our ClimbScotland project aims to help inspire young people to get climbing, while giving parents, schools, colleges, youth organisations and climbing walls the skills and support to meet kids' climbing needs.

Thanks to financial support from sportscotland, our ClimbScotland team can offer free expert advice and resources to those looking to develop climbing activities, events, clubs or facilities for young people.

Our clubs network

We work closely with over 140 affiliated hill walking, mountaineering, climbing and ski-touring clubs and Meetup groups across Scotland. They offer a great way for people to enjoy mountain activities, meet like-minded adventurers, grow and share their skills and experience. 

We provide advice and support to club committees to help clubs thrive: from publicity to mountain safety and legal advice. 


As the representative body for mountaineering and climbing in Scotland, we work closely with sportscotland, the Scottish Government's national agency for sport. 

Investment from sportscotland helps enable us to:

  • Raise awareness of mountain safety and skills
  • Work with clubs and partners to inspire young people to climb, through ClimbScotland
  • Develop talent in competition climbing and a climbing coaching structure

Equality Standard for Sport

We are keen to play our part in reducing the inequalities that can exist in the sports and recreation sector. As part of achieving the Equality Standard we are developing:

  • An understanding of the equality profile of our existing members, staff, volunteers and coaches
  • An equality action plan to raise participation levels among less-represented groups
  • Recruitment practices that promote equality

We also have our own Equality Policy

Scottish LGBT Sports Charter

We are committed to the principles of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Charter for Scottish Sport, ensuring we take steps to identify and address barriers LGBT people face and grow their involvement in hill walking and climbing. Key priorities for us include:

  • Promote a welcoming atmosphere for LGBT participants
  • Develop inclusive policies, practices and communications informed by a better understanding of issues and needs

Mountaineering Scotland Awards

We have launched two new awards to recognise the fantastic efforts and activities of our members and clubs in promoting mountaineering and climbing in Scotland: Volunteer of the Year and Young Climber of the Year. If you know inspiring individuals who deserves a little recognition (and a rather impressive trophy), complete a nomination form for 2017's awards.

Mountaineering Scotland Bursaries

In the past we have awarded grants to help those undertaking climbing competitions and mountaineering expedition activities. The funds were awarded on an annual basis to support achievements like first ascents and overseas competition climbing. However the future of these grants is currently under review.