Since our foundation as the Mountaineering Council of Scotland over 40 years ago, Mountaineering Scotland has been representing the views and needs of hill walkers, mountaineers and climbers. We work closely with our members, the media, partner organisations, the government and landowners to make a real difference on the matters that affect us all. Find out more and support our work.
The pressures on Scotland's fabulous mountains and hills have never been greater. In some places, insensitive development related to industrial-scale energy generation, lucrative field sports and unsustainable tourism is threatening the very wildness, panoramas and beauty that we all cherish.
Scotland enjoys some of the most enlightened access rights in the world, offering the freedom to roam, climb and enjoy the countryside, responsibly. We helped develop Scottish access legislation and we seek to ensure it operates fairly and that mountain users respect and care for the environment.
You are far less likely to get injured mountaineering than playing rugby or football, but listen to the media and the dangers of hill walking are often misrepresented and exaggerated. Our aim is to promote a healthy respect for the risks we take when exploring the mountains, offer useful advice to all and grow our members' skills.
We want to share our passion for the awesome experience of hill walking and climbing with as wide a range of people as possible! Our ClimbScotland project, courses for beginners, support for clubs, and equality and diversity work, all goes towards this priority.
Poorly constructed new hill tracks are a growing issue in Scotland's mountains.
"Respecting Scotland's Mountains" is our manifesto for the future of the mountain landscapes we all cherish.
Think you have experienced an unlawful or unfair access issue while walking or climbing in Scotland?
Fancy climbing the Strathfarrar Munros? We have negotiated vehicle access for Mountaineering Scotland members to the 15 mile road up the glen in winter.
We work closely with conservationists to give you updates on bird nests located at or near climbing crags, to help minimise disturbance and interference.
The Scottish Mountaineering Trust is a charitable trust established by one of our affiliated clubs, the Scottish Mountaineering Club (SMC). We are grateful for their financial contribution to our access work.
We rely on the support of individual members, clubs and partner organisations to our progress our campaigning aims.