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Campaigning for Scotland's mountains and mountain lovers

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.

Protecting mountain landscapes

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. 

> Check out our vision and our latest campaign activity

Championing your access rights

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.

> More information and seasonal advice

Ken Applegate

Scotland's deadly mountains?

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.

> Take a look at our skills courses and safety advice

Forestry Commission, Cunigar Loop

Growing participation, breaking down barriers

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.

> Discover more and get involved

Hill tracks

Poorly constructed new hill tracks are a growing issue in Scotland's mountains. 

> Understand the issues and help us address the problem

Our vision

"Respecting Scotland's Mountains" is our manifesto for the future of the mountain landscapes we all cherish. 

> Download and read more

Latest campaign news

From lobbying Scotland's party leaders, to mobilising our members and monitoring planning proposals...

> Check out our latest campaign activity

Report an issue

Think you have experienced an unlawful or unfair access issue while walking or climbing in Scotland? 

> Find out what to do next

Strathfarrar access

Fancy climbing the Strathfarrar Munros? We have negotiated vehicle access for Mountaineering Scotland members to the 15 mile road up the glen in winter.

> Plan your visit  

We work closely with conservationists to give you updates on bird nests located at or near climbing crags, to help minimise disturbance and interference.

> Seasonal crag updates and advice on avoiding disturbance 

Stalking season advice

Don't get caught out by seasonal access restrictions when walking through estates where stalking takes place, July to February.   

> More information

Supported by

The BMC support our vision "Respecting Scotland's Mountains". We are grateful for their financial contribution to our landscape and access campaigns.

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.

> Find out how you can get involved and support us