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Our clubs

Over 140 hill walking, climbing and mountaineering clubs hold membership of Mountaineering Scotland, with over 8,000 club members enjoying the benefits of Mountaineering Scotland membership and supporting the work we do on behalf of hill walkers, climbers and mountaineers in Scotland.

Interesting in becoming an affiliated club?

Mountaineering Scotland welcomes new clubs and groups to our network whose main activity is mountaineering-related and that are based in Scotland or their activities take place predominantly in Scotland. 

As a member club there are a range of benefits available to the club and it's members:

  • 20m combined liability insurance for all registered club members with a UK or ROI address
  • Insurance cover for committee members, hut organisers and volunteers
  • Low cost mountain skills training for club members with our Mountain Safety Team and additional opportunities for University and College clubs
  • Support and networking opportunities for club organisers
  • Access to a dedicated club organisers Facebook group to share knowledge and ask questions
  • Online members portal to manage your club member registrations and renewals
  • Network of club huts throughout Scotland available to book for your meets
  • A range of discounts and offers for members through our member benefits scheme
  • Digital membership card
  • Volunteering opportunities at events and competitions

Find out about setting up a new club or contact us for more information.

Clubs can offer a brilliant way to meet people who share your passion for the hills, get out and about on club meets and grow your skills and experience. Why not find out if there is one near you? 

We offer advice to club organisers and committees to ensure your clubs are as successful, safe and active as possible. We have new clubs and groups joining us each year and are always happy to welcome your club into our community.

Ullapool Hill Walking Club

Member benefits for clubs

Scottish Mountaineer magazine

The only dedicated Scottish hill walking and climbing magazine. Whether you get yours direct to your door or online, get inspired for a day out in the hills, hear members' stories, skills tips, topical issues and our campaign news.

Courses and events

Members have exclusive access to our popular programme of affordable summer and winter mountain skills courses. From navigation to scrambling, first aid to avalanches, great for your technique and confidence.  

Mountain huts

Perfect for club meets - members of clubs get access to mountain huts, simple affordable places to stay for hill walking and climbing across Scotland. Some accept individual bookings, others just groups - check out which and plan your trip!

Mountaineering Scotland insurance

Members of clubs are covered by combined liability insurance - offering peace of mind against claims made as a result of accidents or damage to property while hill-walking, climbing or mountaineering. Find out more about how this is relevant to you. 


We provide a logo for affiliated clubs to use on their membership cards which enables members of clubs to gain discounts at 100s of outdoor shops, places to stay and other useful services, Enjoy lots of online discount codes too!

Strathfarrar access

Members wishing to explore the hills around Strathfarrar can gain vehicle access to a 17-mile private road down the glen under arrangements negotiated by Mountaineering Scotland. In winter, you need to contact us for a padlock code.

European Huts Reciprocal Rights Card

Members of clubs are eligible to purchase a card giving discounts on many huts owned by European Alpine clubs.

Mountaineering Scotland Awards

Has one of the members of your club made an outstanding contribution over many years or taken on a project with enthusiasm? Our new Mountaineering Scotland Awards recognise people who have made a difference to Scottish mountaineering. 

For club officials...

Advice, training & resources

We are here to offer clubs a service tailored to their needs, so whether you are looking for risk assessments, legal advice, help with marketing and promotion, hut management or mountain safety training, check out our resources and templates or simply get in touch. 

Register or renew your members

Our club membership year lasts from April to March. Club secretaries can click here to find out how to update their members' details, register new members, pay annual subscriptions and manage duplicate members here.

Log-in to our Members Portal

Club officials can manage their membership easily via our online members portal. Members of Mountaineering Scotland clubs also have their own log-in, enabling them to book on events or courses, update your contact details or communication preferences.  

Join us and become a Mountaineering Scotland club

Stewartry Hill Walking Club

Existing club?

We welcome new club members! If you are part of a hill walking, mountaineering or climbing club, or a walking group which ventures into Scotland's mountains, our affiliate club membership is for you. With a wide range of club-wide advantages and benefits for your members, check out what you are missing and how you can become an affiliated club, quickly and easily. 

Young Explorers Club

Set up a new club!

Are you interested in setting up a new club? We have worked with lots of prospective club organisers to do exactly that and can give you support, advice, templates and publicity. If you are keen on setting up a club focused on young people, our ClimbScotland team is here to help you too.