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Join our clubs

When you want to join a walking or climbing club to gain company or support for your hobby, the first thing you may- look for is location. But with many clubs drawing members from a wide geographical area - or even nationally - it's also useful to know which clubs are actively recruiting new members, assuring you of a welcome when you approach them.

This page contains a list of clubs which have said they are looking to grow and welcome newcomers, most accepting people with no previous experience too.

Geographical area: Mostly the City of Edinburgh, though we have a few members in the surrounding area and further afield

Open to beginners? Yes 

Website/Facebook page - www.jacobitesmc.co.uk/ 

Contact details - president@jacobitesmc.co.uk or membership@jacobitesmc.co.uk

Geographical area: Stirlingshire, Central area 

Open to beginners? Yes. While we may be a student club we are open to people who are of student age who are maybe not following the traditional education pathway.

Instagram page - University of Stirling Mountaineering Club 

Contact details - stirling.uni.mountaineering@gmail.com

Geographical area: Most members live in the West Central Belt though some live further afield and join in on the weekends away.

Open to beginners? Yes.  Indoor meets are held in the west end of Glasgow. We have day and weekend meets, where we usually divide into small subgroups, often to climb Munros, Corbetts or Grahams.  Sometimes everyone goes together, and sometimes lower-level walks are chosen.  Some, but not all, of our programme is during the week so would suit those with flexible working hours or freshly retired folk looking for hillwalking companions.  New members of all ages are very welcome.  

Website - www.glasgowglenmore.org.uk

Facebook - www.facebook.com/ggcpage

Contact details - contactglasgowglenmoreclub@googlegroups.com

Geographical area: Principally Morayshire and north-east Scotland though there are no restrictions and we have members based around the UK.

Open to beginners?  Yes, very welcome and assistance and advice can be provided

Website/Facebook page - moraymc.wordpress.com/


Contact details: Club Secretary: Alistair Jeffs, ajeffs23@yahoo.co.uk

Geographical area: Fife and Tayside

Open to beginners?    Yes  (walking as equals not led walks)

Website/Facebook page    www.fifeoutandabout.uk      www.facebook.com/groups/FifeOutAndAbout

Contact details    fifeoutandabout@outlook.com

Geographical area: Principally Angus, Tayside, Fife and Perthshire

Open to beginners?    Yes 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheGrampianClubinDundee/?ref=page_internal (a much more active ‘member’s only’ Facebook account is also available) 

Contact details: Contact Membership Secretary, Diana Carter via the Club ‘contact-us’ page: www.grampianclub.org.uk/contact-us 

Geographical area: Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

Open to beginners?    Yes 

Geographical area: Dumfries and Galloway

Open to beginners?    Yes. 

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DagmarMountaineeringClub

Contact details -  Graeme Galloway 07480 752339

Geographical area: Scotland. We have members in the east, west and north of Scotland, England, Europe and even Asia.

Open to beginners?    Yes.  We welcome both skiers who want to learn to tour safely in the mountains and mountaineers with no skiing background.

We are a friendly, Edinburgh-based hillwalking and mountaineering club.  On the first Sunday of each month, we run a 30-seater bus usually to the Highlands and sometimes to the Borders or the Lake District with a standard fare of £25.  Having the bus gives the freedom to do interesting linear and through routes not possible if taking a car – and someone else takes the strain of driving.  Our bus convener facilitates the formation of suitable groups to walk with and, in our monthly newsletter, we suggest possible routes for each outing.  We also organise yearly bunkhouse weekends further afield. 

Potential new members can join us as guests on up to four outings without any commitment. 

Open to beginners? We welcome newcomers with some experience of hillwalking and appropriate equipment as guests on our outings

Website - https://www.ptarmiganmc.org.uk/

Contact details - enquiries@ptarmiganmc.org.uk

Geographical Area: Centred in the city of Stirling, with members across Clackmannanshire, Fife, Perth & Kinross, Falkirk and Stirling Council areas.

Open to Beginners: Yes. We have a social meet every Thursday, before Covid that was at the Wetherspoons in Stirling and the first Thursday of the month at the Stirling County Rugby Club, where there would be a lecture by a well-travelled mountaineer/climber/ski tourer or someone with a story to tell connected with the hills. Once large indoor meetings are allowed, these will resume, but the venues may change, so check the website and Facebook pages first.

There are also around a dozen weekend meets each year, to either our own cottage in Crianlarich, other club cottages or bunkhouses all over Scotland and further afield. Members of all abilities and interests get out on the hills, crags, trails and lochs. These meets are very informal and there no fixed club activities, so members can pick and choose their activity or grouping as they see fit.

 Website / Facebook: www.ochils.com/ and www.facebook.com/groups/ochils/ 

Contact Details:  www.ochils.com/contact-us/further-info and queries can be posted on the FB page

Geographical Area: Whilst historically West Coast we have an increasing membership from around Scotland and even a few from South of the Border.

Open to Beginners: We are open to all and run the full range of walks, encouraging members to start on low level walks and build up to Munros and more challenging walks.

We work mainly on meetup  - www.meetup.com/Glasgow-HF-Outdoor-Club/ - which we use for all the club admin.

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/GlasgowHF

Contact Details:  Through meetup or direct to robingordon@ymail.com

Geographical Area: We are based out of Glasgow but have no restrictions on where members live (we have one in Florida USA!)

Open to Beginners:

We are open to all levels of experience, but may suggest that a new member who are interested in climbing, but have not tried it before, take an introduction course at the local wall. 

 Website: www.glasgowjmcs.org.uk/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JMCSGlasgowSection/

Face Book group (open to the public): www.facebook.com/groups/598969396881074

Contact Details:  New Members Secretary: Mark Gorin: newmembers@glasgowjmcs.org.uk