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.
Jacobites Mountaineering Club
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 - email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Glasgow Glenmore Club
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 - email@example.com
Moray Mountaineering Club
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fife Out and About Walking Group
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 email@example.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
Aberdeen and Shire Hillwalking Club
Geographical area: Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
Open to beginners? Yes
Contact details - firstname.lastname@example.org
Geographical area: Dumfries and Galloway
Open to beginners? Yes.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DagmarMountaineeringClub
Contact details - Graeme Galloway 07480 752339
Edinburgh Ski Touring Club
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.
Ochils Mountaineering Club
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
Glasgow HF Outdoor Club
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.
Contact Details: Through meetup or direct to email@example.com
Junior Mountaineering Club of Scotland (Glasgow)
We are based out of
Glasgow but have no restrictions on where members live (we have one in
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.
Contact Details: New Members Secretary: Mark Gorin: firstname.lastname@example.org