**Please note that the information below is the Scottish Government guidance and measures may differ between Scotland and the rest of the UK. **
Most areas of Scotland remain at level 1 or 2, with the exception of some islands which are level 0.
There are 5 COVID-19 Protection Levels (0-4). The rules you have to follow depend on the level for your council area. Some areas remain at level 2, while most of mainland Scotland is level 1 and some islands are level 0. Find out which level your area is in on the Scottish Government website.
Indoor climbing walls walls are permitted to open at levels 0, 1, 2 & 3 but not level 4. Walls follow guidance from the ABC, but each wall will have its own rules regarding groups' activities, use of face coverings etc depending on size and layout. For details of which climbing walls are open visit the ClimbScotland website.
Please scroll down for our full guidance documents for hill walkers and climbers, and clubs for more information:
Club huts allowed to open following relevant sector guidance and rules on meeting other households indoors. See the guidance for clubs for more information.
Working with the BMC Huts Group and the BMC Clubs Committee plus other specialists the following guidance has been produced for hut operators and hut users together with an update in relation to the 72hr quarantine period:
For hut operators in Scotland, from 17 May:
Please read our full guidance for hill walkers, climbers and mountaineers below for full details.
The guidance for hill walkers, climbers and clubs in Scotland have been developed in collaboration with the Mountain Safety Group which includes Scottish Mountain Rescue, Mountain Training Scotland, Glenmore Lodge, and the Association for Mountaineering Instructors. The purpose of the guidance is to provide a framework for hill walkers and climbers within the current Scottish Government public health advice and phase of exit from lockdown, and to highlight additional considerations to be aware of in the presence of COVID-19 when taking part in these activities.
We urge everyone heading out to enjoy the outdoors to be mindful of how their individual actions reflect on the whole outdoor community. The key will be for individuals to take a sensible approach to their activities, use your judgement to manage the risks, and to consider the social responsibility we all have to each other, to protecting our emergency services and to minimise the transmission of COVID-19.
This guidance applies to all visitors to Scotland as well as residents.
Under current Scottish regulations, unless you have a reasonable excuse (see exceptions) you must not travel between Scotland and the rest of the UK. Please check for updates on the Scottish Government website.
To keep yourself and other safe you should:
Local protection measures are now in place in Scotland - find out more on the Scottish Government website.
Please note that advice from the Scottish Government may differ from that for England and Wales.
We are delivering as many courses and events as we can within the current Scottish Government COVID guidelines, and our summer mountain skills courses and outdoor climbing sessions for young people are now taking bookings.
See individual event pages for any special arrangements.
Mountain Training Scotland has also produced guidance for those involved in formally led mountain related activities. This document will also include indoor climbing activities and this is currently in the process of being written and reviewed.
The current guidance in relation to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code for COVID-19 is:
For full details read the Scottish Outdoor Access Code for COVID-19 here.
Reporting access issues
If you have any concerns or questions regarding access issue please contact email@example.com
All Mountain Bothy Assocation -maintained bothies remain closed to visitors. At present, it seems unlikely that they will be able to re-open until such time as Government guidance permits public gatherings in enclosed spaces without the need for social distancing. The MBA is keeping the situation under close review and if there is any change or indeed any further information that becomes available they will provide further advice on their website and Facebook page.
Mountaineering Scotland was formed 50 years ago to represent the interests of Scotland's hill walkers, climbers and mountaineers, and we continue that work today. With over 14,500 members and 160 affiliated clubs, we are open to anyone who loves to walk, climb or ski in Scotland's mountains.
Membership of Mountaineering Scotland offers excellent value and includes insurance for your mountaineering activities, member discounts and offers, access to great value mountain skills and climbing courses, events and competitions, quarterly Scottish Mountaineer magazine and more: Find out more about our member benefits here
In return you add your voice to our campaigns to protect Scotland's mountain landscapes, safeguard access rights, promote skills and safety, and encourage people from all walks of life to enjoy the hills, mountains and climbing walls of Scotland responsibly.