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Welcome to
Mountaineering Scotland

With stunning landscapes and the most enlightened access laws in the world, Scotland is a unique and special place for mountain adventures, whether you enjoy hill walking, climbing, mountaineering, ski touring or just love the Scottish hills. We are here to help you get the most out of it and campaign on behalf of the places and activities we cherish.

Collage of Mountaineering Scotland member benefits - reasons to join Mountaineering Scotland

Join us or renew your membership

Discover the benefits of being a Mountaineering Scotland member and sign up easily and quickly online. Become part of the biggest community of hill walkers, climbers and mountaineers in Scotland and support our work.

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Skills for the hills

Whether you are just getting started or an experienced mountaineer, check out our definitive advice, tips and affordable training courses to equip you with confidence and knowledge for enjoying Scotland's mountains.

Scottish highland landscape - being campaigned for by Mountaineering Scotland

Campaigning for you 

We are passionate about protecting Scotland's unique mountain landscapes from insensitive and industrial-scale development. We also stand up for your rights to walk, climb and camp, responsibly. 

MSPs urged: keep it wild!

Holyrood gathering (Wednesday 21 February) to urge stronger protection for Scotlandís 42 Wild Land Areas in Planning Bill


When the snow and ice comes, and the winter storms - that's when hill walking turns into mountaineering. When it's good it's glorious, but when it's bad it's rather more than horrid.

Make sure you're properly prepared for the worst so you can enjoy the best, and check out the wealth of information in our website for winter mountaineers.

Winter mountaineering in Scotland

Member essentials

Climbers scrambling in Glen Coe. Scrambling course

What's on?

Check out our mountain skills courses, climbing comps, coaching workshops, talks & other events.

Climbing club members on the hill

Find a club near you

With over 140 clubs to choose from, you are sure to find people who share your interests. 

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Members Portal log-in

Head straight for our online members portal to join, renew your membership, book a course or amend your details. 

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Your discounts

Cover the cost of your membership with the savings you can make on gear, places to stay and much more.

Our activities

Hill walkers enjoying the Scottish highlands

Hill walking

With 282 Munros, 221 Corbetts and many many more wild and beautiful hills and mountains to explore - what are you waiting for?! Check out our guide to starting out - from kit choice to venturing out with your kids.    

Indoor climber


We are Scotland's sports governing body for indoor climbing and whether you get your kicks at a climbing wall or prefer real rock outdoors, we have advice on where to go and how to progress.

Mountaineering Sin Scotland


For summer scrambling, winter adventures with ice-axe and crampons, or even skis, Scotland's mountains are a mountaineer's playground. Discover more and check out our advice on getting started.

Off to the hills

Mountain Weather Information Service

Checking what the weather is going to do is an essential part of preparation for the hills. Click here for a direct link.

Top tips for starting out hill walking

Not sure how to start out? Check these pages for excellent advice on how to head for the hills with confidence.

Climbing Ben Nevis: what you need to know 

It's the mountain everyone wants to do. We give some valuable information on what you need to do to make your experience safe - and pleasurable!

Essential skills: how to take a compass bearing

Navigation is just one of the essential skills you can learn about in our Skills section, to increase safety, confidence and enjoyment in the hills.