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Courses and events calendar

We offer a wide range of great value mountain skills courses and climbing coaching workshops, held in locations across Scotland. We also organise talks, lectures and other events during the year to help you grow your knowledge and meet other hill walkers, climbers and mountaineers. Check out the full schedule below and click for more information, booking details and prices.

Please note: We indicate whether courses are fully booked below, but please be aware this is not an automatic update, so the situation may change overnight. 

Waiting lists

We operate a waiting list for most events to fill spaces that become available in case of cancellations. Please add your details to the waiting list for any courses and dates that are fully booked that you are interested in and we will be in touch with everyone on the list if any places become available.

June 2024

A one-day Mountaineering Scotland navigation course will give you a firm grounding in practical mountain navigation skills, no matter which fitness level course you choose. Instructor ratios are 1:6 and there are spaces for 12 people per course. The courses aim to introduce or refresh essential navigation skills.

Fitness Level 3: Aimed at those who regularly ascend Munros (or equivalent) and are used to being off track, on steep/rough terrain. Maximum distance 14km and maximum ascent 900m. Physically demanding.

Venue: Braemar Mountain Rescue Team Base, Braemar

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A one-day Mountaineering Scotland navigation course will give you a firm grounding in practical mountain navigation skills, no matter which fitness level course you choose. Instructor ratios are 1:6 and there are spaces for 12 people per course. The courses aim to introduce or refresh essential navigation skills.

Fitness Level 3: Aimed at those who regularly ascend Munros (or equivalent) and are used to being off track, on steep/rough terrain. Maximum distance 14km and maximum ascent 900m. Physically demanding.

Venue: Braemar Mountain Rescue Team Base, Braemar

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July 2024

This two-day course is designed to take members who can competently lead climb indoor or on sports routes and have some experience of climbing outdoors and introduce them to leading traditionally protected routes.  

Participants will be a competent indoor lead climber with some experience of outdoor climbing or be a competent outdoor lead sports climber.

The course will cover

  • Movement technique on real rock
  • Footwear and equipment
  • Belaying a trad lead
  • Lead climbing
  • Placing and removing traditional gear
  • Setting up belays
  • Setting up retrievable abseils
  • Background planning

Venue: Rosyth Quarry

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This one-day course (split over two evenings) is designed to take members who are competent indoor climbers or those with some experience of outdoor climbing and help them develop their outdoor traditional climbing.  

Please note: This is not a lead climbing course but a progression on the way to becoming a lead climber. 

The course will cover

  • Recap of the basics (see Introduction to Rock Climbing)
  • Placing and removing gear
  • Building and equalising belays
  • Abseiling with a prussik
  • Belaying from the top of a route
  • Movement skills coaching

Venue: Rosyth Quarry

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A one-day Mountaineering Scotland navigation course will give you a firm grounding in practical mountain navigation skills, no matter which fitness level course you choose. Instructor ratios are 1:6 and there are spaces for 12 people per course. The courses aim to introduce or refresh essential navigation skills.

Fitness Level 2: For people who are fit enough to enjoy days out on the hills and high tops, but would prefer to train on terrain that is not too physically demanding. At times the course will be off track on the open hillside. Maximum distance 12km and maximum ascent 600m.

Venue: Craigdon Mountain Sports, The Pentland Outdoor Centre, Edinburgh

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A one-day Mountaineering Scotland navigation course will give you a firm grounding in practical mountain navigation skills, no matter which fitness level course you choose. Instructor ratios are 1:6 and there are spaces for 12 people per course. The courses aim to introduce or refresh essential navigation skills.

Fitness Level 2: For people who are fit enough to enjoy days out on the hills and high tops, but would prefer to train on terrain that is not too physically demanding. At times the course will be off track on the open hillside. Maximum distance 12km and maximum ascent 600m.

Venue: Craigdon Mountain Sports, The Pentland Outdoor Centre, Edinburgh

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This one-day course is designed to take members who can competently climb indoors and translate these skills to outdoor sport crags. 

Participants must be consistently climbing 6a-6b indoors and be a competent top-rope be-layer.  Some experience of indoor lead climbing would be beneficial.

  • Fitting harness and helmet
  • Tying in to the rope
  • Belaying from below and lowering
  • Abseiling
  • Crag etiquette and use of guidebooks
  • Movement coaching on real rock

Venue: Kingussie Crags 

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A one-day Mountaineering Scotland navigation course will give you a firm grounding in practical mountain navigation skills, no matter which fitness level course you choose. Instructor ratios are 1:6 and there are spaces for 12 people per course. The courses aim to introduce or refresh essential navigation skills.

Fitness Level 2: For people who are fit enough to enjoy days out on the hills and high tops, but would prefer to train on terrain that is not too physically demanding. At times the course will be off track on the open hillside. Maximum distance 12km and maximum ascent 600m.

Venue: Craigdon Mountain Sports, The Pentland Outdoor Centre, Edinburgh

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This one-day course is designed to take members who are competent indoor climbers or those with some experience of outdoor climbing and help them develop their outdoor traditional climbing.  

Please note: This is not a lead climbing course but a progression on the way to becoming a lead climber. 

The course will cover

  • Recap of the basics (see Introduction to Rock Climbing)
  • Placing and removing gear
  • Building and equalising belays
  • Abseiling with a prussik
  • Belaying from the top of a route
  • Movement skills coaching

Venue: Kingussie Crag

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This two-day course is designed to take members who can competently lead climb indoor or on sports routes and have some experience of climbing outdoors and introduce them to leading traditionally protected routes.  

Participants will be a competent indoor lead climber with some experience of outdoor climbing or be a competent outdoor lead sports climber.

The course will cover

  • Movement technique on real rock
  • Footwear and equipment
  • Belaying a trad lead
  • Lead climbing
  • Placing and removing traditional gear
  • Setting up belays
  • Setting up retrievable abseils
  • Background planning

Venue: Glen Nevis, Polldubh Crags

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This one-day course is designed to take women who can competently climb indoors and translate these skills to outdoor sport crags. 

Participants must be consistently climbing 6a-6b indoors and be a competent top-rope be-layer.  Some experience of indoor lead climbing would be beneficial.

  • Fitting harness and helmet
  • Tying in to the rope
  • Belaying from below and lowering
  • Abseiling
  • Crag etiquette and use of guidebooks
  • Movement coaching on real rock

Venue: Bennybeg, Crieff 

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August 2024

This one-day course is for women who have never climbed before or who has done a little climbing indoors but would like to try climbing outdoors on real rock.  

The course will cover

  • Fitting harness and helmet
  • Tying in to the rope
  • Belaying from below and lowering
  • Abseiling
  • Crag etiquette and use of guidebooks
  • Movement coaching on real rock

Venue: Blackford Quarry

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A one-day Mountaineering Scotland navigation course will give you a firm grounding in practical mountain navigation skills, no matter which fitness level course you choose. Instructor ratios are 1:6 and there are spaces for 12 people per course. The courses aim to introduce or refresh essential navigation skills.

Fitness Level 1: Suitable for people who are new to walking and would prefer a more relaxed approach. This course will be delivered 'on track/path'.Maximum distance of 8km and maximum ascent of 200m.

Venue: Lomond Mountain Rescue Team Base, Drymen 

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This two-day course is designed to take women who can competently lead climb indoor or on sports routes and have some experience of climbing outdoors and introduce them to leading traditionally protected routes.  

Participants will be a competent indoor lead climber with some experience of outdoor climbing or be a competent outdoor lead sports climber.

The course will cover

  • Movement technique on real rock
  • Footwear and equipment
  • Belaying a trad lead
  • Lead climbing
  • Placing and removing traditional gear
  • Setting up belays
  • Setting up retrievable abseils
  • Background planning

Venue: Glen Nevis

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This two-day course is designed to take members who can competently lead climb indoor or on sports routes and have some experience of climbing outdoors and introduce them to leading traditionally protected routes.  

Participants will be a competent indoor lead climber with some experience of outdoor climbing or be a competent outdoor lead sports climber.

The course will cover

  • Movement technique on real rock
  • Footwear and equipment
  • Belaying a trad lead
  • Lead climbing
  • Placing and removing traditional gear
  • Setting up belays
  • Setting up retrievable abseils
  • Background planning

Venue: Glen Nevis, Polldubh Crags

Read more or book now

A one-day Mountaineering Scotland navigation course will give you a firm grounding in practical mountain navigation skills, no matter which fitness level course you choose. Instructor ratios are 1:6 and there are spaces for 12 people per course. The courses aim to introduce or refresh essential navigation skills.

Fitness Level 1: Suitable for people who are new to walking and would prefer a more relaxed approach. This course will be delivered 'on track/path'.Maximum distance of 8km and maximum ascent of 200m.

Venue: Lomond Mountain Rescue Team Base, Drymen 

Read more or book now

This one-day course is designed to take members who can competently climb indoors and translate these skills to outdoor sport crags. 

Participants must be consistently climbing 6a-6b indoors and be a competent top-rope be-layer.  Some experience of indoor lead climbing would be beneficial.

  • Fitting harness and helmet
  • Tying in to the rope
  • Belaying from below and lowering
  • Abseiling
  • Crag etiquette and use of guidebooks
  • Movement coaching on real rock

Venue: Dollar Quarry

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This two-day course is designed to take women who can competently lead climb indoor or on sports routes and have some experience of climbing outdoors and introduce them to leading traditionally protected routes.  

Participants will be a competent indoor lead climber with some experience of outdoor climbing or be a competent outdoor lead sports climber.

The course will cover

  • Movement technique on real rock
  • Footwear and equipment
  • Belaying a trad lead
  • Lead climbing
  • Placing and removing traditional gear
  • Setting up belays
  • Setting up retrievable abseils
  • Background planning

Venue: Rosyth Quarry

Read more or book now

A one-day Mountaineering Scotland navigation course will give you a firm grounding in practical mountain navigation skills, no matter which fitness level course you choose. Instructor ratios are 1:6 and there are spaces for 12 people per course. The courses aim to introduce or refresh essential navigation skills.

Fitness Level 2: For people who are fit enough to enjoy days out on the hills and high tops, but would prefer to train on terrain that is not too physically demanding. At times the course will be off track on the open hillside. Maximum distance 12km and maximum ascent 600m.

Venue: Ochils Mountain Rescue Team base, Bankhead Farm, Fishcross

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A one-day Mountaineering Scotland navigation course will give you a firm grounding in practical mountain navigation skills, no matter which fitness level course you choose. Instructor ratios are 1:6 and there are spaces for 12 people per course. The courses aim to introduce or refresh essential navigation skills.

Fitness Level 2: For people who are fit enough to enjoy days out on the hills and high tops, but would prefer to train on terrain that is not too physically demanding. At times the course will be off track on the open hillside. Maximum distance 12km and maximum ascent 600m.

Venue: Ochils Mountain Rescue Team base, Bankhead Farm, Fishcross

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This two-day course is designed to take members who can competently lead climb indoor or on sports routes and have some experience of climbing outdoors and introduce them to leading traditionally protected routes.  

Participants will be a competent indoor lead climber with some experience of outdoor climbing or be a competent outdoor lead sports climber.

The course will cover

  • Movement technique on real rock
  • Footwear and equipment
  • Belaying a trad lead
  • Lead climbing
  • Placing and removing traditional gear
  • Setting up belays
  • Setting up retrievable abseils
  • Background planning

Venue: Day 1 - Creag Na h-eigh, Day 2 - Dunkeld

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This one-day course is designed to take women who are competent indoor climbers or those with some experience of outdoor climbing and help them develop their outdoor traditional climbing.  

Please note: This is not a lead climbing course but a progression on the way to becoming a lead climber. 

The course will cover

  • Recap of the basics (see Introduction to Rock Climbing)
  • Placing and removing gear
  • Building and equalising belays
  • Abseiling with a prussik
  • Belaying from the top of a route
  • Movement skills coaching

Venue: Rosyth Quarry

Read more or book now

September 2024

This one-day course is designed to take members who can competently climb indoors and translate these skills to outdoor sport crags. 

Participants must be consistently climbing 6a-6b indoors and be a competent top-rope be-layer.  Some experience of indoor lead climbing would be beneficial.

  • Fitting harness and helmet
  • Tying in to the rope
  • Belaying from below and lowering
  • Abseiling
  • Crag etiquette and use of guidebooks
  • Movement coaching on real rock

Venue: Bennybeg, Crieff 

Read more or book now

This two-day course is designed to take members who can competently lead climb indoor or on sports routes and have some experience of climbing outdoors and introduce them to leading traditionally protected routes.  

Participants will be a competent indoor lead climber with some experience of outdoor climbing or be a competent outdoor lead sports climber.

The course will cover

  • Movement technique on real rock
  • Footwear and equipment
  • Belaying a trad lead
  • Lead climbing
  • Placing and removing traditional gear
  • Setting up belays
  • Setting up retrievable abseils
  • Background planning

Venue: Rosyth Quarry

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Being proficient in the Scottish Mountains in summer conditions is of course much more than just the ability to navigate well - although navigation is one of the  crucial elements of safe travel in the mountains.  These weekend courses go a step further than the basic navigation skills to introduce valuable skills to members who regularly visit the summer mountains and who wish to develop their abilities to become safer and more proficient.

Fitness Level 3: For people who regularly climb hills/mountains who wish to take it to the next level.  The course is delivered on the mountains sometimes ‘off-track’ and on rough scrambling terrain. Max distance 12km, max ascent 1000m per day.

Venue: The Alex MacIntyre Memorial Hut, Ballachullish, Glen Coe

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This one-day course is for women who have never climbed before or who has done a little climbing indoors but would like to try climbing outdoors on real rock.  

The course will cover

  • Fitting harness and helmet
  • Tying in to the rope
  • Belaying from below and lowering
  • Abseiling
  • Crag etiquette and use of guidebooks
  • Movement coaching on real rock

Venue: Blackford Quarry

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Mountaineering Scotland, in partnership with Richard Bentley from Mountain Motion, is offering club and individual members the opportunity to participate in a Summer Mountain Leader Training Course, at a special discounted rate. This MTS award is for members who are currently involved or keen to become involved in leading hill-walking parties in mountainous terrain in summer conditions. A two-day overnight camping expedition is part of this course.

Details of the syllabus can be viewed on the Mountain Training website.

Please note that in order to participate in this course you must have registered with Mountain Training Scotland prior to the start of the course.

Fitness Level 4: Our most demanding courses and a very high level of fitness is required over many hours. Rough terrain and hostile conditions will be encountered.  Max distance 15km, max ascent 1000m per day.

Venue: Mill Cottage, Feshiebridge

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This one-day course is for members who have never climbed before or who has done a little climbing indoors but would like to try climbing outdoors on real rock.  

The course will cover

  • Fitting harness and helmet
  • Tying in to the rope
  • Belaying from below and lowering
  • Abseiling
  • Crag etiquette and use of guidebooks
  • Movement coaching on real rock

Venue: Kingussie Crag

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This one-day course is designed to take women who are competent indoor climbers or those with some experience of outdoor climbing and help them develop their outdoor traditional climbing.  

Please note: This is not a lead climbing course but a progression on the way to becoming a lead climber. 

The course will cover

  • Recap of the basics (see Introduction to Rock Climbing)
  • Placing and removing gear
  • Building and equalising belays
  • Abseiling with a prussik
  • Belaying from the top of a route
  • Movement skills coaching

Venue: Rosyth Quarry

Read more or book now

October 2024

This one-day course is designed to take women who can competently climb indoors and translate these skills to outdoor sport crags. 

Participants must be consistently climbing 6a-6b indoors and be a competent top-rope be-layer.  Some experience of indoor lead climbing would be beneficial.

  • Fitting harness and helmet
  • Tying in to the rope
  • Belaying from below and lowering
  • Abseiling
  • Crag etiquette and use of guidebooks
  • Movement coaching on real rock

Venue: Bennybeg, Crieff 

Read more or book now

This one-day course is for members who have never climbed before or who has done a little climbing indoors but would like to try climbing outdoors on real rock.  

The course will cover

  • Fitting harness and helmet
  • Tying in to the rope
  • Belaying from below and lowering
  • Abseiling
  • Crag etiquette and use of guidebooks
  • Movement coaching on real rock

Venue: Kingussie Crag

Read more or book now

This one-day course is designed to take members who are competent indoor climbers or those with some experience of outdoor climbing and help them develop their outdoor traditional climbing.  

Please note: This is not a lead climbing course but a progression on the way to becoming a lead climber. 

The course will cover

  • Recap of the basics (see Introduction to Rock Climbing)
  • Placing and removing gear
  • Building and equalising belays
  • Abseiling with a prussik
  • Belaying from the top of a route
  • Movement skills coaching

Venue: Kingussie Crag

Read more or book now

A one-day Mountaineering Scotland navigation course will give you a firm grounding in practical mountain navigation skills, no matter which fitness level course you choose. Instructor ratios are 1:6 and there are spaces for 12 people per course. The courses aim to introduce or refresh essential navigation skills.

Fitness Level 3: Aimed at those who regularly ascend Munros (or equivalent) and are used to being off track, on steep/rough terrain. Maximum distance 14km and maximum ascent 900m. Physically demanding.

Venue: Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team Base 

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A one-day Mountaineering Scotland navigation course will give you a firm grounding in practical mountain navigation skills, no matter which fitness level course you choose. Instructor ratios are 1:6 and there are spaces for 12 people per course. The courses aim to introduce or refresh essential navigation skills.

Fitness Level 3: Aimed at those who regularly ascend Munros (or equivalent) and are used to being off track, on steep/rough terrain. Maximum distance 14km and maximum ascent 900m. Physically demanding.

Venue: Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team Base 

Read more or book now

This one-day course is designed to take members who can competently climb indoors and translate these skills to outdoor sport crags. 

Participants must be consistently climbing 6a-6b indoors and be a competent top-rope be-layer.  Some experience of indoor lead climbing would be beneficial.

  • Fitting harness and helmet
  • Tying in to the rope
  • Belaying from below and lowering
  • Abseiling
  • Crag etiquette and use of guidebooks
  • Movement coaching on real rock

Venue: Kingussie Crags 

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Mountaineering Scotland Weather Skills Course in association with MWIS, exclusively for our members. This one day mountain weather workshop is for members interested in expanding their knowledge of mountain weather and how this relates to making the most of your adventures in the mountains. 

What you'll learn

  • Where the UK weather comes from
  • Air mass theory
  • Weather fronts and what they mean to us
  • Synoptic charts and how to interpret them
  • Relevant weather forecastsHow topography influences the weather
  • How elevation influences wind, temperature and precipitation
  • Planning and route choice based on synoptic charts and weather forecasts

Venue: Mountaineering Scotland HQ, Perth 

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