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Scottish Mountaineer

Latest issue

Read the latest issue of Scottish Mountaineer - the magazine for members of Mountaineering Scotland and the only magazine dedicated to all things walk, climb and ski in Scotland.

Click the image (right) to view online. You can download a guide to the online reader here, which shows how you can download the whole magazine as a pdf if you find that more convenient to read.

If you're not a member, you can buy a copy of Scottish Mountaineer in our online shop.

The voice of Scotland's mountain walkers and climbers...

Scottish Mountaineer is a quarterly, full colour magazine, exclusive to Mountaineering Scotland members and supporters, containing news, views, comment and features on our work and play.

Regular sections cover our work on access and landscape issues and important Mountaineering Scotland news, as well as a seasonal Mountain Skills section and news from the wider mountaineering world.

There's a lively Meet the Members section, where members share favourite walks, tips and gear recommendations, as well as photos from their recent adventures. And clubs can share their adventures, trips and anniversaries in the Club Profile section.

Get Climbing focusses on the indoor and outdoor climbing scenes, with the latest on climbing competitions in Scotland, and a strong emphasis on the activities of our ClimbScotland initiative to get young people into climbing.

Scottish Mountaineer also features book and DVD reviews, so get in touch if you'd like us to review yours!

The Winter 2023 issue of Scottish Mountaineer includes a members survey.  The magazine is currently published in print and digital format four times a year, and is available as a benefit of membership to individual, club and associate members, with a current subscription of around 11,000 members.  We would like to hear your views of our on the current offering and ways in which we can create a sustainable future for the magazine in the long-term.


This short survey takes around 5 minutes to complete and, at the end, you will have the opportunity to enter your details into a free prize draw to win one of two £50 vouchers for Cotswold Outdoors.

One of the main attractions of the magazine for readers is the large features section containing a wide range of articles written by members. Most would call them themselves amateurs but the standard of writing – as well as the photography – is outstanding.

A popular annual feature is publication of the winning entries for the Mountaineering Scotland Mountain Writing Competition

Scottish Mountaineer is available through membership of Mountaineering Scotland (either Individual or Club) and is published on our behalf by the Herald and Times Group.

Meet the Members
Features from Scotland and beyond
Members' mountain photos

You can view the current edition of Scottish Mountaineer in Pagesuite. A tab on the top right gives access to recent archive copies too.

Former Editor Neil Reid retired in October 2022 after almost 40 issues and 10 years in the role. 

The new Editor of Scottish Mountaineer is Fiona McNicol. A keen hill walker and landscape photographer, Fiona spent many years living and working abroad before settling back in Scotland in 2020. She has a background in newspapers and PR, and brings a wealth of social media experience to the role. 

You can get in touch with Fiona at fiona@mountaineering.scot, or telephone 01738 493 941 for any information about the magazine, publication enquiries and submission of articles or photos.