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Mountaineering Scotland First Aid courses

Mountaineering Scotland runs two-day First Aid courses for members, specially targeted at hill walkers and climbers. The course is recognised by Mountain Training Scotland (MTS) as appropriate for its Mountain Leader (ML) awards. The courses are run by BASP UK (www.basp.org.uk) using a variety of instructors who all have many years practical experience in dealing with First Aid in remote situations.

Spring/Summer 2022 

Due to changes in our staff team, the course program for spring and summer 2022 is likely to be available for booking slightly later than usual and we hope to be able to open booking in late February/March 2022. Members will be informed when bookings open and details will be available on our website and social media channels as usual.

Fitness grade

Entry level course, suitable for people new to hill walking or those who are returning to the hills after a break. The course involves practical outdoor sessions.

Our first aid course is aimed at equipping participants with the knowledge and practical skills to deal with an unexpected emergency in the great outdoors.  Aspects covered will include casualty assessment, environmental issues, trauma, medical conditions, how to stabilise a situation whilst waiting for professional help to arrive and the technique of CPR.


The cost is per person for the two day course. The planned two nights self-catering accommodation is NOT AVAILABLE due to Covid restrictions. You can camp outside Mill Cottage on the Friday and Saturday nights and do your own cooking on a camp stove and access the hut for use of the toilets, showers & water.

To book onto one of our mountain safety courses, you need to be a member of Mountaineering Scotland. Thanks to your membership, we can subsidise the costs of our courses and offer you cheaper course prices than most commercial providers. If you are not a Mountaineering Scotland member, you can join first and then book your course place quickly and easily online in our members web portal. 

Booking and cancellation conditions

"First Aid at Work now assumes the early arrival of an ambulance/paramedic which will not be the case on the hills. Thus this course is an essential for those accessing the hills."
"The instructor's experience and knowledge was amazing, which made the course really interesting