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Useful information and booking conditions for Mountaineering Scotland courses

To book onto one of our mountain safety courses, you need to be a member of Mountaineering Scotland – either an individual member or a member via one of our affiliated clubs. Course places are not available to members of other clubs, organisations or associations.

Thanks to your membership, we can subsidise the costs of our courses and offer you cheaper course prices than most commercial providers.

If you would like to attend a course but are not a Mountaineering Scotland member, your membership has lapsed or is due to lapse before the date of the course, you can join or renew at the same time as booking your course place. 

Our courses are often very popular and places on each one are limited. For this reason, we cannot reserve places without full payment of the course fee at the time of booking. 

In the event that you cancel your course booking within six weeks prior to the course date you will be liable for the full course fee and no refund will be made

We will endeavour to run all courses as planned. However for operational reasons we may have to cancel or amend your booking. In the event of any booking cancellation by the Mountaineering Scotland, students will be offered either a full refund of the course fee or transfer to any other course offered at the same cost, subject to availability.

Some of our courses require you to provide some additional information and to complete and return a form to us. This must be done at least 14 days prior to the course start date. 

For all courses you should ensure that you meet requirements for clothing, footwear, food and drink, before attending for the course, as specified in the course joining instructions. 

All students should be physically fit for the course they have chosen. You must declare if you have a medical condition, if you are using any medication or have a relevant disability.

Whilst we will do our best to accommodate you, we reserve the right to refuse entry to a course to anyone our Mountain Safety Advisor considers unfit for the course or insufficiently prepared, where their inclusion could impact on others’ safety or ability to benefit from the course.

We also reserve the right to refuse anyone who has not completed any relevant forms in advance of the course and in such cases we shall be unable to refund course fees.


All courses we deliver are planned and supervised in a way designed to manage the risk of accident to both students and instructors, while at the same time providing realistic, practical and beneficial training.

Outdoor activities, by their nature, contain a degree of hazard and risk and despite the greatest care accidents may still occur.

All students on Mountaineering Scotland courses should be aware that involvement places them at risk of accident and potential injury, possibly serious or even fatal. By booking yourself on a course, you accept the inherent risk associated with the activity.

Instructors employed by the Mountaineering Scotland are responsible for the safety of their students. Instructors are employed on the basis of their experience and appropriate qualifications. Should you be unhappy or feel that the activity is beyond your ability, you should notify your instructor immediately. 

In order to facilitate safe practice, we request that you follow instructions provided by your instructor at all times.

To facilitate car sharing among course participants we will circulate everyone’s contact email, telephone and home town to other within the group about a week in advance of the course. Please let us know if you do not wish your contact details to be included in this as soon as possible.

Our formal terms and conditions of supply should be read and agreed before booking a course. You can read terms and conditions here.

Please contact us on info@mountaineering.scot or call 01738 493943.

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