Member benefits

The MCofS is Scotlandís national representative body for hill walkers, climbers, ski-mountaineers and mountain lovers. 

We work hard to serve our members and represent, support and promote Scottish mountaineering. 

When you join our 12,000 members, both you and Scotland's mountain environment will benefit...

  • Protecting Scotland's mountains

    We campaign to protect Scotlandís mountains, not just for us mountaineers, but for nature, tourism and local communities. Insensitive development like large windfarms or hill tracks can diminish landscapes forever.
  • Championing access rights

    We are passionate about your right to enjoy, roam, scramble and climb on Scottish hills and crags. We speak up for walkers and climbers on a range of access issues, while working with conservationists to safeguard wildlife too. Members get vehicular access to Glen Strathfarrar in winter too.

  • Mountain safety

    Hill-walking and climbing can be risky activities, but equipping yourself with skills, experience and knowledge makes all the difference. We offer advice from our experts through subsidised training courses, talks, web resources and DVDs. 

  • Growing participation

    We think Scottish mountaineering should be open to all. Through our development programmes we support local clubs, communities and schools, providing pathways to climbing and the hills for young people across Scotland.

What is included in your membership?

Money-saving offers Places to stay

Treat yourself to mountaineering essentials, clothing, mapping and the latest gadgets with a wide range of money-saving offers and discounts at Scotlandís best outdoors shops and online retailers. Great deals on other useful services too, from climbing walls to car hire.

Get access to mountaineering huts across Scotland, they are affordable places to stay in some great locations, plus discounts at over 60 hostels, B&Bs, hotels and holiday cottages, and eligibility to buy a card for up to 50% off many European mountain huts.

Scottish Mountaineer magazine Courses and events

Get inspired for a day out in the hills, news, reviews, our latest special offers, club profiles and much more with a free subscription to our award-winning quarterly magazine, Scottish Mountaineer, plus a monthly e-zine.

Exclusive access to our popular programme of mountain skills workshops and courses. Covering subjects like navigation, scrambling, first aid and avalanches, these sociable events are a low-cost way to hone your techniques and grow confidence in the hills.

Coaching and competitions
Insurance & financial services

We support climbers from day one to competing for Team GB with coaching and comps for under 25s and grants to help young climbers achieve their goals. We also run a ParaClimb festival for people with disabilities.
Get mountaineering activities liability insurance giving you peace of mind when out on the hills or at a climbing wall, plus discounts on travel insurance and other financial services designed for the adventurous.

Or.... find a Club

There are over 130 walking and climbing clubs affiliated to the MCofS. Their members receive some of the benefits of individual membership of the MCofS.