Mountaineering Council of Scotland
The Mountaineering Council of Scotland, the MCofS, represents mountaineers, climbing and hill walking enthusiasts in Scotland. They 'work for Scotland's mountains and mountaineers' by providing a range of services, advice and information.
Scottish Outdoor Access Code
Everyone has the right to be on most land and inland water providing they act responsibly. Your access rights and responsibilities are explained fully in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
Information is provided to enable hillwalkers and climbers to find out where stag stalking is taking place and to plan routes avoiding stalking operations. Recorded messages containing forecasts of stalking activities are regularly updated.
Scottish Mountaineering Club
Founded in 1889, the SMC uses the wide experience of their members, and other mountaineers to support an active publishing program covering the hills and mountains of Scotland – widely recognised as the best and most extensive series of guidebooks for walkers and climbers.
SportScotland Avalance Information Service
From SportScotland and with information from the Met Office, a daily forecast of the avalance, snow and climbing conditions at 5 climbing area in Scotland during the season.
Food and accommodation links
Eagles View Guest House in Newtonmore
Set up in 2005, the plan for Eagle View Guest House was, and still remains, to create a guest house which would offer bed and breakfast accommodation, set within this beautiful location in the Highlands, which was second to none.
Real Food Cafe, Tyndrum
Award winning Real Food Cafe in Tyndrum, the gateway to the highlands, offers a range of delicious and popular, freshly prepared food in a welcoming and vibrant environment.
The Crianlarich Hotel
A warm welcome with an emphasis on good, reliable service and an enjoyable stay. We have an excellent purpose-built boot-room for all your gear, there are cosy log-burning stoves for chilly times, WiFi is provided and there is a fascinating little bookshop.
Located in the village of Glenelg, the inn is an old Coaching Mews, overlooking the Isle of Skye. Their traditional bar offers a wide selection of beers and spirits and is a popular meeting place with the locals.
Easter Badbea Guest House
At the foot of Sail Mhor and ideally situated for An Teallach and Fisherfield, Badbea is a haven for hill walkers and bird watchers and for those who just want to find a peaceful and relaxing retreat.
Station Lodge Hostel, Tulloch
Station Lodge hostel provides bunkhouse accommodation and value for money lodging in a converted railway station on the West Highland line.
Affilliated with the Scottish Youth Hostel Association, Invergarry Lodge is an independent self-catering hostel providing accommodation in the Great Glen, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.
Great Glen Hostel
Formerly a SYHA hostel, this has been substantially renovated and since 2008 has been run as an Independent hostel
Cairn View, Arrochar
A self-contained, three bedroom, ground floor, self-catering apartment in Arrochar. All rooms have views over Loch Long.
Cannich Camping and Caravan Park
Family run in the heart of Strathglass at the head of beautiful Glen Affric. On site is the Bog Cotton Cafe serving breakfasts and light lunches from 9am til 5pm. Open all year !
Creag Meagaidh Self Catering, Newtonmore
Creag Meagaidh is a large, detached, modern and comfortable holiday home sleeping up to 13 people, situated in Newtonmore within the Cairngorms National Park.
Cairn Lodge, Aviemore
A short walk from the centre of Aviemore, Cairn Lodge is a luxury, self-catering, four bedroom property situated in the stunning Cairngorm National Park.
The School House, Dornie
Hidden along a quiet road behind Dornie is this lovely converted former schoolhouse, fab tea and cake, they also do b&b accommodation.
Highland Campervans is a small family business based in Inverness. Stay in one of their Bongos - great get-anywhere vans, just like our first camper van.
Atlas Motorhome and Campervan Hire
2,4 & 6 berth campervans and motorhomes, with heating and a range of options suitable for walkers, mountain bikers, mountaineers and general outdoor enthusiasts.
Outdoor gear links
Killin Outdoor Shop
Located in the village of Killin at the west end of Loch Tay. They hire and sell outdoor equipment and are happy to provide information on local walking and mountain biking routes.
North West Outdoors Independent specialist outdoor clothing & equipment shop and coffee shop situated in the beautiful village of Ullapool in the Northern Highlands. Committed to minimizing the environmental impact and only use Fair Trade coffee in the coffee shop
Fort William's locally and family-owned biking and running shop. Staffed by enthusiasts: tourers, climbers, hikers, hill runners, road racers, casual mountain bikers, national champions and downhill pros.
Berghaus - One of my favourite quality outdoor brands !
Bothy Bikes - bike sales, hire and repair in Aviemore
Slioch Outdoor Clothing - clothing made near Poolewe
Cioch Direct - Outdoor clothing made on the Isle of Skye
Inov-8 - Lightweight hill running gear
Planet Fear - Bike-Run-Climb-Ski
Lowe Alpine - Innovative gear for the outdoor enthusiast
Tiso - Outdoor gear retailer and online
Pete Bland Sports - leading running specialists
Hill running links
Scottish Hill Racing
An independent resource providing information on Races, Results, Clubs and Runners
Scottish Hill Runners
An independent organisation providing a range of services for hill runners in Scotland. They also provide information and advice on all aspects of hill racing, training, race organisation and long distance challenges.
Carnethy Hill Running Club
Carnethy is arguably one of the premier Hill Running Clubs in Britain and is certainly the largest hill running club in Scotland.
Run and Become
Specialist running shop, endeavouring to stock everything a fell runner might need / wish for in as much depth as possible ! The Scottish shop is in Edinburgh. Join Carnethy or Scottish Athletics and get 10% discount.
The Ultra Marathon Running Store
Ultra running equipment, clothing, gear and nutrition products which are focused precisely on the specific needs & requirements of trail & ultramarathon runners that like to run long !
Fell Runners Association
Lochaber Athletic Club
Westerlands Cross Country Club
Maps and books
Ordnance Survey Landranger Maps
I generally use the Ordnance Survey Landranger maps for navigating on the Munros and Corbetts. These maps are at 1:50000, for more detail try the OS 1:250000 Explorer maps.
Pocket Mountain guides
These little books are great. Full of detail, outline maps and historical tit-bits. Seven books cover the Munros and Corbetts, with more books on wildlife, biking, the English hills and of course 'Classic Hill Runs and Races'.
Munro Summit Identification Maps are unique pop-up maps that help identify summits, islands and lochs when walking in the Scottish mountains. Made from polyethylene, these maps are built small and compact and won't get soggy or rip.
Maps for walkers, made by walkers. Walking, climbing, cycling, orienteering and even a Munro and Corbett chart. When on Skye, I tend to use their Superwalker map as it's at 1:25000, but with just the right amount of detail.
Wild West Topos
Good rock climbing information on crags in the Wester Ross area of Scotland
Other relevant links
Scottish Mountain Heritage Collection
A fascinating and unique assortment of mountain memorabilia from Scotland and around the world, which has been cobbled together into a virtual museum on this website.
The Hiley guide to fell walking in the English Lake District
Janis Whyte - Glen and Mountain
This Scottish based company was founded in 1995 by its owner, Janis Whyte, who firmly maintains the high standards she achieved from the outset.