It’s great to see another superb guide out. For years when I was starting climbing/ scrambling you had to trawl through the SMC District Guides to find so many different ways and scrambles up the Hills. This was especially true as not many went to the North apart from a few diehard mountaineers. Nowadays it’s all there for you to enjoy and on many of these climbs will have had few ascents. A few of our older team members new some of these hidden gems.
There are so many classic photos but one that caught my eye was on the Island of Rum. What a route and the description of the climb is just wonderful. 🥲 The Narnia Arête “One of the best easy climbs on the country, sustained and exposed but on amazing holds” Another description Harker described the rock (peridotite as “perhaps the best rock for climbing in the world.
Highland Scrambles North has landed and is now available to order direct from our site! ✨
With 200 routes (including more than a few shiny brand new ones to explore), high-resolution photo diagrams and beautifully rendered maps for greater clarity and accessibility, this updated guide will have you discovering every nook and cranny of the northern Highlands this summer.
The book is suitable for avid hillwalkers and climbers alike with journeys ranging from straightforward ridges to technical, committing adventures.
I wish I was 20 years younger but would so love to climb some of these routes. Look at the areas covered. Some of the finest mountains in Scotland.
Scottish Mountaineering Trust
We are a Scottish charity that provides grants to projects and organisations that promote public recreation, knowledge and safe enjoyment of the mountains, especially in the mountains of Scotland. Any profit from these guide books is well used by the Scottish Mountain Trust of which I was a trustee many years ago.
The Scottish Mountain Trust supports:
- Publication of guides to, and information about the Scottish mountains
- Footpath construction and maintenance
- Land purchases that ensure public access
- Mountaineering education and training, especially that aimed at young people
- Mountain rescue teams and organisations, for equipment and facilities
- Renovation of club huts available to the wider mountaineering community
- Expeditions with educational or scientific objectives aligned with those of the Trust
Our work is financed by donations from individuals and organisations who share our values, and from the publication of guidebooks for the Scottish Mountaineering Club and other books connected with the Scottish Hills.
SMT Diamond Grant
A 60th birthday present – £100,000 to help people enjoy the Scottish mountains
For its 60th birthday next year, the Scottish Mountaineering Trust is offering a ‘Diamond Grant‘ of up to £100,000, to a project that helps more people to experience and enjoy the mountains, especially in Scotland.
Chairman Simon Richardson explained: ‘We want the Diamond award to be not just a grant, but also a legacy, giving enduring benefits to the people who enjoy our mountain. We’re hoping to hear from projects that are really distinctive, that break fresh ground.’
‘ The Diamond Grant is , we believe, the biggest single grant ever made by a charity to Scottish mountaineering and we’re looking for something really special. We’re open to all ideas.’
Those interested in applying for the grant can find more information and the Application form Apply for the DIAMOND grant