Covid19 - SMC Updated Huts Statement - 28th December 2021

On 17th December 2021 the Scottish Government guidance made it a legal duty for organisations in Scotland "to take all reasonable steps to fight Coronavirus". Guidance information here.

We have revisited our hut management and lettings approach to demonstrate that we have responded to the new duty and the current threat posed by the Omicron Covid19 variant.

The immediate changes affect:

  1. how the huts are let/booked and
  2. the Risk Assessments required by accommodation operators including the SMC.

Until further notice, from December 28th going forward:

  • Until further notice, from December 28 th going forward:
  • We will limit occupancy of all our Huts to 50% capacity.
  • We will favour 'groups' while taking bookings.
  • Lateral Flow Tests require to be taken by all hut users on day of travel to the Hut.
  • All hut users will require to 'check-in' using the QR Codes that we will set up for each of the Huts. This utilises the track and trace facility provided by Scot Gov System. There is 4G availability in the immediate vicinity of all the huts.
  • During a stay at the hut, there will be advice about hygiene, cleanliness, ventilation, etc, all of which should be followed. Masks remain optional in hostel acommodation.
  • The person booking the visit will be required to confirm compliance for the group.

The SMC will review this position regularly and will update and communicate any modifications though our website.

Huts Convenor


About Naismith

The hut is located in Elphin, in the far-flung North-west of Scotland. As there are several neighbouring private residences, users of the hut are asked to avoid unnecessary disturbance, particularly when arriving late in the evening. The narrow loop road must not be obstructed by vehicles.


Elphin, Assynt
( NC 21603 11803 )

Getting there

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  • 10 beds (including 2 beds reserved for members)
  • Gas cookers
  • Gas and electric heating
  • Electric lighting
  • Drying room
  • Toilets
  • 1 shower


Applications to stay at the hut should be made, preferably by email, to the Honorary Custodian: John Orr

0788 1621 864
Civilised hours only, please.


This fine hut is the fifth and latest to be maintained by the SMC. It was opened in 1999 and named the Naismith Hut, after William Naismith, one of the founder members of the SMC. The conversion of the building for use as a climbers' hut was made possible by funds bequeathed by Prof. P.B. Ayscough.

This availability calendar is not updated in real-time so is indicative only. Enquires to stay in the hut must always be made in advance by contacting the custodian who will also be able to advise on minimum group size.

10+ Spaces
5 - 9 Spaces
< 5 Spaces