SMC Journal

The SMC Journal has maintained a continuous record of mountain activities in Scotland since 1890. The current Editor is Peter Biggar, whose first issue was in 2015. You may like to read A Brief History of the Journal, view Journals Summaries, or search the Journal Indexes.

The Journal emerges annually and may be found in any good quality climbing & walking shop, and the larger bookshops. The retail price is £14.95. Affiliated clubs can purchase copies at a discount through their Club Secretary. For MCofS affiliated clubs there is a discount. If you live too far from a stockist, you can set up a subscription from our Distribution Manager, or purchase it from our distributor Cordee.

For contact details of the various people involved with the editing, production, distribution, and archiving of the SMC Journal, please see Journal Information.

The W.H. Murray Literary Prize

Every year, articles in the Journal may be judged for the W.H. Murray Literary Prize. Along with the obvious warm glow which winning this brings, a cheque for £250 and an invitation to the following annual SMC Dinner follows. The (fairly simple) rules for the Prize and previous winning articles are available on the W.H. Murray Literary Prize page.


The Editor welcomes material from both members and non-members, with priority being given to articles of Scottish Mountaineering content. Some simple notes about 'House Style' are available from the Editor.

Material for the Journal should be submitted before the end of April for consideration for the following issue.

Articles - Prose and Verse

All submitted articles (conforming to the rules) are considered for The W.H. Murray Literary Prize. If you wish your article to be excluded from consideration for the Prize please state this clearly when making your submission.

Material is preferred in electronic form and should be sent by email direct to the Editor. Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format is preferred but most file formats are acceptable, namely:
Open Document Format (odt), Rich Text Format (rtf), Microsoft Word (doc/docx) or Plain Text (txt).

Those without access to email can send hard copy (typewritten and double-spaced) by post to the Editor’s home address.

Photos relating to an article should also be sent to the Editor (please read our photo guidelines).


Photographs not related to articles are also welcome, preferably digital (please read our photo guidelines). You can also send old photos and slides. They will be scanned and returned as soon as possible. These should be sent to the Journal Photo Editor.

New Routes

New Routes information should be sent to the New Routes Editor.

Munro Compleatists

Information about compleating the Munros and other hill lists should be sent to the Clerk of the List.

Munro Matters

A summary of all things Munro is published annually in the SMC Journal. Edited versions are available to download.


Textual matter appearing in the Miscellaneous section of this Journal, including New Routes, is copyright of the publishers. Copyright of articles in the main section of the Journal is retained by individual authors.

Journal Indexes

SMCJ Vols 1-10 Index (1890–1909)
SMCJ Vols 11-20 Index (1910–1935)
SMCJ Vols 21-30 Running Index (1936-1975)
SMCJ Vols 31-40 Running Index (1976-2009)


The 1-10 and 11-20 indexes are searchable scans of published indexes. OCR software was used, but what underlies the pdf is uncorrected OCR text.

The 21-30 and 31-40 indexes are described as Running Indexes. In each case individual volume Contents/Indexes have been concatenated (plus some tinkering – mainly expansion of Contents sections) in chronological sequence. The running head at the top of each page provides orientation. So if you search for something, and find it, look at the top of the page for Volume and Year information. Each volume Contents/Index was scanned with OCR software, then corrected, saved into the overall Word file, and finally converted to pdf.

Although there was a published 21-30 Index, it was very poor and selective. The 21-30 Running Index is a more useful tool.

These files will be revised from time to time.

Journal Summaries

Sorry - No preview of the 2004 Journal available