The SMC offers a diverse number of publications, appealing to all outdoor enthusiasts. These pages present a summary of our offerings, in addition to our annual Journal. Click on a book cover image for further information.
The SMC produces a number of Hillwalkers’ Guides including the best and most popular guides to The Munros and The Corbetts, together with a series of area guidebooks covering all of Scotland. In addition to its Scramblers’ Guides it produces the definitive series of Climbers’ Guidebooks covering summer and winter climbing in Scotland.
The SMC and the Scottish Mountaineering Trust (SMT) also publish books on the Scottish mountain environment, its history and its culture. The information provided in these publications is produced for the benefit of Climbers and Hillwalkers and the profits go to the SMT, a registered charity which supports a range of initiatives connected with Scottish mountaineering and Scottish mountain related projects.
The Club Library
The Club's Library consists of books, club Journals, guidebooks, magazine, maps and expedition reports. It dates from foundation in 1889, and the first Librarian was one of the Club's founders, Gilbert Thomson. The Journal collection is particularly useful, since it includes runs of most Journals, and of all UK Journals. Our holdings of Journals are listed in this spreadsheet.
It is located in the Special Collections Department of Strathclyde University Library, Cathedral Street, Glasgow (0141 548 4635). The collection is included in SUL stock, and may be searched via the SUPrimo search engine on the Strathclyde Library website. Cataloguing of our Library is still in progress, although all books and guidebooks are now catalogued.
Access to the Library requires a current SMC Club membership card, or a letter from the SMC Librarian or Secretary. Non-SMC members desiring access are invited to request such a letter - contact details on the 'About Us' pages. We apologise for the current restrictions on access which are imposed by Strathclyde University Library.
Members may borrow only books not considered rare or especially valuable, and older guidebooks.
Non-flash non-noisy photography of our material is permitted to those visiting the Library, subject to signing a form stating that the copies are for personal use only. Photocopying is charged at the usual rate, and email or telephone requests for photocopies may be sent to the Department.
News & Offers
The new Skye Scrambles Guide has now been published (May 2011). This guide details some of the best scrambles, easy rock climbs and walks to be found on the Island of Skye. A number of outings are described for the very first time. PVC encapsulated card cover with 400 pages, including 90 colour photographs, 14 colour maps and over 90 coloured route diagrams.
SMT Publications will shortly be publishing Helen Steven’s book Rising to the Challenge – 100 years of the Ladies Scottish Climbing Club. The LSCC pushed the boundaries for women climbers and this is the story of the Club and the interesting characters who were willing to challenge the conventions of their day to discover the adventures of mountaineering. This will be the third important book from the Scottish Mountaineering Trust to document the history of Scottish Climbing.
Greg Strange’s fine book The Cairngorms – 100 Years of Mountaineering was published in July 2010. It is the history of the first 100 years of climbing in The Cairngorms from 1893-1993 and is a tale of human endeavor played out among the remote corries and cliff of Britain’s premier mountain range. The book includes some 300 contemporary and historically important black & white and colour photographs.
The second edition of Ben Nevis - Britain's Highest Mountain was published in October 2009. A fully updated, completely re-designed book, with 400 or so colour illustrations, many previously unpublished, this looks set to become an instant classic. For more details go to here
The selective Climbers’ Guidebook Scottish Winter Climbs, published in 2008, was shortlisted at the prestigious Banff Mountain Book Festival in October 2009; for more information on this excellent guidebook go to the climbing guides page.
A revised reprint of the popular Scottish Hill Names was published in 2010. This is a fascinating book about the origin, the meaning and the pronunciation of the names of Scotland’s hills. It is an extremely useful companion to the SMC Hillwalkers’ titles.
Hostile Habitats – Scotland’s Mountain Environment continues to prove very popular. It is encouraging that there is such a demand for this book as it illustrates the importance which we place on the mountain environment. To learn more about the mountain environment, order your copy of this excellent book, inclusive of postage and packing, by clicking on the order form link below. Clicking on the cover image takes you to the book page.
The SMC’s Climbers' Guidebook pouches have been specifically designed for use with its Climbers' Guidebooks and prove particularly useful in both carrying and protecting your SMC Climbers' guidebooks. To order one of these invaluable items for £12 click on the order link form below. Clicking on the product gives you more information. (Note: the Karabiner is not included in the offer!)
A Chance in a Million is the indispensable handbook on avalanches and snow conditions for Hillwalkers’ and Climbers venturing into the Scottish Mountains; to order your copy at the reduced price of £10.00 (normally £13.00) click on either the order form, or the cover image below.
If you have new route information, such as first ascent details, corrections to description or gradings etc, then write to:
New Routes Editor
20 Craigie Avenue
Boat of Garten
PH24 3BL email@example.com
Some climbers may have been disappointed in the past not to see some routes appear in a new guidebook. Andy does his best to collate the information, but he cannot find everything, particularly some routes which may have been published in obscure publications and edited to the point of being meaningless (and you all know what we mean!)
Send in your brill routes with a full, clear description in the SMC Journal house style if possible.
Summit Boulders - Ben Cleuch
If you have information for existing climbing guidebooks, or have quality photographs you would like to be considered for a guidebook in production (modest payment and free copy of the guide for any used), write in the first instance to:
If you have information for existing district guidebooks or general publications, or have quality slides you would like to be considered for a guidebook in production (modest payment and free copy of the guide for any used), write in the first instance to:
All profits from our guidebooks go to the Scottish Mountaineering Trust which is a Scottish-registered charity. Purchasing an SMC publication therefore helps the Scottish mountain environment. See the SMT Page for more details of what they do.
'You're never alone with an SMC guidebook'. Sounds like a trite soundbite dreamt up by a junior in an ad office, but there is some truth in it. You don't have to use our guidebooks, and you certainly don't have to follow any of the recommended routes found in them, but the information found in our hillwalking, climbing and scrambling series have been built on for over 110 years by experts in the game and would save you endless hours in your plans. Try one today, and see if you agree.
P.S. Profits from our guidebooks go to the Scottish Mountaineering Trust which is a Scottish-registered charity. Purchasing an SMC publication therefore helps the Scottish mountain environment. See the SMT pages for more details of what they do.