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.
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.
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.
As well as browsing through our publications pages, you can also download the complete SMC/SMT Booklist.
You can find updates to some of our Climbers' Guides on their pages.
All new route information published in the journal since 2003 can be found on the New Routes page.
The more information we receive, the better the guides we can produce.
The SMC is interested in receiving any feedback and general information which will help improve its publications. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with information for our Climbers' Guides or visit our Feedback Page for all other publications.
The SMC actively looks for photographic contributions to its publications and pays a modest fee for any used plus a free copy of the publication. Go To: Photo Page
The New Routes Editor of the SMC Journal is keen to receive any information on new routes and relevant information following repeat ascents. See the New Routes page.
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.
If you have comments of a general nature to make on any of our publications, including ideas for new publications, or improvements on existing ones, write in the first instance to:
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.