Publications

GPS Data Sets

 

The SMC GPS route files have proved very popular with hill-walkers as electronic navigation has become more and more normal. These route files correspond closely to the routes described in the two SMC Hillwalkers' Guides (Volume 1: Munros, Volume 2: Corbetts and Other Hills), and they are only available by download from this...

SMC Munros

 

Explore Scotland’s Munros with the definitive hillwalkers’ guide from the Scottish Mountaineering Club. This guide has the best routes up 282 of Scotland’s finest peaks. This digital version of the SMC’s best selling definitive hillwalkers’ guidebook provides route descriptions and maps to all of Scotland's 282 Munros (mountains over...

The Munros

 

This digital version of the SMC’s best selling definitive hillwalkers’ guidebook provides route descriptions and maps to all of Scotland's 282 Munros (mountains over 3000 feet), which can be purchased by area or by route. As well as being a handy pocket sized reference for use at home or on the hill, you can log your ascents electronically as...

North Corries Winter Climbers’ Guide

 

The two most popular winter crags in the country are located with easy access from the Cairngorm ski area. This package covers and extended section of routes in Coire an t-Sneachda and Coire an Lochain, and features geolocated maps as well a the standard interactive diagrams. To download it, first download the Rockfax app via the Apple App...

Polney Crag Climber’ Guide

 

The best climbing in Perthshire can be found at Craig a Barns; the popular Polney Crag hosts a selection of the easy to moderate grade offerings, all on perfect mica-schist. This package features the standard interactive diagrams. To download it, first download the Rockfax app via the Apple App Store. Once installed, navigate to the downloads...

Mountaineering in Scotland: Years of Change

 

2017. From Ken Crocket, author of Mountaineering in Scotland - The Early Years, come the next instalment of Mountaineering history for Scotland. This second volume covers the period from 1914 to 1971. It was a period when there were many changes in the equipment and practice of climbing in summer and winter, and there was a significant rise in the...

Outer Hebrides

 

In production, available Summer 2018.
The comprehensive SMC Outer Hebrides climbers’ guide covers adventurous sea cliff climbing, mountain routes and roadside crags in Lewis, Harris and Barra, the uninhabited islands of Sandray, Pabby, Mingulay and Berneray, as well as the remote cliffs of St Kilda. With almost 2,500 routes from...

Highland Outcrops South

 

2016. This is the long awaited update to the Highland Outcrops (1998) guidebook. Highland Outcrops South covers crags south of Inverness and the Great Glen, including outcrops in Arrochar, Mid Argyll, Mull of Kintyre, Ardgour and Ardnamurchan. The popular crags of Craig a Barns, Glen Nevis, Binnein Shuas and Creag Dubh are updated and the guide...

Mountaineering in Scotland: The Early Years

 

From Ken Crocket, author of Ben Nevis - Britain's Highest Mountain, comes the full story of the dawning of mountaineering in Scotland. It will shock many to discover that within a few years, Victorian climbers brought climbing in Scotland to technical levels not surpassed until the 1940s. The book breaks new ground as the comprehensive record of...

The Grahams & The Donalds

 

2015. Probably the most significant contribution to Scottish hillwalking in recent times, this is the first and only colour definitive guidebook to The Grahams & The Donalds and follows in the footsteps of the Scottish Mountaineering Club's best selling guidebooks to The Munros and The Corbetts. There are colour location maps of each group,...

Inner Hebrides & Arran

 

2014. Climbing on the beautiful and remote-feeling islands of Arran and the Inner Hebrides is now more accessible than ever with this guide to both summer and winter climbs. Including maps, photo diagrams and information on access and amenities, this guide also has action photos that will inspire you to book a ferry immediately. The astonishing...

North-East Outcrops

 

2003 (reprinted 2014, 2017). Details the rock climbing, and some ice climbing, on the rugged coastline and inland outcrops from Dundee to Aberdeen and north to the fine Moray Firth coastline. Includes Glen Clova, the Arbroath sea cliffs, the Angus Quarries, Cummingston and the Pass of Ballater. The reprint comes with a card cover, and 63 crag...

Scottish Sport Climbs

 

2013. Written by a cast of 18 authors and coordinated by Andy Nisbet, this is the first definitive guide to sport climbing in Scotland; from the Central Belt to Shetland, and Aberdeen to Arisaig.
Sport climbing in Scotland has certainly come of age. There are now over 1300 sport routes on a variety of rock types, taking in crags in urban...

Ski Mountaineering in Scotland

 

The incredibly popular and indispensable guide to ski-mountaineering routes in Scotland. Written by two experts and illustrated with colour photographs and route maps. This facsimile reprint has the same 112 photographs and 72 maps, 121 pages as the original.

Ben Nevis - Britain's Highest Mountain

 

This is a highly illustrated and painstakingly researched history of a mountain whose global status far outstrips its modest altitude. Containing a significant amount of new research and historical information, this 2nd edition fully updates the history of Ben Nevis from 1585 to 2008. Known the World over, today climbing on Ben Nevis is more...

A History of Glenmore Lodge

 

2004. An appealing book to any who have attended a course at Glenmore Lodge, or who have in interest in the part Scotland's premier outdoor centre has played in outdoor training. 170 pages with 53 illustrations. Download eBook (pdf) - password protected (right-click and "Save As..." / "Save link as..." to download file). Purchase the password...

Hostile Habitats - Scotland's Mountain Environment

 

2007 edition. Scotland's first guide to mountain fauna, flora and landscape, written exclusively for hillwalkers and climbers. Compiled by some of the country's leading experts in their fields, this book takes an in-depth look at the upland environment of the hillwalker and climber. There are chapters and identification sections on climate,...

Skye Scrambles

 

2011. This is a fully updated and enlarged colour edition of the very popular guidebook first published in 2000. It details some of the best scrambles, easy rock climbs and walks to be found on the Island of Skye. It is the definitive guidebook to scrambling on Skye and as such it is also an essential guide for any hillwalkers wishing to venture...

The Munros

 

2013 Revised Edition. This revision of the Scottish Mountaineering Club's definitive hillwalkers' guidebook to the Munros reflects the recent demotion of Beinn a' Chlaidheim in the Fisherfield Hills, reducing the total number of Munros to 282. In addition, descriptions and maps throughout the book have been comprehensively revised to reflect...

Skye Sea Cliffs & Outcrops

 

2012 The companion guide to Skye The Cuillin is an indispensible guide for any visit to Skye. The attraction of the Cuillin draws numerous climbers to the island with many ending up seeking a poor weather alternative, or a less arduous second days climbing. As a result the climbing outwith the Cuillin has probably been explored more than any other...

The Cairngorms - 100 Years of Mountaineering

 

This splendid, thoroughly researched and well illustrated book details the first 100 years of climbing in The Cairngorms covering the period from 1893 to 1993. It is a tale of human endeavour played out among the remote corries and cliffs of Britain's premier mountain range. The book recounts the pioneering activities of climbers drawn to the...

Skye The Cuillin

 

2011. The Cuillin of Skye has long been regarded as one of the finest climbing areas in the UK and has always been a mecca for climbers - indeed, it can be argued that Scottish climbing began here. There are summer and winter routes at the very highest levels and more than 20 peaks are connected by a narrow crest to give one of the finest climbs in...

Rising to the Challenge - 100 Years of the Ladies Scottish Climbing Club

 

The LSCC pushed the boundaries for women climbers with the first woman Munroist, the first women's expedition to the Himalaya and the first women's expedition to Greenland. This is therefore a story full of interesting characters, willing to challenge the conventions of their day to discover the adventures of mountaineering; from classic summer and...

Scottish Winter Climbs

 

2008. Short listed at the prestigious Banff Mountain Book Festival in November 2009. The second edition of this indispensable guidebook to winter climbing has been fully updated and expanded to detail over 900 of the finest winter climbs in Scotland, with the emphasis on the popular lower and mid-grade classics. It is the only winter guide to cover...

The Cairngorms

 

2007. Short listed at the prestigious Banff Mountain Book Festival in November 2008 this fully comprehensive guide covers all of the summer and winter climbing in both the northern and southern Cairngorms area. PVC encapsulated softback cover with page marker ribbon. 492 pages with 51 colour photo-diagrams, 11 line art diagrams, 10 colour maps and...

Northern Highlands South

 

2007. This is the final guide in the Northern Highlands trilogy and it covers an area from Torridon south to Applecross, Glen Carron, Glen Shiel and Knoydart. The ever popular Torridon is undoubtedly the highlight of this volume with its huge number of quality rock climbs and its diverse array of splendid winter routes. The guide has been...

Northern Highlands Central

 

2006. This important guide covers the abundance of rock climbing on the popular crags around Gruinard Bay, Poolewe and Gairloch, together with the rock & ice climbing on the mountain cliffs around An Teallach and Carnmore. PVC softback with page marker ribbon. 444 pages with 50 colour photo-diagrams, 15 colour maps and 35 colour action...

Scottish Rock Climbs

 

2005 This popular selected guidebook details over 1200 of the finest Scottish rock climbs. Neatly packed into one user friendly volume this is an invaluable guide, detailing the best climbs in an area currently covered by 11 comprehensive guides. PVC softback with page marker ribbon, 70 colour action pictures, 65 colour photo-diagrams and 25 colour...

Lowland Outcrops

 

Covers the rock & ice climbs of the ever popular Lowland's of Scotland from Ben A'an in the Trossachs to the granite mountains and sea cliffs of Galloway. Includes Dumbarton Rock and its boulders, Craigmore, Aberdour, Traprain Law and many other popular venues. PVC softback cover with page marker ribbon, 22 colour action photographs and 75 crag...

Northern Highlands North

 

2004. The first of three comprehensive guides detailing the rock & ice climbs of the Northern Highlands. An indispensable guide covering the climbing north of Inverness from Beinn Dearg to the north coast and eastwards to the Wick sea-cliffs. Also includes Orkney & Shetland. Covers the increasingly popular cliffs at Reiff and Ardmair. PVC softback...

A Century of Scottish Mountaineering

 

2005 eBook. An interesting anthology of the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal 1888-1988, first published in 1988, reprinted in 1993, 372 pages. eBook version edited by Rob Milne and Ken Crocket. Download eBook (pdf) - password protected (right-click and "Save As..." / "Save link as..."). Purchase the password via Paypal: Two free...

Highland Scrambles North

 

2006. This is a companion guide to the very popular guidebook Skye Scrambles, recently expanded and updated. It covers the Islands and mainland Scotland north of the Great Glen. One third of the scrambles have never been documented before. PVC softback cover with page marker ribbon. 264 pages with 75 line art diagrams, 24 colour action pictures &...

Scottish Hill Names

 

This fascinating book explains the origin and the meaning of the names of Scotland’s hills, as well as how to pronounce them. It also brings together many of the legends and stories behind particular hill names. Written by Peter Drummond, it is a thoroughly researched, completely revised and expanded second edition which builds on the success...

Ben Nevis

 

2002. Details the rock & ice climbs of the world renowned Ben Nevis, together with Creag Meagaidh, the accessible Aonachs and the Central Highlands. Includes the history of climbing on the highest and hardest mountain in the UK. PVC softback cover, page-marker ribbon, colour photographs, route diagrams and maps. 350 pages. UpdatesDownload a few...

Glen Coe

 

2001. The guide covers the rock & ice climbs in this magnificent glen and its surrounding areas. Includes the famed Etive Slabs, the superb Garbh Bheinn and the more recently developed Ardnamurchan peninsula. Colour pictures, extensive history, route diagrams and maps. PVC softback cover with 25 colour pictures, 5 maps and 55 crag diagrams. 384 ...

Arran, Arrochar and the Southern Highlands

 

The Arran section has been superseded by Inner Hebrides & Arran (2014). 1997. Summer and winter climbing on the granite of Arran, the schist of Arrochar, and the frozen turf and ice of the Southern Highlands. Includes The Cobbler, The Bridge of Orchy Hills and Beinn Udlaidh. Colour illustrations, route diagrams and maps. 385 pages.

Cairngorms Scene and Unseen

 

2004 eBook. A remarkable book by a remarkable man. Left blinded and one-legged at the end of World War II, it describes his return to walk and climb in the hills. Published in book form in 1989. This is in effect a new edition, as many corrections were made using the late author's personal notes. eBook edited by Ken Crocket. Download eBook (pdf)...

Highland Scrambles South

 

2017. This guide describes some of the best scrambles and easy rock climbs to be found in Scotland (outwith Skye and the Northern Highlands). The guide describes 215 routes in The Cairngorms, Lochnagar, Ben Nevis & The Mamores, Glen Coe & Glen Etive, Knoydart, Ardgour & Ardnamurchan, Creag Meagaidh & Ben Alder, Southern Highlands, Southern Uplands...

Scottish Hill Tracks

 

New Edition December 2011. With a foreword by Nicholas Crane, this is the fully revised 5th edition of Scottish Hill Tracks, first published in 1947. Containing 344 routes, it is a unique resource for walkers, cyclists, riders and runners wishing to explore the network of paths, old roads and rights of way which criss-cross Scotland's hill country,...

The Corbetts and Other Scottish Hills

 

2002. Refreshed in the 2017 reprint following height surveys and changes to access and routes. The companion guide to The Munros, describing the recommended routes up all 222 Corbetts (Scottish hills between 2500 and 3000 feet in height), plus many other popular 'lesser hills' from the Pentlands and the Campsie Fells to the Outer Hebrides. ...

A Chance in a Million? - Scottish Avalanches

 

2002 Revised Edition of this fully updated handbook. An indispensable textbook for all who venture into Scotland's winter mountains. Easy to follow guidance for winter climbers and hillwalkers of all abilities. Fully illustrated in colour and mono with tables and diagrams. Softback, 154 pages.

North-West Highlands

 

2004. An essential guidebook to the northern part of Scotland for all walkers and climbers. The book covers a vast area from the Great Glen to the North Coast. Comprehensive coverage of the Munros, Corbetts, Grahams and other hills; including Ardnamurchan, Knoydart, Applecross, Torridon, the Fannaichs, Coigach and Assynt. Fully illustrated in...

Islands of Scotland Including Skye

 

OUT OF PRINT - NEW BOOK IN PROGRESS Detailed coverage of the hills of Skye and the islands of Scotland, among the finest mountain and seascape scenery in Europe. Illustrated in colour with maps and sections on history, fauna, flora, geology and land use. Hardback, 406 pages.

The Munroist's Companion

 

Essential reading for all 'Munro-baggers'. Based on original SMC Journal material with linking commentaries by Robin Campbell. Includes a Variorum Table showing 108 years of changes to Munros Tables. Hardback with 64 mono illustrations and drawings, 328 pages.

Munro's Tables

 

1997 Revised Edition. First published in 1891, this is the official list of Scotland's 284 Munros and those who have climbed them. Includes the lists of Corbetts, Donalds and Grahams, together with 37 colour illustrations and 20 maps. Hardback, 167 pages.

Southern Highlands

 

A far-ranging guide to the area readily accessible to most of Scotland's population; from the Central Belt north to the Rannoch Moor, west to Oban, and east to Fife. The guide covers all of the principal hills, including 45 Munros. Fully illustrated in colour with detailed maps and sections on history, fauna, flora, geology and land use. Hardback,...

Central Highlands

 

The heartland of the Scottish mountains, bounded by Rannoch Moor, the Great Glen, and Drumochter Pass. Includes Ben Nevis and the Grey Corries, The Mamores, Glen Coe and Ben Cruachan as well as the Laggan, Drumochter and Monadh Liath hills. Colour illustrations, maps, sections on history, fauna, flora, geology & land use. Hardback, 210 pages.

The Cairngorms

 

A comprehensive guide to routes on the Munros, Corbetts, Grahams and other hills in NE Scotland, from its arctic-like high plateaux, to the Moray Firth and North Sea coasts. Written by the acknowledged area expert. Illustrated in colour with maps and sections on history, fauna, flora, geology and land use. Hardback, 262 pages.