Mountaineering Scotland is the national representative body in Scotland that exists to protect the freedoms and promote the interests of climbers, hillwalkers and mountaineers, including ski-mountaineers. Formerly the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS), its headquarters are in Perth.
The MCofS was formed in 1970 by the Association of Scottish Climbing Clubs to represent the views of mountaineers in Scotland. As of July 2016[update] it represents 140 member clubs with a total of 13,000 members.
In July 2016, they announced a rebranding as "Mountaineering Scotland".
Its aims are:
- To act as the representative body for mountaineers, including mountaineers on ski, climbers and hill walkers in Scotland
- To protect the ethos of mountaineering in Scotland
- To safeguard and secure access to hill and crag
- To protect the mountain environment
- To initiate and encourage safe practice in the mountains
- To promote the views and interests of its members
- To co-operate with other organisations with common interests
The Council has an authoritative website and produces a quarterly magazine "The Scottish Mountaineer" and provides a range of benefits (including a members' discount scheme) to its members.
Key areas of activity include encouraging safe practice in the mountains; safeguarding access to upland areas following the introduction of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and Scottish Outdoor Access Code, and a commitment to ensuring conservation of the upland environment.
Elected by the membership in September 2011, the President of the Council is Brian Linington.
- The British Mountaineering Council (or BMC) is the national representative body for England and Wales.
- "MCofS to become 'Mountaineering Scotland'" (Press release). Mountaineering Council of Scotland. 25 July 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016.