Hi there! Welcome to the Scottish Hillwalking & Activities Group.
We're a friendly group that was founded to be run by the members for the members. When we started out, we were primarily a hill walking group, but we now also organise a range of activities throughout the year.
We organise a wide range of walks year round including single Munros, multiple Munros, scrambling over ridges, weekends away and a selection of low level longer walks, pub walks and summer evening walks.
These shouldn't be considered "led walks" with a professional guide. Think of it more as going walking with a group of friends (and while you may not be friends with everyone at the start of the walk, you will be by the end of it!) - everyone has to take responsibility for themselves as well as for each other, and everyone has a role to play (be it offering lifts to the start, helping with the navigation on the walk or bringing the jaffa cakes!
We have a dedicated core of climbers. There are regular meetups at the Glasgow Climbing Centre, where we run several beginners' sessions throughout the year. Trips to The Climbing Academy, Ratho, the Alien Rock venues in Edinburgh, the Carnegie Leisure Centre in Dunfermline and the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven are also organised. The group holds regular rock climbing meets at local crags when the weather is fine, and snow/ice climbs through the winter. Members are entitled to a range of discounts at the GCC.
In the summer months we organise a range of watersports activities, including kayaking, canoeing and gorge walking. Many of these activities are run by qualified instructors or involve hiring materials so do incur a charge.
The organiser of a walk or event is the point of contact for the walk. Organisers do not lead walks and are not responsible for others or instructing them. Organisers are volunteers who are sharing their own experience with others, so those of lesser experience should be aware of this.
Scottish Hillwalking & Activities Group is a Mountaineering Council of Scotland affiliated club. This allows you to get discounted membership to the MCofS through us, enabling you to enjoy all the benefits and support the organisation that represents walkers and climbers in Scotland. We highly recommend that members join up. For full details of the benefits of MCofS membership and how to join, check out http://www.meetup.com/scottish-hillwalkers/pages/Mountaineering_Council_of_Scotland/
The group is completely free to join, but we may occasionally ask for a voluntary £1 donation to help cover the cost of hosting the group on Meetup.com.
If you have some ideas for walks and activities or perhaps once you have been on a few events, would like to get involved in organising one, please feel free to get in touch with me.