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Publications

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.

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  Highland Outcrops South   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 includes over 50 new crags, covering some 700 new routes in...
 

  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 number of crags across the islands will keep climbers...
 

  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 diagrams and maps but no colour photographs. The...
 

  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 quarries, the glens of Coe and Nevis, and the open...
 

  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 similarly remote area and there are now an equal...
 

  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 Europe. In winter the Cuillin becomes Alpine in...
 

  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 whole of Scotland and is an essential item...
 

  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 60 colour action pictures. UpdatesDownload...
 

  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 compiled and written by Andy Nisbet who also compiled...
 

  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 pictures. UpdatesDownload updates and errata (2014).
 

  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 maps; 480 pages. UpdatesDownload updates and...
 

  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 diagrams and maps. 464 pages. Additional...
 

  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 cover with page-marker ribbon, 18 colour...
 

  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 updates and errata.
 

  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 pages.
 

  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.
 
  Bouldering Guides   The following bouldering guides are from independent publishers, but the SMC feels that they deserve a wider showing and we are happy to provide some details here
 

  Torridon Bouldering   This beautiful guide has been lovingly crafted by local activists Ian Taylor and Richie Betts. It covers almost 250 problems, from easy to impossible, on perfect sandstone in the most breathtaking bouldering area in Scotland. NB: This guidebook is independently published by Ullapool Rock. Copies can be purchased from Northwest Outdoors, either in Ullapool (Tel: 01854 613 383) or via their...
 

  Ullapool Bouldering   This guide has been produced by local activist and SMC member Ian Taylor. It covers over 250 boulder problems in one of the most unspoilt, rugged and beautiful corners of the British Isles. £8.00 plus postage. Copies can be ordered from Northwest Outdoors in Ullapool by ringing 01854 613 383.
 

  Gabbrofest   Bouldering in Coire Lagan and The Cuillin. Produced by James Sutton this novel guide covers around 150 boulder problems on superb gabbro on the climbers' island paradise that is Skye. Find details at Betaguides
 
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