Huts Opening Update - 01/10/2021

From 1 October 2021 the Naismith hut will be available for booking by fully vaccinated members of MS/BMC affiliated clubs. To allow safe distancing and reduce the covid risk the hut capacity will be reduced to 8 places for 1 group or 6 places for a maximum of 2 groups. To allow a 24-hour fallow period between groups, weekend bookings are available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Midweek bookings are available for Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The hut will be closed and empty Monday and Thursday nights. All hut users are expected to carefully follow the covid mitigation measures notified on confirmation of booking. These measures will be reviewed before New Year.

About Naismith

The hut is located in Elphin, in the far-flung North-west of Scotland. As there are several neighbouring private residences, users of the hut are asked to avoid unnecessary disturbance, particularly when arriving late in the evening. The narrow loop road must not be obstructed by vehicles.


Elphin, Assynt
( NC 21603 11803 )

Getting there

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  • 10 beds (including 2 beds reserved for members)
  • Gas cookers
  • Gas and electric heating
  • Electric lighting
  • Drying room
  • Toilets
  • 1 shower


Applications to stay at the hut should be made, preferably by email, to the Honorary Custodian: John Orr

0788 1621 864
Civilised hours only, please.


This fine hut is the fifth and latest to be maintained by the SMC. It was opened in 1999 and named the Naismith Hut, after William Naismith, one of the founder members of the SMC. The conversion of the building for use as a climbers' hut was made possible by funds bequeathed by Prof. P.B. Ayscough.

This availability calendar is not updated in real-time so is indicative only. Enquires to stay in the hut must always be made in advance by contacting the custodian who will also be able to advise on minimum group size.

10+ Spaces
5 - 9 Spaces
< 5 Spaces