Scottish Mountaineering Trust

We are a Scottish charity that provides grants to projects and organisations that promote public recreation, knowledge and safe enjoyment of the mountains, especially in the mountains of Scotland.

The Trust supports:

  • Publication of guides to, and information about the Scottish mountains
  • Footpath construction and maintenance
  • Land purchases that ensure public access
  • Mountaineering education and training, especially that aimed at young people
  • Mountain rescue teams and organisations, for equipment and facilities
  • Renovation of club huts available to the wider mountaineering community
  • Expeditions with educational or scientific objectives aligned with those of the Trust

Our work is financed by donations from individuals and organisations who share our values, and from the publication of guidebooks for the Scottish Mountaineering Club and other books connected with the Scottish Hills.

SMT Diamond Grant

A 60th birthday present – £100,000 to help people enjoy the Scottish mountains

For its 60th birthday next year, the Scottish Mountaineering Trust is offering a ‘Diamond Grant‘ of up to £100,000, to a project that helps more people to experience and enjoy the mountains, especially in Scotland.

Chairman Simon Richardson explained: ‘We want the Diamond award to be not just a grant, but also a legacy, giving enduring benefits to the people who enjoy our mountain. We’re hoping to hear from projects that are really distinctive, that break fresh ground.’

‘ The Diamond Grant is , we believe, the biggest single grant ever made by a charity to Scottish mountaineering and we’re looking for something really special. We’re open to all ideas.’

The closing date for applications for the Diamond Grant has now passed, but applicants are encouraged to apply for grant in the normal way.

Projects Supported by the SMT

Marty’s Team Smash It

75 colleagues of Marty Stephens at KPMG have raised over £27,000 for the SMT in his memory, by completing the mammoth Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge. The walk in early May this year went under the banner of The Marty Stephens “Smash It” Challenge and It keeps alive his legacy in the professional services firm KPMG.

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Heavy work on the Creag Bheag path

Kingussie’s Wee Gem Gets a Polish

Kingussie Community Development Company (KCDC) has won a £9000 SMT grant for work on the Creag Bheag path near the hill’s summit. The path is “the jewel in the crown” of the town’s 20-mile path network, and will soon provide an even finer circular hill walk, with fantastic views across the Spey valley.

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Life Changing Journeys in the Wild Places of Scotland

The SMT has made a £20,000 grant to the Venture Trust charity so that more vulnerable people can benefit from a wilderness journey through highland Scotland. These journeys are the centre of VT’s intensive programme for people who face the barriers caused by addiction, poverty, unemployment, a convictions history, or mental health troubles.

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