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Covid-19

How the Coronavirus affects our events and your booking with us

Last updated on 11 March'21. This information will be updated as UK and Scottish Government advice is revised.

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We are following the Scottish Government guidelines and taking advice from the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, the British Mountaineering Club websites and other sources.

The Scottish Government has put the country into Lockdown on 5th January'21, which means that people must Stay at Home, except for essential reasons. The Scottish Government has also banned all travel (except for essential needs) from England, Wales or Northern Ireland to Scotland.

On 23 February, the First Minister's announcement provided a plan for easing of restrictions. In this, the earliest that the Stay at Home requirement could be removed is the 5th April. On 9 March the Scottish Government gave a date of 26 April as a possible date when the country could be expected to return to the variable Levels approach - this is the earliest stage we could expect travel restrictions to be relaxed.

The current situation with our events :
  • All events to end of April'21
    Due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Scottish Government, and with 26th April being the earliest date that these could be relaxed, all our events up to the end of April have been postponed or cancelled. Everyone affected by this has been contacted to arrange a refund or transfer of booking.

  • Events where social distancing is difficult
    Some of our events have unavoidable close-contact. We may have to tweak some of these events or cancel others to accommodate Scottish Government guidelines and restrictions.

    These events include :
    • those with rock-scrambling, for example the Aonach Eagach traverse. For the forseeable future we have lowered the guide-to-client ratio on these events, typically 1:2.
    • our skills courses including our Navigation Skills in Pentlands and Navigation Skills in the Perthshire Hills events. We have cancelled these events and hope to re-commence these when we exit the Scottish Government's road map.
    • those with hostel accommodation, for example our Deepest Affric and Knoydart Munros events. These have been cancelled up to the end of April and will hopefully re-commence once accommodation providers are given the go-ahead from the Government to re-open.

  • Other events
    All other events this year are intended to go ahead as planned, with some events having a lower than usual guide-to-client ratio or route tweaks to accommodate Covid-19 restrictions. We may have to ammend our calendar as the Covid situation changes.

  • Bespoke events booked by overseas clients
    All bespoke events booked by overseas clients up to summer have been cancelled. We can take provisional bookings for June onwards.


Regardless of reason, if we cancel an event that you are currently booked on, we will refund in full. Our booking terms are stated here.

If you have any concerns about your booking, please do get in touch and we'll try our best to help. Our office is closed for the foreseeable future due to Covid restrictions.


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