The Club was established  in the mid 1970’s and has a membership of around 35, many of whom are experienced mountain and hill walkers. Members are out throughout the year. The activities include climbing Munros, Corbetts and other hills in Scotland and visits are also made elsewhere from time to time. The focus is not just on climbing hills however. Our surrounding countryside including the Campsies, Kilpatricks and Ochils gives excellent local walks and our meets inevitably give a range of other walking opportunities. In November 2013 the club changed its name from the 'Kirkintilloch Mountaineering Club' to the 'Kirkintilloch Mountaineering and Walking Club' to reflect the walking tier on our activities. .

The Club organises a programme of activities.  This includes weekend trips and day outings, as well as a number of social events.  Regular newsletters keep club members informed of activities and related outdoor or countryside events. 
The Club is affiliated to Mountaineering Scotland (previously the Mountaineering Council of Scotland) and benefits from its activities and publications. Every member receives the quarterly journal, ‘The Scottish Mountaineer’.

The Club programme includes weekend excursions staying in club huts or bunkhouses/hostels about six times per year. Day outings are spread geographically, but are normally within a two-hour drive of Kirkintilloch.

Members usually meet on a Thursday evening* from around 9pm for a friendly chat and decide on the venue and itinerary for the next day outing which is normally held on a Sunday. The itinerary takes account of the likely participants and may contain both an easy (shorter) and more difficult (longer) option. On Sundays we usually meet in the car park beside St Mary’s Church, Kirkintilloch at 7.30 or 8am, depending on the destination and length of planned walk. There is a regular mid week (Wednesday) outing, for those lucky enough to be retired!  These walks tend to be shorter and are generally local. Private cars are used and we share fuel costs.

In addition to the advertised programme of activities, members sometimes plan other excursions. In recent years, these have been to remote parts of Scotland and also to Ireland, Wales, France, Italy and Morocco.

Those taking to the hills should realise that mountain walking is a potentially dangerous sport and participants should always be well equipped. A good level of stamina and fitness is needed if you expect to enjoy serious hillwalking. It can be physically tiring and the weather is a major factor. Mountains have to be respected. Walks can involve a long distance and take in thousands of feet of ascent and descent.  We would not recommend the more arduous mountain walks for beginners.  Regular walkers develop mountain fitness.

The Club welcomes new members.  If you are interested in joining the Club or want more information about it  e-mail us here and arrange to meet us on a Thursday evening.

*Contact us for meeting venue.