Fiona and Stuart Clark reach the Marilyn Hall of Fame
on Newtyle Hill, Dunkeld

The Relative Hills Society (RHSoc) is affiliated to Mountaineering Scotland (MS), the national body for climbing and hill walking clubs in Scotland. This provides the liability cover that protects Members and the Committee from claims of negligence that may be made against the Society (N.B. it is not travel insurance).

Therefore, membership for Ordinary Members of the Society includes a subscription to Mountaineering Scotland in addition to the RHSoc subscription. However, those who are already Members of one of the National Mountaineering Bodies in the UK need not pay the MS fee to RHSoc. The fees are explained on the Annual Fees Page.

Ordinary Members

The benefits of RHSoc Membership are as follows:

  • You can attend any trips or events organised by the Society. These typically involve Hostel meets in the Spring and Autumn as well as the Annual Dinner in early Summer, and may include trips to the St Kilda islands and stacs.
  • You will receive regular news updates via the Relative Mutters newsletters.
  • You will receive a Membership Card which you may use to collect discounts from retailers negotiated by Mountaineering Scotland.
  • You will receive the annual Journal Relative Matters .
  • You can submit contributions to the Editor for consideration for publication in Relative Matters.
  • You can attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting which takes place immediately before the Annual Dinner.

The benefits of membership of Mountaineering Scotland include receiving their Scottish Mountaineer magazine four times per year, getting discounts on your outdoor purchases and winter access to Glen Strathfarrar. More details can be found in the attached leaflet.

Prospective Members

Anybody who is considering joining the Relative Hills Society may attend up to two trips or events, including social events, before formally becoming a Member. All that is required is to register with the Membership Coordinator at There is no payment required and no paperwork.

To attend a third event, you will need to pay the relevant fees as described on the Annual Fees Page.

(N.B. This does not apply to trips to St Kilda which require all those boarding the boats to be Ordinary Members of the Relative Hills Society)

Subscriber to Relative Matters

Those who are interested in Relative Hills and the exploits of the Society’s Members, but do not wish to take part in any of the Society’s trips or events, including social events, may become Subscribers to the annual Journal, Relative Matters. The cost of this is explained on the Annual Fees Page.

The benefits of the this are as follows:

  • You will receive an annual copy of our Journal, Relative Matters.
  • You can opt to receive regular news updates via the Relative Mutters newsletters.
  • You can submit contributions to the Editor for consideration for publication in Relative Matters.

However, since you will not be a member of the Society, you will not be able to:

  • Attend any trips, including social events, organised by the Society.
  • Attend or vote at the Annual General Meeting.
  • Receive any of the benefits associated with Mountaineering Scotland affiliation, in particular the liability insurance.

The Cairngorms from the Strathspey Railway
Photo by Chris Crocker