Cairn Ban Mountaineering Club (CBMC) has been dedicated to hillwalking and mountaineering in Scotland since 1981. We are based in Kilbarchan, to the south-west of Glasgow, but our members live much dispersed throughout the central belt of Scotland and far beyond.


We have a very mixed membership, from relative novices who enjoy the security of a group, to experienced mountaineers (including an Everest summiteer and a mountain rescue team member). Some, due to family and other commitments, venture out only a few times each year, while others get out on the hills nearly every weekend  (and on days in between as well!).

Meet our members here.

Some of us like fair-weather walking…


Bright spring days, warm and sunny summer days, clear autumn days… well, you can dream can’t you? Any time when there’s no snow on the ground counts as ‘fair weather’… except that it’s usually blowing a gale, or pouring with rain, or clouds so low that they touch the tree-tops… and that’s never minding the midges!

Others prefer winter conditions.


Snow on the ground adds that extra something. Time to dust off that ice-axe and dig out those crampons… Any time between October and April can see snow on the ground, and it’s always useful to be prepared.

Some like climbing…

Indoors (especially when the weather is totally awful) as well as outdoors. There’s a small group that regularly go to the Glasgow Climbing Centre on Wednesday evenings.

Others just like to relax.

Especially in the pub after a long day on the hill… or in good company during one of our club weekends… or just messing about!

Some do other things as well…

Skiing, mountain biking, rowing, road cycling, kayaking, running… Members (some of us, anyway) have other interests than just hill-walking.

Others just like taking photos!

Check out the arty photos as well. Some reckon to be budding amateur photographers of the year.