Club huts

General information

The club has two huts in the Highlands - The Smiddy and The Cabin. These are available to club members and their guests, as well as the members or guests of other like minded clubs, groups and organisations partaking in mountaineering, rambling, trekking or similar outdoor pursuits.

To book either hut, contact the respective hut custodian, as described in the hut 'details' links on the left.


  • to ensure that there is space available, members must book, as well as non-members - see the hut booking policy.
  • The Cabin availability can be viewed on the Cabin booking calendar.
  • Camping is not allowed at either hut.
  • Dogs are not allowed in either hut.

Bed-night fees

The nightly fees, per person, for both huts are currently:

Members: £4
Non-members : £14
(including guests of members)
Children (under 16): £7

Kindred clubs

The Edinburgh JMCS has so-clled 'reciprocal rights' arrangements with some other clubs, giving JMCS members access to their huts at reduced fees, and reciprocally, their members access to JMCS huts.
For more information see:   kindred clubs.

The Smiddy     

The Smiddy is located at the roadside in Dundonnell, near Ullapool in North West Scotland. It is situated at the head of Little Loch Broom, beneath An Teallach. Recently renovated with a new fitted kitchen, the Smiddy still retains much of its character, including a great fire and a split Saltire door. There is sleeping space for 10 people, on alpine style bunks with mattresses.

The hut provides an excellent base for superb climbing and walking in the North-West:

Climbing: information about local climbing, including a multitude of recently developed nearby traditional and sports crags can be found from Wild West Topos - if you can find the link (it had disappeared the last time I looked).
Also: some free local topos (with details of how to support the bolt fund), and a topo for Glutton Crag.

If it happens to be raining there is a new climbing wall in the Gairloch leisure centre (opening times etc. are on their Facebook page).

Walking: An Teallach is within walking distance, while the Fannaichs and the Fisherfield Forest are virtually on the doorstep. Kinlochewe (for Beinn Eighe and Torridon) is 50 miles away.

The Cabin     

The Cabin is pleasantly situated on a wooded hillside above the small hamlet of Balgowan. It is 1 mile E of Laggan, and about 7 miles SW of Newtonmore and 7 miles NW of Dalwhinnie, off the A9, just north of Drumochter. The hut is well-equipped and has sleeping space for 10 people, 8 on alpine style bunks and 2 on a twin bunk in an adjoining small bedroom, all supplied with mattresses and pillows.

The hut is well placed for mountaineering or other activities in the Central Highlands, Ben Nevis and the Cairngorms.

Climbing: Creag Dhubh, perhaps Scotland's best roadside crag, is 3 miles away, while Binnein Shuas, home to the classic Ardverickie Wall, is about 15 miles away; the Northern Corries, Creag Meagaidh, Ben Nevis and Glen Nevis (Polldubh) are also within easy striking range.

Walking: a host of Munros are nearby, with the Monadhliaths on the doorstep, and Ben Nevis, the Cairngorms, the Grey Corries, the Mamores, the Aonachs and the Creag Meagaidh and Ben Alder groups all less than an hour's drive away.

Skiing: for downhill skiing, Cairngorm (Aviemore) is 33 miles away (with over 30 km of ski runs) and Nevis range is 35 miles away (with 12 lifts, including Scotland's only mountain gondola).
There are also extensive options for ski touring in the area.

Mountain biking: there are a lot of mountain biking possibilities in the area. For instance, there is an extensive network of landrover tracks in the area between Loch Laggan and Loch Ericht (SW of Dalwhinnie).
For more technical biking, the Laggan Wolftrax mountain bike trails are 1.5 miles away! The onsite Basecamp has bike hire, and sales.

There is more information about the area on the Laggan community web-site.