Coronavirus Travel Restrictions - Updated 21st June 2022

COVID-19 Cancellations

If you have to cancel due to COVID then we will do our very best to transfer you onto another course or refund you, however we do NOT guarantee this and may not be able to refund you your course fee. Whilst we would like to be able to guarantee this as a small business it is just not possible.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) specific information

Coronavirus is a threat to us all, no matter where we go or what we do. However, SAGE evidence suggests that outdoor activities presents a much lower risk of virus transmission. Scotch on the Rocks Guiding will base its activities on the following principals:

Lawful – SOTRG will stay within the guidelines set out by the Scottish Government, as well as being guided by Mountain Training Scotland when it comes to Lowland Leader, Indoor Climbing Assistant, Summer and Winter Mountain Leader courses as well as the Hill and Mountain Skills courses.

Safety – We will only deliver courses when we feel we can manage and mitigate the risks to a reasonable level that are present both in the mountains, at the crags and from COVID19. This will be driven from the latest advice from the Scottish Government, Mountain Training Scotland as well as our own access to medical professionals. 

Quality – Whilst there is no doubt that instruction, guiding and coaching will have to change in the way it is delivered, we will not deliver any courses until we are happy, we can maintain the same high quality delivery we have become respected for. 

Social Responsibility – There are many other cogs needed for a course to run; travel, accommodation, retail etc. We will not run courses until we are happy that they will not have a detrimental effect on the local community and environment. 

Clarity – All of the above will be explained and made clear to all our clients on a course by course basis.

We will ensure we meet the requirements of our Insurers and follow advice from our Professional Association: The Association of Mountaineering Instructors.

Activities will require a pragmatic and mutually agreed approach between clients and instructors. Some objectives may not be feasible. The dynamic nature of being in the mountains means that there may be occasions when ideal Covid Secure practice (in, for example, physical distancing) cannot be maintained e.g. to deal with an immediate safety concern that takes priority.

Clients are asked to agree to the below:

That you will follow the current Scottish Government’s guidance around testing, isolation and covid awareness/mitigation.