Welcome to The Scottish Arctic Club

We are a group of enthusiasts with a common interest in the Arctic regions. The Club was founded in 1970. Many members have been on expeditions to the arctic and have travelled extensively there. The main activities of the Club are the Annual Gathering and Supper, the Spring Meet, the Award of Expedition Grants and the distribution of three Newsletters each year. Our meetings are held in Scotland but our members also come from England, Wales and Ireland as well as many other countries such as Alaska, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Iceland and Switzerland.

The Library has been transferred to the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS). Members can consult the Scottish Arctic Club Library, and the Erskine Library, in the Shackleton room of the RSGS premises in Perth (Lord John Murray House).

North East Greenland
Kap Peterséns, North-East Greenland – Iain Roy


The Annual Gathering and Supper is held each November to bring together members, guests and young expeditioners. Its purpose is to encourage the exchange of information and advice for the planning of expeditions, to have a programme of talks and slide shows on recent and historic expeditions by members and those supported by the Club. Plenty of time is also allowed for the informal exchange of information and experience, as well as eating and drinking!

The 2015 Annual Gathering and Supper was held on 21 November 2015 at the Ben Nevis Hotel, Fort William. Talks were given on expeditions and experiences working in the Antarctic as well as the Arctic, including a talk by well known Arctic photographer Bryan Alexander featuring the indigenous peoples of the little visited Russian Arctic.

The 2016 Annual Gathering and Supper will be held at the Ben Nevis Hotel, Fort William.

The AGM is also held at the Annual Supper.

The Spring Meet

The 2015 Spring Meet of the Scottish Arctic Club was held at Attadale Lodge near Strathcarron in Wester Ross from Saturday 16th – Saturday 23rd May 2015.

Kayaking on the 2015 Spring Meet
Kayaking on the 2015 Spring Meet – Lewis Stevens

Kathleen Cartwright provided the following report:

After a glorious spell of weather in April hopes were high for a warm and balmy week at Attadale in May. But this was not to be. The weather turned cold and windy – in fact the coldest and windiest we have experienced so far. But the SAC Attadale group are nothing if not hardy souls. Undaunted, the kayakers kayaked, the walkers walked, the explorers explored and we ate and drank well and put the world to right each evening. Each year the number of kayakers in the group has increased and this year there were 9 with great plans, one of which was to kayak on Loch Coruisk on Skye. Unfortunately the wind thwarted this ambition and plans had to be changed. However excellent days kayaking were experienced including one on Loch Long with Eilean Donan Castle as a backdrop. For the walkers, amongst other locations there was the beautiful and varied Applecross peninsula to explore from the deserted beaches and headlands to the heights above Coire a’ Chaorachain and further north a well-made pony track leading into the hills to the north of Beinn Eighe. Communal meals were enjoyed featuring salmon and venison and on our last evening we took a break from cooking and ate a delicious meal which included a calorie-filled celebration cake provided by the Danish lady who lives at the home farm. As usual the gardens were looking beautiful and the Macpherson family and their staff made us very welcome and even coped with two members who arrived a week early from Germany!

If you are interested in attending the 2016 Spring Meet please look out for announcements in the Club newsletter.


Three Newsletters are distributed to all SAC members during the year. The latest newsletter from December 2015 can be found here.

Historic Newsletters are available here.

Expedition Fund Awards

The Scottish Arctic Club has an Expedition Fund from which it makes financial awards to encourage young people to explore the Arctic. Applicants must have a strong Scottish connection. Grants may be given to either individuals or small groups. Application for expeditions taking place in 2014 are now closed, for expeditions taking place in 2015 the deadline for submission is 31st January 2015. See Expedition Grants and download an Application Form.


New members are welcome: the Club is for people of all ages and nationalities who have an interest in the Arctic, particularly if they have already been, or are planning to travel there.

Membership fee: £ 5.00 (per annum)

Membership Application (PDF 25KB)


Horsens' Fjord - Iain Roy
Horsens’ Fjord – Iain Roy


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Scottish Arctic Club

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Glasgow G20 0BQ

Tel: 0141 946 1525