In an emergency call 999 and ask for Police then Mountain Rescue


Our volunteer teams experience a wide variety of incidents on call-outs, and they help a lot of different people too.

We have highlighted a few key stats from 2021 below, the full report is due out soon. To read more about the facts and stats from 2021, you can download our statistics report here.

Our 2021 Annual Review is available here

You can also download our 2021 annual accounts here



An incident is defined as a single event that required the services of an MRT. The resolution of this incident may need several call-outs of a team (or teams) for example during a prolonged search.

In 2021, the total number of incidents was 660 and there were 893 callouts.

345 (52%) involved mountaineering.


315 (48%) were non-mountaineering incidents.


Contributing Factors

The most common contributing factor to mountaineering incidents was a slip or trip, which was a contributing factor in 119 mountaineering incidents, followed by being lost 50 incidents and 48 navigation errors.

Top 5 causes:

  1. Slip/trip – 119
  2. Lost persons – 50
  3. Navigation error – 48
  4. Fall – 30
  5. Medical – 27


Volunteers are the heart of Scottish Mountain Rescue. Our 25 Member Teams are made up entirely of volunteers (around 850 of them in total).

Mountain rescue volunteers gave up 31,799 hours of their time during call-outs.

It is not uncommon for a volunteer to give more than 100 hours to training per year.


Between 850 volunteers that is over 85,000 hours on training every year.




of the persons assisted in mountaineering incidents had an injury.


of reported injuries involved a fracture.

The most common injury site was the ankle, followed by the lower leg.

Ankle: 33
Lower leg: 23
Head: 5