The Grampian Speleological Group was formed in 1961 and is the oldest and largest caving club in Scotland. Its members have discovered and extended caves all over Scotland and the British Isles – a process that continues today.

Further afield, members have participated in expeditions from Austria to Ecuador to Hawaii to Zimbabwe, and caved on all continents – except perhaps Antarctica (although we’ve got as far as South Georgia!).

The GSG produces a range of caving publications and also organises the Scottish Cave Rescue Organisation (SCRO).


Anyone can apply for membership, though we like to see new recruits underground with us before they part with their money. If you’ve never caved before then have a read of the information on the New to Caving website. The annual subscription is £20 for a full member, £25 for joint membership with £5 reduction for students, unemployed and retired members. Added to that will be any fees due to the national governing body (BCA) to cover insurance. If you are keen to join, see the ‘Join Us’ page and fill in the online enquiry form for someone to contact you with further details.

Caving with the GSG

The GSG publishes a list of forthcoming caving meets. Many caves in the main English and Welsh caving areas require booking well in advance, and these will appear in the Meets List. Other caves do not need booking and trips may be arranged at short notice. This applies, particularly, to Scottish caves. Anyone keen to go caving should contact the GSG and check what the latest plans are. Find us at Leslie’s Bar, Edinburgh on Tuesday evenings (8 p.m.), or contact us via the online link.

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Coat of Arms

To the right is the club crest, featuring the initials GSG, a tiger climbing a wire ladder, and the Scottish Saltire. The Gaelic motto can be translated to “Heare be tygers”.