Climbing game

Ready to take on our climbing challenge?

Follow the Ghillie Dhu through the wild mountains as you puzzle, match and translate your way to the highest peak!


Play the climbing game



  • Development by Chris Third.
  • Design by Stuco Design.
  • Gaelic audio performed by Sally Swanson, with thanks to Artemis Scotland.
  • Imagery from the 'Ladies' Scottish Climbing Club Jubilee Journal' by kind permission of the Ladies' Scottish Climbing Club.
  • Many thanks to our play testers for their time, expertise and enthusiasm.


This game was developed as an interactive element for the 'Petticoats and Pinnacles' exhibition at the National Library of Scotland, which opened in Edinburgh on 10 July 2021.

We are grateful to Baillie Gifford for their generous support of the exhibition.


Image credits

  • 'The Witch comes on board', from 'The Witch in the Stone Boat', 'The Yellow Fairy Book Illustration' by H J Ford (1894).
  • 'Beira (from a drawing by John Duncan)' from 'Wonder tales from Scottish myth and legend' (1917).
  • 'Worldly Protector' (Buddhist) — Tseringma (Kagyu) (19th century) Rubin Museum of Art / Himalayan Art Resources.
  • 'Nymphs Presenting a Cornucopia to Amalthea' by Noël Coypel (around 1688).
  • 'Pele' by David Howard Hitchcock (around 1929).
  • 'Rock Dunder' by W K Menns (around 1860).
  • 'The Riders of the Sidhe' by John Duncan (1911).
  • 'The Hand of Mother Earth' by caribb is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.


Licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0

  • 'Fugaku hyakkei' ('One Hundred Views of Mt Fuji') by Katsushika Hokusai (1834) © The Trustees of the British Museum.
  • 'Kilimanjaro from Amboseli' © Sergey Pesterev / Wikimedia Commons.
  • 'Ben Arthur, Scotland' by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1819) © The Trustees of the British Museum.
  • 'Ben Nevis and entrance to the Caledonian Canal (Inverness-shire)' by Thomas Allom (around 1840) © The Trustees of the British Museum.
  • 'Koshu Inume-tog' (Inume Pass in Kai Province) by Katsushika Hokusai (around 1830) © The Trustees of the British Museum.
  • 'The Summit of the Matterhorn in 1874 (Northern End)' by Edward J Whymper / Josiah Wood Whymper © The Trustees of the British Museum.


Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0