Bell Ringing is a sociable team musical activity that keeps you fit, stimulates the brain and makes a glorious sound. Ringers across Scotland range in age from 10 to 80+ and come from all walks of life.

People ringing bells

Find out more below or contact us to hear about the opportunities nearest to where you live.

Could I become a ringer?

"Training takes place across Scotland"

Ringing is well within the capabilities of most people, if you can manage the stairs then you will be able to manage the bells. Training takes place across Scotland, the initial weeks will be spent learning how to ring a bell individually and then you'll begin ringing with others before eventually performing with your band.

"Practice, Perfect, Perform"

There are towers with bells all over Scotland, particularly in the major population centres, and we keep installing new ones. See our towers page to find your nearest bell tower and contact details to learn how to ring.

Bells ready to ring

 Why learn to ring?

  • Team activity
  • Network of friend across the world
  • Maintain part of our heritage
  • Physical and mental workout
  • Lifelong learning experience
  • See behind the scenes in churches

Change Ringing

Change ringing as an art form began during the 16th century when church bells were first fitted with a full wheel and swung until balanced upside down. This allowed the ringer to control the timing of their bell which allowed continuously evolving sequences of bells to be rung, and thus change ringing was born. The music that we ring is based on continuously altering the sequence in which each bell is rung, learning a few of these simple patterns allows you to join in with bell ringers all across the world.

"The music that we ring is based on continuously altering the sequence in which each bell is rung"

Bill Brotherton

Many of you will have heard that Bill Brotherton died suddenly of a heart attack on 16th April. Helen Brotherton has sent a message of thanks to friends in the SACR.

"I received many cards, letters and emails of condolences from many members of the SACR and I thank all of them.  Bill would have been impressed!  We were able to have a small funeral - just 6 close relatives and a very short service.  It had to be at a crematorium because all the churches are shut here.  The funeral was at Alford Crematorium which I had never been to but it proved to be a beautiful spot surrounded by countryside.  The ringers were allowed to form a ‘guard of honour” at the entrance to the crematorium which was very nice.  Some clapped, some rang bells and two people at Alford stood by the roadside in Alford town to wave to Bill on his way to the Crematorium."