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Winter rail discount for walkers and climbers

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) has once again teamed up with ScotRail to offer members a fantastic deal on rail travel in the Highlands this coming winter. From January 2nd to March 31st MCofS members will be entitled to a 50% discount on rail travel on the Fort William to Mallaig, Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, and Inverness to Wick and Thurso lines.

MCofS Membership Development Officer, Mike Dales, said: “We are grateful to ScotRail for providing this great offer to our members. We’re still in November, but hill walkers, climbers and ski tourers can already start planning a winter journey based around the rail network. Using the train is an obvious way to reduce your carbon footprint, but in addition to that, it can also open up some great linear routes because you aren’t tied to getting back to your car.”

Although the offer applies to the lines north of Fort William and Inverness, as well as the Inverness to Kyle route, and does not apply to connecting routes from the central belt, it does open up a wide range of walking options for those based in Inverness or Fort William and is worth looking into if taking the train up for a weekend or longer walking trip. For further details see the MCofS website.

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