Walkers heading for the Highlands in their winter jackets
or ski wear
may be able to save plenty of money if they take the train in the new year.
The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCoS) has unveiled a winter discount deal it has negotiated with Scotrail that will enable its members to enjoy 50 per cent off the cost of rail travel on certain lines in the region.
Between January 2nd and March 31st 2012, the reductions will apply to MCoS members on the Fort William to Mallaig, Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh and Inverness to Wick and Thurso routes.
Membership Development Officer, Mike Dales, said: "We're still in November, but hill walkers, climbers and ski tourers can already start planning a winter journey based around the rail network."
A rail trip to the Kyle of Lochalsh can offer access to many winter mountain routes, with nearby peaks including the Five Sisters of Kintail and Skye's Black Cuillin.