Mountaineering Council of Scotland

MCofS Member Benefits

MCofS is Scotland’s only national representative body for hill walkers, climbers and ski-mountaineers. We work hard to serve our members and act to represent, support and promote Scottish mountaineering. When you join our 11,000 members both you and the mountain environment will benefit.

MCofS members enjoy a wide range of benefits, which are listed below under the broad headings of "How you benefit from our work” and “Money saving offers from the MCofS”.

How you benefit from our work
• The MCofS represents your interests
Your subscription makes our work possible and enables us to represent your interests when we meet with government, land management groups and other agencies.

• Access
We act on your behalf to uphold your rights to enjoy responsible access, by safeguarding the hard-won provisions of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

• Conservation
We work to protect the landscape and biodiversity of our uplands and crags, and promote good practice in the maintenance of mountain paths.

• Scotland’s Leading Mountaineering Magazine – Scottish Mountaineer
The 'Voice of Scotland's hill walkers and climbers' - our quarterly colour magazine, exclusively free to members; available in both print and digital format (Flash required). If you are an existing member and wish to change from print to digital copy please advise us by email.

• Mountain Safety Training and Advice
As a member you can enjoy subsidised courses, seminars, events and winter lectures. We also offer specialist safety information cards covering avalanche awareness and emergency procedures.

• Mountain Safety DVDs
Our 'Essentials' range of DVDs offer up-to-date advice on hill walking, winter and alpine mountaineering, ski-mountaineering and water hazards.

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• Advice and Information
The MCofS website is recognised as a source of authoritative information, and is maintained by our officers who can also provide you with detailed advice on a one-to-one basis. We also have an extensive list of free and low cost publications.

• Walking and Climbing Clubs
Our 130 member clubs, offer you the opportunity to meet new friends and walking and climbing partners, as well as a range of benefits including social events, day and weekend hill walking and climbing meets.

• Mountaineering Club Huts
As a member you qualify for access to many of the huts owned by clubs in Scotland and throughout the UK

• National Huts
The Alex MacIntyre Memorial Hut at Onich, near Glen Coe, the Glen Brittle Memorial Hut on Skye, and Mill Cottage near Feshiebridge are available for the use of MCofS clubs and individual members.

Money saving offers from the MCofS

• Discounts on gear and clothing at many Scottish outdoor retailers
MCofS operates a members' discount scheme whereby members are entitled to discounts at a number of retailers across Scotland. Please note that a retailer discount may not be available to members of clubs.

•Discounts with various accommodation providers

• Discounts with various kinds of other service providers
Other service providers include Climbing Walls, First Aid courses, Holidays and Mountaineering Services. Keep coming back to this page as we are adding new discount providers all the time.

• Constantly changing discounts on our Short Term Offers page

Civil Liability Insurance
You receive the most comprehensive civil liability insurance cover available, included as part of your membership, providing up to £10m of personal cover against claims in civil law. Check out the CLI FAQs for more information.

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• Discounts on TGO and Climber magazine subscriptions
Reduced yearly subscription, available to new subscribers only. Climber £30.00. TGO £25.00. Offer only available to UK residents.

• Discounts on Anquet digital mapping products
Access the Anquet website through the MCofS shop and use the special discount code to obtain your 10% discount.

• Discounts on Isys Outdoors walking guides and digital mapping products

• Free access to BMC travel and holiday insurance schemes. Five policies covering travel, rock, expedition, trek and alpine & ski categories. State your MCofS individual membership number or the name of your club when obtaining a quotation.

• Eligibility to enjoy a range of Specialist Financial Services designed specifically for mountaineers and climbers at beneficial rates, including Mortgage Protection; Term Assurance; Critical Illness Cover and Income Protection.

• Low-cost Under 18 Membership
Half-price individual (Youth) membership - or free membership in our Family Membership package both with full benefits. Under 18s in Family Membership pay insurance only.

• Discounts on Alpine Hut Costs
Eligibility to purchase a Reciprocal Rights Card entitling you to discounts (normally between 20% and 50%) in the many huts owned by the Alpine Clubs of France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Holland, South Tyrol, Austria and Spain. The Reciprocal Rights card is sometimes also recognised by other organisations and countries.

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Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Raising a Safety Issue June 16, 2014 11:37 AM Alastair P
Safety Log October 7, 2014 8:41 PM Alastair P
Safety January 30, 2015 11:34 PM Alastair P
In Case of Emergency March 26, 2013 7:06 AM Ross
No Show Policy January 13, 2014 6:36 PM Helen M.
Walk Etiquette January 13, 2014 6:37 PM Helen M.
Membership Benefits May 9, 2014 9:09 AM Helen M.
Summer Check List January 13, 2014 6:38 PM Helen M.
Traction Devices February 12, 2015 8:21 PM Helen M.
Emergency Procedure Advice February 22, 2013 2:49 PM Billy S.
Crampons January 13, 2014 6:39 PM Helen M.
Civil and Employers Liability Insurance for Clubs January 10, 2013 1:39 PM Ross

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