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Babies born this February offered free lifetime Hostelling Scotland membership


By John Davidson

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Margo Paterson, CEO of Hostelling Scotland. Picture: David Cheskin
Margo Paterson, CEO of Hostelling Scotland. Picture: David Cheskin

Babies born this month are being offered a lifetime of adventures with free membership of Hostelling Scotland.

The organisation, formerly known as the Scottish Youth Hostels Association, celebrates its 90th anniversary today.

It says it wants to mark the milestone by introducing all babies born in the month of February 2021 to the wonderful world of hostelling by offering them a free lifetime membership, worth £150.

Since 1931, the organisation’s mission has been to make more of Scotland more accessible to more people, especially young people. Hostelling Scotland says the new lifetime members can look forward to a future of travel with friends and family, staying in great value, affordable, flexible and welcoming hostel accommodation in some of the best locations throughout Scotland.

Margo Paterson, CEO of Hostelling Scotland, said: "As we reflect on our most challenging year since 1931 and celebrate being 90 years young, we are determined that 2021 will be a year of positivity and hope, celebrating our hostelling family’s past, present and future.

Skiers at Cairngorm Lodge, which has more recently been renovated.
Skiers at Cairngorm Lodge, which has more recently been renovated.

"Hostelling Scotland is delighted to enable a new generation of hosteller to experience travel and adventure across this beautiful country of ours, exploring new places, making memories and friendships to last a lifetime. Any child born in February 2021 is eligible for a free lifetime membership, which includes loads of additional member benefits.

"All you have to do is sign them up on our website before March 31."

For more details and to register your child, visit www.hostellingscotland.org.uk/free-lifetime-membership-for-babies/

Hostelling Scotland has 8000 lifetime members, 33 youth hostels and 27 affiliate hostels. In recent years the network has welcomed up to 380,000 guests annually with a turnover of £9 million and an estimated annual contribution to the Scottish visitor economy of £25 million.

It says the Covid pandemic has seen it hit with an 89 per cent drop in operating income, leading to a £2 million operational loss in 2020.

Ms Paterson added: "2020 has been the most challenging year in the organisation’s history but we feel confident there is light at the end of the tunnel.

"We are delighted and thankful for all the messages of support and, as we recover from this crisis, we look forward to welcoming our guests to our youth hostels once again when the time is right and it is safe to do so."

An archive photo of Gairloch Youth Hostel.
An archive photo of Gairloch Youth Hostel.

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