The Ayrshire woman had scaled Schiehallion with her son to fulfil her husband’s dying wish of having his ashes scattered on the 3500ft mountain near Kinloch Rannoch.
They became separated on the return trip and rescue specialists from Tayside Police and RAF Leuchars and Lossiemouth launched a search, which lasted from Sunday afternoon until the early hours of yesterday when bad weather forced efforts to be abandoned.
Not long after the search had resumed, the woman—who had set out without a map, compass or torch—walked into a doctor’s surgery in Kinloch Rannoch where she was found to be suffering no ill effects.
Team leader with Tayside Police search and rescue unit, Sergeant Colin MacDougall, emphasised last night how lucky the woman had been, and used the incident as a “timely reminder” to hill walkers.
He said, “Thankfully this has not been a tragic outcome and remarkably the woman is none the worse for her experience.
“However, it still demonstrates the utter complacency with which people often take to the Scottish hills.
I live about 45 miles from Schiehallion and on a good day you can make out it's peak. I've never climbed up it (although I've driven about the base). I've also been to the Doctor's surgery in Kinloch Rannoch (I used to deliver oxygen there) and I think that this 73 year old has had one hell of a journey to get from point A to point B.
My tips to any old deary trying to fulfill their dead partner's wishes are:
- Save it for a nice sunny day.
- Get a younger relative to do it for you.
- Meet them somewhere in the middle e.g. He wants ashes scattered at sea... dump em' in a river and the water flow will do the work for you.
- He's not worth it and it was probably the morphine talking.