A ROSS-SHIRE mountain rescue team covering some of the most hazardous and remote terrain in the country has paid tribute to the vital behind-the-scenes support of a charity helping make its life-saving work possible.
Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team leader Donald Macrae made his remarks as ownership of bases in Dundonnell and Ullapool was handed over by St John Scotland.
The largest contributor to 14 Scottish mountain rescue teams, the charity dedicated to saving and enhancing lives has chipped in millions in funding for bases and vehicles.
Mr Macrae, said it was “a very significant moment” for the team only made possible by the very generous support of St John Scotland.
He said: “I have had the pleasure of working with them from when they first financially supported the team in the building of the Dundonnell base and their continued support in the building of the Ullapool base. Their support of our team and the wider Scottish mountain rescue has not gone unrecognised.”
The vast area covered by the Dundonnell team takes in the famous pinnacles of Stac Pollaidh in the north to Glen Affric in the south and from the west coast peninsulas to Ben Wyvis in the east. It also takes in An Teallach, a complex mountain ridge with ten summits over 700 metres and three over 1000m and the wilderness of the Fisherfield and Letterewe forests.
Volunteer members routinely get involved in complex, time-consuming and often hazardous call-outs and depend on fundraising and donations to operate.
The area attracts walkers and climbers from across the world.
Angus Loudon, executive director of St John Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be able to gift these bases to the Dundonnell team.
“However, this will not be the end of our relationship and we look forward to maintaining and strengthening our existing links.”