Doune Bothy, on the West Highland Way

Doune Bothy, on the West Highland Way

A walker on the West Highland Way was rescued after his torch packed up leaving him disoriented in the dark.

Lomond Mountain Rescue Team was called out at midnight to search for the man, who was heading for the Doune bothy, near the northern end of Loch Lomond.

The man had last been seen at Inversnaid, about 5km (3 miles) south of the bothy, at 9.30pm but lost the path as his torch failed.

Eight Lomond MRT members took part in the search, which involved a pair of rescuers following the man’s route north from Inversnaid, while another party set off southwards from Beinglas campsite at Inverarnan.

The team’s control vehicle was also set up on the main A82 road on the opposite shore of the loch to try to spot the light from the man’s smartphone.

The walker was found uninjured but tired south-west of the bothy. After feeding him, the team walked with him to Beinglas farm.

The rescue took 5½ hours.

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