Stag Rocks. Photo: Angus CC-BY-SA-2.0

Stag Rocks. Photo: Angus CC-BY-SA-2.0

Two climbers were rescued after spending the night on a Cairngorms mountain.

The pair were reported overdue to police in Aviemore after going climbing near Stag Rocks overlooking Loch Avon.

Police said they received the information about 6.30pm on Wednesday.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “After contact was made with the two men, who were both from outwith the Highlands and Islands, they confirmed that they had access to shelter for the night and search and rescue efforts were postponed until the following day.”

A major search began this morning, with a Sea King search and rescue helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth joining Cairngorm, Braemar and RAF Lossiemouth Mountain Rescue Teams at the site on the southern edge of the Cairn Gorm plateau.

Police said the climbers, who are in their 20s, were found safe and well about 10.30 this morning and were able to walk off the mountain accompanied by rescuers, by midday.

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