The hills near Durisdeer in Dumfries and Galloway. Photo: Alan O'Dowd CC-BY-SA-2.0

The hills near Durisdeer in Dumfries and Galloway. Photo: Alan O'Dowd CC-BY-SA-2.0

A search is underway for three hillwalkers who have gone missing in the Lowther Hills.

Police in Dumfries and Galloway said they are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of the three men, who have not been seen since Tuesday afternoon.

Officers said the men, who are all in their 60s, are believed to have got lost in the hills around Durisdeer.

Moffat Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 7pm on Tuesday and volunteer team members continued the search until 2am.

The operation resumed this morning, with Galloway Mountain Rescue Team joining their Moffat colleagues. Visibility on the hills west of the A74(M) is said to be minimal.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “The search has been hampered by driving rain and very strong winds in the area.

“If you live in the Durisdeer area, please check any outbuildings you may have just in case they have taken refuge there, and let us know of any potential sightings of hillwalkers of that age.”

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