Ben Hope. Photo: Sylvia Duckworth CC-BY-SA-2.0

Ben Hope. Photo: Sylvia Duckworth CC-BY-SA-2.0

Two walkers have died in a fall on Scotland’s most northerly munro.

Assynt Mountain Rescue Team was called out to Ben Hope in Sutherland on Tuesday after concern was raised for the two men.

A Coastguard helicopter also flew to the site to join the operation to find and rescue the walkers.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Sadly the bodies of the two men were discovered on the north-west side of Ben Hope shortly after 2am on Wednesday by the helicopter crew.”

Police said the bodies of both men were recovered from the mountain by the rescue team and Coastguard helicopter on Wednesday afternoon.

Inspector Kevin Macleod said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of both of these men at this tragic time.

“I would also like to pass on our gratitude to the volunteers of Assynt Mountain Rescue Team for their efforts in extremely challenging conditions.”

The 927m (3,041ft) mountain stands in the Flow Country of Sutherland, north-west of Alltnaharra.

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