An Teallach, seen from Corrie Hallie. Photo: Andy Beaton

An Teallach, seen from Corrie Hallie. Photo: Andy Beaton

Two walkers were found after spending the night on a Highland mountain.

The men, from the Perth area, were reported overdue from a traverse of An Teallach in Wester Ross.

The mountain has been the scene of two fatal falls involving walkers during recent months.

Police Scotland alerted Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team after family members contacted officers late on Friday night.

Rescuers began a search about 4am on Saturday, with 16 team volunteers taking part. The Stornoway Coastguard helicopter also flew to the area.

The missing walkers were located safe and well near Corrie Hallie by rescue team members about 8am.

A team spokesperson said the pair appear to have become disorientated and were forced to deviate from their intended route, which resulted in them spending the night out on the mountain. One of them had sustained a minor leg injury as a result of a fall.

Dundonnell MRT leader Donald Macrae said that the importance of careful route planning before embarking on mountain walks, especially one as demanding as the An Teallach traverse, cannot be overemphasised.

He also paid tribute to the skill and professionalism of the Coastguard helicopter crew, ‘without whom, quite simply, we could not do our job’, he said.

Last week a 70-year-old walker died when he slipped and fell on An Teallach and in May the body of Rev Johnny Paton, 60, was found by rescuers on the mountain, which lies south-west of Dundonnell.

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