The pair travelled from Glasgow to ascend Beinn a' Chroin. Photo: Mick Knapton CC-BY-SA-3.0

The pair travelled from Glasgow to ascend Beinn a' Chroin. Photo: Mick Knapton CC-BY-SA-3.0

Two walkers were charged by police after being rescued from a mountain in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs national park.

Police Scotland said the 23-year-old woman and the man, 27, put themselves and rescuers at risk during the coronavirus lockdown.

Officers said the pair were not properly equipped for the ascent of the 942m (3,091ft) munro Beinn a’ Chroin on Saturday.

Police said they had travelled more than 60 miles from their Glasgow home to climb the mountain, south of Crianlarich. Current Scottish Government regulations limit journeys for exercise to a person’s local area, with guidance of five miles.

A spokesperson said: “Police received a report of a man and woman in difficulty on the munro around 2.40pm on Saturday.

“Officers and members of Killin Mountain Rescue Team were subsequently deployed to rescue the individuals who had not been suitably equipped for the climb. They were traced safe and well.”

Police Scotland subsequently charged the man and woman in connection with culpable and reckless conduct and they were reported to the procurator fiscal.

Chief Inspector Gill Marshall, area commander for Stirling, said: “The actions of this man and woman and their lack of equipment not only placed themselves at risk of injury, but also the officers and mountain rescue volunteers who were called to assist them.

“The regulations remain that people should only leave the house for very limited purposes, for example for basic necessities, for exercise or recreation, for medical needs or travelling for work which cannot be done from home.

“We recognise that people have made significant sacrifices until now and while the temptation may be to head straight for one of our beauty spots, we would ask people to use their judgement and avoid going to places which are normally busy during the good weather or, in this case, could put individuals’ lives at risk.

“We want people to enjoy our outdoor spaces safely and exercise should be done locally, not exceeding five miles from your home.

“The chief constable has made it clear that we are asking people to take personal responsibility to do the right thing and remember the purpose of these measures is to aid the collective effort to protect the NHS and save lives.”

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