Aonach Eagach rises above Glen Coe. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Aonach Eagach rises above Glen Coe. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Three mountaineers have died in an incident on Aonach Eagach in Glen Coe.

Their bodies were discovered by rescuers after they failed to return from an outing on the ridge on Saturday.

Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team and the RAF Mountain Rescue Service were joined by the Inverness Coastguard helicopter after the alarm was raised shortly before nightfall.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were made aware of concern for a group of three hillwalkers who had not returned from the Aonach Eagach ridge in Glen Coe shortly after 9.05pm on Saturday.

“A search was carried out and the bodies of three people were found. HM Coastguard as well as Glencoe and RAF mountain rescue teams assisted with the recovery operation.

“There do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances. A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”

The bodies of a woman and two men were recovered from the ridge, with the Prestwick Coastguard helicopter assisting in operations on Sunday.

The ridge of Aonach Eagach, running along the north edge of Glen Coe, is considered one of the most challenging scrambling routes in Scotland with few opportunities to escape once a traverse has begun. It includes the munros Sgùrr nam Fiannaidh and Meall Dearg.

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