Kay, 75, peaks her mountain mission

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At 75 years young Kay Simpson has just climbed her final Corbett mountain.

Since bagging all of Scotland’s Munros by 1988, Kay made it her mission to reach the top of all the country’s 222 Corbetts – the official name for mountains between 2,500 and 3,000ft high.

Her last but not least Corbett was Beinn Chuirn at Tyndrum on Saturday October 17.

She said: ‘These final Corbetts have been challenging as I left all the remote ones until the end,’ said Kay, who has been a member of Oban Mountaineering Club (OMC) since coming to  Oban in 1984.

‘OMC was a very active club then but members, like me, have become a bit older! Fiona Miller has been a great companion and an encouragement to me on these final hills and we have been into some very isolated, beautiful areas, such as Knoydart, Fisherfield, Easter Ross and Loch Eil.

‘We have had some very long days – 18 hours was the longest. I have climbed hills since I was 14 years old and my advice to fellow hill walkers is – if you are counting hills – do all the remote ones when you are young and fit and leave the easy ones to the end!’

Kay and her late partner Duncan Strachan set up and ran Oban Rare Breeds Farm Park.