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Searches continuing for man missing in the Cairngorms

Missing walker Jim Robertson
Missing walker Jim Robertson

A huge search operation has been unable to find any sign of a missing hillwalker in the Cairngorms.

James Robertson left Glasgow on Monday, February 29, and had been staying at Bob Scott’s Bothy in Glen Lui, west of Braemar.

The 61-year-old’s family raised the alarm when he failed to return to his home in Glasgow on Friday.

A major search operation has been ongoing since, with members of Braemar, Aberdeen, Cairngorm and RAF mountain rescue teams taking to the hills yesterday, with air support from the coastguard.

Malcolm MacIntyre of Braemar Mountain Rescue Team said a “lot of people” had joined the search, taking advantage of fine weather in the Cairngorms.

Searches have been carried out a wide swathe of the range, taking in the plateau area around Ben Macdui as well as land to the west and east of the range.

Last night Mr MacIntyre said: “It’s a massive area we have to cover.

“The helicopter has been out again and has covered a lot of ground.

“We’ve checked all the bothies and all of that kind of thing.”

Mr Robertson is an experienced hillwalker and has climbed all of the Munros.

His belongings have been recovered from the bothy in Glen Lui.

He is around 5ft 10 in, of medium build with short grey hair and wearing glasses. He may also be carrying a large rucksack.

A police spokesman said: “Mr Robertson’s family is understandably concerned for him and just want to know he is safe and well.”

Mr Robertson’s daughter Lynn Strachan said her family is “distraught and desperate” for news.

She said: “Our only hopes of finding him rely on people who have been/are in the Cairngorms area to come forward with any information.

“The area is so vast and we have no information about what mountain he could be on. We need someone who has seen my dad to help Braemar and Aberdeen mountain rescue teams to narrow their search.

“We are desperate for my dad to be found.”

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