Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Pilot plots 50-mile tall Christmas tree stretching across Highlands as gift for daughter

The flight path, as soon on website Flightradar24.
The flight path, as soon on website Flightradar24.

The mysterious pilot who traced a massive Christmas tree over the northern Highlands has been revealed as a dad who wanted to send a festive message to his daughter on the other side of the world.

Robin Rother took off from Dornoch yesterday afternoon and flew as far as Strathy on the north coast, before completing the other side of the tree on its way south again.

That makes his Christmas tree a spectacular 50 miles tall.

The identity of the pilot was a puzzle until the Daily Record got in touch with his daughter Catriona, who works as a daughter in Wellington Hospital in New Zealand.

She told the newspaper: “It’s just something really nice in a difficult time, in a difficult year, when families can’t be together.”

“It’s a lovely way to show that he loves us when he can’t be near.”

Delighted enthusiasts watched the shape being traced out on plane tracking website Flightradar24 after take-off at 12.11pm.

The only previous clue to the pilot was the call sign for his aircraft – N260AP – which belongs to a SIAI-Marchetti SF.260D similar to the one seen below.

An SIAI-Marchetti SF.260D similar to the one that traced a Christmas tree over the Highlands. Supplied by Andre Wadman/Wikimedia Commons

Mr Rother’s plane, however, has been given a colourful paint job of blue, green and yellow hexagons.

He will reportedly be alone on Christmas, as Covid travel restrictions have stopped Catriona and his London-based son from coming up to Dornoch to visit.

However, his daughter says she is planning to print out and frame the flight tracker map to send him as a present.

Mallaig RNLI had a similar idea to Mr Rother, with the crew tracing out another massive Christmas tree off the west coast while on a training exercise yesterday.

Another festive track, this time from the lifeboat out on a training exercise – must be navigation training tonight 😊🌲🌲

Posted by Mallaig Harbour Authority on Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Their trip came two days after Norwegian fish carrier the Ranja Commander drew a Christmas star in the same patch of sea.

The Ronja Commander bringing some much needed festive cheer ⭐⭐

Posted by Mallaig Harbour Authority on Sunday, 20 December 2020

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]