Body of hillwalker found in Scottish Highlands

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  • Police identified Alan Gibson, 56, who went missing with his brother Neil, 63
  • Pair set off from Strathcarron, Wester Ross, at 7.45am on Thursday morning
  • They planned to hike in the Achnashellach area with black Pointer dog Archie

Connor Boyd For Mailonline

The body of a hillwalker has been found in the Scottish Highlands – but the search for his missing brother continues.

Police formally identified Alan Gibson, 56, who had been reported missing along with his brother Neil, 63.

The pair had set off on a walk at around 7.45am that morning from Strathcarron, Wester Ross, and planned to hike in the Achnashellach area.

Police in Inverness formally identified Alan Gibson, 56, who had been reported missing since Thursday morning

Police in Inverness formally identified Alan Gibson, 56, who had been reported missing since Thursday morning

They took a black Pointer dog called Archie with them.  

The recovery follows a day of extensive searching by Torridon and Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Teams, Coastguard Rescue Helicopter and the Search and Rescue Dog Association. 

A Police Scotland spokesman said: ‘Mountain rescue teams searching in the area of Achnashellach for two missing hillwalkers have sadly recovered the body of a man.

His brother Neil Gibson, 63, is still missing. The pair had set off from Strathcarron, Wester Ross, and planned to hike in the Achnashellach area

His brother Neil Gibson, 63, is still missing. The pair had set off from Strathcarron, Wester Ross, and planned to hike in the Achnashellach area

‘He has been formally identified as Alan Gibson who was reported missing with his brother after failing to return from a walk in the area on Thursday.’

Mr Gibson’s family has been informed while the search for his brother is ongoing and will continue into Sunday.



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