Highlands & Islands

Ben Nevis walkers found as mountain weather warnings issued

Snow on A9 at Drumochter Image copyright Traffic Scotland
Image caption Snow and strong winds were expected to cause some issues on higher routes

Walkers and skiers are being advised to prepare properly before venturing out this weekend with snow forecast across many parts of Scotland.

The warning came as two walkers who went missing near the summit of Ben Nevis in poor conditions were found safe.

A search began on Friday for the pair who became disorientated in the poor weather conditions.

Police Scotland said they had been found safe and well.

The Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team was involved in the search.

Others heading for the hills were being urged to take heed of any avalanche and travel warnings that are in place over the next few days.

Strong winds and snow were expected to causes some issues with visibility on higher ground.

Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse chaired a Scottish government resilience committee (SGoRR) meeting on Friday afternoon.

Minister for Sport and Commonwealth Games Shona Robison urged the public to be careful when visiting Scotland's hills and mountains, with avalanche warnings in place across a number of popular destinations.

"It doesn't matter if it's your first or one thousandth trip to a mountain - you must prepare properly and check the weather and avalanche conditions as close as possible to departure," she said.

"The majority of walkers and skiers have safe and enjoyable trips but lives can be easily lost. Scotland's snow topped scenes are as potentially deadly as they are beautiful."

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