Munro-bagging Glenelg piper aims to climb high for charity

You’ve heard of Munro-bagging and bagpiping, but now a Glenelg man has combined the two pastimes in aid of charity.

Grant MacLeod has set himself the challenge of climbing all of Scotland’s 282 peaks over 3,000ft and then playing a pipe tune on top, and has so far crossed 26 off the list.

The idea for the challenge first came to Grant (27) in October 2012 and when his granny died shortly afterwards from heart failure he decided to make it a fundraising appeal, choosing Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland as his beneficiary. However, shortly afterwards one of his best friends, footballer Cammy Smith, was diagnosed with leukaemia for the second time, prompting Grant to raise funds also for Friends of the Beatson Centre. Cammy died in January this year, further spurring Grant on.

He started the challenge last January with the intention of completing his target by his 30th birthday, in April 2016. Illness, however, knocked him back by six months.

Yesterday (Wednesday) Grant, who is developing his own sports therapy and fitness business in Glasgow, was due to undertake the Drumochter Pass.

He said: “Obviously I rely on very good weather, as I don’t want to be caught out on the mountain with a set of bagpipes – I wouldn’t live it down in Kintail! I try to do a different tune each time, or a tune that is apt for the area or day.

“I just hope to raise as much as I can for the chosen charities, and will welcome any tag-alongs in the coming years. I am particularly looking forward to my more local ranges of the Cuillins and Cluanie.”
For more information, or to sponsor Grant, see justgiving.com/MunrobagpiperFriendsBeatson or facebook.com/munrobagpiper.