Skye was in mourning this week with the news that a popular member of the mountain rescue team died while walking in the Kintail hills last week.
Stuart Ashton (53) from Carbost died “suddenly and peacefully” while on Ciste Dhubh with friends on Friday 24th February. He was treasurer of the MRT and is survived by wife Tania, with whom he ran a B&B in Crossal, and his family.
Kintail Mountain Rescue Team was called out at around 5.30pm on the day and assembled at the Cluanie Inn but were not able to recover Mr Ashton until the following day due to bad weather. First on the scene was Mr Ashton’s best friend Jonah Jones and his dog Mack, both of the Search and Rescue Dog Association. Also in attendance were Police Scotland.
Skye MRT posted the following tribute on Facebook: “It is with great sadness and regret that Skye MRT wish to announce the recent death of one of its most valuable and respected team members: Stuart Ashton. He lost his life in the pursuit of something he was most passionate about.
“Stuart touched the hearts of everyone he came into contact with. He was always smiling and always enthusiastic. His passing has left a void that will be very difficult to fill.
“Stuart’s commitment to Skye MRT, SARDA Scotland and Scottish Mountain Rescue was second to none. Skye MRT would like to offer Stuart’s family, and especially Tania, their support and dearest heartfelt condolences. Stand down buddy, we will miss you.
“We’d also like to thank Kintail MRT, Skye and Lochalsh police and the Cluanie Inn for their understanding, help and support.”
Mr Ashton’s funeral will take place on Friday of next week.