The well known hillwalker, broadcaster, author, broadcaster Cameron McNeish has won The Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture.
The award – which is presented as part of the Fort William Mountain Film Festival – celebrates acheivements in the outdoors and promoting the “sprit of adventure”. Nominations are made by the public; previous winners have included Dr Adam Watson, Myrtle Simpson and Jimmy Marshall.
Cameron McNeish is the author of a regular column on Walkhighlands, which has has often used to campaign on access and conservation issues, though his work in these areas goes back many years. He lives in Newtonmore in the Cairngorms and has been a presenter of TV programmers on the outdoors for 25 years as well as having been a magazine editor and the author of many books.
He told the BBC he was “delighted” to be named as this years winnner.
Cameron is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and is Patron of Mountain Aid and Scottish Orienteering, as well as a past president of Ramblers Scotland and Chair of the Nevis Partnership.
A Festival Spokesperson said: “Cameron McNeish embodies the passion and the excitement that exploring the wild Scottish landscape entails, and the great desire to share this sense of adventurous wonder with others. Although Cameron has travelled extensively throughout the world and has led numerous treks to Nepal, India, Morocco, Turkey, Russia and Jordan, it is for his passion and enthusiasm for the mountains and wild land areas of Scotland that he is best known.”