Announcing our Walking Pals photo comp winner

A Glasgow hillwalker has won Ramblers Scotland’s Walking Pals photography competition – which aims to celebrate the special friendships enjoyed while walking in Scotland.

Alan Watt has won a Ramblers Walking Holiday worth £500 for his beautiful photo of his friends reflected in a lochan. It was taken during an ascent of Cruach Ardrain, a Munro near Crianlarich in the southern Highlands.

Alan Watt

Alan plans to use his prize to go with his wife on a fabulous full-board walking holiday for four nights at Hassness Country House on the shores of Buttermere in the Lake District – courtesy of Ramblers Walking Holidays.

He said: “It’s a real honour to have won, especially as there were so many other excellent entries. My picture shows what for me is the perfect day out walking in Scotland – with clear skies, great views and a good mix of friends.”

Salvatore Maniscalco, from Ramblers Walking Holidays, said: “We’re delighted to present Alan with his prize of a holiday at Hassness Country House. It’s clear what a keen walker he is, so the holiday will provide him with a great chance to try to bag a few of the peaks in the Lakes to go along with his Munros!”

Brendan Paddy, director of Ramblers Scotland, said: “Alan should be really proud of his win as the quality and range of Walking Pals entries was amazing – showing everything from leafy parks and sunny beaches, to windy lochs and wintry Munros.

Well done to everyone who took part in the competition, which has helped highlight the joy people get from walking together in the stunning landscapes on offer here in Scotland.”

Two runners-up - Jean Cloherty and Peter Chisholm – each collected £50 Cotswold vouchers. Jean entered a lovely photo of her grandchildren enjoying Mugdock Park near Glasgow, while Peter’s eye-catching picture of a group walk in Glen Shiel also proved a hit with the voters.

Winners were selected by delegates in a vote at Ramblers Scotland’s annual conference in Dunblane.