Bearsden woman’s twins, 10, bag all the Munros

Neil, Nuala, Diane & Cliona on final Munro Sgurr Choinnich Mor 8th Sept 2012
Neil, Nuala, Diane & Cliona on final Munro Sgurr Choinnich Mor 8th Sept 2012

IT took keen hillwalker Diane McCheyne and her husband Neil 26 years to bag all Scotland’s 282 Munros - but their twin daughter did it in just six years to become the youngest Scots to achieve this.

Diane (49) originally from Bearsden where her mum, Nancy Cunningham still lives, and her sister Aileen Welsh is head at Mosshead Primary School, Bearsden, had not planned for Nuala and Cliona, 10, to achieve this milestone when they did their first Munro - mountain over 3,0000ft - at the age of four.

The park ranger near Dunoon, where the family live, said she was surprised when they first took the girls out, adding: “They absolutely loved it and just took to it. They have learnt to map read and use a compass.

The family celebrated completing their last mountain - Munros Sgurr Choinnich Mor in the Grey Corries near Fort William - on September 8 with their West Highland Terrier Aonach, who has done 224 of them.

Cliona has now told Diana that she now wants to do all of the 221 Corbetts - hills between 2,500 and 3,000ft.

Diana, a former pupil at Bearsden Academy said: “We have already done five of them. We have been all over Scotland and are all really fit and healthy. We could have finished the Munros when the girls were much younger, but we would have put them off the hills. It was not a race, We wanted them to enjoy the experience and impressed on them that if the weather is bad, there is no shame in turning back.

“But saying that they are now of an age were the cold does not effect them as much as it would have when they were younger. In fact they are leaving us behind now.”

The Herald covered the story of the family completing their 50th Munro in September 2008 when they raised money for The Schiehallion Unit at Glasgow’s Yorkhill sick kid’s hospital.

Diana’s sister headteacher Aileen said: “What the girls have done is absolutely outstanding. In 2008 the twins helped raised money for a little boy at school who had leukaemia. “

TWINS PEAK . . . Nuala McCheyne and Cliona, both 10 - the youngest Scots to climb all the Munros - with their parents Diana and Neil and dog Aonach, on top of their last mountain - Munros Sgurr Choinnich Mor in the Grey Corries.