Three-mendous - Jim bags all the Munros for a third time

Jim Leslie Ben Lomond
Jim Leslie Ben Lomond

A MOUNTAIN-mad walker has completed all 283 Munros for a third time.

Jim Leslie (62) is one of less than 60 people in Scotland to have achieved this.

The whisky worker, who has worked at Glengoyne Distillery for 20 years, celebrated his latest achievement with a sip of the distillery’s finest 17-year-old malt on his last mountain Ben Lomond earlier last month.

The keen hillwalker, from Blanefield, said he decided to climb the Munros – Scottish mountains over 3000ft – because of his ‘love of the outdoors’.

The dad-of-two, who completed the first round in three and a half years in 1998, again in 2003 and his last round in April this year, said: “The last time I checked only 56 people had done them three times.”

Every time Jim has completed the Munros it has taken him a bit longer, although the last occasion he had a good reason for the delay, as he fell and broke his leg and had to be helicoptered to hospital, after slipping on the Corryhully Horseshoe, Glenfinnan.

Jim, who was 58 at the time, said: “I was trying to complete all the Munros before my 60th birthday, but was out of action for six or seven months.”

Misfortune struck again in 2009 when he fell and broke his thigh while walking down Sauchiehall Street – which laid him up for four months until early 2010.

He has no plan to attempt the Munros for a fourth time, but instead has his sights set on The Corbetts – mountains between 2,500 and 3,000ft.

He said: “I just love the outdoors. I am onto the Corbetts now. That’s my next goal.”