A 10-year-old girl from Inverness is proud to have conquered all Scottish Munros.
Quinn Young achieved the incredible feat at Carn nan Gobhar – west of Inverness – on October 13.
The Duncan Forbes Primary P6 pupil said: “I’m proud of myself. I don’t know what else to say.
“I’m glad I did them all and I want to do a few again. My favorites are on Skye, including In Pin [The Inaccessible Pinnacle]. They offer different things, which I like.”
Quinn, who is also a member of Inverness Harriers and a swimming club, as well as being an avid cyclist and playing trumpet for a marching band, added: “I like to do a lot of things but I also relax sometimes drawing and watching TV.”
She was accompanied on her journey by her father Ian (47), who is immensely proud of Quinn who climbed her first Munro – Ben Wyvis – when she was just four years old.
“She’s absolutely amazing,” he said.
“I don’t think she quite realizes what she’s achieved.
“I only completed the Munros myself relatively recently and people are amazed at what she has achieved and enjoyed seeing her and talking to her on the climbs.
“When we finished, it was a little emotional. She said to me, ‘I’m going to miss walking with you daddy.’ be active – that’s for sure.”
The most Munros conquered in a single day was nine, across a ridge.
“Quinn’s energy and enthusiasm was second to none,” said Ian. “She loved seeing the animals and the waterfalls and the views. She often noticed things and pointed them out to me and those kinds of interactions were awesome. Nothing can beat some of the memories we made.”
Quinn’s mother Fiona, an advanced nurse practitioner in Inverness, and her brother David (20), who works at sea, also made some of the climbs.
Ian has heard what David has told his colleagues, who are amazed at his sister’s success.
From chocolate and candy to anything an experienced Munro bagger would need, Quinn and Ian carried all their own kit and did plenty of weather checks to stay safe every time.
They then plan to tackle some smaller peaks, with a few Corbetts and Grahams on the cards for the Culloden duo.
Ian, who is Nisa’s store manager at Hilton, said: “It’s about being active and staying active and not taking anything for granted. We live in a beautiful country.
“If we could inspire a person to realize that they could do this, that they could have such incredible experiences, then it would be worth its weight in gold.
“It’s not going to be me inspiring them, it’s going to be Quinn, he’s the star. I might just help some parents think they could do it too, if they wanted to.”
Ian added: “The most important thing I learned through it all was to let Quinn do the talking.
“She could talk to me as long as she wanted about anything she wanted and it changed the barrier between parents and friendship.
“The level of commitment we have now is a massive win and I’m immensely proud of it.”