Funeral arrangements – Jimmy Simpson.

I have been sent the details of  Jimmy Simpson’s  – Funeral details are: Boat of Garten church on 31st December 2014 at 12 pm then to Lagganty -gowan cemetery. All friends respectfully invited. Family flowers only and all donations to the Highland Hospice.

Jimmy Simpson on the hill thanks to

Jimmy Simpson on the hill thanks to John Armstrong for the photo.

After I was told the sad news I had a lovely walk on my local Dava Moor on Christmas day between Grantown and Forres it was a sparkling day. I could see the Cairngorms where Jimmy worked and lived and loved with his family and with the  Police , Cairngorm MRT and SARDA and had a few thoughts about him.

Christmas Day Dava Mooor

Christmas Day Dava Mooor.

I have passed this way many times and used it as a navigation place with the RAF Teams, the moor is never high but a wonderful spacious place to be and you rarely see any one we walked from near the famous Jesus Stone on the Moor. How often is that changed by others and always put back to Jesus Saves.




The famous Jesus Stone on the Dava Moor a well-known and mark to many Moray Travellers and one that is constantly changed but always put back to” Jesus Saves”


The short walk but just right for the day.

Dava Xmas day

It was very icy and in the words of the hymn ” Earth  stood  hard as iron water like a stone” It never rose above freezing all the way and the road had lots of black ice about so care had to be taken on the drive to and from the moor.

The light was incredible  as it is at this time of year.

The light was incredible as it is at this time of year.

This is a great shooting moor and there are many shooting butts about and the constant cackle of grouse as you walk. The heather in places is very deep and there were a few surprising drifts of snow one over 6 foot deep.I had grand views of the ruined Lochindorb Castle in the loch below, it was a short walk but one of great beauty. There are many ruined houses on the moor and this must have been a busy place at one time.


In places a huge fence follows the ridge line with the wires with pairs of small metal signs placed between each post to assist the birds and wild life flying into them.  There was even a summit with a trig point at the grand height of 484 metres Carn Ruagh Chorrach a great view-point where the sun was blinding as we viewed the Cairngorms.

Huge fence along the ridge line with protection on the wire for the birds to see.

Huge fence along the ridge line with protection on the wire for the birds to see.

The snow in places was deep where it had drifted and rock hard but it was a lovely walk on a beautiful day. Though only short I was very tired again but it was worth all the effort just for the views and the peace this place I pass regularly gave us. It was a careful  drive home and then the bath and Christmas meal, really tired and feeling the effects but content in these grand wee hills and wild places.




About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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