A long overdue visit to Elma in Crianlarich and on to Ayr.

Elma Scott has played a huge part of my life. She has constantly look after so many of us over the years. She has always been there for the RAF Teams and SARDA over 45 years. Her door is always open and her advice when you need it. She has seen the effect on most of us after tragic call outs like Lockerbie and the Chinook crash and can spot those who needed help. Also in our personal life during our many dramas she has been there to guide us. She has and is friend,confidant advisor, teacher and if your in the wrong you get both barrels. We all owe her so much.

I visited Elma yesterday in Crianlarich on my way to Ayr. She was in great form, looking so well, she thanked all for the cards when she was ill during Covid . She got so cards and letters it was overwhelming for her. It made a huge difference .

I had an early breakfast and a great catch up. Her cakes and tea is legendary as always her superb pancakes and soda scones and a great catch up.

Elma had been so special to the RAF Mountain Rescue throughout the years. Her wee house below Ben More has always been open for us and her hospitality renowned. She is never short to give us all advice on any subject.

Elma is an amazing lady who has done so much for us all. Every time I visit I get more stories from past call outs. Please keep sending her cards and letters it means so much and if your passing give her a phone and she would love to see you all.

She has had great contact with the current Valley Mountain Rescue Team in North Wales and it cheers her up.

Thanks again everyone please keep it going . I have not seen my family since Covid so yesterday was special for me.

The drive down was great Glencoe looking mean and moody and I caught up with a good friend the day before.

The roads were busy but Loch Lomond was stunning and I was wishing I was on the hills. Anyway now in Ayr lots of memories I met my sister and her husband and then watched the tennis with my nephew Scott it was a lovely afternoon and head for Arran tomorrow.

Things you used to take for granted are now so special. Thanks to all and Arran as always excites me like my hometown Ayr so many memories, so many more to make.

Loch Lomond.

Comments as always welcome.

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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3 Responses to A long overdue visit to Elma in Crianlarich and on to Ayr.

  1. Good to hear that Elma is still going strong. She worked with me when I ran the youth hostel in Crianlarich back in the eighties.

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  2. Mel O'Hara says:

    Hi David,
    Pleased to see that you have been able to visit friends and family (and Ayr and Arran!) again.
    Best regards always,
    Mel O’Hara


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