Well-known mountaineer, long-distance walker and author Cameron McNeish has become patron to Perthshire’s countryside charity.

Cameron, who writes a monthly column in The Scots Magazine and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, now also supports Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT).

PKCT is an independent charity that works to develop and improve access to the Perthshire countryside and undertakes a wide variety of conservation projects for the benefit of local communities and visitors alike.

Cameron will champion PKCT and its projects, especially as it heads towards its 25th anniversary in 2022.

Cameron said:

I love the Perthshire countryside and have spent many happy days walking its outstanding hills and trails.

I am very excited to be part of PKCT’s work, to help others share my enjoyment of the outdoors, and to help ensure that the Perthshire countryside will flourish long into the future.

Cedric Wilkins, Chair of PKCT’s Board of Trustees, commented:

It is thrilling to welcome Cameron at this exciting time for PKCT as we develop the new active travel routes of the River Tay Way and from Bridge of Earn to Newburgh, as well as continuing to manage and maintain the Cateran Trail, Perthshire Big Tree Country and a range of conservation, biodiversity and climate change-related projects across the area.

We will be celebrating our 25th anniversary next year, which Cameron will champion and help us make a big shout about.

As we work to get people into the heart of the countryside and the countryside into the hearts of people, we can think of no finer personification of this aim than Cameron. He is an inspiration for all those who love the outdoors, and I know that everyone will join us in welcoming him.

Find more information about Cameron and his books on his website:https://cameronmcneish.wixsite.com/cameronmcneish

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