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A remarkable cairn and its doughty builder

LAST week I drove across to Lochailort to meet a remarkable man called Jimmy MacDonald, who was putting the finishing touches to a very special cairn commemorating 13 men who died when their plane struck a nearby hill on December 21, 1967.

Jimmy, who now lives on Skye, has spent most of his working life as a shepherd, stalker, ghillie and ace drystone dyker at Lochailort, Achnacarry, Morar and Meoble, and remembers vividly when the RAF Shackleton of 206 Squadron, RAF Kinloss, crashed on the lower slopes of Creag Bhan between Lochailort and Loch Morar, killing everyone aboard.

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