A 30-year-old man from Ayrshire who collapsed whilst out hillwalking was helicoptered off of a mountain to Crosshouse Hospital last week.

A member of the public discovered the man on Ben Ledi, close to Callander on Friday, July 10.

Local officers and Killin Mountain Rescue Team attended the scene before the man was transported to Crosshouse via helimed, the air ambulance service.

Police in Stirling are urging members of the public intending to go hillwalking to take appropriate safety precautions to keep themselves safe, following a number of rescue incidents over the past few days.

With various beauty spots re-opening to the public, local officers across rural Stirlingshire have been dealing with numerous issues relating to traffic management, illegal camping and antisocial behaviour issue.

Chief Inspector Gill Marshall, Local Area Commander for Stirling said: “We fully understand the public’s desire to get outdoors again and enjoy everything that rural Stirlingshire has to offer, but it is essential that hill-walkers and those venturing out into the hills take the appropriate steps to keep themselves, and others with them safe.

"Suitable footwear, weather appropriate clothing and plenty of water are essential, while you should always carry your mobile phone with you in the event of an emergency. Please also tell people where you are going and when you intend to be back, so that they can raise the alarm if you fail to return.

“Over the past few days we have been incredibly grateful for the vital assistance and support of our mountain rescue teams. These individuals bring with them extensive levels of experience and a range of resources that aid in the recovery of people injured or stranded on hillsides.

“I would encourage anyone who is intending to explore our local beauty spots, or try some hillwalking to follow the guidance available on the Scottish Mountain Rescue website and social media channels.

“The public visiting other popular visitor attractions are also once again reminded to take cognisance of the existing guidance and regulations and make sure their visits to these locations do not result in damage, littering or other offences.”