It was a perfect spring day when a group of six of us walked up Ben Vrackie above Pitlochry in Scotland. There was still snow on the top of the mountain but on the lower slopes we were warm and it was pleasant to stop and rest on the way. I found a couple of memorial benches that caught my eye on this mountain, including this one to Bill O’Neill; I certainly liked the sound of a person who treated each day like an adventure.
An obituary in The Herald told me that Bill O’Neill died suddenly while climbing in the mountains above Pitlochry on Sunday 23 March 2014. This was just a little over 12 months before we were walking up this fine mountain. The obituary paints a brief but colourful picture of a man of many parts, ‘medic, mountaineer, philosopher, joker’.