The Oc­to­ge­nar­ian Munro Bag­ger

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Pek Yeong Berry is ev­i­dence that it’s never too late to make the most of Scotland’s out­doors.

For it was at the age of 80 – and re­cently wid­owed – that Pek Yeong took up her new walk­ing hobby

Now 82, she has climbed sev­eral Mun­ros among a host of reg­u­lar hikes.

Pek Yeong, of Stir­ling, said, “Car­ing for my hus­band, who had Parkinson’s, lim­ited my op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­er­cise for many years.

“When he died I sud­denly had the free­dom to go out where and when­ever I wanted and I didn’t see why my age would hold me back.”

Pek Yeong, who em­i­grated to Scotland from Malaysia in the 1970s, was in­tro­duced to Stir­ling and Falkirk Dis­trict Ram­blers by a friend. Now she is a fa­mil­iar face on many or­gan­ised walks.

Pek Yeong said, “The first time I went out with the Ram­blers, I was wor­ried I would hold ev­ery­one back, but it was fine.

“The only thing that mat­ters is your abil­ity, rather than your age. I’m for­tu­nate be­cause I’m very healthy and my age doesn’t bother me at all.

“I have loved walk­ing Ben Chonzie, Schiehal­lion and Ben Lomond – and I only wish I had started when I was younger.

“We are so lucky in Scotland be­cause the paths and trails are so easy to ac­cess, who­ever you are and what­ever your age.” 

Pek Yeong with fel­low ram­blers

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