The Octogenarian Munro Bagger
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