Olympic torch relay: Flame climbs mountain in gondola

The flame was carried on a gondola on the Nevis Range
Image caption The flame was carried on a gondola by Nevis Range employee Davie Austin

The Olympic torch has scaled new heights as it went on a gondola - a ski lift - to the Nevis Centre, near Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles.

The flame was also carried on the Range by mountain biker Tracy Moseley and visited Loch Ness on day 22 of the relay, from Glasgow to Inverness .

At the start of the day the flame was taken on board tall ship the Glenlee.

It also went through the Scottish Highlands and alongside of Loch Lomond.

Scottish soul and R&B singer Emeli Sande carried the flame across Loch Leven bridge just before 13:00 BST.

After 92 torchbearers carried the flame on its 169-mile route there was an evening celebration in Inverness.

Emma Baird, 16, was the first torchbearer of the day, starting out at the Glasgow Riverside Museum.

Image caption Torchbearer number one Emma Baird with Olympian Hamish Hardie

The teenager, who sometimes needs to use a wheelchair due to hip problems, was nominated for her determination in overcoming health problems to play sport.

Boat journey

She took the torch to The Tall Ship Museum and on board The Glenlee - built in 1896, and one of only five Clyde-built ships still afloat. The Glenlee is the only vessel of her kind in the UK.

Emma Baird handed the torch on to Olympian Hamish Hardie, MBE, who competed as a yachtsman in the 1948 London Olympics at the age of 19 and is vice-chair of the Clyde Maritime Trust.

He said: "It is a great pleasure and honour to welcome the Olympic torch on board Glasgow's ship Glenlee."

On its route to Inverness the flame was carried through the village of Luss and on to the pier by Loch Lomond, which is the biggest freshwater lake in Great Britain.

Just after 16:00 BST flame travelled across Loch Ness by boat from Fort Augustus to Drumnadrochit.

The freshwater loch is famous for alleged sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately named "Nessie".

During the journey, the flame also visited Urquhart Castle and the RockNess Festival at Dores.

In all, the torch passed through 17 communities: Glasgow, Bearsden, Clydebank, Dumbarton, Luss, Tarbet, Crianlarich, Tyndrum, Glencoe, North Ballachulish, Fort William, Spean Bridge, Fort Augustus, Invermoriston, Lewiston, Drumnadrochit and Inverness.

TV presenter Jenni Falconer, also an ambassador and campaigner for Prince's Trust, was among the torchbearers, along with John McNiven, the Weightlifting Scotland Vice Chairman and a weightlifting bronze medallist at the 1974 and 1970 Commonwealth Games.

The torch reached the day's final destination, the Northern Meeting Park in Inverness to the sound of church bells at about 18:50 BST, where the cauldron was lit, and entertainment included performances from Emeli Sande and dance act Twist and Pulse.

A total of 8,000 people will carry the flame during its 8,000 mile, 70-day journey to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London on 27 July.

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