Highlands & Islands

Lecturer dies in Highland climbing accident

Ewan Lyons Image copyright Inverness College UHI
Image caption Ewan Lyons was an architectural technology lecturer at Inverness College UHI

Tributes have been paid to a lecturer who died in a climbing accident in the Highlands.

Ewan Lyons, 50, died on Beinn Dearg near Ullapool earlier this month.

The keen mountaineer was an architectural technology lecturer at Inverness College UHI who had a "special affinity with students".

Principal Prof Chris O'Neil said he was hard-working and calm and was widely respected by staff, students and the close-knit construction industry.

Mr Lyons joined the college as a mature student in 2010, before becoming a lecturer.

Prof O'Neil added: "It was his experience as a student which gave Ewan a special affinity with his students.

"He was a hardworking and calm lecturer, widely respected by staff, students and the close-knit construction industry.

"He will be missed for his upbeat manner, bright conversations and his determination to always put the student experience first."

Mr Lyons was passionate about building conservation and enjoyed spending his summer months on the hillside repairing old bothies.