Film - A Perfect way to Say Goodbye

© Murray Wilkie

"Before my Mum, Elizabeth Wilkie, passed in April of this year, she wrote me a letter" says mountain filmmaker Murray Wilkie. "I'm an avid walker, and Mum always took an interest, taking time to listen to my tales of adventure in the hills."

"I wanted to keep her letter and read it on top of a mountain, whilst watching a stunning sunset across the Highlands. I'm not a spiritual person usually, but this trip was an exception and the location had to be perfect."

He set his heart on the summit of Stob Coire nan Lochan in Glencoe - and he couldn't have picked a better time and place for it.

"I was soon heading up the familiar path, passing the day adventurers on their way down. I was carrying my filming equipment with me, and I often get asked about the weight in my pack. There was no rush so I slowly trekked on upwards and took frequent stops. Its amazing how the troubles of normal life leave you in these conditions.

"Being high on the mountains did feel like I was closer to the heavens. The conditions and location were perfect. The next few hours were some of the best – and most emotional – ones I have enjoyed on the mountain. I hope the video does the time justice. It was the perfect way and place to read my letter and say goodbye in my own way.

"A few tears shed and night was soon gathering around me. I got my head down and woke a few hours later at 3.30am. The dawn light lit the sky and a huge heart-shaped cloud glowed pink above me. I'd like to think that if Mum was looking down from the Heavens then she was maybe sending a message."

While you won't see him on the credits of any big professional productions Murray has quietly built a substantial body of work, releasing films under the name Steaming Boots via his Youtube channel Scotland's Mountains, and on Facebook.

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