“Band Aid”

I’m a GP, and this is Stu’s Band of Brothers…

I wouldn’t change anything about my career as a GP in Dundee. Now in semi-retirement, I realised I’ve some catching up to do with outdoor life, away from a desk and computer. So I have just spent 8 weeks circumnavigating Britain in a 46 foot sailing yacht. Thanks to Garry I now have the chance to walk the West Highland Way in honour of his brother Stuart, raising money for Prostate Cancer UK as we go.

Brought up just south of Glasgow, in my teens I went camping and hillwalking with the Scouts in the west of Scotland. But now with older knees, walking the iconic West Highland Way over six days will be a real endurance challenge. However, I’m sure I can rise to it.

I have managed to walk in some fantastic places over the years:

  • The Atlas mountains in Morocco
  • The Western Ghats in India
  • The Drakensberg in South Africa
  • The Andes in Ecuador, where I climbed Cotopaxi at 19,347 feet

You can’t beat Scotland though, and I have bagged a few Munros over recent years. I think walking with Stu’s Band of Brothers on my home turf is going to be a lifetime highlight. Over 34 years as a doctor I have seen prostate cancer become more common, often occurring in younger men. Enormous improvements in treatment have been achieved through research, but unfortunately not everyone is cured at the moment. Therefore I would encourage anyone reading this to help the research continue by donating to Stu’s Band of Brothers’ cause.

Listen to Iain’s interview with Surrey Hills Radio.

Iain’s Walks


The perfect preparation for the West Highland Way? Perhaps not, as this excursion involved more climbing than distance. But the scenery was stunning and eleven adventurers, including four Brothers, had a memorable three days in the mountains of Torridon.
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The Magnificent Seven

Seven Brothers assembled for a longer training hike from Tullybaccart. They covered a good distance, but again things didn’t go to plan.
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ABC with STV

STV filmed the Brothers as they went for their third training hike in four days, to Auchterhouse, Balkello and Craigowl (ABC).
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