Olympic Torch: Flame Travels Through the Outer Hebrides to Aberdeen in Longest Relay Journey
11 June 2012
Photo: Commonwealth gold
medallist Kirsty Wade took the flame to the Callanish Standing
Stones as the sun rose.
The Olympic flame is
on its longest single journey of the relay as it travels from Stornoway to
Aberdeen on day 24 of the 70-day tour of the UK.
It is covering more than 400 miles (644km) as it journeys from
the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.
Windy conditions put out two flames in lanterns at the Callanish
Standing Stones, prompting an emergency dash to collect a spare
About 75 people had gathered at the stones to see the torch lit
Members of the torch security team battled against the elements
to ensure Commonwealth triple gold medallist Kirsty Wade, 49, was
able to hold the flame as the sun rose at about 04:20 BST.
A lone piper played as middle distance runner Wade, who competed
in the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Olympics, held a torch aloft
at the central stone circle, which is thought to date back to 3000
Wade was later greeted with huge cheers as she ran with the
torch on the third leg of the relay through Stornoway.
Later, Eilidh Mackenzie, 23, who is from
the town, started the relay at the front of the Western Isles
The track and field athlete is currently aiming to represent
Scotland in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
As it travelled through the town, it stopped at Lewis Castle
College before European quad bike champion John Mitchell rode out
of the campus holding the flame.
European quad bike
champion John Mitchell rode out of Lewis Castle College with the
After Lewis, the flame flew to Inverness on the mainland.
From there it is visiting Aviemore, Carrbridge,
Grantown-on-Spey, Carrbridge, Grantown-on-Spey, Tomintoul, Crathie,
Ballater, Dinnet, Aboyne, Kincardine O'Neil, Banchory, Drumoak,
Peterculter, Bieldside and Cults.
The day's relay will end in Aberdeen at Castlegate Square for an
evening celebration at about 20:00 BST.
Torchbearer Evelyn Capper, 60, will light a cauldron at the
event and performances will come from singer 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 the 27th of July.
On Sunday the torch went to its most northern destination as it
travelled around Kirkwall in Orkney and
Lerwick in the Shetland Islands. A total of 40 torchbearers
covered more than 29 miles across the Northern Isles on day 23 of