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Glenisla staff rock!

17 August 2022

A team of intrepid care workers battled wind and rain to climb the highest freestanding mountain in Moray in a bid to raise money for their residents’ comfort fund.

Five employees from Glenisla Care Home in Keith climbed the 841 metre Ben Rinnes peak carrying rocks decorated by care home residents.

Around 40 hand painted rocks were left at the summit, many decorated by residents, others in remembrance of former residents.

It’s part of a social media trend where people decorate rocks and leave them for others to find as a way of brightening their day. The idea is that whoever finds a rock is encouraged to take it with them, leave it in another location and post a picture on social media sites like Moray Rocks. That way, the Glenisla team can track their progress as the rocks travel across Scotland and beyond.

Emily Clair, activities coordinator at Glenisla, said: “It was very very hard going. The weather wasn’t too bad when we set off but near the summit the wind and rain was crazy. We were all soaked to the bone and freezing cold. It was worth it though, given how hard the residents worked to decorate their rocks.”

The five climbers have raised over £600 so far for the residents’ comfort fund which pays for entertainment and trips into the community. Donations are still welcome via PayPal at