A party of schoolchildren were led to safety by Braemar Mountain Rescue on Tuesday following the death of one of their chaperones.
The 61-year-old man from Fife was injured after collapsing near Beinn Bhrotain’s 3796ft summit.
He was airlifted from the peak and flown directly to Raigmore hospital, Inverness, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The remaining members of the central belt party were assisted by members of Police Scotland and the mountain rescue team to return to Braemar where they stayed for a number of hours recovering from their ordeal.
No one else in the hill walking group was reported to be injured.