Four people have died in an avalanche in Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands.

A party of six climbers, three men and three women, were caught up in the avalanche on Bidean Nam Bian at around 2pm.

Northern Constabulary, the force that polices the Highlands, said one woman from the same party was in hospital in a very serious condition. The sixth climber, who raised the alarm after the avalanche struck, was safe and well and being cared for by emergency services.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond described the deaths as "an appalling tragedy".

"To lose four people from a party of six is truly devastating," he said in a statement.