A MOTORCYCLE rider has died and a woman who was riding pillion has been seriously injured following a crash in the Highlands. 

The collision, which also involved a car and a van, took place on the A836 to the west of Bettyhill around 5.40pm on Friday. 

The 63-year-old man riding the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene. 

His pillion passenger, a 56-year-old woman, was taken by air ambulance to Raigmore Hospital although medics have said her injuries were serious but not life-threatening. 

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The driver of the blue Fiat Doblo van as well as the three people travelling in the Vauxhall car were not injured.  

Dingwall road policing sergeant Christopher Donaldson said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased at this very difficult time. 

“Our investigation continues and I would appeal to anyone who saw what happened, or has relevant dash cam footage, to please get in touch. 

“Information can be passed to Police Scotland by calling 101, and quoting reference 3127 of Friday August 12.”