Skye path project nears final stretch
Trust thanks everyone who has helped improve Skye's footpaths as we enter the final phase of work
As the Skye Wild Ways path project approaches its final phase over the summer months, we can report major progress so far this year.
At Allt Daraich, south east of Sligachan, 675m of new footpath was completed by ACT Heritage at the end of March. Part of the route through was badly damaged with multiple braid lines caused by areas of soft, deep peat wedged between exposed bedrock. With no stone or aggregate on site, all materials had to be airlifted. Now that the work is complete, the vegetation on either side of the path line will be able to recover.
Over the winter months, Arran Footpaths completed repairs to a further 682m section of the Druim Hain path continuing from where they finished last winter. In total 1.45km of this path has been repaired over the past three years.
On 11 May, we completed consolidation work on the higher, steeper section of Bla Bheinn, heading up Coire Uaigneach.
During a pretty soggy week early in May, 10 students from the Conservation and Countryside Management course at the Elmwood campus of Scotland's Rural College repaired an 80m stretch of the Elgol coastal path. This involved building cross drains and digging ditches and surfacing works. The quagmire that marred this beautiful spot at the base of Glen Scaladale has now been transformed into a fine piece of stonework that blends in nicely with the surrounding landscape.
• The Trust wishes to thank everyone who has supported our general Wild Ways Path Appeal, as well as the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Brown Forbes Memorial Fund, the Scottish Mountaineering Trust and the Kestrelman Trust, who helped fund the Skye Wild Ways project.
Photos show contractors at Allt Daraich (top of the page) and Scotland's Rural College students at Elgol (above).