Path repairs make a difference for Assynt locals and visitors
This year's path repairs on Quinag and planned repairs on Suilven are benefiting both the community and people passing through
Lochinver-based contractor, Mountains Made Accessible, has been repairing some of the steeper gullied sections of the path high up on Sail Gharbh this year.
John Muir Trust footpath officer Chris Goodman said: “Martin Callus and Connell Ritchie have done a great job building drainage features to shed water off the path and steps where the gradient is very steep all helping to stop the path from becoming a deep wide gully and unpleasant to walk up."
This work is part of an ongoing path repair project that the Trust is undertaking on Quinag. Since 2009, £57,000 has gone to local contractors to carry out this labour intensive work and the project is set to continue for the next few years when we plan to tackle small priority sections and repair them before the damage becomes too acute.
Funding this work is always a challenge, but the hope is that the Coigach-Assynt Living Landscape (CALL) Project - which the Trust is a member of - will successfully bring in funding from Heritage Lottery Fund that we can then match with donations to our Wild Ways path appeal – which will enable us to undertake more substantial repair works.
Working with our fellow CALL Project partner - the Assynt Foundation – the Trust will also undertake major path repairs on Suilven. This work will help: protect another of Assynt’s iconic mountains; bring funding into the area; create opportunities for local path contractors and maintain a sustainable nature-based tourism industry in the area.
You can help us look after these paths by making a donation to our Wild Ways path appeal or by texting ‘MUIR14 £10’ to 70070