Repairs to Quinag path completed

This winter saw timely path repairs carried out on Quinag by the Trust's footpath officer Chris Goodman, working with contractor MMA.

This winter saw timely path repairs carried out on Quinag by the Trust's footpath officer Chris Goodman, working with contractor MMA.

Chris thanked MMA's Martin Callus and Andy Leslie for their hard work on a 600 metre section of the path, just below the main bealach. He said:

"The path here was starting to turn into a number of parallel path lines, with vegetation showing visible signs of being trampled and dying off - resulting in it becoming wider, peatier and less pleasant.

"The work involved putting in drainage features to protect the path from surface run-off as well as steps where the gradient steepened. Our aim was to protect the landscape, views and enjoyment of the walk without over engineering the path and detracting from the sense of adventure that you get up there.

"MMA’s work was been excellent, with the team blending the path into the landscape and naturalising the built work as much as possible - and all this while putting up with gale force winds, rain and occasionally snow.

"The repairs have arrested the development of parallel paths (or braids) at an early stage. By blocking these braids and improving the original path line slightly to ensure walkers use it, the trampled ground either side will recover more quickly and we have been able to keep repair work relatively low key."

The project is part of the Trust’s ongoing path repair and maintenance work which has so far contributed approximately £85k to the Lochinver community through the use of local contractors. The work wouldn't have happened without generous funding from the Brown Forbes Memorial Fund, the Scottish Mountaineering Trust and the many individuals who have made donations to our path work. A big thank you to all of them.