The long and windy road

Path workers battle Atlantic storms in Skye to keep Druim Hain on track

Skye druim hain pathwork feb 2016 detail

Hats off (or should that be waterproofs on?) to Arran Footpath Partnership.

After a great start in balmy October sunshine, the team working to repair the footpath over Druim Hain to Loch Coruisk have more recently had to contend with fierce gales and driving rain. And that’s on top of a daily two–hour trek from Glen Sligachan to reach the work site.

Yet the work is still on course to be completed by the middle of next month.

Chris Goodman, John Muir Trust footpath officer said: “The guys have been great. Even in the teeth of the savage storms that have rampaged through the north west of Scotland recently, they’ve made impressive progress, with just a handful of days off.

“Heavy rain and surface run-off funnelled down the path over the years has turned what once used to be a narrow path line into a gully six to seven metres wide and half a metre deep. It’s visible from as far away as Sligachan, eight kilometers away, and unpleasant to walk up.

“The current work is focused on repairing the top 340 m of the damaged path using stone lifted in by helicopter from nearby boulder fields to build steps and drainage features.

“The work has also involved transplanting vegetation from the adjacent hillside onto areas of bare ground to repair the scar and speed up the recovery of the ground.

“Two thirds of the work has now been completed and, weather permitting, the rest should be finished by mid-March.”

A further 1.7 km of the path will need repair work to consolidate the loose ground and shed surface water off the path.

The Trust expects to get this work underway over the next two years, along with additional path repair work on Beinn Dearg Mheadhonach.

To find out more about the John Muir Trust path project, or to make a donation, visit our Wild Ways Fund page.

If you have any questions get in touch with our path officer, Chris Goodman.