Update: March 2019
Thanks to the generosity of our members and supporters, we have now reached our £60,000 fundraising target for this appeal. Any further donations that are not needed for path repairs at Schiehallion will be directed to pathwork at other properties wherever need is greatest. We'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has donated.
An iconic and distinctive mountain with magnificent views, Schiehallion is a popular destination for walkers, with more than 20,000 people climbing the 5km path to the summit every year. This high footfall, coupled with exposure to wind and rain, mean ongoing maintenance is vital to keep the route safe for walkers and prevent erosion damaging the surrounding landscape.
Path repairs are planned for summer 2019 and you can keep up to date with the project by signing up for our emails.
Why repairs are needed
15 years ago, the John Muir Trust completed work to realign the Schiehallion path, changing it from a wide, muddy scar on the hillside to a more sustainable and less intrusive line. Since then, Trust staff and volunteers have carried out regular small-scale repairs as necessary but now a full programme of path improvements is urgently needed.
A growing problem
As the path deteriorates and the surface becomes looser, walkers are avoiding the path and are treading on the vegetation to the side. We are seeing signs of damage which will get a lot worse if we don’t take action soon, meaning fragile upland habitats on the mountain’s slopes — home to plants such as yellow mountain saxifrage — will be at risk. Make a donation
What your gift will do:
Your donation to the Schiehallion Path Appeal will help pay for essential materials and skilled pathwork to repair existing damage while making sure the path is protected for many years to come. Due to the location, repairs will be expensive as stone will need to be brought in by helicopter.
Your support will help:
- resurface large sections of the path that have been worn away
- install additional drainage and steps, and strengthen weak points to reduce risk of future damage and erosion
- keep the path safe for walkers and protect fragile mountain plants
- bring the path back up to the highest standards possible, ensuring that it is the route that walkers will use and so protect the wider landscape for the future
“If we act now, we can restore the Schiehallion path to its original condition as well as make weaker points more durable in the long term, stopping the path deteriorating further and leading to wider erosion.”Chris Goodman, Footpaths Project Officer