Suilven Path Appeal
Help us protect the wild character of this magnificent landscape.
Suilven lies on land owned by the local community through The Assynt Foundation, a community land-owning body which has worked in partnership with the John Muir Trust since its formation in 2004.
Although it is neither a Munro nor a Corbett, many hillwalkers regard Suilven as Scotland’s finest mountain due to its distinctive shape, remote location far from the nearest road and superb views over land and sea.
The area where Suilven lies presents some of the most complex, varied and dramatic geological features and habitats in the UK. These special qualities are reflected in Assynt’s status as Scotland’s first European Geopark and also as a National Scenic Area.
The project will focus on upgrading two sections totalling 2.5km on the most popular approach to Suilven, which begins at Glencanisp. Peat is exposed on the lower path while the final steep ascent is disintegrating into a deep gully.
The project will repair the path in a manner in keeping with the wild, rugged landscape of Assynt. Sustainable and durable pathwork techniques will be used which will withstand erosion and can be maintained with help from volunteers in the future. All materials used will be gained on site or locally sourced wherever possible.
This work is vital if we are to protect this remarkable landscape of delicate peat bog and wet heath, and the rare plant species and wildlife it supports.
The project is being jointly taken forward by the John Muir Trust and the Assynt Foundation as part of the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership, one of Europe’s largest landscape restoration projects. The aim of the CALL partnership is to see local people, communities and landowners working together for the benefit of the area's wildlife, habitats, population and visitors.
Thank you to all those individuals and organisations who support the work of the John Muir Trust, we simply could not do it without you. A special thank you to those who have already supported the Suilven path appeal:
European Outdoor Conservation Association
The Suilven path restoration project won £18,000 in a worldwide online poll hosted by the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA), a not-for-profit organisation which works with 120 affiliated members from across the European outdoor industry to give something back to the environment. Find out more here.
The project was nominated for the EOCA vote by outdoor clothing and gear firm Berghaus on behalf of the John Muir Trust and the Assynt Foundation.