After four months of backbreaking work in treacherous conditions, local path workers on the Isle of Skye, employed by Arran Footpaths have completed the first phase of a major restoration of the footpath that leads from Sligachan to Loch Coruisk.
During these 12 weeks, each member of the team several hundred miles to and from the site on Druim Hain ridge. Frequently battling gale force winds and driving rain, their work included:
Refurbishing 340 metres of path
Transplanting and landscaping an area of vegetation 750 metres2
Shifting 140 tonnes of stone by hand
Constructing six cross drains and twelve water bars
Erecting 170 metres of revetment (sloping structures to contain erosion).
Chris Goodman, John Muir Trust Footpath Officer said: “Full praise to Donald MacKenzie from Glenelg and his team who battled through the wettest Scottish winter on record to get the work on schedule. At least the final week brought sunshine, blue skies and circling eagles, so the guys will take away memories of the good days as well as the tough times.
“As well as benefiting the landscape and its fragile plant life, this work will also hopefully support the local community by encouraging more people to visit, and indeed return, to this dramatic glen amid the towering peaks of the Cuillin.”
The Trust hopes to begin phase two of the work later this year, further down the glen towards Sligachan along with ongoing path repairs and maintenance on Bla Bheinn, Quinag, Sandwood Bay, Steall Gorge, Ben Nevis and Schiehallion.
The Trust relies heavily on donations to our Wild Ways Path Fund to carry out this work, if you’d like to help make a difference to these spectacular places please go to our their website www.johnmuirtrust.org and look for the Wild Ways Path Fund.
The John Muir Trust would also like to thanks the Brown Forbes Memorial Fund, the Scottish Mountaineering Trust, the Jeremy Wilson Charitable Trust, the Hugh Fraser Foundation, the Kestrelman Trust and the Alan Evans Memorial Trust for helping us make this restoration project happen.