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Diversions on West Highland Way and Great Glen Way

The recent stormy weather in Scotland resulted in fallen trees causing diversions and warnings on both the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way.

A spokesperson for the West Highland Way said, “A route diversion is in place at Garadhban Forest on the approach to Drymen due to fallen trees blocking the Way. Users are advised that other parts of the route may be impassable due to storm damage. A full inspection is under way, in the meantime please take care and avoid taking unnecessary risks.”

Damage is also causing problems on the Great Glen Way with two sections closed. Council Ranger, Charlie Overend said, “The Rangers are out assessing each section this week, and damaged sites will be prioritised and dealt with as soon as possible.”

The two sections which are closed are the Invergarry link between Kilfinnan and Aberchalder on the north side of Loch Oich, and also Laggan Avenue, the section between Laggan Locks and Laggan Swing Bridge.

A spokesperson for the Great Glen Way said, “We apologise for the inconvenience, but there are a number of extremely dangerous damaged trees that need to be cleared before safe access can resume.

“If you are near the site, please follow all signage, take extreme care and do not enter restricted areas, as there may be danger of death. Forestry Commission and British Waterways are working to get the route reopened as fast as possible.”

This time of year can be perfect for planning a holiday around a long distance walking route. There are detailed free descriptions, complete with maps and GPS routes, of both the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way on Walkhighlands.

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