Visitors warned of closures at Schiehallion during July for essential path repairs.
After many years of successful volunteer-based maintenance, contractors are to begin new repairs on the main route to the top of the renowned Perthshire landmark.
Essential repair work on the mountain path means access to the mountain will not be possible for three days – 22, 23, 24 July (weather dependent) – when a helicopter lift will bring stone into the site from elsewhere on the mountain. This will be used to build steps and drainage features that have suffered from both natural and human made erosion.
For safety reasons, a visit to the hill is not advisable on those dates.
As lockdown eases, popular places like Schiehallion are seeing large numbers of visitors and the roads approaching the car park have been lined with vehicles.
Land Manager Liz Auty said: “It is unfortunate that these repairs are coming just as lockdown eases. Our aim is to make the hill path secure for the remainder of the summer as quickly as possible and with the minimum of disruption, while also planning around reasonable weather for helicopter uplift. For a short period during the week – the 22-24th July – walkers are advised to plan their hill visits elsewhere.”
The new easier-access ‘Foss Loop’ was also recently closed for three days from Wednesday 8 July for essential repairs due to storm damage earlier in the year. Maps and diversion signs were made available on site.
The Trust is spending more than £60,000 on path repairs on and around the world-famous summit, work that will ensure safe access to a very popular mountain and receives no statutory funding. This is only possible thanks to the generosity of Trust members, supporters and donors.
Those who want to help with the cost of this and future repairs to the Trust’s upland footpaths can donate here: https://www.johnmuirtrust.org/support-us/campaigns/855-wild-ways-path-appeal