Helicopter warning for Sligachan footpath repair

Walkers are being warned that, weather permitting, helicopter lifts will take in place in Glen Sligachan on Skye. on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September as part of the John Muir Trust’s ongoing programme of path repairs.

Following the first phase of restoration work on the Druim Hain path that was carried out last winter, phase two starts in September. It includes further work on the Druim Hain path from Glen Sligachan to Loch Coruisk, plus pre-emptive work on Beinn Dearg Mheadhonach where the steep path is in danger of becoming badly eroded.

Helicopter carrying footpath repair stones (Photo: Chris Goodman/JMT)

Helicopter carrying footpath repair stones (Photo: Chris Goodman/JMT)

The helicopter lift will bring stone into the two sites which will be used to build steps and drainage features.

Chris Goodman, the John Muir Trust footpath officer said: “The intrepid team who last winter walked a total of 500 miles to carry out path repair work along a remote section of the Druim Hain path are back in action this autumn.

“Major pathwork generally takes place outside the summer months when it’s more quiet, but and we expect quite a few people to be walking the path on the days the helicopter is scheduled.

“We apologise for any disturbance caused and ask all visitors to Sligachan to follow instructions from on-site staff during the lift.

“On a more positive note, we can say confidently that this work will lead to a major improvement in the quality of the path. That will benefit the not just the landscape and the plant life but also ultimately the local community by providing new opportunities for training and work experience.

The improved path will also encourage more people to come here to make this unforgettable journey across one of the most scenic trails in Europe.”

The work is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Mountaineering Trust, Brown Forbes Memorial Fund and the Kestrelman Trust, along with generous donations from members and supporters.

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