Local footpath repair company Mountains Made Accessible has begun work this week on a programme of repairs to the footpath that leads from the main saddle (the Bealach a’ Chornaidh) to the highest summit of Quinag.
The mountain, which includes three Corbetts (over 2500 feet high), dramatic ridges and spectacular views, is one of the most popular in the north of Scotland, bringing vital cash into the Lochinver area
However steady footfall combined with the mountain’s exposure to relentless Atlantic weather systems has begun to take its toll on the footpath.
The work will be supervised by another Lochinver man, Chris Goodman – who as Footpath Manager for the John Muir Trust oversees all of the upland and coastal paths managed by the charity across Scotland.
“Quinag is a magnificent mini-mountain range which includes three distinct peaks,” says Chris. “The complexity of the mountain, together with its breath-taking views across land and sea, attracts hillwalkers from all over Europe.
“The John Muir Trust encourages people to get out and explore the hills, but we also take seriously our responsibility to make sure the mountains we manage are kept in tip-top condition.
“Although the Quinag footpath is still in reasonable shape, we have a proactive approach to footpath maintenance, which means tackling problems early to avoid serious erosion further down the line.
“We’re delighted to be working with local guys Martin and Connell of Mountains Made Accessible. First because they really know their stuff and we know they’ll do a great job, but also because the thousands we’re investing in this work will help benefit the local economy.”
Over the past five years or so, the John Muir Trust has invested around £80,000 in path repair work on Quinag, most of which has gone to local contractors.