Work has begun on the footpath on Quinag

Work has begun on the footpath on Quinag

Work has begun on repairing a footpath on a popular Highlands mountain.

Local workers will restore the route on Quinag in Assynt, where walkers’ feet and the relentless Atlantic weather systems have taken their toll on the path.

The mountain, which has three separate distinctive peaks, Sàil Gharbh (rough heel), Sàil Ghorm (blue heel), and Spidean Coinich (mossy peak), is owned by the John Muir Trust, which has commissioned the work. The y-shaped hill encompasses three of Scotland’s most northerly corbetts – peaks over 2,500ft.

Its dramatic ridges and spectacular views make it one of the most popular in the North of Scotland, bringing vital cash into the Lochinver area. The footpath being restored leads from the main saddle, the Bealach a’ Chornaidh, to the highest summit of Quinag.

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, said: “Quinag is a magnificent mini-mountain range which includes three distinct peaks.

“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, the John Muir Trust has invested about £80,000 in path repair work on Quinag, most of which has gone to local contractors.

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