A helicopter lift during previous work on the Drum Hain path

A helicopter lift during previous work on the Drum Hain path

Walkers heading for the Isle of Skye are being warned a helicopter will be lifting stone on to two mountain paths this week.

The work is planned for Thursday and Friday, weather permitting, in Glen Sligachan.

The John Muir Trust, which is carrying out repair work on the paths, said following the first phase of restoration work on the Druim Hain path that was carried out last winter, phase two will start 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.

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 path work generally takes place outside the summer months when it’s more quiet, but 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 donations from members and supporters.

More information is available by emailing Chris Goodman.

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