Cash Boost for West Highland Wayby Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com Jan/2013
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Scotland's most popular long distance trail is to receive an injection of £750,000 of Scottish Government funding.
The money, which will go towards path work on the 154km (96 mile) route from Milngavie to Fort William, is part of a block of £3.15m that's being given to Forestry Commission Scotland to improve Scotland's forest estates.
A further £1M is earmarked for building about 11 miles of new paths and upgrading surfaces on the Great Glen Way, which runs between Fort William and Inverness.
Environment minister Paul Wheelhouse said:
'We want more Scots and visitors to enjoy and have access to Scotland's great outdoors. This funding boost for the Forestry Commission Scotland will help towards achieving that.'
'The projects will not only create new work and jobs but will also have a lasting benefit in supporting green tourism in rural parts of Scotland and encouraging people to get involved in physical activity.'
Path surfaces on the West Highland Way are for the most part already well engineered and easy underfoot - with the notable exception of the east Loch Lomond stretch, where rough going is arguably part of the attraction. It will be interesting to see where three quarters of a million pounds ends up being spent.
For a full description of the West Highland Way see these UKH Route Cards:
Stage 1: Milngavie - Drymen
Stage 2: Drymen - Rowardennan
Stage 3: Rowardennan - Inverarnan
Stage 4: Inverarnan - Bridge of Orchy
Stage 5: Bridge of Orchy - Kings House Hotel
stage 6: Kings House Hotel - Kinlochleven
Stage 7: Kinlochleven - Fort William