Repair work on a section of the trail over Druim Hain to Loch Coruisk has been completed. The team employed by landowners the John Muir Trust worked for twelve weeks over a very wet winter upgrading a remote stretch of the badly eroded path, each covering several hundred miles on foot in the process.
"Full praise to Donald MacKenzie from Glenelg and his team who battled through the wettest Scottish winter on record to get the work on schedule" said Chris Goodman, John Muir Trust Footpath Officer.
"At least the final week brought sunshine, blue skies and circling eagles, so the guys will take away memories of the good days as well as the tough times."
“As well as benefiting the landscape and its fragile plant life, this work will also hopefully support the local community by encouraging more people to visit, and indeed return, to this dramatic glen amid the towering peaks of the Cuillin.”
Work included refurbishing 340m of path; transplanting and landscaping an area of vegetation 750m2; shifting 140 tonnes of stone by hand; constructing six cross drains and twelve water bars; and erecting 170m of revetment (sloping structures to contain erosion).
The Trust hope to get stuck into phase two of the path upgrade later this year, at a site down the glen closer to Sligachan.
For this and other ongoing path maintenance on Bla Bheinn, Quinag, Sandwood Bay, Steall Gorge, Ben Nevis and Schiehallion the JMT rely heavily on donations to their Wild Ways Path Fund