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Nearly There…

It’s been a busy few months on Suilven but the path work for this year is now drawing to a close. Since April, two path contractors, about 10 staff and a helicopter have all been involved in moving hundreds of tonnes of materials around to improve the Suilven path. What was once a trampled route

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Reflections

15 years ago I wrote a postcard to my folks from Torridon where I was working for a path team at the time. The card read, ‘when the weather is good there can be few better ways to spend a day than doing path work on a hill in the North West Highlands’. Since then

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The Start of Something

After four years of preparation I can’t believe the path work on Suilven has flown by so quickly. Arran Footpaths have now finished this year’s work on the higher sections of Suilven while A.C.T. Heritage are half way through their work on the lower path. It feels like it’s all whizzed by in a storm

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Footprints

As I climb up into the hills, along paths like the one up Suilven, I’m sure I’m not the only one to reflect not only on my literal footprints, but also on my wider impacts on the world. There’s something about getting out into nature that helps us ponder the big questions.  As I look

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So Many Views of Suilven

Over the twelve years since the local community has owned Glencanisp Lodge, with its splendid views of Suilven, I have run seventeen retreat weeks for creative writers. Every one of the participants falls in love with the mountain and it has inspired no end of wonderful writing. Even people who have not written poetry since

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New nature trail unveiled in Assynt

A new nature trail has been opened at Glencanisp Lodge in Assynt to formally launch one of Europe’s largest landscape scale conservation projects. The trail is part of the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership Scheme and has been created by the Assynt Foundation with funding from players of the National Lottery through the Heritage

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Changes

It’s six weeks since my first visit on that cold, wet, muddy day and the landscape was still wearing its brown winter cloak. Not anymore! Lots of green lushness and flowers blooming. Heath spotted orchids line the track, and there’s sundew in the wet ditches at the sides. I see lots of walkers today, all

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A Cheeky Raven and Cheeky Dippers

It’s looking like a lovely day, and I’m walking in with the “top path team”, as I think it’s my last opportunity to shoot work at the Bealach for this season. The journey is becoming familiar now. A few miles later and we’re off the track and chatting to the “lower path team” briefly before

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Why would anyone do that?

I’m stood on the Bealach Mor on the ridge of Suilven with path contractor Scott Murdoch. It’s mid-April, the first day of the Suilven path repair work and we’re looking over the site. But Scott’s attention is drawn by a stone wall on the ridge a couple of hundred yards from us and he’s gazing

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A Hole Lode of Peat

A heavier rucksack for the long walk today; I’m taking a tripod and a heavier camera with the intention of getting a time-lapse sequence. I’ve set the camera to take one photo every second for one hour, and this should turn into two minutes of time-lapse. Just got to get there first, and find a

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