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Suilven: Stone for the Mountain


By Chris Puddephatt, photographer The better weather I was hoping for; a lovely sunny day for the airlift of the bagged stone! Incredibly only a few days since the blizzard, and look at it! Amazing. OMG! Riding in the helicopter! Lucky, lucky, lucky! Safety briefing; yellow jacket and hard hat. And sunscreen. The chopper ferries bags of stone from the boulder field very quickly. I know it’s going to be expensive, but this is so efficient. Andy’s got a list […]

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What’s different about Suilven?


Suilven is often described as an ‘iconic’ mountain, and it is certainly distinctive, with its long side-profile and sugar-loaf mounded summit. From different angles it looks like an elephant, or a camel, or a whale.  From the sea it is an unmistakable marker post for finding your way into the safe harbour of Lochinver, and its name may result from this, translating from the Gaelic as ‘Eye Mountain’ (suil is eye, ven a corruption of bhein, from ben)  suggesting that […]

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Boulder Field Blizzard


I needed to get up to the “boulder field” where Andy is bagging up stones ready for the airlift by helicopter up to the path workers. I’ve got directions, but I have to get across a river of variable and unknown depth. Fortunately, John from Glencanisp has offered to take me up there in the Argocat.   The weather forecast is not good, but I didn’t really appreciate that we were driving into a blizzard. Near the boulder field, it’s […]

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Suilven: A baptism of fog


Alarm at 6am; sandwiches already in fridge; cameras in rucksack. Tea-to-go; drive to meet the workers at Glencanisp. So this is what Real Men look like: Scott, Alec and Donald. They walk the 11k in two hours; half way up Suilven to where they left their tools. I think its half way up; we’ve walked into cold, wet cloud and can’t see much; we could be anywhere. Flasks and snacks now. And more layers; after overheating during the walk, its […]

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The Long and Winding Path to Suilven


After a 2½ hour walk carrying tools, Wednesday saw work start on repairing the path to Suilven. Contract team Arran Footpaths stuck the first spade in the ground as they began efforts to consolidate the steep path on the North side of the iconic community owned mountain. Next week will see a second contract team, A.C.T Heritage, start work on the approach path to Suilven from Glencanisp which crosses some very wet and boggy ground. Over the next 3 months […]

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Community grants available through the CALLP scheme


Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership is now open to expressions of interest for project funding from its Community Grants Scheme. Funding of up to £1000 for individuals, and £5000 for groups and businesses is available to assist projects that complement the work of the wider Landscape Partnership Scheme. If you have a great idea to enhance our cultural and natural heritage, CALLP could help finance it. Find out more and how to apply at the Community Grants Scheme page. […]

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National Tree Week at Little Assynt Tree Nursery


Last week we celebrated National Tree Week at Little Assynt Tree Nursery with the reopening of our Gaelic Alphabet Tree Trail. Pupils from Lochinver Primary School prepared tags with the Gaelic names for each of the trees and the letter they represent in the Gaelic Alphabet. Pupils then took us on a tour of the trail. Well done to all involved! Visitors are always welcome, so come along and have a wander along our new trail!

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An Apple a Day….


Apple loving primary 1 to 4 pupils from Lochinver Primary School visited Little Assynt Tree Nursery to learn about the year in a life of an orchard apple tree. They spent the morning finding out what happens to the trees throughout all the seasons from blossom and pollination, to thinning, harvesting and pruning. Our Fruit growers of the future!

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Woodland Expansion Project Update


The ground preparation works for planting trees are well underway at Druim Suardalain The fencing works are being carried out by local contractor and good progress is being made with the dismantling of old fences. Volunteers had made a good start on the Gorse clearance (which is a thankless job!) but now they will be glad to hear we are trialling a ground clearance machine over the next week or so that should make short work of it! Anyone interested […]

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Achlochan Coastal Heritage Project Update


  The Achlochan Peninsula in Achiltibuie has seen lots of activity over the past two months, with more to come. In late October a week long archaeological survey took place. The main focus was the ruined broch on the south-east of the peninsula, but the entire peninsula was considered and surveyed with many interesting new sites identified – the full report will be available by the end of this year. The survey work provided an opportunity for local residents to […]

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