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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From Hill to Grill: Ullapool High School pupils meet their meat


Second year pupils from Ullapool High School spent two days on the hill with professional deer stalkers to learn about wild venison as part of the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership scheme’s (CALLP) Outdoor and Woodland Learning Project. Rangers and stalkers from the Assynt Foundation, John Muir Trust and Highland Council Ranger Service taught the pupils tracking techniques to allow them to get up close to red deer – the UK’s largest land mammal. They learned how to navigate […]

Now recruiting: CALLP Scheme Manager


The Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership (CALLP) is looking to recruit an experienced project manager to lead the CALLP Delivery Scheme Team and to work with project partners to secure the implementation of a number of exciting and innovative projects that span the environment, built and cultural heritage. The closing date for applications is 12 noon, 31 January 2017. Find out more about the role and apply at the Scottish Wildlife Trust website This post is supported by the […]

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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CJS Support Part Time Position at the Tree Nursery


Community Jobs Scotland has awarded a supported position, open to unemployed, vulnerable young (16-29 years old) people, to work at Little Assynt Tree Nursery.  The Community Tree Nursery Assistant is a 25 hrs a week position, for a 26 week period. To apply for the position contact Jobcentre Plus or a Skills Development Scotland advisor to access a CJS application form, quoting Job Number 4378. Details of the vacancy can be viewed at: http://jobs.scvo.org.uk/JobSearch/JobDetail?fid=a1Xb00000069kTGEAY&p=p19v

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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