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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

Guest blog and photography by Chris Puddephatt from 31st May 2017. 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

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A Cheeky Raven and Cheeky Dippers

Guest blog and photography by Chris Puddephatt from 27th May 2017. 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

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Why would anyone do that?

Guest blog by Chris Goodman, Path Project Officer for the John Muir Trust, from 17th May 2017. 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

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A Hole Lode of Peat

Guest blog and photography by Chris Puddephatt from 18th May 2017. 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

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Suilven: Stone for the Mountain

Guest blog and photography by Chris Puddephatt from 2nd May 2017. 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

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What’s different about Suilven?

Guest blog by Mandy Haggith, a director of the Assynt Foundation. 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

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Boulder Field Blizzard

Guest blog and photography by Chris Puddephatt from 24th April 2017. 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

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Suilven: A baptism of fog

Guest blog and photography by Chris Puddephatt from 20th April 2017. 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

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The Long and Winding Path to Suilven

Guest blog by Chris Goodman, Path Project Officer for the John Muir Trust 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

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Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeTuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at 5:54pm

Today Fiona and Kat of the Outdoor and Woodland Learning project spent the day in Culag Woods with P7s from Lochinver Primary School who are working towards their #JohnMuirAward. One of the activities involved exploring the Lost Words...

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Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeTuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at 3:54pm

UNESCO Earth Sciences & Geohazards Risk Reduction kicking off their #GeoparkOfTheDay series with North West Highlands Geopark

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeTuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at 12:42pm

RT @janehunterart: Why would anyone *want* to go on a family holiday to the North West Highlands of Scotland? 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

For one thing, it’s…

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeMonday, January 22nd, 2018 at 6:18pm

Definitely feels like more snow than last year https://t.co/SGQagjImIF

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