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Guest Blog by path worker, Mark O’Brien

To have the privilege to be able to work in such an amazing place really is the best thing about building the Suilven path.

Mark working on the path. Photo © Chris Puddephatt.
Mark working on the path. Photo © Chris Puddephatt.

I’ve always had an attachment to Glencanisp since I first arrived that spring in 2014. Now I’m getting the chance to watch it change over the season; all the plants that blossom and the birds that visit the area as the time goes by. From watching ravens playing tag with each other on the crags, to seeing the water being wisped out of the lochan by strong gusty winds at lunch breaks.

The view of Suilven from Glencanisp. Photo © Chris Puddephatt.
The view of Suilven from Glencanisp. Photo © Chris Puddephatt.

The hill really has a lot of character, standing proud on the Lochinver skyline, but working next to it gives me the chance to better see the details of its slopes, counting the gullies when the fog rolls in on the tops, listening to the calls of the birds that nest on its cliffs and seeing how its shadows change shape throughout the day.

Building the path to Suilven is the least I can do for it, for the grasses that take a beating from folk like me, eager to explore its surroundings and for those who might feel more sure in the confidence that they can make it up there now that the ground will be more stable.

A section of the finished path. Photo © Chris Puddephatt.
A section of the finished path. Photo © Chris Puddephatt.

Find out more about the Suilven Path Project here


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