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Last Friday I met with the team who are coordinating the upgrade of Acheninver Coastal Path. The startup meeting was the first meeting of the Project Lead with the Contractor and would allow for final clarifications on route and questions on how to deal with challenges on the path. The morning har and rain were a blessing, highlighting trouble spots on the path, and with enough breeze to keep midges at bay.

Donald Macleod (right), Local Development Officer of Coigach Community Development Company for the lead partner, Keith Mackay (centre), Technical Projects Officer from Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland providing project management support, & Andy Taylor (left), Managing director of A.C.T. Heritage Ltd. undertaking the path upgrade. © Boyd Alexander/Scottish Wildlife Trust
Donald Macleod (right), Local Development Officer of Coigach Community Development Company for the lead partner, Keith Mackay (centre), Technical Projects Officer from Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland providing project management support, & Andy Taylor (left), Managing director of A.C.T. Heritage Ltd. undertaking the path upgrade. © Boyd Alexander/Scottish Wildlife Trust

Acheninver Path is an iconic route that leads from the carpark near Achvraie, through Common Grazings to the shore at Acheninver.  The path has been accessed for at least 100 years and leads past several ruins including a post medieval corn mill with millstone.  The project will waymark a route along Acheninver Beach and extend the path to lead to the beach carpark.  The path is linked at Acheninver Beach on the west to the Badenscallie Coastal Path and on the East to the Culnacraig Circular Route Core Path.

Between the Acheninver Hostel and Acheninver Beach the path has become braided and in places waterlogged and the path work will not only aid access but minimise erosion on wider areas of the habitat. © Boyd Alexander/Scottish Wildlife Trust
Between the Acheninver Hostel and Acheninver Beach the path has become braided and in places waterlogged and the path work will not only aid access but minimise erosion on wider areas of the habitat. © Boyd Alexander/Scottish Wildlife Trust

Coigach Community Development Company put forward the path as one of the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership (CALLP) Scheme projects.  Funded for the path upgrade is through the generosity of the players of the lottery by National Lottery Heritage Fund and also EB Scotland.  Work is schedule to start on the path on 18th July 2019 and be finished by the end of August 2019


Boyd Alexander

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