Suilven is one of the most dramatic and iconic hills of Assynt. Recreational access to the summit of Suilven is having an adverse effect on vegetation and soils along the established access routes. Small sections of the path have deteriorated over the last few years and this process will only continue if the path is not consolidated and protected.

This project aims to upgrade the main approach path to Suilven and repair the erosion caused by recreational access on Suilven itself. The project will create a more durable and sustainable path protecting the landscape from erosion and ensuring visitor’s experiences aren’t adversely affected by an eroded and deteriorating path.

The path will be repaired to an appropriate condition in keeping with the wild, rugged landscape of Assynt and create a more sustainable path line, helping to ensure walkers enjoy their experiences on Suilven and that the area continues to be considered a desirable and highly regarded destination for hill walking. The project will also demonstrate how major path restoration work in a wild landscape can be undertaken sensitively and appropriately and not create an overly engineered path out of keeping with the environment.

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Suilven photobook available for download

Following the success of the Suilven Path project’s blog posts last year, the project’s lead Chris Goodman of John Muir Trust made the blog posts into a wonderful photobook. Due

Sometimes things just don’t work out

Guest blog by commissioned photographer, Chris Puddephatt Mid-July and I hear that work has resumed in the gully up to the summit ridge, whilst the path across the peat must

Rant

Guest blog by Chris Goodman, Path Project Officer for the John Muir Trust I’ve been looking over the work on the steep north side of Suilven that was completed last

Working on the Path

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

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeWednesday, August 15th, 2018 at 7:53am

A few of our team will be at this conference this Thursday and Friday - looking forward to seeing what @innerforth have done over the last few years and meeting folk from other @heritagelottery funded Landscape Partnership Schemes

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeTuesday, August 14th, 2018 at 6:18pm

It does look fab, your team and all the volunteers have done a fantastic job https://t.co/YUh9Vx6rTz

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Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeMonday, August 13th, 2018 at 5:13pm

CALL was at the Assynt Games on Friday with some creature creating activities. Check the blog for pictures of the event!

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Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeThursday, August 9th, 2018 at 5:10pm

Our Woodland Artisan Project has some great opportunities coming up to learn traditional skills. For the next one, Tim Palmer is returning for a Willow Weaving course. No experience necessary but booking is essential. See the poster below for details on how to take part