Taking the Posties Path – Gabhail a’Chreig

In the 1860’s postman Kenneth McLennan carried the mail twice a week from Ullapool to Achiltibuie, a distance of 23km. Today’s Posties Path is still challenging but runs for a shorter distance, covering the 11km between Achduart in Coigach, and Blughasary at Strathcanaird. Although both ends of the path are incorporated into core paths (Culnacraig Circular and Dun Canna Core Paths), the central section of the route is still a serious undertaking with treacherous sections. Improvement to the Posties Path are being implemented by the Scottish Wildlife Trust (in coordination with Keanchulish Estate) as a project within the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership (CALLP) Scheme. The aim of the project is not to provide an aggregate-topped path, similar to other CALLP projects such as Acheninver Path or sections of the Suilven Path, but rather to improve access over the most awkward sections and obstacles. Early one sunny morning in March I walked the path with the Scottish Wildlife Trust North Reserves Team to review the work so far. Starting from Achduart on the Ben Mòr Coigach Estate we walked


Acheninver Path: It’s a brilliant walk!

On a gorgeous sunny September weekend, after 2 hours of cajoling, I was able to coax my 6-year-old daughter into the car and head for the beautiful landscape of Coigach.  Following a 45 minute drive to Acheninver, my grumpy daughter reluctantly set off with me to explore the path to the Acheninver Beach that has recently been upgraded from an informal track to more solid footing. The Acheninver Coastal Path is a project of Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership (CALLP) and is being implemented by Coigach Community Development Company (CCDC) in coordination with Scottish Wildlife Trust.  The path work on the coastal part of the Acheninver Path was finished in the early September 2019 by ACT Heritage Ltd., a contractor with local roots. Starting from East Acheninver the 150m of upgraded path to Acheninver Beach has resolved the wet, peaty slog.  The path builders have now placed steps that provide firmer footing to the beach.  Once on the beach we followed the coast west and crossed the Acheninver burn, Alt Ach’ a’ Bhraighe.  From the burn one can either


Acheninver Coastal Path Moving Forward

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. 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. Coigach Community Development Company put forward the path as one of the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership (CALLP)


Volunteer Training at Achlochan

This week we ran a 2-day course for the Achlochan Project volunteers to get trained in using brush-cutters and strimmers. This course was LANTRA accredited and covered maintaining the machines as well as safe usage. All the trainees passed and now are qualified to use strimmers and brush-cutters to help maintain the Achlochan site. Although the weather was brisk, we had a great time and managed to clear a whole field of reeds between us! It was amazing how much ground we could cover in the time. Photos of progress and after below! This training was funded through the Achlochan Project. This project is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, EB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland, Pilgrim Trust, Robert Kiln Charitable Trust plus individual and community donors.

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