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Carnoch Bridge, Knoydart

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In the years after the Second World War, a large part of Knoydart was a very private estate where walkers and climbers were not welcome. By the early 1970s, the estate had been sold and the whole outlook towards visitors to the area changed. In 1977, the Mountain Bothies Association re-built the byre at Sourlies at the head of Loch Nevis, with the co-operation of the estate contrasting sharply with the previous owner who had blown up the house nearby to deter poachers using it as a shelter. ScotWays helped finance the building of the bothy and it was opened by George Cheyne of the Society.

In 1981, St Andrews University MC and the Corriemulzie MC constructed a suspension bridge over the River Carnoch as a memorial to two of their members. The late Donald Bennet of the Society was heavily involved in the project as a civil engineer. This bridge began to deteriorate over time and efforts were made to get the Army to build a replacement bridge, but to no avail. The Estate Manager did a good job in replacing some of the planks and stays but the recent floods where the water level was over the deck caused severe damage to the structure and it was removed earlier this year as it was too dangerous to cross.

The Estate has commissioned a new girder bridge of two spans with a higher clearance than the previous bridge. The cost of this structure is £32,000 delivered to Mallaig and then there will be the cost of transport to the site and assembling the components there. Low water level will be required to rebuild the central pier and fair weather to transport the structure to site. Such weather can be rare in that part of Scotland! The Estate is seeking financial assistance from the outdoor community who value keeping such an important route open. It is the main route for walkers into Knoydart from the south and is now part of the Cape Wrath Trail.

At the recent Directors' meeting, £5,000 was allocated from ScotWays' funds to be paid on completion of the bridge, and we are delighted that the Scottish Mountaineering Trust, Mountaineering Scotland and the Mountain Bothies Association have also promised financial support. We are approaching other outdoor organisations to assist with funding. If any individual member would like more information or would wish to support this project, please contact David Dixon via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

ScotWays Members Walks Programme 2018

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Our walks programme for 2018 is underway!

GUIDED walks are one of the great advantages enjoyed by ScotWays members, and this year’s exciting programme has a superb range of routes for all abilities. Members benefit from the experience of guides on all these routes, ensuring you get the best from every walk. Why not join ScotWays and come along?

Many ScotWays members have already signed up for this attractive and varied programme -  however there are still walks available. Please see the links to individual walks to find out more:

Sunday 6th May - The Old Military Road over Slochd

Sunday 27th May - Circular from Melrose taking in River Tweed, Cauldshiels Loch and Eildon Hills

Saturday 30th June - Circular from Glen Aldie near Tain

Wednesday 18th July - A circular walk to the Three Brethren

Saturday 11th August - Off the beaten track at Glen Tanar - a circular around Creag na Slice

Wednesday 12th September - A circular walk from Balloch taking in Balloch Castle, Whinney and Knockour hills

Saturday 20th October - Dunkeld - The Hermitage circular (dog-friendly!)

Members already booked who need to drop out nearer the time are kindly asked to let the ScotWays office know as soon as possible, so we can free up places for others. Those wishing to join a waiting list are encouraged get in touch, in the event places become available.

With such an exciting programme  for 2018, we look forward to hearing from you.

May Day Holiday

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The ScotWays office will be closed for the public holiday on Monday 7 May 2018.

ScotWays - Small Grant Scheme

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ScotWays has created a small grants scheme to help organisations fund a project up to 50% of the total budget for the project.

The scheme will award grants of between £500 and £1,500. It is hoped that this might enable organisations to achieve the completion of a community-based/access-related project which might not otherwise be able to proceed.

Applicant organisations should be members of ScotWays.

The next submission date for applications is 31st May, and a decision on any applications received by that date will be made by the end of July.

For further details please visit our downloads page where you’ll find an explanatory letter and the application form.

Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum - Walks available

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Following on from Nick Cooke's talk at the AGM on the development of Scottish Pilgrim routes by the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum (SPRF), a number of monthly guided walks are taking place this year on some of the routes, which Scotways members would be welcome to participate in.

The dates are shown in the Events calendar and details on registering for the walks which are free can be found on the SPRF website; www.sprf.org.uk