It’s the start of a new year, a new decade and it marks our 175th year of Upholding Public Access across Scotland!
We’ve got lots planned for our 175th Anniversary including a members walks programme themed to our history, a talk at the National Museum of Scotland and a bucket full of social media posts about ScotWays and the development of outdoors access in Scotland.
Why not celebrate with us? Become a member and join us on one of our walks. Volunteer with us and help to survey rights of way and paths across Scotland. Make a donation to support our work. Learn about the history of ScotWays and significant events in the development of outdoor access in Scotland. Buy one of our limited edition 175th Anniversary pin badges.
Most important of all, follow us on social media and share your favourites posts of ours far and wide.
The ScotWays office will close on Friday 20th December 2019 and re-open on Monday 6th January 2020.
General rights of way and access enquiries: We are working hard to answer as many enquiries as possible before Christmas, but unfortunately as we are very busy at present some of you may have to wait until the New Year to receive a response.
ScotWays webshop: Once the office is closed, we will not be processing any more orders until we re-open in the New Year. The good news is that there’ll probably then be a sale offer on our remaining Christmas cards!
Rights of way searches for solicitors, land managers and developers: We aim to respond to all formal search requests within 10 working days of receiving them in our office. As our office will be closed for two weeks over Christmas and New Year, any search request received after 5pm on Friday 6th December 2019 may not be completed until after we re-open on 6th January 2020. If your search request is urgent, please contact us before we close for the holidays to discuss when we will be able to complete it.
Office volunteers: The office will be closed for two weeks over Christmas and the New Year, so please take a well-earned break! Very many thanks for all your hard work, we look forward to seeing you in 2020 our 175th Anniversary Year!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us all at ScotWays!
The ScotWays small grants scheme aims 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 December 2019, and a decision on any applications received by that date will be made by mid to end of February 2020.
The new Carnach Bridge was officially opened on 23 August 2019 by Camusrory Estate and representatives from the funding bodies. Knoydart’s lack of roads meant the guests had sailed in from Mallaig and Inverie to the Camusrory pier at the head of Loch Nevis, then walked up to the new bridge below the deserted settlement of Carnoch.
Nestled between Meall Buidhe and Sgurr Na Ciche in Knoydart, the new bridge crosses the River Carnach, and forms part of the Inverie to Glen Dessary Path, the main route for walkers into Knoydart from the south. It is part of the Cape Wrath Trail (Fort William to Cape Wrath).
Estate owner Rupert Soames thanked everyone for their help in building the bridge. In particular, he singled out estate staff Robert Cooper and David Edwards who had constructed the bridge onsite as well as ferried all materials from Mallaig. He said, “to erect a new bridge in such a remote location and to such a high specification (which will last a generation and longer!) is a triumph for all concerned.”
David Langworth, a ScotWays Director said, “with all the recent bad news about bridges being damaged by the floods, it is fantastic to be at the opening of a new bridge that replaces one that was washed away.”
The preceding bridge succumbed to the 2017 floods and left a river crossing that was dangerous or even impossible in flood conditions. The replacement bridge was designed by David Narro Associates, fabricated by NEWCo Ltd of Fort William with the support of the outdoor community including the Mountain Bothies Association, Scottish Mountaineering Trust, Mountaineering Scotland and ScotWays. Further financial support came from the Donald Bennet Memorial Fund, Rv & R H Simons Trust, Tim & Patricia Stapenhurst Charitable Trust and several private individuals.
Stuart Younie CEO of Mountaineering Scotland said “Mountaineering Scotland is delighted to have been able to support this project. It is great news for the outdoor community and will ensure an important access point is maintained for climbers and hillwalkers looking to experience one of Scotland’s wildest and most beautiful areas with its challenging and iconic mountains. Congratulations to everyone involved.”
In 1981, St Andrews University Mountaineering Club and the Corriemulzie Mountaineering Club constructed a suspension bridge at the same site over the River Carnach as a memorial to two Corriemulzie members who were killed in a climbing accident. The late Donald Bennet, past president of ScotWays, was heavily involved in the project as an engineer. In a nod to this history, the ceremonial ribbon cutting was carried out by Liz Bibby of the Corriemulzie Mountaineering Club, following which all present walked over the bridge admiring both it and its beautiful setting.