Craigellachie Access Path

Craigellachie National Nature Reserve (NNR) is located on the West side of Aviemore, just 15 minutes walk from the town centre. The reserve features birch woodland, lochans, breeding peregrine falcons and spectacular views of the Cairngorm Mountains. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has overseen work to develop paths and all-abilities routes through the reserve accompanied by information panels and a mobile phone guided walk.

Craigellachie NNR

Craigellachie NNR

Access routes into the reserve have not been formally developed, though, and the uneven paths restrict access for a number of user groups. COAT have worked with SNH, the SYHA, Aviemore Highland Resort and High Range to develop the path from the youth hostel into the reserve to a much better standard. Work to upgrade the path has involved the laying of an aggregate path surface over the top of protruding stones and tree roots as well as the removal of overhanging branches. ‘Perches’ will also be installed along the way to provide rest stops for path users. The path has been designed to a ‘more-abilities’ standard rather with the descent to the underpass involving a short gradient.

Local contractor Upland Contracts have completed the path works and will install seats along the path once the snow has gone.

The old, uneven path surface.

The old, uneven path surface.

The new laid  path.

The new laid path.

The new path

The new path