Cairngorms Mountain Heritage Project
An upland project for the North and West Cairngorms
The Cairngorm Mountain Heritage Project is a 4 year £2.1m initiative to repair upland paths in the Highland Cairngorms, develop training, volunteering interpretation and to engage the public in supporting this type of work. The project receives substantial grants from the European Regional Development Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund and is partner funded by a wide partnership of key stakeholders including:
- Cairngorms Outdoors Access Trust
- Cairngorms National Park Authority
- Scottish Natural Heritage
- Highlands and Islands Enterprise
- Royal Society for Protection of Birds
- Scottish Mountaineering Trust
The project is delivering 94km of upgraded mountain path network at Cairnorm, Rothiemurchus, Abernethy and Glenfeshie Estates. Paths include Windy Ridge, Coire Cas Fiachaill, Cairngorm Plateau, Coire Lochain, Bynack More, Lairig an Laoigh, Strathnethy, Braeriach, Chalamain Gap, Lairig Ghru, Carn Ban More, Glenfeshie, Coire an T Scheachda and Ben MacDui.
The project has also developed a pilot Adopt A Path scheme, recruiting mountaineers and others who care for the mountains to carry out a programme of monitoring and light maintenance on selected routes.
A training programme was successfully delivered in Year 1, with 8 successful candidates completing an 8 month course and recieving their SVQ Level 2 in Environemental Conservation. Many have gone on to work on this and other related projects, and 3 have set up a new contract company, Cairngorms Wilderness Contracts, to carry out this type of work across Scotland
The work has been underpinned by the development of an innovative Remote Accomodation System. The system houses contract teams on the furthest out worksites, and includes sleeping quarters, kitchen living area, toilet block and tools store. The whole system is powered via an invertor and battery unit charged from 2 generators. ALL waste is recovered (including the human type!)