Upland Paths

Trainee Blog 4 – A Day on the Hill

By Ryan The course provided by COAT is a one of a kind experience in my opinion. It has given and is still giving the team and I an experience that will be with us all forever. Building these paths in the hills just can’t be beaten in my eyes, what with the ridiculously beautiful […]...

Trainee Blog 3 – Deer Fencing at Balmoral Estate

By Carly As part of COAT’s training programme the 8 trainees on the course have the chance to learn other skills alongside footpath work. After a welcome two week break we were all ready to check in at a lovely hostel in Ballater and spend the next two weeks learning how to construct deer fencing […]...

Trainee Blog 2- Creag Bheag

By Josh During an eight week period the team of trainees constructed an upland footpath on Creag Bheag which is situated just outside the village of Kingussie.  Everyone was in good spirit as it would be our first official work site and the fact our office was outdoors with stunning views made everyone that little […]...

Remote Accommodation System at Lairig and Laoigh

Today saw they deployment of the RAS at Lairig an Laoigh. After a less than promising start with harr and hill fog preventing the helicopters from flying in the morning, we did, infact, get the whole system flown out. We were also visited by two of the funders of the Cairngorms Mountain Heritage Project. Audrey […]...

Filming the Stories of the Cairngorms

Call for Archive Photos / Footage We are producing 6 audio visual podcasts that will tell the Stories of the Cairngorms.  There are many hundreds of stories and legends but these have been narrowed down to six stories which encompass the broad themes of Journeys, Working and Legends. Some of the stories relate to Cairngorms traditions […]...

Trainee Blog 1 – The Beginning

By Amelie The course began with a day of paperwork, eight trainees sitting around a table piled high with forms and folders and cups of tea. All excited to be there and eager to get out into the hills we got all the boring stuff out of the way in time to spend the last […]...

Remote Cabins heading for Lairig an Laoigh

Received the excellent news that we have been granted Planning Permission to site the cabins on Lairig an Laoigh. So the generators been serviced, the cabins have been maintained over at Mar Lodge Estate and Gordon’s bought a new tattie masher for the kitchen …… I think we’re all set! Fingers crossed for good flying weather […]...

Trainees Tackle Maintenance on Meall a Bhuachaille

The Trainees took to the heights of Meall a Bhuachaille to learn all about path maintenance and why its one of the key factors in path construction. They learned how to clean out waterbars, cross drains and make sure all ditching was all clear from any debris.They were also taught how to rebuild the 7 waterbars that […]...

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 […]...