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Volunteers make vital difference to Scotland’s National Parks

Volunteers taking a break at the top of Meall aBhuachaille in the Cairngorms  VOLUNTEERING in Scotland’s National Parks is on the increase thanks to the unique five-year The Mountains and The People Project which launched in the Summer of 2015.  Over the past six months, volunteers have spent more than 1500 hours in both of […]...

Scotland’s mountain paths get a serious overhaul

SCOTLAND’s National Parks mountain paths are being given a serious overhaul with more than 24km of paths having been restored this year and another 100km of repairs planned over the next three and a half years. With some of the most impressive landscapes, historic towns and unique wildlife, it’s no wonder that Scotland’s two National […]...

Helicopters used for conservation mission in the Cairngorms

HELICOPTERS were brought in this week to transport 130 tonnes of locally sourced material to repair iconic upland paths at remote locations on Mayar and Bachnagairn in the Angus Glens. Contractors stood ready to take on the challenge of building paths by hand at high altitude, as part of a conservation mission on a scale […]...

Training Project in Ireland Completes

COAT has been running an innovative new type of Training Scheme in the MacGillycuddy Reeks, County Kerry in Ireland over the winter.  The initiative has been carried out on behalf of South Kerry Development Company and has focused on training a mixture of local businesses, including hill farmer/landowners, a local mountain guide and unemployed people. […]...

COAT Training in MacGillycuddy’s Reeks

The second phase of Upland Path Training is now complete at MacGillycuddy Reeks in the Iveragh Peninsula, South Kerry.  This is consultancy work being done through COAT Trading Ltd, and is a first for Ireland.  The overarching objective is to training people from local businesses alongside unemployed people in order to create a skilled workforce […]...

The Mountains and The People – HLF Confirm £3.2m funding

£3.2 million Heritage Lottery grant to help tackle serious path erosion on iconic Scottish peaks   A project which brings together Scotland’s two National Park Authorities to address the serious threat of man-made erosion to paths across areas of outstanding natural beauty has been given a major boost with the Heritage Lottery Fund today announcing […]...

COAT NEWSLETTER – 1st Edition

COAT Newsletter – 1st Edition We have trialled a Newsletter as a way of updating our Affiliate Members, Donors, Public Bodies and all who are interested in our work in Outdoors Access.   This is a 1st Edition and we would welcome any positive feedback and/or constructive criticism, whether it is worthwhile and, how could it […]...

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 […]...

Street of Kincardine, River Path

Street of Kincardine, located opposite Boat of Garten on the banks of the River Spey offers residents and visitors the chance for fine walks up and down the river with the possibility to observe some of the local wildlife associated with the Spey. The main access from the village down to the river has been […]...

Winter walk

Writer and broadcaster Cameron McNeish joined Kingussie Community Development Company (KCDC) members Dick Webster and Andy Dunn and COAT West Cairngorms Access Project Officer Ewan Thain on a fine mid-winter’s day to walk from Lynchat through to Newtonmore. The group set-out early past historic Raitts cave above Lynchat and more or less followed the old […]...