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 […]...

Walking to Health at the Scottish Parliament 

The Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust (COAT) was recently invited by Scottish Natural Heritage to have a Cairngorms Walking to Health stand at the Scottish Parliament for a Scotland Outdoors ‘Our Natural health service’ event. A number of outdoor organisations promoting Health and Wellbeing across Scotland attended the event to highlight and discuss their initiatives with […]...

NEW WALKING GROUP IN TOMINTOUL!

NEW WALKING GROUP IN TOMINTOUL! “Do you ever fancy going for a safe led walk, but you don’t have anyone to go with, or perhaps you don’t really want to walk alone, and you’re not sure where to go. Well, maybe the NEW Tomintoul Friday Walking Group is for you! We meet every Friday morning […]...

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 […]...

The People and The Mountains – Major HLF Award for Scotland’s National Parks

We are absolutely delighted to announce that The People and The Mountains project, a joint venture between the Cairngorms and the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Parks, has been awarded significant funding from Heritage Lottery Fund. The 5 year project will restore and upgrade 77 miles of paths, provide training for young people and work with schools […]...

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 […]...