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 […]...

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 […]...

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 […]...

Cave of the Raits and other Stories

Today saw the filming of the Cave of the Raits, on location at the Souterrain at Lynchat and the Croft House at the Highland Folk Museum. It tells the story of the McNivens who built a cottage over the souterrain which was used as a hideout as they carried out a series of daring cattle […]...

New Volunteers Adopting Paths in the Cairngorms

Welcome to our 10 new Path Adopters and welcome back to three existing volunteers who attended 3 training days on CairnGorm Mountain Ltd and Mar Lodge Estate during May and June. Three excellent days out on the hill with enough time to discuss path condition surveying as well as appreciate the flora and fauna of the areas.Thanks to Nic Bullivant, Peter […]...