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Forestry cash to improve Scottish long-distance routes

Posted 14 January 2013
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Forestry cash to improve Scottish long-distance routes
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The Forestry Commission Scotland has received a funding boost from the Scottish government, which is providing a £3.15 million grant for the upgrading of paths in the forest estate.

For those who like to go walking on long-distance paths, this could be particularly welcome, as £1 million of it is earmarked for the Great Glen Way. In this instance, over 11 miles of new path will be constructed and existing surfaces on the route - which runs from Inverness to Fort William - will be improved.

In addition to this, £750,000 will be spent on parts of the West Highland Way that run through Forestry Commission Land in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

Environment and climate change minister at Holyrood Paul Wheelhouse said: "We want more Scots and visitors to enjoy and have access to Scotland’s great outdoors. This funding boost for the Forestry Commission Scotland will help towards achieving that."

He said the cash announcement was "timely" in view of US broadcaster CNN naming Scotland as the best place in the world to visit in 2013.

Noting the project is part of a strategy by ministers to encourage Scots to walk more, he stated: "With 2013 being the Year of Natural Scotland, there will never be a better time to enjoy Scotland’s great outdoors."

Particularly ambitious walkers could seek to combine the two long-distance routes in one giant adventure.

The West Highland Way starts in Milngavie, a satellite suburb to the north of Glasgow, stretching out from the town into the lowland country before it crosses the Highland fault line by the shores of Loch Lomond, below Conic Hill.

It follows the east bank of the Loch and heads north through increasingly mountainous scenery, before crossing Rannoch Moor and skirting Glencoe, with its finish 96 miles from Milngavie in the centre of Fort William.

The Fort William end of the Great Glen Way begins at the remains of the fort itself, with the route following the line of the vast geological fault in a north-easterly direction, passing by Loch Ness on its way to Inverness.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801521427-ADNFCR