New sources of funding for future path maintenance on Britain's highest mountain will be required after a charity looking after Ben Nevis revealed it is to close.
The Nevis Partnership - which helps maintain footpaths on the mountain and in Glen Nevis below - has suffered cuts in funding and will discontinue its operations next year.
One immediate casualty of this will be the planned £2.5 million project to improve the lower path up the mountain from the glen, while three jobs will also be lost.
Climber and writer Cameron McNeish warned: "With more than 150,000 a year climbing to its summit, a huge amount of pressure is being put on the mountain's footpaths and facilities."
Those who like to don their walking boots
may be hoping for other charitable groups to take up the challenge of protecting the mountain's paths.
Glen Nevis also offers access to a number of other Munros - Scottish mountains over 3,000 ft - including peaks in the Mamores range such as Sgurr a' Mhaim, Stob Ban and Mullach Nan Coirean.
Posted by Dan Mirza