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Work starts on Highland footpath

Posted 12 October 2010
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Work starts on Highland footpath
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A new footpath is being created on a ridge in the north-west Highlands which may provide a better surface for walkers in their walking boots.

Conservation body the John Muir Trust has started work on a new 100-metre shortcut path across Quinag, a ridge in the Assynt-Coigach area which contains three Corbetts.

The trust said: "This link will hopefully provide an attractive alternative to the trudge across peat hags that some walkers are taking from the stalkers path lower down and therefore prevent further erosion."

A helicopter has dropped 60 tonnes of locally-quarried stone at the site, which will link the Sandwood Track with the Spidean Coinich Slab Route.

In addition to Spidean Coinich, walkers can also bag Sail Gorm and Sail Gharbh while on the Y-shaped ridge.

Other mountains in the Assynt-Coigach area include the Munros of Conival and Ben More Assynt and the twin Corbetts of Cul Mor and Cul Beag.

However, the most famous mountain in the area may be a lower peak, the 2,399 ft monolith Suilven.

Posted by Brandon Egley