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Work is set to begin this week on a major upgrade of the Great Glen Way above Loch Ness.
Forestry Commission Scotland has appointed project management company, Pick Everard to oversee the work, and Conservefor Ltd, which will carry out the work - including path upgrade, path realignment and the construction of new sections of the route.
Jack Mackay, for the Commission’s team in Inverness, Ross & Skye District, said:
“This £1M investment is a significant programme of work that will be a big boost for tourism and which will help us to carry out our long-term felling programme down the Great Glen.
“We have to remove some pretty big trees from some very steep ground over the next 15 years or so, and carrying out this work now on the Great Glen Way will allow us to do that safely and without compromising what is a significant tourism draw for the area.
“As well as improving some existing sections, we’ll be creating new sections of path higher up the hill, which will really open up the views across Loch Ness and the views to the mountains to the east and the west.
“It’s set to make a brilliant route even better!”
Works will commence towards the end of July.
Gareth Evans, Director of Conservefor Ltd, said:
“We have a great deal of experience in designing, constructing and managing access routes and we are looking forward to being involved in this project in this incredible location. We will be working in partnership with Highland Conservation and hope to get local communities and schools involved.”
“Our team has a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience, which combined with the skills of local contractors, will help us to make sure that the project is delivered effectively and efficiently. It’s going to be a fantastic boost for the Great Glen Way and for the tourism industry in the area.”
Notes to Editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.
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3. For more information about Conservefor Ltd visit www.conservefor.co.uk
4. For more information about Pick Everard, visit www.pickeverard.co.uk
5. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland