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Conic Hill Update 2023-24

New section of path on Conic HIll

**UPDATE 25 April**: due to the good weather, the helicopter uplifts have finished early and the Conic Hill Path has now reopened.

450 bags have been lifted onto the hill ahead of the summit path being worked on later this summer.

**UPDATE 18 April**: The next planned closure for the Conic Hill Path will be from Mon 22nd – Fri 26th April.

This will allow helicopters to deliver more stone to the hill for the ongoing path improvement works.

The path will be closed from the kissing gate at the Balmaha Forest boundary to the Burn of Mar bridge to take account of the helicopter flight path. They are lifting 450 bags of stone weighing approximately 1 tonne each so the path is closed for the health and safety of both walkers and contractors working on site.

This work is weather dependent and any updates will be posted here.  The path will be open at weekends, including this weekend (Sat 20th/Sun 21st April) and next weekend (Sat 27th/Sun 28th April).

We anticipate no further path closures for the rest of the path improvement project.

Please follow diversion signs for the West Highland Way during this time (down Creityhall Rd then along B837 into Balmaha). Take extra care by the road – stick to the right hand side so that you can see oncoming traffic & walk in a single file.


UPDATE: The Conic Hill path has reopened (16th December).

UPDATE: Conic Hill will be closed from Monday 11th to Friday 15th December so that helicopters can lift 500 tonnes of stone up onto the hill for the next phase of path maintenance works.  The flights should be complete in 4-5 days (depending on good flying weather) and we expect to re-open the path in time for the weekend (Saturday 16 December).


The 2022-23 phase of work on the ground was completed in early June 2023. A total of 443 metres of stone pitching has now been built since work on the ground started in the first week of November 2022. This, along with a further 99m of aggregate path improvement, all associated drainage, revetment wall building and landscaping, therefore took seven months to construct.

30th October – 8th December 2023: work began on section 1 of the path – the timber steps within the forest boundary. This work will not require any closure to the path.

We now intend to begin work on the 450 metres of path section 4 – Bealach Ard to West Highland Way high point – from 11 December 2023 and a path closure (approx 5 days) for helicopter delivery of the stone will take place that week.

The bulk of the work will then be from January 2024 onwards and will continue through the Spring. Other than the initial closure for helicopter deliveries, the path should remain open as there is sufficient space to walk around the work site.


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