Forest operations taking place at Lairigmore
Starting on the 3rd September there will be 4 weeks of essential forestry work taking place at Lairigmore, approximately 5 miles north of Kinlochleven. Initially the works will comprise of preparing the hill for planting ( 3 weeks) and then some path work (1 week). The works are being carried out on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland.
There will be signs out to advise and access will be maintained at all times, there will be a banks man in place when necessary. Walkers should take instruction (when necessary) from contractors on site.
Added: 3rd September 2018
Events on West Highland Way
29th & 30 September
Please be aware that there will be a couple of events taking part on the WHW over the weekend of the 29th & 30th September.
Kinlochleven & District Motor Cycle Club are hosting a hill trial on both dates, for further information please see here
The Glencoe Marathon Gathering will take place on 30th September, for more information see www.glencoemarathon.co.uk this covers sections from Altnafeadh onwards.
We would recommend that walkers wait until 10am before leaving Kinlochleven on the 30th to avoid motorbikes and allow runners to pass.
Added: 21st August 2018
Please note that there are NO facilities available at Kingshouse, be prepared with enough drinking water and supplies for this section of the route. The nearest facilities available are at Glencoe Mountain Resort.
As the Kingshouse Hotel remains closed for refurbishment, we kindly ask that visitors be aware of works and repairs on or around the site at this time. The West Highland Way remains open and accessible but care should be taken when passing through.
Notice of minor diversion
Work is due to start on the 23rd April until the end of August between Kinlochleven and Lundarava. A Hydro Scheme is being constructed in the area and will have some impact on the West Highland Way.
There will be minor diversions in place during these works but access to walkers will be maintained at all times. Please be aware that construction vehicles will be using the route also.
Please see below for location of site map (the work site is marked in red).
For further details contact:
- Phone – 01738 493110
- Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Livestock on West Highland Way
Please be aware that sections of the route go through working farms where livestock will be present, not all sections are able to have diversions.
Please pay particular attention when walking with dogs as there will be sheep with lambs and cows with calves along the route. Both can be easily disturbed and also could potentially be a danger, see advice below:
The information below is a short summary of the key things to remember from the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
The Access Code says:
Access rights apply to people walking dogs as long as their dogs are kept under proper control. Your main responsibilities are:
- Farm animals:
- Never let your dog worry or attack farm animals.
- Don’t take your dog into fields where there are lambs, calves or other young farm animals.
- If you go into a field of farm animals, keep your dog(s) on a short lead or under close control and keep as far as possible from the animals.
- If cattle react aggressively and move towards you, keep calm, let the dog go and take the shortest, safest route out of the field.
For further information see the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website here
Scottish Six Day Trials
The Scottish Six Day Trials are an annual event which has taken place in the area around Fort William since 1977.
The event itself has little impact on the West Highland Way, but you are likely to come across spectators who may use the path to access the Trials route. You may find that while the Trials are taking place, Fort Williams can be busy with spectators and support crews, however we’ve never had any complaints regarding the event.
You can find more information on the trials at http://www.ssdt.org/.
Keep it clean
Our forests are at risk from tree pest and diseases. Tree diseases can travel. That’s not new but the increase in global trade and the impacts of climate change mean the foresters are tackling an increasing number of problems at once.
Pests and diseases can hitch a ride in mud and debris on your shoes, dog’s paws and bike tyres, ending up in new forests. We’re doing everything we can but we need your help too.
Before a forest visit, make sure you’ve cleaned your shoes, your bike, your kit and your dog too.
This helps slow disease spread, preserving our woodlands now and for future generations. Together we can help control the spread of diseases.
For more information visit http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/keep-it-clean