New upgraded section of the Great Glen Way opened


06 November 2014
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imports_CESC_great-glen-footpath-opening-47-18367_65837.jpg New upgraded section of the Great Glen Way opened
Walkers travelling along the Great Glen Way now have a new route, which offers high-level views over Great Glen and Loch Ness, and a picturesque 'troll bridge'. ...
New upgraded section of the Great Glen Way opened Images

Walkers travelling along the Great Glen Way now have an new route, which offers high-level views over Great Glen and Loch Ness, and a picturesque 'troll bridge'.

The £1m project, managed by Forestry Commission Scotland, moved the path higher up the hill above the tree line, taking walkers away from tree felling areas and opening up spectacular views to the north and south of Loch Ness as far as the north face of Ben Nevis on a clear day.

Jack Mackay, for the Forestry Commission’s team in Inverness, Ross & Skye District, said: 'As well as putting in the new path, we’ve included some new and interesting features along the way, including a shelter bench which allows walkers to sit out of the wind and soak up the ambience regardless of which way the wind is blowing, as well as a new bridge inspired by drawings created by local schoolchildren and a stunning "view-catcher wheel" that frames the group of Munro’s north of Loch Cluanie some 25 miles away!

'This will enhance an already spectacular route and give walkers and visitors an experience that will stay with them for a very long time.'

A 'MUST DO' FOR WALKERS

Speaking at the official opening, author and broadcaster Cameron McNeish, said: 'This long distance route is something of a "must do" for walkers, visitors and tourists and it is one of the mainstays that help support businesses and tourism in the Loch Ness and Highland area.

'Moving the path above the tree line has opened up some truly spectacular views north and south of Loch Ness that just weren’t available before. It has added even more "wow" factor to what was already one of Scotland’s most scenic routes, which can only help increase its reputation and standing.

'Anyone visiting and walking this route now will be in for an incredible experience that will leave indelible memories and everyone involved deserves to be congratulated.'

For more information on the new route, contact Forestry Commission Scotland on tel: 01463 791575 or visit the website.

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