Camerons self catering luxury Holiday Cottage by Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Footpath cleared....walk easy.
The other week we noticed a Forestry van parked at the end of our driveway and, being curious, Ray walked down to see what they were planning. The woman forester introduced herself as Shona and said they were looking at the number of native species of trees as they were going to chop down some other invading trees to give natives priority. She was surprised the public footpath was so badly overgrown and she was quite shocked when Ray showed her the old wooden gate along the path which had collapsed earlier in the year due to old age. This freedom of access has allowed cars to drive along the footpath thinking they could get through to Foyers and we often have to assist them in reversing all the way back. Some have even parked for the night and we worry about fires being lit in a forest location and also so near to our house. Shona made several notes;- to erect a sign stating 'No Through Road' at the beginning of the path, to erect a new sturdy metal gate with padlock that only forestry employees can open as they have a storage space further along the path and,most importantly,to cut back the overgrown vegetation along the public footpath. As good as her word all of these have now been implemented although the sign is on its way. It is now much more pleasant to walk along the path, round the locked gate and further on into Farigaig Forest if you wish. This path runs parallel with Loch Ness and is used every day by locals with their dogs and we often see our guests strolling along. As well as locals it is used by groups of ramblers, cyclists and the occasional horse rider. So well done Shona.