Monday 9th August 2021, 2:10pm
Forestry operations in the coming weeks and months will affect access to the Beinn a Bheithir massif above Ballachulish.
Forestry and Land Scotland contractors had previously announced a tree felling operation at Gleann a Caolais climbers car park between the 27th July and 6th August 2021. However due to unforseen problems work had to be rescheduled and will now commence on the 17th August 2021.
Given the nature of the work the car park will be closed for the duration of the works, which are estimated to last until the beginning of September. There will be no parking available for that period on or near to this location and work will be ongoing over the weekends
There will be pedestrian access through the site and banksmen in place, however delays will be extremely lengthy and Forestry and Land Scotland advises walkers to use alternative routes for the mountains and forest.
A second operation will affect public access to the hill path from the informal parking area at St Johns at NN 06875843, and is expected to last three months.
A skyline winch operation at Coire Giùbhasachan, involving felling works, is due to start on 16th August, with expected completion date on 18th October.
For the duration of these works there will be no public access through the site and using the hill path from the informal parking area at St Johns at NN 06875843. This is due to the high risk presented by the winching of materials off the hill and with no obvious diversion Forestry & Land Scotland will be directing any members of the public to the alternative routes onto the hill via Beinn Bhàn, which is accessible from Ballachulish village.
The organisation said: “We are aware that climbers and walkers use this hill path to access Sgòrr Dhearg and Sgòr Dhònuil and would take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvienence.”