Friday, 21 December 2018

Shortest day, last working day of the year.

St Abbs National Nature Reserve has been our work destination for the last couple of months. This spectacular coastal reserve managed by the National Trust for Scotland can be found on the far south east corner of Scotland and has seen us construct a stone pitched and gravel path at Starmley bay.
Some great views and hard work and some logistical problem solving has been the lasting memories of this job but we got the job done in time for the christmas break. Have a nice time folks!

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Ireland's Holy Mountain or the Hill of Lost Soles?

We had an incredible opportunity to do a small, trial amount of stone pitching on Ireland's spiritual home of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, at Croagh Patrick in county Mayo.

Although this was really hard work, we felt privileged to be asked to carry out the first real path repair project on Croagh Patrick and have an opportunity to work beside volunteers from the local community. We also had an opportunity to visit other parts of Mayo and Galway and had a great experience all round.

Oh, the reference to the Lost soles in the title is exacly that- when we were excavating we kept finding parts of shoes, casualties to the harsh and dangerous scree that awaits the ill-prepared in the footwear department!!

Feeling Sheepish

This was an interesting wee project we had last month at Balmoral estate, fixing some real muddy sections of a path in the Ballochbuie forest. This involved flying some stone and gravel in by helicopter and constructing cross drains and new aggregate path. The interesting part of this job was using sheeps fleece in the construction of the aggregate path. This was laid down on the muddy sections as an more environmentally friendly replacement for geotextiles, normally used in such circumstances. It felt weird walking on it before the gravel was laid on top- a bit like walking on someones really expensive sheepskin rug in your dirty wellies!!

Sunday, 9 September 2018

These boots are made for walking... and surveying, and digging

Sometimes things happen in patterns. Like birds of a feather flocking together, work projects seem to do that as well. Take walking. Some jobs the walk in isnt too bad, 40 mins or so. But the last few months we have had to walk for work ...alot!!
So we had Suliven for 3 months, 1.5 hours walk out and I thought that was bad enough. Then we had low key landscaping work at the top of the Ptarmigan path on Ben Lomond, walk in 1hours 45 min.
Then we had surveying work at Ben Lawers and Kintail - then the walking really piled up! The paths we surveyed came to a total of 80 kilometres and another 60 km getting to them and back again. Thats a lot of boot leather. ! But the views were worth it- heres some of my favourite photos of the last couple of months at Lomond, Lawers, and Kintail.

Monday, 23 July 2018


So after 3 months of hard graft we finished our work for A.C.T Heritage Ltd. Tasked with working with workers of A.C.T Heritage Ltd , I had the pleasure in sub contracting on this project and I am proud of what we collectively achieved. Over 650m of hand build path with over 200 tonnes of imported material moved by hand, and a great quality path constructed as well - all by 3 guys!
Plenty of good compliments from walkers about our work and I am sure we represented the John Muir Trust the management organisation, and Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape, in a good light.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

MacGillicuddy Reeks Forum

Weather not great for doing pathwork in the Kerry mountains, but thats what we are doing. We are providing additional support for the workers of the Macgillicuddy Reeks Forum as we get to grips with ' light touch' single line definition on the approach path to Carrauntoohil ,the highest peak on the island of Ireland.

Thursday, 11 January 2018