Walkers and climbers warned about tree felling diversion at South Ballachulish

The felling work is to help prepare the site for the development of a micro-hydro plant at Gleann a Caolais. Photograph: FLS. NO F24 hydro1
The felling work is to help prepare the site for the development of a micro-hydro plant at Gleann a Caolais. Photograph: FLS. NO F24 hydro1

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Forestry bosses have warned hill walkers and climbers visiting Lochaber  that access to Beinn a Bheither, by South Ballachulish, will be affected by a diversion due to tree felling operations.

The diversion – and bankspersons to advise walkers – will be in place from the beginning of July for a period of six weeks, said Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) this week.

The felling work is to help prepare the site for the development of a micro-hydro plant at Gleann a Caolais.

Hillwalkers and climbers make frequent use of the forest roads networks to access Sgòrr Dhearg and Sgòr Dhònuil.

David John Robertson, FLS’ Area Visitor Services Manager, said: ‘This is a popular ridge with two Munros and the core path network so we were keen to not prevent people from accessing the hills.

‘However, tree felling operations can be dangerous so as well as putting a diversion in place we’ll have bankspersons on site to keep walkers right and help keep them safe – so it’s important that everyone listen to them and follow their instructions.

‘We hope to have completed the felling by mid-August but further disruption as the facility is constructed is likely to continue into October. We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.’

NO F24 Ballachulish map
NO F24 Ballachulish map

Public access through the site will begin at the climbers car park. Information signage and physical barriers will be in position from June 7 to allow some easing in time for site preparation.

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The felling work is to help prepare the site for the development of a micro-hydro plant at Gleann a Caolais. Photograph: FLS. NO F24 hydro1

 

EXTRA pic: NO F24 Ballachulish map