Friday, 7 August 2015

Floods and Pestilence- what next, fire?

That's our team been battling hard for over a month now against midgies, a massive flood that wiped out our work and caused great damage to the landscape. But we just got to keep plodding on hoping we eventually can overcome- but its no easy!!

Sunday, 19 July 2015

We are looking for Mountain Path workers...

Thanks for the interest, starting on the shortlist.!


Physically fit and active person required for a team of upland pathworkers , working  in sometimes remote and mountainous areas of Scotland.  Although this is a short term position from August to November 2015 , (subject to weather conditions and availability of work during  these dates) there may be scope for continuous employment if more work becomes available.

Suitable applicant will have to be able to work hard in remote locations and be up for the challenge of walking for over an hour uphill before starting work. The team also works an 8 day stint on with 6 days off so the successful applicant will need to be sociable and flexible, and work well in a team.
 Although the ideal applicant should have experience in Upland Footpath work using traditional dry stone techniques, enthusiasm and ability to work hard are essential. A full drivers licence is preferred as driving may be part of the duties. 
Applicants with good experience in neighbouring disciplines ie, landscaping, stonework, estate work, and rangering will be taken seriously, but previous upland footpath work experience is preferred. 
Please note:- this work is extremely strenuous and physically demanding.

Rate of Pay is £7.20 per hour to £7.80 per hour (dependent on experience) plus accommodation, food and some travel while working away.
Please contact by email or by writing  with details of previous relevant experience, reasons for suitability, and  availability to start-

to  Matt McConway, Director ;-


Or by writing to:-

Upland Access Ltd., Hillside Cottage, James Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6EZ

Closing date for applicants will be the 10th August 2015.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Back again at Bachnagairn

Last week saw Upland Access' s team start a new pathwork project at Bachnagairn, Glen Clova area in the Angus Glens. This construction work at the lower end of the Glittering Skellies is part of the 5 year project Scotlands National Parks- Mountains and People run by our client Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust that will see significant improvements to paths within the Cairngorms and Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Parks.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Bench-ing in a path !

Another stint over ,- our last this season- for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust at the Roaches. As this photograph shows, our work continues to have a great effect on this very busy but special area.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

A fine week in April...

Another fine week in Staffordshire's Peak District saw Upland Access Ltd's team putting in a hard shift in the unexpected but welcome sunny weather. This week we installed stone pitching, aggregate path, side ditching, and associated landscaping- working for our client Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Sunshine over the Roaches at Easter.

An excellent spell of weather at the Easter Weekend, made up for a couple of horrendous days before hand. Our team are still working at the Roaches for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, on the Staffs side of the Peak District. This site is probably the busiest we have worked on with the Easter path users out in force- everyone having a good time enjoying their day off ( while we grafted in the sun!)

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Eclipse? Oh yeh, it was pretty cool.

On a week that saw us experience the eclipse, our team carried on with the fine work they are doing at Roaches Ridge in the Peak District. A good week saw plenty of work completed including these sections of path overlooking some dramatic landscapes.

Work carried out for our client Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Windy week at the Roaches

Another good week if not a wee bit chilly,for our team at Roaches Ridge in Staffordshire. Work is progressing on a really busy path and its quite amazing to see the number of climbers out on Saturday.
This work is on behalf of our client Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Peak District

Started work on our project at Roaches Ridge in the Peak District NPA. Good start with us battling flurries and blizzards- so nothing new there then!
Client is Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

Friday, 30 January 2015

"If its not the snow, its the wind..."

A slow start to the year for the Upland Access team as we struggle to get any work done due to snow, ice and wind.  But our motto is " Adapt, improvise and overcome" and thats what we will do!
This week saw us attempting to work away at the Burn O Vat path at the Muir of Dinnet NNR.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Happy New Year

Have a guid New Year- look forward to meeting you on a hill near you!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Blabheinn Contract Completed.

JMT on the completed Bla Bheinn contract.

Another hard stint has seen our team finish the main contract at Blabheinn on the Isle of Skye. According to the weather people 5000 lightening strikes hit the western isles, - we can testify to that as we were out there!.
But the #weatherbomb passed and we kept on going despite the hard work this year catching up with us. Lead legs and sore arms aside, we passed the finishing line.
So thanks to everyone involved in this contract and also the team throughout the year including Kieran, Alan, Mark, Damian, Ross, Emillio, and Gary.
Good wishes for the festivities and enjoy your drams at the New Year.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Update on Bla Bheinn from the John Muir Trust

What our client John Muir Trust is saying about us!

"Stonework, Drainage and Landscaping... what else?"

How do you fix an erosion scar that is nearly 10m wide in places, is on a steep slope, and has water gushing down it forcing people to avoid it and make even more routes?
You get Upland Access Ltd to fix it!
How do we fix it? With careful selection and identification of the best route through the scar, stonework in the form of naturalized stone pitching and steps, landscaping and blocking to keep people to the defined path, and ditches and drainage to keep the path in good condition.
This particular scenario is what we are trying to achieve on the hill Bla Bheinn for our client John Muir Trust. We are well through the contract and we hope we are achieving the goals set for us.

Dramatic Sky- on Skye!

 Great views have been experienced by our team working on Skye the last couple of months. Everyday is guaranteed to bring something different to the skies as we change from autumn to winter. The work we are carrying out is for the John Muir Trust on the iconic hill Blaven.