Tuesday, 17 May 2016

A tale of 2 lochs

Back working in Balmoral Estate but this time we had the sun beating down on us all stint. Our team started the stint by carrying out repairs to a section of path round Loch Muick that had been severely damaged by the floods at xmas time. We then carried all our tools 3 kms to the path that leads towards the Dubh Loch. This project is to carry out low key, natural repairs to the path, mainly sort out drainage issues and anything else that may be causing erosion. Works carried out for our client Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust as part of the Mountains and the People Project.

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Thursday, 5 May 2016

'Ne'er cast a cloot til May is oot...!"

Just when we thought that the weather was beginning to settle down, the old adage of 'Never cast a cloot afore May is ooot" came back to bite us. We saw bitterly cold blizzards on the Cobbler, even as our stint turned into May and we lost a good bit of time on this contract as its pretty hard to work in a white out.  Our team worked really hard and as we were coming to the end of this project, removing tools from the top of the hill and walking them down a slippery slope can be arduous and sketchy- still a hard shift with the added hardship of freezing temperatures. Roll on summer- please!!

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Still shivering in April at the Cobbler

Any thoughts of winter leaving us where well dismissed as we experienced wind chill factors that was in the minus 10 categories. Cold enough to give us trouble gripping our sandwiches at time as we shivered on our break in our emergency mountain shelter. But this is what you expect when you are working at plus 2000ft in the Scottish mountains and this one being the Cobbler or Ben Arthur to use its proper name. Repair works and line definition works carried out for Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust as part of the Mountains and The People project.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Arrochar Alps

A rare dry week for the Upland Access team as we finally got motoring on all cylinders at our worksite near Arrochar. The approach path to the Arrochar Alps, is were you will find us for the next wee while as we carry out vital repairs on this very popular footpath and in doing so, limiting the potential erosion to the hill. Spectacular views were another perk of the job this week and we soon realized the 'draw' of this hill.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Snow shoes at the Cobbler.

The UA team was working at the approach path to Ben Arthur otherwise known as the Cobbler. A typical scottish week in February where we saw snow, blizzards, sleet, rain, and even some t-shirt wearing sunshine. Working on behalf of our client Cairngorms Outdoor Accces Trust as part of The Mountains and the People project, we are carrying out repairs to sections of this path but deep snow hampered our progress on the open hill but we managed to keep gainfully employed in the section through the woods.

Below is  classic 'before and after' photos, showing the difference path repairs can do in keeping water off the path to stop further damage.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Macgillicudy Reeks Mountain Access Project

Upland Access Ltd had the privilege of being involved in the training of Kerry mountain footpath workers in Ireland last week.  The project is organised by the South Kerry Development partnership whose aims are to redress erosional problems in the Macgillicudy Reeks mountains but also provide training and employment for locals.
Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust have provided logistical support for this project and our part in this exciting development is through them.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Below zero at Clyde Valley NNR

First stint back of 2016 saw us shivering in a biting wind and snowey conditions at the nature reserve that follows the River Mouse in Lanark.  Our team persevered and had a great work rate at we tackled awkward cross- slopes and drainage issues for our client SNH.

Saturday, 26 December 2015


Hope everyone has a great time over the holidays. Our team had a hard week before we could finally relax for a hard won rest. See you in 2016

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Cateran Trail

Our team has been working on the Cateran trail this week for Perth&Kinross Countryside Trust.

-The Cateran Trail is a 103 kilometres circular long distance walking route in central Scotland. The official start and end is at Blairgowrie, Perth and Kinross. Wikipedia-

As you can see, the work has made immediate improvement to some tricky sites.

Monday, 23 November 2015

The Long Road...thats Jocks Road

Finally, we have managed to complete this years work at Jocks Road, just as the weather became distinctly inclement as working at 2500ft in the Eastern Cairngorms (in November!) will naturally be. This work is part of the Mountains and People Project, managed by our client Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust. A tricky project that saw our teams persevere through one of our challenging jobs in a while but we got there !!

Friday, 30 October 2015

More mud!

Muddy marvelous - really proud of both of Upland Access' teams as they struggle through one of the muddiest and wettest...

Posted by Upland Access Ltd on Friday, 30 October 2015

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Good for your skin you say...

It has been a while that our teams have worked on such a muddy site as the one we are working on at the moment. Jocks Road is a path that basically links Glen Doll, Clova to Glen Callater near Braemar and we are working on a section of this path near the junction to Loch Esk or Bachnagairn Path.
This is a real hard site and getting covered in mud just comes with the territory.

This work is on behalf of our client Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust as part of the Mountains and People project.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Lochnagar finished- for this year.

Our team finished our sortie at Lochnagar,- for this year. As part of the Mountains and Peoples project organised by Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust, we have been doing path line definition work at one of Scotland's most iconic mountains. This involves creating a route through an indistinct area of the plateau, with a view to helping the eroded vegetation recover. Working at nearly 4000 ft is challenging but our teams worked well and we think have made a big difference.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Autumn ? at Lochnagar

This week has seen us arrive aback at the very popular hill, Lochnagar in the Scottish Cairngorms. In a week that has went from the extremes of a windless midgefest to 60mph gales in the space of a couple of days, our team has valiantly battled on, defining a single pathline to enable the eroded areas at the plateau to hopefully recover. Carrying out work on behalf of our client Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust we have 2 teams working back to back through the month of September.