New roof will help open Croft House doors to visitors

After the blizzards of Easter, the spring has entered mildly.  Taking advantage of the first of the sunny days after the snows I arranged to visit Isle Martin to review the CALLP project that has renovated the roof of the Croft House.  However, as always, when I arrive at Isle Martin, it was the hum of bees that I immediately

Glen Canisp nature trail repairs complete

  The summit of Suilven dominates the peaks of Coigach and Assynt.  Whether it is the camel back profile spied from Stac Pollaidh or Elphin, or the bald pate rising over Lochinver, Suilven is one of Scotland’s most distinctive mountains.  However for me the most picturesque view of Suilven is from Glencanisp itself. Recently I had the chance to sit

Builders overcome tough challenges to upgrade Isle Martin Croft

Isle Martin Croft has been given a substantial upgrade, in part thanks to the local firm of builders who tackled the hefty challenges of working on a tiny island with no roads in order to make the improvements. The Croft has been mainly unoccupied for thirty years and suffered from damp and neglect. However after careful consideration Isle Martin Trust,

Postie’s Path upgrades make path better for walkers

by Michelle Henley, Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserves Project Officer A centuries-old route across the remote hills of Coigach, once used by the hardiest of postmen, was recently given a major upgrade to make it safer for all kinds of walkers for many years to come. The Postman’s path is a popular route which skirts the coastline around the Scottish Wildlife

Clachtoll Broch wins top award

Clachtoll Broch has been named Rescue Project of the Year in the prestigious UK-wide Current Archaeology Magazine Annual Awards. Historic Assynt, one of our partners, is leading the restoration work on Clachtoll Broch, which over the last 15 years has been transformed from a neglected ruin to a fascinating window into life in the area over 2000 years ago. It

Quinag’s wildlife and history in the spotlight

The John Muir Trust is working with the Assynt Field Club on a project to assemble and make available as much information as possible about the landscape and wildlife of Quinag, funded through the CALLP community grants scheme. They are also looking at  the human activities, past and present, that affect them. Where possible, they plan to summarise the lengthier

Quinag path project helps protect iconic mountain route

A popular route up one of our most iconic hills will be easier for walkers, and less damaging to the mountain, thanks to work that has just been completed by the John Muir Trust on Quinag. It was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, through the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership scheme, and through the generosity of John

Factfinding for a new deer larder for Glencanisp

As part of the CALLP Sustainable Deer Management Project, Claire Belshaw (Chair, Assynt Foundation), Romany Garnett (Quinag Conservation Officer, John Muir Trust) and Fiona Saywell (Education Manager, CALLP) are involved in the planning for a new deer larder to be installed at Glencanisp. As part of the process they visited the Lairg deer larder on a pre-Christmas visit. The visit

Christmas 2020 with the OWL project

Our theme for December this year – Christmas of course!  Its been a very festive month for Lochinver and Achiltibuie Schools and where better to celebrate Christmas than outside in the cold and frosty air (well, we had a few soggy and windy days too!) Here are some of the activities the pupils and school staff have been helping us

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