The centre for the community owned Glencanisp Estate is the Glencanisp Lodge area which contains the office for Assynt Foundation, a Community Arts building, a pole barn, a local pottery and a walled garden.  This area also marks the start of the path to Suilven, a walk and hill climb which takes on average 9 hours to complete.  There is also the Glencanisp to River Inver Loop Path, the circuit of which takes approximately 21/2 hours to complete.  Until the new trail was constructed there were no way-marked shorter walks and no paths allowing exploration the ground and wildlife found in the vicinity of the lodge.

So the aims of this project were to construct a 450 metre long path which loops to the north of the lodge area, starting from the Arts building and finishing at the entrance track to the lodge.  Walkers can now complete a circuit of the path learning about the nature of the area, using the nature trail leaflet that has being developed as part of the project.  The path has been constructed to a width of 1.2 metres with an unbound dust surface. This type of path, although not truly all abilities, means that people with many varying abilities and levels of fitness are able to better appreciate and interact with the surrounding area.  Along the route nature trail posts also link with information and interpretation on the leaflet.

You can download a copy of the leaflet here.

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Glen Canisp nature trail repairs complete

Getting the most from your walk with the new dedicated leaflet. c. Boyd Alexander/Scottish Wildlife Trust   The summit of Suilven dominates the peaks of Coigach

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New nature trail unveiled in Assynt

A new nature trail has been opened at Glencanisp Lodge in Assynt to formally launch one of Europe’s largest landscape scale conservation projects. The trail is part of the Coigach


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