Contrary to misinformation circulating regarding access problems on the Affric Kintail Way we would like to clarify the position and make it quite clear that the route is fully open. Construction work on two micro hydro electric schemes has been ongoing for the past year and has not caused any access problems either on the route itself or on the public roads/car parks in the proximity. Despite claims to the contrary there are no ‘emergency hydro works’ current or planned in the forseeable future that will restrict access in any way.
An endurance event planned for 10th June and involving up to 1000 people in a 24 hour period organised by Pure Challenge has been cancelled. The event had not been granted permission by the primary landowner, Forestry Commission Scotland, for failing to provide information and assurances to ensure the safety of competitors, other AKW users and the protection of of one of the outstanding scenic areas of the UK.
Anyone seeking further information regarding this event should contact the organisers directly. Irrespective as to their given reasons for cancelling, failure to follow proper procedures for such events were not followed. I have been advised by FCS that the event could be held at some time in the near future providing proper consultation and approval takes place.
The Affric Kintail Way is open to all free of charge and in area where tourism is the mainstay of the local economy we welcome visitors throughout the year. Events properly sanctioned would be most welcome.
The road through Glen Affric will be closed to public traffic at the above times between Chisholm Bridge and River Affric Car Park (approx. 1 mile) in order to ensure the safety of those involved with the duathlon.
The only vehicles permitted beyond Chisholm Bridge will be those carrying competitors, support personnel and emergency services.
The public road up to this point will of course be open to all, including the car parks at Dog Falls and Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhain.
The cycle stage of the duathlon includes the public road from Chisholm Bridge to Dog Falls Car Park so car drivers and pedestrians are advised to take care on this section. The cycle route then extends to the forest tracks south of Dog Falls where again care should be taken.
There will be marshals at all key points on the course and members of the public are asked to comply with any requests they make to ensure everyone’s safety.
FCS advise work has been completed and the diversion sign etc have been removed.
Tree felling work will commence within the next few weeks affecting a section of the Affric Kintail Way in Glenurquhart between Drumnadrochit and Balnain. We don’t have a definite start date. The work is expected to continue throughout the winter months.
There are 2 diversion routes on the map section below – RED for walkers and YELLOW for cyclists. To quote FCS – the diversion is boggy and rough in places, around 2km longer and climbs an extra 150m from Drumnadrochit direction and 120m from Balnain direction.
It will be fully signposted. We will be updating the News page and Facebook when we receive any relevant information.
Sandra Reid our local FCS Ranger can be contacted at Sandra.Reid@forestry.gsi.gov.uk.
Please advise us should you encounter any difficulties with the temporary arrangements.