River­side boost to fa­mous falls

The Oban Times - - News -

A PATH along a well-used part of the River Orchy is near­ing com­ple­tion.

The 1,400 me­tre walk­way, built by For­est En­ter­prise Scot­land, will give im­proved ac­cess to river users along a sec­tion up­stream from the fa­mous Eas Ur­chaidh wa­ter­fall.

An added boost is that a new car park at the wa­ter­fall is also set to be built.

Sport Scot­land, the Andy Jack­son Trust and the Scot­tish Raft­ing As­so­ci­a­tion have all given fi­nan­cial back­ing and sup­port for the devel­op­ments at the River Orchy.

For­est En­ter­prise Scot­land’s Don­ald MacDougall said: ‘The Orchy is a ma­jes­tic river and very pop­u­lar with walk­ers, kayak­ers, fish­er­men and rafters.

‘Parts of the river­bank above the fa­mous Eas Ur­chaidh wa­ter­falls have been used reg­u­larly over the past years but there has never been a proper path. Park­ing has also been lim­ited. So by work­ing in part­ner­ship we are chang­ing this for the bet­ter and im­prov­ing ac­cess.

‘Our aim for the new path and car park­ing is to cre­ate a recre­ational hub for all the out­door ac­tiv­i­ties in Glen Orchy.

‘Not only will the path be good news for the wa­ter sports users and fish­er­men, but it will pro­vide a new link route for walk­ers on the Ar­gyll and Bute core path net­work.

‘ We plan to start work on the new car park­ing soon and will be in­stalling in­ter­pre­ta­tion pan­els and stone wall fea­tures to help visi­tors find out a bit more about Glen Orchy.’

WALK THIS WAY: The new path is near­ing com­ple­tion at Glen Orchy.

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