Re­pairs are com­pleted to foot­path

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

RE­PAIRS to a well-known path in Skye have been com­pleted.

Staff from tour com­pany Rab­bie’s Trail Burn­ers Ltd car­ried out ‘badly-needed’ re­pairs on the fa­mous Quiraing route in Staf­fin.

The pop­u­lar Hol­ly­wood film lo­ca­tion is vis­ited by thou­sands each year and the up­grade should al­low the path to cope with an in­crease in vis­i­tor num­bers.

Film­ing for the lat­est Trans­form­ers film, The Last

Night, took place at the lo­ca­tion ear­lier this year.

Staff, who are nor­mally be­hind the wheel of small white tour­ing coaches, spent two days work­ing on the route.

Don­ald Kennedy, High­land Coun­cil’s Skye ac­cess of­fi­cer, said: ‘ Vis­i­tor num- bers are now three times what they were 20 years ago when the path was first re­paired.

‘To cope with these in­creased num­bers, the Rab­bie’s vol­un­teers un­der­took stren­u­ous work trans­port­ing path ma­te­rial and boul­ders, dou­bling the width of the sur­face and stone cul­verts.

‘Large boul­der shift­ing was also re­quired to stone-line the out­side edge of the path and this will greatly in­crease its dura­bil­ity.’

Re­pairs be­gan on the path fol­low­ing a ‘tie-up’ be­tween Rab­bie’s and the Staf­fin Com­mu­nity Trust (SCT).

SCT chair­man Don­ald MacDon­ald said: ‘ We are de­lighted that this new part­ner­ship project has now started and wel­come the sup­port re­ceived from Rab­bie’s.’

Skye ac­cess of­fi­cer Don­ald Kennedy with Rab­bie’s staff and, in­set, Quiraing is a pop­u­lar lo­ca­tion for Hol­ly­wood films.

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